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 Posted: Wed Feb 15th, 2017 11:33 pm
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John Beard
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This is my first post to the forum. This fan is my first resurrection. I watched a couple of YouTube videos about how to get an old fan running again, rewired it, lubed it up, and it instantly ran like a top. At this point I'm happy with how she looks in her current state. However, I may change my mind and do a full restore down the road after I've gained some confidence on some more beat up fans. I'm wondering if anybody can help me identify the model and year of manufacture as the badge is scraped right where the model number would be. Also, what should I look out for on this model as far as any known issues may be concerned?











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 Posted: Thu Feb 16th, 2017 11:00 pm
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John Beard
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I've been doing some digging on the web. My closest guess is that it is type 256.

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It looks as if I'm off with my guess that this is a 256. I saw some better pictures on eBay of a 256, and the oscillator on the pictures of the 256 that I saw were not the same. Also, the switch on my fan is not a toggle switch. I'm back to having no idea what model this is or a vintage :cry:

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Duane Burright
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You can try this - http://www.dtvintagefans.org/signalmodels.htm

Your fan looks to be a 10" oscillator made in the late 1930's, so you might want to look at the catalogs of Signal scanned and put in the AFCA Galleries - http://www.fancollectors.org/gallnew8.htm . Note that it is password protected and the password is in the latest magazine.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 08:04 pm
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Thanks for the tip! It is a 550-A.

Last edited on Wed Mar 1st, 2017 08:16 pm by John Beard

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