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 Posted: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 04:01 am
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Richard Daugird
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If this is in-appropriate for this forum, I apologize. I have a very plain and simple ranch style house built in 1962. This was 2008, right around when I bought it:

That's from Google earth; trees and plants obscure much of the street view now. The front door is in a set back porch running to the right. There is a window behind the tree to the left of the front door. The whole front and both sides of the house is brick, except the patch of wood on the far left; don't know why they did that.

I have since collected dozens of antique fans, most from the 1920s or older, cast iron and brass. Several of them are very nice originals, and several beautiful restored examples. Of course, I want to show them off. I decided to go full antique, and recently aquired a 1936 monitor top refrigerator, and a late 40s O'Keefe and Merritt stove.
I have yet to decorate, or even do the floors yet. I knocked out all the walls from the front door to the right side of the house; it is one big room. The other half of the house is closed off with a door to the hall. I plan to tear out the kitchen cabinets/counters/plumbing and redesign that as well.

My dilema is, will the variation of turn of the century fans, and early to mid century appliances, look out of place in a mid to late century house?

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Ironically enough, when I was growing up in a similar house in the 1950's and 60's, my folks had an old 1920's fan or two and 1930's stove and fridge along with other various pieces of furniture. They didn't have the $$$ to buy new appliances so they furnished our home with things that were passed down to them from their parents......so to me, it would look normal to see your collection, not dozens of fans of course, but that era, in a 1962 dwelling and that would include a lot of my folks friends, who also didn't have a lot of $$$.

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Richard, our house was built in the 90’s. The entire house has been fitted with Victorian chandeliers and light fixtures.  We have a Victrola and a 1920’s curio cabinet to hold all of my early electrical devices.  We have a set of living room furniture from the Victorian era. And of course fans are displayed throughout.  
It’s your house and if you like it, then it’s OK to do it. 

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We built a home 11 years ago and I went all antique.  No can lights (with the exception of the shower).  I used all restored antique lighting.  My preference was "mission transition" (which is the earliest form of mission)  and government grade fixtures (like post office fixtures).  All my heat registers are ornate cast iron where my HVAC guy made special boots for.  Light switch covers are all old brass covers.  Quartersawn oak woodwork.  Real plaster textured walls.  No wall to wall carpet anywhere.  I have an antique mantle.  All brick exterior.   All this is easy to do and not super expensive when you build and plan for it. 

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David Kilnapp
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John, I would love to see some shots of your home. From your description, it sounds wonderful! PM me.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 04:16 pm
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Me too!

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I’d be interested as well!

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Count me in. Love quality construction

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Richard, you're not alone in your question. I often wondered that myself, but came to the realization that regardless of the circa of your home, your fans will look beautiful "in place" as long as you put effort into the presentation. In other words, if you have a room full of metal department store shelves of your fans lined up on them, they won't look as good as they could vs. if you have built-in custom wood shelves that have been correctly-sized to allow your fans to show well, next to each other with some breathing room between each.

Here's a few photos of what I always thought was a very nice looking built-in shelf (the fan's aren't too bad either!  :shock:). Taken in Rick Hill's office back when I visited it for a regional meet in 2009. Notice how the shelves have been constructed with height in mind to fit the fans so the look isn't cramped. Rick's entire office had shelves like this on all walls. It was magnificent. An argument NOT to knock down all your walls I guess.









I speak only for myself here, but I'm much better at buying fans and sticking them on a shelf in a closet or the garage, rather than creating a whole presentation. Antique ceiling fans are my jam, especially the ancient ones most of us rarely see. Unlike desk fans that can be easily placed upon any number of flat secure surfaces, I have a unique problem, I need ceiling space, but I need HIGH ceiling space and houses built around the era of your home (the kind I seem to have lived in for the majority of my life) don't have the 9-10' high ceiling space I require. So, I was forced to get creative. My better half helped me build a display case for some of my motors. It was a big project, but when it was finished, the overall appearance was very pleasing. Of course, I couldn't use the blades, but it was a heck of a lot better than keeping them in their crates, and while I didn't have high ceilings, I had a large spare wall that served my purposes well.



Good luck figuring it out  :up:



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Richard Daugird
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That is actually really cool Evan. Even better to see them than if they were mounted on the ceiling.

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Daaaaang, Evan. I'm at a loss for words man.  :shock:

That's awesome!

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David Kilnapp wrote: John, I would love to see some shots of your home. From your description, it sounds wonderful! PM me.

Sorry for not responding, I'm just revisiting this thread.  Here's a few pics.   First is a great post office ball shaped cast bronze fixture and large cold air return in the wall (it only needed to be about 1/16th the size.   Next shows antique furniture, early mission light fixture.  The different colored door trim is from the old Des Moines public library.  My front door and side door (not pictured) are from that old library which I bought at a salvage store. 

