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Post# 526010   6/21/2011 at 09:42 (2,316 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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It's officially summer so why don't we show em if you got em. These are my "twins". The one on the left was my grandmothers, I remember singing into it as a kid. The one on the right was found hidden in a friends attic when she bought her house. Dated 1964 on the bottom.

Post# 526011 , Reply# 1   6/21/2011 at 09:44 (2,316 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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1920ish GE "WHIZ" fan and 1950's Dominion Personal fan.

Post# 526013 , Reply# 2   6/21/2011 at 09:48 (2,316 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Grandma's fan in the window, nothing better than that on dry summer night. Sadly, I've had the windows replaced since then and now the fan won't fit in the window. I built a small "bench" that sits in front of the window and it works pretty good.

Post# 526016 , Reply# 3   6/21/2011 at 09:54 (2,316 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Silex Handy Breeze, the Whiz fan again, and a MINT Victor Miracle Breeze with a "draft diverter". It was supposed to keep papers from flying around in an office, doesn't really do the trick but it looks cool.

Post# 526118 , Reply# 4   6/21/2011 at 19:45 (2,316 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
Here are mine

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Here is the "little" Lau

Post# 526119 , Reply# 5   6/21/2011 at 19:46 (2,316 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
GE Hassock Fan

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Post# 526120 , Reply# 6   6/21/2011 at 19:47 (2,316 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
Turquoise Lau Ultra Twenty

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Post# 526121 , Reply# 7   6/21/2011 at 19:48 (2,316 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
Atlas Aire 2 speed

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Post# 526122 , Reply# 8   6/21/2011 at 19:49 (2,316 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
Beige Lau Ultra Twenty

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Post# 526143 , Reply# 9   6/21/2011 at 22:33 (2,316 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

Enjoying, keep 'em coming.

Post# 526148 , Reply# 10   6/21/2011 at 23:04 (2,316 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
GE Vortalex

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I have a late 1940's vintage GE Vortalex.  Pictured is a 12" (blade measurement) 3-speed oscillating model like mine, but the pictured fan is not mine.  I use my fan in the garage since it's not pristine (but still perfectly respectable), and because it moves a whole lot of air.    I aim it from the shop into the garage area and it gets things circulating nicely.  Quiet as it can be in a large space, it's still kind of a loud motor for inside the house.

Post# 526160 , Reply# 11   6/22/2011 at 00:50 (2,316 days old) by AutowasherFreak ()        

Love the vintage fans! Amazing how long they have lasted when the $40.00 stand oscillating fan that I bought last year shortly after we moved into this house is slowly dieing.

Post# 526162 , Reply# 12   6/22/2011 at 01:07 (2,316 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I remember when I lived up north at night you could put a fan in a window on summer nights and have it blow outwards and open the other windows and nice cool evening air would blow in. And those old fans moved some serious air, not like these cheapy fans available today.

My parents had a Vornado window fan. It was in a box like frame and you flipped the fan around to blow either in or out. They must have had that thing for at least 25 years. The photo below is of a fan like the one they had, only theirs was in a gun metal gray finish.

Post# 526167 , Reply# 13   6/22/2011 at 01:49 (2,316 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Nice collection. I'd love to find one of those hassock fans in good condition. I've only ever run across one and it was too beat up to buy

Post# 526168 , Reply# 14   6/22/2011 at 02:02 (2,316 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I would love to find a couple of those "in or out" Vornado fans for the two bedrooms upstairs here.  I have a cheap plastic "twin fan" in the window of each bedroom currently, and they're mostly bark with marginal bite. 

Post# 526180 , Reply# 15   6/22/2011 at 06:07 (2,315 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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I Love those Lau box fans with the controls on the side, such a different concept. They always go for some really high price when I see them on Ebay.

Post# 526181 , Reply# 16   6/22/2011 at 06:26 (2,315 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
My Grandmother's Fan

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Hunter Century Zephair. Quiet and Powerfull. Needs some TLC, but I make sure I oil the Motor 2-3 times a year.

Post# 526240 , Reply# 17   6/22/2011 at 12:42 (2,315 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Those Vornado reversible fans come up from time to time on Ebay. They usually are less than $50.00 or so. They do move some serious air. My parents put theirs in the upstairs hallway window. When you opened the bedroom windows you'd get a very comfortable breeze blowing in. Sometime during the night you'd have to get up and shut it off as the house got cold.

