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Sinko windshield heater, 1930s, with packaging

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Sinko windshield heater, 1930s, with packaging
National Museum of American History, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19268


This object appears in the following sections:

Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars

Bell Gasoline Saver

Sinko windshield heater
Catalog #: 336,283, Accession #: 1978.0365
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Sinko Windshield Heater was made by the Sinko Tool and Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois. It was designed to attach to the windshield to 'defog' the glass so that a car's driver could see out the window more easily if the weather was inclement.
Physical Description
artifact. 11 1/2" L x 1" W x 7/8" H and 28" of wire; metal strips with suction cups, heating elements, and a plug in wire.
Date Made:
about 1930
Gift of Ted F. Silvey
As more and more Americans took to the wheel, they often tinkered with their cars so that they more effectively suited their needs, or to overcome early automobiles' very obvious limitations. A users could buy kits that converted Model T's into a stationary engine, lights, turn signals, anti-theft devices, and a host of other products that the makers of auto accessories touted as essential and useful. Although not all of them worked, or were succesful, some of the early add-ons, became standard features on later cars.
Related People, Places, and Events
Sinko Tool and Manufacturing Corporation
Located in Chicago, Illinois.

Ted F. Silvey
Mr. Silvey donated this artifact to the museum in 1977.

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