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Washing machine model patented by John Pettit in 1880 on display at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Washing machine model patented by John Pettit in 1880 on display at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
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Any entrepreneur can tell you that the key to making money off your ideas is to get a patent. In the earliest days of the American patent system, inventors were required to submit not only a sketch and description of their concept, but also a toy-like model that was kept on file.

As Todd Bookman of Here & Now contributor WHYY and The Pulse reports, many of those patent models survive today, providing a glimpse at the past and future of new ideas.

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Todd Bookman, contributor WHYY. He tweets @toddbookman.

This segment aired on July 4, 2016.

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