The model department of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the unique fashions of the very great innovations.
In one of the cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, customary by his personal 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 completed for the advancement of the world, and what a sluggish universe this is able to e if we did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In another cabinet, inspiring the same type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the days when every bit of sewing on the earth was finished by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all executed by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each instances the mannequin operated precisely as described in the specifications, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit much less fascinating is the mannequin of the primary typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is still extra roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and stitching machine, however it proved to be quite as essential an invention.