The model department of america Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the original models of the very nice innovations.
In one of the cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, usual by his personal arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence in the visitor, and even a certain type 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 might e if we didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In another cupboard, inspiring the same kind of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the days when each bit of sewing on the planet was accomplished by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the sewing machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the track of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all executed by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, but in each instances the mannequin operated exactly as described in the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit less fascinating is the mannequin of the primary 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.