200@200 : July — Forward through Innovation
Date:
c. 1902
Title:
Fort Wayne Electric Works Dragon Fan
Description:
The Wood System trademark began appearing on Fort Wayne Electric Light Co. (later known as Fort Wayne Electric Corp. and then Fort Wayne Electric Works) products in 1894, named for the company's chief electrician and inventor James J. Wood. Wood made significant advancements in the design of the motors drastically reducing their size. The company was absorbed by General Electric in 1899 but kept producing under the Fort Wayne Electric name until 1916. This eight inch wall mounted fan with a croquet ball motor is suspended by springs from an arm shaped like a dragon. It was intended to hang in a phone booth and would have originally had a wire cage around the blades. Patented by James J. Wood April 15, 1902, the fan is an example of the advancements Wood made in this technology and is also pictured in a 1907 General Electric Catalog.
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