Hand-Stamp.

Hand-Stamp.

Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Fox, James T.
Description: Patent for improvements in hand-stamps which “comprised a polygonal block or disk having some of its edges provided with rubber type-strips securely fastened thereto, its other edges cut away to form shoulders, spring-metal guides or holders secured the cut-away portions, and type-strips removably secured in the guides or holders,” (lines 75-82); includes illustration.
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Improved Machine for Breaking and Scouring Hides

Improved Machine for Breaking and Scouring Hides

Date: July 20, 1869
Creator: Bean, W. O.
Description: Patent for machinery for tanning animal hides.
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Improvement in Churns.

Improvement in Churns.

Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Davis, Henry T.
Description: Patent for improvements in churns with specific improvements in dasher-rods and lids. This patent includes illustrations.
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Ladder.

Ladder.

Date: November 3, 1891
Creator: Marshall, John Wesley; Bolton, R. B. & Marshall, W. H.
Description: Patent for "a step-ladder adapted to travel upon a track and be moved to any desired place by the person using the ladder," (lines 16-18) including illustrations.
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Animal-Trap.

Animal-Trap.

Date: May 5, 1891
Creator: Anderson, Henry Clay
Description: Patent for improvements in animal-traps that would be capable of catching two animals; to set the trap, bait is placed upon the hooked ends of the bait-hooks, the jaws are elevated and retained in a position by the link-catches, which have the lower hooked ends engaging the trigger, which has its free end engaging the eye at the inner end of the bait hooks, thus setting the trap, (lines 66-73) ready to catch animals. Illustration is included.
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Quilting-Frame for Sewing-Machines.

Quilting-Frame for Sewing-Machines.

Date: February 24, 1891
Creator: Touchstone, James N.
Description: Patent for a quilting frame for sewing machines in which the frame would support the quilt in desired position, the frame is designed to move freely in any direction so that any pattern can be quilted on the article held by the frame. This frame can be easily adapted to the feed of any sewing machine. Illustration is included.
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[Texas Historical Commission Marker: First Texas Interurban]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: First Texas Interurban]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for First Texas Interurban in Grayson County, Texas. Text: Electric railways (trolleys) provided convenient travel between many Texas cities for more than forty years. The first interurban line was established in Grayson County, connecting the cities of Sherman and Denison. Founded in 1900 by Fred Fitch and John P. Crerar, the Denison and Sherman Railway began operations on May 1, 1901, with a single 10.5-mile track. The company built a power plant, offices, and a car barn near this site halfway between its passenger stations in the two cities. In order to provide water for the power plant, they built a dam below Tanyard Springs, creating a small lake, named Wood Lake. It provided recreation facilities for passengers on the line's excursion trains. The Texas Traction Company, founded in 1906, began construction of a second interurban line from Dallas to McKinney in 1906. Merged with the Denison and Sherman Railway in 1908. The company expanded its operations, eventually connecting a number of North Texas cities and changing its name to the Texas Electric Railway in 1917. The advent of automobile travel signaled the decline of the Texas interurbans by the 1930s. The last ...
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Improvement in Masks for Horses and Cattle.

Improvement in Masks for Horses and Cattle.

Date: July 10, 1877
Creator: Trueblood, Albert H
Description: Patent for a slitted leather mask for animals to be used for horses, cattle, etc. to deter the jumping of fences. Patent for "mask, covering the eyes of the animal, leaves him with a sufficiently free vision, and being thoroughly ventilated, will not injure his eyes".
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Binder for Paper Tablets.

Binder for Paper Tablets.

Date: February 25, 1879
Creator: Murray, Bredett C.
Description: Patent for improvements for tablets for blank paper, leterheads, etc. that holds content securely, including illustrations.
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Improvement in Fire-Escapes.

Improvement in Fire-Escapes.

Date: August 28, 1877
Creator: Staples, George S.
Description: Patent for improving fire-escapes and provides a portable instrument that "may be used for letting persons directly down from buildings, or for carrying them from the upper stories of buildings to others buildings at a distance" (lines 9-12).
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