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Date: 1909 before

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

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: 1895 

Description: Front cover of catalog featuring a framed portrait of Cyrus H. McCormick surrounded by foliage. A putto is pulling away a drape from the portrait with one...

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...

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Date:  date unknown

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

Date: 1945-04-10 

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

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...

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...

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: 1945-01-10 

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

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: 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: 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,...

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:  date unknown

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

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.

Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

The Remarkable History of the Telephone

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