Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I love antique fans, duh... I like collecting them, but I don't like just collecting them, I like restoring them, watching them run, and talking about them. Pretty much anything to do with them I like.
I read a post on the AFCA Fan Forum the other day that asked, something to the effect of, "How Many In Your Collection????" I was naturally drawn to it out of curiosity, but after reading the many posts and looking at the photos I was reminded of something that I don't like. I don't like the fact some people think because they don't have many fans they aren't as important. I also don't like people thinking that because they don't own a gyro or pre 1900's pancake that they are not "elite".
I have talked to folks and I know these feelings exist. I can see how some would get to feeling that way. There aren't that many who have collections like Dr. G. I know that the feeling can be harmful to others interested in the hobby that perhaps cannot afford the harder to find fans. Let's be careful to not show favoritism to anyone on the forum or otherwise. Careful with the course joking, text can misrepresent feelings and intentions. I'd also like to say that if you are prone to the feelings, give people a second chance they can be misunderstood.
I want to go on record as saying I am not accusing anyone, but I want us all to monitor ourselves and lets try to be nice.
Collections aren't near as much fun unless they are shared.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Okay, here is (or was) my general opinion on all fans Deco. Excluding Silver Swans and GE Quiet Blades, I hated them. I couldn't understand why anyone would like them. Example Freshn'd Aires ,Zephyrs (?sp), etc... They just don't have the character. They don't speak to me. That was until yesterday...
Yesterday, Saturday of a long holiday weekend. Overexposure to poultry, inlaws, and the local shopping mall. The family decided to go shopping and some how it was arranged so that I could go to the downtown historic district to look for antiques. Color me ecstatic. Now I have combed the stores on several occasions and knew nearly all the fans that they had, but I am always hopeful that something new will crop up.
This trip started like many others. I start on one street and work my way toward the river. The first store I go in I see a new one. It was one that I had either never seen or never really paid attention to. A Westinghouse Just like the one in the picture except it was all black. I fell in love with it. In fact I decided that if I didn't find anything better I would come back for this. So I went through the rest of the store, and I found one just like it except it would in better condition. I found a nice 77648 AS too. Through the rest of the trip I found the same ole stuff except for a reasonably price Mathes. I may go back for that some day soon.
So I decided to go back and get the Westinghouse. Now let me explain what intrigued me so about this fan. I have one like it but it is a 16 inch model and I never knew they made them in anything less than 12. Being a fan of smaller fans, I found it to be less overbearing in the deco department. Not so gaudy and baroque, if I can forcibly apply that term. Check out the pictures. Runs like a charm.
My wife called me whilst I was shopping and told me I could not buy any fans. I hung up and thought to myself..."Yeah, Okay..."
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I wanted to give a shout out to the fan gods (joke) and my fan fans who visit from time to time. Keep stopping by. Keep emailing me with your pictures and so on.
I am toying with an idea for a blog topic. It is called The AFCA, A Love/Hate Relationship...
Let me know your thoughts.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Anyway, Like I was saying, I thought I knew all there was to know about them. The other day I was surfing eBay. I was going through the new listings, and what should I happen upon, but a Type 55. What are you talking about??? I couldn't believe my eyes. Into the watch list it went with six days to go.
Fast forward to the last day. It just happen to fall on a Sunday afternoon. Keep in mind I had been watching this diligently for days. The auction ended right in the middle of a play we had tickets for. Now I feel like a lucky guy, but not lucky enough to tell my wife I can't go to a play because of a fan auction. So I waited as long as I could and placed a bid just a few minutes before leaving. There was another bidder, but I passed he/she right up. I figured they would probably wait to the last minute and out bid me.
So here I am watching the Sikeston Little Theatre's production of The Beverly Hillbillies, and all I can think about is, yes you guessed it, this little beauty. After the play was over my wife informed me that we all had to go to the grocery store together. Arrrggghhhh! She really knows how to hurt me. Finally, after what seemed like forever, we arrived at the homestead. I brought all the groceries in, then quietly slinked off to the basement. I nervously punched in my eBay password and clicked on the my eBay button. I rejoiced when I saw the notice informing that I had 1 item that I had to pay for. Yes!!!! Victory!
