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Animal Trap.

Animal Trap.

Date: July 10, 1888
Creator: Beversdorf, Louis, Jr.
Description: Patent for a new and improved animal trap. This design consists in "the combination of the wire frame having the parallel base-arms, the coiled-springs, the upwardly-extending arms, and the downwardly-extending loop, the loop or ring on the bend and engaged portions of said wire, and the trigger-wire having the frontwardly-projecting point engaging said ring" (lines 80-87).
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Animal Trap.

Animal Trap.

Date: June 12, 1888
Creator: Beach, Philemon Theodore
Description: Patent for a new and improved animal trap. This design consists in "a platform having a rod or bar secured to its upper face, and having the ends of the choke-spring coiled thereon, pins or prongs extending from one edge of the platform for engagement with a side of a box, a box having one of its sides elevated, against which the pronged end of the platform abuts for engagement therewith, and having recesses in its opposite ends for the recession of a loop, which passes thence over the free end of the platform for binding the same to the box" (lines 3-14).
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Ant Trap.

Ant Trap.

Date: November 24, 1885
Creator: Thompson, William Henderson
Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design consists "[i]n an ant-trap, the combination, with a trough formed with a top [that is] flanged . . . of a box connected thereto by a tube terminating in a disk . . . [and] of the connecting-tubes, box, and fence" (lines 62-68).
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Artificial Fruit, Foliage, and Flowers.

Artificial Fruit, Foliage, and Flowers.

Date: May 24, 1887
Creator: Eve, Emma H.
Description: Patent for a new and improved method of making artificial fruit. This design "consists in cutting out a piece of lace or netting of the desired shape, forming the lace or netting into a bag, stuffing the bag with cotton or wool . . . picking the cotton or wool up through the meshes of the lace or netting, cutting narrow strips of tissue-paper, and applying them in layers until a covering similar to pasteboard is formed, drying the article, painting the article, sinking the article in a bath of wax heated to a point beneath boiling . . . letting it drain off, and finally applying a paint finish" (lines 34-47).
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Bale Tile.

Bale Tile.

Date: January 11, 1887
Creator: Rylander, William P.
Description: Patent for a new and improved bale-tie. This design "consists, principally, of a bale-tie jaw stamped from sheet metal and formed with an open hook at one end standing in front of a curved edge, with an opening at the other for attachment to the bale-hoop, said opening being shaped to permit the jaw to have a pivotal side motion upon the hoop. The invention also consists of the combination of two of such jaws applied to the bale-hoop to form a complete tie" (lines 7-16).
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Broom or Mop Holder.

Broom or Mop Holder.

Date: September 1, 1896
Creator: McIlhany, Joseph W.
Description: Patent for a wire folded so that it firmly clamps "broom-corn, corn-shucks, mops, and feathers, or other material for brushes" (lines 10-11).
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Car-Coupling.

Car-Coupling.

Date: April 25, 1893
Creator: Gebhardt, William Charles
Description: Patent for a car coupling that "couples automatically and by which a brakeman on a single car can uncouple one or more cars and to provide pipe connections between the cars for this and other purposes" (lines 9-13). It has a pivoted drawhead with lever connections to a piston head and uses steam connections with the cylinder in the piston head to couple.
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: March 8, 1887
Creator: Zedler, Fridrick
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "the combination, with a draw-bar, a sliding box, a movable eccentric secured therein, a coupling-rod, and a pivoted locking-jaw, of a locking-plate secured to said box and adapted to lock the jaw against movement" (lines 84-89).
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Churn

Churn

Date: October 1, 1901
Creator: New, John
Description: Patent for a new churn with a simplified and improved construction, includes illustrations.
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Combined Car and Air-Brake Coupling.

Combined Car and Air-Brake Coupling.

Date: February 7, 1893
Creator: Smith, Jacob C.; Golfin, John H.; Hardeman, Eammanuel J.; McNeal, Thomas. & Love, W.G.
Description: Patent for the connection between two railway cars.
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