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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: 1957-02-15 

Description: John Fischer, age 11, demonstrates his invention, a "walking and talking" robot. The robot's eyes light up, and it rolls back and forth on a platform.

Date: 1931 ca.

Description: Painting by N.C. Wyeth depicting the public demonstration of the first reaper by Cyrus Hall McCormick at Steele's Tavern, Virginia in 1831. The painting sh...

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: 1943-12-17 before

Description: Front cover and menu from a dinner honoring Orville Wright, on the fortieth anniversary of the first flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright from Kitty Hawk,...

Photograph

Red Devil Builder

Date:  date unknown

Description: An autographed portrait of Thomas S. Baldwin, builder of the early "Red Devil" airplanes and the first dirigible purchased by the U.S. Army.

Date:  date unknown

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

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: 1900 ca.

Description: Studio portrait of Magnus Swenson. He was a Norwegian immigrant who made his name in business and as an inventor. He served on the Wisconsin Capitol Buil...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait of Orville Wright inscribed to aviation publicist and historian Harry Bruno, whose collection of papers and photographs is housed at the Wisconsin...

Date:  date unknown

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

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.

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...

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

The Remarkable History of the Telephone

Learn how Wisconsin resident Richard Valentine's invention would change the world

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: 1946 ca.

Description: Colonel Robert S. Allen, a well-known journalist before World War II, lost his arm while on active duty in Europe. He is seated here with Dr Anton Dvorak,...

Photograph

Man with Wings

Date: 1909 before

Description: An unidentified man demonstrates his unsuccessful bird wing-like mechanism, which was part of an experiment in aviation.

Date: 1945-04-10 

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

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.

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