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 Posted: Sat Jan 20th, 2018 09:18 pm
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Cole Day
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I've been trying to put together a GE timeline similar to how the Westinghouse was. I have a lot of incomplete and missing information but I tried to fill in what I do know, with ?? for things I'm not sure about. There are definitely some missing models and dates, if anyone would care to add to or clarify the timeline, feel free. It would also be great if we could add desk fans eventually, but I don't have time at the moment to find all of the numbers.
There is some confusion on later dates. I have no literature from GE on anything other than the 1954 and 1960 years that I can find, so I have to base a lot of this on newspaper ads, some of which are no longer available online. I DO know that the 5 element blade first is introduced in newspaper ads in 1966 as the "Cool New 5". I can't find anything nothing the 14" prior to 1967 that I can recall.


I am also not certain when the 14" was discontinued. I heard the W27 replaced it, but I have seen newspaper ads as late as 1973 still showing it with the W27.

I also have some conflicting info on when the W25/W26/W27 were introduced. I have found no newspaper ads showing these earlier than 1970, so I am showing that as the date this last generation of fans were introduced, and that seems to add up to what I know about the earlier models.

GE Box Fan Timeline:Green text indicates a new model
Red indicates a model discontinued
Blue indicates a running change with no new model


1949?? GE Twindow Fan introduced. model?? Sea mist Three speed with thermostat, manually reversible fans

1954?? Sea mist twindow fan changed to Frost Gray color

1954- First GE box fan introduced. Frost Gray with red badge, three speed, thermostat. Oil hole discontinued mid year.


1959?? 20" Portable Fans, reversible and thermostatic models introduced, green badging


1960 - Blue Spruce Color Fans introduced:
W12 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed, metal grilles
W13 -20" Portable Fan, 3 speed reversible, plastic front grille
W14 -20" Portable Fan, 3 speed reversible with thermostat, plastic front grille
W15 - 20" Custom Automatic Filter Fan, variable speed reversible, thermostat with pilot light, timer, rear filter, plastic front grille
LW1 - Ventiglide Filter Fan, three speed window unit
W8 - 20" Window Ventilator, 3 speed reversible  sunburst grille
W9 - 20" Window Ventilator, 3 speed, sunburst grille


After 1960??
Some models discontinued?? Grilles changed to metal and badges moved
Two speed and two speed reverisble 20" Portable Fans added, no venturi ring Model #s??


1965 - New beige color with black badge:
W12 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed
W13- 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed reversible
Twin Ventilator discontinued
Other models discontinued

1966 - Five element blade and plastic handle introduced. Beige with new blue badge color. Window unit retains radial grille and 2 speed slide switches:
W22 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed badge in upper left corner of grill
W23 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed reversible badge in center of grill
W24 - 20" Window Ventilator, 2 speed reversible


1967?? WC-2 14" Portable Fan, 2 speed with five element blade introduced, no venturi, uses similar motor to Floor Circulator and All Purpose Fan.
Exterior grille added to W24 Window Ventilator??


1968 - W22 badge moves to center of grille, silver speed indicator button deleted for a dimple to mark speed on all models


1970 - Last series of GE box fans introduced. Motors lose the four wicks and shaft no longer includes the oil distribution grooves, lower RPM, smaller cabinets with push in grille attachments:
W25 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed
W26 - 20" Portable Fan, 3 speed reversible (added ring to front grille to protect blades from shattering)
W27 - 20" Portable Fan, 2 speed (brown cabinet and badge, no venturi ring)
W24 - 20" 2 speed reversible Window Ventilator continues unchanged apart from motor
WC-2 discontinued??


197X?? GE fans are discontinued?

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 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 03:13 am
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Ive found a few of these and here is the latest one that I bought Friday. I guess it' the 1960 3 speed

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 Posted: Thu Jan 25th, 2018 01:42 am
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I am very much into GE box and window fans, they are my favorite and I would love to find all the information on them in a time line like this. I know the beige model with the 3 wing metal blade 3 speed non- reversing is model number F17W12. From what I have learned these were only 1965-1966 models, then in 1966 the 5 wing plastic blade models were gradually phased in. Any more information greatly appreciated!

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 Posted: Thu Jan 25th, 2018 09:48 pm
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Both of those are correct.

As for the beige, I will correct the model #s above, it should be W12 for the non reversible and W13 for the reversible beige models, and your years are correct, the 5 element came in Spring 1966.

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i believe the twin window fan with deep cabinet and manual reverse was frost gray in 1952, not 1954.  
the box fans on panels in gray  introduced in 1954, had "Automatic" badging added for the 1955 models, in 1956 the pushbutton model had a silver chrome grille, in 1957 it was white painted grille. The fluted plastic model pushbutton box fan came out in 1958 with red badging, all of the badging was green in 1959. 

the 5 wing element blade i am told was a late 1967 intro as a 68 model. The small 14" and 12" might have come out a year later

the beige three wing metal blade box fans should be 1965-67 models...I THINK

the round basket panel window fan came out in 1956 with white painted grille in 3 speed reverse and 3 speed exhaust models. I think that in 1958 the 3 speed exhaust model was now ivory with a different grille, (W5) and the gray 3 speed reversible panel fan had the fancy sunburst grille in white

the panel fan continued in aqua spruce as of 1960 with a different blade with "bends" in a heavier steel wing.
the panel fan went beige and 2 speed reverse with a slide switch in 1965 (i THINK) and the blade went to the 5 element plastic one in 1967, and within a year or so the front/exterior grille was added to meet UL requirements. The Sunburst grille was used until the end

there was also a round circulator type fan and rollabout box fans. The circulator used the 1956-7 panel window fan basket grille mounted on a stand with the 3 speed exhaust switch plate/motor cover and a roung grille unit for the "front" 

the gray bow sided box fans had a different venturi as of the timing when the controls became a rotary knob on the side (1958 i think) 

i believe the floor circulator 2 blade hassock fan always had a box fan motor, i never saw one with the small 14"  fan motor and i owned quuite a few of them over the years..

thank you Tom 

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Thanks for all of the info, Tom. I'll try to add that into the timeline in the future. I know I'm missing a lot.

I do have evidence that the 5 element came along in 1966, here is an ad I saved:I think the confusion possibly comes from it not showing up in the repair manuals until the next year.



I think the confusion comes from it possibly not showing in the repair manuals until the next year.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 31st, 2018 12:53 pm
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Al Shaeffer actually has the model timeline listing and the 5 element doesnt show up until 1968, but someone showed it in late 1967, i wonder if this was a test area? very interesting! they are the best plastic blade fan....

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 Posted: Wed Jan 31st, 2018 10:30 pm
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Good information Cole. I remember those 5 blade 3 Speed box fans from back in high school.

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MY grandfather had an early 5 element rollabout. i still have the stand but the fan is gone...it has a different fan on it, but it is a great unit 

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I have a early five element blade rollabout also. The wheels are "whitewalls"

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I've seen a couple of the rollabouts around before.

I have two of the 3 speeds with the push in grilles (W-25), that's it as far as the 20" (take up too much room) and would like to have a 14", I just got a 12" oscillator with the 5 element blade as well, it's still got the box, paperwork, receipt, etc, plus another I've had for a while but it's missing the badge.

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