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Esteemed colleagues and friends, I have been desperately trying to find out the story of Air-Castle.. to no avail, the company presently remains a mystery. They did not have a trademark registration. They did not hold any utility patents. They did not hold any design patents. I've never seen a brochure, a catalog or even a flyer, with the obvious exception of newspaper advertisements. Their "company" locations are rented offices in office buildings. There is one known location where they assembled sub-contractor produced components: Fourth floor, 2645 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago Illinois. Motors used in production order were: General Electric, Lectro-Max, Universal Electric and finally Redmond. The initially named Air-Castle, associated with sales through Sears and Roebuck department stores, in short order became Country-Aire, Pure-Breez, All-American and finally Fleetwind. The company folded completely in 1948 officially. 

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1941 - 






















                                                     Ceiling mount Air-Castles: 















   Another ceiling hung variety, with a capacitor motor courtesy of the Huber Image Archive:









Three-wing blades were reserved only for ceiling-suspended Air-Castles. If you see a three-wing ceiling mount that has been made-up converted to a pedestal, it's not a real thing, it just makes a ceiling mount more versatile to use. This example has been mounted on a very desirable 1940 Roto-Beam pedestal, image courtesy Russ Huber: 





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1944 - No evidence of Air-Castle production due to World War 2.

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1945 - World War 2 ends, and a lot of men are returning to the work force.

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                                                    Motors made by Universal Electric, Owosso, Michigan. 






Blades are clearly labeled they are balanced: 













  Lectro-Max of Geneva, Illinois is another motor manufacturing contractor for Air-Castle.












Pedestal images courtesy of Jenn Selchow: 















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1947 - The last and most prolific year for Air Castle production.







An Air-Castle of later manufacture, note the center of the base chrome "disk" is no longer present, and the cast blade has been dispensed with:








A later production, well-preserved, original finish Air-Castle, note the rear bullet is also painted, no longer plated:














Note the "satin" silver factory blade polish in this and the next image:









Here's a previously unseen variable: Air-Castle fans marketed under the Country-Aire label by mail-order, August 8, 1947: 



Fans are marketed as "Pure-Breez" 1114, South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois


An eight-inch fan was marketed under the Pure-Breez label, a "microphone-style" manufactured for what was formerly Air-Castle by Alliance Electric, makers of various-branded microphone fans since 1935:   


Pure-Breez eight-inch example, courtesy of the Selchow Collection:







All American makes it's appearance, advertising for assemblers, 4th Floor, 2645 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois. I believe this is proof Air-Castle hired sub-contractors to manufacture motors, blades, cages, badges and assembled them in house on delivery.



 There seems to be a transitional period between "Pure-Breez" and "All-American"


All-American Electrical Mfg. Co., 1114 South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois. This is an example of the All-American brand three-speed oscillator, which makes use of castings. Images courtesy of the Durbin Collection:




















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1948 - September 14, 1948 - Air Castle is liquidated and out of business.

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As always, I invite further information if you see that I don't already have it here. If you would be good enough to PM it to me, I will insert it into the correct year in the timeline, and be glad to give you credit for the contribution. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Friends and colleagues, I have a very strong suspicion the mysterious "Fleetwind" brand of fans was the last gasp if what was Air-Castle. My only evidence currently is an advertisement marketing the Fleetwind brand:                July 22,1948 - 

  And the structure. Here are two examples of the Fleetwind fans. Both oscillators, both having Air-Castle cages and rear motor covers. The simple base has a circular hole in the middle. It may be possible the construction was designed to use up the last remaining parts in Air-Castles inventory: 

And the pedestal version, courtesy of Jay D'allesandro - 


 

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As always, I invite further information if you see that I don't already have it here. If you would be good enough to PM it to me, I will insert it into the correct year in the timeline, and be glad to give you credit for the contribution. Otherwise, enjoy!

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This is really really great Mike, never been able to come up with anything on these. I have that last model with the 4 blades, it blows a ton of air, but no center disc. I always thought they were just missing. Great info!

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