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1934 - 

Counter version Roto-Beam made by Motor Service Mfg. Co. - Images courtesy Osdene Collection

















 Type 1 pedestal, images courtesy of Huber Collection: 



Pedestal tag:


Running:






















This is an example of the single-speed model. I suspect the pole has been shortened. It has a simple on/off toggle switch: 










The one speed switch:




Air-Beam Corporation, of Chicago, makes it's debut. Marketing begins: October 14, 1934:






November 29, 1934:




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1935 - Courtesy of Russ Huber: "Canadian Patent Office - 1935
MAX WEBER, doing business under the name and style of MOTOR SERVICE AND MANUFACTURING CO., Chicago, Illinois, USA Word: " Roto-Beam." Wares: Electric Fans, Pressure-type Fan Wheels, Suction-type Fan Wheels, Fan Guards, Fan Stands, ..." 



Type 1 Roto-Beam residential pedestal:






People are literally dying to use a Roto-beam:















"Air-Beam", a four-winged circulator produced by Roto-Beam makes it's debut as a desk and pedestal circulator, the company officially incorporating in 1935:

But at present there is not much more other than a 1935 advertisements for a movie theater: 



 

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Type 2 Roto-Beam residential pedestal, "watered-silk" texture silver paint, one "shot-glass" base ornaments: 
















[size=Type 3 Roto-Beam residential pedestal, "watered-silk" texture silver paint, no "shot-glass" base ornaments, motor, cage, blade same as type 2:]







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Another variant label Roto-Beam six volt accessory fan made by Roto-Beam and marketed by Ero Manufacturing, a prolific seller of automobile accessories, images courtesy of the Schilz Collection: 















Drawings to a 1937 British Roto-Beam patent:


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Two 10-inch Roto-Beam variants from 1938:







Bad news for Max; Weber's wife files for divorce citing "cruelty". 

1938 seems to be a transitional design year for Roto-Beam, larger circulators are redesigned, using motors no longer made by Century as in past years, but by Ohio Electric. Example shown from the Osdene Collection: 



















 


      Air-Beam is still being discretely marketed, July 13, 1938: 


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Close-up of pedestal base unique to this year:


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1940 - Fairbanks-Morse, famous for industrial scales, markets Roto-Beam in 1940:

A Fairbanks-Morse labeled Roto-Beam example from the late, great Jim Daggs Collection: 






Here's an example of a 24 inch Roto-Beam circulator, three-speeds, AC motor - Images courtesy of the Tedrick Collection:








The rear motor view reveals the motor to be a General Electric, a run capacitor, a start capacitor and a speed coil and Model 473 McGill Levolier switch, three speeds:










The base is black pocelain covered cast iron. The casting foundry mark data plate indicates this base is specifically for a 24 inch Roto-Beam:



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1941 - Roto-Beam becomes a division of Peerless of America, 30. Courtesy of Russ Huber: "1941 - ‎Snippet view MH, 30 S. Broadway, Yonkers, N. Y. 140 Roto-Beam Air Circulators Roto-Beam Air Circulators have been completely redesigned and are reported to be particularly suited for use in ... 373) Roto-Beam Division, Peerless of America, Inc., Dept."

Catalog courtesy Tedrick Collection





















                                                                                                                            This is a rare example of an Roto-Beam direct-current circulator: Tedrick Collection







Peerless Roto-Beam 10-inch


Peerless Roto-Beam 16-inch


This is a Roto-Beam Model H-10, 2 speed circulator for furnace/air conditioning vents:








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1942 - Another direct-current model: 








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1946 - Postwar, Roto-Beam is shifted yet again and becomes a division of Climax Engineering Co. of Clinton, Iowa, information courtesy of Russ Huber: Electrical Construction & Maintenance - Volume 47 - Page 270:
Max Weber, designer and patent- holder of the Roto-Beam air radiant circulators, has announced that he will personally direct the manufacture and distribution of this line in the future. Mr. Weber takes over from Climax Industries, Inc., Clinton, Iowa, former licensee under Mr. Weber's patents. The new address of Roto-Beam is 17SS-S7 N. Keelcr Ave., Chicago, 111. ]-                             Roto-Beam 8-inch - Abernathy Collection






