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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:20 am
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Greg Graham
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I recently posted about an 8 inch GE fan I picked up on the way to Dr. Dunaway's event earlier this month and several of you helped me identify as an all brass fan.  I got the fan because a friend called about a neighbor moving who had a couple of fans, but the 8 inch was the only one he wanted to get rid of.  Just before Thanksgiving my friend called because his neighbor could not move his other fan and I now have a 16 inch AOU/AB.  They make a real Mutt and Jeff pair.  I think I know the answer, but I have to ask, have they been repainted? The 16 has a couple of chips and this green is the only paint on the fan.
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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:58 am
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Hi Greg,Yes, both of your fans have been repainted.  GE, starting about 1917 painted most of their fans in a shade of green with the green changing several times over the years until the last green GE c.1939 (or later but I don't know about later years).

This 12" fan is a Form AB from 1922 and has all original paint.  I did put on new felt which is not a match to the original and a new power cord, also not as the original was.  The brass has the original finish and some parts that some owners choose to remove the paint on and polish the brass such as the oscillator disc under the gearbox are still the way GE intended them to be.   I try to keep my fans close to all original.   The brass bell oscillators, by the way, are among the best GEs made and are easy to work on.  Starting in 1925, Form AE, the motor became stamped steel and two years later the base was changed to stamped steel.  ds





The GE cage badges were like this from 1915 through 1927 after which they lost their "dots" and became smooth.







By 1930 or before the shade of green changed some.  This is a 1930 12" GE that is 100 % unrestored original including felt and cords.   First year for aluminum blades.






All original cords and plug





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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 11:30 am
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James Pinette
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cool.. i have one of those green ge fans

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:37 pm
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Greg Graham
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Thanks, Steve.  I thought they were repainted, but they were so well done, with normal wear, that I wanted to be sure.  Maybe some day, I will try to better match the original color, but I have several fans to clean up that have priority.
The cage on the 16” is black.  We’re they originally black or the dark green?
Thanks again,
Greg

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:39 pm
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Cages were painted the same color as the fan's body starting with the early steel and steel/brass cages c.1917.

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