Aermotor Windmill, 1898-1899

Summary

Engineer Thomas O. Perry applied knowledge gained through thousands of controlled tests to perfect a steel windmill, introduced in 1888. Competitors downplayed the mathematical precision of Perry’s design, but investments by LaVerne Noyes, a manufacturer in Chicago, and consumer interest in smaller, more durable windmills for less price helped Aermotor windmills become the industry standard.

Engineer Thomas O. Perry applied knowledge gained through thousands of controlled tests to perfect a steel windmill, introduced in 1888. Competitors downplayed the mathematical precision of Perry’s design, but investments by LaVerne Noyes, a manufacturer in Chicago, and consumer interest in smaller, more durable windmills for less price helped Aermotor windmills become the industry standard.

Artifact

Windmill

Date Made

1898-1899

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

90.312.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Diameter: 12.25 ft

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