With roots tracing back to the Philadelphia Textile Machinery Company founded in 1885, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company was formed in 1920. The company had many firsts: the first silent toaster, first electric glass coffeemaker, first cord-attached iron, first toaster oven/broiler, first pop-up toaster/toaster oven, first adjustable automatic iron, first snap-apart line of serviceable kitchen appliances, and first see-through steam iron water tank.
In 1960, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company merged with a manufacturer of irons and coffeemakers, the Silex Company, to offer consumers an even wider array of appliances. The new company was known as the Proctor-Silex Corporation.
Published On: 2/19/2018
Last Modified: 4/27/2021
Rick Browne, Ph.B. -
Rick Browne does product testing and recipes. A renowned TV cooking show host, photojournalist, and author of 16 barbecue books, he was the creator, host, and executive producer of public television’s popular Barbecue America TV series, a cooking and travelogue highlighting the world’s outdoor culinary landscape. It has aired on more than 230 stations.