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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 07:47 pm
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Paula Stephens
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Hi folks,

Been hanging around here for about a year now, soaking up information, posting occasionally, without properly introducing myself. Bad form, I know.

It all started when I stumbled across a Singer Ribbonaire fan on eBay about a year ago, and a childhood memory came rushing back to me. That's right, my parents had one of these when I was a child! I remember rummaging through a box in the back of a closet one day, pulling out the curious object, and wondering what the heck it was. It couldn't be a fan. My dad had recently purchased a big, powder-blue Westinghouse window fan, so I knew what a fan was. This weird object resembled a telephone receiver, and had flimsy cloth loops instead of metal blades. Could it really be a fan? My mom assured me that indeed it was. Our family moved not long after that, and I completely forgot about the Ribbonaire. That is, until I stumbled across the one on eBay. (I don't know whatever happened to that original Ribbonaire. No doubt it went into the trash at some point.)

On the strength of that memory, I began looking further into the world of antique fans, and became thoroughly engrossed. And yes, I purchased the little Singer fan on eBay. It turned out to be a diamond-in-the-rough, and cleaned up beautifully! That led to the purchase of a GE Kidney fan from Antique Fan Parts, and by now I've collected a total of 7 fans! (I'm not "hooked" though. I can quit anytime I want. :D)

I hail from rural Southeastern Indiana, a childhood transplant from Chicago. I work as  a machinery designer for a small company in Ohio, which takes up most of my time at the moment. Unfortunately between the job, and maintaining a house and yard, I don't have much time for antique fans, however I'm not too far from retirement, and look forward to being a much more active participant in the hobby.

Unlike most women my age (or any age), I love machinery, and love taking things apart. Some of my earliest memories are of taking household things apart, much to the exasperation of my parents. Sometimes I could get them back together and working, sometimes not. Many years later, I do the same thing, only I can pretty much always get them back together, and usually working better than before. I love tools, and have never believed that one should have an actual need for a tool to justify buying it. I have a full machine shop in my basement, and have even been employed as a machinist where I work now, when things got slow during the 1909 recession.

I'm very impressed with the level of camaraderie on this forum. Everyone helps everyone else out, and folks keep a civil tongue. That is quite a departure from other forums I've participated in, to say the least. I think it has something to do with wise moderation, and posting under your actual name. Folks feel less responsible for their behavior when hiding behind the anonymity of a screen name. But I think it also has to do with the nature of old fans. Somehow, they just bring out the best in people. On the several occasions where I've brought one of my new acquisitions into the office, people gather around, smiling, asking questions ("Does it actually work?") and sometimes telling stories of happy times in the past. Sounds a bit silly, maybe, but I think it's true.

I'm rambling on, I know. Just wanted to say hello to everyone here, in an official way, and say that I look forward to further happy interactions in this wonderful hobby.

Paula

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 08:22 pm
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Jim Kovar
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Hi, Paula.

You should go!  :thumbup

Hope to see you there.

http://www.fancollectors.org/info/2020_Museum_Meet.pdf


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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 09:03 pm
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Mark Olson
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Hi Paula, we have spoken, but this terrifies me. (just kidding :D)

Paula Stephens wrote:
I have a full machine shop in my basement, and have even been employed as a machinist where I work now, when things got slow during the 1909 recession.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 09:49 pm
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Jim Kovar
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A typographical error...

or good clean living!

Hopefully both.  :thumbup

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 09:55 pm
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William Wu
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A Woman is found here! (I am saying it in a good way - my wife learns my fans too except for her alimony purpose.):tumbs

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 10:01 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Welcome Paula. I hope to see pictures of some of your restorations. No doubt your machinist skills will be very helpful in your restorations. Perhaps you wouldn't mind sharing your knowledge here from time to time. I couldn't agree with you more about the gentle people on this forum. I have been the beneficiary of much good will and have made some wonderful friends around the country (Dennis LeBow, Rick Powell, Mike Rathberger, Levi Mevis, Kim Frank and of course Steve Stephens who knows everything there is to know about fans. I've left out many more wonderful people here who want nothing more than to share stories about fans and help and support each other!

