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GE turquoise floor circulating fan
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Post# 950182   7/26/2017 at 21:37 (354 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Well, this is a lesson in making sure you know what you are buying. Saw this vintage GE turquoise fan online so had to buy it. There was nothing next to it to show scale for size, so I assumed it was a cute little thing like the size of a desk oscillating fan. Imagine my surprise today when I saw the size of the box and found out I was the proud owner of a 20lb+ fan the size of a footstool!

It works great, but is a bit more turquoise green vs. turquoise blue, so not quite an exact match. Even though I'm shocked by the size, I'm still happy with my purchase, but have learned to make sure I know exactly what I'm buying next time--lol!

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Post# 950184 , Reply# 1   7/26/2017 at 21:45 (354 days old) by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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That happened with my first Suzy Homemaker washer purchase on ebay. Thought I was getting the big one but a small one showed up! Nice fan, though.

Post# 950185 , Reply# 2   7/26/2017 at 22:00 (354 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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Those are neat fans, I have never seen one in person. Your fan is called Blue Spruce color, which puts it between 1960-63 timeline.

Post# 950193 , Reply# 3   7/26/2017 at 23:23 (354 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

That's why they are called hassock fans...


I've got a Sears version from the 70's in harvest gold, 2 speed but it works well when I need it.  I'd love the GE you got, my favorite 60's colors...

Post# 950207 , Reply# 4   7/27/2017 at 00:48 (354 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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My aunt had one of those hassock fans when I was a kid. I believe it was a GE. Brown/tan. Yogi has one too. But I don't recall the brand. Neat find! Love the color too!

Post# 950211 , Reply# 5   7/27/2017 at 02:13 (354 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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These fans are not only attractive, but they really are good at circulating room air without flipping the pages of magazines or disturbing light weight items that may be nearby. 


I remember being at Roger's house in Tucson, and with triple digit heat, just his swamp cooler system and a hassock fan kept things comfortable inside.


I'd grab such a fan if I were to come across one.

Post# 950228 , Reply# 6   7/27/2017 at 06:59 (353 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Nice find! I didn't know GE made a hassock-style of fan - it still looks 'cool'...   Sorry couldn't resist that.  LOL 

Post# 950240 , Reply# 7   7/27/2017 at 08:37 (353 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

GE had two sets of blades in theirs and it really moved air. I found one at an estate sale and bought it just to save as an example. It's gray or tan, I think.

Post# 950243 , Reply# 8   7/27/2017 at 08:56 (353 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Jeanine ....

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Congratulations and "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" (on the size). :-)

Is it louder at higher revs than you expected or could you comment on the sound? I had a small Vornado fan and I thought it was fairly quiet..but I like the hassock design.

Thanks for a reply and enjoy!

Post# 950252 , Reply# 9   7/27/2017 at 09:21 (353 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have two of them....found at yard sales for around 10.00.....

wish they would bring them back, they are so versatile for a variety of placements...

I like putting them under tables, like the dining room, a gentle steady breeze to cool you down under.....

unlike an oscillating fan, like waiting for a bus, when is that air going to get here!

Post# 950262 , Reply# 10   7/27/2017 at 10:59 (353 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Like waiting for a bus

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Ha!ha! That would be quiet, under the table(s) - how would you rate them for noise(loud, average or quiet compared to other fans? I'm thinking they're contained in that "hassock" and doesn't that make these
a little quieter than a standard fan?

waiting for a!

Post# 950366 , Reply# 11   7/27/2017 at 20:25 (353 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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To me, it sounds similar to a box fan, but at a slightly lower pitch if that makes sense. I do like how it blows air evenly all around a room without blowing things around. I've lived in the deep South all my life, and have never seen anything like this. If people didn't have a/c, they used box fans, oscillating fans, or attic fans. So, I had no real clue what I was buying. I usually research things before buying, but saw that it was a turquoise GE something that still worked, so it was buy now, ask questions later-lol.

Post# 950378 , Reply# 12   7/27/2017 at 21:15 (353 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I have this Mathes Cooler fan(pre-restored photos are here and sorry, I need to get my flickr account updated), but you'll get the idea:

Sometime ago, someone posted their hassock fan here at like yours, thanks for the information. You're right, alot can be done to keep cool, with these floor fans. I guess I have to find one, now. :-)

Post# 950380 , Reply# 13   7/27/2017 at 21:37 (353 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        
Oh wow,

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My grandparents had a fan that looked exactly like that! In fact, when I turned on the GE, my first thought was of the old wooden box fan.

I never heard the term "hassock" before, as we always used "foot stool" or "ottoman". If it would have been labeled as a hassock fan, I would have looked it up and maybe had a better idea of what I was getting myself into.

Post# 950381 , Reply# 14   7/27/2017 at 21:40 (353 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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I have two of these hassock fans. Found one on the side of the road and all it needed was a few drops of oil to work. Picked up the other at a yard sale for $5. As Yogi ways, they are, indeed, wonderful under the table on the porch at dinner during summer. I think they are much more effective that ceiling fans at moving air. 



Post# 952883 , Reply# 15   8/14/2017 at 13:58 (335 days old) by DaveTranter (Central England)        
'Hassock' fan

What may be classed as a 'dumb' question from the other side ofthe 'pond', where I can safely say I've never seen one of these before.....

Which direction is the airflow with one of these?? In at top, out at bottom, or in at bottom, out at top? Presumably it is intended to pull in cool, floor-level air, and circulate it into the living space higher in the room. Is this correct??

Many thanks

Dave T

Post# 952887 , Reply# 16   8/14/2017 at 14:33 (335 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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yeah, pull from the bottom, and flow out the top....

fantastic little units....

Post# 952908 , Reply# 17   8/14/2017 at 16:44 (335 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I have a Fresh'Nd Aire hassock fan from either the late 1960's or early 1970's. It has four speeds.

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Post# 953031 , Reply# 18   8/15/2017 at 16:25 (334 days old) by perc-o-prince (Southboro, Mass)        
Here's one of ours...

It's a Diehl- we have it on the porch and it does a nice job! About the same as, or maybe a bit louder than, a box fan when it's on high.


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Post# 953457 , Reply# 19   8/18/2017 at 18:03 (331 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Thanks for sharing pictures of your fans. I can't believe I'd never seen this kind of fan before until recently.

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