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 Posted: Sat May 18th, 2019 11:18 pm
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Dean Chrys
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Hello!

Please forgive me for signing up to announce "i'm completely new to antique fans and I have no idea what I have" but... i'm completely new to antique fans and I have no idea what I have.  :hammer: Other than the "Diehl" logo, I do not see any markings.

I saw this at a garage sale today and at first glance I almost thought it was new-to-look-vintage but picking up the hefty weight and seeing the dangerously wide metal fan blade openings... I fell in love with it on sight.

Could some kind knowledgeable forum members advise me as to what I have... and is it safe / advised to actually use as a fan?











Thank you for your time and help!

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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 03:32 am
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David Northam
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Welcome to the world of old fans! You have a great little fan there! Many of us use our old fans every day. I'd trust an old fan much more than the plastic "crap" that's imported these days.

Your fan appears to have a new cord and plug, which is great. The "headwire" (the wire that runs from the base to the motor) also looks okay. It looks like the very outer layer of the headwire may be slightly damaged but since is the only the very outer layer, this does not make the fan unsafe to run.

Have you plugged it in and tried it yet? Most likely, it will run fine. It may need a couple drops of oil, but fans don't require too much oil.

I'm not an expert on Diehl fans, but your fans is probably from the 1920's or 1930's. (We welcome you to post anywhere, but your fan is definitely pre-1950 and therefore would be in the "antique" section rather than "vintage" section)

You list yourself as living in New Jersey. Ironically, we had a "regional fan meet" in Lincoln Park, New Jersey today. We have between 30-40 collectors gathered at the event and there were probably at least 200 fans there, some brought for display,  but the majority brought to sell/trade with other collectors.

Hopefully others will post more information about your fan.

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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 02:25 pm
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I have an oscillating AC/DC (brushed motor) version of that fan that is technically one of the ones that started my collecting nearly 40 years ago. Mine came from my grandfather's laundry room, where it had been since my father was a small child. The model number on mine is E1051, and I have yet to actually nail down a date for it (though I think it's on the older end of that range David gave, and perhaps earlier than that). These things are New Jersey native, as Diehl Manufacturing was out of Elizabethport, NJ. If you go through my posts and go waaaaaay back to around 2010-2011, you'll find my thread on it. It hasn't changed as I wouldn't dare restore all my grandfather's repairs out of it. It sits today on my mantle on top of a cigar box full of brass screws he kept in his workshop, as a shrine to the first guy to put a wrench in my hand. I run it the whole week of his birthday every year and have vodka drinks with a rubber band around the glass (for I.D. purposes...) in tribute to the old man.

Why do we do this?... this is why...:thumbup

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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 06:31 pm
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Thanks for the kind words and feedback!   
Yes, the fan works great!  Super powerful. Very cool to learn the factory was here in NJ and to have a model number.

Wow, didn't realize I was off by quite a few decades... apologies for posting in the wrong section!

I'm just blown away (no pun intended, no doubt i'm the first person the forum to ever say this :P) by how clean this thing looks for possibly being around 80 years old.


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