Poetry in Motion: The Fanning Hot Air Engine

This hot air pumping engine spent most of its service life about 100 miles south where it was made in Chicago. The Fanning Manufacturing Co. began in the 1890s as the Fanning Cycle Co. and for a time made bicycles before branching out into automobiles and hot air engines. John Wickstom patented this unique and powerful engine in 1900, assigning his patent to Frank and John Fanning. The Fanning brothers' "Economy" hot air engines were made and sold for the next 3 years and very few have survived. The Fannings were thought to have sold their stock and trade to the Thomas & Smith Co. in Chicago which produced similar engines for the next 7 or 8 years.
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