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This is not a joke in any way shape or form. I'm being very serious and decided to have fun with the whole thing at the same time. $500 to the first person who can find a 20" Chelsea made window fan with the push button and thermostat combination. Working or not working, rust or no rust. As long as it is complete or at least have most of it's important bits, including the speed control and the aluminum decorative plate that should be on this fan.

Air Kings do not count as they are not the same fan. Chelsea had the thermostat and speed control all on one side, bottom right hand corner.


Note: The fan used in the picture is not original. I used parts from various different fans for this photograph. (Still Chelsea made), but gives a general idea of what it should look like.


Feel free to share the picture/ad I have provided below to spread the word. I am actively looking for one of these as it is my holy grail.


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There is a Chelsea window fan in a local antique mall but I don't remember if it's this one or not w/ the push buttons and thermostat. I don't think it was b/c I think the switch was on up by the motor. Plus it was a teal/blue color not white.

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Jeff Jones wrote: There is a Chelsea window fan in a local antique mall but I don't remember if it's this one or not w/ the push buttons and thermostat. I don't think it was b/c I think the switch was on up by the motor. Plus it was a teal/blue color not white.That would be a much earlier model. They did come with toggle switches on the side of the motor, I have one myself.

The model I'm looking for was made some time after 1957 and it seems to be impossible to find.

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Bump, still looking.

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I thought I saw one on the Facebook fan groups, but not sure which one. Might be worth a look there.

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Rob,

Friend of mine has this one he rescued from scrap yard.  It doesn't quite fit the bill, but I had to check it out after reading your "Wanted Poster".  We plugged it in and it ran great, but needed a little loving oil.

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Can anyone advise me what year this would be.  Tag is on motor, but didn't access and it was unclear.

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Late 40s to early 50s.

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Bounty still unclaimed.

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Rob your ad looks similar to one I have seen for a couple years on craigslist in the NH, ME, MA areas. Great minds think alike :up:




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Rob, is this the one you’re looking for?  The switch doesn’t look like the one you’re looking for.  




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Lane Shirey wrote: Rob, is this the one you’re looking for?  The switch doesn’t look like the one you’re looking for.  




Negative sir, but I did attempt to acquire that one and got no response. That's a little 16", earlier model.

The two my family had back in the early 90's were both 20" blades and judging by my research, I would reckon that the model number may be 57W2, or similar. Attached is a picture of what the switch would look like in the lower right-hand corner, minus the thermostat which is not present on this model.

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Ok, saw that one on CL and thought I’d let you know. See you at Toms!

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Still looking. Bounty unclaimed.

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This looks like a Chelsea with push buttons.  Rebranded as a Monkey Wards though....


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Doug Edmunds wrote: This looks like a Chelsea with push buttons.  Rebranded as a Monkey Wards though....


Close but no cigar. This is actually an Air King. While looking the same, it's a completely different fan with very different features, mainly the grille and the thermostat being on the opposite side of the fan.

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My current offer from now until next year this day, May 13th 2020: $750 to the first person to find one of these elusive Chelsea made fans, five push buttons and thermostat in the lower right hand corner.

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Rob Duffy wrote: My current offer from now until next year this day, May 13th 2020: $750 to the first person to find one of these elusive Chelsea made fans, five push buttons and thermostat in the lower right hand corner.Dang, you want that bad!

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Mark Behrend wrote: Rob Duffy wrote: My current offer from now until next year this day, May 13th 2020: $750 to the first person to find one of these elusive Chelsea made fans, five push buttons and thermostat in the lower right hand corner.Dang, you want that bad!It's been over 24 years since I've seen one and I can't say for certain other collectors have seen any either.

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Still looking!

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Is this it?

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I HAVE THIS SAME FAN BRANDED BY SEARS AS THEIR ENTRY LEVEL BARGAIN REVERSIBLE WINDOW FAN IN THE BOX. THE THERMO DOESNT WORK BUT IT RUNS GOOD ...SORRY ROB STILL HAVNT FOUND ONE OF YOURS 

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Tom Zapf wrote: I HAVE THIS SAME FAN BRANDED BY SEARS AS THEIR ENTRY LEVEL BARGAIN REVERSIBLE WINDOW FAN IN THE BOX. THE THERMO DOESNT WORK BUT IT RUNS GOOD ...SORRY ROB STILL HAVNT FOUND ONE OF YOURS I'm starting to think that they're extinct. :wondering: It's been 25 years since I've seen the two we had and I have never seen another.

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We going to find it some where!

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Still looking.

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THERE HAS TO BE ONE OUT THERE 

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Still looking. Feel free to spread the word! Finders fee applies. :wondering:

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Still looking.

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i wish i could find one for you buddy 

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Getting close, but no cigar.

BOUNTY STILL STANDS!

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LOL !!!!!

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DANG!!!! You got me hooked !!!!!!    Every time I surf Facebook I am always looking!!!!!!!
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Cam Kuruliak wrote: DANG!!!! You got me hooked !!!!!!    Every time I surf Facebook I am always looking!!!!!!!
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That's the idea! :D

In all honesty, it's been 25 years since I've seen one of these. That's why I'm willing to put such a high price on it. Already got the funds set aside for the day one pops up, I hope.

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i dont want the $ but i hope i find you one! 

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As of the end of 2020, the bounty still stands! Will 2021 be any different?

