The model department of the USA Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original models of the very great innovations.
In one of the cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, customary by his personal arms. The model could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence in the customer, and even a sure type 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 is able to e if we didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In another cupboard, inspiring the same type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the times when each bit of stitching on the planet was accomplished by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the sewing machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all completed by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each instances the mannequin operated exactly 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 stitching machine, however it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.