Now, if you are a knowledgeable person on Northwinds and you know of another Type # that I have not mentioned here, be nice, email me and tell me or send me a photo...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Some of my fan friends have had a similar problem in their fan collecting hobby... their wives. The other day, I was combing through my ebay desirables and I had a couple on my watched list that were ending that day just a few hours apart. One was this little Eskimo that you see on the right and the other was an A.C. Gilbert Polar Cub.
The Polar Cub was ending first. It was actually ending in the middle of the afternoon of the workday. I had to get on to check it! The price was right so I bid. Immediately outbid, so I rebid a little more. Immediately outbid again! I am getting very frustrated at this time cause I was within the last thirty seconds. "Last one!", I think to myself as I enter the numbers of my final maximum bid. "You are the current high bidder!" Success!!!!! Well I was happy even though I paid more than I intended to. I went to brag to some friends at work about my newest acquisition.
Later that day at the house I logged on and started watching this Eskimo fan. It had one bidder. I really had written off the possibility of getting this one, because I figured I was going to be in enough trouble over the Polar Cub. Anyway I kept on sitting there drooling over it. As the auction end time neared I talked myself into entering one bid that was like the minimum increment. Thinking to myself, "I'll never get this one." Well... I was wrong. I anxiously entered the minimum bid. Then to my shock I saw that all too familiar phase in green writing. "You are the current high bidder" I was dead.
I let it go. I decided not worry about it. I figured that I would just think about a way to explain it. I went over to a friend's house later to help him set up his Xbox Live account and when I returned, I returned to a frustrated wife asking if I had something to tell her. I just looked at her and honestly said, "I love you!" I lived to bid again.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Say what you will about eBay, but I have to say one thing in it's defense... It provides guys like me that don't get the opportunity to buy fans that often a better chance. Take for example this little AC Gilbert Polar Cub. I got on ebay the other day and saw it. I have seen many Polar Cubs pass my way, but none (save the occasional Mysto) ever jumped out at me. This little jewel found it's way on my watch list along with another I will tell you about later. I had a reminder on my outlook to check back closer to bid time.
Time rolled around, I logged in and noticed no significant increase in price since initial contact so I bid. My bid ended unchallenged! Cue adrenaline!!!! YET ANOTHER VICTORY FOR BARGAIN HUNTING FAN COLLECTORS EVERYWHERE! Well it was for me anyway. It just goes to show you that if you won't be stupid and pay those ridiculous prices for fans the prices will come down. People who are in it just for the money will lose interest and the true fan loving collectors can roam freely in their native land once again.
The fan came in yesterday. My wife and kids just loved how tiny it was, you would have thought I was holding a puppy. I had to do some work on it though. First the motor was mounted on the base backward. The cord hole was in the front of the base, "WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!" The eBay seller said something about the hole being for a switch... I knew better. Perhaps that is one reason not many folks bid on the fan thinking it was missing a part. I switched that around. I fed the cord through top of the base and the hole at the bottom like it was originally intended to be. Finally the cage was on sideways. I rotated it 90 degrees counter-clockwise. Boom Baby! Peace, Harmony, and Love for the universe.
Thanks for reading my junk. Let me hear from you.
Friday, September 22, 2006
My dearest brother came to visit last weekend and brought a couple fans up for me. One was an Emerson 77648 TE and the other was this little 10 inch Hunter that you see on the left.
He had been leary to plug either of them in, but I am always willing (if there is no bare spots in the cords and sometimes even then...) So after establishing that they both "worked", we sized up the quality.
First the Emerson, the blades were so out of balance that the thing literally jumped across my carport floor. Next the Hunter, this fan ran as quiet as I have come to expect Hunters to. However, I did find that there is something internally wrong with the oscillator. No matter how we adjusted the tension control, it would stop oscillating at the same point.
