The model department of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated here and there with the unique models of the very nice innovations.
In one of many cabinets is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, common by his personal arms. The mannequin could be very crudely made, however it evokes reverence in the customer, and even a sure type of awe, when he pauses to think about what the telegraph has finished for the development 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 cabinet, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing ideas of the days when each bit of stitching on the planet was completed by hand, is Elias Howe’s model of the stitching machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the music of the shirt, “Sew, Sew, Stitch,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching in 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, however in each instances the model operated precisely as described in the specs, and the patents have been accordingly granted.
Not a whit less fascinating is the mannequin of the first typewriter, the invention of R. T. P. Allen, a Kentuckian. It is nonetheless more roughly made than fashions of the telegraph and sewing machine, nevertheless it proved to be quite as essential an invention.