Circa 1897 Edison Iron Clad Telephone Booth Fan. This Amazing Example Was Restored By One Of The Best In The Business. No Expense Was Spared In Achieving This Magnificent Fan. The Motor Was Completely Disassembled And Every Nut And Bolt Polished And Lacquered Or Painted. The Octagonal Motor Housing Features Beautiful Hand Painted Pin Stripes. Brass Blade And Guard Have Been Professionally Polished And Lacquered. The Ornate Wall Bracket Is A Slightly Different Than One Shown In The Original Advertisement.
1898: the glass-back version is replaced by an open-back design: “The Edison iron-clad battery fan outfit... has also been greatly improved. The motor, which carries a 7-inch fan... has been greatly simplified in construction. The improvement consists in the substitution of a small drum commutator for the disk commutator, formerly used in this motor, and the extension of the rear shaft support (carrying the brushes) beyond the iron-clad field, so as to enable the brushes to be easily adjusted.” (Electrical Age, April 16, 1898. Also described in Electrical World, April 2, 1898, and called the “1898 Model” in the 1898 Edison Manufacturing Company catalog.)