AC Generator, Used by the International Harvester Company, circa 1895

Summary

By the late 1800s, manufacturers began using electricity to power their factories. Individual machines or groups of machines could be powered by motors -- instead of mechanical drive by networks of lineshaft. Electric generators also powered lights that added hours to the production day. The Milwaukee Harvester Company purchased this alternating current generator in 1895.

By the late 1800s, manufacturers began using electricity to power their factories. Individual machines or groups of machines could be powered by motors -- instead of mechanical drive by networks of lineshaft. Electric generators also powered lights that added hours to the production day. The Milwaukee Harvester Company purchased this alternating current generator in 1895.

Artifact

Electric generator

Date Made

circa 1895

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

31.1039.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Steel (Alloy)
Copper (Metal)
Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 4.917 ft

Width: 5 ft

Length: 6.5 ft

Length: 12 in  (Stroke)

Diameter: 14 in  (Bore)

Horsepower: 112 hp  (83.52 kW)

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