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I collect turn of the century stuff, right now I am dabbling in early 1900s fans. This was built by Westinghouse just over 100 years ago. How many of todays fans will exist much less run in 2111?

It needs a good cleaning but you get the idea.



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It's not all about fans.... Here is a site you might like, I picked up a large part of what you see for the owners...

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Thats cool looking fan. I hope you dont have kids or very good insurance hah. I do think the old all metal fans or anything from back in the day that looks crazy(safety wise) compared to what we have now days.

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Looks really cool, always good to know people are salvaging and keeping our history safe for the future.

First thing I thought though was that sure looked like a good easy way to loose a finger for someone who didn't know what they were doing and all.

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It's not all about fans.... Here is a site you might like, I picked up a large part of what you see for the owners...

Our Backyard Museum
That is a very cool place. They have done a very nice job.

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Thats cool looking fan. I hope you dont have kids or very good insurance hah. I do think the old all metal fans or anything from back in the day that looks crazy(safety wise) compared to what we have now days.
I have 4 kids, each of them has had a similarly aged fans in their rooms for years. During the summer they run to help with cooling bills. Not a single one has ever been hurt by the fans. They were taught from a young age that they could get hurt.

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Looks really cool, always good to know people are salvaging and keeping our history safe for the future.

First thing I thought though was that sure looked like a good easy way to loose a finger for someone who didn't know what they were doing and all.
While I have seen others get some pretty nasty cuts I have yet to see or hear of anyone loosing a digit.

It is amazing how much air these fans put off as compared to the new ones with the safety cages.

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Thats very cool. We have one from the early 50s. My wife had old photos stuck in it, in various places.

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As far as safety it is like my moms use to say.

"You'll only do it once"

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how many old people have lost fingers due to these same fans and the like (not many). We need to start teaching kids safety and common sense, not always rely on cages,,,,,,
I used fans not much newer than that as a kid and I still have all of my digits, heck when we got a little older we figured out that you could (on some fans) stick your finger against the blades when moving slow and they would make funny noises

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Besides there is absolutely no way to idiot proof something, since they are always coming out with better idiots by the day
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As far as safety it is like my moms use to say.

"You'll only do it once"
It's kinda like wrapping your fingers around the fan cowl on a late 70's early 80's Volvo...

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how many old people have lost fingers due to these same fans and the like (not many). We need to start teaching kids safety and common sense, not always rely on cages,,,,,,
I used fans not much newer than that as a kid and I still have all of my digits, heck when we got a little older we figured out that you could (on some fans) stick your finger against the blades when moving slow and they would make funny noises
Oh I absolutely agree, just more of a shock when you look at how fans are now vs how they were back then.


Besides there is absolutely no way to idiot proof something, since they are always coming out with better idiots by the day

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