We took the fans down into the "Fan Cave". I really wanted to give them both a little attention to see if we could make them better. My brother told me that he had fully intended on restoring the Hunter. I was a little shocked. He had helped me work on a Hunter of mine once, so I have been gradually excited as he expressed more and more interest in the hobby. So I told him to start taking the Hunter apart, keeping up with all the screws and internal parts. Once he had disassembled the fan, I gave him further instruction on prepping the parts for paint the next day. While he followed my instructions, I set about balancing the 648's blades. I grabbed my Sharpie and my channel locks and I went at it. About two hours later, I had the thing running as smooth as I could without a stobe. My brother had the parts ready for paint.
The next day we found the paint we wanted to use at Auto Zone. He finished the painting in one afternoon. I think our patience level proves our relation. I told him the more time your spend on the details, the better it will look. He pointed out something very true, that this was not an extremely rare fan so it was not worth a tremendous effort. Wise Dave!
Having said all this, I will say some more. The hobby of fans is more fun when you have someone else who likes it to share it with. I know what you are thinking, that is the whole premise of the AFCA... Yes except in my case, I cannot afford to travel to some of the regionals. Most are too far away. I hope to visit the "Barn" in November. Maybe Dave will go with me.
Anyway, I digress. Here are some photos of the finished Hunter that we "finished" in under two days.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Over Labor Day weekend he came to visit. At some point he got into my blog and started reading some posts. He made several positive comments. The idea of him developing an interest in fans was very exciting to me.
This past weekend I get a call from him. He's like, "Guess what!" I'm like, "What???" He says, "I bought a fan today!" I smiled a little. He say, "It's a Hunter..." After a few moments of talking about this fan, he had to go so we got off the phone.
Later that same day, he call again. He say,"I've struck again." I said, "What do you mean?" He says, "I bought an Emerson this time." I told him that I was excited that he was getting into this. It was then he said, "I like it for the history." I told him that I understood exactly what he meant.
Tonight we talked for nearly an hour about a couple fans he had seen in a shop and he described them. I told him to go back an try to get them.
So long story short... I have someone that seems honestly interested in talking about fans. Someone that isn't on a message board and halfway rude when you try to talk to them. Someone that you can talk to without paying for an expensive hotel and event fees while doing so. Don't get me wrong people, if I had the money, I'd be at Fan Fair.
I wish there were more people interested in talking fans. Seriously just talking fans. I am toying with the idea of hosting a regional for people to come to in Sikeston. We could go to Lamberts and have throwed rolls.
One idea would be nice if more folks in the AFCA would signup for msn messenger or yahoo messenger where they could instant message each other. There seems to be a lot of folks that want to instant message each other, but they won't do this. I don't understand.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Take this one for example. Just a little over a couple weeks ago, I was surfing and I almost passed it by. It screamed at me, "LARRY! HELP ME!" I replied, "Okay little fan. I will do what I can." Long story even longer... I bought it and the dutiful postal service sent it my way.
After I won the auction, I noticed that the seller did not accept PayPal. Bummer... I had our bank runner at work go get me a money order. No biggie, I just hate the wait.
Yesterday my daughter came in from playing with her friend and she was carrying this little jewel. I impatiently opened it up. I pulled it out and thought, "Man! This guy wasn't kidding when he said it needed a new cord." I thought I would be brave and plug it in anyway. Mistake! POP!!!! It reminded me of the time I blew a headwire on one of my Northwinds.
Later... In the fan cave...
Dr Larry carefully disassembles the little Whirlwind. I surveyed the damage and got all my tools and wiring accessories out. After a few minutes I had the fan reassembled and ready to plug in. Tension builds, Moment of truth. It did whril, but it made a terrible racket. Nurse! Oil! A few drops and the beaut was stealth. Well, not quite, but much better.
Then looked at the bottom. The original felt was long gone. So I got out some of my green felt and a sharpie. I trace around the base, cut it out, and with a little spray adhesive, we were in business.
Well little fan, you're home. Take you place.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
There is no reason for a fan to cost as much as some do. In the end it is still a pile of metals that God will eventually reclaim.
Sure, I'd like to own a Feathervane, but my fans are just as nice to me. Plus they didn't cost near as much.
