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 Posted: Wed Jun 18th, 2008 01:17 am
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:clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Mirin wrote: :clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!
lets try to make four WE NEED MORE BOX FANS!!!!!

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Bill,

I'm guessing box fan production began in the 1940s.  I know that Lakewood started manufacturing window fans in 1946; they surely made box fans then as well.  I have seen R&M -Hunter advertisements from 1949 that show box fans.  I have seen Emerson ads from the late 1940s that show box fans as well.  On the other hand, I have seen GE ads from 1940 that had no box fans, only ventilators much like waht would be found in a kitchen.

One thing to do would be to look in old catalogs from Sears, Penneys or Montgomery Ward.  I bet the box fan was a post war thing starting in 1945.  I have a 1954 Sears catalog that has their "Improved" Sears best belt driven window fan in it.  They must have been around for awhile if it was "improved".

I'd love to start a history of these fans.  I have a ton of pictures, which I will not post as they are not my fans, but by looking, one can trace the "evolution" of each major brand- Fasco, Air King, GE, Westinghouse, Lakewood, Hunter, Emerson, Frigid, Lasko, Manning Bowman-Toastmaster-Eskimo, etc. 

I'm betting there are a ton of folks out there that know quite a bit about these fans and makes.

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I can't remember too many 3 page threads on this forum...i'm impressed...and share your love for box fans. I have 8, as well as 2 window fans.  Many many many desk fans, though.  If it moves air, I like it!

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Myles Gifford wrote: Michael Mirin wrote: :clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!
lets try to make four WE NEED MORE BOX FANS!!!!!

We would have to get Spatsbear from Youtube to join to get that many pages, he has some nice box fans.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 18th, 2008 01:39 am
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I am suprised i havent seen those LAU box fans that look like an old TV set in this thread, does anyone have one?

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Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Michael Mirin wrote: :clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!
lets try to make four WE NEED MORE BOX FANS!!!!!

We would have to get Spatsbear from Youtube to join to get that many pages, he has some nice box fans.

we should this would easly reach 4 or 5 pages and dont for get retrochad he has some we should send the messages

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Myles Gifford wrote: Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Michael Mirin wrote: :clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!
lets try to make four WE NEED MORE BOX FANS!!!!!

We would have to get Spatsbear from Youtube to join to get that many pages, he has some nice box fans.

we should this would easly reach 4 or 5 pages and dont for get retrochad he has some we should send the messages
We shall, how could I have forgotten about Retrochad he does have some nice box fans and he does go to the extream when the fan dosnt work.He'll do anything to get a fan up and running again.

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You, Michael, have a bunch of sweet fans.  You seem to be the "Air King!"

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Don Whipple wrote: Bill,

I'm guessing box fan production began in the 1940s.  I know that Lakewood started manufacturing window fans in 1946; they surely made box fans then as well.  I have seen R&M -Hunter advertisements from 1949 that show box fans.  I have seen Emerson ads from the late 1940s that show box fans as well.  On the other hand, I have seen GE ads from 1940 that had no box fans, only ventilators much like waht would be found in a kitchen.

One thing to do would be to look in old catalogs from Sears, Penneys or Montgomery Ward.  I bet the box fan was a post war thing starting in 1945.  I have a 1954 Sears catalog that has their "Improved" Sears best belt driven window fan in it.  They must have been around for awhile if it was "improved".

I'd love to start a history of these fans.  I have a ton of pictures, which I will not post as they are not my fans, but by looking, one can trace the "evolution" of each major brand- Fasco, Air King, GE, Westinghouse, Lakewood, Hunter, Emerson, Frigid, Lasko, Manning Bowman-Toastmaster-Eskimo, etc. 

I'm betting there are a ton of folks out there that know quite a bit about these fans and makes.


Don,

I, too, think of the advent of the box fan as a postwar 1940s phenomenon. A history of same would be fantastic! I do have a few Sears catalogs from the mid 1940s, and when I find them, I'll check through them. We need to get all the box-fan braniacs together and then we can perhaps write something.

The posting of all the box fans in this thread is forcing me to get out my camera to snap my own (at least the ones I currently have about the house in working order). I may do this tonight! I don't have anything spectacular, but they're box fans just the same!

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Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Austin B Ko wrote: Myles Gifford wrote: Michael Mirin wrote: :clap:We did it 3 pages!!!!!!!!!!
lets try to make four WE NEED MORE BOX FANS!!!!!

We would have to get Spatsbear from Youtube to join to get that many pages, he has some nice box fans.

we should this would easly reach 4 or 5 pages and dont for get retrochad he has some we should send the messages
We shall, how could have forgotten about Retrochad he does have some nice box fans and he does go to the extream when the fan dosnt work.He'll do anything to get a fan up and running again.

yep he does i just messaged spatsbear1 and told him about the topic so lets just wait and see if he joins in i might also send retrochad a message too

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Austin B Ko wrote: I am suprised i havent seen those LAU box fans that look like an old TV set in this thread, does anyone have one?
I do, but it's out on loan to my brother! It is from the early 1960s, and has the side panel with the speed and direction control knobs. It has three metal blades and metal grilles. It is a dark turquoise color. I will snap it when I get it back. It was given to me by an old off-the-boat Portuguese neighbor before she moved to Arizona.

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Yeah, I'd like to chat with Spatsbear, he seems to have the same affinity for Lakewoods that I have. 

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 Posted: Wed Jun 18th, 2008 01:50 am
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Is this a good way to store your box fans, or no?

