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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 07:26 pm
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Mark Cal
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Does anyone have a story about a fan they saved from the landfill? I have found several fans in the garbage through the years and to me there is a special satisfaction knowing I saved it from a certain death, aside from being free.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 09:32 pm
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I don't post often in this section but I did find this Lakewood Kmart S-23 in the trash a couple years ago. I've heard these are rare but these newer fans aren't really in my area of expertise.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Sorry about the picture quality. I'm not in town at the moment and this fan is buried in other fans so these old photos will have to suffice.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 12:07 am
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I found these in the trash many years ago. The vornado has been restored. 

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Old man was carrying the vornado to the curb and i took it right from his hands. I dont think it even touched the curb. really nice fan and for free.99! 

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Those are nice finds.

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90% of my collection was headed to the scrapyard.

This recent acquisition had his brothers cut up with a sawzall before I stepped in. :(

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I saved about 3 boxfans from the trash at Goodwill where I work, albeit they weren't free when I got them (Goodwill's policy is that I had to buy the stuff from them even though it was being thrown out because otherwise it might look like the stuff was stolen.) I rescued a late 1950s Kenmore 16" boxfan (which I actually  sold to a friend), a 1960s vintage Eskimo 20" Boxfan, and a late 1960s early 1970s vintage Berns Air King 20" Boxfan all three of which still worked but weren't in the greatest cosmetic shape except the Kenmore which was in near mint condition.

The 1950s vintage Kenmore Boxfan



The 1960s vintage Eskimo Boxfan



1970s Vintage Air King Boxfan

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I find fans of every shape and size weekly at the scrap yard. I bring them to fan meets and sell them cheap to you guys so they get to live on. It covers my gas to get them to you. The occasional find that piques my interest stays with me. I rarely buy them any more.

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When my parents passed away I was left the exact late 1950's Kenmore 16" boxfan you have, but not in as good of condition and it's what got me started collecting older fans. I remember the fan being on the kitchen floor, before we had air conditioners, so this fan brings back good memories from my childhood.




Levi Mevis wrote: I saved about 3 boxfans from the trash at Goodwill where I work, albeit they weren't free when I got them (Goodwill's policy is that I had to buy the stuff from them even though it was being thrown out because otherwise it might look like the stuff was stolen.) I rescued a late 1950s Kenmore 16" boxfan (which I actually  sold to a friend), a 1960s vintage Eskimo 20" Boxfan, and a late 1960s early 1970s vintage Berns Air King 20" Boxfan all three of which still worked but weren't in the greatest cosmetic shape except the Kenmore which was in near mint condition.

The 1950s vintage Kenmore Boxfan



The 1960s vintage Eskimo Boxfan



1970s Vintage Air King Boxfan

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I HAVE SO MANY CURB FINDS IT ISNT EVEN FUNNY. I HAVE GREAT STUFF FROM JASON NEILL TOO. MY BEST OLDIE CURB FIND WAS A 12" GE LOOP HANDLE WORKING COVERED IN SAWDUST. I ALSO WENT TO A YARD SALE DOWN THE STREET AND A 6 BLADE BRASS WESTY 12" WAS ON THE FLOOR BEHIND THE PEOPLE SITTING IN THE CHAIRS AND I ASKED IF IT WAS SOLD......NO!!!!!!!....SO I BOUGHT IT FOR $3... ALSO AFTER HURRICANE IRENE I GOT A FIRST YEAR 12" VORTALEX THREE BLADER WITH POLISHED BLADE WORKING THAT WAS SITTING ON THE TOP OF A PILE OF PAINT CANS...I HAVNT REDONE IT YET. ALSO ONCE I CAME HOME TO 2 DOZEN FANS ON THE FRONT PORCH SOMEONE HAD DUMPED AT THE CLOTHES BINS DOWN THE STREET.  ALL 50S OR OLDER BACK TO THE 20S

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HE BEST NEW ONE LATELY, I SAW THE GUY ACROSS THE STREET WITH A SEARS BOX FAN CARTON FROM THE 80S, I GRABBED IT AND HE HAD THE FAN TOO. CORD CUT OFF. 20" LASKO SEARS BROWN BLADE PENTHOUSE CHEAPIE BOX FAN WITH THERMO MINT CONDITION EVEN THE PAPERWORK IN THE BOX... FREE. WORKS GREAT NOW! 

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That's cool, but yeah, I kind of wished I had kept my old kenmore fan but I didn't so, you live, you learn.