Just a little rant.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Anyway, this is a photo of one of my R&M 3804's. I traded some Hunter/R&M ceiling fan to Adrian Parrado for it. I going to perform some maintenance on it. It runs kinda slow. I think there is a short in the wiring. May just need some oil too. I love these fans. I have two others that you may have seen photos of. One 4 blade and one six blader. I read in some book that dealers used to switch blades out to make a sale, as six bladers were more desirable. Just like today apparently.
Thanks to all my readers. I am sorry that I don't blog more often, but I hope I have a good enough backlog to keep you entertained for a while. I noticed that there was a spike in traffic today. That is encouraging.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Some very important things that I have learned in fan work (restoration and maintenance):
1. Know what portions of your project are pot metal ahead of time. Pot metal is very fragile at this age especially.
2. Always consult an expert on your potential project before you begin to learn the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
3. Take your time! Don't rush because you will make mistakes that you cannot undo.
I have decided to do a rewire on a fan I am more familiar with. An R&M 3804. I will post a pictures when I get finished.
Thanks to all you folks for reading my blog! The numbers are encouraging. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or leave comments here.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I wrestled with the stator. Finally removed it. Rewired it. Reinstalled it then the rotor. Now I can't get the rotor to turn freely. Thoughts? Anyone?
Man, I'll tell ya, I am ready to pitch this sucker.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
They're multiplying! I can't get enough of these fans. I think I like them cause they run like a scalded dog. That plus they oscillate so quickly, that is impressive to me too. Examining the innards of the motors, I noticed that the windings are held in with what appear to be finishing nails. I am sorry, I get tickled when I think about it. I like watching and listening to them they sound like little airplanes.
I now have three of these little boogers. I would like to try to get A through whatever.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Anyway, We came home and I started messing with the fan. The first thing I always do check the cord for bare spots and then plug it in to see if it works. The fan started to turn then stopped suddenly. I quickly turned it off. Then my mind started to survey the evidence: Blades were free then stiff. First thought is the oscillator is bound up? Then I think maybe the motor tilt is too steep, causing the oscillator to jamb against the base. So I grab the wingnut and give a twist (just slightly). Thats when it happened. Half of the top of the neck just snapped off. My blood ran cold. I had killed a Northwind with my barehands. Forgive me oh fan god! Forgive me dear wife.
NEVER SAY DIE!!!! Even when it comes to potmetal... I scooped up the pieces of the broken Northwind. It was one clean break. I took it to my Fan ER. Nurse, Super Glue. I put on some gloves and set about setting the broken piece. After attempting to set it perfectly I finally did. Left it all night and all day today.
Today, after church, I ran by Lowes and grabbed some new glue called Gorilla glue because honestly, I thought the super glue would not hold long. Went home and began to reassemble the fan. The threads were very resistant and I knew the glue was just going to give way with the next twist as the tension grew(in me and on the bolt). Finally the fan was together and I had detached the oscillator arm. Someone had put a screw in there that was completely tightened down. I fired the fan up and it whirled to life. PARTY ON!!!
I like a challenge.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Here are some photos of my latest restoration. Thanks to Ken Bartlett, a fabricator at our shop, for welding the wires on the cage. Thanks to Kim Frank and Darryl Hudson for helpling and encouraging me. Thanks to my brother David for helping finish the project this weekend. While my painting isn't perfect, I can see it progressing.
I have had this fan longer than any besides my 646 that I recently restored. I learned a lot from this project. It was the first time I had attempted a tag restoration. It came out relatively well. I bought some NOS plugs off eBay and I used one of those for this job too. Thanks again to all involved.
Below are a few more pics. Some before and some after. Thanks for following the progress.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
For those of you that missed it, the fan sold for $4,101.98. Tidy little sum for a rusted old machine that just blows air. (Hold on while I punish myself with a good hard pinch...OUCH!!!) Anyway someone out there is a lucky person. (Aside from being out 4k) Congrats whoever you are.
Oh!, and sorry Ron...
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Let's make this short. First Darryl Hudson found a C&C bipolar fan. Below is a picture of the fan.
