Have you ever seen a picture that you loved, even if you didn’t know why? I came across this picture when writing a previous blog post about retro kitchen appliances.
Then one day, while driving errands, I saw this fan outside a junk shop:
I pulled over, told the kids not to touch anything breakable, and bought the fan from a rather grumpy guy for $18. Not a great deal, I’m sure. But well worth it to me simply because I liked it. I like the color, the deco styling, and hey…it even works!
I became curious about this little fan. So I did a bit of digging, and found that it came from a company called Superior Electric Products Corporation. They were best known for their brand “Superlectric.” Not a high-end brand. They sold a lot of box fans through Sears in their day.
The company was founded in 1922 by a man named Edmund Lawrence Haas. He moved the company to Cape Girardeau in 1938 due to labor troubles. In 1946, Haas sold the company to his son-in-law so he could retire. The son-in-law ran the company until his retirement in 1968 when he sold it to United Industry Syndicate of New York. It ran until 1982.
So, I figure this fan is circa 1960’s. I know it was before 1968 by the sticker on the bottom, but not much before because wires on the screen are closer together than some of the older fans (less of a finger-slicer!). So it looks like my fan and I are of similar vintage. lol
Here it is in my office. Even though the weather has turned cool and I don’t really need to run a fan, I keep it there because, quite frankly, it makes me smile. 🙂
Hmmmm, now that I think about it…that file cabinet is rather vintage as well. Maybe I’ll spice it up with some bold spray paint. What do you think?
Where do you find inspiration?
Great buy I think. We use a little fan i my wife’s office every day. It keeps her cool and the summer and warm in the winter (defying the laws of physics, I’m sure).
What a beautiful color! I adore your fan and office space. Everything works so well together.
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Wow, I woke up this morning and smiled again with all these lovely comments! Julia – like the Apple Green idea! Linda – I’m going to have to remember that quote! Atticmag – I’ll take you on girl! lol
Happy Nester says
The fan was definitely worth dealing with the grumpy man.
It looks fantastic in your room.
I would have fought you for that fan! Dreamy color, which I notice you have an affinity for ;D and the cabinet is a must-paint-now project for certain!!
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Linda aka Heartfire At Home says
Oh yes, buying what you like for no reason other than you like it is always great! I have this favourite quote that I love ….. ‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray’ ~ Rumi ~ I remember that quote when I want to justify a purchase!!!
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Porch Days says
Anything that makes you smile is worth buying! The color is perfect in your office.
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Julia @ Hooked on Houses says
I love old fans like that, and yours looks great in there! The color is perfect. I think you could have a lot of fun with the file cabinet. What color are you thinking? An apple green might be fun… 🙂
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Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I like it! I totally think you should go for the bold paint. 🙂 It looks great in your space. Stopping by from Julia’s party. 🙂
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I love it! My mom found some new, but vintage looking fans, and I was totally jealous. A lot of times old fans can be terrifyingly unsafe so it’s cool she found the old feel with the new safety 🙂
I love the color of yous and it looks great in your space!!
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Marie Cole says
I can see why your new fan makes you smile, I love your fan and the story too! 🙂 I think it was a fabulous find and it looks like a perfect fit for your office as well, yeah!
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Hey, thanks! I needed a little post-purchase reinforcement. I should take you shopping with me next time!
It looks really great, especially with the other accessories you have in your office. I think $18 is just fine if it’s an item you like.