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Old 05-20-2007, 10:49 PM
 
Location: imprisoned in chicago
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one of my hobbies, by the way, is collecting old antique electric fans. generally, i do what i have to do to get them running right and i use them to keep cool on hot days. (sorry, none of them are for sale.)
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:10 PM
 
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Whew! For a moment, I thought you were referring to me. I'm definitely an antique, and if Jimmy Buffet makes it back up here, I'm definitely a fan.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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JavaPhil funny! I saw a program on tattoos and such and this girl got a pic of her granny's old fan (cherished childhood memory) and had it branded onto her shoulder. Whew. Not for me lol
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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I have a number of old fans I've rebuilt, I wouldn't call myself a collector as much as I just like quality and not plastic crap they sell nowadays. I have a number from the 40's and 50's a few from the 20's and 30's and a couple of the old brass and cast iron models from the turn of the century, all running in tip top shape. I've been offered quite a bit for the old iron fans but I turn them down, I like them.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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When I saw antique, I thought you meant the really old ones...hand held. Liz
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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LOL ~ me too!

Actually, *somewhere* I have a very old ivory hand carved folding fan: am pretty sure it's from late 19th century China...
Mmmm now let's see, where did I put this...



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When I saw antique, I thought you meant the really old ones...hand held. Liz
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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I have three quite old fans which all work, but one especially needs attention because when I unplug it (that's how one turns it on & off: by plugging and unplugging...) a Pretty Big spark comes shooting out from the plug. Anyone?

So ~ I just have them, because they have always been in the family. Not really a collector. I like them because they work Much better than the modern plastic stuff which have so many guard strips the air doesn't really get fanned out....

And . . .none of Mine are for sale either!

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one of my hobbies, by the way, is collecting old antique electric fans. generally, i do what i have to do to get them running right and i use them to keep cool on hot days. (sorry, none of them are for sale.)
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: I'm not lost, I'm exploring!
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Yeah, me too , I got all excited when I saw this post, but I collect the smaller more delicate "hand held" fans. I have quite a few that I inherited from my grandmother's side of the family, that are rather almost falling apart at this point. I wish I had been a little older (and more careful) when she gave them to me to begin my collection... oh well!!!

So there are people that collect, electric fans? lol... why is a mental image of that bringing up scenes from "The Brave Little Toaster"

Ya'll have a great day!
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: USA
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Hi
I don't collect fans, but I envy you who do. All those old fans from way back have such unique designs, they are some of the biggest appliance works of art I have ever seen. Frequently I look in antique stores and if I find an old fan I will holler at you OP!
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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I've just found a fan that belonged to my mother. It is a "National Reinforced Plastics Corp." Berry Field, Nashville, TN "Executive 50" fan. It looks like it was used under a desk to cool off a person's legs. I can't find anything on it and was hoping you might have a clue about it. Gene gene@grhouse.org
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