InterNACHI® Inspection Museum

Below are images of just a few of the many artifacts and documents at InterNACHI's Inspection Museum.

Inspection document.

This is one of the very first home inspection books published in 1914 by the City of Pittsburgh.

This Eveready flashlight was patented between 1894 and 1899, making it one of the very first battery-powered portable flashlights.  

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Post-WWII home inspection

Inspection report.

Russell Buchanan's first home inspection report -- precursor to HomeGauge's reporting software

Inspector's Quarterly 2008 article about the House of Horrors inspection training facility

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Assortment of vintage flashlights and drivers

Inspection report.

Assortment of vintage flashlights

Boiler inspection report -1903.

Boiler inspection report from 1903

InterNACHI Inspector Museum first clothes washing machine.

First modern clothes washing machine from 1920

Inspection report.

First kitchen, 1926

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - first home inspection class.

First home inspection class held in Baltimore in 1958

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - old inspection training manual.

First home inspection training manual published in 1956

Nick Gromicko authors radon analysis algorithm.

InterNACHI founder authors radon analysis algorithm in 1980s, which is still in use today.

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - matchbox truck.

Matchbox toy home inspection vehicle from 1980s

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Don't Spit on the Sidewalk brick.

"DON'T SPIT ON SIDEWALK" brick, part of health campaign that aimed to curb the spread of the tuberculosis epidemic

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - binoculars

Vintage binoculars

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Columbia Casualty

Brass plaque from the 1800s

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Chambers stove document pack

Ad for first clothes washer  
See the actual clothes washer at the Inspection Museum.

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - binoculars

"How to Judge a House" book published in 1931

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Columbia Casualty

One of the first radon electret rechargers, invented by InterNACHI's founder

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Chambers stove document pack

Steamboat inspection book published in 1915

Fire Code

Published in 1953 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this book covers the National Fire Code and the National Electric Code (NEC) in effect then.

Electricity Simplified, 1911.

"Electricity Simplified" published in 1911

Plumbing code from 1925.

War Service Library sticker inside "Electricity Simplified" book made available to WWI soldiers

Inspector badge

Inspector badge

Inspector badge.

Original magazine ad for insurance with details on home inspections and safety

Plumbing code from 1925.

Plumbing Code book published in 1925 by the Baltimore County Metropolitan District 

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - binoculars

One of the first thermal imaging cameras used for a home inspection.  It cost $40,000 in 1972 (about a quarter million dollars in today's money).

Inspect Thoroughly ad.

Inspector badge

First lantern.

One of the first battery-powered lanterns

House of Horrors Painting
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"House of Horrors," original oil painting by Ben Gromicko

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - smoke detector

One of the first smoke detectors

InterNACHI Inspector Museum - smoke detector

One of the first gas detectors

An early version of the now ubiquitous rotating vane anemometer with digital display

"Audels Carpenters and Builders Guide #3" by Frank D. Graham and Thomas J. Emery, originally published in 1923.  This edition was published in 1946.

Kodak's instant camera, the COLORBURST 50, resulted in a 15 years-long lawsuit with Polaroid that resulted in Eastman Kodak paying them $925 million.

This is a rear-projection slide projector, which made looking at slides like watching TV.

Free Pass to InterNACHI's Inspection Museum
InterNACHI Inspector Museum - Eveready battery display.

Email the InterNACHI Inspection Museum's Curator April Ware if you would like to donate anything:  april@internachi.org