The model department of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the unique models of the very great innovations.
In one of the cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, common by his personal arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence within the visitor, and even a sure type 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 did not have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In one other cupboard, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the times when every bit of sewing on the earth was achieved by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the sewing machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the words 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 accomplished by hand.
Howe’s first stitching machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in both instances the mannequin operated exactly as described within the specs, 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 extra roughly made than models of the telegraph and sewing machine, however it proved to be fairly as necessary an invention.