Below are images of just a few of the many artifacts and documents at InterNACHI's Inspection Museum.
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.
Post-WWII home inspection
Russell Buchanan's first home inspection report -- precursor to HomeGauge's reporting software
Assortment of vintage flashlights and drivers
Assortment of vintage flashlights
Boiler inspection report from 1903
First modern clothes washing machine from 1920
First kitchen, 1926
First home inspection class held in Baltimore in 1958
First home inspection training manual published in 1956
InterNACHI founder authors radon analysis algorithm in 1980s, which is still in use today.
Matchbox toy home inspection vehicle from 1980s
"DON'T SPIT ON SIDEWALK" brick, part of health campaign that aimed to curb the spread of the tuberculosis epidemic
One of the first flashlight battery displays
Brass plaque from the 1800s
Ad for first clothes washer
See the actual clothes washer at the Inspection Museum.
"How to Judge a House" book published in 1931
One of the first radon electret rechargers, invented by InterNACHI's founder
Steamboat inspection book published in 1915
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" published in 1911
War Service Library sticker inside "Electricity Simplified" book made available to WWI soldiers
Original magazine ad for insurance with details on home inspections and safety
Plumbing Code book published in 1925 by the Baltimore County Metropolitan District
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).
One of the first battery-powered lanterns
One of the first smoke detectors
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.
Email the InterNACHI Inspection Museum's Curator Kim Stover if you would like to donate anything: firstname.lastname@example.org