Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fans

fan:
an apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation.

I love fans. These days there is one running in just about every room in the house. Window fans and floor fans. In older days when there wasn't a grill to block the sharp blades, people would put ribbons on the fan to remind everyone to watch out! At least I think that's what the ribbons were for. If there is another reason, please let me know. Anyhow, a few years back I began putting ribbons on our summer fans. I also love ribbons, and don't get to see or use them nearly enough so this is a grand opportunity to enjoy them, and to bring a little of the past into modern life.


10 comments:

  1. Nan, you are in fact a fan of fans...
    I think you must be right about the reason for the ribbons. A very sensible idea, pretty too.

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  2. I just *knew* someone would say this, and I almost did myself. :<) Thank you for coming by, rattling on.

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  3. What a great idea. I love ribbon also.

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  4. Ooh! What a great -- and pretty -- idea. I'd totally copy you and tie some onto my bedroom fan if I didn't fear it would encourage our three cats to become interested in something I'd prefer they continue to ignore.

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  5. My grandmother featured a display of old interesting things at a big birthday party-maybe her 85th. One of the things she featured was a fan that my Grandfather purchased to cool her off during labor. She was the first in the neighborhood to have such a fan. It doesn't have a safety grill.

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  6. Hip Chick, if I did crafts or sewing, I'd use ribbon all the time - the silky, thick kind.

    Sprite, my cats haven't even noticed. :<) But then again, these are floor fans.

    Sarah, that's a wonderful story. I'm quite sure the fans of my childhood were metal and I don't recall grills. I think the party idea is a great one - I've never heard of it but what a great way to really show the past. Of course those of us who don't keep things would be at a loss to display items. :<)

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  7. We have a fan upstairs just outside of all the bedrooms. It's really for Annie-Dog during the day since we don't usually run the a/c while we're at work (not that we've needed it much this summer!). I like the idea of the ribbons, but our timid dog would probably be afraid of them. She's afraid of the camera and oven (gas). Silly pup.

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  8. My mother taught me to be afraid of gas stoves, too, Les :<)

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