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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 05:53 pm
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I just came across a very rare GE cast iron dragon telephone booth fan. I believe it was made in Ft. Wayne which is where I am from. Does anyone know about these or have seen them? Age, was it made in Ft. Wayne? I haven't had a chance to really look it over. 

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Can you post a picture Jared?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 17th, 2015 06:38 pm
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Like the one below?   :wondering:

Please do post some pics!

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That is it, I will be posting some pics shortly.

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Did GE make those or was Fort Wayne an independent electric company? I've always been curious about that.

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Wherever it is, you need to buy it if the price isn't insane. I would imagine that it would command quite a pretty penny. Maybe someone can back that up, but I have looked around this site a lot and never seen this mentioned among the telephone booth fans.

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Cory Baughn wrote: Wherever it is, you need to buy it if the price isn't insane. I would imagine that it would command quite a pretty penny. Maybe someone can back that up, but I have looked around this site a lot and never seen this mentioned among the telephone booth fans.

http://www.fsplanet.com/store/1908-Fort-Wayne-Electric-Works-Dragon-Fan-wood-Ge-General-Antique-Vintage_201194448345.html

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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 12:49 am
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Cory, I believe that is the EBay listing from the gentleman who bought that fan from one of our auctions a long time ago. That was the first and only time I have seen this dragon fan until the other day when I inspected a large estate and there it was, another one. My jaw hit the floor, I never thought I would see another one again. I spoke to the son of the estate and I am getting the auction, I just hope he leaves that piece in the sale. If so, this piece will be selling later this summer.

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Nice, I hope you get it and can document it with some really good pictures. Maybe someone here can get it that has the funds for such a rare fan. Definitely a cool conversation piece.


I wonder what the reasoning was behind using a dragon?

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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 08:40 am
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Cory Baughn wrote: I wonder what the reasoning was behind using a dragon?

I've wondered the same thing. I've seen another really rare fan (only a sketch, not a picture) that has a very ornate fish, but I don't know if that was a phone booth fan. 

I hope to see one of each of them in person someday. 


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The last time I saw a FWEW Dragon on fleaBay, was during the fan-Fest at Tim's house in PA. Alot of us were watching the auction and we were all surprised that it sold low...in the $3000 range...I think these are cute.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 06:32 pm
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Pictures will be posted this coming Tuesday. I am meeting with the son to inventory all the antiques for the auction. There are also some other fans I will be posting pictures of that are really neat. I didn't really get a chance the first time out to see what they were. 

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Here is another example:

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Here's a picture

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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2015 04:59 pm
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I can recall seeing just the dragon piece for sale without the motor in the past on Ebay. I don't have a link, but just a memory. Odds are you could be patient and attempt to find the pieces to complete this very nice fan. I would think that would be a consideration before gawking at 5K prices.

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What pieces are missing? It seems complete to me but I don't know.

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Jared Sipe wrote: What pieces are missing? It seems complete to me but I don't know.I was speaking in general -- not referring to your fan. I meant parts for a fan like the one you have could probably be found and a fan like yours made without spending $5K as was the price in the old ebay ad. Your fan is nice, btw.

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I see what you mean Jeff, I misunderstood. I wasn't sure because I am no expert on fans.

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What size is the blade on these? 10? 8?

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Cory, I will check that and post it, but I think it is in that 8"-10" range. I will post that next week.

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Cory Baughn wrote: I wonder what the reasoning was behind using a dragon?
I think James J. Wood had a fascination


for the mythical creatures.




Below, an ad, a decade or so before the


"Dragon" bracket fan.









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If anyone knows of a "dragon"

bridge lamp, with or without


the FWEW fan a-danglin',


please post a picture or two


of it.  I'd love to see one!  :clap:



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Both GE and Fort Wayne made the Dragon fans.

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Anyone have or know of the

existence of the below?


The lamp, not the fan...






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Either that lamp is tiny or that fan is HUGE. :P

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Austin Ko wrote: Either that lamp is tiny or that fan is HUGE. :P
A desk bridge lamp...



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The Dragon fan appears in the GE fan catalogs. But every one I have ever seen had a Fort Wayne motor.

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Steve Cunningham wrote: The Dragon fan appears in the GE fan catalogs. But every one I have ever seen had a Fort Wayne motor.
Which Dragon fan is in the GE fan catalogs?




I've never seen the bridge lamp in a catalog.


I've only seen the block cut as below left in
period advertisements. Never in a product
catalog.





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A member sent the catalog images, using an app I never used before. I sent the email to Kim, and Larry Hancock. It is the 1907 GE Fan Catalog. Maybe one of them can post that image.

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Sorry Jim, I don't see the lamp in any G.E. images...



1901 A.C.   








1901 D.C.   








1902 A.C.   








1902 D.C.








1904 A.C.   








1905  First Catalogued Dragon   








1906 A.C.  Same image was used for D.C  






 and 1907 seems to be the final dragon fan listing. No lamp. As pointed out, Fort Wayne advertising reflects that style...

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Jim Kovar wrote: Cory Baughn wrote: I wonder what the reasoning was behind using a dragon?
I think James J. Wood had a fascination


for the mythical creatures.




Jimmy J. Wood designed the fan motors.  Not a clue who was in the art department there at that time, but, if you love Fort Wayne advertising art, check out mid 90s Western Electrician.

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Steve Cunningham wrote: It is the 1907 GE Fan Catalog. Maybe one of them can post that image.

Great!  That would give some credence



to whether that bridge lamp fan was


produced and sold.




I'd love to find one!




I have an original copy of "Summer


Comforts."   It shows every variation


of FWEW ball motor fans except for


the bridge lamp fan.







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Mike Kearns wrote:


Steve Rockwell posted in another thread

http://afcaforum.com/forum1/48346.html

a typewriter written, "History of the Electric
Fan."   Authored by ???


Excerpted below:




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The blue circled part is about
the wall bracket dragon fan.


"Many thousand [sic] of these

fans were built.
"



Circled in red is about the bridge

lamp revolving fan.
"...(the) Dragon

fan built for the late
Mr. Coffin in

1900,...   ... used
for many years

on his desk...
"





The bridge lamp fan seems to have

been a custom one-off made
for

Mr. Coffin.   :X

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But, if it was a custom one-off
fan, why would this illustration


show a lamp shade?  Fans don't


need lamp shades!







Maybe the bridge lamp was


made by another manufacturer


to be used as a plain old lamp?

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"This fan is of the revolving type and revolves by the action of the air current". Would that indicate a "vane oscillator" of some type?

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