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 Posted: Mon Mar 11th, 2019 08:01 pm
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Alec Burns
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Hope everyone's having a swell afternoon. I know I am.

Was able to snag this Pittsburgh Electric Specialties Co one man travel fan today. Previous Owner salvaged it from a mansion's basement in Pittsburgh, PA, which is still there. Man this is one small fan. Was there ever a smaller one produced in this time? Who else has one of these? I've seen Geoff Dunaway's example, but besides that there's just an eBay listing from 2015.

From the research I've been able to find on the site (Thanks Russ), it was introduced to the market in 1915, and discontinued in 1920. Pittsburgh seems to of been a copycat company, using the universal motor to replicate popular designs from larger corporations, though the "little giant" seems to of been their own creation. I still don't know much about this company or the fan, so any help is appreciated. Also, this is the first time I've seen a green enameled socket plug before. Manufactured by the Wm. C. Tregoning Electric Manufacturing Co. Anyone have the scoop on this?

Thanks as always.








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It looks tiny! About the size of a computer cooling fan?

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David Allen wrote: It looks tiny! About the size of a computer cooling fan?
You bet! About 4-5 inches in any direction.

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That’s a cool little fan!

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Marketing tactic. The little Giant.... The one man fan.... Suitcase fan for the traveling man.  Adaptable to either circuit and frequency range.  :D

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Psssssssssssssssssssst……..they made the Little Giant in full nickel finish...or black with brass trimmings. 

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Hey, for $15 you could make your house sound like a hornets nest with the Gilbert mighty mouse 3 pack.  :clap: :D

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SHould make a sixer

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Those are interesting fans, the cage, blade and struts are, to me anyway, works of art. Congrats, pulling one in the wild is an accomplishment.

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I've wanted one of those forever. Great looking fan.

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Just got it from the mailbox. I didn't think I'd ever refer to a hunk of metal as being adorable, but this thing is so small. Here's a few photos to provide some more detail and context.










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Here it is next to some contemporaries...



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My kind of fans - - patinized!!

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Steven P Dempsey wrote: My kind of fans - - patinized!!
Amen! A fan has to be really too far gone for my to restore it. With my personal collection I just like to make sure that the electrical is safe, and give it a good cleaning/de-rusting. Everything as far as patina and knicks, chips in the paint are inherent in its historical identity. Most of these fans are 100+ years old, surviving 2 world war scrap drives and who knows what else. Who am I to strip that history away from the fan?

We are only shepherds to these things, until we’re six feet under and they carry on elsewhere (hopefully).

No problem to whoever restores by the way. I still love a restored fan. 

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Russ Huber wrote: Marketing tactic. The little Giant.... The one man fan.... Suitcase fan for the traveling man.  Adaptable to either circuit and frequency range.  :D
Hey Russ,

Do you know of a smaller desk fan from the teens?

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Michael Rathberger wrote:

Those are interesting fans, the cage, blade and struts are, to me anyway, works of art. Congrats, pulling one in the wild is an accomplishment.


I agree. Minimal, but effective, design. Right place, right price, right time for me!

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Alec Burns wrote:
Russ Huber wrote: Marketing tactic. The little Giant.... The one man fan.... Suitcase fan for the traveling man.  Adaptable to either circuit and frequency range.  :D
Hey Russ,

Do you know of a smaller desk fan from the teens?

I am not aware of a smaller fan blade in that time period than 4" diameter.

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