Toaster Article-Maker Movement
The toaster resulted in the book "Toaster like Monstrosities". The author of this article states that nobody was able to manufacture a pencil in 1958. They also state that a regular toaster was cheaper than Thomas's. Thomas had spent 250 times as much money and traveled thousands of miles to build his own. Toasting bread however wasn't the purpose of the toaster. The purpose was rather to challenge if one could manufacture an object from scratch using hand-made materials. The author states Thomas found it nearly impossible to manufacture a toaster by scratch.