The fan my parents had was a three speed, but there are two speed variants too.
It seems the three speed versions have the fan control on the lower right hand side of the fan while the two speeds have the control where it is in the photo I supplied. And the control is a rotary type with a knob rather than a toggle switch. Also there is a nice sized oiling port on the motor for easy lubrication. My Dad used to put 3 in 1 oil in it periodically.

Post# 526261 , Reply# 18   6/22/2011 at 14:04 (2,315 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks Allen.  I'm going to keep an eye out for one or two of those fans. 


Same situation here re: needing to turn the fans off in the middle of the night due to over-cooling.  I can definitely live with that.  The past two nights the fans have been necessary all night until sunrise.  Should have the sea breeze kicking in this afternoon and back down around 80 as it should be this time of year.

Post# 526372 , Reply# 19   6/23/2011 at 00:18 (2,315 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

And lo and behold, there is a 3 speed version exactly like my parents had on Ebay right now. But the price is just outrageous along with the shipping! Vornado made a kajillion of these, so I am sure another one will pop up soon!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO whirlcool's LINK on eBay

Post# 526374 , Reply# 20   6/23/2011 at 00:27 (2,315 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Interesting.  And that Vornado wasn't exactly cheap when brand new, at $64.95. 


I guess from the looks of it they're relying on the window of choice already having a screen?

Post# 526405 , Reply# 21   6/23/2011 at 07:21 (2,314 days old) by GadgetGary (Bristol,CT)        

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Here's one I found for a friend at Goodwill a few years back.

Post# 526460 , Reply# 22   6/23/2011 at 11:08 (2,314 days old) by dirtybuck (Springfield, MO)        

Ah yes, I remember the GE Hassock fan quite well. We had it when I was growing up back in the '60's. It put out LOTS of air in all different directions. I think the motor burnt out on it and it was trashed.

Post# 526519 , Reply# 23   6/23/2011 at 15:23 (2,314 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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1920s era I believe. It's Pullman Green.

Post# 526729 , Reply# 24   6/24/2011 at 19:38 (2,313 days old) by sambootoo (Moody, AL)        

Here are just a few of mine. This is my Emerson roll about from the 50's or 60's.

Post# 526730 , Reply# 25   6/24/2011 at 19:42 (2,313 days old) by sambootoo (Moody, AL)        

My Air Castle pedestal that gets lots of use in the shop

Post# 526731 , Reply# 26   6/24/2011 at 19:52 (2,313 days old) by sambootoo (Moody, AL)        

This is my Gaylord circulator with a 36 inch cast blade, electric air fresheners,and built in ozone generator. This fan has been in my family for generations but no one can tell me how or why this would have been used in a home setting which is the only place I remember it ever being used. I first saw this fan in my grandmother's barn when I was 3 or 4 years old. I remember it being used a few times @ my aunt/uncles home where it finally met it's death after several trips in to the repair shop. I recently replaced the motor as the original was long gone--my dad probably sold that for scrap!

Post# 526732 , Reply# 27   6/24/2011 at 19:55 (2,313 days old) by sambootoo (Moody, AL)        

I have several more including a Vornado, 16 inch Emerson,Hunter, and Westinghouse oscillators, Homart and Rex-Aire window fans but no pics of them at this time.

Post# 526932 , Reply# 28   6/26/2011 at 01:51 (2,312 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I have a plastic R&M Hunter that's in really bad shape. I'd like to get another one like it someday!

It used to look like this!

Post# 527270 , Reply# 29   6/27/2011 at 20:21 (2,310 days old) by gfm8959 (Long Island, NY)        
Sears Homart Cooler

Powerful exhaust fan. I remember seeing a lot of these in my neighborhood growing up.

Post# 527340 , Reply# 30   6/28/2011 at 12:18 (2,309 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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I have to Westy Mobilaire fans - one brown, one blue. Here's the brown:

Does anyone know how to get the back grates/covers off these things so they can be cleaned? Seems to be a rubber gasket going around, but I can figure how to get if off.

Post# 527342 , Reply# 31   6/28/2011 at 12:19 (2,309 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Here's the blue Westy:

Post# 527343 , Reply# 32   6/28/2011 at 12:21 (2,309 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Here is one I just picked up at an estate sale. A Kenmore deluxe, still in the orginal box. It has a groovy stand and is reversable, too.

Post# 527344 , Reply# 33   6/28/2011 at 12:24 (2,309 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Here is a little fan that I have in the kitchen on top of the fridge. It's from a manufacturer that was in the Bronx, NY.

