Antique Brown Bobby Doughnut Maker

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 02, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

This is an ultra rare piece of the American Dream.

ANTIQUE Brown Bobby Doughnut Maker


This Machine was advertised in the back of Popular Mechanics as a get rich quick way to start a business

It has the 7 Business Plans paperwork described below, The recipes, and also 30 of the pamphlets to put in the store windows.

It also has the letter from the president of the company thanking for the interest in the machine.

This is a 12 donut machine. It was bought back in the 20's for an unbelievable amount of $100.00 !! . The pics in the auction are the actual pictures of the machine and documentation included. I have had this machine for years packed in a box moving all over. The last one that I saw was auctioned off on EBAY in 2005 and went for $785.00 and that did not include any documentation

It is in original condition. Due to its age, I am hesitant in seeing if it works. One plug could be changed. It has some surface rust on the body of it. I didnt want to try to remove it, I'll leave that up to the buyer. I have posted many pictures. If you have any questions, they can be directed to .

Below is the description out of the Wikipedia Check it out for the pics that they have posted.

A Brown Bobby is a triangular shaped doughnut . It is baked in a Brown Bobby machine, which resembles and is operated similar to a waffle iron . These machines were created by the Food Display Machine Corporation in Chicago , Illinois around the 1920s and possibly later.

The Company

The Food Display Machine Corporation was located at 500 North Dearborn Street in Chicago Illinois. Its president was H. Adams. In the mid 1920s, through advertisements in Popular Mechanics Magazine and perhaps other means as well, these machines were marketed as a means to start a small business. The machine's manual has 3 parts:

1. Seven Proven Business Plans for Operating a Successful BROWN BOBBY Business

2. How to get the Best Results from your BROWN BOBBY Machine

3. Recipes that Whet the Buying Appetite

The seven business plans described are:

1. Selling Direct to Homes

2. Getting the Restaurant and Drug Store Business

3. Getting the Grocery Business

4. Window Demonstrating and Sampling

5. Getting the Student Trade

6. Selling Through Salesmen

7. Running a BROWN BOBBY Store of your own

Some of the suggested locations for selling included candy stores, theatres , chain stores , bowling alleys , cigar stores, railway stations , dance halls , waiting rooms , garages , filling stations , general stores and soft drink parlors.

One could also obtain boxes and bags from the company for packaging the doughnuts. The machines are no longer manufactured as the Food Display Machine Corporation has long been out of business. According to the Annual Report of the Federal Trade Commission for 1937 the company was issued a Cease and Desist order for misrepresenting possible or maximum earnings for its potato chip machines.

The Machine

The Brown Bobby machine resembled and is operated similar to a waffle iron . Its surfaces were made of aluminum and were prepared for baking by coating with paraffin , though users today would most often use cooking spray . The machine had a high (600 watt/surfaces connected in parallel ) and a low (300 watt/surfaces connected in series ) setting. Cooking was done on the high setting, the low setting was for allowing the machine to remain idle. Machines were available as either a single (aka Brown Bobby Junior) for $52 or as 2 machines riveted together into a single unit for $100. Since these machines are no longer manufactured they are prized by their owners and often handed down to subsequent generations to continue the tradition of Brown Bobby making, especially during the holidays.

The Doughnuts

The Brown Bobby manual included 10 recipes for doughnuts, 4 icing recipes and a number of prepared doughnut mixes were also available. Recipes included Plain, Wholewheat, Bran, ...