“original fans. modern safety.”
The world's only antique fan museum houses somewhere around 500 antique fans, some dating to the early 1800s. The museum contains some of the earliest battery powered fans, water powered fans, belt and pulley driven fans, ceiling fans, wall fans, desk fans, pedestal fans, and many others. Some years ago, Tom Frampton an avid antique fan collector joined the Antique Fan Collectors Association (AFCA). The AFCA membership has operated a museum since 1997 displaying fans on loan by the membership; this museum was hosted by Vornado Fan Co. in Wichita Kansas. Last year the need to relocate the museum became apparent, and Fanimation made the offer to house it at its facility here in Zionsville. The move and set-up have taken nearly a year but July 23, 2009 saw it open. The museum houses some 450 antique fans some dating to the early 1880's. Tom's own unique collection of fans, are now part of the museum collection as hundreds of antique advertising style hand fans and other memorabilia.
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