Aermotor Windmill Memorabilia

Great Finds: Collector finds rare dealer plaque in a hardware store sale.


| November 2007



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This dealer plaque has an easel back for countertop display, or could be hung on the wall.

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 

Read more about Aermotor windmills in "Catching the Wind" and "History of the Aermotor Windmill Corporation". 

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