Antique Fan Museum


MUSEUMS.
>>>LIKE MOST 17-YEAR-OLDS, TOM >>>LIKE MOST 17-YEAR-OLDS, TOM
FRAMPTON DID NOT HAVE A PASSION FRAMPTON DID NOT HAVE A PASSION
FOR FANS, BUT WHAT STARTED OFF FOR FANS, BUT WHAT STARTED OFF
AS PART-TIME WORK EVENTUALLY AS PART-TIME WORK EVENTUALLY
TURNED INTO A LIFELONG TURNED INTO A LIFELONG
OBSESSION. OBSESSION.
>>I GOT INTO FANS AS A SUMMER >>I GOT INTO FANS AS A SUMMER
JOB BETWEEN MY JUNIOR AND SENIOR JOB BETWEEN MY JUNIOR AND SENIOR
YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, WORKING FOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, WORKING FOR
AN ANTIQUE DEALER AND EVENTUALLY AN ANTIQUE DEALER AND EVENTUALLY
WE DID SOME ANTIQUE FAN WE DID SOME ANTIQUE FAN
REPRODUCTIONS AND ONE THING LED REPRODUCTIONS AND ONE THING LED
TO ANOTHER, JUST TOOK OFF AND WE TO ANOTHER, JUST TOOK OFF AND WE
ARE IN THE FAN BUSINESS. ARE IN THE FAN BUSINESS.
>>AS THE CASA BLANCA FAN >>AS THE CASA BLANCA FAN
COMPANY CONTINUED TO GROW, TOM COMPANY CONTINUED TO GROW, TOM
BUILT HIS CAREER, WORKING UP BUILT HIS CAREER, WORKING UP
FROM SWEEPING FLOORS, TO LEADING FROM SWEEPING FLOORS, TO LEADING
THE CUSTOMIZED FAN DEPARTMENT. THE CUSTOMIZED FAN DEPARTMENT.
IN 1996, CASABLANCA WAS SOLD BUT IN 1996, CASABLANCA WAS SOLD BUT
HE STRUCK A DEAL TO TAKE THE HE STRUCK A DEAL TO TAKE THE
CUSTOM FAN DIVISION HIMSELF AND CUSTOM FAN DIVISION HIMSELF AND
FANOMATION WAS BORN. FANOMATION WAS BORN.
>>WE SPECIALIZE IN HIGH-END >>WE SPECIALIZE IN HIGH-END
SPECIALTY FANS, INTERESTING SPECIALTY FANS, INTERESTING
LOOKS INTERESTING MEANS OF LOOKS INTERESTING MEANS OF
OPERATION. OPERATION.
WE DO A MIXTURE BUT MORE AND WE DO A MIXTURE BUT MORE AND
MORE WE DO ORIGINAL DESIGN BUT MORE WE DO ORIGINAL DESIGN BUT
STILL DRAW FROM THE PAST. STILL DRAW FROM THE PAST.
WE HAVE A HUGE LINE OF TROPICAL WE HAVE A HUGE LINE OF TROPICAL
FANS USING PALM LEAVES AND FANS USING PALM LEAVES AND
WICKER AND BAMBOO, FANS THAT WICKER AND BAMBOO, FANS THAT
HAVE BLADES THAT DISAPPEAR, HAVE BLADES THAT DISAPPEAR,
MECHANICALLY INTERESTING FANS, MECHANICALLY INTERESTING FANS,
FANS THAT GO BACK AND FORTH. FANS THAT GO BACK AND FORTH.
>>BUT TOM DOESN’T JUST MAKE >>BUT TOM DOESN’T JUST MAKE
FANS. FANS.
HE’S AN AVID FAN COLLECTOR AND HE’S AN AVID FAN COLLECTOR AND
THE CURATOR OF THE ANTIQUE FAN THE CURATOR OF THE ANTIQUE FAN
MUSEUM, LOCATED AT THE MUSEUM, LOCATED AT THE
FANOMATION HEADQUARTERS. FANOMATION HEADQUARTERS.
THEY RELOCATED HERE IN 2009 AND THEY RELOCATED HERE IN 2009 AND
IS COMPRISED OF FANS ON LOAN IS COMPRISED OF FANS ON LOAN
FROM 60 MEMBERS OF ANTIQUE FAN FROM 60 MEMBERS OF ANTIQUE FAN
COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION. COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION.
FOR TOM, IT PROVIDES PLENTY OF FOR TOM, IT PROVIDES PLENTY OF
NOSTALGIC INSPIRATION TO CREATE NOSTALGIC INSPIRATION TO CREATE
THE NEXT GREAT FAN. THE NEXT GREAT FAN.
>>FANS GO BACK TO THE EGYPTIANS>>FANS GO BACK TO THE EGYPTIANS
IF YOU CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE IF YOU CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE
FANNING THE PHARAOH. FANNING THE PHARAOH.
IN MORE RECENT YEARS YOU MAY IN MORE RECENT YEARS YOU MAY
HAVE SOME FANS ALL PULLEY DRIVEN HAVE SOME FANS ALL PULLEY DRIVEN
AND SOMEBODY IN THE BASEMENT OR AND SOMEBODY IN THE BASEMENT OR
SOMEBODY IN THE OTHER ROOM SOMEBODY IN THE OTHER ROOM
CHURNING A CRANK, PEDALING TO CHURNING A CRANK, PEDALING TO
POWER THE FANS. POWER THE FANS.
PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II, THERE PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II, THERE
