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 Posted: Sat Oct 19th, 2019 09:22 pm
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Cole Day
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From my understanding, earlier GE fans typically used a Form No. to date them. This practice stopped around 1940.
I've always wondered how GE kept track of when fans were made since I've never seemed to locate any serial number or date on them other than the aforementioned Form No. of the early ones.

I was looking at some of my later GE fans (both box fans actually) that happen to have their labels intact. There's a four digit number on them that starts with P.S. No.

I'd noticed it before and questioned it but never really gave it any thought. But I know on the electronics side GE was using a four number code on their radios. Is it possible they did for a time on fans also? Not all of them have this number. I've tried thinking of various things P.S. could stand for but I can't come up with anything.

I'll post back with what the numbers say are if anybody's interested.

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Levi Mevis
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Actually on the Appliance end with radios and TVs specifically from around 1930 until about 1970 they used serial numbers and rubber stamps on the chassis that contained the date of manufacture in it. on the fan side of things though they used 3 digit Form Numbers (2 letters and a number) until the 1940s, after that they just used serial numbers to date fans. 


The 4 digit date code system you're referring to that GE (and RCA as well as they were both owned by the same company by that time which was Thomson Consumer Electronics) was in use starting in the late 1970s and they quit using that dating technique in the late 1990s, and after that GE disappeared from the Electrical/electronics world for good, Along with RCA, with the occasional reappearance of the GE and RCA badges on rebadged Chineseum Flat Panel TVs (at this point RCA and GE just exist as a name badge only the companies went belly up in the late 1990s).

I hope this helps!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 21st, 2019 10:01 pm
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I have seen the form numbers but I've never seen a GE fan with a serial number. All of my GE fans only list the catalog number. But a few have a mystery P.S. No as I mentioned.

Actually, GE and RCA were still selling electronics into the late 2000s. I have a GE/Thomson radio/CD player with a date code in 2006. I believe 2007 was when Thomson sold off their GE audio/video divisions, and only made GE telephones after that.

But yeah, the RCA stuff these days is completely different.

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