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Ky-Ko kerosene fan. Fan unit made from metal. Has triangular base with curved legs painted black. Mounted on top of stand is a kerosene motor painted silver. Attached to front is a four bladed fan within circular guard. On top is a carry handle.
Brief History
This fan is example of a small kerosene powered appliance, very useful in New Zealand homes before electricity was widely available. The kerosene-powered engine is an example of a hot air engine invented by the Reverend Robert Stirling in Scotland in the early 1800s. Generally simple, easily constructed engines, they convert heat energy into mechanical energy. Stirling engines are noted for their efficiency, quiet operation, and ease with which they can use almost any heat source.

KY-KO fans were manufactured by the Model Engineering Company in London. They were resilient and long-lasting and found a ready market in tropical parts of the British Empire.
KY-KO Embossed
Credit Line
Fan - Kerosene, 1971.104. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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