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Tom,

        Thanks for saving so many fans, your posts are making me jealous. :-)


Tom Zapf wrote: I HAVE SO MANY CURB FINDS IT ISNT EVEN FUNNY. I HAVE GREAT STUFF FROM JASON NEILL TOO. MY BEST OLDIE CURB FIND WAS A 12" GE LOOP HANDLE WORKING COVERED IN SAWDUST. I ALSO WENT TO A YARD SALE DOWN THE STREET AND A 6 BLADE BRASS WESTY 12" WAS ON THE FLOOR BEHIND THE PEOPLE SITTING IN THE CHAIRS AND I ASKED IF IT WAS SOLD......NO!!!!!!!....SO I BOUGHT IT FOR $3... ALSO AFTER HURRICANE IRENE I GOT A FIRST YEAR 12" VORTALEX THREE BLADER WITH POLISHED BLADE WORKING THAT WAS SITTING ON THE TOP OF A PILE OF PAINT CANS...I HAVNT REDONE IT YET. ALSO ONCE I CAME HOME TO 2 DOZEN FANS ON THE FRONT PORCH SOMEONE HAD DUMPED AT THE CLOTHES BINS DOWN THE STREET.  ALL 50S OR OLDER BACK TO THE 20S

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 Posted: Tue Aug 15th, 2017 04:57 pm
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When I was a kid, my dad & I went to the dump to unload some large trash when I saw a fan near one of the burn piles (they burned the trash back then). It was rusty, but he said I could have it. It was a 16" 1948 Arctic-Aire. After tearing it down, cleaning it up, & lubing it, it ran like a champ. It is mounted on the wall of my workshop & is used nearly every day. That was over 49 years ago & it is still going strong.

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Stan,      
        I enjoy stories like you just shared, every time you glance at the fan it must bring back memories of you being with your father and the adventure you shared together finding it. When I see the 1950's Kenmore fan my parents left me, I remember sitting in front of it and being cooled off on a hot summer day.



Stan Adams wrote: When I was a kid, my dad & I went to the dump to unload some large trash when I saw a fan near one of the burn piles (they burned the trash back then). It was rusty, but he said I could have it. It was a 16" 1948 Arctic-Aire. After tearing it down, cleaning it up, & lubing it, it ran like a champ. It is mounted on the wall of my workshop & is used nearly every day. That was over 49 years ago & it is still going strong.

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Stan Adams wrote: When I was a kid, my dad & I went to the dump to unload some large trash when I saw a fan near one of the burn piles (they burned the trash back then). It was rusty, but he said I could have it. It was a 16" 1948 Arctic-Aire. After tearing it down, cleaning it up, & lubing it, it ran like a champ. It is mounted on the wall of my workshop & is used nearly every day. That was over 49 years ago & it is still going strong.
Wow Stan!

I think that story is great! A moment you will never forget that hopefully will be passed down for generations to come!
I do have one question though... Almost 50 years ago? Wasnt rainbows black and white in those days?? 😁😂😁😂😁😂😁

Geo...

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Andrew Block wrote: 90% of my collection was headed to the scrapyard.



This recent acquisition had his brothers cut up with a sawzall before I stepped in. :(



One of my faves above! Those massive Ilg's are totally epic!


As for my garbage find, it was a fan and motor that I found in an abandoned lot where an old house had been torn down. I walked past it once and then later started feeling sorry for it.... laying in the cold, wet dirt; all alone by its self. I couldn't sleep, and walked back and picked it up. Eventually it was built into a desk fan!



After cleaning and re-varnishing:



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George Durbin wrote: Stan Adams wrote: When I was a kid, my dad & I went to the dump to unload some large trash when I saw a fan near one of the burn piles (they burned the trash back then). It was rusty, but he said I could have it. It was a 16" 1948 Arctic-Aire. After tearing it down, cleaning it up, & lubing it, it ran like a champ. It is mounted on the wall of my workshop & is used nearly every day. That was over 49 years ago & it is still going strong.
Wow Stan!

I think that story is great! A moment you will never forget that hopefully will be passed down for generations to come!
I do have one question though... Almost 50 years ago? Wasnt rainbows black and white in those days?? 😁😂😁😂😁😂😁

Geo...
George, only on TV were rainbows black and white back then, even in the Bible which was written thousands of years before the advent of TV they described things including the first rainbow in in terms of color and not black and white.  :D Just FYI.

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Stan Adams wrote: When I was a kid, my dad & I went to the dump to unload some large trash when I saw a fan near one of the burn piles (they burned the trash back then). It was rusty, but he said I could have it. It was a 16" 1948 Arctic-Aire. After tearing it down, cleaning it up, & lubing it, it ran like a champ. It is mounted on the wall of my workshop & is used nearly every day. That was over 49 years ago & it is still going strong.
Stan, that fan looks like it could use a good cleaning again!  :P :D

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