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February 14, 1998 – February 7, 1999
Museum: American History Museum
Location: 1st Floor, West Wing, Showcase
This showcase features the museum's entire collection of 41 clothespin patent models (1852-1887), including the 1st patented version, and explores its development as an inspiration for invention, engineering, and manufacturing in the 19th and 20th centuries. Also included are toy washing machines, clothespins, books, illustrations, hand-crafted clothespin people, and a 1945 Norman Rockwell poster.