Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

kntryhumanMarch 28, 2009

We were given an old house. I've traced it back as far as 1903 when a Presbyterian Church sold it to an individual. The tax records stop there because it was a tax free entity.

There was an old ventilation fan, no motor, in the attic with this info stamped on it.

Jackson Hi-Volume Fan

Timken Bearing Equipped

Model - VSB4250

Serial - VC425-1294

I'm trying to find out approx. when the fan was made so I can get a better idea of when my house was built.

Here is a link that might be useful: PHOTOS

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kframe19

My guess is that fan is post WW II.

I sincerely doubt that a fan would have been installed in the house in 1903. That was really the dawn of electricity, and depending on where your house is located, it might not have had electricity until as late as the 1930s, when the Rural Electrification Association got electricity to a lot of rural areas.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 2:32AM
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joed

Electric probably wasn't even in that house in 1903 so the fan would be a later instal and not be of any use getting the date of the house.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 8:57AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

What does the brass plate on the motor say? That may have some info on manufacturer, serial number, patent dates.
Casey

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 11:11AM
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concretenprimroses

Cute house! Hope you install a modern attic fan, they are great!
kathy

    Bookmark   March 31, 2009 at 6:58PM
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brickeyee

"brass plate"

The use of actual brass (most are aluminum now) would help place it generally to pre-WWII.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 4:30PM
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