Artifact Details

Title

Maillardet's Automaton -Exhibit Close-up

Catalog Number

102698001

Type

Still Image

Dimensions

overall: 4 in x 3 1/2 in

Description

This is a color Polaroid image of the Maillardet's Automaton exhibit 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 completed poem is shown.

Category

Photograph