The model division of the USA Patent Office in Washington is illuminated right here and there with the original fashions of the very great inventions.
In one of many cupboards is to be seen Morse’s unique model of the telegraph instrument, original by his personal palms. The model could be very crudely made, nevertheless it evokes reverence in the customer, and even a certain kind 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 might e if we didn’t have telegraphic communication with our fellow beings on the planet over.
In one other cabinet, inspiring the identical type of reverence, and bringing thoughts of the days when each bit of stitching on the earth was executed by hand, is Elias Howe’s mannequin of the stitching machine. The customer unconsciously repeats to himself the phrases of the track of the shirt, “Stitch, Stitch, Sew,” and thinks of the agony of that stitching within the days of Hood, when it was all completed by hand.
Howe’s first sewing machine is nearly as crude as Morse’s telegraph sounder, however in each instances the model operated exactly 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 models of the telegraph and sewing machine, however it proved to be quite as necessary an invention.