Electric Fan

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
Object Name
fan, electric
date made
ca 1940
Knapp-Monarch Co.
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
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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