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Doodles, Drafts, and Designs

Doodles, Drafts, and Designs


Drawing is a key element in an inventor's skill set. When it comes to the working out of new ideas, inventors turn to pencil and paper. Mixing art and science, this exhibition site showcases a collection of industrial drawings that reflect the knowledge, creativity, and intent of their makers. Unique examples on display include plans for industrial and household products, Tupperware, clothing, architectural monuments, and sports equipment. Also includes biographies of selected inventors, whose life and work tell the story of American ingenuity.

National Museum of American History, Behring Center

• Pictures and/or Illustrations • Biographical Information


• High School Middle School

Judy O'Neill