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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum in Cazenovia, NY (my flickr set is here).

The museum is run by Alan Rothschild, who is the author of an upcoming book from MAKE on some of the amazing patent models in the museum collection as well as the history of patent models.

But that book won’t be coming until next year. The good news is that if you need a taste of these models, you can check out Alan’s exhibit at our third annual World Maker Faire New York (September 29 and 30 at the New York Hall of Science). And if you can’t get enough patent models, you’ve got until November 2013 to check out the 32 models from the museum that are on exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection.

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.


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