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 Collection: Fort Bend Museum Collection
[A young man wearing a striped three-piece suit.]
Photograph of a young man wearing a striped three-piece suit. He has on a white shirt with a short tie of dark and white design. He has curly hair, parted on his left side. He has a short, thin mustache and short, trimmed beard. Photograph is mounted on tan cardboard substrata with red trim around edge. Bottom of photo reads in red: Blessing & Co. Galveston. Back of photo: B&C interwoven, Blessing & Co. 174 Tremont Street (written on drawn banner), Galveston. Vine in background. Top, right corner of photo is worn away. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth323/
Double strand barbed wire, Glidden winner, Patented November 24, 1874
Double strand barbed wire, Glidden winner, Patented November 24, 1874 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth54/
[Photograph of Suzanne "Lizzy" Ryon Davis]
Photograph (copy) Suzanne "Lizzy" Ryon Davis. J. H.P. Davis first wife. Davis' hair is pulled back into a bun; curls frame the front of her head. Her dark dress is shirred at the front and she has a lace collar with a scarf that is tied into a bow. A chain can be seen hanging from beneath her bow. Davis is seated in a chair and portrait ends just below the waist. Scanned image is of the copy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1351/
[Thomas Jefferson Smith]
Photographic copy of original tintype of Thomas Jefferson Smith. Original tintype (returned to donor) is 8" x 10", oval matted in a paper matte and framed in an oval wooden frame. Matte is very brittle and was reinforced with masking tape prior to its arrival at the museum. Image of Smith has moderate crackling over entire surface (visible in scanned image). Smith is pictured as an old man with a sunken face, wire rimmed glasses, sparse white hair, and a white beard. He is holding a cane across his chest. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2035/
Jacob Haish's "Improved S Barb" barbed wire, Patented August 31, 1875
Jacob Haish's "Improved S Barb" barbed wire, Patented August 31, 1875 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth68/
H. N. Frentress barbed wire, Split Diamond, Patented December 14, 1875
H. N. Frentress barbed wire, Split Diamond, Patented December 14, 1875 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth76/
[Double strand barbed wire, A.J. Upham Staple barb on two lines.]
Double strand barbed wire, A.J. Upham Staple barb on two lines, Patented August 29, 1876 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth52/
Watkin's "Lazy Plate" barbed wire, William Watkins, November 21, 1876
Watkin's "Lazy Plate" barbed wire, William Watkins, November 21, 1876 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth72/
J. Nelson barbed wire, Patented December 12, 1876
J. Nelson barbed wire, Patented December 12, 1876 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth71/
Single strand barbed wire, Burnell Four Point, Patented June 19, 1877
Single strand barbed wire, Burnell Four Point, Patented June 19, 1877 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth56/
[Lewis T. Larson Wing double strand barbed wire.]
Double strand barbed wire Lewis T. Larson Wing, round, Patented February 26, 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth59/
"Half Hitch" barbed wire, Patented by O.O. Kettleson, May 7, 1878
"Half Hitch" barbed wire, Patented by O.O. Kettleson, May 7, 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60/
"Scutt's Arrow Plate" same as "Clip" barbed wire. Patented June 1878
"Scutt's Arrow Plate" same as "Clip" barbed wire. Patented June 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth75/
"Scutt's Clip" barbed wire. Patented by H.B. Scutt June 8, 1878
"Scutt's Clip" barbed wire. Patented by H.B. Scutt June 8, 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth74/
[Billings 4 point, 1 barb "between" barbed wire.]
Billings 4 point, 1 barb "between" barbed wire. Patented Frank Billings, June 25, 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61/
[Double strand, single line wide wrapped barbed wire.]
Double strand, single line wide wrapped barbed wire, M. Daley, October 29, 1878 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57/
J. Brinkerhoff barbed wire, Twisted, Patented April 8, 1879
J. Brinkerhoff barbed wire, Twisted, Patented April 8, 1879 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79/
Double strand barbed wire, N.G. Ross, Patented June 10, 1879
Double strand barbed wire, N.G. Ross, Patented June 10, 1879 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46/
Belter Victorian settee with old rose upholstery.
Belter Victorian settee with old rose upholstery. The back has two large, round upholstered sections (one on either end) and a lower center piece with some upholstery and decorative latticework. The wooden frame has several carved decorations on the arms, legs, and other segments. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1020/
[Dr. James A. Gibson, Jr.]
