AFCA Forums Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
AFCA Forums > Antique Fan Collectors Association > Post-1950 (Vintage) > When fan manufacturers stopped making fans

 Moderated by: Rod Rogers, Larry Hancock, Steve Cunningham
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
When fan manufacturers stopped making fans  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 11:02 pm
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
Cole Day
Guest


Joined: Wed Jun 14th, 2006
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 231
Favorite Fan: General Electric
Status: 
Offline
Awhile back I was researching when fan mfgs stopped making fans. This is what I gather:

Emerson seemed to stop making portable fans in about 1972 or so. This is the date of the latest Grainger catalog I've seen showing a 79648 and the rubber bladed fan. I believe Emerson may have gone to commercial only fans after 1964 or so and discontinued some models, but I have no proof one way or other.

GE seemed to have stopped making fans in the US in 1972, then sold off the remaining stock and started selling imported fans in 1975. They continued to make fans in South America until they sold the factory to Black and Decker, who made some models such as the Standard until the late 1980s or so.

Hunter/R&M seems to have sold portable fans until 1981 when they sold their portable fan line to Patton.

I believe as was discussed earlier that Westinghouse contracted out most fan manufacturing after 1970. Later 10 and 12" desk fans were made by Knapp Monarch and box fans were I think made by Hunter, but had some resemblance to GE. Westinghouse's housewares division went away completely in 1972.

I am not sure about Knapp Monarch themselves, I'd guess mid-1970s was the cutoff?

Of course Lasko still makes (cheap) fans and Lakewood went out of business in about 2008.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 03:20 pm
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
Nice Info!:D

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 06:03 pm
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Posts: 1719
Favorite Fan: westinghouse mobilaire
Status: 
Offline
i am not sure about the GE, i know you could still buy box fans right up until i went to college in 1977.  Marvin went out of business a few years back, was bought by another company who did nothing with them. Air King is still a name also used by Lasko family products. Some of the Lakewood box fans were sold as AirSpeed last summer at Sears and made by a new company.  There were lots of brands that just faded away as AC units became the norm. Frigid was still selling in the 80's, then went to  KelAir Eagle Air style of promo box fan, then they were bought by Robeson and I dont think they made it in to the 90's. We have seen on this site the Autumn Aire belt drive window fans of the 80's, but there was also a twin fan called Golden Air, in twin 5 and 3 wing units, 8 or 10" i think. They had metal blades and besides Marvins were the last compact window fans i remember before the cheap plastic invaded our shores. Manning Bowman/Eskimo/Zero/Toastmaster etc family of fans still were selling metal bladed and plastic bladed box fans in the early 90s because we sold them in a store downstairs from an office i worked at in 1989-92. there were lots of oddballs out there, but the names escape me even if i can remember what the fan looks like I do remember being surprised in the late 80's to see an ad for Sunbeam Satellight Fans, sort of an old style factory unit to be used in stores and restaurants. Superlectric made box fans and desk fans and had window fans up until the mid 70's that used the Atlas Aire Frame, a GE motor and modified toastmaster blades. Vernco had made tons of fans also under the sears name and by the later 70's the sears fans were more commonly Lasko rebadges, and Vernco too seems to have disappeared

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 10:35 pm
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
Vernco bought out Signal in the late 50s and Emerson bought out Vernco in the mid 70s. There was also Ilg who were around til 1991. I think the original Berns Air King went bankrupt in the mid 70s.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 12:21 pm
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Posts: 1719
Favorite Fan: westinghouse mobilaire
Status: 
Offline
and today mostly what we get is plastic crap that is non memorable in name and performance

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 07:08 pm
  PM Quote Reply
6th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
Quite True!:up:

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 08:25 pm
  PM Quote Reply
7th Post
Tom Dreesen
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Nov 25th, 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Posts: 6484
Favorite Fan: 80 lbs of iron hook hung overhead
Status: 
Offline
Tom Zapf wrote: and today mostly what we get is plastic crap that is non memorable in name and performance
Simple.  The general public won't pay for quality.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 10:05 pm
  PM Quote Reply
8th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
I think they would if marketed right.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 10:17 pm
  PM Quote Reply
9th Post
Tom Dreesen
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Nov 25th, 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Posts: 6484
Favorite Fan: 80 lbs of iron hook hung overhead
Status: 
Offline
Michael Mirin wrote: I think they would if marketed right.

http://www.fanimation.com/

http://www.matthewsfanco.com/

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2013 01:22 pm
  PM Quote Reply
10th Post
Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Posts: 1719
Favorite Fan: westinghouse mobilaire
Status: 
Offline
Wow the mathews fans have the old 50's metal vornado blade... never heard of THAT before!

