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    Posted 3 years ago

    fortapache
    (2027 items)

    Possibly the most powerful of my fans. At full speed it knocks over pots and pans and anything else weighing less than a pound. May knock over a few other things weighing more depending on the shape. If I recall correctly it has three speeds.
    Sadly the name plate has been painted over so I can't tell the model number. GE made the Vortalex in the 16" blade size until 1950 although later models had a different badge. Did see one model with the same badge made from 1946-1947. Could be earlier, there are subtle differences between the different models.
    The battleship gray color is not unusual with these fans although I have not seen another in this color with the brass badge. Aside from the name plate being painted over the badge and handle do not have signs of being repainted so I think it is the original paint.
    The oscillator device is rather massive.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Great fan!! A couple of years ago, I bought a new fan that had the retro design of a fan like this. It had a great retro look and appeared to be well made. The motor burned up in less than a year. They certainly don't make them like the one you have any more!
    2. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much Scott. Do not expect anything new to last 70 years.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much Thomas. I am happy to post the post.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      mikelv85
      TassieDevil
      jscott0363
      brunswick
      racer4four
      pops52
      AmatoorPikr
      thegatherer
    5. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      Manikan
      lisa
      blunderbuss2
      Caperkid
      SEAN68

    6. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you aura.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you Trey.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      Recordmantime
      AzTom

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