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 10:17 pm
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Steve Stephens
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David Kilnapp wrote: I have been the beneficiary of much good will and have made some wonderful friends around the country (Dennis LeBow, Rick Powell, Mike Rathberger, Levi Mevis, Kim Frank and of course Steve Stephens who knows everything there is to know about fans.Easy on the praise there David.   I'm nearly a newcomer to the fan world (well, I used to be).  There are many who  have skills and knowledge that evade me.    I have yet to learn how to replace a head wire, ANY head wire.    And I have not built a brass blade from scratch, etc.   Lots of talent and knowledge in this club.
Welcome "Cousin" Stephens.   Maybe we are?

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 11:41 pm
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Sean Campbell
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Welcome to the club officially! :clap:

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 12:17 am
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George Durbin
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Hi Paula!

Welcome aboard! There are some rules about Indiana fans you will need to learn about... Maybe some on here can explain them to you so you wont run afoul of the VP who lives in North Central Indiana... Just sayin is all... If you get the meaning of my drift... Not that anything bad would happen, I'm just sayin is all


Geo...

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 01:32 am
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David Northam
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Welcome Paula! So glad to have you around!

As Jim suggested, you should consider attending the Indianapolis Regional Fan Meet at Fanimation (home of the AFCA museum) in September. I would imagine it is no more than 2 hours from you. You don't have to attend all 3 days - you can choose your own arrival and departure based on your schedule.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 02:27 am
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Steve Butler
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Welcome Paula.  You should definitely try to attend the Museum Meet.  There’s no danger in attending since you say you can quit any time.   Personally I think anyone who knows exactly how many fans they have obviously doesn’t have enough.  Happy hunting, Steve.  

Last edited on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 11:16 am by Steve Butler

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 03:30 am
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Paula Stephens
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Mark Olson wrote: Hi Paula, we have spoken, but this terrifies me. (just kidding :D)

Paula Stephens wrote:
I have a full machine shop in my basement, and have even been employed as a machinist where I work now, when things got slow during the 1909 recession.

I can see why... that would make me like 150+ years old! :shock:  It's terrifying enough being over forty (cough, cough...)

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 04:01 am
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Paula Stephens
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David Kilnapp wrote: Welcome Paula. I hope to see pictures of some of your restorations. No doubt your machinist skills will be very helpful in your restorations. Perhaps you wouldn't mind sharing your knowledge here from time to time...
Thanks, David. The only fan I've actually "restored" is the Ribbonaire, and I plan to do a post on that eventually. The machinist work comes easy to me, as I've been doing it for so long, and I have a lot of experience polishing and painting. But I stand in awe of some of the other members' talents displayed here, such as cage and wing work, stator rewinding, tag restoration, etc. And I'm light on fan-specific details and general fan knowledge. But I'm learning, thanks to all of your generous contributions, and hope to share some of my own techniques as time goes on.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 04:01 am
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Bob Peshoff
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Welcome to the AFCA.   

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 07:21 am
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David A Cherry
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 Paula.... I would like to welcome you to the fan club.

My wife also loves machinery and loves taking things apart, you and her should hit it off .... Cindy and I will be attending the afca museum meet on the 10th, so maybe will see you there. she will be the gal with the long brown hair wearing lots of turquoise jewelry, and you shouldn't have any problem recognizing me. 
just look for the old white guy with gray hair and protruding belly carrying around an electric fan with brass blades..

Last edited on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 07:43 am by David A Cherry

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 10:49 am
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Lane Shirey
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Welcome to the club, Paula!

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 12:39 pm
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Kim Frank
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Hey Paula, you really should try to take a break and attend the Meet. It's three days of hanging out and speaking "Fanglish". We're just a quick trip up I-74 and half a lap around 465 to the northwest side. Right now it looks like we have 48 rsvp's....

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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 01:35 am
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Paula Stephens
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A big THANKS to everyone for the warm welcome! I hope I can prove myself worthy, and contribute some of my own ideas and methods to the mix.

The Museum Meet sounds like a grand event. The logistics couldn't be better for me: It's probably less than a 1-1/2 hour drive, and my brother's family lives in Brownsburg, which is maybe five miles from Fanimation, if that. Ready-made overnight accommodations! I'll have to wait and see though. I've been having trouble getting around lately -- a hopefully minor issue with my hip. We'll see, but if not this time, I'm sure there will be other opportunities to get together.

Thanks for the wonderful response!

Paula

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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 08:17 am
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Welcome to air disturbance club!  :clap:

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