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Sean Campbell
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Hello All!

Does anyone have a complete list/timeline of GE's SMY variants? Thanks!

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Have you checked the GE survey in the information section?
http://www.fancollectors.org/info/mbr/GE_Survey_1-07.pdf

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It's been a number of years since I sold off my BMY and SMY collection, but if memory serves me there are 1....SMY with drop ring cage and painted on switch settings OFF 1 2 3., then 2....SMY with parallel ring cage and same switch settings, 3....SMY with same cage and a switch plate OFF High Med Low. ,  4....Then any of these fans as a 6 wing blade residential fan. Pretty sure the same applies to the 16 inch models.... 

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Thanks Kim! Do you know approximately what the years where for each variant? All I can seem to find is they where first made in 1912...

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The first 12" SMY (Form P says GE in their 1923 Supply Parts of Electric Fans which I am referring to) was a 1913 model and went through the 1915 model.  the 1913 model used a drop ring cage not used on any other GE.   It had a reverse curve at the bottom which the BMY never had.

The BMY with the taller base was made in 12" size in 1911-12 and, in the 16" size, in 1911, 12, and 13 models.
The first "SMY" 16" GE was made as 1914 and 15 models as a Form Q.  This fan had a motor diameter of 5.5", exactly midway between the BMY (6") and 12" SMY (5").   I like to refer to the 16" fans from 1914-15 as a "Medium Motor Yoke" of MMY.   "SMY" will do but it's not really small nor large, more of a "smallER Motor Yoke".  

I hope this covers the SMY non-oscillating fans including the larger 16" models.

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So my SMY has a brass plate reading "off, high, med, low", a parallel ring cage with a reverse curve, and no form letters. Would this be the 1915 model? 

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831903 is the ser. no. on my SMY which is probably 1914 with parallel cage, stenciled on OFF and 1, 2, 3 numbers.I don't know exactly when the brass speed plate was added to the base.  My round back oscillator still has the stenciled numbers but that would be 1914 probably.   If your SMY has the brass plated I would say it's likely to be a 1915 model.  What is your fan's serial number?

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The serial number is 916165. It can be used in the survey. 

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Sean Campbell wrote: So my SMY has a brass plate reading "off, high, med, low", a parallel ring cage with a reverse curve, and no form letters. Would this be the 1915 model? What color is the cage badge on your SMY?  1915 AO oscillator has a black or dark oxide badge.  1914 and before have a gold (brass) cage badge.  I would think the non-oscillator and oscillator models from the same year would have the same cage badge.

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The cage badge is just unpainted brass.

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Sean Campbell wrote: The cage badge is just unpainted brass.So maybe your fan is from 1914 unless the badge had been stripped.   It's possibly though that the 1915 oscillators and stationary fans had differently finished cage badges but that seems more unlikely than not.

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Steve Stephens wrote: Sean Campbell wrote: The cage badge is just unpainted brass.So maybe your fan is from 1914 unless the badge had been stripped.   It's possibly though that the 1915 oscillators and stationary fans had differently finished cage badges but that seems more unlikely than not.



Interesting, maybe the brass plate was added late 1914 and this is a late 1914 variant? At least that’s one theory.


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