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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This fan belonged to an elderly client who was downsizing from her big house and moving into a Senior's condo complex. Her children and relatives had gone through everything and taken what they wanted and she was practically giving away the stuff left behind.

    This is a Silex Handybreeze oscillating fan made in Iberville, Quebec, Canada. It has "Catalog #3362H" written on the center plate of the fan and the number 8-861-F S1 stamped into the bottom of the base. I like the Art Deco design of the base and the danger factor - what's with the human inclination to stick one's fingers into the cage of a spinning fan?!

    It's been difficult to find much information on this fan but I think it looks like a 1950s style (one site listed it as 1943, but I think that's too early?). Apparently similar models were manufactured in Chicago, so maybe the Canadian version is harder to find information on?

    I paid $10 for it and it was still in operation up until I paid for it. I felt bad removing her source of cooling on that hot summer day...

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Beautiful fan. And extra points for being an oscillator. The bullet style motor housing says 1950 but it could be from the 40s. Not much was made for the civilian market during the war years though.
      As for the danger factor you would have to stick your fingers in the back end to get injured. Apparently injuries from fans were not common otherwise the safety cage would have been introduced a few decades sooner.

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