A68_105.jpg Heater, Electric (about 1930 - 1940). Collection of Puke Ariki (A68.105).

It may look like some steampunk satellite TV dish, but the reality behind this domestic item is much more mundane. Thought to date from the 1930s it is an early electric heater which presumably kept many winter chills at bay before making its way into the museum collection. Even though this model is missing the original protective grill its design shows operator safety was not such a priority in product design. A similar “circular copper type heater” was involved in a bath time fatality in 1930. An Evening Post report on 30 June tells of an unfortunate woman, who “was evidently about to leave the bath when she put out her wet hand to move the heater to another position and received the [fatal] shock.”

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