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 Posted: Wed Aug 7th, 2019 05:38 am
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Evan Atkinson
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This was a $65 find at another local antique mall. 50 cycle, made for the City of Long Beach area, seems to be an oil company (Richfield) fan, note the brass plaque. I ain’t complainin’!





























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 Posted: Wed Aug 7th, 2019 06:23 am
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 Posted: Wed Aug 7th, 2019 01:48 pm
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Sean Campbell
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Nice Peerless Evan! Only thing in flea markets ‘round here are GE C straps. 🙄

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 Posted: Wed Aug 7th, 2019 03:04 pm
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I went to high school about 5-6 blocks south of the Richfield offices. Here's the Richfield Oil Building in Downtown LA. It was torn down in '69 to build the AON Tower which was the tallest building in LA at the time.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 7th, 2019 03:25 pm
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cool picture

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 Posted: Fri Aug 9th, 2019 04:36 am
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Evan Atkinson
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Thanks Sean. I know the feeling. But my local area has surprised me recently. Granted, I've actually been looking. I guess that helps too.   :P

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 Posted: Fri Aug 9th, 2019 04:40 am
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Tom Morel
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Evan Atkinson wrote: Thanks Sean. I know the feeling. But my local area has surprised me recently. Granted, I've actually been looking. I guess that helps too.   :PIt's been a good fan summer in LA. I don't know why they've started popping up now.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 9th, 2019 04:15 pm
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Evan Atkinson
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Don't know either. Our area previously felt like a fan wasteland to me.  Maybe I was just making excuses for being busy.  :hammer:

Geoff Dunaway told me these are overbuilt.  I said "OK", thinking that most old fans generally are. Well, he wasn't lyin'.  The casting on this fan is massive. Extra large flange on the base. The motor shell is at least 1/8" thicker all the way around than it needs to be, with large bosses in the back on the inside. A swivel bearing around the neck makes oscillation painless. I have it apart right now for cleaning. Man, the way they cast that oscillator housing in the front and attached it to the cover is impressive, to say the least. Had to be two pieces somehow welded together, and expertly ground down, then machined. And those oscillating gears are works of art.


A real shame the fan's missing the porcelain switch. I'm looking for one for it if anyone has a junk fan. Seems the blades on this might have originally being painted black. I'll strip the paint but leave the patina - I like it. The fan seems painted, not japanned...interesting. 

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 Posted: Fri Aug 9th, 2019 04:34 pm
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Make sure to post plenty of pictures! I still have to restore mine that I got at FF! Seeing the inside ahead of time would be nice.

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