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 Posted: Sun Jul 28th, 2019 02:01 pm
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Rich Thompson
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Greetings everyone,

I just visited the Antique Fan Museum in Zionsville and it jogged a memory of a fan that my father had.  I was curious if anyone can ID this fan for me:

It was a floor fan that was green in color (metallic hammered green).  It stood about 4 feet high at it lowest setting and about 6 feet high fully extended (I was 5-12 at the time, so my height references might be a little off).

I remember it as very industrial looking.  The pedestal, if looking from the top down, looked like an M.  At the outside ends of the M were two wheels so when the fan was leaned in on them, the fan would roll along the floor.

It had a large cage and the fan blades (3 as I remember it) would come to a point - very aggressive looking.  To turn the fan on was a (bakelite?) brown pull knob on the top right - there was a chain within it that would pull the switch inside the motor casing.

It had 3 speeds and on the highest setting it would really move some air.

My guess it was 1960s-70s vintage.

Any ideas?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 28th, 2019 02:43 pm
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Rich, search for Westinghouse Mobil-Aire, that may be your fan by description.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 28th, 2019 03:08 pm
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Close...  but, as I remember it, the cage was completely open (no cowling)

and the pedestal was a single pole, not dual.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 01:02 am
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Could it be a Vornado?

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 01:10 am
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Thanks but most that I found on google have a cowling...
The one that my father had a flat face with the cage on the rear - no cowling. 

The M floor “foot” points away (upside down if you will) from the front of the fan with two wheel on the left/right of the M 

I wish that I remembered the brand. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 01:15 pm
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i know which fan you mean. i had the floor version, it was an ILG Dual Aire , weighed a ton and had the brown pull knob with a long plastic pole that pulled a chain to a toggle switch in front of the motor housing. Mine had metal blades, but ILG often used black bakelite blades. My entire fan was a olivine green ish metallic . The floor base sounds just like the "M" shaped base on my single-pole Chelsea floor fan. It might have used the same base. The fan should also have a very tight wire guard ...if my memory serves me. the pull knob end looked like one of those honey-dippers ends. Off, high, off, low was mine

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:10 pm
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Bingo - that has to be it.... It did weigh a ton (very top heavy with the large motor).

The blades were metal. Olive green metallic... the toggle switch (as I remember it) was inside the flat motor housing. The pull knob did look like a honey dipper! Speed was low, off, tornado (lol), off. I used to speak into the blades to make that funny speech sound.

I did look up the Chelsea floor base and this is not the base that I remember. The base was rectangular stock with the long side vertical. Probably 1.5"-2" in height.

I tried to look up a photo of it using ILG Dual Aire and didn't come up with it...

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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 02:13 pm
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Update - this is it, except it doesn't have base:

https://www.afcaforum.com/forum5/44920.html

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 12:48 am
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you had a Rollaire

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 06:50 am
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That’s it!!!!

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/unique-antique-vintage-ilg-rollaire-1927874438

Thank you all!

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