Next some antique radio collector is selling this next fan on eBay. (Crazy IMHO) This fan is another bipolar fan, but the brand name is Western Electric.
Both of these fans represent very early fan technology. The fact that they still exist is amazing, but still running... WOW.
The title of my post is Fan Envy. I labeled it that because these two fans taught me something. That is that you can't own them all and you should just be happy with what you have. That sounds like my wife talking. Help, she got in my head.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sometimes I just hate painting. I am not a patient person. I tend to want to hurry and get finished on everything I do. Fortunately, I have a smidge of perfectionist in me and strike a fair balance. That is good because when you are painting it pays to take your time.
I guess in some ways I feel like if I don't hurry up, I'll forget how the fan goes back together. Maybe, I am afraid that I will loose a part. Perhaps most of all I think I enjoy reflecting on the hard work after it is over and looking at a job well done.
My brother is coming this weekend to visit, and I plan on asking him to work on this project with me. I think It'd be neat to say this is a fan my brother and I worked on together.
Hopefully tomorrow I can get final paint on so the parts can start curing. Next on to cleaning the brass and prepping the base for it's new felt. I'm so excited!
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Last week my friend told me about some nice fans that happened into his antique store. Since his shop is 30 miles away, I couldn't just take off and drive up to look at them, so I waited and wondered about them.
Today, my family and I drove to this town and spent some time together. I asked my wife if she would mind letting me run by and see the fans. She snarled at me just like she always does when I mention fans. She says I have too many already. I just laugh and say, "No honey, that isn't possible." Anyway she consented so off we went. When we got there she said, "I am just going to stay in the car." I ran in and my friend was working so he took me over to a booth. I was very excited to see three Emersons. One 29645, one Emerson B Jr, and one Northwind 450. My friend asked which one I liked the best and I told him the 29645. I returned to my car and my wife she said, "Well?" I told her I liked them. She said you need to sell some before you buy anymore. I said okay. I assumed that was the end of it and we left with me broken hearted.
We headed back to Sikeston. When we arrived we went over to my "Out-laws". We started watching TV when my wife says, "I have to go to the store." She asks my brother-in-law's girlfriend to go with her. I am thinking this is weird, why now? Anyway back to TV... A few minutes later, the front door squeaks open in the kitchen and I hear rustling around then in walks my daughter with that 29645. She says in her little eight year old voice, "Happy Father's Day Daddy". I could have melted. My wife had planned the whole thing for a week. I looked at my wife who was standing a few feet behind with this smile on her face. I said, "I love you."
She had me go up there so my buddy could know which one I wanted and she called him on the cell phone later and arranged to pick the fan up. She is really good with surprises.
Anywho, I just wanted to share with you guys and gals.
Happy Father's Day
Thursday, June 15, 2006
I have had this little fan for several years now. My Stepfather gave it to me for Christmas one year. It was the second fan in my official collection. When I first acquired it I couldn't even tell if the blades were brass. In fact I even tried once before I bought my bench grinder, to clean the blades off and finally gave up.
My fan collection started really growing three or four years ago. Since this fan I have added a few more to my collection. As my collection has grown, so have my skills for restoring and the arsenal of tools that I use.
With new zeal for restoration I have decided to tackle this fan. I want to put great care and detail into this restoration. I am hoping to take my skills to a new height.
I already have it apart and in varying states of readiness for paint. Some parts need further cleaning and some are already in primer. I have decided to use standard black lacquer and polish the brass. I plan on using the yellow and green braided wire that I have for the cord and headwire. I think that Lowes has the grommets and retro plug I will need. I will have to go looking for a good green felt though because all I have currently is Burgundy and Black. I will post some pics of the broken down fan soon.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Here is a picture of the Northwind I have been bugging everyone about. Thanks to Stan Adams for the lead on paint and encouragement to paint without removing the stator. Thanks to James Harrelson, my employer's maintenance guy, for the brushes and brush housings. They are a perfect fit replacement and more modern in design.
