Who produced commercially electric fans?
The first ELECTRIC FAN to be produced commercially was developed by Dr Schuyler Skatts Wheeler, Chief Engineer of the Crocker & Curtis Electric Motor Co., New York, in 1882. Manufacture commenced the following year, the Company’s earliest models being two-bladed desk fans.
The first oscillating electric fan (gear-driven) was produced in the USA by the Eck Dynamo & Electric Co. in 1908. This type of fan superseded the revolving models which had the disadvantage of blowing the breeze in unwanted directions.
In Britain Commercial production of electric fans was started c. 1888 by B. Verity & Co. of London for supply to GEC and other electrical concerns.