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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2020 08:47 pm
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Gregor Halenda
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Hello, 
I've been collecting for many years and have a small collection of fans that have a distinct theme - see below. I have had a Vornado 12P1 for many years and recently picked up a 10D1. Both of these I'd like to strip, polish and plate as it is my way. I've seen this only once before and am curious if this was something the factory did as a sample or if it was done by an owner/collector. 




Below are some of the fans in my collection. Clearly I'm not a fan of paint so I'd like to transform my Vornado's into the polished and chromed version that I found in the photo above. I have the ability to do this but the blade is something very different than I've ever seen on a Vornado. Can you tell me if it's a true Vornado blade and where I might look for it? 

Thanks for any help you can offer. 

Gregor







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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2020 10:10 pm
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Steve Sherwood
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http://www.rcrescent.com/ Check this website. He might be able to help you? You have a very nice collection.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2020 10:27 pm
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Good luck with your hunt. I would like to know what that fan is in the center of the bottom picture.
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Bill

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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2020 10:35 pm
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William Dunlap wrote: Good luck with your hunt. I would like to know what that fan is in the center of the bottom picture.
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Bill

That's a Marelli from the 40's I believe. There's a similar but smaller one in the top photo. Generally these are painted tan but I take them apart and strip the paint and polish them because I like the metal much more than the paint. 

Gregor

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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2020 10:49 pm
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As a point of reference the Silver Swan in the top left was the normal brown painted variety and I stripped it and had the steel chromed and then polished the aluminum so that it feels "of a peice".

I know what I'm doing is sacrilege to many but personally I feel that the metal is a more honest representation of the design of these fans and it focuses your attention and their shape and mechanical nature.

Obviously that's my personal preference.

Gregor

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 01:56 am
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William Dunlap
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Thanks,
I think you have an eye for design. That gooseneck is a fairly cheap fan, but man is it cool. The Aircooler is cool, too, but the gooseneck is up there.
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Bill

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 04:08 pm
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William Dunlap wrote: Thanks,
I think you have an eye for design. That gooseneck is a fairly cheap fan, but man is it cool. The Aircooler is cool, too, but the gooseneck is up there.
Cheers,
Bill

Do you mean the second from the left in the second photo? That's a Fitzgerald and while it's not the quality of say a Roto-Beam it was very hard to find. 

Not pictured are the 8-9 larger fans that are scattered around the house or shop. I have about 9 Roto-Beams - three of the small aluminum ones and 4 of the larger ones. A few Vornado's and then some obscure ones with cast aluminum blades - a thing I search out. 

If there's a model you think might fit the collection please feel free to mention it. I learned about many of the unusual fans I have when I visited the AFCA museum in KS many years ago. I'm always looking for new and unusual fans. 

Gregor

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 04:10 pm
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Oh, ironically I actually tracked down the owner of the Vornado fan that I posted. He's a cool guy who bought the fan like that in Taipei in an antique shop. He checked the blade for me and it's plastic (or original bakelite) that's been painted with a chrome paint.

So I will need to consider my options in the restoration of my 10D1 and 12P1 fans...

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Gregor

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 06:28 pm
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You might look at the Gilbert Airflow, the GE Decorative Quiet fan and R&M 1404. All 30's art deco or Airstream Moderne styles.
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Bill

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 07:21 pm
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William Dunlap wrote: You might look at the Gilbert Airflow, the GE Decorative Quiet fan and R&M 1404. All 30's art deco or Airstream Moderne styles.
Cheers,
Bill

I wasn't aware of the Gilbert but I'll be searching for one now! The GE I already own but it's original and black and I've never wanted to chrome the body. I usually only do that if I have a second one that I can keep original. I try to not modify perfect examples of rare fans. I've owned a couple of R&M's but they're a bit on the older side for me and look too vintage for my taste. They're wonderful fans but not quite modernist enough to fit my collection. 

Thanks for the suggesting on the Gilbert - I suspect that will be a harder one to find. 

Gregor

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 09:31 pm
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Here's my Airflow. It has a custom lacquer paint job. The motor housing is cast zinc and polishes up very bright, but the shine doesn't last very long. It should be clear coated. It's a nice two speed oscillating fan. They show up from time to time.While you're looking, check out the thread on this fan here. Airflow


Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2020 09:52 pm
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Wow - that's certainly one I need to add to the collection!

Gregor

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