Courtesy of Russ Huber:  1946 - ‎Snippet view Climax Engineering Company, Clinton, Iowa, acquires all manufacturing and selling rights to the “Roto Beam" radiant air circulators from the Roto Beam Company, Chicago. The following history of the Climax Engineering Co. is based on information from a variety of sources. Based on these sources, the company was founded in 1900 by James Dwight Lamb, as the Lamb Boat & Engine Company. By 1905 the company was building 2 and 4 cycle engines from 1.5 to 60 HP. In 1916 a fellow named George DuLaney re-organized the company as the Climax Engineering Company and was Chairman of the Board from 1920-38. By 1929 the company was being run by offices in Chicago. The records indicate that in 1933 Climax and the Chrysler Corp. were jointly building gas engines. In 1942 the General Finance Co. of Chicago took over the company. Liberty Products Mfg. Co. of Liberty, MO ran the company for a short time. During WWII the company also manufactured military grade hydraulic pumps. After the war, Climax also manufactured Max Weber's Roto-Beam Air Circulators (fans), the Till­Master rotor tiller and refrigeration equipment. In 1952 the company reverted back to General Finance which then sold it to the Eversharp Corp. and became its Climax Engine & Pump Division. There is the story about trying to machine Eversharps' razor blades at the Climax plant, but the plant's foundation on the "bottom land'' along the Mississippi River wasn't stable enough to machine the razor's razor thin edge. Eversharp got out of the razor business in 1957 and sold the company to Waukesha that same year.

"Air-Beam"- branded circulators manufactured by Roto-Beam Corp. are being marketed again in late 1946: 
                                                                                                                 
Roto-Beam Climax Engineering from Radio - Retailing - 1946 - Image Courtesy of Andy Hackman, with thanks.  

  

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"Air-Beam", produced by Roto-Beam Corp. seems to be heavily marketed in 1947, possibly to be rid of old stock: 





Air-Beam 16-inch example - Abernathy Collection:




Of special note: While often missing, the center of the Air-Beam cast-aluminum blade hubs were plugged with a for want of a better term "Hershey's Kiss" shaped plastic insert, shown here: 



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1948 - Courtesy of Russ Huber: 1948 - ‎Max Weber, designer and patent- holder of the Roto-Beam air radiant circulators, has announced that he will personally direct the manufacture and distribution of this line in the future. Mr. Weber takes over from Climax Industries, Inc., Clinton, Iowa, former licensee under Mr. Weber's patents. The new address of Roto-Beam is 17SS-S7 N. Keeler Ave., Chicago, 111.


Courtesy of Russ Huber: "1948 - ‎Snippet view - ‎ The motor cover housing for the Roto-Beam and the base of the table model are molded of the same high-impact Durez material as the propeller. Designer: Max Weber, Roto-Beam, Chicago, III."   Durez Plastics (originally named General Plastics) was established in 1921 by Harry M. Dent in North Tonawanda, New York. Durez was a chemical and plastics factory that manufactured plastic molding compound, which it then sold to other manufacturing facilities. These facilities used the plastic molding compound supplied by Durez to make a wide variety of products that included hard plastic handles for irons and other small appliances, as well as a variety of automotive parts. Durez gradually grew to accommodate the growing demand for plastic molding compounds. At the North Tonawanda facility, the phenol plant was built in 1940, and in 1947, construction of the formaldehyde plant began. In 1955, the Kenton, Ohio plant was established in order to duplicate manufacturing efforts at the North Tonawanda plant. In the same year, Durez became part of the Hooker Electrochemical Company. During its peak production years, Durez was one of the world’s largest manufacturers of phenolic resin and molding compounds. This is the 10-inch version:







One in brown:

And one in black:
















                                      

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Image of counter and pedestal production models are courtesy of Andy Hackman.

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1952 -  Durez ten-inch example:









On August 16, 2010, AFCA member Mike Mirin shared this Roto-Beam 32-volt anomaly with us, a Roto-Beam made for use on boats: 









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1953 -  See it run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQFVWow55Wo



Roto-Beam 10-inch circulator - Mirin Collection

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Hi Mike!
Wow! Altogether in one spot! Nice work!! Great info!!

Geo...

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That's about as good as it gets. :tumbs  :D

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Wow!  So many Roto Beams, so little time.

Thanks, Mike, for this wonderful compilation of information.  It will take me days to study it all.

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Great Info!:tumbs

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Thank you fellows, it's all a work in progress, but I appreciate the kind words. Best wishes to all for a great 2019!

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Thanks Mike, that’s amazing!!  

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In the 16th post, mention is made of the plastics company adding a formaldehyde plant to their operations. This chemical, to a plastics producer, is of interest due to it being a prime component in production of urea plastic.
Urea plastic is a hard plastic that might have been used to cast blade sets for our fans.

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Things that look like Roto-Beam, but aren't Roto-Beam:


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