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Inventor Socrates Anthony Xippas was born to Greek parents, in Port Said, Egypt in 1886, (His birth date seems to fluctuate on government documents) becoming a naturalized immigrant American citizen. He registers for the draft like every other American during World War One:

And in 1922, begins making prototypes of an unusual fan invention:


The next step for Xippas is to file for patent protection...

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1924 -









Oldest son of S.A. Xippas passes away suddenly..


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1925 - Four office girls make room on the desk pose for the Xippas - Image courtesy of Russ Huber

















Around this time, Xippas secured a U.S. government contract for his desk fan design. They have a cast-iron base and body, a stamped brass cage, and a Micarta blade. The finish is a military olive-drab wrinkle finish, and they were packaged in a relatively plain cardboard box with paper excelsior packing material. They must have not been very popular,a s most examples encountered have been practically new old stock/unissued: 



There is another version having all of the other green-wrinkled version aspects, the exception being the cage is made from thin, sheet-metal strips and wires. This example may have been re-sprayed, but is good enough to illustrate the cage variant structure:











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1926 -















                                                                   Notice the spacer bridging the top blade tips:




The speed control is a porcelain rheostat type made by Cutler-Hammer.















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1927- A prolific year for Xippas, as far as patenting goes. Most notable is the Greek "amphora" styled fan, presumably falling in with the manufacturing fad of other appliance manufacturers of the time, designing appliances that give one the benefit of the appliance without the overt presence of the appliance. It was manufactured, because I saw and handled one in a friend's antique store in Virginia, painted a terra-cotta color.



















April 10, 1927 -



Xippas sells the right to manufacture his fan designs to Savory, Incorporated, a division of Republic Metal Ware Company:






Pictured here is a complete, factory-cased Savory Airator salesman's sample carrying kit:















An example of an Savory Airator in it's original factory packaging:







Savory Airator base showing raised OFF 1 2 3 details, image courtesy of Vic Valenchek Image Archive








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1928 - Xippas's next to last invention, a design for an accessory turn-signal:

Savory, Inc. begins an aggressive advertising campaign:















A Savory Airator in 220 volt A.C.:



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1929 - S.A. Xippas's last invention, a hot dog roaster. Wooden handles and cast aluminum and glass construction, and actually made and sold.

Savory, Incorporated soldiers on, presumably until stock is used up. Marketing seems to cease at this date.:


Zeigle's Electrical Shop has a Savory Airator for sale in this period photograph - Image courtesy of Jim Kovar Image Archive:


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1939 - S.A. Xippas passes away from a cerebral hemorrhage, and was buried in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..







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In 1959, the bank account of the S.A.X. Vertical Fan Company went abandoned, the funds ($1076.48) going to the State of Pennsylvania if they were not claimed..





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Around the early-mid 2000's, Tom Frampton's Fanimation fan manufacturing company paid homage to the Xippas design with their interpretation, the Fargo desk fan. With multiple finishes and the fact they have been discontinued, they seem well destined to be the logical collector's piece to add to any Xippas or Savory collection: 


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Fanimation Fargo, brass and leather finished:












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Fanimation Fargo, chrome and alligator finished:














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Fanimation Fargo, Oiled Bronze and brass trimmed finish, note slide style switch:












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Fanimation Fargo, Chrome and satin silver finish, and original box:














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