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Patent model museum

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Machine for Making Toy Torpedoes

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Lathe for Turning Shafting

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Machine for Cutting Diamonds

The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum, in Cazenovia, NY, houses an incredible collection of nearly 4,000 patent models. What’s a patent model? Between 1790 and 1880 inventors had to submit working models along their patent filing. Like many Makers, I’m crazy about tiny functioning models of mechanical things, and would love to go see these in person someday. Maybe I can convince the producers to shoot some video there for season two of Make: television

6 thoughts on “Patent model museum

  1. I live less than 20 miles from this museum (and used to live less than 5 miles away) and never knew it was there. Now I’m going to have to check it out…

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John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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