Unusual 6 blade fan completely restored in black lacquer. Has a stamped steel body with an open motor design and many brass accents.
The front badge is a reproduction made from a water slide decal. It has been clear coated with lacquer to protect it.
Front of the fan without the decal badge. The "Breeze Spreader" was an optional attachement and cost about $1.
The solid brass emblem in the center is not original to the fan and is used to reinforce the structure of the cage. Very solid and quite tough. Without it the pot metal center would crumble lke many Victor fans of this type have.
The fins are used to distribute air evenly so an oscillator is not necessary.
Left side view.
Right side view.
Top angled view that reveals some wax on the cage that was cleaned up later.
Back side angled view reveals the motor housing only covers part of the stator and appears to be a little futuristic for the time. The outside of the stator was polished and coated in a specialized clear lacquer. The motor windings have been reinsulated.
The back of the motor housing where one of the oil cups reside is made from pot metal. Most of these are cracked and crumbling. This one has been repaired with high grade epoxy and is very tough. No evidence a repair was ever done. A very smooth finish.
Has brass oil cups and a small oil filler with cap.
The blades have been polished and are very shiny. The square nuts appear to be original to the fan and have been clear coated.
There are discolorations in the blade that look like scuffs or scratches. Have sanded and polished, but they don't seem to go away. Not sure the imperfections in the blades can be polished out.
Restored spreader with copper plated spring. The spring has also been clear coated.
Spreader side view. Very smooth and reflective.
Closeup of the fins.
The cord is a replacement and is an 18 gauge brown rayon covered copper wire. The switch is very old, but not sure if it is original to the fan.
Replacement for the bottom plate. Not sure what the original ever looked like. This one is nice and has rubber grommet inserts.
The bottom from another "Victor Breeze Spreader" probably manufactured circa 1933-1935. The bottom looks like carboard, but is probably stamped steel with a felt bottom. Have seen more than 60 of these type fans and this is the only example seen of what the bottom may have orginally looked liked.
Photograph of the front of the fan with badge decal.
Another photograph of the front of the fan with badge decal.
1930 "Victor Fan" advertisement closely resembles the electric fan in this gallery.
1932 "Victor Fan" advertisement also closely resembles the electric fan in this gallery. The advertisement states this fan eliminates "dangerous drafts". How dangerous are drafts of air anyways? Notice how the price of the fan is significantly greater than the retail price.
Another 1932 "Victor Fan" advertisement also closely resembles the electric fan in this gallery. Notice how the price of the fan is significantly lower than the previous advertisements.
Victor Airplane Breeze Spreader 12" Aluminum 6 Blade Fan, Circa 1932
A collection of images from a restored depressionary era electric fan which was made around 1932 (possibly as early as 1930). A single speed stationary fan with a screw on blade. Has the optional breeze spreader attachment so that an oscillator is not needed. Has a black lacquer finish and a lot of shine. Very odd looking piece of engineering whose design and build look a little futuristic for its time. Moves a lot of air with its very fast motor and sounds a little like a World War I biplane. There is another model of this type called the "Breeze Spreader" and is a later model than the one in this gallery.
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Valued in the range of $375 - $525.