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Portable grill designed and built by Eclipse Metal Mfg. Corp. Patent #2,999,494, filed October 27, 1958 and issued September 12, 1961 describes this as a "picnic grill." The first line of patent describes this invention as: "This invention relates to a picnic grill and is specially designed for the young fellow as a grill of his own for camping, hiking or to do his own cooking in the back yard." Large aluminum sheet folds then two side panels hold the shape. A grill and handle also help hold the shape. Preliminary research indicates first light weight camp stoves or grills were designed in the 1930's. It was not until the late 1930's and 1940's when true portable/packable camp stoves and grills were designed and marketed.
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metal, iron (overall material)
overall-grill: 7/8 in x 12 1/2 in x 14 in; 2.2225 cm x 31.75 cm x 35.56 cm
overall-box: 1 in x 12 3/4 in x 14 in; 2.54 cm x 32.385 cm x 35.56 cm
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Pamela A. Derrenger
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History
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