Monday, June 20, 2011

Keeping Cool & Looking Cool With Vintage Fans

The first American Fans were made from the 1890's, more for industrial purposes, to the 1920's when fans for home use were first sold in America. The were originally made with brass blades and often had brass cages as well. Although they served their purpose and looked nice, they were often considered hazardous because of the very open cages that surrounded the blades. 
The fan evolved to show its design appeal in the late 1930's with the first Art Deco fans made by Emerson called "The Silver Swan". Known for their modern art deco lines and quiet motor, they are still highly desired by collectors today.
Vintage Emerson Silver Swan Fan
Vintage Freshn'ed Air Great Industrial Chic
Fans continued to show the style of the times through the 1940's industrial war era through the 1950's when they were manufactured in bright eye catching popular colors like turquoise. 

Nice Modern Lines

Westinghouse Mobilaire Fan Emblem
1950's Mobilaire by Westinghouse

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