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Richard Daugird
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I have a Signal from 1920s(?) I run all night every night as I sleep, two 1950s Vortalex 16 inchers I run for hours at a time in my garage, 1920s Dayton 350 and a Westy Riviera I run about six hours every Monday afternoon in the big kitchen when we have our charity team meeting. Plus several others I turn on wherever happen to be at the moment at work. Several nights a week I crank up another Vortalex, and beautiful R&M I got from Lane Shirey, and three of my super nice restored G.E. AOUs from Lane and Ted, all at once on full power and watch the light over my pool table swing as I enjoy the last two or three cold ones before bed...

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I’ve got a 16” Hunter Century and a 12” Wagner that get used regularly. The R52 twins ive got run year round as well.

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1904 GE pancake trunnion fan and a 1911 R&M 1404 but I also use a c.1900 Westinghouse Tesla occasionally in my living room.  For a few days I had my 1893 Crocker Wheeler in the kitchen, below, to use but, with no guard on the fan the blade somewhat disappeared when running and I felt it was to risky to be moving around so close to the running blade.

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I love that C/W...without a cage it stads for Chopper-Wounder!!!

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The C-W runs just as well as most newer fans and my one older fan, this C&C, also runs superbly.  Too much invested to have it at risk with cats around but I would not hesitate running it often if I had a safe place to set it.
A local friend bought a C&C and, when I saw it running, I had to have one.  Not too long afterward one shows up on ebay less a fan (blade) and missing some other parts but, still, pretty nice original.   I made a deal with another fan club member to buy it from him if he won it which he did then made the fan and fixed other problems.



My friend brought his C&C over to my place so we could compare and have some fan fun.



Another photo of my Crocker Wheeler as posted in a post just above.   The fan is all new as are the fans on the two C&C "fan outfits" above.   In those days the "FAN" was what we call the blade and what we now call a fan was a "Fan Outfit".All are DC; the C&C is 100 volts, the C-W is 115, the Edison is 4-6 volts.   I run all using a Variac and a bridge rectifier.




My only Edison which I bought from the Meekers at the Alameda Flea Market.   Had I gotten to their booth 5 minutes later it would have been bought by a man who came right after I did.  Lucky timing and a nice fan that I now have running.




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C/W= Cat Wounder? Better keep the kitties away, only got nine lives...I just now saw those pictures, awesome equipment. Just curious, what did you score that Edison for? Did you majorly luck out? What would one expect to pay for something like that now, if you could even find one for sale?

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I use my 1903 pancake on a regular basis with no issues.

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I'm using this -



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Good topic!
My older ones are a 11646 I got down in LA the last meet.  Alll original

Century S-3 oscillator with a Huckabee motor that pulls .6 amps on high and moves serious air. Original other than the new motor

Lastly a 16” 6 wing GE collar oscillator.  All original and my improved linkage setup. 

All cleaned and run perfectly with new wiring where needed etc, but I like em to look a bit iffy to turn on with original bumps and bruises:clap:




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The fan I use on a daily basis is this Vortalex pedestal. My wife HATES the blade shape and thinks it’s hideous looking but can’t deny it’s a great air mover. The little R&M is when she’s cooking a lot and wants a little extra air in the kitchen. Brucie (our Maltese) prefers setting  on the couch with the tank blowing straight at him. 

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I run my 77646-SL a lot. 

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Steve Butler wrote: The fan I use on a daily basis is this Vortalex pedestal. My wife HATES the blade shape and thinks it’s hideous looking but can’t deny it’s a great air mover. That is so funny. Besides the “pizza wedge” blades my second favorite is the Vortalex. 

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one of the oldest fans I use on a regular basis (or I did use on a regular basis until I moved my bedroom) was my 1948 Westinghouse 16" PowerAire that I usually had set on medium because it's such a whisper quiet fan that you barely noticed it was running when it was on. 




Another daily runner I have is a late 1940s Freshn'd Aire Floor Fan with the Bakelite Base and 3 speed switch on the back. 



I have other much older fans than this I have used before but they aren't daily runners as they are old enough that I wouldn't trust them to be ran constantly I do run them about 3 or 4 hours every once in a while, but I wouldn't trust them to run all night (8-10 hours straight or more). 
I do have a 1950 12" Vortalex that I use as a daily runner as well but the cage is with George right now waiting to be repaired so right now I can't use it as a daily runner until I get the cage fixed and reinstalled. 

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Very nice Westinghouse. 

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I just got done restoring my silver swan so that will be another daly runner.

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thanks, I bought that Westinghouse from the antique mall several years ago for $20 and it was complete with the original chrome plated insert on the base which I noticed was often missing on these fans and the paint job on the fan's body is still in reasonably good shape, the only part that isn't in real good shape is the blades as the paint on them has been chipped/scraped off in several spots on the blades, so it looks kind of crappy but for a regular use fan it really doesn't bother me.

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Levi Mevis wrote: the only part that isn't in real good shape is the blades as the paint on them has been chipped/scraped off in several spots on the blades, so it looks kind of crappy but for a regular use fan it really doesn't bother me.Can't tell when she's running anyway. Nice fan.

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Thanks, and yes  I really enjoyed using that fan in my room, but with my room the way it is now and where it is now, I don't have a good spot to use my Westinghouse anymore, except on my dresser but since my fan has lost all of its original rubber feet on the bottom of the fan that kept the fan from scratching the tabletop the fan can't be used on top of my dresser right now as I don't want to scratch the top of my dresser which is an early 1940s vintage solid wood dresser that's in near mint condition.

