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Date:  date unknown

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

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

The Remarkable History of the Telephone

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

Date:  date unknown

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

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: 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: 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: 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...

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.

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:  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...

Date: 1879 

Description: Portrait of Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884). McCormick was a Chicago industrialist and inventor in 1831 of the first commercially successful reaper, a hor...

Poster

Lawson Poster

Date: 1979 

Description: Color poster printed to honor the 60th anniversary of Alfred Lawson's flight from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. The poster includes a portrait of Lawson a...

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.

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: 1945-04-10 

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

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...

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Date: 1909 ca.

Description: Five men pose with the first successful four-wheel drive vehicle, which was made in Clintonville in 1909. The inventor, Otto Zachow, is the man seated at t...

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