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A lengthy but vivid description of procedures involved in the patent application and grant process, with an account of the work which took place at the Patent Office of the United States at the time the article was written in 1891. A brief description of the Patent Office building is given; it later became the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, and houses the Patent Model Collection.


  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • United States Patent Office


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Harper's Weekly Vol. XXXV, No. 1790 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


April 11, 1891


  • Patents
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits

Physical description

pages 266-268

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