Keely Motor
An invention of John E. Worrell Keely (1837–1898), who
claimed that it was powered by ‘‘vibratory etheric force’’ or cosmic
energy. The motor was developed from what was called a
‘‘Hydro-Pneumatic-Pulsating-Vacuo-Engine.’’
The Keely Motor Association was formed in 1873 with headquarters
in New York, while Keely experimented in Philadelphia.
It developed into the Keely Motor Company, incorporated
the following year.
Keely gave startling test demonstrations of motor force and
other inventions said to use a similar mysterious energy, and
convinced many reputable individuals and investors that his
discoveries were genuine. There was evidence of fraud after his
death, however, and as a result of these disclosures the Keely
Motor Company dissolved.
Sources
Moore, Clara Sophia Bloomfield. Keely and His Discoveries.
London, 1893. Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y. University
Books, 1972.