As seen in Antiques & Art Around Florida, Summer/Fall 1998
Gyro ceiling fans looked like two desk fans facing in opposite directions with the whole thing spinning around in the center of the room!
As decor changed, so did fans - from elaborate, gilt-decorated cast iron fans of the Victorian era such as Mestons, to Art Deco inspired, streamlined models with polished aluminum of the 1930s such as Emersons Silver Swan. When floor lamps become popular, so did floor fans. Fans were also mounted on the tops of columns or poles, or on the walls and ceilings. Hassock fans that sat in the center of the room and sent cool breezes in every direction became popular in the 1950s.
Desk fan blades could be made of steel, brass, aluminum, or micarta in sets of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Cages could be steel, brass, or aluminum.
Ceiling fans include Emersons fern leaf, GEs oak leaf and grape leaf, Daytons ornate, Westinghouses sidewinder, Centurys long-nose, and, of course, Hunter, which is still around today.
The American Fan Collectors Association (AFCA) is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of an important part of American history. Examples of these fans can be seen at The Museum of the American Fan Collectors Association, housed in the lobby of Vornado Air Circulation Systems in Andover, Kansas, just outside of Wichita.
Todays collectibles include ceiling, floor, wall, and desk fans from the 1880s through the 1960s. These fans are collected by AFCA members around the country and the world. There are members in Singapore, Uruguay, England, Canada, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.
Visit the AFCAs website at http://www.fancollectors.org or contact Nancy J. Taussig, Executive Director, American Fan Collectors Association, P.O. Box 5473, Sarasota, FL 34277 or call 941-388-5513.
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