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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 10:54 pm
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Duane Burright
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I've had this fan for a few years, decided to make a video showing it.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 02:21 am
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Levi Mevis
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Duane I hate to inform you of this but that fan is actually a 10" "Standard" model GE Fan from the early 1960s its not a Quiet Blade Fan, the Quiet Blade Models were Discontinued by the late 1950s, same for the Vortalex models.
I used to have a 9" version with and without the metal blades and then I had a 12" 2 speed version with the metal blades and all 3 were oscillators.  

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 02:39 am
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Duane Burright
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Levi Mevis wrote: Duane I hate to inform you of this but that fan is actually a 10" "Standard" model GE Fan from the early 1960s its not a Quiet Blade Fan, the Quiet Blade Models were Discontinued by the late 1950s, same for the Vortalex models.

I know. G.E. did market this on hang tags as the "Quiet Fan" in stores, which is different from the older "Quiet Blade" models from the 1930's.

I'm in the habit of calling this model due to that hang tag.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 02:50 am
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Levi Mevis
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OK, wasn't sure if you knew the difference or not. But yes the "standard" models were quieter than some of the other comparable fans from that time period, and I agree they are a pain in the arse to work on!  :pissed

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 04:36 am
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That's in good shape! I also agree with you, they can be a real nightmare to disassemble. With my grey F11S107 I was quite lucky since the rubber plug was still pliable, and didn't fall apart.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 05:45 am
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I always called them strap fans. I have a ten inch one hanging on the garage wall here.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 06:02 am
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I believe these GE "Standard" Fans from the late 1950s and early to mid 1960s were what replaced the Vortalex and the Quiet Blade fans because if you ever noticed the Vortalex and the Quiet Blade fans quietly bowed out in around 1958 or so and then these "Standard" fans came into existence and that's all you see from about 1959 on until about early to mid 1970s or so, when GE finally got out of the fan Business and mainly focused on electronics and large appliances like Stoves, Microwaves, Dishwashers, Washers and Dryers, toasters, toaster ovens, etc. If you come across a fan with the GE name on it that was made within the past 30 years then more than likely it was a fan made by a Chinese firm using the GE Logo as a "rebadge" even though its technically not a real GE. 
 I believe these GE "Standard" fans were an attempt (albeit a lowsy one on GE's Part) to redesign their "aging" Vortalex and Quiet Blade designs that went back to the 1930s and basically used the same design up through the 1950s with no changes whatsoever to the overall design (because to be honest why change a good working design that every one loves).

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 06:00 pm
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These fans came out in the late 40s in the aqua mist color with painted phenolic base and no switch. A switch was added within a few years. The very earliest Mist colors also were oscillators, with no shut off. Around 1952 the color changed to Frost Gray with metal base and these had marketing tags labelling them (also on the box) as quiet fans. In 1960 the color changed to Light Blue Spruce with white grilles. In 1965 the color changed to a tan-ivory with the tight OSHA grille, and only the 12" converted to the 5 wing plastic blade after 1966-68 the 10" stayed metal blade. The later models had an easier motor cover back to remove. I frankly think all of them are quieter than comparable brands, but they are a pain to service.... I have a 10" in Spruce and Frost gray each, and they are great for sleeping. I have at least one of everything over the years but you have to part with stuff or the house falls in, so just two 10" right now 

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 Posted: Wed Feb 28th, 2018 06:54 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Interesting Tom, I for some reason thought they were newer than that. I still think though that they were supposed to be a cheaper model to replace the Vortalex and the Quiet Blade fans because after the 1950s you don't see the Vortys and the Quiet Blades anymore, just these "Standard" Fans.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 3rd, 2018 08:44 pm
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Tom Zapf wrote: These fans came out in the late 40s in the aqua mist color with painted phenolic base and no switch. A switch was added within a few years. The very earliest Mist colors also were oscillators, with no shut off. Around 1952 the color changed to Frost Gray with metal base and these had marketing tags labelling them (also on the box) as quiet fans. In 1960 the color changed to Light Blue Spruce with white grilles. In 1965 the color changed to a tan-ivory with the tight OSHA grille, and only the 12" converted to the 5 wing plastic blade after 1966-68 the 10" stayed metal blade. The later models had an easier motor cover back to remove. I frankly think all of them are quieter than comparable brands, but they are a pain to service.... I have a 10" in Spruce and Frost gray each, and they are great for sleeping. I have at least one of everything over the years but you have to part with stuff or the house falls in, so just two 10" right now I have the later 10 inch fan in a box. The box has "HOME FAN" on it. Cat f14s107

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