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Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

Posted by kntryhuman (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 28, 09 at 21:55

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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RE: Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

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.

RE: Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

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.

RE: Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

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

RE: Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

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

RE: Does anyone know about antique attic fans?

"brass plate"

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

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