Post# 527454 , Reply# 34   6/28/2011 at 20:56 (2,309 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Kevin, I LOVE that Kenmore fan you got from the estate sale. Its so close to the one I'm looking for that I grew up with. It was on a stand like that one, i think it even had white wall tires. I remember the knobs were clear plastic and had little ridges around them. We only had 1 fan in the whole house and my mom would put that in the bedroom hallway blowing towards all of them. I would spend most of the summer sleeping on the floor in the hallway! That must be where my love of fans comes from.. Great find!!!!

Post# 527455 , Reply# 35   6/28/2011 at 21:19 (2,309 days old) by xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Well, I only have 2 vintage fans and here they are first I have this cute little 1 speed Dominion fan

Post# 527456 , Reply# 36   6/28/2011 at 21:21 (2,309 days old) by xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Next up I have this lovely 3 speed Penncrest box fan

Post# 527462 , Reply# 37   6/28/2011 at 22:15 (2,309 days old) by washernoob ()        

Once I am on a real computer I shall post my fans. I have a few around here

My main interest in them are with very early brass blade ones but do enjoy some newer ones.

I have currently an ivory white 1925 ge 12" model. A 1925 Dayton brass blade 16" a Westinghouse leader desktop and a funky green 50s hassoc fan.

Post# 527486 , Reply# 38   6/29/2011 at 00:12 (2,309 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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OMG Sam that Penncrest is hypnotically awesome!


I love the various cage designs on the pedestal fans.  Jim, that Miracle Breeze ROCKS!

Post# 527487 , Reply# 39   6/29/2011 at 00:14 (2,309 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Took the words right out of my mouth!

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Ralph, I agree--Sam, that Penncrest is not to be believed!  It looks gorgeous year-round!

Post# 527489 , Reply# 40   6/29/2011 at 00:37 (2,309 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Love, love, love 'em!

Post# 527582 , Reply# 41   6/29/2011 at 10:04 (2,308 days old) by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
Vintage Fans....

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Sears Kenmore reversible thermostaically controlled...Trash find

Post# 527583 , Reply# 42   6/29/2011 at 10:06 (2,308 days old) by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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superlectric oscillating....

Post# 527585 , Reply# 43   6/29/2011 at 10:07 (2,308 days old) by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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My mom bought this fan when she was 18..Been around my whole life.....

Post# 527586 , Reply# 44   6/29/2011 at 10:11 (2,308 days old) by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
Battle Scars...

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From falling out the window, a good 25 years ago....this poor fan has endured more than you possibly imagine.....still runs great though.

Post# 527588 , Reply# 45   6/29/2011 at 10:14 (2,308 days old) by searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        
Fan Convention

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I think they're discussing their favorite brand of oil....LOL

Post# 527926 , Reply# 46   6/30/2011 at 19:27 (2,307 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
My Tatung, circa 1981-1982:

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Three Speeds and the GRILL, even rotates! Opened it at least once to clean out all that dust!

-- Dave

Post# 527929 , Reply# 47   6/30/2011 at 19:29 (2,307 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Od Ehad:

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That's right: Someone thought there was something WRONG w/ this fan 'cause the grill was TURNING, w/ the blades!

'Course it can turn W/O 'em, too & you wouldn't wanna do that; it may burn the motor out & it don't deliver that much air, that way, either!

Post# 527946 , Reply# 48   6/30/2011 at 21:32 (2,307 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It is amazing how much air conditioned air you can move around the house of one or two window units with good fans. I use my Vornados for this.

That Emerson roll around fan is similar to the ones our elementary school's PTA bought for all of the classrooms in 60 or 61. They sure were loud on high, not like the much more expensive WH Mobilaire fans.

Post# 528285 , Reply# 49   7/2/2011 at 12:28 (2,305 days old) by spookiness (Alexandria VA)        
My dual fan

I got this last year from the Craigslist free section.
It works and has a thermostat.
I have been meaning to clean it up, oil it, and replace the cord, but I just haven't gotten around to it so for now it is "unrestored".

The label says "Fresh'nd-aire by CORY"

Post# 528291 , Reply# 50   7/2/2011 at 13:31 (2,305 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

My first fan I smashed up when I was given it

Post# 528298 , Reply# 51   7/2/2011 at 15:37 (2,305 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Those window fans with two fans in them were extremely popular in the late 50's & all through the 60's. I remember seeing them in windows all over the place in the upper midwest.