Photograph (copy) of Dr. James A. Gibson, Jr. Gibson is wearing a military uniform with three rows of buttons down the front of his jacket. He has tassels on each shoulder. His cap has a two bayonets that crisscross as an emblem in the center. He has short trimmed hair and a mustache. Scanned image is of the copy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1452/
[Framed Godey's Fashion print of a woman standing and another woman sitting]
Framed Godey's Fashion print. It is in a black frame. The back is covered with brown paper. Has two women, one in peach and light blue holding her hat, and the other sitting on a yellow couch and wearing dark blue. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1294/
[Framed Godey's Fashion print of two women holding umbrellas]
Framed Godey's Fashion print. It is in a black frame. The back is covered with brown paper. Has two women, one wearing a blue dress and holding a blue parasol. The other one is wearing a red and tan striped dress and is holding a red parasol. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1296/
[Framed Godey's Fashion print, one woman is reading]
Framed Godey's Fashion print. It is in a black frame. The back is covered with brown paper. Has two women, one wearing pink and reading, and the other is wearing lightblue. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1295/
[Garden rake head]
The garden rake head has fourteen identical tines all in a row. In between and below the middle two tines is the cone shaped case into which the wooden handle would be inserted. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1883/
[Hand powered sewing machine]
Sewing machine, hand powered. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1756/
[The "Harvey Girls".]
Postcard image of the "Harvey Girls". Photograph shows three women with dark hair pulled loosely up into a bun, wearing dark blouses with white skirts and bib fronts. They are standing on a wooden platform next to a wooden rail. Banana trees in background. Printed on back of postcard: "The Harvey Girls" Photo source Fred Harvey Produced by Beautyway, Box 87, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 20 Co-Producer Fred Harvey. Fred Harvey acquired the title "civilizer of the West" after 1876 with his series of restaurants and hotels along western railroads with vaired foods and excellent service. The foundation for his reputation was the "Harvey Girls, " models of virtue, who were recruited in the East at ages 18 to 30, trained carefully, paid $17.50 per month plus tips and room and board. Here, three waitresses pose at Rosenberg, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1395/
[Mildred Ryon (Booth)]
Full-length photograph (copy) of Mildred Ryon (Booth). Ryon is wearing a dark skirt with ruffles at hemline. Her matching blouse has long sleeves with fabric covered buttons down the front and ruffles at sleeve hems. White sleeves can be seen underneath the dark and white collar at neckline also. She has various items around her neck- A chain and a fringed ornament at neckline. She has a dark colored braided chain around her hips ending in a tassel on her right hip.Partially covering her curling hair is a dark colored hat with light trim and flowers at the center. She has her left hand resting on the handle of a parasol. Background of portrait is a wooden fence. Scanned image is of the copy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1428/
[Mildred Ryon Wheat Booth.]
Copy of a hand painted photograph in a frame of Mildred Ryon Wheat Booth. Booth, who has long, red-blonde wavy hair, is wearing a dark colored blouse with white with ruffled black trim collar. A blue-green scarf at her neck has tasseled ends. A black with gold trimmed cross pin is in the center of the tied scarf. A gold chain is hanging around the collar, also. The original painting was in an oval frame with gold trim. Scanned image is of the copy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1425/
[Monkey Wrench]
Starting at the bottom, the handle of the monkey wrench is a flat oval shape with two holes, it probably had two wooden pieces, one on each side attached with screws or nails. The neck has a vice that extends all the way to the head to the top of the handle. The head is rectangular with a sloping side. The back of the head is square and looks as though it was used as hammer. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1884/
[Red wooden station staff]
Red wooden station staff to surveyor's transit set. Round staff is capped at base with pointed iron end piece. Brass tip at top swivels. The object is called a "Jacob's Staff" and is used by surveyors to support a compass. The pointed end is jabbed into the ground and the compass is attached to the threaded piece at the top. The ball at the top allows the compass to be levelled. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1898/
[Surveyor's transit]
Surveyor's transit, mounts with spring-action pin to tripod (1999.012.001b). Face is engraved with cardinal directions, with a star replacing North. Two bubble levels built into face. Degrees and minutes marked around circumference of face. Dial on side changes display on face to read numbers between 1 and 16. Manufacturer: T.F. Randolph, Cincinnati, Ohio. Patent date June 24, 1879. Scope mounts to compass body with screw pins from underneath. Needle tightens by screw action on "W" side of compass. Scope is mounted on a triangular support with single cross beam and center pivot. Focus knob moves but is tight. Surveying equipment belonged to Henry Hamilton Russell (1847-1932) , who came to Hallettsville, Texas from England before 1870. Russell was a surveyor for Lavaca County. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1900/
[A white two story house with small central upper and lower porches.]
Photo of a white two story house with small central upper and lower porches, dark 'shutters, Brick chimney on right end, white picket fence around yard. Five African Americans standing among trees to the left of house. Three boys and a dog standing on and next to steps to front gate. Man, woman, girl standing in front of bottom porch. Five people (three men, two women?) standing on upper porch. Several outbuildings visible behind the house. Image is faded and yellow. Image is mounted on thin cardboard matte. Matte is missing lower right corner and upper right corner. Image dimensions: 24.2 cm x 19.1 cm. Photo is often referred to as "Old Prairie Home" of the Jones/Ryon family (George Ranch). Digital enhancement (performed 12/1999) of back side of matte revealed "Mr. Walter Jones, Richmond, Tex." written faintly in pencil. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth343/
[Whitten Home, Richmond.]
