The model division of america Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the original fashions of the very great inventions.
In one of the cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, original by his own arms. The model could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence within 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 might e if we did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In one other cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the days when each bit of stitching on the planet was accomplished by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the sewing machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the track of the shirt, “Stitch, Sew, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within 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, however in each instances the model operated precisely as described within the specifications, 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 is nonetheless extra roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.