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Today, the electric toaster is one of the most common small appliances and is found in almost every American kitchen. But way back in 1909, General Electric’s Model D-12 Electric Toaster was an innovation. For as little as $3, you could own this handy little wonder, whose heating elements were made of Nichrome wire (a nickel-chrome alloy) wrapped around plates of mica. While our modern toasters are enclosed and pop up when the toast is ready, they still operate on the same basic principles.
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