Photograph of Whitten Home, Richmond. Home was originally located on the 300 block of Jackson St., now is located at 500 Houston Street as the Long-Smith Cottage. One story wood home, double chimneys, central front porch. Four people are standing on the front porch. White fence encloses yard. Large, bare tree in yard at left. Image is mounted on a tan cardboard matte. Image dimensions are 21.3 cm x 15.0 cm. Image is very faded and yellow. Matte is damaged as follows: lower right corner broken off; missing piece along upper edge, 7.5-12.5 cm from left corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth386/
[Wooden tripod base]
Wooden tripod base to 1999.012.001a. Metal covered tip is missing from bottom of one of three turned legs. Levels transit with four screw knobs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1899/
H.B. Scutt barbed wire, Patented September 21, 1880
H.B. Scutt barbed wire, Patented September 21, 1880 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth70/
[F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn.]
Photograph (copy) of F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn. Fenn, who has dark curling hair, is wearing a dark jacket and vest with white shirt and black bow tie. He is standing next to a structure on which his right arm is resting. His left arm is on his left hip. A pocket watch chain can be seen hanging at his waist. Portrait ends near knees and has Fenn facing the right. Scanned image is of the copy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1446/
[Probate petition of Clem Bassett]
Probate petition of Clem Bassett, January term 1881. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2008/
Double strand barbed wire, M.C. Shinn, patented March 1, 1881
Double strand barbed wire, M.C. Shinn, patented March 1, 1881 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth55/
Single strand. M. C. Shinn, Patented March 1, 1881
Single strand. M. C. Shinn, Patented March 1, 1881 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40/
J.Brinkerhoff barbed wire, Patented May 17, 1881
J. Brinkerhoff barbed wire, Patented May 17, 1881 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth80/
Crandal's Telegraph Splice barbed wire, Patented May 24, 1881
Crandal's Telegraph Splice barbed wire, Patented May 24, 1881 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth77/
[T.V. Allis "Buck thorn" barbed wire.]
T.V. Allis "Buck thorn" barbed wire, wide, medium and narrow widths. Patented July 26, 1881 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth81/
[Postcard image of the Brigham-San Jacinto Monument]
Postcard image (souvenir) of the "Brigham-San Jacinto Monument, As seen at the unveiling on the 26 August, 1881, at the Pavilion, Galveston, Texas". Card has picture of the freestanding monument located in the interior of a building. Monument is draped by the U.S. and Texas flag on its right and left. A statue can be seen in background and a window (glare) above it. Wooden chair on far right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth608/
Dodge and Washburn barbed wire, Patented January 4, 1882
Dodge and Washburn barbed wire, Patented January 4, 1882 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth63/
Double strand. Dodge and Washburn reverse. January 4, 1882
Double strand. Dodge and Washburn reverse. January 4, 1882 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39/
A. Ellwood Spread barbed wire, Patented January 31, 1882
A. Ellwood Spread barbed wire, Patented January 31, 1882 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth69/
[Carrie E. Secrest (Jeffries)]
Photograph of Carrie E. Secrest (Jeffries), born February 15, 1865. This photo was taken when Carrie was 18 years old. She is the daughter of Felix G. & Martha Ann Secrest. Information was written on the back of the photo in blue ink. Carrie is wearing a dress with dark colors and insets of lighter colors with stripe. The dress has a jacket with dark trim. She is wearing a scarf with fringe at bottom and tied at the neckline. Carrie has a hat with light and dark colors and feathers on right. She has very long wavy hair that is braided into braid thrown over her right shoulder. She is seated in an upholstered chair and has her left arm resting on a tasseled arm of chair. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth923/
[Charlie Anders, Joe Anders, John Baker, George Baker, Albert George, and Earl McFarland]
Tintype image of six boys identified (from copy in George Family Archives) as: Charlie Anders, Joe Anders, John Baker, George Baker, Albert George, and Earl McFarland. Three boys in the front row are seated (the two on the left are wearing dark jackets and hats, all three are not wearing shoes.) The three boys in back row are standing (boy in center is wearing a dark vest, striped shirt, light hat). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1504/
[J.E. Dyer Store on Morton Street in Richmond, Texas]
Original print of J.E.Dyer Store on Morton Street in Richmond, Texas. Two story building. Men are standing in the foreground. A boy is sitting on the hitching post. These men were possibly jurors in Fort Bend County. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth155/
[Double strand, C.C. Baker flat barbed wire.]
Double strand, C.C.Baker flat barbed wire, modification of patent, February 17, 1883 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45/