The model division of america Patent Office in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original fashions of the very great inventions.
In one of the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique mannequin of the telegraph instrument, original by his personal arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence within 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 earth over.
In one other cabinet, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the times when every bit of sewing on the earth was executed by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the track of the shirt, “Sew, Stitch, Stitch,” 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, but in each instances the model operated precisely as described within the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit much less fascinating is the mannequin of the primary typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is still more roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be quite as necessary an invention.