Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Not many museums collect houses. The National Museum of American History has four, as well as two outbuildings, 11 rooms, an elevator, many building components, and some architectural elements from the White House. Drafting manuals are supplemented by many prints of buildings and other architectural subjects. The breadth of the museum's collections adds some surprising objects to these holdings, such as fans, purses, handkerchiefs, T-shirts, and other objects bearing images of buildings.
The engineering artifacts document the history of civil and mechanical engineering in the United States. So far, the Museum has declined to collect dams, skyscrapers, and bridges, but these and other important engineering achievements are preserved through blueprints, drawings, models, photographs, sketches, paintings, technical reports, and field notes.
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- Description (Brief)
- This toy steam engine was manufactured by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut during the late 19th and early 20th century. Russel Frisbie patented this steam engine model in 1872 when he was an employee of the J. & E. Stevens Company, and the company went on to produce the toy for many years. The toy consists of a three-legged kettle boiler, slide valve engine, walking beam, and flywheel.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center