I reused the original cord and plug and head-wire they were in great shape. I also reused the original grommets they survived removal and re-installation. I used Odd's n Ends enamel paint from WalMart per Stans recommendation and I used a Clear Rustoleum lacquer for the top coat. I was pleased with the results of both. That Rustoleum is a really good lacquer.
I learned a great deal about the DC motor on this project. Thanks to all, including Darryl Hudson for the time he spent via email explaining things to me.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
While at Disney I kept noticing that they spare no expense on props and decorations for everything including rides and gift shops. While waiting in lines and shopping I started to notice fans and I realized my purpose in being there. I was obviously there to report fan sightings.
First let me say that I couldn't get close enough to get any serial numbers or anything, but I will do my best to describe them for each of you.
First, In the Animal Kingdom. I was walking down the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and we went into the "Research House". On a high shelf was a GE Vortalex. It was the aqua blue 4 blade to give you some idea.
Second, In the Animal Kingdom. We stopped to eat at an in-park McDonald's labeled Restaurantasarus in Dinosaur land. The dining area was called "Vehicle Maintenance". On yet another shelf was an Emerson 77646. I couldn't get close enough to read the tag or tell anything else.
Third, Also the Animal Kingdom. In line for the new ride "Expedition Everest". I saw an Emerson 79648. It was in pretty bad shape, but it added to the scene well.
That was all for the Animal Kingdom park. The next day we went to MGM Studios.
First, Waiting in line for the Tower of Terror ride, I saw what I believed to be an Emerson 73648 on a desk. There are two lines that form just before you enter the ride and it was on the far line, around the corner.
Second, Just after the completion of the Tower of Terror ride, at the photo review station, I saw and Emerson 12" with 4 brass blades. It had a badge with the two fan blades above and below the label, but it wasn't the embossed badge. That should help some of you identify. I looked in the gallery but couldn't find one in there.
Third, In one of the many gift shops, high on a shelf was an 8" Command Air. It was perched on top of a small suitcase.
Forth, Just down the way from that gift shop was another shop with an old-fashioned movie ticket booth on the front. It had an old polar cub in it. It had Polar Cub in raised letters on the badge. It was painted solid flat black, as I recall.
That is the extent of what I saw. I just didn't have the time to explore like I wanted. I am sure there are more there. If any of you go check these out.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Well its all for the family. I have to keep telling myself that. I'm sure most of you can relate to my struggle. Have fun!
Friday, May 19, 2006
I have decided to restore my Emerson Northwind 44C next. Many of you may already know this from the amount of posts that I have made on the AFCA website regarding questions. I decided to do this one because it does not function properly, so it will be a repair as well as a restore. I am excited. This fan is an eight inch from somewhere around 1917 (give or take a couple years). It is a AC/DC motor.
When I bought it on eBay the seller said everything was fine. When I opened it up the brush housing was broken and one of the springs were missing. The lady did refund me $10.00.
So this little fan has set on my shelf for sometime just waiting on me to get it ready. I have a friend that does some machine work and he is going to try to recreate a brush housing for me. I told him I want all the measurements so I can create a AutoCAD drawing for others to use. (When I get that I hope to post it on my website.)
If you have any suggestions feel free to post the comments by clicking below. Also be sure to check back in for progress. Right now I have it apart and waiting for some time to take the original paint off.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
I have seen photographs of different collectors who have some "rare" fans. They have hundreds or even thousands and either have whole buildings devoted to the shrine or rooms crowded with shelves and tables full. All I can think about is if that were me, I would be wondering about who would care enough to have them when I die. My family is not going to want it. (chances are slim anyway) They might want the money they are worth but only if they were sold in the current peaking Ebay market. That is another subject.
Ebay provides people with strange desires a place to seek and sell the objects of our twisted lust. By doing so allowing more people to see the item being sold. Also by doing that you increase the apparent worth. I say apparent because you have people in an auction atmosphere fighting for the same objects. The price goes through the roof because someone has more money than brains and others see it and assume that fans are hot. Antique dealers see it and assume all fans with dust on them are hot and you see overprice Eskimos in shops for 50 bucks. It makes the second place bidder try harder to get the next one that just happens onto the Ebay scene.
