January 27, 2010Zionsville, Indiana---Listen up, avid antique fan collectors: Your Mecca beckons. Prominent innovative and upscale ceiling fan manufacturer FANIMATION has celebrated the relocation of the Antique Fan Collectors Association (AFCA) Museum to its Zionsville, Indiana facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 23rd. The museum is the only dedicated antique ceiling and desk fan museum open to the public in the world, according to the AFCA.
In addition to developing a wide range of original and energy efficient designs, FANIMATION has carved out a niche for itself by reintroducing antique fans with modern safety and control features.
The opening of the museum is the culmination of a longtime hobbyist and founder Tom Frampton. Some years ago, Mr. Frampton, an avid fan collector, joined the Antique Fan Collectors Association.
According to Mr. Frampton, "The AFCA membership has operated a museum since 1997 displaying fans on loan by its membership. This museum was hosted by Vornado Fan Company in Wichita, Kansas, and when the need to relocate became apparent last year, we were proud to to house the museum at our Zionsville facility."
One year later, and the antique fan museum is now open. According to Nathan Frampton, Tom's son and President of FANIMATION, "The museum houses more than 450 antique ceiling and desk fans with over 140 manufacturers represented, including some of the earliest battery operated fans, water powered fans, steam powered fans, belt and pulley driven fans, alcohol powered fans, and wind-up fans. It also includes electric handheld fans, ceiling fans, wall fans, desk fans, pedestal fans, rail car fans and fans that don’t even look like fans. It's quite a display."
The oldest electric desk fan in the museum dates back to the early 1890s, and the oldest non-electric fans date back to the early 1880s.
The museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, daily from Monday through Friday.
Since its inception in 1984, FANIMATION has become an acknowledged leader in the industry by creating and producing refreshingly innovative ceiling fans for a wide variety of venues. The company's founder and CEO, Tom Frampton, is well known for his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Tom began FANIMATION in his garage, with three fan designs. Tom's son, Nathan, currently serves as President of the company. With numerous fan blade, lighting, finishing and accessory options, the number of custom options is practically limitless.
From the start, the company's benchmark designs have set the standard for the industry, including: the cool tropical look of The Islander®, featuring the Original Palm Leaf Fan Blade®; The Palisade® with its vertical rotation design; and The Punkah®, sporting a side-to-side, synchronized motion.
The growth of FANIMATION's outstanding collection of fans has been nothing short of spectacular. Through the years, the company has grown its collection to include a wide array of fan designs and accessories.
From the traditional flavor of The Americana®, to the nostalgic feel of The Bourbon Street® and The Old Havana®, to the amazingly contemporary, single-blade fan, The Enigma®, FANIMATION's product line reflects the growth, diversity and innovation that characterizes every FANIMATION fan.
FANIMATION is dedicated to creating and manufacturing high-quality ceiling fans that are as functional as they are expressive. The development of its product line throughout the 26-year history reflects its number one priority — the satisfaction of their customers.
For more information, contact FANIMATION:
10983 Bennett Parkway , Zionsville, Indiana 46077
Tel. 888.567.2055, 317.733.4113
Fax 866.482.5215, 317.733.4162