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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2020 06:56 pm
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Paul Petersen
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Hello! I would be the new guy.
I bought another box fan yesterday and I have had the old ILG shop fan for a few years. I'm not much of a collector, but I sure do like the look of these. Both run smooth as silk.

From what I have found on the internet so far, the ILG looks to have a replacement GE motor.

How can I figure out a rough date of mfg on them?

Here they are:

Un-restored Manning-Bowman 205378 with box










Un-restored ILG Model 123











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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2020 04:33 am
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David Northam
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I believe the Manning Bowman is very early 1970's. When I was in 5th grade (in 1975), my teacher brought one of these into our classroom. She commented that it was a $3.00 yard sale purchase. (How the heck do I remember such detail from 45 years ago?1?1) I have to believe the fan would have been "a few" years old before someone would have let it go for $3.00 at a yard sale.

As far as box fans go, this model of Manning Bowman is considered on the budget end, but I think they are decent fans (certainly compared to anything made today). If it runs really well, it sounds like you've scored yourself a great daily runner!

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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2020 07:12 pm
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I was guessing that the box fan was late 60’s-early 70’s. When I first saw the color in person it spoke of that era. The condition threw me. I wasn’t expecting it to be that new looking.
I got the cord switched on the ILG and got it bolted to a temporary plywood mount. It is quietly venting my garage. Super smooth! I may find another cord that is grounded and ground the frame.

By the way, you and I are about the same vintage.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 03:21 am
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Yeah, I forgot to comment on the condition. It really looks almost "new." Even though it's not nearly as old as some of the early 1900's fans many in our club members (including me) also collect, it is still in pretty amazing condition for something that's about 50 years old.

I am not as familiar with ilg fans, but would assume yours is late 1940's or early 1950's. That's great it runs so well and can help ventilate your garage.

I like some of the "newer" old fans - like yours - or some of the ones I have from the 1950's and 1960's because they were still prevalent when I was growing up. I have a GE box from 1957 (with the window panel kit but no original box) that is in similar "like new" condition......photo attached. 

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