In Search Of — Vintage Fans

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We're on the hunt for old-school metal fans to keep us cool in style this summer. Photo: Pocketfulofpretty.com

Old-school metal fans keep us cool in style this summer. Photo: Pocketfulofpretty.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “vintage fans” and we’ve got loads of them.

As we pull our fans out for the summer and set them on desks and windowsills, it’s easy to overlook these items as merely functional. In early times, fans were powered by electricity, water or alcohol. Manufacturers created beautiful yet practical fans that were considered part of the stylistic advancement of modern culture. Ready to take the next step in your fan fandom? There’s even an Antique Fan Collectors Association that puts out “The Fan Collector” magazine every other month.

Industrial Oscillating Floor Fan in Chicago, Illinois

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Photo: Krrb.com/laurenadel?auto=format

This industrial, oscillating fan looks film-set ready when paired with a funky chair and retro film boxes.

Find it on Lauren Adel’s Corner. $165.

Silver General Electric Fan in Kansas City, Missouri

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Photo: Krrb.com/VintMod?auto=format

This General Electric table-top fan is still in great working condition. It was passed down in one family and used in a car mechanic’s shop, but ready for a new life on a desk or nightstand.

Find it on VintMod?auto=format‘s Corner. $30.

Newly Re-wired Vintage Fan in Brooklyn, New York

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Photo: Krrb.com/31979?auto=format

Get the best of both worlds with a vintage aesthetic and new re-wiring on this large fan.

Find it on Wcombs‘ Corner. $100.

Robbins & Myers Cage Fan in Baltimore, Maryland

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Photo: Krrb.com/Recycle?auto=format

This vintage fan still spins and oscillates. Clean it up and showcase its metal look.

Find it on BlueCrab Vintage‘s Corner. $47.60.

Emerson Tabletop Fan in Montreal, Canada

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Photo: Krrb.com/18313?auto=format

This St. Louis manufactured fan, runs at three speeds and features metal caging on the back. It still works perfectly.

Find it on urban_handyman‘s Corner. $50.

Vintage Industrial Desk Fan in Brooklyn, New York

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Photo: Krrb.com/trnk?auto=format

Although the fan is non-functional, the design on the metal grate is industrial chic.

Find it on TRNK New York’s Corner. $45.

Arctic Aire Fan in Los Angeles, California

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Photo: Krrb.com/brainworkshome?auto=format

This 1950s desk fan is a powerful little thing. We love the sleek “V” grate design.

Find it on Brainworks Home‘s Corner. $155.

Tall Floor Fan in Brooklyn, New York

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Photo: Krrb.com/thurmania216?auto=format

At only $25, it doesn’t matter that this floor fan doesn’t work. Use it as a prop or get crafty and repurpose it as a lamp.

Find it on thurmania216?auto=format‘s Corner. $25.

 

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