Bookstand composed of two oak rectangles supported by gold painted cast iron base consisting of rod supported by four slender, sloping legs. The imprint AERMOTOR CO CHICAGO and NOYES is visible at the junction of the legs. Oak panels have black paper instructions (illegible) glued to surface. Between boards, strips of red felt glued to center mechanism that consists of hinges and ratchets.
Height: (40 in); Base width: (23.5 in); Base depth: (23.5 in)
This bookstand was made by LaVerne Noyes, a Chicago manufacturer and entrepreneur in the late nineteenth century.
This bookstand is one of the many types of patent furniture developed in Chicago between 1870-1900. It was invented and produced by LaVerne Noyes to hold large, heavy dictionaries. Noyes later established the Aeromotor Company, which became the country's largest manufacturer of windmills.