The mannequin department of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the unique models of the very great innovations.
In one of many cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, usual by his own palms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence within the customer, 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 didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In one other cabinet, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when each bit of stitching on the planet was achieved by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the sewing machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Sew, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all achieved 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 still more roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.