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The Journey - page 3
By Valerie McGiboney

I now realize it’s not just the fans, it’s what they represent. They are about hard work and sacrifice. People often saved for months or years to be able to acquire one fan for their family. Many of these fans were constructed in conditions that the majority of us today would never work in. Extreme heat, extreme cold, dimly lit rooms-- if not by candlelight in some circumstances. They prevailed through times of war and sometimes were the only major item a family held onto during those tough times. Learning the history of our fans has brought about changes in me that I never expected. I find myself watching television programs from yesteryear and listening to music from a time that is sometimes prior to my own beginning and simply marveling at a period gone by.

Most importantly, I now have an even deeper appreciation and understanding for America and the amazing things her people accomplished --long before the modern conveniences we now enjoy. I still have so much to learn and I no longer anticipate that I will ever possess the extensive knowledge my brother has, but I am indeed happy and grateful for my newfound ‘Vintage Fans’ state of mind.


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