A lot of people didn't start air conditioning their houses until around 1964 or so.
Most just had a room or two air conditioned. And I had an aunt & uncle in Wisconsin that never even got an air conditioner. They were up in Rhinelander and when we went to visit them it might be warm during the day, but at night you definitely needed a blanket as the northwoods gets cold at night and the house wouldn't even heat up until mid afternoon.

Post# 528405 , Reply# 52   7/3/2011 at 09:00 (2,304 days old) by PAULG (My sweet home... Chicago)        

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I have that TATUNG fan under my desk at work under the HITACHI label. Colors are gray and white. I bought it new about ten years ago. Good designs are timeless. That fan is super-duper quiet, moves a lot of air and thin. I love it. Even under my desk it blows all around me.

Post# 529535 , Reply# 53   7/8/2011 at 17:37 (2,299 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Here is a Zephyr Aircooler. It belonged to my greatgrandma. I've had it for about 15 years now. It still works great.

Post# 529770 , Reply# 54   7/10/2011 at 10:43 (2,297 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        
Vornado, Vortalex, and Vacuum Pots

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A little late in getting this posted. Here are pictures of a couple of nice Vortalex fans that I have. I have five Vortalex fans. Also, a picture of a nice little Vornado. I also have a pedestal Vornado that moves enough air to cause the cats to hang on with their nails. It is currently in storage. Also a few of the vacuum coffee pots and a couple of milk shake machines. Yes, that is a toaster lurking in between the two fans and the early transistor radio. The lamp is an antique kerosene bicycle lamp. All of the fans in the pictures work well.


Post# 530021 , Reply# 55   7/11/2011 at 15:54 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
Mathes Cooler

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Look at what a handsome visitor surprised me with over this past weekend! 


A Mathes Cooler, made by Curtis Mathes.  It's huge and it's beautiful with a heavy mahogany case and it can really move some air -- very quietly.  It matches the wood trim in the living room nicely but will probably make short work of exhausting the hot air from the upstairs area placed in a west-facing window.


I'm posting a few pictures here.  I'm particularly interested in knowing what the two adjustable spacers on the rear of the fan are for.  We were speculating that they're probably there to keep the fan from being placed flush against a wall, but since the screws that hold them in place can be loosened and these slotted spacers can be slid up and down, or rotated 90 degrees, that adds to the mystery.  Perhaps they turn to hold the unit against the window frame so it won't fall forward?


Also, does anyone have knowledge about the speed control module?  This one makes a buzzing sound and could probably use some attention.


Post# 530022 , Reply# 56   7/11/2011 at 15:57 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Another shot.  This is not my actual fan, but very similar.  Mine has the control on the top, centered at the rear behind the handle.

Post# 530023 , Reply# 57   7/11/2011 at 15:59 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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One of the spacers on the back side near the bottom.  This one has the speed control mounted on the side, and appears to be a smaller (shorter) model.

Post# 530024 , Reply# 58   7/11/2011 at 16:01 (2,296 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I have a Mathes Cooler like that, but yours is in much better condition. Unfortunatly, mine was used in the attic for several years, and the finish is ruined. Someday I may refinish it.

Post# 530027 , Reply# 59   7/11/2011 at 16:14 (2,296 days old) by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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I've had a few Mathes Cooler's - used one as a renovation vent for a long time. Identical to the one pictured with the variable speed control. The finish was toast so I didn't mind using it as a vent before it met it's maker.

A good friend told me these were originally used as swamp coolers with wet media pads on the back side, thus that is what the brackets were for on the intake side. Draw air through the wet media to create a cooling affect.

The only issue? They would never work in the humid Midwest, but would work wonders out in the dry west. However they do make fantastic fans and move quite aa lot of air, and are fairly quiet.

Port-A-Cool makes large industrial sized ones today. You'll see them used by the NFL and College football teams this fall.



Post# 530041 , Reply# 60   7/11/2011 at 18:02 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
That Mathes Pictured Above

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It isn't mine, so I just went and snapped a couple.


Interesting about that swamp cooler function.  If mine had that accessory, I'd surely use it.


This is my fan:

Post# 530042 , Reply# 61   7/11/2011 at 18:03 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Another shot.

