The mannequin department of america Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original models of the very great inventions.
In one of the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, usual by his own arms. 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 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 another cabinet, inspiring the identical kind of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when every bit of stitching on the planet was executed by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the words 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 accomplished by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each 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 model of the primary typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is nonetheless extra roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and stitching machine, nevertheless it proved to be quite as essential an invention.