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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 06:34 am
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Here are a few fans I'm pretty proud of:

Lakewood Country Aire XC20 from 1965

 

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Here is a Penncrest Deluxe (by Lakewood) from 1962-64

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Here's a Lakewood Country Aire BTR 720-3 Window fan from the late 1950s.  Has a very powerful Redmond motor, 3 sp. reversible- purrs like a kitten and cools the entire house. 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 06:42 am
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Here's a couple from Berstad: a 2 sp Toastmaster box, and a 3 sp Eskimo 12 inch (handle missing parts).  Both found curbside.

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WT Grant Bradford; Infinite speed, reversible, thermo.

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A Pair from Sears:  A Kenmore base model 2 speed box fan and a Homart 2 speed exhaust fan.  Both have Universal electric motors that run perfectly.  Not the original handle on the box fan, nor paint of the window fan.  Both found in th garbage...

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An early 1950s Fasco 3 speed reversible box fan.  Very quiet, powerful fan.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 11:46 am
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Those are some nice box fans:cool: just beware of the XC-20's motor, its a very cheap General Electric  motor that might go up in flames as it did to two other members on here.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 12:34 pm
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:cool:You got some nice fans there.Here's a couple of mine.A 12"

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Heres my Country Aire

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 02:18 pm
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Yeah, I read about those motor problems and am somewhat suprised, as I have never had a problem with mine.  I have always thought the motor on the XC 20 was pretty good.  It has two oil ports, stays cool when it runs.  I have seen these same motors on several Lakewood and Vernco fans that never have problems.

I wonder, with the large air vents on the GE motor that the XC 20 has, if it is a possible hazard for a metallic material to get sucked in and cause a short if the fan is worked on in a less than perfectly clean environment? 

 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 02:22 pm
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Michael,

Thanks for the compliments on the fans.  Your fans are pretty sweet as well. 

The blade on your window fan is interesting, as it's different than the one on my Country Aire.  I think that blade design must pre date the one I have.  What motor is on that one?

I have an older one, with a huge blade design that I'll get on here later.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 02:22 pm
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Don Whipple wrote: Yeah, I read about those motor problems and am somewhat suprised, as I have never had a problem with mine.  I have always thought the motor on the XC 20 was pretty good.  It has two oil ports, stays cool when it runs.  I have seen these same motors on several Lakewood and Vernco fans that never have problems.

I wonder, with the large air vents on the GE motor that the XC 20 has, if it is a possible hazard for a metallic material to get sucked in and cause a short if the fan is worked on in a less than perfectly clean environment? 

 

maby thats what happens i have one last fan with a ge motor like that im restoreing it ill have to make that motor clean enoufgh to eat off of and see what happens

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Myles,

I saw a bit of that fan you are speaking of on a you tube video you posted.  I'd like to see a picture or video of the fan once you get it all cleaned up and running.  Good luck fixing it up.

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Don Whipple wrote: Myles,

I saw a bit of that fan you are speaking of on a you tube video you posted.  I'd like to see a picture or video of the fan once you get it all cleaned up and running.  Good luck fixing it up.

its going to be a while the  under side of the fan has bad rust but ill post here when its all done and working untill it decides to go up

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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 04:07 pm
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I liked the fasco box fan you posted Looks very similar to mine and probably made about the same time frame.

I apologise for posting the pics again but if theres a thread about box fan's I figure I might as well post it again.


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 Posted: Tue Jun 17th, 2008 04:15 pm
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ok here are my box fans first my knapp monarch all-a-round small box fan but with very deep pitched blades 2 speed motor with a coul just got done takeing it all apart sunday it was makeing a horriable noise fixed now and being used

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my ge mthree speed electric reverse wont be mine for much longer its part of a trade im makeing but i know its getting a good home

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Wow William, you've got a nice view out your window:shock:
Nice fan though, it looks like it's been well maintained
I've got two box fans myself, a blueish green GE and an olive green 7 bladed Montgomery Ward
I haven't taken pics of them individually yet but they're both in this picture

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Zachary Yarnes wrote: Wow William, you've got a nice view out your window:shock:
Nice fan though, it looks like it's been well maintained
I've got two box fans myself, a blueish green GE and an olive green 7 bladed Montgomery Ward
I haven't taken pics of them individually yet but they're both in this picture

It may not be a nice view but it helps with cooling. the building on that side of the flat is much taller than my
 building and the sun doesnt rally shine directly so theres lots of cool air I can pump in from the outside and it
 means that the building is inthe shade most of the time which helps to keep me cool in the summer.  I don't mind
 the privacy either. I can't take the credit for its good shape I got it for $25 at the local antique store. I only
just oiled it up and make sure it stays clean. I'm going to be waxing it soon to preserve the paint which seems to be
 very durable by itself.  i would like to get something I can plug it into that has a replacable 2.2amp fuse and a
 ground fault protection circut in it but so far I havent found anything being sold that will do that.  I might have to
 buuld or pay someone to do that for me.

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Yep, your Fasco is a sweet one.  Your badge is in a lot better shape than mine.  I got mine about ten years ago and when I cleaned it, half the paint came off the badge.

 

 

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Myles-  I really like that GE.  I have always wanted one like it.  Found one, like new, at a garage sale a couple years ago, that had already been sold.  For $5!  I would have given them a lot more, just got there too late!

So where in IL is Crete?  I was born in Wyanet, IL.  It's about fifty miles north of Peoria.

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Don Whipple wrote: Yep, your Fasco is a sweet one.  Your badge is in a lot better shape than mine.  I got mine about ten years ago and when I cleaned it, half the paint came off the badge.

