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 Post subject: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 10:42 pm 
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I never saw one of these before.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:47 pm 
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Nice GE.. I've got this GE Vortalex from the mid 40's that I rewired, lubed, and cleaned up. It's a well built unit and I use it daily in the summer....the thing moves a lot of air even on low


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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I have that same Vortalex - it runs 24/7 in the summer....and has for years. It gets a complete treatment at the beginning of each season. It's the best! (and none of my 3 kids lost any digits in it over the years!)

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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Thanks for that, I grabbed it. That price was pretty reasonable. As you say, they're rather scarce and one of the few non-black & brass that I've been interested in. Thanks again for the heads-up!


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Another fine exhibit for the museum! Congrats!

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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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You're welcome Tim and congratulations - you have a nice piece there. I'm envious!


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 5:46 pm 
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I've got that same GE too. They are very nice looking fans.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Tim Mullen wrote:
Thanks for that, I grabbed it. That price was pretty reasonable. As you say, they're rather scarce and one of the few non-black & brass that I've been interested in. Thanks again for the heads-up!


As soon as I saw that auction I thought of you. Glad to see that you got it!

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Here's a link to my fan collection.
http://radioheaven.homestead.com/Fan_Collection.html

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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Ron in Radio Heaven wrote:
Here's a link to my fan collection.
http://radioheaven.homestead.com/Fan_Collection.html

Nice collection Ron! Always enjoyable to see your collections.


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PostPosted: Jun Sat 15, 2019 2:30 am 
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Did they stop making fans like that to avoid lawsuits from parents of small children?

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I'm still looking for an Atwater Kent fan for my AK museum.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
PostPosted: Jun Sat 15, 2019 1:23 pm 
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I'm still looking for an Atwater Kent fan for my AK museum.

Whew! That must be super rare. I never even heard of it's existence. Very interesting design. Good luck with that.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
PostPosted: Jun Sun 16, 2019 2:26 am 
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That's a battery fan, like the Edison. Best bet is to hit up the fine folks of the AFCA http://fancollectors.org


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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decojoe67 wrote:
You're welcome Tim and congratulations - you have a nice piece there. I'm envious!

If any of you guys are ever in town, hit me up and come visit!


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Tim Mullen wrote:
decojoe67 wrote:
You're welcome Tim and congratulations - you have a nice piece there. I'm envious!

If any of you guys are ever in town, hit me up and come visit!

I was just in city too Tim, with my old friend named Tim :)! I would love to see your collection one day and I appreciate the invite. You're not the collector I heard of in the city that has his place full of all kinds of unusual electrical devises? I had actually spoken to Bruce at Waves about him, but forgot the name he gave me.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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decojoe67 wrote:
Tim Mullen wrote:
decojoe67 wrote:
You're welcome Tim and congratulations - you have a nice piece there. I'm envious!

If any of you guys are ever in town, hit me up and come visit!

I was just in city too Tim, with my old friend named Tim :)! I would love to see your collection one day and I appreciate the invite. You're not the collector I heard of in the city that has his place full of all kinds of unusual electrical devises? I had actually spoken to Bruce at Waves about him, but forgot the name he gave me.

Yup, that's me. I'm two blocks from Bruce's shop and haven't been to see him in an Internet age, bad friend that I am. A lot of the collection can be blamed on Bruce. :) Here's some pics shot during a fundraiser we hosted:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kathryn/s ... 7085590732

I keep a somewhat random schedule, so def shoot me an e-mail before. For instance, right now I'm at work for an emergency.


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 Post subject: Re: Extremely cool, and expensive, antique fan
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Tim Mullen wrote:
Yup, that's me. I'm two blocks from Bruce's shop and haven't been to see him in an Internet age, bad friend that I am. A lot of the collection can be blamed on Bruce. :) Here's some pics shot during a fundraiser we hosted:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kathryn/s ... 7085590732

I keep a somewhat random schedule, so def shoot me an e-mail before. For instance, right now I'm at work for an emergency.


AH! So it is you!
I just remembered that I chatted with you a long time back about that amazing Emerson pre-war console TV you acquired, but I never pieced together that you were the one with that awesome collection! I loved the news clip I saw with you giving a quick tour. I like your electic way of displaying everything in steampunk fashion. It's pure eye-candy everywhere you look. I can certainly relate because I have a small apartment filled with 100 vintage TV's, radios, and phono's, plus lots of art-deco and other items. I too try to display it all tastfully and appealing. Not just a dusty junkpile! :)
By the way, by what Bruce said, it's likely that Showcase Antiques will be no more. The lease is up soon and its unlikely it will be renewed. Bruce said he's hoping for new location when the time comes. I actually went to his shop in the '80's when he was in the old Brownstone. It's funny how it was antiques venues that got people going to that area, and it's also what would cause their demise in the area! I bet even the legendary outdoor market will be gone in the near future. That property must be worth a mint these days.


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