Post# 530047 , Reply# 62   7/11/2011 at 18:30 (2,296 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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Those models were indeed to be used as "swamp coolers". You hooked a moisture wicking pad up to the back and presto, cool air. That's why those units are made mostly out of wood for water+electric+metal= electrocution purposes, but I still don't know how smart it was. They are much more popular in the SouthWest and drier climates, probably not a very good seller in the humid states.

Post# 530049 , Reply# 63   7/11/2011 at 18:50 (2,296 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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That explains why they call it a cooler and not just a fan.


Time to google up some images to see what the wet media assembly looks like.

Post# 530129 , Reply# 64   7/12/2011 at 01:34 (2,296 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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This thread motivated me to get out my old Kenmore fan that also is a portable heater. When you move the switch from COOLING to HEAT the fan speed slows down and the star shaped heat coil comes on. I have no idea how old it is but it still works pretty well. This fan really moves the air.

Post# 831878 , Reply# 65   7/11/2015 at 16:15 (835 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
Time to resurrect this thread.

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I found this cute little single speed Zero oscillating fan at the only estate sale happening in town this weekend.  Not bad for $5.00 if I do say so myself.  Gave it a couple of drops of oil, and she runs beautifully!  McGraw Electric Co. merged with Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1957 to form McGraw-Edison, so this fan would most likely be pre-1957.

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Post# 831897 , Reply# 66   7/11/2015 at 21:42 (835 days old) by Kanticoy (Moody, AL)        

I know where my love of fans came from: my dad, who is on these boards! He keeps talking about the great folks here so I thought I would share a few. I restore them when they're too far gone. I love all fans, but my favorites are the atomic age fans from the 50's like Vornados, Kenmore's, Mimar's etc. These are just a few of my collection including a few restos. Great place here!

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Post# 831900 , Reply# 67   7/11/2015 at 22:07 (835 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

I have a vornado similar to pic#1,mine is kinda beat up-snatched it at the dump~20 years ago,but works good.I also recently got a ~1950 fan with 4 brown rubber blades and no guard-will look to see what brand that one is.

Post# 831917 , Reply# 68   7/12/2015 at 01:39 (835 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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cool fans, whats that one in #5 ? I love the giant ring around it !

Post# 831934 , Reply# 69   7/12/2015 at 06:48 (834 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
Office scene from Bullitt.

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I would love to find a desk fan like the one in the background in the scene in the architect's office where Bullitt's girlfriend works.  I think the spiral design on the blades is so hypnotic.  You can see it beginning at 5:49 into the clip.


Post# 831954 , Reply# 70   7/12/2015 at 10:29 (834 days old) by Kanticoy (Moody, AL)        

Thanks guys! The fan with a ring around it is a Kenmore fan made by Mimar known as the "Dynafan". It is in the process of being restored right now to factory fresh. They made a huge one that I have yet to find in my picking.

Post# 831978 , Reply# 71   7/12/2015 at 13:38 (834 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I'd like to find another R&M hunter tripod fan as I have one that hit the floor too many times during the few years it did belong to my uncle!

It still works but it's missing pieces of it's plastic housing... When I was a kid, I was fascinated by this fan, which at that time, was in my bedroom in my grandparent's house. 



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Post# 832000 , Reply# 72   7/12/2015 at 17:19 (834 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I had to buy one after I checked again on eBay. Not the tripod version but my tripod is good... I just hope it will not be damaged in the shipping!





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Post# 832014 , Reply# 73   7/12/2015 at 20:26 (834 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Here's the one I currently have, I have patched it with fiberglass, it still works but it's ugly! A few weeks ago, I was wondering if I should just throw it away. I'm glad I resisted as I'll reuse the tripod from this one. It's the same model number as the other one.

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Post# 832072 , Reply# 74   7/13/2015 at 09:15 (833 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
1906 GE Pancake Fan

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Just finished restoring this old fan; GE with the flat "pancake" motor. One interesting feature about this fan is the exposed live wires on the back of the motor. 5-speed fan with all-brass cage and blades. One "before" picture shown.

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Post# 832079 , Reply# 75   7/13/2015 at 10:25 (833 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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That's a really nice fan Fred, I was quite impressed when I saw it in person!

Post# 832305 , Reply# 76   7/14/2015 at 22:30 (832 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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Fred - nice job on this old GE fan. Did the five speeds work already when you bought it or did that feature need attention to work properly?

