|HHCC Accession No. 2003.121||HHCC Classification Code: 5.02-14B|
AN INTEGRAL HP COMPRESSOR (1 1/2 TO 3 HP), BY KELVINATOR, MARKED # 5208, CIRCA 1928 ‘ With water cooled head it would be representative of the company’s early years, as well as those of the industry, in the design and production of such refrigeration machines, opening up an new epic period, providing for the first time automatic, mechanically cooled commercial food storage for Canadians.
5.02 Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Compressors - Commercial
Kelvinator of Canada, London Ontario
Education, and research quality, illustrating the design and engineering of the earliest, integral HP refrigeration machines in use in Canada’s food production and storage industries. (Flywheel and discharge service valve not included)
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.
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G. Leslie Oliver, The T. H. Oliver HVACR Collection