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Gems of the Archive: From Flour to Power

Hello, it’s me again. With just one week of my internship left to go, I thought this would be the right time to look into the future of wind power. Traditional windmills are few and far between, and traditional mills that still operate commercially are rarer still. However, when we think of wind-powered production, wind…

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Trading wind

‘Everything changes, everything progresses…’ This Gem is a trade card, a business card for companies which would have been distributed to clients and potential customers to advertise their products, services and contact details. This card was produced for the French wine company, Byrrh, probably during the 1930s. It was part of a series of trade…

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The Wing Major

‘It consists of a windmill, but one totally different in appearance and principle from all windmills known hitherto.’ This is a Ventimotor, designed by an Artillery Officer to save the German Milling Industry. It is a very early version of an electricity-producing wind turbine. Designed by Major Kurt Bilau, it makes use of principals from…

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A handy mill

Feeding an army in the depths of a Russian winter requires some handy ideas. Handmills like this one were carried by thousands of Swedish soldiers during the Great Northern Wars of the 18th Century. They were used by the Caroleans, the highly professional soldiers of the Swedish Empire. Grain both lasts longer than flour, and…

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