Post# 832396 , Reply# 77   7/15/2015 at 14:19 (831 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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As you can imagine, the wiring on the fan was in sad shape. I put on a new cord, and similar wire from the base of the fan to the back of the motor. I used a cloth-covered cord intended for a flat iron. The wire connects to terminals on the back of the motor, which are exposed to whoever wants to touch them. At top speed, there is 110v; at low speed, it's about 70v.

I did have to fix one connection inside the base. I forget what it's called, but inside the base is a circular coil, off of which is tapped 5 wires, for the 5 speeds. Only 1 of these connections was broken.

The most work went into polishing the brass.

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Post# 832592 , Reply# 78   7/17/2015 at 04:26 (829 days old) by maytog77 (wichita kansas, Historic Midtowne.)        

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I only have 1 vintage fan..A vintage Emerson Electric. I have no idea how old it is. I bought it at a gsale, and cleaned it up, oiled the motor and such. Is is a one speed DC with no switch. I think I am going to buy one of those lamp type cord swiches for it

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Post# 832623 , Reply# 79   7/17/2015 at 10:59 (829 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
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wow, Frid - those open wires are daunting. Hopefully no one or thing will accidentally reach behind and get a little wakeup call.

Post# 832758 , Reply# 80   7/18/2015 at 15:49 (828 days old) by wash_my_machine (Washing machine land)        

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Recently purchased these beauties!

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Post# 833597 , Reply# 81   7/24/2015 at 13:50 (822 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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After a few years of searching (not too actively but still!), here's my Hunter tripod fan with it's new housing. 


I spent a few hours cleaning it and replacing the power cord but I'm very happy about it now!


I still need to clean the power cord and the tripod part as it was quite dirty. The last picture is how it was before!  I had patched it with fiberglass because there were large chunks of plastic missing! I was tempted to throw it away a few times because of it's condition, but now I'm glad I resisted!

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Post# 833604 , Reply# 82   7/24/2015 at 14:33 (822 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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PhilR - awesome looking fan!

Post# 833606 , Reply# 83   7/24/2015 at 15:32 (822 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Thanks Phil, I spent quite a few hours cleaning it last night and I just finished cleaning another free 1975 Frigidaire air conditioner that I found on Craigslist earlier this week. I'm quite thrilled with my new finds!

Post# 833610 , Reply# 84   7/24/2015 at 15:47 (822 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
What model no. is that Hunter ?

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And it shows…..I didn't flip through the eight pictures all the way, and the last photo you posted should be the first to show the "before". I haven't seen a Hunter like that but since you now have introduced me to these, I'd gladly pick one up if it was reasonably priced.

You have some cool stuff, for sure.

Post# 833648 , Reply# 85   7/24/2015 at 18:43 (822 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Here it is. Other than the tripod, it has minor differences with mine. The original power cord had been replaced on the one I got on eBay so I used mine instead. Then I noticed that the holes for the power cord have been moved down on the newer design and one of them was also made larger to fit a plastic blocking insert. All the information on the model tag remained the same however.  The fan I already had also had an asbestos sheet in the switch/motor housing that the one I got on eBay didn't have. And I don't think it ever had one. Mine wouldn't fit because the hole for the wire in the asbestos sheet was located at a different place. 

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Post# 833653 , Reply# 86   7/24/2015 at 19:13 (822 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
Fan construction

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Thanks PhilR, is that a plastic or metal shroud we're looking at? It looks like metal.

Post# 833685 , Reply# 87   7/25/2015 at 00:41 (822 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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It's all plastic. I don't know exactly what type of plastic it is. It's relatively hard (not as hard as Bakelite). I think the seller told me it's melamine, I guess it could be.


The front grille/shroud is a single piece which holds the motor and switch. The grille at the back is another molded plastic piece that's held to the shroud by 4 screws. The legs are made of anodized aluminium and the part that holds the 3 legs and the fan is mostly made of cast iron that's painted to match the plastic parts.

Post# 833728 , Reply# 88   7/25/2015 at 08:00 (821 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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The tripod didn't appear to be holding up an all metal fan, but it gave a metal look. Nice job on the restore!

Post# 924170 , Reply# 89   2/28/2017 at 11:35 (237 days old) by KathyJB (Texas)        
Just Got Here

Where is everyone? I don't see an icon for vintage fans. drats!

Post# 924182 , Reply# 90   2/28/2017 at 13:55 (237 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (wichita kansas, Historic Midtowne.)        
Since this thread has been revived....

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I have another vintage fan, let me present my '48 Emerson electric. =).

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