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Date: 1886 

Description: Carte-de-visite of a quarter-length, formal studio portrait of George Safford Parker. He was born on November 1st, 1863 in Shullsburg, Wisconsin and died o...

Date:  date unknown

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

Date:  date unknown

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

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:  date unknown

Description: Color portrait of James Oliver pasted onto a card. "When I sell a plow, I make a friend."

Historical Essay

Evinrude, Ole 1877-1934

Inventor

Biography of Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian-American inventor who created the first outboard motor.

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: 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...

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,...

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: 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: 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: 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...

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.

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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: 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: 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: 1933 

Description: Map created by International Harvester entitled "The United States as it appeared in 1831 when Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the Reaper." The map pinpoint...

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