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Air-Chamber.

Air-Chamber.

Date: June 18, 1861
Creator: Creuzbaur, Robert
Description: Patent for an air-chamber that pumps in air confined with a flexible diaphragm to spray or diffuse fluid, including illustration.
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Apparatus for Loading Cotton-Bales, &c.

Apparatus for Loading Cotton-Bales, &c.

Date: December 24, 1895
Creator: Thompson, George
Description: Patent for an apparatus for loading cotton-bales onto trucks from the compress. It is comprised of a cylinder, a piston, a piston rod, an inlet and exhaust pipes and a valve, a chain with grapnels at one end end and the other end is connected to the piston rod, a sheave, an adjustable slidable trip rod, a pivoted trip lever connected to the cylinder, a four armed lever connected to the valve, and connecting rods.
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Apparatus for the Manufacture of Ice.

Apparatus for the Manufacture of Ice.

Date: March 2, 1880
Creator: Zilker, Andrew J.
Description: Patent for a new and improved ice maker. This design calls for "two or more sheets of galvanized iron or other metal set in a tank of fresh water, one on either side of the evaporation-pipes, and held in a position parallel to each other by anchors or yokes that connect them" (lines 15-20). This eliminates the need for strong (ammoniacal) brine and is a faster, more reliable, and less leaky ice-making process than previous ones that used said brine.
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Automatic Danger-Signal for Railroads.

Automatic Danger-Signal for Railroads.

Date: February 26, 1895
Creator: Lee, Horatio Grooms; White, John P.; Ball, Thomas & White, James L.
Description: Patent for a "device for indicating at railroad crossings and other points, the approach or departure of trains within any given distance of such crossing or with relation to any point where persons might come into dangerous proximity to the train if they were left unadvised by some such signal as this." (Lines 19-26) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Axle Box.

Axle Box.

Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Barnes, Thomas J.
Description: Patent for a new and improved self-oiling axle box. This design utilizes a sleeve with several small, oil-filled holes to be placed between the spindle and the axle box, which lubricates the machine and reduces friction. A nut keeps the spindle and axle box together.
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Barrel Cover.

Barrel Cover.

Date: May 29, 1883
Creator: Lane, Fernando Gustavous
Description: Patent for a new and improved cover for barrels. This design calls for downward-extending flanges with wings along the perimeter of the cover. These flanges hold the cover in place over the barrel opening, but they also allow for the cover to rest at an angle on the upper rim of the barrel so that one has access to the contents of the barrel without the cover touching the ground.
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Breech-Loading Fire-Arm

Breech-Loading Fire-Arm

Date: December 4, 1877
Creator: Petmecky, Joseph C.
Description: Patent for a new and improved breech-loading firearm. This design "consists in the devices for opening the breech-block and ejecting the cartridge-shell by one and the same motion that cocks the gun, and also in a spring and pitman arranged with the breech-block" (para. 2).
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Bullet.

Bullet.

Date: October 12, 1880
Creator: Petmecky, Joseph C.
Description: Patent for a new and improved bullet. This design calls for a cavity at the base of the bullet and a tube of flexible material to be inserted snugly into the cavity. This results in less wobbling after the bullet has been fired.
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: April 5, 1881
Creator: Nuckols, William L.
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design utilizes "a draw-head, formed with the usual flaring mouth, and interior cavity. . . . the interior of the draw-head is narrowing from the mouth to the center of the pin, and widening from the latter backward. The object of this construction is, that it directs the entering link to the pin, and increases the power of resistance of the latter to the strain" (lines 23-33).
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Caster.

Caster.

Date: June 27, 1882
Creator: Tumey, Charles Henry
Description: Patent for a new and improved insect-killing furniture-caster. This design "consists in a cup shaped shell having a bowl or liquid-receptacle at its lower edge and a filling orifice or passage extending through the shell and leading to the bottom of the liquid-receptacle. A socket or inwardly-projecting tube at the top of the shell encircles the shank of the caster and rests upon a shoulder on said shank, which serves to hold the insect guard in position" (lines 17-25).
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