In 1875 Stephen Baldwin patented the pinwheel principle and a few years later Wilgodt Theophil Odhner patented a pinwheel machine. They did this independently of each other.

Several companies especially in Sweden, Germany and USA build pinwheels until the seventies of the 20th century.

Almost all pinwheels are FOR SALE, except Brunsviga-Trinks and Original Odhner24.