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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.

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

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

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...

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: 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: 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...

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: 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: 1945-04-10 

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

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,...

Date: 1959-12-09 

Description: Five members of a Junior Achievement group made up of representatives of the four Madison High Schools accept a plaque for best research in developing new...

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: 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:  date unknown

Description: The World's First Typist, Lillian Sholes, daughter of Christopher Sholes, who invented the first successful typewriter. It was during Mr. Sholes' residen...

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

Date: 1945-01-10 

Description: Carved wooden combination alarm clock & study desk made by John Muir about 1862, while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is on display...

Date:  date unknown

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

Date:  date unknown

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

Date: 1895 

Description: Color lithograph cover illustration for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company catalog. Shows a portrait of Cyrus Hall McCormick over an illustration of...

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...

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