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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 08:35 pm
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I've saved a Superfan model number P500 Superfan made by Queen Stoveworks from my aunt's estate.  It works perfectly.  I cannot find any information anywhere regarding this fan so am thinking it is rare. Any knowledge out there.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 08:44 pm
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I have seen those on FEE-BAY. All though I do not have any info on them.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:03 pm
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Company History:

Scotsman Industries, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial ice machines. With subsidiaries in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and the U.K., alliances with companies in the U.S., U.K., and China and with sales in over 100 countries, Scotsman truly is an international corporation. Among the other types of products Scotsman manufactures are food preparation and storage equipment, beverage dispensing equipment, refrigerated display cases, and insulated panels and doors. With its continuing quest to acquire new companies that build on its existing product line, Scotsman is sure to grow and expand through the end of the 1990s and beyond.

Company Beginnings

Scotsman traces its origins back to 1921, when the Queen Stove Works was founded in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This company originally produced camp stoves, later adding oil space heaters, kitchen stoves, and other products. In 1950 Queen purchased the American Gas Machine company, a manufacturer of lanterns, ice chests, heaters, and one model of commercial ice machine. Queen used the name "Scotsman" to market its commercial ice machines from this point forward. After being acquired by King-Seeley Corporation in 1957, which then merged with the American Thermos Products Company in 1960, Queen shifted its focus entirely to the manufacture of ice machines, then still a fairly new business.

Are you from Minnisoda d Barr? The good news is now the Superfan is a little less rare. You found another one. :up:

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:07 pm
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Wow !! It is in perfect shape and very cool looking. Good work on saving this one.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:22 pm
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I live in California, am originally from NJ/NY where I found the fan.

My research indicates that the Queen Stove Works was in existence from
1921 thru 1957, building mostly oilburning heating equipment and
gas-fired space heaters in Albert Lea Minnesota.  In 1950 QSW bought
the American Gas Machine Company that built gasoline lanterns, field
range burners, portable stoves and heaters, and also made forays into
home appliances including early washing machines. It sounds like this
fan might have been developed  by the American Gas Machine Company, but
sold after acquisition by the Queen Stove Works.  I'm unable to find
any mention of this squirrel cage fan product,  and I was wondering if
any of the membership can provide any information concerning how
collectible the fan might be.  It works perfectly and produces a large
volume of airflow over three speeds and very quietly as you would
expect of a squirrel cage design.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:26 pm
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I think a couple of members have those, maybe Andrew B. or Michael M....

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:28 pm
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This Heater holds great appeal for me. If you should deceide to sell it ...let me know !!!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 09:33 pm
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It's strictly a 3 speed fan, not a heater. Yes I may decide to sell it.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2009 10:56 pm
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I need to get a life. But before I do...here you go. :up:

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=bG9yAAAAEBAJ&dq=D156294

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d barr,you'll need to go back and re-register using a first & last name. thanks!

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I've posted on this fan before when it has reared its ugly head. It shows up from time to time on the forum and on Ebay. It's not rare. My brother and I had the misfortune of sharing one in our bedroom in our unairconditioned house in central Fla. in the late 50's. It was pretty much useless. On high you could hardly feel air coming out of the top register.:down:

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 04:18 am
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Thank you very much!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 04:28 am
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I used it to dry some wet drywall while fixing my home for sale in NJ.  It was all I had but was impressed with the amount of air it moved.

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Dom, It doesn't matter what someone else thinks about your fan it's what you think that matters. A lot of us collect different type and age fans and we all don't see eye to eye on what is the better but we all agree on one thing. Collecting fans is a great hobby. And by the way, I think your fan is kinda cool and I don't reckon it's the rarest fan out there but, it's truly very different in it's design and would be a hard one to come by. No turds here. :thumbup

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 08:59 am
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Here's mine. It is an odd piece.It does throw out some air. I wonder what the thought process was on this.It must some type of heat transfer fan.perhaps it was used to help pull hot or cool air from a vent to help move it around a room.