Getting back to the prophecy part. A few years ago I collected Hotwheels. You know the little diecast cars from Mattel. Man I got into them about the time every other Tom, Dick, & Harry was into it. I even joined the Hotwheels collectors club. I think their dues were 40 dollars. Anyway... I paid 35 bucks for one and 40 for a VW Bus that was going for 100 on Ebay. Everybody wanted that bus. I ended up with two. One is on a shelf in my office. I am proud of it, but I couldn't get my money back now. It turned out to be a fad. The interest waned and the prices fell. The collecting scene was inflated with hype.
I said all that to say this... I believe that one day the interest in fans will do something similar. I know they cannot continue to go up forever. They might climb some, but not forever. When it does happen, and I hope it does, prices will fall. This will allow "true fan collectors" the opportunity to get some nice specimen for their collections without selling children. The value of fans doesn't mean anything to me. Yes I like the rare and unique fans, who wouldn't, but it is certainly not due to the high prices they fetch. I wouldn't sell them if I had them. Which would lead me to a quandary like the "big time" collectors I described earlier. You can't take it with you!
I have a meager collection. Some I bought on Ebay from all over the US. Some from local antique stores. The ones I cherish the most are the ones that I have received from family and friends. That means more because they have some love in them.
If you decide to read my pathetic blog and you are a collector, Please don't criticize my thoughts. They are just that my thoughts. They might be wrong but they might not too. Just wait and see.
Props to my peeps
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
A friend called me the other day and informed me about an auction that was going to take place at a local pharmacy that was closing after several years in business. I decided to take a look. After work that day I drove by the place to scope it out. The door was open so I decided to go on inside. I found an Emerson 73648. The next day my friend Keely went to the auction in my place and got the fan for me for a good price. Friends are great.
That weekend I sat looking at the fan sitting in my dining area. I was thinking about how it must have set in that pharmacy for years and probably since it was new. I thought about all the people that came in and went out of the store during it's tour of service in climate control. It means a lot to me to own a part of that portion of local history. I know that sounds silly to some, but it is awesome to me. Just wanted to share.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I got on my wife's laptop this fine Saturday morning, as is my normal morning ritual, to peruse the selection of fans for sale on Ebay. To my surprise I found a nice little Emerson Seabreeze 8" Non Osc. There was only 3 hours and a few minutes to go till the auction ended and there were no bids. The starting bid price was only 5.99 so I though there might be something wrong here. I wondered could it be a huge packing charge or something? Maybe the fan is damaged and it is not clearly shown in the photo... I decided to shoot an email to the seller inquiring about this potential jewel. He responded quickly and gave me a reasonable shipping quote and assured me there was nothing wrong with this fan.
So I started watching it. I was sitting close to the computer anyway, so it was easy to reach over and hit refresh every once in a while. To my continued surprise there were no bidders. I figured these wonderful AFCA brethren of mine were poised and ready to snipe. I guess no one really wanted it cause I picked up the fan for less than 20 bucks including shipping. The guy's feedback says well packed on everything so I am confident that it will arrive undamaged. Stay tuned to see if that is in fact the case. Peace out!!!
Monday, February 20, 2006
Here are a couple of fans that I just love and I want to tell you why. First they were given to me by a good friend that I really appreciate. Second when I got them neither worked at all, so I had to spend some time with them to remedy that. I tackled the one on the right first. It is a Northwind Type 450. I removed the bottom plate and began to inspect the situation. Based on my uneducated opinion, I thought well everything seems okay then I notice that one of the power wires had come loose from the switch. I quickly reattached it. Next the plugged the beast in and oh the fireworks... There was a flash of fire from underneath followed by a loud pop when the headwire blew. It could have been the other way around, in the excitement I may have forgotten. Anyway, I now had a severed headwire and a blown speed coil. So I set about taking the monster apart. To condense this story down. I replaced the headwire from the field coil out. The wires in the field coil were pretty bad so I used so good ole heatshrink to reinsulate them. I put a whole new power cord on and salvaged the old plug. I hooked it up and it ran great on high only because as I told you before the speed coil was busted. At this time I knew nothing about speed coils so I thought that was it.
