the earliest days of European settlement, Americans have cherished the
sight of a windmill—an instantly recognizable feature of the
American landscape. Boasting nearly two hundred striking images, this
book is the first devoted to photographs illustrating historic wind
machines throughout North America.
T. Lindsay Baker, an expert historian on windmills, has written about
wind-power history for twenty-five years. His album contains historic
images captured by professional windmiller B. H. “Tex”
Burdick and from corporate archives of windmill manufacturers. It
depicts windmills in a wide range of settings and uses—not only
on ranches and farms but also alongside railroads, in industry, and
even in urban areas.
chosen for this book illustrate windmill manufacture,
distribution, and use in all regions of the United States, with an
emphasis on the Great Plains.
They take us into the factories to show how commercial windmills were
mass-produced and marketed—and also into rural America to show
inventive individuals designed their own homemade wind machines.
An introduction by photography historian John Carter provides an
overview of the importance of windmills in rural life and
compulsion for photographing them.
An Album of Historic Photographs
by T. Lindsay Baker
of Oklahoma Press,
Out of the Past