Made after McGraw-Edison purchased Bersted Electric Company in 1957. This fan has a medium aquamarine (or teal) finish with a fast moving 8 inch diameter aluminum blade that sounds much like a prop airplane. Didn't come with a switch originally, but now it has one installed inline on the electric cord. The paint has a lacquer clear coat applied to protect the smooth finish. The chrome plating on the cage is near perfect and shows no sign it ever had any corrosion.
Front view without the front badge attached. Originally, the blade was held on with a hex nut with an aluminum cone that had tabs that fit into the narrow slots near the center of the blade. When you remove the cone the tabs will most likely break. The acorn nut seen here is a good alternative to the original hex nut.
The hardware had no corrosion in its original unrestored state and has been cleaned and polished. A tiny amount of mineral oil has also been rubbed on the pieces in order to protect them from future corrosion. The black hole above the center shaft is for oiling the rotor and should have three drops added for every season of use. This includes to back of motor hole labeled "OIL".
A super blow up of the front badge. The magnification makes the badge look rough, but it is not. All of the lettering is intact. At normal viewing distance the badge is very smooth and shiny. It has been attached loosely for easy removal and doesn't rattle when the fan is operating.
In order to service the unit the rear cone needs to be removed in order to remove the nuts that not only hold the cage on, but the motor assembly too.
Flash photography makes the fan look much lighter tha it really is. The grommet that goes into the motor housing has shrink tubing to cover some wound electrical tape that keeps the cord snug. The result looks very smooth and enhances the quality of the fan.
The hole in the back of the base is for hanging the fan on a wall. A little out of vogue for the time period since air conditioning was common place in the 1960's.
The original stabilizing feet have been replaced with hard rubber plumbling washers. Notice that the inside of the rivets that hold them on have been painted. The other side of the rivets have been polished and clear coated with lacquer.
The plug is rubber with a hard plastic center the holds the polished blades. The replacement cord has some electrical tape wound at the plug end and is covered with shrink tubing for a smooth look. Helps hold the cord tight.
Original motor windings after peeling off the corroded insulating tape that kept the windings together. Unserviced, the windings will bend and flex as the motor runs and eventually cause an electrical short that will damage the motor permanently.
The first step in reinsulating this motor is to tie down the windings on all sides. This was accomplished with waxed dental floss. Apparently this method is endorsed by other professional motor winders.
The next step is to reinsulate the windings then tie down the headwires.
Lastly, reinsulated the entire set of windings giving extra attention where the headwire meets the windings. Performing this on the front side of the fan proved difficult since the stator cannot be removed without damaging the motor housing. The stator is crimped into the housing. The rotor seen here has been polished. Includes the original tube spacers which happen to be in excellent shape plus additional rubber, nylon and fiber washers that have been modified in order to place the rotor in the exact correct position without any more than a sixteenth of an inch of play.
The back side of the motor has been polished. The oil reservoirs have wicks that have been cleaned and filled with light non-detergent motor oil. The porous self aligning bearings are in excellent condition and show little wear. The plastic wire lugs are original to the fan. Strangely enough, this fan is better than it was when it was new.
Eskimo Single Speed Model 081005, McGraw-Edison Company, Bersted Division, Circa 1962
A collection of images from a restored vintage electric fan. Has a high speed 2 pole motor and light aluminum blade that spins up to 3600 r.p.m. (assuming no load or asynchronous induction slip). The effective range for this fan is 2-8 feet and is perfect as a desktop fan.
An inexpensive "drug store" fan that was made as a cheap alternative to more feature filled, higher quality electric fans. Built with planned obsolescence in mind, this low quality fan of its time is actually considered to be of high quality today. Probably only cost $10 in the mid 1960's. Not a collector's item, but one of the few fans that is easy to work on and still very affordable in good condition.
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Valued in the range of $55 - $70.