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100 years ago: Ad offers electric fans for sale or rent

June 4, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 4, 1912:

[Poetic advertisement]

"'The Swinging Electric Breeze'

Why sigh for the breeze

That wavering flows

Thro' the trees and leafy glades?

We'll give you the breeze

That steadily flows

From the thrust of whirling blades.

Pay dear if you will

And seek where you can

For breeze worth a prince's dower;

We'll give you your fill

From a 'lectric fan

At less than a-cent-an-hour.

Come in and enjoy the swinging breeze of the celebrated G-E 8-inch oscillating fan.

INDISPENSABLE in Hot Weather.

If you are spending money trying to keep cool in some other way, turn over a new leaf and invest in an --

ELECTRIC FAN.

8-inch Standard, Sale Price $9.25; Rental Price For Season $3.00.

8-inch Oscillating, Sale Price $14.25; Rental Price For Sesason $4.00.

Comments

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Eclectic Estatic Electricity Melt Marbled Members Cool Caustic Casually Clothed Ice Man Cometh He Bringeth and Taketh To Another's Home Borrowed Bothered Blue Iced down parlor too Path From Lawrence to Cottonwood Falls Made in Haste Shared a Taste for Comfort Blessed Chills dressed in Goosebumps

Sarah St. John 2 years, 6 months ago

+1 !!! I hope the AC unit is having a good time down in Cottonwood Falls. One of my favorite little Kansas towns. That courthouse smacks me in the eye every time, even though I know it's going to be there when I come 'round the corner.

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting, you can buy them cheaper than that now. Cheaper parts though.

Sarah St. John 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, they're cheaper now -- but in 1912, they looked like this:

http://gotchafans.blogspot.com/2011/04/1912-general-electric-big-motor-brass.html (scroll down for pretty pictures)

So much brass!

And those huge openings between the guards so that you could stick your hand right in there and get a fine injury. :-)

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