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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 12:55 pm
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Stefan Osdene
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I just picked up this circa 1898-1899 George Towle Ironclad fan produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Although it is similar to the Paragon, I am not convinced that it was an identical fan as some have suggested. In an 1898 issue of Electrical World, Paragon and Towle are shown as two separate manufacturers. Moreover, the Towle has a bigger motor with a different end casting on the housing. It also has a seamless construction unlike the two part housing found on Paragon fan motors.

Towle and Paragon fans were sold in a variety of colors. Although this one has been restored, it has been returned to its original paint color.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 12:56 pm
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Blue Towle 2.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 12:56 pm
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Blue Towle 3.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 12:57 pm
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Blue Towle 4.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 12:58 pm
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Blue Towle 5.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 01:00 pm
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Ironclad motors of a similar design to Paragon and Towle were in use by the early 1890s presumably to prevent damage to the coils and stator. This was a marked contrast to exposed coil motors which would be more prone to damage and the effects of humidity, etc. Note this 1893 image of an ironclad Rockford Dynamo/Motor produced in Rockford, Illinois.

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Wow that is a sweet fan! I love the look of this type. A question, how does the strut hold onto the cage? It doesn't look like a usual clip type set up.

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The end of the strut wires fit snugly into small drilled holes. A set screw used for tightening then keeps them firmly in place.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 01:05 pm
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"just picked up"

:shock: Stefan, your and your father manage to find the most stunning and rarest of fans and motors! I always look forward to reading and seeing the pictures when you post. That is a beauty for sure. I hope one day if my wife and I are traveling in your neck of the woods I might have the pleasure of stopping in. To see the collection you have would be a big treat. You could pretty much start your own museum and charge admission - I know I'd glady pay a small admission fee.

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Stunning. I have always loved the iron clad fans

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 01:50 pm
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Richard,

Been there, done that.  EVERYONE should.  Words are insufficient.

I do believe you (and all AFCA members) will get your chance 2012 FanFair ...

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 02:30 pm
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Richard, we would be delighted to show you the collection if you should ever
pass through Richmond, and that goes for any AFCA member also.

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This is my only ironclad motor, from an elevator

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That is one very nice fan!:D a stunning blue color as well!:up:

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 06:45 pm
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I have never seen a fan like that.
that is very nice love the color to.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2011 09:59 pm
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Thanks for the nice words everyone. I am glad you enjoyed seeing photos of the fan. Now hopefully Russ will join this thread and offer his thoughts on the relationship between Towle and Paragon.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 05:48 am
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Stefan Osdene wrote:
I just picked up this circa 1898-1899 George Towle Ironclad fan produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Although it is similar to the Paragon, I am not convinced that it was an identical fan as some have suggested. In an 1898 issue of Electrical World, Paragon and Towle are shown as two separate manufacturers.


I found the evidence finally to nail it down. The problem has always been as to when General Incandescent actually gained the rights to the Paragon Fan & Motor Co.?? I just tonight found the evidence to give strong support G.I. had Paragon for the 99 season in New York. It is in the GI ad in the first book link provided dated for 99.

http://books.google.com/books?id=_lrOAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA203&dq=Paragon+fan+motors+1899&hl=en&ei=LiWlTdHGM4qX0QHz-_WECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q&f=false

Also if you read the 98 charter to George Towle Mfg. Co. in the book link provided the puzzle now fits. TOWLE WAS GIVEN THE CONTRACT TO MANUFACTURE THE PARAGON FAN MOTORS FOR THE 98 SEASON. NOTHING MENTIONED BEYOND 98. WHY.....GUESS WHO BOUGHT OUT J.P. WILLIAMS ENTIRE PARAGON FAN EXHIBIT IN 97??.............THE CHICAGO EDISON(SAMUEL AND MARTIN INSULL).

http://books.google.com/books?id=815NAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA505&lpg=PA505&dq=George+C.+Towle+Paragon+fan+motor&source=bl&ots=F4j_IsABX7&sig=193MlIlbK3Hvk9iGNaXAm5Ar4Qo&hl=en&ei=jiilTdPAD8Te0QHJ4O2ECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=George%20C.%20Towle%20Paragon%20fan%20motor&f=false

I would bet your sweet bippy the future of the Paragon fan & Motor Co. was mapped out in 97 by the Insulls and Williams.

I now agree that the Towle fan motors from Lancaster for the 99-00 fan seasons were exclusively his using Paragon fan motor technology. It is documented the 01 season brought forth a new look for Towle fans......the Eclipse table fan was that new look. The Eclipse of 01 was the forerunner of the Fidelity fans to follow. That is when Fidelity came into being in mid to late 03 when the Stauffer boys took management over Towle.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 06:33 am
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Psssssst....just try to find a Google book link from 1895 into 97 stating THE PARAGON FAN & MOTOR COMPANY. Williams first iron clad table fan was made in 95 under the name of THE GLOBE. The fan was battery run. Being there is mention in Jan. of 97 of Williams "Paragon" fan motor becoming a sensation on a trip out west means he made it better. No doubt this fan was intended for DC circuits.

