Fanimation has a two pronged approach in bringing product into the market place. First are its original designs and secondly reintroducing antique fans with modern safety and control features; this approach has placed Fanimation in a league of its own but as you might image, it's the antique fans that lead to a museum.
Some years ago, Tom Frampton an avid antique fan collector and owner of Fanimation Fans 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.
For additional highlights of the Antique Fan Museum, visit their web site where you can browse the gallery of museum photos or visit the museum in person to see these relics from the past for yourself. Museum hours are Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Or call to schedule an appointment, 317-733-4113.
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