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Answered 2011-09-17 17:42:54

Pinwheels were used to scare off birds from gardens. Aside from being decorative they also kept flies and other pesky flying bugs away from outdoor meals and activities. It was noticed that flies and birds became alarmed when the fast movement of a pinwheel was in proximity.

Hi - This answer is about what they are used for, the origins remain unknown here.

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