Most people don't put too much thought into how the toaster came about. All that matters is that you put bread in and thanks to someone, toast comes out. Well, that someone is Charles Strite. He patented the first pop-up toaster in 1919. It was a few years later in 1925 that the Waters Genter Company did a little tweaking to Strite's design and introduced the Model 1-A-1 Toastmaster, which was the first pop-up toaster to be sold nationwide.