Captured: Still life with fan

Still life with fan

The last stop with my friend Dawn on our annual road trip this year was to Stockdale Mill, a restored and functional water-powered flour mill just west of tiny Roann in northern Indiana. Because of Roann’s annual festival in progress, mill tours were operating under extended hours. Our tour guide said that the mill was built in 1857 and ground grain until the early 1960s. New worker-safety rules did the mill in. There’s something inherently dangerous about large quantities of flour in a building made of wood. Flour dust is highly explosive.

I had my Nikon F2AS slung over one shoulder and a Yashica Lynx 14e I’m testing slung over the other. But as I write this, neither roll of film has been processed. I’m glad that my Canon PowerShot S95 was along, too, so I could share images with you more quickly. Not that there’s much to show, as I struggled to make useful images in and around the mill. Maybe some of my film shots will turn out better, but I’m not optimistic. As we passed through what had been the mill office, I spied this old fan. I’m fascinated with old fans, so I took a bunch of shots of it. This one captured the scene well enough.


7 responses to “Captured: Still life with fan”

  1. traveller858 Avatar

    Thank goodness for the “Powershot” and GE.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I just love the GE logo. Hard to believe that GE is about to get out of the appliance business. GE appliances will soon be made by Electrolux.

  2. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    “GE”, “It brings good things to life.” Nice.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And when this fan was made, GE could bring injury to life. Don’t stick your fingers in there when it’s running!

  3. JPC Avatar

    When I was a kid, I remember asking my grandma how come kids didn’t get their fingers chopped off like I was told would happen to me if I got too close to her old fan. Her response was “because kids used to mind.” Ok, then.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My grandma used to tell outright lies to keep me from messing with things. Like, “If you touch this knob, it will explode!” It worked, mostly.

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