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yours is in real nice shape.

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side view.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 02:36 pm
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When placed on its back, it would blow air up ones' legs. This is one of the marketing efforts they used towards secretarys and such. Instead of a breeze at the ankles, it would cool more of you and of course no metal blades to stick your foot into. These are the most common fan I've ever run across up here. They also made a Queen Super Blower. I've only heard of two of these blowers.. 

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Loren Haroldson wrote:
When placed on its back, it would blow air up ones' legs. This is one of the marketing efforts they used towards secretarys and such.

That reminded me of a patent from Mr.Breeze spreaded himself Walter Spear. :D

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=StxkAAAAEBAJ&dq=2341125

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 06:18 pm
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did they actually make those?

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My father in law (who ran a branch of this company) said they also came with optional  clip on heaters. A nutty lady in Albert Lea who ran a junk shop said she had one of these heaters but wouldn't show it to me. The shop is now closed.  She used to sleep in her 76 or 77 Volare outside this old shop run out of a damp basement on a back street. I ain't making this up. You had to move stuff to get through the aisles...

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It may have not been rare in it's day, but I'd be willing to bet that few have survived through the years as it has a face that only a mother could love. It seems clear that the Queen Stove Works crafted this fan using their core competencies building furnaces as it's constructed with a sheet metal housing with the same paint finish as one would typically find on such a furnace. Certainly interesting and I think collectible in the condition as shown. Some fascinating information here from the original design patent to stories of folks who owned this fan. This forum must be the only repository of such knowledge.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2009 11:38 pm
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Fred Baker wrote:
It may have not been rare in it's day, but I'd be willing to bet that few have survived through the years as it has a face that only a mother could love.

Loren can lean out a winder from home and pridnear spit on Albert Lea. If he said these fans are thick as thieves in them there parts ...it's gospel. 

 

 

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Russ Huber wrote:


Loren can lean out a window from home and spit on Albert Lea. If he said these fans are the most common he has seen in his neck of the there woods ...it's gospel. 

 

 


Personally I've never had any prophetic utterances so I wouldn't know how to go there. :D
I've never seen one of these fans on eBay (not to claim there has never been one reside there), and there isn't one listed among active or completed listings. I have a difficult time understanding that folks in Albert Lea don't share the same desire to monetize the contents of their garages, closets and basements that drives the rest of the eBay community. Doing a Google search for "Queen Stove Works, fan" returns only this string from this forum. Perhaps this fan may be "most common", however I can't find empirical evidence to support that.
The optional heater scenario Loren mentions helps make this fan even more of an odd bird. So with the optional heater you could alternatively heat or cool the air blowing up your skirt? Great stuff!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 27th, 2009 01:33 am
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Well Fred, opportunity is knocking at your door. Give Dom a jingle and take that rare bird off his hands. Times a wastin.

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Russ,
I buy things that resonate with me emotionally (good or bad). Ugly typically doesn't qualify unless it's of sufficient magnitude as a grotesque on the fascia of a cathedral.
Albert Lea needs this fan in their manufacturing museum (if they have a manufacturing museum). Now thats the ticket.

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Loren and I(Pictured....Loren is on the left)are not only buzz collectors, but grease monkeys and wood wackers...you name it...we can hack it. Were a gonna check in that there squirrly cage fan and dat Albert Lea museum thing right promto. :up:

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 Posted: Tue Oct 27th, 2009 02:37 am
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Hey Russ, I thought you quit smoking or is that not a cigarette?

THE EKIMO KID

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Russ only uses cigarettes as a chick repellant. After all, a guy can only stand so much action. You ought to see how they flock to us when we have the tires on the car and go cruising.  They really dig those fan patents he has tatooed on his arms.  

 

I went to an auction a number of years ago and peeked into an old grain bin. It was piled with wood and 4 of those Superfan tossed on top.

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