ARVIN Fan Forced Electric Heater

Small portable electric heater. Shaped sheet metal, dappled light brown enamel. “Skyscraper” style, stacked sides, streamlines across top, front to back, with attached hollow, shaped metal base, four rubber feet. Diamond pattern cut into front, with square-shaped grill attached, silver metal, horizontal lines throughout. Brown “ON/OFF” switch, “ARVIN” cut metal sans serif logo attached in front, red painted metal. Back has vents cut horizontally. Woven fabric cord attached in back, brown, orange, and gray, with brown molded plastic two-pronged plug, embossed with sans serif “H”. Metal heating coils and fan are visible through front grill.
Sticker on underside of bottom, yellow and green with black sans serif text: "SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS-THIS HEATER SHOULD BE CLEANED OF DUST AND LINT/EVERY SIX MONTHS. TO CLEAN INSIDE OF HEATER FIRST PULL PLUG FROM WALL,/TAKE OUT COVER SCREWS, AND REMOVE COVER./GUARANTEE-THIS HEATER IS GUARANTEED AGAINST DEFECTS IN WORKMANSHIP/AND MATERIALS, EXCEPT CORD, FOR 1 YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE./MADE IN U.S.A./NOBLITT-SPARKS INDUSTRIES, INC./COLUMBUS, INDIANA/110-220 VOLTS 1320 WATTS/USE ON 50-60 CYCLE A.C. ONLY/PATENT 1998670,2274459, OTHERS APPL'D FOR/LISTED BY UL UNDERWRITERS"; another sticker on bottom reads in black sans serif on yellow: "MODEL 213" In original cardboard box, with packaging inside, brown with red and black text printed on exterior.
US 1998670 A, April 21, 1935, Earl C. Booth and Robert R. Goshorn, assignors to Noblitt-Sparks Industries, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, for “Electric heater”
Unable to locate other patent listed, further research needed.
Maker is Noblitt-Sparks Industries, Inc. (which purchased Arvin Heater Company in 1922, and opened its Columbus, Indiana factory in 1940), now known as Arvin Industries, Inc.
Currently not on view
Object Name
heater, electric
date made
ca 1940
Physical Description
enamel (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (cord material)
plastic (plug; switch material)
overall-heater: 11 7/8 in x 10 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 30.1625 cm x 26.035 cm x 13.97 cm
overall-in box: 12 3/4 in x 11 3/8 in x 8 1/4 in; 32.385 cm x 28.8925 cm x 20.955 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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 Edgar Wolf, Jr.
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