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Junior Water driven 1899. The Specialty Manufcaturing Company.

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The Indiana Fan Co. it APPEARS became the successor to the Specialty Mfg. Co. in 1906.

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A friend of mine bought the Specialty Mfg building many years ago, before it was torn down to make room for Lucas Oil Stadium. His company owns the Specialty name and he was telling me they found original drawings of the water motors in the building. I talked with him earlier this year and have made plans to get together and check them out. Hoping for a loan to the museum.......

Todays fan is a head turner...16 inch Western Electric in original condition....

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Cage badge......

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Side view...

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Closer view...

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Interesting neck joint to swivel the motor to make the fan a wall mount....

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Other side....

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Info plate....

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Look closely....there is a headwire guide that fits under the motor trunnion......

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That is a serious piece of eye candy, is that actually a universal motor? That is one I'd love to see running, preferably in my living room haha.

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During what period of time did WE build their own fans?  Or, stated differently, when did WE become a retailer of fans built by other companies like GE/Westinghouse/R&M or whoever?

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Thank you Russ for the information about the water fans and the company, I might print some of this out for the museum display!

Christy

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Jim Humphrey wrote: During what period of time did WE build their own fans? 


Western Electric manufactured and introduced their first fan motor in 1896

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The WE manufactured direct current model shown in the image was introduced to the market in 1906. 

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One year late in 07 We manufactured and introduced their first brush/commutator alternating current fan motor. Check out the stator laminations to handle eddy currents.

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Dylan Albertson wrote: ...is that actually a universal motor? Don't they mean by Universal Motor that the fan/motor can be a desk fan and a bracket or wall mounted fan.
(Posted before I read the post above)

Russ, when did Western Electric stop making their own fan motors or did they continue with some of their own but mostly rebadged fans from other (R&M and Diehl)?

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Harold Wellman,(former GI engineer who redesigned the Paragon fan motor for the 1900 fan motor season) under the employ of Western Electric designed the universal feature used on both the AC and DC shown above. 

Deutcher Bergmann used the Wellman universal feature on his fan motors of the same time period.:D 

Enjoy the fact the Wellman universal desk and bracket fan motor feature is present. Wellman got wasted by a train in 07.

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Jim Humphrey wrote: When did WE become a retailer of fans built by other companies like GE/Westinghouse/R&M or whoever?

Not dead certain. WE is marketing direct and alternating current fan motor mid 90s.

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Jim Humphrey wrote: During what period of time did WE build their own fans?
I see them advertising their fan motor as late as 10. Later?

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Today it's a Holtzer-Cabot fan. This one was in pretty rough shape initially, having broken and missing parts and pieces. It is a 12 inch fan....

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It was decided to restore the fan to appear as a nicely kept original.....

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Back view.....One of the struts was broken, along with a missing cage wire and a grease cap and plunger..

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Other side...All the brass on this fan was chemically aged.....

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Tag.....

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Grease cap.....

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Strut....

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Binding posts.....Paint is baked appliance epoxy. An over the top resto wasn't wanted or needed for this little fan. The white streak seen in a couple of shots is the fan's ID tag.....

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This is the only 'Before picture' I took prior to restoration...

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I worked on another version of this fan several years ago..

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Same motor and base....

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This one was used as a hair dryer.....No restoration done, only repairs....

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It had it's own stand.....

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