The model department of the USA Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original models of the very nice inventions.
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 finished for the advancement of the world, and what a sluggish universe this may e if we didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In another cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the days when each bit of stitching on the earth 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, “Stitch, Sew, 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, but in each instances the model operated precisely as described within the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit less fascinating is the mannequin of the first typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It’s nonetheless more roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.