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 Posted: Fri Dec 14th, 2018 08:08 pm
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Mike Lemish
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Just wondering. Is the Jack Frost fan the cheapest ever made in the United States? It looks that way. I have one on the shelf. What year(s) was it manufactured and what did originally sell for? From what I see it doesn't even have an on/off switch. Thanks!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2018 06:33 am
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need some pictures

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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2018 01:50 pm
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Here it is taken apart. Looks like the manufacturer was Knapp & Monarch. Doesn't seem to have a power switch and there was none on the line cord.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2018 10:02 pm
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Actually Originally the Knapp Monarch (there's no "and" in the name) Jack Frost Fans were decent fans that used ball bearings in them and had 2 speeds and oscillated and had well built shaded pole motors in them and they cost a lot of money (around $29.95 in the 1930s which is about the equivalent of $520 in todays money). So originally they were considered nicer fans but then by the 1950s when your particular Jack Frost fan was made it became more of a dimestore fan.
Check this link out for an earlier version of your fan: 1936 Knapp Monarch Jack Frost Fan

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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2018 07:05 pm
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Thanks Levi! This must be a later model. No ball bearings and no switch. Nice to learn about their earlier versions.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2018 07:07 pm
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No problem, glad to be of assistance.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2018 08:30 pm
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The Jack Frost line of fans did begin cheapening in the 1940. Some of their last really good fans were the 12" models up to 1954. I've got one, while it is a cheap thing made of thin metal I cleaned, oiled and tightened it up. After a bit of work it's a quiet smooth runner.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 25th, 2018 11:22 pm
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Same here Duanne. Fan runs like a champ

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 Posted: Wed Dec 26th, 2018 04:08 am
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Theyre cool little fans despite how cheap they are. Heres a couple from my collection.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 26th, 2018 04:09 am
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Luke Skelnik
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. This one cleaned up to almost looking brand new.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 26th, 2018 04:10 am
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This one is also very nice. It does have a switch, its an earlier example.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 26th, 2018 04:11 am
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 Posted: Fri Dec 28th, 2018 05:34 pm
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Is that a special paint job on that  Cold Wave ?

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Luke Skelnik
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Hi Charlie, its a mistake on my part. I sprayed it with what I thought was a can of rustoleum clear, however it is "reflective paint" in bright light like when the camera flashed. Luckily it is not noticeable when no light is shined directly at it.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 06:17 am
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Well that is kind of neet in a way .
I'm up a lot at night and my flash light woud reflect on it.
I have a Century that  has had  house paint spilled on it and most  I was able to get off easily  with my finger nail but two  blades  don't want to clean and Ididnt want to repaint the whole blade .
Do you have any idea what to use to get the house paint off without  without effecting the fans paint??

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 08:16 pm
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Luke Skelnik
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Try some acetone watered down a bit followed by some car wax

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 09:01 pm
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Luke Skelnik
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Prism polish is also great on almost everything but it is expensive.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 11:20 pm
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I think Ihave some Acetone and will  give it a try when i get my present project done .
 Thank You for thee tips

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 Here's a couple of eye poppers, Both 16 inch Jack Frost's. One is a stationary and one is an oscillator. :up:

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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 12:03 am
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Knapp Monarch ran from from 1935 to around 1970-71 when Hoover bought them out. There was one Hoover fan made from leftover K&M stock which was around 1971. Prior to 1935 Knapp was its own company and produced fans under the Knapp name.

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