How many of you (besides Cole) have seen, found or own any of the JCPenney fans from their catalogs?
These fans were nationally sold through their catalog desk, phone and mail-in orders from 1990 until 2001 yet I have never seen more than 5-models.
I know Cole and I are the only two collectors who actually own two of their many fans. Cole has a 852-1007-02 and I have a Noah's Ark 854-1100.
These fans are rarely listed on eBay and even more rarely made an appearance at any Craigslist. They are not that great, so why are they so difficult to find? Are the owners keeping them for their unique designs? I doubt it.
The one you see listed more often (at eBay) is the Noah's Ark #852-1100 which is a 44-inch 5-blade made by Chien Luen Industries. So, what happen to all the others?
I've seen pics online of fans from their catalogs with slightly variations like different glass shades or different blade colors but never a complete set identical to the ones from the catalogs. Never.
I still see quite a few JCP Fans, mainly the marble fans. There's a green one that's been at a local thrift store for months. I can't recall ever owning a late model JCP fan, though I had a few of their older relabled Moss fans, like the ones pictured in this 1984 Catalog:
I had a #4, it was a cool fan, made by Broan. It was variable speed with a little heat sink similar to Casablancas Slumber Quiet except it worked!
Sometime in the mid 1990's JCP did have a fan display at one of their stores in Illinois. Very similar to the later Montgomery Ward display except none of the fans were active, the lights didn't even have bulbs in them.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2010 20:52:11 GMT -5 by Matthew
I've seen at least one identical to mine on Ebay, not that long ago either. Otherwise I've seen a marble fan or two, and a couple other ones around. I also own a Moss (42" Heirloom type) relabeled as JCPenney.
Perrey, did JC Penney sell Emersons and Palm Aires. My house was built in 1986 and it came with three Palm Air top mount spinners, a wood housing fan (like the one in Holy crap balls return facility thread created by Andrew G.) And a 1895 Series I'm still trying to find out where they ha purchased the fans from.
I'm not aware of their offerings before 1987. I have two catalogs from the early 1980s and another from 1987 and their fans are similar to the ones Matthew posted.
Wish I'd known at the time Perrey, I would've gotten them for you for sure. I just don't like marble fans much at all. I don't see many around anymore, the couple I saw were way back in my early years of CF collecting (late 2006 to 2007).
I've got one of their Moss spinners. I got this one off of Craigslist. I had to get a new wheel and hook to hang it with (I haven't installed it yet). I got those from Envirofan's website. Burried somewhere in a box in my parents' house are some clippings from some of their old catalogs also.
Very true Andrew and I thought about doing that, though I wanted to keep it with the original canopy. If I have some trouble with the new hook I'll just convert it to ball and socket. This makes me think of something unrelated, when did fans go from 1/2" downrods to 3/4" downrods? Almost all fans today come with 3/4" downrods, and I only know of a few vendors who still sell 1/2" downrods.