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Engineering InventionFrank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry$
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Frederick Dalzell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001

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Afterword: The Barn

Afterword: The Barn

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Engineering Invention

John Sprague

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This chapter relates the story of the discovery of Frank Sprague's artifacts in a large barn in Branford, Connecticut. One of the most important items found in the barn was Sprague's first stationary electric motor built in 1884. This motor was used to power looms and presses, which had been previously driven by hand, water or steam. It was restored by the Branford Museum and became a centerpiece of its permanent exhibit in the Sprague Building in 1999.

Keywords:   Frank Sprague, stationary electric motor, Branford, Connecticut, Branford Museum, looms, presses, Sprague Building

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