Division of the Roosevelt firm of New York City, NY, from 1870s.
A division of the Roosevelt firm of New York City, NY, from the 1870s.
Water motors were a small self-contained version of the traditional mill. They used running water from a pipe rather than a stream to provide mechanical power. Smaller models powered sewing machines, jigsaws, fans, and other similarly mechanized items. The larger water motors were recommended for operating coffee grinders, lathes, and grindstones. They could also be used to operate blowers for pipe organs, an excellent alternative power source in an era when electricity was not yet reliable or even available at all times and days.
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