The model department of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the original fashions of the very great innovations.
In one of many cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, customary by his own arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence within the customer, and even a certain type 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 might e if we did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In one other cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when every bit of stitching on the earth was carried out by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the track of the shirt, “Sew, Stitch, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all finished by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each instances the model operated precisely as described within the specifications, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit less fascinating is the model of the first typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It’s nonetheless extra roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.