• FA-114743 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Everyday Life
Building Systems and Services
Everyday Life - directions for use
1920 - 1929

Table fan AEG GT22 , 1922


Moving air is a source of refreshment. Along with irons, ventilators are among the first electrical devices developed for the household and workplace.

"Table ventilators do not deliver fresh air or remove bad air, but only serve the purpose of moving the air around the room. In this way, they provide a pleasant cooling effect in the most convenient manner and, being portable electric devices with power cables and plugs, are connected in the same way as standard lamps." (Quote from the price list of the AEG-Union, Vienna, September 1909)

The concept of combining a small electric motor with a fan wheel was relatively simple and promising. Between 1907 and 1914, the architect Peter Behrens was working at the Allgemeine Elektrizitätsgesellschaft AEG as artistic advisor and responsible for product design. He had also contributed to the design of the ventilator. Only minor adaptations were made to the device from 1922 on exhibit at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna technical Museum), probably due to production-related changes.

In the films made in the 1930s and 1950s, the ventilator became an indispensable photogenic climatic accessory. In the meantime, other technology has mostly replaced it as air conditioning tool. Being such a simple solution, however, the ventilator is still widely used for combating heat.

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