Artifact Details

Title

Maillardet's Automaton - Memory

Catalog Number

102697995

Type

Still Image

Dimensions

overall: 4 in x 6 in

Description

This is a color image of the gears and cams in Maillardet's Automaton in the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Maillardet was a Swiss clock maker working in London in the early 1800s. P.T. Barnum may have brought the Automaton to Philadelphia. In 1851 the Automaton was damaged in a fire and was eventually donated to the Institute in 1928 where it was renovated . It wrote a poem on paper and used cams for it's memory. The cams were used to store the motions necessary to produce the written poem.

Category

Photograph

Credit

Courtesy of Gwen Bell

Lot Number

X7413.2015