The model department of america Patent Workplace in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the unique fashions of the very nice inventions.
In one of the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, common by his own palms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence within the visitor, and even a sure kind of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has completed 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 another cupboard, inspiring the identical kind of reverence, and bringing ideas of the times when each bit of sewing on the earth was achieved by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Sew, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all completed by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each instances the mannequin operated exactly as described within the specifications, 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’s nonetheless more roughly made than models of the telegraph and stitching machine, however it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.