|HHCC Accession No. 2003.083||HHCC Classification Code: 14.02-1|
In the early years of household electrification Canadians, next to valuing the benefits of the carbon filament, electric light bulb, would look to electricity to provide a constant, reliable flow of hot water for personal and domestic purposes. The Hotpoint, electric circulating, hot water heater would become a ubiquitous fixture in the homes of the nation, for all those who could avail themselves of this new found luxury, Canadian General Electric, Hotpoint, 1929.
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14.02 Electric Heating Equipment - Water Heating
Canadian General Electric
Exhibit, education, and research quality, illustrating the design concepts, construction and styling of electric, hot water, circulating heaters in early years of the 20th century.
From York County (York Region) Ontario, once a rich agricultural hinterlands, attracting early settlement in the last years of the 18th century. Located on the north slopes of the Oak Ridges Moraine, within 20 miles of Toronto, the County would also attract early ex-urban development, to be come a wealthy market place for the emerging household and consumer technologies of the early and mid 20th century.
This artifact was discovered in the 1950’s in the used stock of T. H. Oliver, Refrigeration and Electric Sales and Service, Aurora, Ontario, an early worker in the field of agricultural, industrial and consumer technology.
Type and Design:
heavy cast iron cylindrical body, finished in characteristic aluminium paint of the period 3000 watt, emerson electric element 4 position, electric, quick make and brake, spring loaded, rotary switch, high, medium, low, off I’’ drain cap 1’ IPS inlet and outlet connections
An early electric water heater design, which could scare home owners out of their wits. When it got plugged with line it could explode flooding the bath room with steam and hot water. It was common practice to put hot water tanks, un-insulated, in the bath room, to take advantage of the extra heat they afforded to keeping the bath room comfortable.
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G. Leslie Oliver, The T. H. Oliver HVACR Collection