|Antique electric (?) toaster ... sans cord?|
Mulling it over, in the event of a worldwide collapse of technology, I wonder if I could make bread, but never mind ... and the earliest toasting devices were probably green sticks, the kind one would use to toast marshmallows (can you make a marshmallow from produce grown in your back yard?).
The metallic age brought forks with wooden handles, and the lower image is one of those, albeit with a spiral wire to hold the bread, as opposed to the fork I recall. The fork I remember had a quick release lever to push the toasted slice of bread off the ends of the tines.
Why anyone would want a facsimile of an electric toaster in a world without power plants is beyond me, but the TED video was very funny and reminds us of our total interdependence.