Sunday, April 24, 2011

1950s General Electric Streamlined Oscillating Fan

In the 1940s and 50s most General Electric fans continued to reflect the streamlined design aesthetic that first surfaced in the 1930s.  This fan is an late example of that design influence, having been manufactured in the late 40s through early 50s.

The long and narrow streamlined motor sits atop a graceful curvelinear steel support that is affixed to the base.  The angle of the fan can be adjusted up and down by adjusting the support shaft to the base - a wingnut on the underside of the fan makes this easy.  The side profile of the fan is particularly impressive, as it shows off the curved support and streamlined motor.

The fan is a one-speed model and can run stationary or oscillate.  A small knob on the top of the fan motor easily engages the oscillator.  The blades are 10" in diameter.

The fan is in remarkable mechanical and cosmetic condition.  The chrome cage is bright and shiny, and the original paint is nearly completely intact with only very minor scuffs.  The four rubber grommets on the bottom of the fan - which are nearly always missing - are present and in excellent condition.  Best of all, the fan runs smoothly and very quietly and disburses a nice, gentle breeze.

An excellent example of streamlined fan design that is ready to use and enjoy.


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