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Date:  date unknown

Description: Actors portraying I.M. Singer and his friend George Zieber with the first sewing machine.

Date: 1959-06-26 

Description: Richard Brachman, an engineer, demonstrates his solution for the problem of mowing the grass on a steep slope near his home. He removed the handles of his...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Actors portray I.M. Singer and George Zieber examining an early sewing machine.

Photograph

Milking Machine

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Unidentified man (inventor?) seated at and showing a foot-powered (?) milking machine. He is outdoors near a stone building.

Date: 1945-04-10 

Description: A man, possibly inventor Leo Kay, holds a slipover bowling shoe, which attaches to a regular street shoe.

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

Stories and characters related to the arrival of the telephone in Wisconsin thanks to Janesville's Richard Valentine.

Date: 1895 

Description: Catalog featuring calendar pages. February features Lewis Miller, the father of the mowing machine, with text and a portrait. March has an illustration of...

Photograph

Thomas Alva Edison

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait of Thomas A. Edison.

Photograph

John F. Steward

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Portrait of John F. Steward, head of International Harvester's Patent Department. Steward had previously worked for the Deering Harvester Company.

Manuscript

I.M. Singer's Will

Date: 1870-07-16 

Description: The front page of the last will and testament of Isaac Merritt Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Wilbur Wright, in profile, with a Wright Flyer. The original photographic postcard from which this image was copied was presented by Wright to pioneer avia...

Date: 1866 ca.

Description: Portrait of Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884). This portrait was reportedly a favorite of his wife Nettie Fowler McCormick (1835-1923). McCormick was a Chic...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Arthur Pratt Warner, Wisconsin's first aviator, in front of the office of the Warner Instrument Company in Beloit. Warner, who held the patent for an autom...

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Cigar box label with portraits of inventors Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Robert Fulton, Cyrus McCormick, Richard March Hoe. Around the edges are illustratio...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait of Christopher Latham Sholes posing at a typewriter.

Photograph

Curtiss Portrait

Date:  date unknown

Description: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, whose reputation in American aviation is second only to the Wright Brothers. Some Curtiss defenders point out that he actually flew...

Date: 1909 ca.

Description: Quarter-length oval studio portrait of Charles B. Withington, the inventor of the first practical wire binder. Withington was born in Akron, Ohio in 1830,...

Date: 1901 

Description: Wilbur Wright (standing, second from the right) with Edward C. Huffaker, Octave Chanute, and George Spratt in the workshed. Chanute was a special visitor f...

Date: 1883 ca.

Description: Advertising lithograph depicting the first public demonstration of a mechanical reaper by Cyrus Hall McCormick at Steeles Tavern, Virginia, in 1831. The sc...

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