10.02-1: Taylor Forbes 1946 Coal Fired, Hot Water Heater
|HHCC Accession No. 2003.081||HHCC Classification Code: 10.02-1|
A coal fired, hot water heater from the 1940’s, a period in which hydro generation capacity in Ontario was under siege, overloaded as result of rapid post WWII development and the lack of investment during war years in electrical infrastructure. It was a period in which the consumers who could provided themselves with back-up systems. Such as this historic artifact of the times, purchased but never used, Taylor Forbes, Windsor Ont. 1946.
10.02 Solid Fuel (Coal and Wood) Burning Equipment - Water Heating
Taylor Forbes, Canada ltd., Windsor Ontario
14 x 10x 18’h
Exhibit, education, and research quality, illustrating the design concepts, construction and styling of coal fired water heaters in Canada, increasingly more apart of the country’s past than its future, yet non-the-less valued as a back-up when the hydro-electrification of the home failed to deliver.
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.
This water heater was purchased as a back-up in the Oliver household, but never used
Type and Design:
Heavy cast iron construction
Separate base plate
Control and Regulation:
Targeted Market Segment:
G. Leslie Oliver, The T. H. Oliver HVACR Collection