The model division of the USA 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, usual by his own arms. 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 development of the world, and what a sluggish universe this is able to e if we did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the earth over.
In another cabinet, inspiring the same kind of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the days when every bit of sewing on the planet was finished by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The visitor unconsciously repeats to himself the words of the music of the shirt, “Stitch, Sew, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in the days of Hood, when it was all carried out by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, but in each instances the model operated exactly 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’s still more roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and stitching machine, however it proved to be quite as essential an invention.