The mannequin department of america Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated here and there with the original models of the very great inventions.
In one of many cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, customary by his personal arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence within the visitor, and even a certain kind of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has achieved 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 cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the times when every bit of sewing on the earth was finished by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all completed by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, but in both instances the model operated precisely as described in 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 is nonetheless extra roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, however it proved to be quite as necessary an invention.