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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

IN THE HOT SEAT

This invention made chilly open-air car journeys rather more bearable

The turn of the 20th century brought with it the extraordinary invention of the automobile, making getting from A to B much quicker. Travelling in one could get a bit nippy though, as many cars weren’t fully enclosed. Innovative ways of keeping warm were thus created, including this brass car seat warmer from the 1920s, an imaginative invention into which boiling water would be poured. In-car heating didn’t become effective and commonplace for another decade. In 1938, Nash Motors developed their Weather System, which remains the basis for the heating systems used in the majority of modern vehicles today

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