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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2018 08:09 pm
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Todd Adornato
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I picked up a pretty nice Emerson 77648-BQ with a spirally wound safety cage.  The motor tag has the code 29, which leads me to think the fan was produced around 1949. 

However, a perusal of the Emerson catalog shows no 77648-BQ as being offered that year, or in 1948.  The next catalog in the Reference section on this forum is dated 1952, and that catalog shows a 77648-4 as having this safety cage. 

Does anyone have an electronic copy of the Emerson catalogs from 1950, 1951, or 1952?  I’d like to see when the BQ suffix first surfaces.  Anyone have any info regarding this suffix?  Thanks!

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2018 08:55 pm
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The brown 77648 BQ was introduced 10/27/48 (first day of production) and is not listed (as most of the almost 50 suffixes) in any catalog because they just designate color and minor changes.  

The spiral safety guard first shows up in 1952 with the 77648-4 and reduced the airflow from 1700 to 1600 CFM.

The larger nameplate was introduced in 1953.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2018 09:51 pm
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Bill, thanks for the information, though I’m a bit unclear about two items; first, was the BQ suffix related to the presence of the safety guard, or was the suffix merely an indicator of the color of the fan? Second, would the pressnce of the safety cage on my 1949-dated BQ mean an owner at some later date replaced the original cage with the safety version?

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2018 11:25 pm
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Todd, The spiral safety guard actually goes back to 10/25/45, so I feel that it's probably original.  

I had to change my other date to 1952, for the first catalog picture of the spiral guard. 

The BQ shows no other changes, so I think it's color only.  

Ten different models are 16 1/2 inch and one is 17 inch, the 77648 BS which also came with a 3 conductor cord.

One year I remember they advertised 158 variations of fans, without the custom orders.  With some restrictions you could get any color you wanted !

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Bill, thanks for the additional info. My google search turned up two other BQ’s, both of which had the safety cage, so I thought that’s what the suffix denoted.

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Todd,
These also had the spiral safety guards;  77648-BL, ---SH, ---SP, & ---TF.

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Bill, from whence are you getting this information?

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 11:48 am
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Todd,
Because of family and friends working at Emerson decades ago I have been fortunate to acquire original and copies of almost all of Emerson catalogs, plus all other literature that Emerson had, concentrating on fans of all types from 1891 to 1992.
This includes Emerson Digests, Technical Data, Sales Data, and numerous other Emerson sources.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 12:06 pm
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That would be a treasure trove of information for fan-atics! Have you digitized any of the materials, or have any plans to do so? The list of annual Emerson catalogs on this site could be filled in with the missing years, for starters?

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Todd, 

It is all in 8 1/2 x 11 paper copies plus the originals which are quite fragile from the 1890's.

I have given thousands of pages to trusted friends.

When I started to share on the forum, there was much abuse, changes of originals, criticism, resentment, misinterpretation, and "corrections" by a few members who claim to know more about Emerson fans than the Emerson Company, engineers, employees or anyone else did or does! 

I will not be a part of sharing false information and therefore decided to stop being a part of their "games".

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 09:37 pm
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Understood. I’m grateful for what is out there, though. Makes the hobby that much more interesting!

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