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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mixing it up on ya' (Status: more blenders!)

I had a great month for blenders and I know that you folks like blenders almost as much as I do!

According to the stats that blogger supplies, my original blender post is the third most popular post on my blog and it is rapidly overtaking the second place position.  If I combine the page views from both of my previous blender posts they would almost overtake my original Picasso post for the number one spot!

Once more I have found some beautiful Oster blenders!  I don't just collect just any ol' vintage blenders (I have standards, ya' know): all of my blenders must be vintage, have metal motor housings and glass blender vessels.  While these are all Oster blenders, I will collect any brand that fits my stated criteria.
From the left.

This is an Osterizer Imperial dual range cyclomatic 14
I admit that this blender has a rather "blah" color; I mean, what do you call this color?  I suppose it's harvest gold but it just looks like a beige and yellow hybrid, not very sexy.

 This baby is feature packed!  There are fourteen speeds to choose from.  The dial on the left is a timer, so that you can have precision timed blends, and the dial on the right controls the cycle (which speeds up and slows down the blending speed)

 Chromed steel casing for the motor

 Here is the vessel.  This is my favorite type of blender vessel because these Osters came with a handle that could be removed!  If you broke the vessel, you could order a new vessel and reattach your old handle (or vice-versa).

Here is the underside with all of the electronic information (120 volts, 1200 watts) and you see that the Osterizer Imperial dual range cyclomatic 14 is also known as the model 878.

In the center

The Osterizer Imperial pulsematic
 I think this blender may have been white or off white in color but has suffered some age yellowing.

 This pulsematic is not as feature packed as the cyclomatic but it has a feature that gives it the ability to make quick, bursts (pulses) of blending, for when you don't need to completely obliterate something.

 In the words of Bender, from Futurerama, "Kiss my shiny metal housing".

 A nice sturdy blending vessel with attached handle.

Statistics: 120 volts and 825 watts (nowhere near the cyclomatic 14's massive power).  The Osterizer Imperial Pulsematic is also known as the model 458.

On the right

A classic "beehive" Oster model 10 blender.
 The model 10 was not the first blender but it was the blender that seemed to break through in popularity.  I was excited by this one because it has a colored beehive (most are chrome, although my parents have a gold beehive).

 This is also the original single speed model which has mostly been used in commercial applications (bars and restaurants). 

 There is no handle on this vessel, nor is their even a lip to attach one.  The glass is super thick.
 This is definitely the original vessel (or a very early replacement) since it has the Oster logo molded right into it.

Stats:  115 volts and 2.2 watts (that kinda makes this an energy efficient appliance).


  1. I can see why the Beehive caught on in popularity! Did theymake a later model but with a handle?

    1. I don't know when, but Oster stopped making vessels without handles (with the exception of the all stainless steel vessels that were intended for ice crushing and commercial usage).

  2. Cool finds! What's not to love about blenders? I have a later model Beehive with a container that has a handle.

  3. This is cool. Do you know what year "beehive" Oster model 10 blender is from? My neighbor just found one today at a thrift store for $6, looks possibly in slightly better condition than yours (I didn't see any rust at all), same white colored base, no handle, original everything. AND it actually still works.

    1. Oster has kept the Beehive in production since it was introduced; I would guess... mid fifties, possibly late 1940s.
      I have to admit, I'm lazy and did not take the time to clean my blender more than just a quick wipe down with a paper towel and windex.
      All of my blenders work; that's another caveat for my blender buying!

  4. I found 1, model 10 ch branded as "Super Blender" and only identified as oster on the back plate (under). Would that be an earlier model or simply a different "bland" ?

  5. RE: OSTER blender: I have a working chrome beehive model. Square sides to the canister and no handle (Model 10?) However, when I made a pina colata, I lifted out the glass canister and everything poured right out the bottom. I cant seem to find a way that the twirling mechanism lifts out with the glass canister to form a bottom. Surely I don't have to lift the entire behive to pour contents out of the top of the canister???Can you help? Love your blog. ML