Happy New Year everyone!

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happy new years rob have a good one my friend

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Bump, still looking. Bounty still unclaimed!

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this is gonna take another 15 years but its worth it. LET THE MAN HAVE HIS FAN

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I'll keep an eye out

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The Unicorn does exist, this one sold at auction in Dec 2020. To bad they probably won't put you in contact with the purchaser.

https://maxsold.maxsold.com/auction/26559/item/vintage-chelsea-window-fan-c-2513904/

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Mike Morris wrote: The Unicorn does exist, this one sold at auction in Dec 2020. To bad they probably won't put you in contact with the purchaser.

https://maxsold.maxsold.com/auction/26559/item/vintage-chelsea-window-fan-c-2513904/
Close, but not exact. The thermostat is missing from the lower right side where that screw is and the motor cover is different.

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This looks pretty similar, except for the incorrect switch area.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/728036177880855/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3A49f5a5d8-68e5-48e1-9067-384721c52284




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Noah Britt wrote: This looks pretty similar, except for the incorrect switch area.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/728036177880855/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3A49f5a5d8-68e5-48e1-9067-384721c52284




Yes that's the fan but the wrong switch. I have one of these already but I am looking for the one with both the 5 push buttons AND the thermostat on the lower right side. This model is just a two speed reversible rotary switch.

This model is 57W1 and I would assume that the one I am looking for is 57W2. (57VW2 for the Vornado rebranded version)

the bounty ONLY APPLIES to the push button + thermostat model.

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this fan above is a good one, just needs a re-do! 

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Still looking.

It seems that there is some confusion as to what model I'm looking for.

As far as my research has taken me, there is only two that fit this description, one is branded Chelsea, the other is branded Vornado.

The switch/controls will be in the lower right-hand corner of the fan. There will be 5 push buttons total, two for intake high and low, two for exhaust high and low, with off being in the middle. The thermostat knob will be directly right of the push-button control. The decorative plate behind the thermostat knob, surrounding the switch controls will be made of a thin-gauge aluminum.

The motor cover used on the fan I am looking for has radial style vents increasing in diameter from the center outwards. Chelsea also used a funky perforated metal cover on their fans, usually found on Constellation and Gilbert/Polar Cub.

There are some variants out there that are a bit different. While these are close to what I am looking for, they're not exact. I am specifically looking for the fan my parents had, not a copy-cat. The photo I used in my wanted ad is a close representation of the fan I am searching for with the only difference being the decorative switch plate which is made of a plastic material and the wrong shape. This is not correct and true to the model I am looking for as stated multiple times, the one we had was aluminum and an entirely different shape.


The photo seen below in this post is the EXACT FAN I am looking for and the ONLY photo I have as proof of it's existence. This is the best I can provide for a description as there are no other photos of it's existence. Due to the age of the photo, the quality is as good as it's going to get. You can just barely make out the controls at the bottom right corner. The circular gold pattern in the lower right corner is the thermostat knob next to the (I assume..) black push-button switches. The decal/paint used on the aluminum decorative panel appears to be a dark blue.

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The switch control would look almost exactly like this, but as you can see, this particular model does not have the thermostat control.

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The cover over the motor will have this style.


NOTE: These do sometimes fall off and go missing, they're not affixed very well. The biggest clue would be the controls at the bottom right. The aluminum decorative plate is most important but this model would have definitely come with this style motor cover.

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This is the only other proof I have of their existence which came from a Two-Guys catalog that I do not own. This particular model is branded Vornado with a model number of 57VW2. As you can see in the graphic, the fan looks just like the only photograph I have of the one my family had, thermostat included.


NOTE: I have both the Chelsea and the Vornado branded base models without the thermostat. (57W1 for Chelsea and 57VW1 for Vornado) Based on the model number pattern here, I would assume that the Chelsea version of the fan in this ad would be model 57W2, with the "V" being dropped out of the model number because it's not a Vornado rebrand.

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As of right now, the bounty still stands. The bounty will be paid for either of two models known to exist or have existed, and ONLY those two! (Unless the criteria below are met by a model I am unaware of) This is not a joke of any kind and I am taking this very seriously.

Details to qualify for the bounty:

The fan MUST be one of the two known models I am looking for, 57W2 or 57VW2. I am currently unaware if ANY other model exists but if there is, the criteria that need to be met are as follows.

  1. FIVE PUSH BUTTONS AND THERMOSTAT, LOWER RIGHT CORNER
  2. ALUMINUM DECORATIVE PLATE AROUND CONTROLS/THERMOSTAT (Same design as in the picture above)
  3. MADE BY CHELSEA (Typically these are found with a Hoover branded motor)
  4. THREE BLADE MODEL (There is a four blade Constellation branded model, I have this and I'm not looking for another)
  5. RADIAL-VENTED MOTOR COVER (These do fall off and may NOT be present, see criteria numbers 1 & 2 if this is the case!)

NOTE: Frigid made fans that use the exact same pattern as these fans. As far as I can tell, Chelsea sold their window fan design to Frigid/Two-Guys some time in the mid 1960's. There are minor design changes to the Frigid versions and do not qualify for the bounty. I have dozens of these and I'm not looking for another unless it's a rare/unusual color. FRIGID does NOT qualify for the bounty.

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Bounty still stands! Still looking.


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