Artifact Details

Title

Flying Toaster

Catalog Number

102718555

Type

Physical object

Manufacturer

Berkeley Systems

Place Manufactured

Elgin, Ill., U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 1B9
Serial number 1145108

Dimensions

overall: 7 1/8 in x 21 in x 11 in

Description

The object is a used domestic toaster with its power cord removed and "wings" added. This object was used as a mascot by Berkeley Systems.

Category

Ephemera/other

Curator Notes

After Dark Flying Toaster Model, Berkeley Systems, 1989
This toaster with wings is an homage to a “Flying Toasters” screensaver package for the Apple Macintosh computer. The screensaver became so popular that branded merchandise, as well as many imitators, followed. The image led to a lawsuit by the band Jefferson Airplane, who claimed it copied the cover art from their album Thirty Seconds Over Winterland.

Credit

Gift of Berkeley Systems

Lot Number

X6951.2014