The model department of the USA Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original fashions of the very nice innovations.
In one of the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, common by his personal palms. The mannequin 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 development of the world, and what a sluggish universe this might e if we didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In one other cabinet, inspiring the same kind of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when each bit of sewing on the planet was carried out by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the track of the shirt, “Sew, Stitch, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all carried out by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in both instances the model operated precisely as described within the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit much less fascinating is the mannequin of the first typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is still more roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and stitching machine, however it proved to be fairly as essential an invention.