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Archives Center Cases: Solomon "Sol" Adler: Restless Inventor, 1901-1990

June 1, 2010 – September 22, 2010

American History Museum
12th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 1st Floor, West Wing (outside the Archives Center)

In several cases are drawings and documents related to inventor Solomon "Sol" Adler, who developed the first sewing machine that offered decorative stitches. Also on view are three sewing machine models Adler built between 1939 and 1954 to work through his improvements and a pacesetter sewing machine with the ""wishing dial" he invented that allowed for 30 different decorative machine stitches manufactured by Brother .

In changing display cases, the Archives Center features items from the museum's archival collection that document America's history and its diverse cultures, ranging from correspondences, diaries, financial and legal documents, photographs, and sound recordings.

No photography permitted.