Toy stove:Superior Gas Range

Kenton Hardware Co.ca. 1920

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

In the last fifty years, standards for toy safety have undergone considerable changes. This Kenton cast-iron toy stove, from about 1920, illustrates just how much these standards have evolved. The miniature, fully functioning stove has an oven and a stovetop that actually burned gas. Children could use a toy like this to cook over an open flame, mimicking the stoves their mothers used at the time. The Easy-Bake Oven, modern relative of cast-iron toy stoves, uses instead a light bulb and contains a cooking chamber, sacrificing the realism of early cast-iron toy stoves for a child's safety.


  • Title: Toy stove:Superior Gas Range
  • Creator: Kenton Hardware Co.
  • Date Created: ca. 1920
  • Location: Kenton, OH
  • Subject Keywords: foodways, housekeeping
  • Type: Housekeeping Toys
  • Medium: sheet metal, nickel-plate, cast iron
  • Object ID: 79.10181

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