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 Posted: Fri Jul 26th, 2019 03:49 pm
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Marryann Claritan
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so, a few years back, i was like 6 and now i am 16, i stayed at a beach house, in the closet there was a vintage fan, this was the first vintage fan i ever messed with, i remember the metal grill had come unwelded in several spots, and the oscillator did not work, it had green blades and got pretty hot, so it had to be a metal back. i am attaching a picture of the one i think it was (found this picture online) do these get hot, have osculation problems and have grills that fall apart?

 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2019 03:09 am
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I am pretty sure this is the correct model. i believe it is a bersted fan, am i correct?. i looked on ebay under several different things and cannot find it. the reason i am now looking for one over 10 years later, is I went down to look at the old house that we rented several times and every time we stayed there i played with this fan, even when we stayed there the house was in bad shape, but after the hurricane that hit the island it is worse, the dock got blown away, the ceiling is 90 percent gone and there is a hole in the roof you can see right up through, it is very sad and i have a feeling the fan is gone forever. should have just taken it, i doubt the slumlord who likely owns it would miss it. anyway i am looking for one like this, dont care if it is in great shape or not. I am in north carolina, if anybody has one they would be willing to part with or know where i may find one please let me know, i may also try to get in touch with the owner of the house and see if i may be able to rescue the original (that is if it is even still there, which i have my doubts about seeing that it was in poor shape 10 years ago) . 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2019 03:14 am
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Marryann Claritan
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 a week after staying there and playing with this fan made me decide i wanted a vintage fan of my own, so my mother took me to a flea market and we found it, a Zero 1250R, my first ever vintage fan. now i have over 30 fans including brass bladers and my emerson that belonged to birdseye, but if i could only keep one that would have to be my 1250R even though it itself is in semi poor shape and is pretty beat up, but still runs like a dream. i would not sell the fan for 100,000$ it stays by my bed instead of in my shop and will always be preserved, but not restored. i want to keep it just like it was when i got it when i was like 5. anyway sorry for getting off on a tangent i am looking for a green sears it is a 12 inch i believe. 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2019 03:15 am
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Marryann Claritan
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no, the 1250R in my picture is not my 1250R that was an online photo. 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2019 03:30 am
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I put an ad out saying i am looking for one, probably wont have any luck, (never do when i post a wanted ad) but i figured it would be worth a shot. 



https://raleigh.craigslist.org/wan/6943232426.html

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 Posted: Sun Jul 28th, 2019 04:55 pm
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Marryann Claritan wrote: ...do these get hot, have osculation problems and have grills that fall apart?


Yes, very much so. You'll find the same fan with blue blades manufactured by Toastmaster.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 01:26 am
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okay,thanks. do you know where i could find one? i know it is a piece of crap, but i still want it. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 01:58 am
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Hi Marryann, I love your story! Thank for sharing it with us. I see these fans pop up on Ebay quite often and think there is one on there right now. Look up "vintage electric fan" and scroll and see what's on there. Your fan is an Edison/Toastmaster made fan and yes, they do get hot when running, and yes they had poor oscillators. I hope you find your fan. There's nothing like a childhood memory.
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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:05 am
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Marryann Claritan
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thanks, i will continue looking. this is something i have not thought about in years, but we were on the island staying about a mile away from the house (which was in poor shape when we stayed there) to see what had happened to it and it had holes in the roof, missing windows, and the dock was in the water. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:13 am
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Marryann Claritan
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I am almost certain this is the fan i remember it having an oil port (i put cooking oil in it) , going to look through my photos, my mom was always bugging me to take pictures, there may be one. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:15 am
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sadly it is sold, this is close if not exact. 
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sears-Kenmore-Fan-White-Metal-Green-Blades-3-Speed-039-70s-/293156097324?hash=item4441770d2c%3Ag%3ArDUAAOSwffBdL9Xx&nma=true&si=B7H%252FGxVzJ%252FHUq3zANDXaeu2t%252Bk0%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:18 pm
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that fan is a Sears Logo, around 1974, with the "Atomic" sort of a symbol in the center. They were made by Eskimo/Bersted/Manning Bowman. I had the 12" blue blade version myself 

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after looking on ebay for "vintage sears fan" and "vintage green fan" almost every other day for like 2 years i finally found exactly what i was looking for. i went ahead and payed way too much for it, but i have been wanting this fan since like 2010 and have never been able to find the exact one, so i really don't mind that i payed way more than it is reasonably worth. 
https://www.ebay.com/itm/233767914375?ul_noapp=true

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 Posted: Sat Dec 26th, 2020 05:11 am
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no, i did not pay quite the asking price, i got it for 80 even including shipping. still way too much considering the fan is worth maybe $15, but like i say, i don't mind... of course knowing me one will probably end up at the flea market for $5 next week. but this exact fan seems to be quite hard to find. 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 26th, 2020 05:18 am
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Congratulations on finding your fan. The one you purchased seems to be in good shape. The blades look dusty, but will likely clean-up very nicely! I agree with Chris Harding's post about fans linked to childhood memories. I agree you paid a lot for the fan - BUT, with any antique or vintage item, they are in limited supply and the item is "worth" what the seller is willing to let it go for and what the buyer is willing to pay. I hope you enjoy your fan!

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 03:54 am
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so, i dont know if i should make a new post about this or not, but i just got the fan, and i was very surprised at how well it was packed, it was in 3 different boxes all with a ton of packing, then the whole fan was way over wrapped and then the grill was removed and filled with padding to keep the blades from moving. very nice packing and a nice break from sellers who do not care. anyway, the fan is here, it is in great shape, i cleaned the blades and not really a scratch on it to speak of... i cleaned and oiled it and re greased the gear box, it still works fine as well. there are two questions i have though, i am going to attach a link to a video i made of it running, the things to look for is that it is making a sound, not really rattling, more like buzzing, kind of hard to say, but you can hear it. and it is kind of off and on and every time it does the blades seem to move very slightly forward, maybe i should put in a washer or something? the other thing is that low speed seems very slow, it spins very freely and has a good spin down as you can see in the video, but low seems to be very slow, and i am not sure if this is normal or not. i have no reference because i really don't remember if that is how my original one is or not since i was like 5 or so. it does not seem to really bog down or anything i don't think, but it seems pretty slow. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iww-lq3lG4k

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