The hand fan has been described as the mobile phone of the 17th century. Think about all the ways mobile phones are used today other than for making phone calls: storing information; connecting to the internet; playing games and music; and even as a reflection of the owner’s wealth and status. The hand fan has survived for thousands of years by similarly adapting to fit a variety of needs. The hand fan went from a simple tool for creating a breeze to works of art owned by royalty, souvenirs of historic events, cheap paper versions used as advertisements, and street fans showing a unique liaison between street art and fan making. And then there are the myriad uses of the mechanical fan. Human ingenuity and adaptability are seen in our tools, so the parallel between fans and mobile phones is hardly unique.