Electric Fan

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Portable, electric tabletop folding fan. Circular, aluminum wire guard and back, four fan blades, aluminum-plated iron, U-shaped bent wire stand that folds up when not in use, three spherical rubber feet. Electrical motor is encased in blue sheet metal, semi-sphere in shape, with vents in back, black on/off knob. Attached power cord is heavily deteriorated, black rubber with black molded plastic two-pronged plug.
Sticker adhered to the motor casing is printed: “KWIK WAY/FOLD-UP/PAT NOS [illegible] 02,056 – 2,091,158/115 V .5 AMP 60 CYC. A.C. ONLY/REG. U.S. PAT. OFF./CAT. NO. K-151-0/MFD. BY KWIKWAY CO. ST. LOUIS, U.S.A./UL”; electrical housing is scratched with the number: “20911”
2,091,158: August 24, 1937, Eugene Newnham, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Company, Belleville, Illinois, for “Fan blade and faring structure”
This fan is from the Hoover Company Sample collection, North Canton, Ohio, including samples by Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis (Missouri), which was bought by Hoover in 1969. It is noted: “Hoover Company Collection tag Sample 20911/Rec’d. Apr. 72/Model 150-0”; “Knapp-Monarch tag: “Table Wall Anywhere Fan…Year 1940”; neither of these tags are attached to the object, but the sample number referenced is scratched into the electrical housing.
Maker is the Knapp-Monarch Company for Kwikway Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, was founded in 1925 as A.S. Knapp and Company, not as a manufacturer, but to sell products. The company merged with manufacturer Monarch Company of Webster City, Iowa, in 1928. A large portion of Knapp-Monarch’s business was the manufacturing of products for private brands. In 1969 the company was acquired by the Hoover Company.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1940
Knapp-Monarch Co.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5 3/8 in x 10 in x 9 1/8 in; 13.6525 cm x 25.4 cm x 23.1775 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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