The mannequin division of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the unique fashions of the very great innovations.
In one of many cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, usual by his personal palms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence in the visitor, and even a certain type of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has executed 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 planet over.
In one other cupboard, inspiring the identical kind of reverence, and bringing ideas of the days when each bit of stitching on the planet was carried out by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the music of the shirt, “Sew, Stitch, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all carried out by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in both instances the mannequin operated precisely as described within the specifications, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit much less fascinating is the mannequin of the first 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 necessary an invention.