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Ant Trap.

Ant Trap.

Date: January 18, 1887
Creator: Mays, Francis A.
Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the side pieces, of the traps located between opposite ends of said side pieces and separated by an inclosed space, the openings communicating with said traps and the slides for closing said openings" (lines 61-66).
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Apparatus for Operating Churns, &c.

Apparatus for Operating Churns, &c.

Date: April 16, 1895
Creator: Crawford, William H.
Description: Patent for an apparatus for operating churns, ice cream freezers, or the like, and is meant "to produce an apparatus in which there is simultaneously given to the vessel a revolving motion and a revolving or vibrating motion to the agitator working in the vessel" (lines 14-18).
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Bridge.

Bridge.

Date: June 16, 1896
Creator: Mitchell, Hirtie F.
Description: Patent for "a simplified and cheapened construction of bridge whereby the weight and strain will be more equally divided and the braces so arranged that expansion and contraction laterally are avoided, while permitting of the necessary expansion and contraction longitudinally of the bridge." (Lines 13-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Combined Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.

Combined Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.

Date: April 8, 1891
Creator: Rains, Columbus R. & Lanier, Madison
Description: Patent for improved construction and variability of cotton chopping and cultivating devices. Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Corn Planter.

Corn Planter.

Date: September 1, 1885
Creator: Easley, Levi
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the frame and the hopper having the closed bottom and the openings in one side, with the driving-wheel, having the tappet-pins, the seed-slides having the openings or cups, the fulcrumed levers actuated by the tappet-pins, and connected to the lower ends of the seed-slides, and the cord or strap passing over the sheave, and secured to the free ends of the levers, whereby the seed-slides are reciprocated alternately in opposite directions" (lines 74-84).
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Cotton and Corn Planter.

Cotton and Corn Planter.

Date: April 21, 1885
Creator: Easley, Levi
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists "[i]n combination with the hopper having its front wall inclined and formed with a guide-groove, the inner wall of which is cut out, the belt having its side edges working in the groove, and having hooks attached to the same between the side edges, said hooks projecting through the cut-out portion of the groove, so as to have free communication with the seed in the hopper" (lines 88-96).
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Draft Equalizer.

Draft Equalizer.

Date: July 18, 1882
Creator: Jones, Jeremiah C. & Robertson, Alexander W.
Description: Patent for an improved double tree adapted to be used without single-trees designed to equalize the draft in case on horse gets ahead of the other in a draft team.
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Electric Motor.

Electric Motor.

Date: June 22, 1886
Creator: Emley, James E.
Description: Patent for a new and improved electric motor. This design "consists, essentially, in such combination of an automatic circuit-breaker with a bar of soft iron secured centrally on a shaft journaled in bearings secured to the motor frame and rotating within a coil or helix that the rotation of said bar will continuously make and break the circuit, and that the action of the circuit-breaker will cause the continuous rotation of the bar" (lines 17-26).
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Feed Water Heater.

Feed Water Heater.

Date: August 10, 1880
Creator: Annear, John Henry
Description: Patent for a new and improved feed water heater. This design "provide[s] a system of levers and a float which will automatically regulate the feed or supply of water to such heaters and lime-extractors . . . and further, that by securing a uniform supply of water the steam acts more equally upon the water, and thus secures a more uniform deposit of the lime" (lines 22-33). This allows for fewer accidents and less damage to the engine.
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Grain-Drill.

Grain-Drill.

Date: June 6, 1893
Creator: Lawrence, William G.
Description: Patent for an improved grain drill that is simpler and more efficient than other grain drills. It consists of a disk with a central hub, an annular recess around the hub, segmented washers, radial slots, radial seed apertures, gravity slides, and stems on the slides.
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