Retro desk fans are found in polished silver, muted green, cherry red, yellow, blue, copper and black, depending on the manufacturer. Most try to imitate the color schemes seen back in the 1940s and 1950s when these fans were popular.
The Vornado Company produced the original table fans, along with hassock fans. The latter were floor fans that were fitted inside steel footstools. Though the firm no longer makes the hassock fans, Vornado offers retro table fans, called circulators, in silver, green and cherry red. The company stayed true to the old-fashioned design, including the use of metal for construction instead of plastic.
The Deco Breeze Company markets retro fans in copper, red, merlot and stainless steel. These are simple circles with a wire cage on both sides covering the fan blades. It's one of the simpler designs from the mid-20th century.
Fanimation offers the Urbanjet, a retro fan that looks like a jet airplane engine. These are a nod to the early days of flight and come in baby blue, milk ivory, spicy red, sonic silver and mysterious black. The bullet shaped top oscillates back and forth. Fanimation fans are available from dealers in the United States, Canada and many other countries.