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AmberRose's loves1137 of 8469any info appreciatedAustro-Hungarian Model 1895 Steyr-Mannlicher
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    Posted 7 years ago

    scottvez
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    Any thoughts on what this motor or machine was used for would be appreciated.

    The motor appears on an 1880s- 90s cabinet card that was photographed by Wheat out of Rockford, IL.

    Any help or thoughts on the cabinet card are appreciated.

    scott

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    Comments

    1. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Don't know what the thing is but I like the cab overall.
    2. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 7 years ago
      Probably a factory motor. A leather belt ran on the pulley to a line shaft that could operate a number of machines.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for looking rob and gatekeeper!

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for looking gargoyle and vo!

      scott
    5. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 7 years ago
      I think that might be a belt driven dynamo for producing electricity from a steam engine.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks cultcha and rustfarm!

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for looking racer and vetraio!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for looking hunter.

      scott
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I reason with Rustfarm. The pulley could be driven by a motor or the pulley could be driving a generator. They basically look the same, especially back then.
    10. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Pretty confident it's a generator...

      turn of the century generators
    11. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Sorry that was meant to be a link...my computer being crabby. Google images of turn of the century generators.
    12. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
      early generator of electricity. the power source drove the pulley in front . probably steam powered or even water if right conditions .. i.e a waterwheel .
    13. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
      oops and also wind if a good windmill at hand
    14. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
      Also called a dynamo generator

      https://www.google.com.au/search?q=dynamo&client=firefox-a&hs=hBx&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=cHdtU6eTFcislAXh2YCwBw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=920#channel=sb&q=19th+century+dynamo+generator&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I agree with Amber & Oz. 1st thought when I saw it.
    16. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
      last image a good likeness from the rear
      http://physics.kenyon.edu/EarlyApparatus/Electricity/Generator/Generator.html
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Oops, I left out Rustfarm for credit in my last comment. Not in my bag of marbles, but as I remember about old style motors vs generators, it just which side of the "E gap" the brushes are located on to make the difference so you can't really tell by a pic of the outside.
    18. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for all the great info marty, amber and buss!

      scott
    19. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks much for looking fran.

      scott
    20. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks walks.

      scott
    21. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks cultcha and brunswick.

      scott

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