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Random Walk: Model of Ingenuity

The 1923 Milburn Model 27L Light Electric car still runs. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.
The 1923 Milburn Model 27L Light Electric car still runs. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.

Last fall Thayer School became the temporary home of a 1923 Milburn Model 27L Light Electric car. On loan for two years from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the car is a reminder that good ideas never grow old. Light and crankless — and therefore easy to operate — the car was revolutionary for its time. And as an electric car, originally powered by 40 Edison-type wet cell batteries, it remains a model of gasoline-free ingenuity. Thayer Overseer Barry MacLean ’60 Th’61, who arranged for the car to be on display in MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, says he hopes the vehicle will be a “stimulus for thinking about alternative energies in the years ahead.”

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