11.03-1: Colman 1929 Quick Lite Space Heater
|HHCC Accession No. 2003.082||HHCC Classification Code: 11.03-1|
A liquid fuels, vaporizing, space heater, popular in the early years of the 20th century, as Canadian home owners looked to the latest and best technology of the day, in order to supplement the often cold and draft homes of the period, typically heated by wood or coal stoves or for the fortunate a central, gravity warm air, or hot water system, Colman, Quick Lite, 1929
11.03 Vaporizing, Liquid Fuel Burning Equipment and Systems - Space Heating
Colman Co. Ltd., Toronto
Quick Lite, Colman QC
Exhibit, education, and research quality, illustrating the design concepts, construction and styling , by an industry leader of the period, of liquid fuel, vaporizing, portable space heaters in the early years of the 20th century in Canada.
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:
Built in liquid fuel tank, 14 inch parabolic heat reflector in spun aluminum needle, fuel control valve ceramic heater element steel wire safety guard wooden, insulating handle in antiqued grey finish
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A remarkable statement of the advancements made by the Canadian heating industry in the first two decades of the 20th century, demonstrating not only the cumulated design and engineering expertise of the times, but also the materials and manufacturing processes that were by then available to the Canadian manufacturers, who saw and understood the market potential from a public crying out for greater winter time comfort.
G. Leslie Oliver, The T. H. Oliver HVACR Collection