I'm old enough to remember when that name was as well know in American homes as is Saddam Hussein is today.
As am I. I remember during WWII, that our garbage pickup man used a mule-drawn wagon -- and he called his two mules, "Hitler" and, "Tojo" -- and he cussed them a lot!!! '-)
That does not mean that the fan is not a valuable historical document. (It was presented to the old Nipponjin who gave it to me ["I presento-you in memory of my GI drinking buddy!"] as a commendation for valor...)
Japanese who have seen it invariably say, "Ah! Takai desu!!" ("Very precious!!")