Posted 5 years ago
Despite having plenty of stuff sitting around the house I did a bit of antiquing on my day off. The thrill of the hunt and so on.
This poor mold space heater was sitting outside luckily covered. As this was out in the desert and in a covered area not that big a deal but not the best for something electric. It had been out there so long the price tag had disintegrated.
As to the item it is an Al Bersted product. He was the king of dimestore electric appliances from the 1920s-1950s. They were sold under a variety of names. I am going to have to make an educated guess on this one. In the 1950s it would have been under the McGraw Electric name so I am thinking 1940s. It has a stamped metal base so unlikely it would be much earlier.
The radiator on this is about a foot across. The cage has a spider web design used on the Eskimo Fans around 1950. It has a nifty woven cord. If I check it out to see if it works I will use a series of surge protectors.