After some searching for information on the subject of speed coils, I learned from a respected electrical expert that speed coils are made of nichrome (resistance) wire. It is wrapped about a ceramic plate and it reduces the voltage to create distinctively different speeds. After discussing this with some other friends at work I mustered up the courage to try to rewind it on my own. Instead of trying it on the fan I knew worked okay, I drug up to the workbench my other Northwind another model 450J(the one on the left above). This one looked like it was in much worse condition. It did not have a power cord at all. The cage was bent so that the blade would touch. Anyway, for some odd reason, I started tearing this thing down Friday night and my work continued on until the early afternoon on Saturday (yes I slept, I do have priorities). I just thought the wiring was bad on the 450, this one looked like it had been on fire. I told some friends Saturday evening that it was like open heart bypass surgery. The wires to the brush caps had to be replaced also. So after repairing the main wiring I started the speed coil. I removed the old wiring from the ceramic plate (being careful not to break it as it does measure a whopping .0063" in dia.) I need two fairly long strands, one from high to med, the other from med to low. I carefully rewrapped the old nichrome (nickel chromium). I reattached the plate to the switch plate and soldered the leads to the contacts. Put the switch back in the fan and plugged it in. I went through the speeds holding my breath, low success - med success - high success. Yeah!! (I rule in my own weird way.)
Today I stayed home from work to be with the fam on presidents day. I decided to rewind that other one. It worked just as well. I guess you could say I am full of myself right now. You'd be right. Thanks for reading this.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Well it is finished. I cannot tell you how happy I am. Some of you can relate I am sure. Let's recap. I used parts from two 646's and one 648 to accomplish this feat. Thanks to Bill Arfmann for the good stator. Thanks to Duane Burright who offered encouragement while we simultaneously tackled 646's. To John Fengel for encouragement with photos of fine work of his own. If I misspelled names guys I apologize, it is late as I type.
Technical info. As I thought about what kind of wiring to use, I decided I wanted cloth naturally and braided. I took some yellow and green braided wire I had and dyed it. I took shorter lengths and braided my own three wire headwire. I was pleased. I put a new capacitor from mouser.com, thanks for the lead and all the electrical advice Johnny Mac.
I struggled sometime with ideas for the color-scheme. John F provided lots of ideas as I mentioned earlier, he is a creative person. After talking with Duane a couple times on the phone, I decided to go black on the cage and blades. I painted to bolt heads all black and used black felt on the bottom. The handle is also black. The wiring all hand dyed as mentioned earlier. I Polished the badge and top plate and left them original as a reminder. The rest of the fan is painted using Dupli-Color Wheel coating to give it that metallic look then coated with clear lacquer. I am very pleased. I am going to replace the plug you see in this photo. It was all I had at the time. Thanks for the help everyone. This fan means a lot to me.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
The paint is done and more than well cured. I tried using the original stator/field coil but it just would not work. Something is just wrong... So I sprung for a replacement. Now I am itching to finish. Come on USPS do your stuff. Thank you Bill for your patience. I hope this does the trick.
I am going to post some photos of the varying states of disarray this fan has endured. Keep in mind that I am farther along than this now but I want to give you some background before the unveiling.
In the first photo I show the motor tag that my daughter tried to polish for me. You can see she did the best a 7 year old could do. Photo 2 shows a few misc parts that laid out ready for cleaning and some paint. I had purchased a 16 inch 648 for parts but I didn't know then I needed a new field coil. Photo 3 is a shot of the base before cleaning. Finally photo 4 is a picture of that problematic field coil. Sasafrassen....stupid.... dumb.... thingy.
Anyway this is just an update to let you know what is going on in my fan world. I am starting to think about which of my fans to start next.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Bit of old news. My brother in law bought me an old Westinghouse fan for Christmas. I was sooo moved by the gift. Thanks so much Chadd.
I haven't posted for awhile, but that is okay cause no one reads it anyway. So if someone is reading this post, don't be offended, I really appreciate it. Feel free to leave comments...