Great Finds: Collector finds rare dealer plaque in a hardware store sale.
It's every collector's fantasy: Happening on to an old, country hardware store's go-ing-out-of-business sale. Peggy Griffin, Grandview, Iowa, stumbled on to just such an event in Morning Sun, Iowa, a couple of years ago, and made a great find there.
Among the treasures at the store she found a dealer plaque for the Aermotor Co., Chicago, manufacturer of windmills and electric pumps, gasoline engines, tanks and towers. "Water where you want it," the plaque reads. "Authorized dealer." The 10-1/2-by-13-1/2-inch plaque was an even greater find, as Peggy's husband, Randy, is a windmill enthusiast.
The Aermotor Co. was founded in 1888 by Thomas O. Perry and LaVerne W. Noyes. The company ultimately became the largest manufacturer of windmills in the U.S. FC
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