Sooooo....95 is the GLOBE battery fan from J.P. Williams and his motor patent from Wallace Freeman. 96 into 97 was more research and development from Wiliams to produce the now improved "Paragon" fan motor and power motors. George Towle makes the Paragon line of fans for the 98 season. For the 99-00 fan seasons Towle badges his own line of iron clad fan motors. 99-04? General Incandescent makes the Paragon fans and power motors. I feel very confident about this based on documentation to support it. Later. :sleeping:

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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 02:13 pm
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Here is some juicey stuff for ya all. J.P. Williams(father of Paragon Fan & Motor Co.) introduced the Globe fan(battery) in 1895.

http://books.google.com/books?id=UbvmAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA603&lpg=PA603&dq=The+Globe+Iron+clad+motor&source=bl&ots=d5vlUeYRHw&sig=1_bnn_QtEU9-EbQK9qNOI4-vqXw&hl=en&ei=iKWlTdDeJ8mE0QGV-eDzCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Globe%20Iron%20clad%20motor&f=false

Now!.....here is the juicey stuff...and do check this 96 book link WE advertisement out of a Hill vane oscillator. ALSO...do notice THE CRESCENT had a desk fan in ......96. MOST IMPORTANT.....DO NOTICE...J. P. Williams was marketing his GLOBE DESK FAN for the summer season of ......96!

http://books.google.com/books?id=G0tEAQAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PR25&dq=Globe+Desk+Fans+Crescent+Desk+Fans++1896&hl=en&ei=jKmlTcLiKYO-sQOIx-n5DA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&sqi=2&ved=0CEsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

NOW....by the 97 season J. P. Williams dropped the battery run Globe desk fan and introduced his PARAGON DC circuit desk fans. In 98 by contract the George C. Towle company was manufacturing the Paragon fan & power motors. In 99 Paragon went to GI in New York if the documentation is correct.

http://books.google.com/books?id=tdZDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA316&dq=Paragon+Fan+and+Power+Motor&hl=en&ei=NKSlTaO4N4bk0gH86ZSBCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Paragon%20Fan%20and%20Power%20Motor&f=false

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Towle's exclusive line of fans for the 99 season. Notice on the Towle advertisement he is seeking agents. Williams must of made a disconnect with Towle as an agent for his fans?

http://books.google.com/books?id=bH5NAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR35&dq=Towle+fan+motors+desk,+ceiling++1899&hl=en&ei=O0amTda_MOGS0QGjkL34CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CEkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Towle%20fan%20motors%20desk%2C%20ceiling%20%201899&f=false

So....the Williams Globe fan was in for the 95 AND 96 season, so that should be the first Lancaster motor tag. Williams has the Paragon fan motor for the 97 season in Lancaster...another motor tag change? Now....George Towle Mfg. co. makes the Paragon fan motor for the 98 season in Lancaster...another motor tag change? 99 General Incandescent now makes the the Paragon fan motor in NY .....another motor tag change? Crazy huh? :D

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Shut the f**** up! How you continue to find this stuff is beyond me. So how about selling me your Emerson 1115? It's peanuts compared to this.

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Russ: Thank you for such a comprehensive breakdown of the relationship between Towle and Paragon. I suspect that this is an 1899 model since it is somewhat different from the Paragon design. In any case, you have provided a wealth of information.

David: There are many collectors who find stuff like this. They just choose not to post anything on here and they keep a low profile. I have known some of these people for twenty years and they continue to amaze me with the stuff they turn up.

In numbers alone, the Emerson 1115 is just as rare as the Towle. So I wouldn't call it peanuts. I am trying to put together a fairly comprehensive collection of pre-1911 ornate and tripod base Emersons. So this is something I'm definitely planning on keeping. Emerson is my favorite manufacturer of mass produced fans, so I am not one to sell a rare Emerson.

I've attached a photo of a model 11048 ornate 16" roundball DC Emerson that does not belong to me. This piece resides in one of the best collections in the Midwest. The owner of this fan, like the owners of many other great fans that I have mentioned, does not actively post on the website.

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Second Image of 16" DC Emerson.

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1900 Paragon catalog with price list, parts list, extras list, you name it.

A 14 inch plain dipped was 30 bucks.  Depending on your comparative index, that's at least 700 2010 bucks.

Try to find a fan at Wally World for 700.

Caution dial-up users!  26+MB

http://archive.org/stream/TheParagonironcladElectricFanMotorTestedEndorsedAndAdoptedByThe/ParagonElectricFanMotor#page/n0/mode/1up

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Tom,

Thanks for posting the catalog link. Those are amazing ceiling fans. I did not know they were made as part of the Paragon line of fans.

Here are enhanced pics of the ceiling fan models if anyone wants to add close-up's to their fan picture library.

First the wood blade model:

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and now the metal blade model.

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The 12" Towle desk fan motor speeds.....1100-1400-1800 RPM.


The 16" Towle desk fan motor speeds.......800-1200-1500 RPM.


Per electrical trade.




Central Electric Co. of Chicago marketed them retail as THEIR fan motor.

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Appears to be a Towle motor?.....patent assigned to Sammy Insull. EDIT: My bad...that is a Paragon motor.

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Wow,I love that!!

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That's beautiful.

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I picked it up off the table at 2017 FF.  There is a chunk of iron in that machine, amazing. :D


Psssssssssssst........Stefan's DC Holtzer Cabot desk fan at FF despite the fact I didn't take the rear housing off.....................HAS..... a laminated stator.  Fact Jack! :clap: :D

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Stefan, 

Great fan and thanks for the reference.  

BUT, I've got to give you a more appropriate plug for the Towle Ironclad ! :clap:

Still waiting-------

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wow stefan that fan is really neat

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