"Relic" of the Patent Office Fire
The nation's best ideas go up in smoke
On September 24, 1877, fire swept through the north and east wings of the United States Patent Office building in Washington, DC. More than 76,000 patent models were destroyed, many of them dating back to the 1830s. This melted "relic"--a mass of melted models and building materials-- is a vivid reminder of the national treasures that were lost in the blaze.
||Bits of glass, plaster, wood screws, brass, steel shaft, car wheels
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