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I tried those on the bottom of my westinghouse and the screws that hold the bottom cover in place still end up scratching the wood surfaces because the screw heads are taller than the felt pads are...  :X

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At this time of year, with air conditioning and the heat and humidity in St. Louis, most of my fan use is on my screened porch with three, two wing (Emerson's of course)---a Cf-28, a Cf-14 & a Trojan 8012.

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Levi Mevis wrote: I tried those on the bottom of my westinghouse and the screws that hold the bottom cover in place still end up scratching the wood surfaces because the screw heads are taller than the felt pads are...  :XHere is a solution for a non-scratch felt disk to place under your fans.   The main problem is that you have to have them custom cut and, if you want, dye them yourself which is what I did several years ago.   I got the felt if I remember right from Southerland Felt.   They have a large selection including grades or hardness of felt.   I do notice some quieting of vibration but not a great deal.   I had them cut from 3/8" thick felt and chose 8-1/2" diameter as the best size to fit and look good under the most fans I have.  There is a hefty setup charge for each diameter which works ok if you have a lot of pads cut.    I think I ended up having about $12 in each pad which would be much less in greater numbers.








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Those are nice Steve, I saw them in an old post. I found, at Home Depot, multi-size packs, a good 1/4"-3/8" thick. I can't imagine screw heads being thicker than these. Bolt heads maybe, but all my display fans have these; not a single one has screw heads thicker.

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Steve Stephens wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: I tried those on the bottom of my westinghouse and the screws that hold the bottom cover in place still end up scratching the wood surfaces because the screw heads are taller than the felt pads are...  :XHere is a solution for a non-scratch felt disk to place under your fans.   The main problem is that you have to have them custom cut and, if you want, dye them yourself which is what I did several years ago.   I got the felt if I remember right from Southerland Felt.   They have a large selection including grades or hardness of felt.   I do notice some quieting of vibration but not a great deal.   I had them cut from 3/8" thick felt and chose 8-1/2" diameter as the best size to fit and look good under the most fans I have.  There is a hefty setup charge for each diameter which works ok if you have a lot of pads cut.    I think I ended up having about $12 in each pad which would be much less in greater numbers.











Something like that might work,  yes but not those small Peel and stick felt furniture pads,  because like I said their too thin and my fan's screws on the bottom still protrude out from the bottom of those enough to scratch the surface of a wooden table top.

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My SMY does a good job daily. 

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My shop fan.  1908 BMY in original paint and patina.

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I run this 1899 every day (or night is probably more correct).


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Gimmie that Jamie!

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I have to sleep with this Signal tonight. No complaints, she's a good sleeper!

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My daily runners:

Emmy 71666 in the den.
Emmy Jubilee in the kitchen.
R&M 10" double diamond and Westy Vader 16" in the living room.
14" Freshy, Hunter Type 12 and Westy Lively Aire on nightly duty in bedrooms.

We keep our thermostat on 75-76 during the summers and run the heck out of these fans.





Seems like this would be a good idea for a "group buy"...  I'd buy 5 or 6!




Steve Stephens wrote:Here is a solution for a non-scratch felt disk to place under your fans.   The main problem is that you have to have them custom cut and, if you want, dye them yourself which is what I did several years ago.   I got the felt if I remember right from Southerland Felt.   They have a large selection including grades or hardness of felt.   I do notice some quieting of vibration but not a great deal.   I had them cut from 3/8" thick felt and chose 8-1/2" diameter as the best size to fit and look good under the most fans I have.  There is a hefty setup charge for each diameter which works ok if you have a lot of pads cut.    I think I ended up having about $12 in each pad which would be much less in greater numbers.









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NM Whitney Jr. wrote: Seems like this would be a good idea for a "group buy"...  I'd buy 5 or 6!

 I bought 11 pieces of 3/8" thick felt cut into 8.5" diameter disks from Southerland Felt in 2010 and the total cost, delivered, then was $73.60  

Cost for a greater number of felt pads in one size should be less depending on number because there is a setup charge before any felt is cut.   You will have to dye the felt yourself.

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I run this PowerAire (12-Q-3) quite often:




And I also like to run this DC Quiet Blade (49x478B):




Others include my Silver Swan and a couple Emerson 79648-AP-Gs, and my 16" Westy Vader.  While the AP-Gs aren't quite as old, I like how solid their construction is and how quiet they run on low and medium speed.

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Since the question was what was the oldest, the answer has to be my 16646 Lever oscillator, or my 27666 12 inch six winger. They get used a lot.
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But not more than both of my APG's both 12 and 16 inch version that I absolutely thrash daily.

At night watching TV it's my Golden Jubilee which is a phenomenally great daily runner.

I have a selection of custom fans that I frequently use but they're all 21st century and don't really count.

The wind blows here in my cottage 24/7.

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I tend to rotate my daily fans. But for the last few months, it has been these two in the picture.  Both are Emerson’s. A 2010 and a 14644, sometimes both at the same time to sleep. They make great harmony together 

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Hey David, shouldn’t a recipe book have a pancake setting on it?😏

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Steve-
Excellent question. The two fans I was running was a 16” Century S3 skeletal. But before that, I was running my ‘99 stick and a  Wesco Trojan 5110, which, IMO, fits the shape of a pancake fan the most of any antiques I’ve seen.

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My '02 cake is the oldest fan I run the most, almost daily for the past 18 or so years. It's a 133 cycle fan that I rewound to run on 60 cycles so it runs nice and slow. No motor noise and just fast enough to produce a gentle breeze and a little wind noise.













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