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 Posted: Sun Jul 1st, 2018 06:59 pm
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Scott Matthew
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Hi,
I just found this forum today after picking up an old Manning Bowman Model 41 fan at an Estate Sale down the street from me.  
I have been wanting to pick up an older/vintage fan like this for some time but every time I run across one it is usually at an Antique Mall and they are kind of pricey.  As I mentioned I stumbled across this one at Estate Sale and it was only $5 so I thought I would take a chance on it.

I got it home plugged it in and seems to run pretty well. 

I have a few questions for  you fine folks here as I know nothing about these old fans.

First of all I am curious how old it might be?  The badge says McGraw Edison Co. which I understand was not formed until 1957 so I am assuming it's a late 50's model?

I am also looking for any pointers on cleaning it up. Should I attempt to clean it or just leave it as is? Also any other maintenance I might need to perform to keep the motor running?

Also does it appear to have all original parts?  Is there a common part that is usually replaced/missing on these old fans that I should be looking at? I can provide more photos.  No idea why all the pictures are coming up sideways, sorry about that!
Thanks,
Scott
















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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 02:12 am
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Levi Mevis
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McGraw-Edison company is actually from the 1920s your fan is from the late 1940s, your fan should have some oil ports inside the motor housing on the motor itself that you should put some 3-in-1 in the blue can into as for the oscillator gearbox there should be a way to open it up and clean out the old grease and replace with new grease of the Lucas Red n' Tacky variety or Wheel Bearing Grease variety.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 02:20 am
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Levi Mevis wrote: McGraw-Edison company is actually from the 1920s your fan is from the late 1940s, your fan should have some oil ports inside the motor housing on the motor itself that you should put some 3-in-1 in the blue can into as for the oscillator gearbox there should be a way to open it up and clean out the old grease and replace with new grease of the Lucas Red n' Tacky variety or Wheel Bearing Grease variety.
Thank you for the information Levi, it's greatly appreciated!

I guess I should have known better than to rely on wikipedia for information on McGraw-Edison.  They say the company didn't form until 1957 when McGraw Electric purchased Thomas A. Edison Inc.

It's pretty amazing this little fan still runs so well after all these years.  I miss the good old days when thinks were built to last!

Thanks again,
Scott

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Yep, Wikipedia is definitely not always 100% accurate, when it comes to information about stuff like old defunct American Companies. 
McGraw-Edison company can most definitely be dated to well before the 1950s as they were the parent company of Toastmaster and they made stuff as far back as the 1920s. Eskimo and Zero were two other manufacturers that McGraw-Edison owned and the McGraw-Edison ownership of Eskimo dates back to the late 1920s, before that Eskimo was its own independent fan manufacturer.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 01:42 pm
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Not a 40's fan. I have one in the box exactly like this and the sales slip says 1972. It came from Western Auto.

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Raymond Lowry wrote: Not a 40's fan. I have one in the box exactly like this and the sales slip says 1972. It came from Western Auto.Hmm the mystery continues!

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Great find Scott! And at a pretty unbelievable price too for one in such great condition. I would not run it in oscillating mode too much  though. This fan design is inherintly flawed and many of them end up binding  or stripping their gears. A simple adjustment in the linkage  will run it stationary. Search for a posting on  this site entitled "Wizard, Zero, Eskimo, Manning Bowman Refresh for beginners". There are also many other good break down posts of these dime-store fans. Good luck!

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