Electric Heater

Fan-style electric tabletop space heater. Metal base, bronze-brown colored, with adjustable arm (double-winged screw secures in place) attached to fan back: a domed, chrome-plated, circular bowl, heat reflecting. Power cord attaches to back of fan, bronze-brown woven fabric cord, silver specks, brown molded plastic two-pronged plug. Front of fan has white ceramic heating element with metal coils. Wire guard in front, circular metal printed with: “MODEL No. 135.71600/UL®/Kenmore/650 WATTS 120 VOLTS/SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO.”; top of base is scratched: “20694”.
This heater is from the Hoover Company Sample collection, North Canton, Ohio, including samples by Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis (Missouri), which was bought by Hoover in 1969. It is noted: “Hoover Company Collection tag Sample 20694/Rec’d. Dec. 1964/Serial 868/Model 135-71600”; this tag is no longer attached to the object, but the sample number referenced is scratched into the front of the base.
Maker is “Kenmore” brand for Sears, Roebuck and Company (1886-present), acquired by Hoover Company in 1969. In the 1940s, Sears Roebuck replaced the "Heatmaster" label for their kitchen appliances with the "Kenmore" name. "Kenmore" brand products were not manufactured by Sears Roebuck, but were made and labeled for Sears by a number of other manufacturers including Arvin Industries, Bersted Manufacturing, Chicago Electric, Proctor & Shwartz, and several others.
Currently not on view
Object Name
heater, electric
date made
before 1964
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
average spatial: 27 cm x 27 cm; 10 5/8 in x 10 5/8 in
overall: 10 3/4 in x 7 in x 9 1/2 in; 27.305 cm x 17.78 cm x 24.13 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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