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George C. Towle Mfg. Co. was given a charter to manufacture Paragon Fan & Motor 1898. 

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J. P. Williams & Co. evolved into ….George C. Towle Mfg. Co.... evolved into Fidelity Electric Co.

So anyone know when the first Fidelity fan motor hit the market?   :wondering:





J. P. Williams & Co. 1895-97.

George C. Towle Mfg. Co. established 1898.

Fidelity Electric Co. established ..?

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George C. Towle Mfg. Co. "Eclipse" fan motor introduced 1901.














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The Globe fan motor marketed 1895-96 for battery and continuous circuit. J. P. Williams & Co. was the Lancaster, PA. manufacturer using a DC motor patent assigned to him by Wallace Freeman of Rhode Island. This was the origin of what was eventually to become the Fidelity Electric Co.








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"Carbon brushes are used on all these machines, excepting battery motors, on which a woven wire brush is employed."  A 6 wing blade could be found on 12" model Globe battery fans.

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Much appreciated Steve Rockwell city directory for Lancaster 96. Notice George C. Towle Mfg. Co. is listed under the "Electrical Machinery" listing as early as 96. This is 2 years prior to Towle receiving the charter to Manufacture Paragon Fan & Motors as well as incorporating in Lancaster in 98.

Below is the 96 directory. Notice no mention of the J. P. Williams & Co. or the Globe fan motor under the fan motor heading. Notice the mention of the Marietta Mfg. Co. under fan motors. This is because Marietta prominent purchased D. H. Kulp's Crecent fan motor business in 95 and eventually moved it to Marietta, PA. it appears late 96.

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George C. Towle Mfg. Co. is once again mentioned under "electrical machinery" in the 97 Lancaster directory. Notice by 97 Crescent fan motors(Marietta Mfg. Co.) is now exempt from the Lancaster fan motor listing.

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Two incorporations involving the Paragon fan and motor Lancaster, PA. manufacture and NY office sales in the same year of 98. Help me try to find The Paragon Fan & Motor Co. name mentioned in electrical trade since the fans introduction to the market in 97.  Try to find the Paragon Fan & Motor Co. mentioned in 97-98.   :wondering:

J. P. Williams it appears took his 95 assigned motor patent to Lancaster, PA. for manufacture, but kept the electrical trade marketing of the Globe and Paragon fan & motors 95-98 under his NY office address. Thanks to Steve Rockwell being in touch we have George C. Towle doing "electrical machinery" related manufacture in Lancaster as early as 1896 shown in directory. Now to try and pin him down for 95 in the Lancaster directory. It is my distinct impression Williams took his assigned DC motor patent to Towle for manufacture. This is not validated at this point however. 


There is no mention of the Globe(95-96) and Paragon(97-98) fan & motor manufacture in Lancaster, PA. 95-98. The first mention of the Paragon Fan & Motor Co. is 99 when it was moved to NY under new ownership under the GI roof to the best of my knowledge. 











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In 1899 it appears the Lancaster prominent Stauffer family took over management of the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. John Stauffer was also managing the American Blower & Forge Co. in 99. Thanks again to Steve Rockwell for these 99 directory clips.








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The Paragon Duplex offered in 98 when George Towle was contracted exclusively for 98 to manufacture Paragon fan & Motors it appears became George C. Towle Mfg. Co. product exclusively starting in 99, and was still being manufactured when the Towle name was changed to Fidelity and the first Fidelity fan motors hit the market in …? Anyone?   :wondering:

The duplex fan motor could be found with either a Paragon, Towle, or Fidelity name on the motor tag. 










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In 1901 the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. now owned and operated by the Lancaster Stauffer management starting in 1899 placed a new line of DC desk fans and CF on the market. These desk fans and CF were given the trademark name of "Eclipse". The 12" desk fan motor was made of CAST IRON.


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The new 1901 Towle 16" DC desk fan motor was a compact 5 1/2" in diameter and made of CAST STEEL.

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1901 introduction Towle "Eclipse" ceiling fan. The outer shell of the motor was brass.

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Towle 12" and 16" motor construction. The lower voltage windings were cotton insulated. The higher voltage winding used silk.

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The George C. Towle Mfg. Co. CEO passes early May 1903. What happens next? 




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The George C Towle Mfg. Co. revolver fan motor was introduced to the market for the 1903 fan motor season. No doubt Towle's attempt to compete with the Coleman, Shedd, Eck, etc. oscillating and breeze deflectors. 






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Charles Stauffer(the prominent Lancaster son to the recently deceased CEO of Towle father John F. Stauffer meets with other Towle directors in Oct. of 03. The name of the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. will now be changed to the Fidelity Electric Co. before the 03 year is out. 


http://www.pa-roots.org/data/read.php?31,480758


If you read the backgrounds of George C. Towle, John & Charles Stauffer you will find ties with the railroad.


Please read the bottom right paragraph of the image. 


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The Fidelity Electric "Eclipse" fan motors were officially on the market starting fan motor season of 1904 with Charles Stauffer as the new Fidelity Electric Co. CEO. 

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Samuel & Martin Insull(The Chicago Edison-General Incandescent Arc Light Co.) had their eye on the J. P. William's Paragon fan motor as early as 97. J. P. Williams sold the Paragon Fan & Motor Co. to GI(Samuel & Martin Insull) in 99. Williams falls off the map at his NY sales office it appears in 1900.


The image second from last dates 99. GI was Bergmann's US conception & concern prior to Insull taking his seat. 


















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The new Fidelity Electric Co. Eclipse fan motors for 1904 season, successor to the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. Eclipse fan motor line 1901-03 with John Forney Stauffer CEO, deceased May 03 . The new Fidelity Electric Co. of 04 now has John's Son Charles Stauffer in the chair, and for years to come.






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The PRIZE rib base Eclipse desk fan motor from Lancaster is not Fidelity badged. The earliest rib base Eclipse desk fan motor would sport the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. name on the tag. 

Also, the PRIZE revolver ribbed base Eclipse desk fan motor would have been a one season run in 1903 with a motor tag sporting the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. name on the tag.




 

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Fidelity despite fan motor changes, additions, and modifications, maintained the 12" and 16" stationary and oscillating model ribbed base fan motors 1904-11. Fidelity being the successor to the George C. Towle Mfg. Co. in 1904 was incorporated under the Towle name in 1898. 






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