Daniel Drawbaugh And Grandson Roy Sheely

Date:
c. 1902

Drawbaugh, known locally as the "Edison of the Cumberland Valley," was typical of many late 19th century inventors who patented a few saleable items, tinkered a lot, but never struck it rich. Working in a converted mill near present Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, between 1868 and 1896, Drawbaugh developed a telephone, among other things.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Drawbaugh Telephones

Date:
c. 1880s

Drawbaugh claimed to have produced this primitive apparatus for talking between floors in his shop in 1868, eight years before Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone.These three models are full scale models of Drawbaugh's telephones. They were made for the patent litigation of the 1880s. Read more »

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Daniel Drawbaugh

Drawbaugh, known locally as the "Edison of the Cumberland Valley," was typical of many late 19th century inventors who patented a few saleable items, tinkered a lot, but never struck it rich. Working in a converted mill near present Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, between 1868 and 1896, Drawbaugh developed a telephone, among other things.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania