The model division of the USA Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the unique models of the very nice inventions.
In one of many cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, usual by his own palms. The model could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence within the visitor, and even a sure kind of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has accomplished for the advancement of the world, and what a sluggish universe this may e if we did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In one other cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when each bit of sewing on the earth was achieved by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all carried out by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in both instances the mannequin operated precisely as described within the specifications, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit less fascinating is the model of the primary typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It’s still more roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.