The design, engineering and manufacturing of fans is the perfect blend of an age-old craft and modern technological advances. No where is the evolution of this more beautifully illustrated than in our Antique Fan Museum. You’ll be able to see how we bring together antique designs and twenty-first century control and convenience to put Fanimation fans in a league of their own.
The AFCA membership has operated a museum since 1997 displaying fans on loan by the membership.
A FEW OF THE MUSEUM'S HIGHLIGHTS
- More than 2000 antique ceiling and desk fans, representing over 140 manufacturers
- Oldest electric desk fan in the museum dates back to the 1890s
- Oldest non-electric fans (steam, belt-and-pulley or water-powered) dates back to the 1880s
- Only dedicated antique ceiling and desk fan museum in the world open to the public
- Approximately 750 AFCA members worldwide
- Highlights include earliest battery-powered fans, water-powered fans, steam-powered fans, belt-and-pulley fans, alcohol-powered fans, wind-up fans, electric handheld fans, ceiling fans, wall fans, desk fans, pedestal fans, rail car fans
- Hundreds of handheld fans featuring advertising from manufactures, retailers, politicians and movie stars
- Museum hosted by Fanimation, Inc a premier ceiling fan manufacturer in the world
THE ANTIQUE FAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION
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 2000 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.