The mannequin department 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 the cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, normal by his own palms. The model could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence within the customer, and even a certain kind of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has achieved 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 planet over.
In another cabinet, inspiring the same type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the times when every bit of stitching on the earth was achieved by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the sewing 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 in the days of Hood, when it was all finished 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 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 stitching machine, nevertheless it proved to be quite as necessary an invention.