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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 03:55 am
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Jeff Gegler
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Hi all. 
First, let me say that I have been lurking here awhile and am in awe of all the combined knowledge. My 13 year old son is a member and I will be joining myself soon. The same son (who has about 20 fans) has aroused my interest and my collection finally began with a BMY. I figured it’s a good starting fan, as I bought it in really nice running shape and it is a fairly common model so if I screwed something up and needed a part, I could find one. 

I have an opportunity to buy a nice AOU that is running and cosmetically pretty nice (I am partial to GE because I had two family members who worked for GE from the 1940’s-1990’s) for $50. It is a 6 wing and the seller says it is a US Army fan. I think it is a nice price for a 6 blade AOU regardless of its heritage but I was wondering if GE made military fans of this type. The color is pretty spot on for faded Army green but I suspect it is probably a GE green that faded. There are no markings indicating it was used by the military. I know that no one could say for sure without seeing it but knowing if it is even possible would make my decision to purchase it easier. 

Thanks in advance for your help. 

Jeff

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 04:44 am
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Don't waste time, just buy it; if it doesn't please you, you can sell it here (AFCA Forum) in a hurry... I would purchase such a fan, complete and running, sight unseen and feel fortunate to have done so. Tag info will confirm it likely being a legitimate 6-wing, and stroboscope will confirm absolutely. I wouldn't give much credence to it being an army fan, GEs of the time having been green... and while they continued assembling fans through USA's overseas involvement WW1, nonetheless the war effort concentrated on other things... the Pittsfield factory was producing electric time fuses as early as 1915... It being AOU means it came out immediately subsequent to the war in all likelihood... Again, the tag info should confirm date et cetera.....

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:00 am
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GE Most Certainly did fans for the Military, as well as R & M and Hunter, but usually if the fan was made for the military it would of had a special Badge that had an emblem that specified which branch of the military it was made for rather than the usual GE or R & M or Hunter Badge which was used on regular consumer fans, and the color of the fan isn't what determines whether it was Military or not its the badge. And then there's Emerson, who also made fans for the Government or the Military, but with Emerson, rather than having a special badge they used a special letter designation at the end of the model number, which was usually AP-G.


Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:02 am
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Awesome. Thank you so much for the advice.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:05 am
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Levi Mevis wrote: GE Most Certainly did fans for the Military, as well as R & M and Hunter, but usually if the fan was made for the military it would of had a special Badge that had an emblem that specified which branch of the military it was made for rather than the usual GE or R & M or Hunter Badge which was used on regular consumer fans, and the color of the fan isn't what determines whether it was Military or not its the badge. And then there's Emerson, who also made fans for the Government or the Military, but with Emerson, rather than having a special badge they used a special letter designation at the end of the model number, which was usually AP-G.


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Wow. That is beautiful. This one just has the brass and green GE badge and green cage/body. Thank you too.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:14 am
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I should of mentioned that the fan in my message, wasn't mine but belongs to someone else on the forum, I was using it as an example for what an actual military fan would of looked like, in this case the fan in the picture I posted was made for the US Navy.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:19 am
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Jeff Gegler
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:up:

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 11:35 am
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Yes, that’s a real good deal and they seldom give struggles when restoring them. Things come apart quite smoothly (usually). Good luck and welcome!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 04:47 pm
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This c.1917-18 GE may be what you are thinking was a military fan.   This is the color on almost all GEs of the time and, later, they would change the shade of green several times right up to c.1939.   The blade on most of the WWI era GEs were steel, painted gold, possibly with some brass PLATING.  The 6 wing versions may have had brass blades but I have never had one to check.   Worth a check with a magnet if you are considering buying one.  The standard 6 wing blade GE would be Cat. 78777 for the 12" version in 110 volts, 60 cycles.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 05:19 pm
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The 6 wing versions had steel blades also at least the one I had was steel. It was painted gold.





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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 06:18 pm
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I'm pretty sure I have seen ebay fans later than 1916 with a brass 6 wing blade and thought that GE may have still had some of the brass blades they had not used up then, later, went to steel 6 wing blades. 
The cage badge would have been painted (or oxidized) from 1915 onwards, no more brass colored badges.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 07:14 pm
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Thanks so much to all. The kindness with which you help newbies like me is amazing. I know my 13 yo has learned a ton as a member here and now I have the “I want to spend every spare dime on fans,” disease. :-)

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 07:45 pm
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 this is from my 1921 GE  catalog 

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 08:40 pm
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Lawrence Smith wrote:  this is from my 1921 GE  catalog 

I would love to have one of those ceiling fans.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 02:37 am
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Don Tener wrote: The 6 wing versions had steel blades also at least the one I had was steel. It was painted gold.






My 6 wing around the WWI era had painted steel blades also 

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