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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Though I've been fairly ill this past month, I felt pretty good yesterday, so I took a long road-trip to a few cities that I've never been to. At an antique-store in one, I found this vintage fan that I'm guessing is later '30s to early '40s. Right now it won't oscillate, and the blades are fairly locked up, but it did turn over at a speed when the owner plugged it in and it broke free of old oil and potential rust.

    Other than a embossed 12 on a metal part, it says nothing anywhere outside except Cardinal as seen on the badge. Not much popped up online, though another one was touted as a Westinghouse product.

    As my Polar Cub project ran into unforseen issues beyond my knowledge of repairing :( , I picked this one up instead and hope to see it in good working order eventually-- with a functional oscillating mechanism.

    Anyone know much on the Cardinal fan line?

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    1. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Searching through Google Books for the style number of another Cardinal fan on the internet, I did find that Westinghouse had the style number in a 1937 and 1939 catalog.
    2. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      It looks like the style is still listed in 1943. But still no historical reference to the Cardinal line-- just the style. ?
    3. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Yes it is a Westinghouse. You have solved your own mystery.
    4. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Not quite yet. I still want to know more about this Cardinal line. Why is it named after the bird? While the style was around in '37-'43, when was Cardinal used? For whom was it made-- Sears and Roebuck?? Stuff like that.
    5. Meowman Meowman, 4 years ago
      <a href=""><img src="" alt="westinghouse cardinal fan"/></a>

      Running the retail price of listed thru the CPI inflation calculator online, this fan would have cost the equivalent of a whopping $61.22
    6. Meowman Meowman, 4 years ago
      looks like "Cardinal" was a brand within Westinghouse, apparently for consumer goods (possibly marketed toward women)<a href=""><img src="" alt="cardinal range"/></a>
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago

    8. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Meowman, thank you. The fan certainly feels like quality-- built like a tank. I couldn't get it apart today. LOL. I got the oscillating gears exposed, but the main motor housing won't separate though I try and try. Perhaps some penetrating oil.
    9. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Vetraio50, thank you. May you also have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Nice one!! A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family SpiritBear!!!!
    11. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Thank you, jscott0363. May you and yours also have a wonderful Christmas.
    12. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Good news: Though I still couldn't get the motor-housing off, I got it oscillating again by cleaning (scraping, really) out the oscillator housing (and oil sponge) and removing a couple gears to clean. At first the blades still didn't want to spin on their own, but after blowing out the dust and dousing the shaft in penetrating oil, it now runs just fine (though it still has a slow start. Will fix that one eventually). As I couldn't get the blades off (yes, I removed the screw and applied oil to those as well) it probably won't be getting a new paint job by me. :(

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