WERE 600 DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS WERE 600 DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS
OF FANS. OF FANS.
YOU WOULD THINK THERE WOULD HAVE YOU WOULD THINK THERE WOULD HAVE
BEEN A HANDFUL. BEEN A HANDFUL.
IN THE MUSEUM, WE HAVE ABOUT 160 IN THE MUSEUM, WE HAVE ABOUT 160
REPRESENTS. REPRESENTS.
SO WE ARE MISSING MOST OF THEM. SO WE ARE MISSING MOST OF THEM.
THE FANS THAT ARE LOANED TO THE THE FANS THAT ARE LOANED TO THE
MUSEUM FROM THE GENERAL MUSEUM FROM THE GENERAL
MEMBERSHIP COME AS THEY ARE. MEMBERSHIP COME AS THEY ARE.
SOME COME RESTORED. SOME COME RESTORED.
SOME COME ORIGINAL. SOME COME ORIGINAL.
MOST OF THE FANS I PUT IN HERE MOST OF THE FANS I PUT IN HERE
HAVE BEEN RESTORED. HAVE BEEN RESTORED.
IT’S JUST MY PARTICULAR TASTE. IT’S JUST MY PARTICULAR TASTE.
I HAVE A PRETTY UNUSUAL I HAVE A PRETTY UNUSUAL
COLLECTION. COLLECTION.
I ALSO COLLECT ANTIQUE HAND FANS I ALSO COLLECT ANTIQUE HAND FANS
WITH ADVERTISING, BUT TO BE ABLE WITH ADVERTISING, BUT TO BE ABLE
TO HOUSE SUCH A GREAT COLLECTION TO HOUSE SUCH A GREAT COLLECTION
IN MY OWN BUILDING, I MEAN, HOW IN MY OWN BUILDING, I MEAN, HOW
COULD YOU PASS UP SUCH AN COULD YOU PASS UP SUCH AN
OPPORTUNITY? OPPORTUNITY?
>>AND THE COLLECTION CONTINUES >>AND THE COLLECTION CONTINUES
TO GROW WITH OVER 450 FANS DATED TO GROW WITH OVER 450 FANS DATED
AS EARLY AS THE 1880s. AS EARLY AS THE 1880s.
IN THE NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL BE IN THE NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL BE
EXPANDING THE MUSEUM, ADDING A EXPANDING THE MUSEUM, ADDING A
SECOND FLOOR AND PLENTY OF NEW SECOND FLOOR AND PLENTY OF NEW
FINDS WHICH FOR TOM CONTINUES TO FINDS WHICH FOR TOM CONTINUES TO
DRIVE HIS PASSION. DRIVE HIS PASSION.
>>COLLECTING FANS IS LIKE >>COLLECTING FANS IS LIKE
EATING POPCORNS OR CRACKERS OR EATING POPCORNS OR CRACKERS OR
POTATO CHIPS. POTATO CHIPS.
I THINK ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT I THINK ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT
THAT’S A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT THAT’S A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT
TO GET, IT’S A LITTLE MORE TO GET, IT’S A LITTLE MORE
SATISFYING. SATISFYING.
THE HUNT FOR THE FAN OFTEN HAS THE HUNT FOR THE FAN OFTEN HAS
AN INTERESTING STORY. AN INTERESTING STORY.
I DON’T WANT THE EASY PICK. I DON’T WANT THE EASY PICK.
I GUESS IT’S MY ECLECTIC I GUESS IT’S MY ECLECTIC
PERSONALITY, BUT I PREFER THE PERSONALITY, BUT I PREFER THE
UNUSUAL. UNUSUAL.
THE HARDER THE HUNT, THE MORE THE HARDER THE HUNT, THE MORE
DIFFICULT, THE MORE CHALLENGING, DIFFICULT, THE MORE CHALLENGING,
IT JUST MAKES THAT MUCH MORE IT JUST MAKES THAT MUCH MORE
FUN. FUN.
I WOULD LIKE TO GET MYSELF TO I WOULD LIKE TO GET MYSELF TO
CUBA, THEY HAVE BEEN EMBARGOED CUBA, THEY HAVE BEEN EMBARGOED
FROM AMERICAN PRODUCTS SINCE FROM AMERICAN PRODUCTS SINCE
1961. 1961.
SO THERE’S GOT TO BE A LOT OF SO THERE’S GOT TO BE A LOT OF
GREAT FAN ANTIQUES THERE, BUT IF GREAT FAN ANTIQUES THERE, BUT IF
IT’S OUT THERE

4 Replies to “Antique Fan Museum”

  1. I’m a fan of portable fans. This museum would be like being in a candy store for me. However, I have found some great finds at my local Swapmeet where I have found some built in the USA heavy-duty fans, although neglected over the years, are easy to repair and perform like new! It’s time to bring back real fans, which were all made in the USA! None of this cheap, flimsy Chinese junk (not the boat)!

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