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 Posted: Mon Sep 28th, 2020 11:51 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone the other day I was at the local antique mall and I spotted a Westinghouse fan that looks like it should be a MobileAire but the motor and the stand don't look right, what do you guys think it might be?
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 Posted: Tue Sep 29th, 2020 01:27 pm
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THE FAN BODY IS THE 60S TILTING MOBILAIRE THAT CAME IN BROWN/TAN TWO TONE. THE BLADE HONESLTY LOOKS LIKE AND 18" EMERSON ROLLABOUT FROM 1953-56 THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON BACKWARDS. THAT WOULD BE  AN 18" BLADE IN A 17" HOUSING AND IF TRUE, MUST BE SUPER TIGHT FROM BLADE TIP TO FAN BODY RINGS

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 Posted: Tue Sep 29th, 2020 01:47 pm
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Tom Zapf wrote: THE FAN BODY IS THE 60S TILTING MOBILAIRE THAT CAME IN BROWN/TAN TWO TONE. THE BLADE HONESLTY LOOKS LIKE AND 18" EMERSON ROLLABOUT FROM 1953-56 THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON BACKWARDS. THAT WOULD BE  AN 18" BLADE IN A 17" HOUSING AND IF TRUE, MUST BE SUPER TIGHT FROM BLADE TIP TO FAN BODY RINGS


Thanks Tom, is the motor original? Also they are wanting over $100 for this fan in its current condition, also they replaced the original rotary switch with an incandescent dimmer switch, which I'm not quite sure how that would work?

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I CANT SEE ENOUGH OF THE MOTOR TO TELL.... THAT FAN HAD A BOX FAN MOTOR SET INTO AN X FRAME WITH A CADDIE-CORNER ATTITUDE OF MOUNTING SO THE 4 LEGS OF THE "X" KIND OF POINT TO 11, 5, 7 AND 2 OCLOCK ON A CLOCK FACE. THE WHOLE SWITCH DIMMER THING REALLY MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT THAT FAN CURRENTLY IS WORTH $25 TOPS, EVEN COMPLETE AND ORIGINAL THEY ARE TO ME NOT WORTH THE $100

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Well the motor was a Westinghouse branded industrial motor (like the type you would see on the old style air compressors or industrial grade fans like they use in factories). 
As for the price the booth that its in, has a LOT of stuff that is way over priced often times, and they often times are "firm" on their prices for some reason. 

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PASS ON IT, IF YOU WANT AN ORIGINAL ONE OF THOSE THEY COME UP ON EBAY, THAT IS GUTTED AND ALL YOU ARE GETTING IS THE STAND AND ROUND FRAME AND GRILLE. MOTOR AND BLADES ARE WRONG 

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Yeah, I've passed on it for quite a while, but I just wanted to see what the deal was with this fan.
I had seen at another antique mall near me a Manning Bowman 12" 3 speed oscillating table fan that was in near mint condition, and it was a 1940s vintage unit I think because the address on the badge was Fostoria, Ohio rather than the later Booneville, Missouri address. 
They wanted $48 for it, which I passed on it for the time being, but I think I might go back and get it. 

What do you think?

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IF IT IS A DECENT MODEL I WOULD GO FOR IT WHEN YOU HAVE THE $$ I HAVE A LATE 40S' EARLY 50S 12 GRAMMERCY 3 SPEED OSCILLATOR MADE BY SAME COMPANY AND IT IS A PRETTY GOOD FAN, IT HAS RUN EVERY NIGHT FOR THE PAST 2 SUMMERS
ON EBAY CHECK OUT LISTING FOR "VINTAGE FLOOR FANS" AND THAT WESTY MOBILAIRE COMES UP OCCASIONALLY, THEY ARENT AS HEAVY AS THE 50S VERSIONS SO YOU CAN USUALLY GET ONE SHIPPED

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The Manning Bowman Fan was a Model 51 if that means anything to you.
It looks like the one pictured in the link below.

Manning Bowman Model 51

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THAT IS OLDER THAN MY GRAMERCY, THEY ARE DECENT FANS I USE MINE ALL SUMMER

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