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  We live in a 1958 vintage ranch style house with stifling 8' ceilings. However , the owners before us sacrificed a chunk of attic storage space and vaulted the ceiling in the kitchen & family room in back of the house. That allowed higher storage cabinets in the kitchen and a great ceiling to display and use old ceiling fans. :D

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I started collecting early (pre 1920 fans) for our 1907 Colonial Revival Home, in Lynchburg, VApurchased in 1988. Sold in 2016

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John your house looks terrific. Why did you decide to build a new house with old style craftsmanship over buying and fixing an old house?

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Tom Morel wrote: John your house looks terrific. Why did you decide to build a new house with old style craftsmanship over buying and fixing an old house?

We had 2 older homes that we loved.  In 2003 our 9 year old son suffered a congenital brain injury and became confined to a wheelchair.    As he grew we built an accessable house and behind the door to the far left in the photo is an elevator.  He's a very cool kid.  

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Very nice John. Some collector houses have clutter, that's very nice, open, with great displays. I hope I get to emmulate that someday...

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Our house is complete and nearly total old junk! Only thing newer is my 8 year old recliner...

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As a renovator, there's a 90% chance if you ever sold that house John, that the next owner would paint all that beautiful wood. :(

I'm restoring a 1950's traditional/modern Louisiana bungalow (8.5' ceilings are a bummer) and I'm saving the cypress trim. Everyone that has looked at it has said, "Are you gonna paint that?"

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Steven P Dempsey
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My brother own's a 1920's arts & craft home - - with original stickley and repo mission furniture. Not one single vintage fan! I have offered a pedestal swan and some 1920s brass (GE) fans. Even his porch fan is a new Chinese model from Lowe's.

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Richard Daugird
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That's crazy! I am actually re-thinking mine. When I first gutted the right side of the house, I was planning on going mid-century modern. After I amassed all these cast and brass fans, I decided to go all out with the kitchen appliances, etc. I am not giving up my microwave; it will be hidden in a cabinet, however.

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I have also considered cutting out the ceiling and having exposed beams, just so I can have belt driven ceiling fans...

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Andrew Block wrote: As a renovator, there's a 90% chance if you ever sold that house John, that the next owner would paint all that beautiful wood. :(

I'm restoring a 1950's traditional/modern Louisiana bungalow (8.5' ceilings are a bummer) and I'm saving the cypress trim. Everyone that has looked at it has said, "Are you gonna paint that?"

You are spot on Andrew.  It’s very discouraging to see what people and decorators are doing the last 20 years. My daughter’s 1914 home had all quarter sawn oak trim and doors and they redid their kitchen with the same wood.  They sold it and the new owner painted everything. People are lemmings.  


New executive homes are 75% painted crap and almost as bad, 25% dark stained alder (the stupidest wood on this planet).  Lemmings.    

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My old attic workshop in the house we sold in 2016The new owners completely "modernized" the entire house, painting all white & grey.All my cherry cabinets thrown out. All my wallpaper, brass fixtures removed. Lesson learned - - never go back.

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Looks like this post has become a display show so I’ll chime in with mine such as they are. I mix in some antiques in my displays. Here’s some early fans.

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A double lever and an early stamped steel DC.

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Some twenties smaller fans.

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An intact Kidney and ‘05 cake.

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Some six wing Emerson’s: a 17666 and 71666. Some other dime store fans too, including a c.1932 Wagner, my first fan.

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Early Emerson 21646, 1915 GE SMY, and c. 1920 R&M 2417.

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Minty Emerson 79646 and 1940 Zenith.

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I made the boats a few years ago and they sail well. They’ve won model boat races.

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Swan on a turn of the century stand.

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Tom, you have displayed your fans really well and are making a grand collection; good going young man.

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Steve Stephens wrote: Tom, you have displayed your fans really well and are making a grand collection; good going young man.
Thanks Steve. Still have a long bucket list but it gets whittled down. I like a clean collection that looks organized.

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More porch fans - - 1907 Colonial Revival

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Tom Morel wrote: Minty Emerson 79646 and 1940 Zenith.


I have the same model radio, in about the same condition. We bought it in Whiting Indiana when there were still shops there. We had it in our living room for years, always with a fan on it. Tastes change over time, it's in the storage house next door now -- still with a fan on it, a pretty nice ivory Westinghouse. I still smile a bit when I see it...

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Michael Rathberger wrote: Tom Morel wrote: Minty Emerson 79646 and 1940 Zenith.


I have the same model radio, in about the same condition. We bought it in Whiting Indiana when there were still shops there. We had it in our living room for years, always with a fan on it. Tastes change over time, it's in the storage house next door now -- still with a fan on it, a pretty nice ivory Westinghouse. I still smile a bit when I see it...

It's a nice radio and in all original condition too. The previous owner, a long time collector, waxed it for us when we bought and went over the innards. I had a 71666 on it but wanted something lighter and more period correct.

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Maybe not full antique, but I’m pretty happy with my room.


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