John Andrews has collected antique fans since the 1970s when he was a musician in Nashville and could not afford air conditioning, and today donates some classic and unique fans to the Hunter Fan Company’s Fan museum here in Memphis. I shot this for the Appeal today and figured I would post these. Some of the fans were pretty neat. For example, the fan in the last photo originally ran on a water driven belt system back around the turn of the 20th Century. I don’t know, but I’ve always appreciated technology from that time period with all the levers, gears and pulleys used to make things work. I mean I find today’s technology cool too, but it’s all circuits and chips hidden behind LCD screens. There’s just something about old things like these fans where you can see how everything works to make the items run that stirs my industrial imagination.
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