Newark, New Jersey, 1870s-1890s.
Backus Water Motor Company of Newark, New Jersey was a manufacturer of water motors starting in the 1870s.1 The water motor was a miniaturized, self-contained variation of the traditional mill. A pipe supplying water was attached on one side of a turbine case with an out flow pipe on the other. When the water supply was turned on, the turbine blades would spin, turning the central shaft which would turn a belt. Depending on the size of the motor, it could be used to power coffee grinders, drills, small lathes, or fans. The larger models were often used to power a blower for pipe organs before electricity became a reliable and easily available power source.2
Makers of water motors, 1870s.
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