 

 


My fan has badges on both the front and back grills and both of them are
 in pretty close to mint condition (they look exactly the same)

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Zachary-  Wow!  What a great picture!  Nice bunch of fans. I have seen your Lasko on You Tube.  What a great, smooth running fan it is. 

I have got to join AFCA.  I joined for a year, about ten years ago, but there seemed to be zero interest in box fans, so I did not stay a member. I have lurked around this, and other fan sites, for a while now and have enjoyed seeing and hearing about all of your fans. 

I have liked box fans for as long as I can remember.  I fell asleep at night, as a boy, to a JC Penney (Lakewood) window fan that is nearly an exact replica of the Country Aire that I now own.  My grandmother bought the Lakewood XC20 that I have here  at the Hardware store in Wyanet, Illinois where she worked when I was born and I have had it ever since.  When I was a young kid, I used to drive my folks nuts, because everytime we went to a store (Grants, Kmart, Sears, Penneys, Wards), I had to run off and see the fans!

I like table fans too, have a great Emerson and an old GE that is running as I type, but it's box and window fans for me!  I don't know if it's the polished aluminum blades, the sound, or what, but I sure like 'em, especially Lakewoods. 

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Don Whipple wrote: Myles-  I really like that GE.  I have always wanted one like it.  Found one, like new, at a garage sale a couple years ago, that had already been sold.  For $5!  I would have given them a lot more, just got there too late!

So where in IL is Crete?  I was born in Wyanet, IL.  It's about fifty miles north of Peoria.

wow i paied 25 for mine i had to bargan to he wanted 30 i had 30 on me but i always try to get atleast 5 off of any fan i buy

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Don Whipple wrote: Zachary-  Wow!  What a great picture!  Nice bunch of fans. I have seen your Lasko on You Tube.  What a great, smooth running fan it is. 


Thanks, I've got videos of almost all my fans running on youtube

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here is another box fan i own its a 70's/80's lasko utrla deluxe with a thermostat the grates are not the orginals they were toast when i trashed picked it the guy tossed it because of the bad cord some of the admins might send me pm's about it not being a  antique but its a box fan

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I'll post pics of my box fans, as soon as I photograph them. I just won one on Ebay, too.

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I really like the Penncrest Deluxe and the Country Aire fans.


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We should get a box fan gallery going!

I really enjoy seeing all these fans. 

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Don Whipple wrote: We should get a box fan gallery going!

I really enjoy seeing all these fans. 

youre not the only one and they will be worth something some day :clap: and this is what i manily rember from when i was a kid

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Myles Gifford wrote: Don Whipple wrote: We should get a box fan gallery going!

I really enjoy seeing all these fans. 

youre not the only one and they will be worth something some day :clap: and this is what i manily rember from when i was a kid

Myles, your wrong about that, they are already worth something now.

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here are some of my box fans.:D

Lakewood P-23

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Superlectric box fan that used to screech but now it is fixed.

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Lakewood XC-20

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Yes they are.  I paid about $150 for my Penncrest Deluxe a few years back.  Having seen that fan at the local JC Penney store (it sat on a ledge in women's clothing, never running) when I was a kid, I had always wanted one.  When I say it on ebay, I knew I had to have it.

It seems like the prices fluctuate depending upon how many are on the market at one time.  At times there are a flood of box/window fans on ebay and the prices suffer. 

Most of my fans, I either inherited or found.  I found both of the Sears fans in the garbage, as well as the Toastmaster and Eskimo.  I inherited the Country Aire box.  I bought the CA window fan, the Fasco, the Bradford and the Penncrest on ebay. The Bradford was falling apart and I got it cheap. The other three were spendy- but well worth the cost.

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Eastern Electric a.k.a Lakewood box fan with the 2nd generation platic blades.

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Nice fans Austin!  Your XC20 has a different handle than mine.  Maybe it's an earlier model?

I had a P23 years ago.  Loaned it to an ex-girlfriend and never got it back.  Bought a new P24 (has the 4 rivet blade hold) and then loaned that one out.  I need to get that fan back, now that Lakewood has discontinued them.

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Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Don Whipple wrote: We should get a box fan gallery going!

I really enjoy seeing all these fans. 

youre not the only one and they will be worth something some day :clap: and this is what i manily rember from when i was a kid

Myles, your wrong about that, they are already worth something now.

well i mean one day they will bring as much money as a ge pancake with or without boxes i rember my parants rolling there eyes every time i would drag home a old box fan manily because of the rust

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Myles Gifford wrote: Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Don Whipple wrote: We should get a box fan gallery going!

I really enjoy seeing all these fans. 

youre not the only one and they will be worth something some day :clap: and this is what i manily rember from when i was a kid

Myles, your wrong about that, they are already worth something now.

well i mean one day they will bring as much money as a ge pancake with or without boxes i rember my parants rolling there eyes every time i would drag home a old box fan manily because of the rust


Hah -- you sound like me years ago, Myles. I, too, agree that a box fan gallery would be nice. I was born in 1970, and remember box fans the best (of all types) from my youth. These are what I mainly collect, although I do have many older pedestal fans. I have a Westy like the one in your avatar. That is the ca. 1937-1940 type, if I'm not mistaken. I have three of the ca. 1941-1949 types in various stages of assembly (I've been lazy lately), and I have a 1950's version, too.

As a kid, I enjoyed the strobe effects of moving fan blades. I'd often look through the moving fan blades of my own fan, across the street to the one in neighbor's window. But adjusting the speed, I could see how many blades my neighbor's fan had even though it was running. I recall telling that story to a lady called Roseann Houseman who posted on this forum long ago (maybe 7 or 8 years ago), and she wanted to do a story on it. I don't think she ever got around to it, and she disappeared soon after.

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