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here is my blue Dominion befor it went up in flames

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Are you talking about a Lau "Super Twenty"?  I have only seen pictures, but would ove to own one.  For sure one on my "must have list"!

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Ha!  LOL... I keep mine on clothes closets across the bottom, under the clothes!  Except the ones I have "out" for use.

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Don Whipple wrote: Are you talking about a Lau "Super Twenty"?  I have only seen pictures, but would ove to own one.  For sure one on my "must have list"!
Yes the LAU super 20, I forgot the name until you mentioned it.

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Eskimo, 20-inch (I use it on exhaust in my attic window, but turned it around for the photo); Galaxy, 12-inch; Lakewood, 12-inch; Sunstar, 12-inch (okay, not exactly old); Toastmaster, 12-inch; Vornado, 15-inch. If they're too big for y'all, I'll gladly resize them. I just wanted to get them up!

 















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Michael Mirin wrote: Heres one of the early box fans.Curtis Mathes.Heres where the

term box fan comes from.Its a mahagony cabinet.

I've never seen anything like that before what year is it from?

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William Schaub wrote: Michael Mirin wrote: Heres one of the early box fans.Curtis Mathes.Heres where the

term box fan comes from.Its a mahagony cabinet.

I've never seen anything like that before what year is it from?



That actually looks like a later model Mathes.  I think the earlier ones had a big, four blade design that looked a lot like like the blades on the Eskimo 12 inch I posted. 

I see Mathes Coolers for sale a lot, but they are one fan that I just do not recall at all.  Maybe because we could have never afforded a Curtis-Mathes TV, so I never saw the fans. 

That is one heck of a nice fan...  What does it run like?  Quiet? 

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Now here is a sweet Lakewood for sale on ebay.  About the same vintage as the XC20s listed here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-60s-P-71-LAKEWOOD-Modern-Window-Box-Fan-COOL_W0QQitemZ270247494306QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4037QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Don Whipple wrote: Now here is a sweet Lakewood for sale on ebay.  About the same vintage as the XC20s listed here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-60s-P-71-LAKEWOOD-Modern-Window-Box-Fan-COOL_W0QQitemZ270247494306QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4037QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
wow that fan has seen little to no time in use from the looks of it thats going to fetch a high price

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Here is the one I won on Ebay:




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I hope Don doesn't mind my copying his pic into this forum, but it does belong here! I hope I can buy Ray's identical one.


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Bill Kreiner wrote: Eskimo, 20-inch (I use it on exhaust in my attic window, but turned it around for the photo); Galaxy, 12-inch; Lakewood, 12-inch; Sunstar, 12-inch (okay, not exactly old); Toastmaster, 12-inch; Vornado, 15-inch. If they're too big for y'all, I'll gladly resize them. I just wanted to get them up!

 




 

I knew I recognised that Lakewood! They used the same 12" blade on their desk fans although the blade is mocha brown in color. Come to think of it, that motor looks the same too! Interesting.......

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Nicholas Denney wrote: Bill Kreiner wrote: Eskimo, 20-inch (I use it on exhaust in my attic window, but turned it around for the photo); Galaxy, 12-inch; Lakewood, 12-inch; Sunstar, 12-inch (okay, not exactly old); Toastmaster, 12-inch; Vornado, 15-inch. If they're too big for y'all, I'll gladly resize them. I just wanted to get them up!

 




 

I knew I recognised that Lakewood! They used the same 12" blade on their desk fans although the blade is mocha brown in color. Come to think of it, that motor looks the same too! Interesting.......

 

Yes, I believe you're right about the blade. Here's the rear view, so you can see the motor:



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I dug out a couple more fans.  This one is my "shop" fan.  It's a Coronado 16 inch, 3 speed, sold by Gambles- a Midwestern chain/hardware/appliance store that went out of buisness in the 1970s.  It was made by Berstead- it's basically a rebadged Eskimo/Toastmaster.  It's kind of the "little brother" of Bill's 20 in. Eskimo. Works great- needs to be cleaned up a bit, I guess.

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Another Fasco!  Found curbside two weeks ago.  It was so filthy, I thought the dirt was rust upon the driveby. I cleaned it up, fixed the cord and it runs great.

It's a 2 speed, model Y 2001.  Probably made in the early 1960s.  Not very often a base 2 speed model came with a venturi ring-  This is a quality fan.  Fasco made great box fans!

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Don Whipple wrote: Another Fasco!  Found curbside two weeks ago.  It was so filthy, I thought the dirt was rust upon the driveby. I cleaned it up, fixed the cord and it runs great.

It's a 2 speed, model Y 2001.  Probably made in the early 1960s.  Not very often a base 2 speed model came with a venturi ring-  This is a quality fan.  Fasco made great box fans!

That is in fantastic condition for a curbside fan.

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:PThe Mathes Cooler in the pic I think has a bad bearing.It makes a racket when its running on higher speeds,but my other mathes cooler,(that the wife got for me for $4.00 at the local thrift store on half price day)runs great.

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There is another post on Viking fans which shows a pic of window fans from 1941.I didn't think they were that old.

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I forgot to show my 2 speed Diehl box fan, it is being redone and is drying as I type this so the after photo will soon follow. Here is the before.

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I'm not much on box fans but I do have 2. Both are in sore need of a major cleanup and the Mathes could use refinishing of the wood. The third is not technically a box fan (I don't think so anyhow, not sure how it would be classified) but is actually a window fan with integrated replacable filter in the back. So I have a twin Freshy with 3 speeds and thermostat control, the Mathes, and the Philco window fan. The Philco is in pretty good shape.

Anyhow - the Mathes Cooler

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