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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2017 12:12 am
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Christopher Harding
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Found this today. Not a fan you will see everyday, complete with micarta style blades. I'm loving this one.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2017 08:45 pm
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NM Whitney Jr.
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Micarta blades on an Emerson? I want to know more!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2017 11:34 pm
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Those look like Hunter blades IMO.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 01:08 am
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Christopher Harding
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It is all Emerson. The hub and spider are the tell tale. Very interesting for sure.I Need to go through it and will post close ups.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 01:17 am
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Geoff Dunaway
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Got one exactly like that one. Not sure who they were made for but not for primary residence surely , Bet Emerson Bill knows the story behind this one.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 01:21 am
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Christopher Harding
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I would also love to hear the story. Strange fan!

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 12:33 pm
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I think those were war fans. Every Emerson bracket fan for ships I have seen have that guard. I have seen several of these & they sure look like they were built for military service. I agree with Geoff, they don't look very residential.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 01:13 pm
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It looks similar to the sea-breeze of the thirties...

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 03:52 pm
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These blades were introduced by Emerson in 1941 in 12 and 16" as the "Improved Parker-Blade" (steel) on the 78646 and the 78648 and they were available with the spiral "safety" guard also as well as the guard shown. The 1942 catalog describes the DC Marine fans (10, 12 & 16") blades as "Steel, Parkerized to prevent corrosion."
Types=71045-AF, 79046-AB and 79048-AH.

"FINISH:  All external metal parts, including fan blades and guard are Parkerized to prevent corrosion. Blades are finished in black lacquer.  All other external metal parts in two-coat lustrous baked black japan."

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 04:07 pm
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Gerald Cherney
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Is there supposed a badge on the front? 

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 04:53 pm
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Christopher Harding
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Thanks for the info. Very interesting!

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 09:53 pm
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Bill Hoehn
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Gerald,No guard badge.
They were also made as bracket fans. I have a U S Navy 60 cycle one.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 10:30 pm
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Christopher Harding
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Hopefully this will show that the blade is a "micarta" type, and the hub is an emerson hub... very different, that's for sure!!



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Westinghouse also used micarta blades as well on their fans starting in the 1940s, I actually have a 1950s vintage Westinghouse "Darth Vader" PowerAire model 16PA2 16" desk fan 3 speeder that has micarta blades and its as quiet as can be, I always thought Westinghouse was the first company to utilize "Plastic" blades on their fans with their micarta blades but apparently Emerson was first...  :wondering:

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 Posted: Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 08:12 pm
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Bill Hoehn
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Emerson did not use the micarta or "plastic" blades---they were steel as described above.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 08:18 pm
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Apparently Chris is still convinced that the blades are micarta on his fan because of what he posted just before my comment.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 09:44 pm
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Carbon fiber nano tubules, yep. Back engineering from crashed alien flying saucers.

I think Westy started with the micarta right after the brass blades, so around 1920? They had line straight to the little greys through Tesla.

I read it somewhere....

Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 10:14 pm
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Christopher Harding
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Ok, well I guess I'll just hang on to this one until I find the answer.
Over and out.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 23rd, 2017 12:16 am
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Bill Hoehn wrote: Emerson did not use the micarta or "plastic" blades---they were steel as described above.
Sorry Bill.  That isn't a steel blade.  I suspect a Government contract specifying non metal blades and Emerson supplied it just like they did when required to supply 2 bearing motors.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 23rd, 2017 01:19 am
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Bill Hoehn
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Tom, Emerson made fans for a lot of other fan manufacturers.

The micarta blades are not in Emerson catalogs, but I suspect something like you suggest or a simple switch by someone.

Fan rental companies, particularly, used any parts that worked, no matter who made them.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 23rd, 2017 01:35 am
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Tom Dreesen
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Bill Hoehn wrote: Tom, Emerson made fans for a lot of other fan manufacturers.

The micarta blades are not in Emerson catalogs, but I suspect something like you suggest or a simple switch by someone.

Fan rental companies, particularly, used any parts that worked, no matter who made them.

No doubt stuff happens to fans through the years.  Chris' fan has the aroma of factory although a close look at the blades and rivets may be informative.


Never say never.


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 Posted: Sat Mar 25th, 2017 03:49 pm
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Michael Mirin
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I have one of those but it has the wrong blade. They have an Id sticker on the motor and not a brass or aluminum badge. It was made in 1942. Material for fans was in short supply so the put together with leftover parts. The blades were perhaps fabricated at Emerson duo to lack of steel which was diverted for the war effort.This was done with clocks too. They went from steel or aluminum bodies to a pressed cardboard ones and they are quite rare.

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