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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 04:15 am
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How about a list of sorts of the fans that appeal to you?  You started with a very nice one so what will top it?  GE pancakes rule some folks say and I love them too.   A few friends are trying to encourage me to downsize from around 190 fans to something a bit more manageable, say 75 or 100?  But that would mean giving up so many that I really do like also.  You are relatively close to Indianapolis so why not come up to Fanfair?  Even for a day to have a look and see the museum on Friday (over 400 fans).  I don't think you have to be a member to come look and even buy from the trading floor but you do need to be a member to bid at the auction and attend seminars and a few other things.  Don't put off a new interest until next year if you can go it this year.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:14 am
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Well, I love the Art Deco style so I really want a Robbins & Myers "Modernistic." I also am looking at some 1950s style Westinghouse fans. I'd probably start with those, but I'm open to anything. Remember I'm new at this and am probably not aware of what's out there! Really anything unique looking - speaker fans to name another. I'm not really a fan of the GE pancakes...looks too similar to my tank.

I did think about going to Fanfair. It would be about a 10 hr trip...not sure if I could convince the fiancé to come with me lol. I would be really interested in a convention a little closer, but am not finding any info about one.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:25 am
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Give fan fair another thought.  Just seeing the fan museum will be worth it although it's open free of charge most days at the Fanimation Company HQ.

R&M modernistic?  That the one with the diamond shaped cage badge and large overlapping blades?  Great model and quiet running; also not too expensive.   Nope, that's not the one; I see the Modernistic in the gallery.  Fanmation make a modern version of that fan and, perhaps, some Fanimation fans might be available at a discount during Fanfair as they sometimes have been but no promises.

Not quite original and restored by a former member and owned now by a NYC member who LOVES this fan.  He says he can't even hear it running.  Stunning semi-custom Westinghouse from the late 40s I think.


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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:25 am
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I was also curious about this fan on Ebay:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/161330671951?nav=SEARCH

Did they make solid brass? Or did they just strip the black off and are trying to pass it off as rare?

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:27 am
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Same PowerAire model but more custom and also restored by member Josh Backens.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:27 am
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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:29 am
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These are nice enough as made but, in comparison to these two custom versions, somewhat of an ugly duckling.  This is Josh's fan before he opened the can of blue paint.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:39 am
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WOW! Those are both very cool. The blue really pops! I was looking at this model, I like the pinkish color. But jeez, now I may want something with a little more pizzaz. 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 05:44 am
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The Westy you picture is a common model.  Jeff Rusnak knows all about them and most Westy models to boot.  At Fanfair a few years ago there was one, maybe several, new or minty in box Westys like that.   I'm not a fan of newer fans in general but there are a few that really stir my soul.

A Fanfair trip to member Randy Latocki's house and collection some years ago showed me that even newer "tin" fans can be really nice.  He had an extensive collection of art deco fans nicely displayed around his house.  Seeing exception examples of such fans really instills appreciation of them in addition to the early cast iron monsters I love so.

The 10" and 12" Fitzgerald fans.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 07:22 am
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I remember the Fitzgerald fans - Those are Chad Bakers! Nice Fans

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 07:29 am
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Contratulations Ron, 3000 posts.   No, I'm not keeping track but your 2999 yesterday did jump out at me.  Chad did a nice job on those Fitzgeralds or someone did.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2014 10:22 pm
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Raeanne,

Have a look at the Emerson Silver Swan. I think it meets your criteria plus....it's an Emerson. It has loads of Art Deco panache.


I know you are relatively new to the fan world. Believe me, your tastes will evolve.

Emersons are really well engineered and that means less money to restore and they are usually in better shape when you find them.

Once you have two or three fans, you're a goner. Best get a second job.


Cheers,Bill

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