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 County: Limestone County, TX
 Collection: Texas Patents
Advertising Device.

Advertising Device.

Date: February 19, 1884
Creator: Carly, John Wesly
Description: Patent for a new and improved advertising sign. This design "consist[s] in the fixed staff or upright having pulley, bent rotary vane having the opening, and adapted for the display of advertisements, inside [the] bent rotary vane, and the governor adapted to regulate automatically the speed at which the vanes are to revolve" (lines 68-80).
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Animal-Poke.

Animal-Poke.

Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: McWilliams, Anderson W.
Description: Patent for animal-poke that prevents them from jumping or forcing their way through fences. It consists of a yoke with its ends pointing upward, a brow band, rods that connect the brow band and the ends of the yoke, and bulges at the ends of the rods.
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Animal Power.

Animal Power.

Date: October 31, 1882
Creator: Knox, William Curtis
Description: Patent for a new and improved animal power (engine). This design "consists in an animal-power constructed with a small wheel placed loosely upon a stationary upright shaft, and connected by hinges with the inner ends of arms and sweeps attached to the main wheel, which is mounted upon caster-wheels to support the weight of the wheel and its attachments. . . . The object of this invention is to economize power and promote convenience" (lines 16-25).
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Ant-Trap.

Ant-Trap.

Date: November 13, 1894
Creator: Carter, William B.
Description: Patent for an ant-trap with an inflexible bottom with a hole in the middle, a perpendicular section rough on the inside and smooth on the outside, and the perpendicular smooth sides are attached to the edges of the bottom. The trap has a device that prevents the ants from running around the trap.
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Ant Trap.

Ant Trap.

Date: November 22, 1881
Creator: Arnett, Sandridge Thomas
Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design calls for a tank of water to be buried in the ground and a collar of cheap material to be attached to the tank and placed over the mouth of an anthill. The concave nature of the collar prevents ants from climbing out of it, so they are forced into the water tank, where they drown; the design is cheaper and less toxic than previous designs.
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Ant-Trap.

Ant-Trap.

Date: May 18, 1897
Creator: Bond, William Beebe
Description: Patent for a "trap designed to be placed around an ant-hill and adapted to capture ants leaving or returning to the ant-hill." (Lines 11-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Attachment for Cultivators.

Attachment for Cultivators.

Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Morris, Thomas R.
Description: Patent for a wheel-cultivator that attaches to planters or plows. It provides "means whereby a planter or a plow-beam carrying any desired cultivating implement can be attached to the frame of a riding or wheel cultivator frame, and thus enable the cultivator-frame to be applied to uses other than that for which it was intended" (lines 25-30).
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Bevel.

Bevel.

Date: March 9, 1897
Creator: Morris, Thomas R.
Description: Patent for "bevel-squares adapted to be converted into a try-square through the medium of a pivoted and adjustable blade." (Lines 13-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: October 12, 1886
Creator: Carley, John W.
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "hinged jaws, draw-bars provided with a pin-hole . . . the jaws acting to support the pin until forced apart by the link, a hinged lever, a plate pivoted to said lever, said pin being attached to said plate, and an operating chain or rod connected to said plate for raising said pin" (lines 29-36).
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: February 9, 1886
Creator: Ballentine, John C.
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "the combination of two sliding draw-heads, each provided with a shank having coiled around it a spring and a nut secured thereto, an upper sliding supporting-plate for the pin, having a tripping device, a lower sliding supporting-plate for the link, having a catch, a latch with a trip-arm for holding and releasing said plate, and a spring for drawing it back to its normal position" (lines 11-20).
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