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Skirt Ironing Board.

Skirt Ironing Board.

Date: December 14, 1880
Creator: Baldwin, Mary Hensley
Description: Patent for a new and improved ironing board. This design "consists [of] an ironing-board provided with hinged detachable leaves and with devices for holding said leaves open, which board is hinged or pivoted to the end piece of a frame, the lower part of which forms a box to receive that part of the article that hangs down, while the rest is being ironed, thus protecting it from dust and dirt and keeping it moist" (lines 12-20).
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Improvement in Bedsteads.

Improvement in Bedsteads.

Date: August 8, 1871
Creator: Baldwin, Thomas B.
Description: Patent for the improvement of bedsteads in order to make them more convenient and durable.
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Device for Holding Paper over Cakes in Ovens.

Device for Holding Paper over Cakes in Ovens.

Date: December 3, 1889
Creator: Balfour, Emma
Description: Patent for a new and improved paper-holder for cake baking. With this design, "[a] cake is placed in the oven, the holder placed in position over it, the hoop or frame raised, and a paper placed upon [another] hoop. The [first] hoop is then pressed down upon it, when the cake may be baked without the top being scorched" (lines 40-45).
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Plow.

Plow.

Date: March 3, 1891
Creator: Ball, Alfred Fine
Description: Patent for an improvement in plows by using a series of spring-tines that are secured above the mold-board, when in operation these independently-moving tines “serve to jar and break the clods, thus not only pulverizing the clods to a certain degree but also insuring the freeing of the tines of all dirt” (lines 90-93), including illustration.
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Lifting-Jack.

Lifting-Jack.

Date: December 5, 1893
Creator: Ball, Charles W.
Description: Patent for a simple and durable lifting jack for wagons that is easily operated and does not move the hoisting lever in the post.
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Safety-Valve

Safety-Valve

Date: June 21, 1892
Creator: Ball, John W.
Description: Patent for a safety valve that can be used on water and gas boilers.
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Cotton Chopper.

Cotton Chopper.

Date: October 25, 1887
Creator: Ballard, John J.
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the frame and the operating-gearing, of the vertical shaft, supported by the frame and acted on by the operating-gearing, the horizontal plate rigidly secured to the lower end of the shaft and provided with radial grooves, and slots in said grooves, the feet having their upper ends bent at right angles, fitted in said grooves and adjustably secured therein by bolts passing through the radial slots, the lower ends of the feet carrying choppers" (lines 39-49).
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Cotton Seed Dropper.

Cotton Seed Dropper.

Date: October 25, 1887
Creator: Ballard, John J.
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "the frame, the roller journaled in the rear side thereof and having the crank, the seed-spout, the supporting bars on opposite sides of the frame, the rigid shaft connecting the said bars, the seed-disk rigidly secured to the said shaft and having the curved fingers or teeth, the hopper journaled on the shaft and adapted to oscillate thereon, the said hopper having the discharge-opening in its lower side, through which the lower edge of the seed-disk connects, and the pitman connecting the crank with the hopper" (lines 26-37).
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Planter.

Planter.

Date: February 5, 1889
Creator: Ballard, Johnathan J.
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination . . . of the oscillating hopper having the opening in its lower side, the slides on the bottom of the hopper, having the slots, the set-screws engaging said slots and securing the slides in place, the seed-slide guided between the opposing edges of the slides, and the operating-lever pivoted on one of the screws and engaging the seed-slide" (lines 62-70).
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Revolving Book-Holder.

Revolving Book-Holder.

Date: November 17, 1896
Creator: Ballart, Calvert L.
Description: Patent for a "combined desk and cabinet especially designed for students' use to obviate the scattering about of books when writing, studying, or making reference thereto" (lines 8-12). The are two rotating sections: a many-faced book-rest, and a cabinet above it where books can be stored. There is also a sliding writing-board underneath the desk.
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