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Hello!  My name is Amy and my woodworking company used to be located at 2850 N Pulaski in Chicago, IL.  As most you probably know, that was the ILG manufacturing building.  About six years ago, the building was purchased and rehabbed.  During that process, many of the old ILG original product blueprints surfaced and were being tossed in the dumpster.  We didn't want to see a piece of Chicago history simply thrown away, so we saved what we could.   I have tried unsuccessfully to find the best home for these prints.  Some are tissue, some are thicker paper and some are on a plastic material and all came from the ILG archive room in the building.  I am not asking any money for these prints, but would like to see them go to a place where they can be appreciated - which I thought might be the Fan Museum.  I have not found the right person to contact and thought I would post here.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do with these original blueprints? Any suggestions welcome...thank you!

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Kim Frank would I believe be the contact for the museum. I would imagine that he or another member may chime in shortly. 
Glad to see this got saved and not just tossed away. I'd love to see them and catalog them for future use. 

If nothing else, I'll take them and keep it safe for awhile. 

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Amy, I visited the factory once with Mr. Gleason. During the tour I believe we saw the room with all the original blueprints (in addition to the remaining 72" fan on the roof). Mike Mirin was bird dogging those plans but was never able to get in touch with anyone about them when the self-storage company took over.

It's a shame, they had some original fans on the lower floor and those disappeared when the windows were replaced.

I'd be interested in helping save these, as Ilg fans are one of my primary interests.

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Thirty-nine (39) tubes of blueprints and drawings

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Some sets still sealed...

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Some tubes contained multiple prints in various formats

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Thanks, Jarrod...I appreciate your reply.  I will wait to see who responds and collectively, maybe we can come up with the best course of action.

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Hi, Andrew - Our shop was across the hall from Tom Gleason's shop. There is a metal shop in our old space now and last I knew, one of the ILG fans is still up in our old office and operable after all these years - a true testament to the quality.   I know I don't have all of the plans, but we do have a good number of them.  The building was so rich in history that we just couldn't see them thrown out.  Hopefully, we will collectively be able to get these to their next home where they can be preserved.

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Andrew & David Allen are the two ILG gurus. So wonderful you saved these Amy!Probably your best person to contact is Mrs Annie Hill, president of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. Tom Frampton who hosts the museum at his facility is on the board & in close contact with Annie.

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Amy Doan wrote: Hi, Andrew - Our shop was across the hall from Tom Gleason's shop. There is a metal shop in our old space now and last I knew, one of the ILG fans is still up in our old office and operable after all these years - a true testament to the quality.   I know I don't have all of the plans, but we do have a good number of them.  The building was so rich in history that we just couldn't see them thrown out.  Hopefully, we will collectively be able to get these to their next home where they can be preserved.

I always wondered what had happened, so at least we can confirm some were saved. I have no doubt that fan is still operational. As far as I know, that big one was operational but wasn't used any more. That's the prize right there. There were a few others being used in various places in the building.

Here's Mikes pictures from when he went up on the roof to see the monster. 

72" Ilg Fan on Top of the Factory

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I remember the big fan on the roof!  In the summer time, we used to open the attic door and turn on the fan to cool the second floor - it worked well!

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As soon as things calm down I would be glad to pick them up and get them to the club somehow if it's required. I work in Chicago. I do not want them myself but Andrew, Mike Kearns (who did the extensive post I think on ILG) and David may, or the museum.

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Thanks Michael - That would be great...our shop is now located in Alsip, so just outside of Chicago. We can revisit the details at a later time.

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