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 Posted: Sat May 13th, 2017 07:32 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone today at work I found a 1970s vintage Edison box fan that's still in pretty good shape yet minus its original handle and a lousy paint job someone did on it at some point in time in its life.Its really dirty and needs to be cleaned up but I think it should still work. It does have the plastic blades on it. 







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 Posted: Sat May 13th, 2017 09:13 pm
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those were called Thin N Lite fans and came in avocado, tan, yellow, maybe brown woodgrain. they are ok fans, at least still metal but not quiet.... lots of corners cut, but they keep going and going, nice find!

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 Posted: Sat May 13th, 2017 10:58 pm
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Thanks, it still works good and does move quite a bit of air for being a plastic bladed fan (although just because its plastic bladed doesn't mean anything seeing as GE went over to plastic blades in the 1960s and those fans are still quite respectable fans yet.) Mine was white originally white (or cream colored), but the previous owner decided they would spray paint it white (but they did a terrible job at it because they also painted the blades and they apparently didn't wait until the paint dried to install the blades and run the fan as there was tons of dirt and dust caked into the paint on the blades and the dirt was dried into the paint so I basically just stripped off the paint with a large flat blade screw driver and a toothbrush and a damp rag.)

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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 01:53 pm
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when it comes to plastic blade fans there is a world of difference amongst types. The GE's were the best. The Kel Aires used a similar blade but they rarely had a venturi shroud. The Toastmaster Eskimo, Edison fan like yours have very flexible blades and they spread at high speed. there were some really cheap box fans in the 60s that started with plastic blades that were almost as good as GE but no venturi. When i was a kid the neighbors had an unfinished upstairs in their house for a playroom and they had a half of a kitchen wall fan stuck in the window. So they got an aqua plain jane 2 speed box fan 5 blade white with plastic grille and it was boxed as a Hurricane Fan... that would be Grants stores by us and they had lakewood "Bradford" hurricane fans, ,and i have tried to find one of those plastci bladed turquoise ones to no avail. I have a woodgrain one and it runs like crazy!..... 

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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 10:34 pm
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I  have  seen  you  use  the  word  "Venturi" in  reference  to  fans  but  have  no  idea  what  is  meant  by  that, could  you  explain  or  show  me  what  a "venturi" is  in  reference  to  fans?

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