I don't really know how I ended up with a collection of blenders, it's certainly not that I set out to collect them. I really dig the control panels (ohhhhh, look at all the buttons) and there is all of the chrome (mmmmm, shiny), plus they are pretty cheap- I didn't pay more than $10 for any of these.
My collection is currently all Oster blenders and a single Waring blender; again, there is no reason, just what the thrift gods supplied to me (this is kinda like a cargo cult). From left:
The Oster Galaxie, model 671, (left) and Imperial, model 672, (right) Cyclomatic blenders. These are HEAVY blenders with all chrome steel housing.
So, you may ask, what's the difference between the two? Other than the slightly fancier graphics on the Galaxie, the only difference I could find was that they each have a different wattage-The Galaxie uses 900 watts and the Imperial uses 625 watts.
Even the vessels are exactly the same (I'm assuming each was available with black or white handles and lids for the vessel). I really like the chrome steel band that holds the handle to the vessel; I bet you could get a new handle if yours broke.
The odd blender of the collection, the Waring Blender/ Ice crusher. The body is chrome steel or tin but is much thinner than on the Osters.
14 buttons and a speed dial that goes to 60 (for when you absolutely have to obliterate that mixture). Feel like this should change the channel on the TV or the radio in the car.
Check out the wacky clover shaped vessel. I assume it was so that you could always tell who was using a Waring and so that if you broke your vessel you could only buy a Waring vessel.
I only have this avocado green Oster Imperial Pulsematic 10 (model 857) because it was one whole dollar. I prefer the sturdy chrome steel housing on the other Osters to the plastic housing on this model but for the price, who could pass it up?
Same buttons as the other Osters but instead of a speed control dial you get the ability to stop and start the blend in quick bursts (like revving a car engine). Still, avocado, brown and orange- just not classy.
Here is a real classic, the single speed Oster model 10 or "Bee Hive". My parents have the improved version, with the speed control, that came out a few years later (in gold) but this is THE original Oster blender- sorta the "model T" of blenders.
One simple toggle switch, super sturdy chromed steel housing and that is one thick glass vessel (note- there is no handle). All of this unit has survived since about 1953 and she's still blending out the hits!
Aesthetically I probably like this Dual Range Pulsematic 16, model 854, blender best of all; The blue, black, white and the one orange button go so well with the chrome steel of the housing and the glass of the vessel.
It's got that great starburst, look at how the top three buttons have a graduated blue color sceme; the orange on/off button gives a great pop of color.
I just TOTALLY geeked out about a.... blender!!??!!??