Some of my old electric fans

Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by Sarge, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. Sarge

    Sarge One of the Regulars

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    I love old electric fans from the 1920s through the 1940s. We run ours year round. They were built to last and as long as you keep the bearings oiled they will pretty much run forever.

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  2. 1930artdeco

    1930artdeco Practically Family

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    We have a few as well and love them for the amount of air they move. I have an oscillator style fan that no longer moves. So I need to dig into it some more, as I think the worm gear is toast.

    mike
     
  3. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    How long have you been building this collection?
     
  4. Sarge

    Sarge One of the Regulars

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    I started collecting old fans about a year ago.
     
  5. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    I went through my fan collecting phase a few years ago. I kept to the smaller fans and had a nice collection. I really enjoyed the guys at the fan collectors site - friendly and helpful. My wife, however, couldn't understand why I needed more than one fan. So in the interest of maintaining the marital bliss I've become accustomed to, I unloaded all but one fan.

    This is an 8" blade, 3-speed Trojan. Its body, basket and blades are all brass. At one time it was shiny, but someone in my household preferred the dark patina. Nonetheless, I still have it and use it.

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  6. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    While I can’t recall accounts of anyone in my circles actually losing digits (or at least suffering serious injury) to the types of electric fans we had way back when, it’s not such a stretch to imagine it happening.

    As with all vintage electrical gizmos, the old wiring itself may present a hazard. I mention this not to rain on anyone’s parade (I have a bunch of old lamps and radios and whatnot myself), but rather to get some clarification from the better-versed on such matters as to what a person ought be on guard against.

    I recently called in a trusted electrician to assess the safety of a ’60s-vintage ceiling fixture (one of those retractable pull-down kind typically positioned over a dining table) prior to installing it. I figured that the cloth-wrapped cord on the thing could be wrapped around that spool only so many times before wires broke. I suspect that’s why that type of fixture hasn’t been made in a half century or longer.
     
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