The mannequin division of the USA Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated here and there with the original models of the very great innovations.
In one of the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, common by his own palms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence in the visitor, and even a sure kind of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has achieved for the advancement 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 one other cabinet, inspiring the identical kind of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the days when each bit of stitching on the planet was finished by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the track of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within 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, but in both instances the model operated exactly as described in the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit much less fascinating is the model of the first typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is nonetheless extra roughly made than models of the telegraph and stitching machine, however it proved to be quite as essential an invention.