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First year Artic Aire Fans (1939)?


Doug Wendel
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I have these two early Arctic Aires fans, a small one and the medium one -- 9" & 12" I think.  I've had them forever.  They are super art-deco, and complete but for typical roughness.  I'm not sure if they run, but the cords are toast for sure. I've only ever seen a handful of these early models and was hoping to learn more info.  I could be mistaken, but I believe them to be 1939, first year/model for these fans.  They are distinguished by the oscillator engagement knob being recessed into the rear motor cover -- very streamlined.  That's about all I know, so I'd love to hear from the experts.  Are they any good?  Worth restoring?  I haven't tried to restore a fan this new in ages.  I don't like pot metal, phenolic gears, or any other self-destructo parts.  Are they are things to look out for?  Did they only made this design for one year because it sucked (I know Fasco made later variations for many years)?  Thanks, fan dudes and fan dudettes! 

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Hey Doug, 1939 was the first run where they used date codes, 1939 = Z, but they were around before then. I like Fascos & have a number of them. They were very well built fans for the middle class market. I especially like the ones like yours with the oscillator wheel protruding & the gooseneck base. Were they of the same quality as the big three, no, but they were very well built fans. I don't think the 16" came until the later 30s.

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             10 Jul 1911 Rochester (NY) Daily Record

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First year Artic Aire Fans (1939)?

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Don't know what to say about this one; possibly they tried branching into all types of cooling, but it's dubious, and I can't confirm.....

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6 hours ago, Steve Rockwell said:

First year Artic Aire Fans (1939)?

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Electrical Merchandising Week - Volumes 47-48 - Page 58

 
 
1932 · ‎Snippet view
FOUND INSIDE – PAGE 58
Arctic - Aire Fan An 8 - in . non - oscillating fan , with in-duction type motor, for use on 110- volt, 60 - cycle alternating current, has been brought out by the F. A. Smith Manufacturing Company , Rochester , N. Y.
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My Early Arctic Aires, the Red'Black? brass Badges are super nice!

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                                                           13 Jul 1932

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