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 County: Lamar County, TX
 Month: April
 Collection: Texas Patents
Bed Bottom.

Bed Bottom.

Date: April 21, 1885
Creator: Bentley, Travis C.
Description: Patent for a new and improved bed bottom. This design "consists in a spring-bed formed of two U-shaped spring-rods or frames formed by the rods, which frames have their end pieces crossed and secured at their free ends in the opposite ends of slates. To the longitudinal pieces of the spring-frames the side edges of a piece of canvas are secured, and spiral springs are secured on the slats below the canvas" (lines 11-19).
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: April 8, 1884
Creator: Lyons, Sidney
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in the improved construction and combination of parts of such a coupling, in which the link may be raised and supported at different heights for the purpose of coupling with cars of different height, or for the purpose of raising the link out of engagement with the hook of another draw-head" (lines 26-32).
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Cotton Gin Feeder.

Cotton Gin Feeder.

Date: April 3, 1883
Creator: Nix, Manning Lafayette
Description: Patent for a new and improved feeder for cotton gins. This design consists in "the combination, with the driving mechanism, of the alternating sections, the shaft or rod, loop-rods and staples, the crank-shaft, and hooked rods . . . [and] of the adjustable comb, the crank-shaft, hinge-connection, arm, and cross-bar" (lines 3-12).
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Elevated Railway.

Elevated Railway.

Date: April 10, 1894
Creator: Anderson, Lee
Description: Patent for improvements in elevated railways: "provide simple means for regulating and adjusting the weight of the car so as to throw the preponderence thereof upon either the upper or the lower track or to equally divide the weight so that each track bear a like proportion" (lines 12-17).
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Improvement in Fire-Escape Ladders.

Improvement in Fire-Escape Ladders.

Date: April 17, 1878
Creator: Morris, James P.
Description: This patent was created for the improvent of fire escape ladders. The inventor gives a comprehensive look at his invention via his image.
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Washing-Machine.

Washing-Machine.

Date: April 7, 1891
Creator: Bennington, William J.
Description: Patent for an improvement in washing-machines by using a novel arrangement of the rollers, the tub-supporting frame, the horizontal swinging rubber, and a series of closely arranged longitudinal spiral springs; so that “the pressure upon each separate article can be adjusted or regulated by the judgment of the [operator].” (Lines 12-14) Illustration is included.
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