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2013 10:11 pm
  PM Quote Reply
11th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
Those are real nice fans and no OSHA guard!

Last edited on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 10:12 pm by Michael Mirin

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Jan 11th, 2013 11:09 am
  PM Quote Reply
12th Post
Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Posts: 1719
Favorite Fan: westinghouse mobilaire
Status: 
Offline
they sure look cool

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 06:08 am
  PM Quote Reply
13th Post
Ron Gibson
Guest
 

Joined: Sat Apr 10th, 2010
Location: Cartersville, Georgia USA
Posts: 1308
Favorite Fan: DC Open Commutators
Status: 
Offline
Tom Dreesen wrote:
Michael Mirin wrote: I think they would if marketed right.

http://www.fanimation.com/

http://www.matthewsfanco.com/


The little sandwich shop in the Bass Pro Shops just outside Birmingham Alabama has a Mathews ceiling fan running. Looks real nice.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 05:16 pm
  PM Quote Reply
14th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
I'd like to see one of those out in the wild.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 07:06 pm
  PM Quote Reply
15th Post
Tom Dreesen
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Nov 25th, 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Posts: 6484
Favorite Fan: 80 lbs of iron hook hung overhead
Status: 
Offline
Michael Mirin wrote: I'd like to see one of those out in the wild.

Here ya go


Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Mar 29th, 2013 10:43 pm
  PM Quote Reply
16th Post
Cole Day
Guest


Joined: Wed Jun 14th, 2006
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 231
Favorite Fan: General Electric
Status: 
Offline
I recently found one of the last Toastmaster box fans, it was made in 1993, and has a McMillan motor instead of McGraw. It was still made in the USA in the Boonville factory however. The last of them were made in 1996 and had a small foreign made motor, and this was the end for that lineage of fans.

I think the McGraw-Edison/Zero/Manning-Bowman fans were purchased by Toastmaster at some point or they were related. The metal desk fans were made into the mid '70s with plastic blades as seen on this site. Then I think they made all plastic Toastmaster oscillators in the '80s (maybe a rebadged Taiwanese made fan?)

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sat Mar 30th, 2013 01:47 am
  PM Quote Reply
17th Post
Michael Mirin
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Merrillville, Indiana USA
Posts: 3883
Favorite Fan: King Cobweb!
Status: 
Offline
McGraw electric company(McGraw-Edison) bought Waters-Genter(Toastmaster) in 1926. Toastmaster was sold to Salton Inc. in the late 1990s and is still around. McGraw-Edison is still around but no longer makes small appliances.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sat Mar 30th, 2013 06:35 pm
  PM Quote Reply
18th Post
Matthew O Neill
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Jan 2nd, 2012
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Posts: 296
Favorite Fan: Hunter Zephair
Status: 
Offline
Cane's chicken in new Orleans has some of those Matthew's fans

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Apr 1st, 2013 10:51 pm
  PM Quote Reply
19th Post
Tom Dreesen
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Nov 25th, 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Posts: 6484
Favorite Fan: 80 lbs of iron hook hung overhead
Status: 
Offline
Matthew O Neill wrote: Cane's chicken in new Orleans has some of those Matthew's fans
These came from a Cane's on a redo.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

Current time is 10:09 pm  
AFCA Forums > Antique Fan Collectors Association > Post-1950 (Vintage) > When fan manufacturers stopped making fans Top



Beige Theme By: Di @ UltraBB
UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2008 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.2610 seconds (37% database + 63% PHP). 33 queries executed.