[5-Cent Trade Token]

[5-Cent Trade Token]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This token is silver-colored and says "Good for 5 [cents] in Trade" on one side, and, on the other: Liberal Reading Club, Beaumont, Tex.
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
[The Jack Family Home]

[The Jack Family Home]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Colored illustration of a one-story house with a covered front porch; it belonged to Nellie Parker Davis Jack and her husband J.W. Jack and was located in Beaumont, Texas. The illustration features a landscaped front yard and the silhouette of a small animal standing on the walkway. A few handwritten notes on the back read, "Aunt Nellie's House, Beaumont, Tex, Nellie Parker Davis Jack, Aunt Nellie was sister to Mrs. T.M. Willis, Abilene."
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis
Means for Propelling Boats.

Means for Propelling Boats.

Date: October 16, 1894
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Description: Patent for a means for propelling boats that uses pneumatic pressure and does not use propellers and screws. The invention has increased propulsion.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Refuse-Carrier Frame.

Refuse-Carrier Frame.

Date: February 19, 1891
Creator: Zimmerman, Joseph W.
Description: Patent for a support frame for devices that carry refuse from the saw mill to the burning pile, with instructions and illustrations.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Mill-Carriage-Wheel Guard.

Mill-Carriage-Wheel Guard.

Date: April 28, 1891
Creator: Zimmerman, Joseph W.
Description: Patent for a new mill-carriage-wheel guard "to prevent obstruction falling on the wheels or on the [railroad] track, this guard also carries scrapers in front and in rear and on each side of the wheel, whereby the obstructions are scraped off the track." (Lines 23-28) This guard can be used with a wood-working machine carriages and/or rail.” Illustration is included.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Improvement in Shingle-Bolting Machines.

Improvement in Shingle-Bolting Machines.

Date: December 1, 1874
Creator: Fletcher, William A.
Description: Patent for a shingle-bolting machine.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Car-Coupling.

Car-Coupling.

Date: March 19, 1895
Creator: Armstrong, James P.
Description: Patent for improved car couplings "of the Janney type, capable of readily coupling on short curved, and adapted to be either coupled or uncoupled without going between cars. A further object of the invention is to provide means whereby the parts may be readily set for automatic coupling, or to prevent coupling." (Lines 13-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Dredging Apparatus.

Dredging Apparatus.

Date: October 30, 1894
Creator: Hyatt, Frank A.
Description: Patent for an improved dredging apparatus that plows or scoops, and has "an endless traveling elevator, the latter, being arranged in a rigid frame that is supported at a suitable angle, and the scoop being hinged to the lower end of said frame so that it works horizontally, or practically so" (lines 9-14).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Gage for Adjusting Planer Knives.

Gage for Adjusting Planer Knives.

Date: June 17, 1884
Creator: Thompson, Francis B.
Description: Patent for a new and improved gauge for planer knives. This design is "for use in planing and other mills where side heads are used to supply the need of a convenient appliance for holding the side heads in best position for filing, sharpening, or setting the bits, to afford a strong machine for holding the side heads firmly and securely in any position that the work[person] may desire while sharpening or adjusting the bits to the desired pattern" (lines 30-38).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Pen-Cleaning Attachment for Inkstands.

Pen-Cleaning Attachment for Inkstands.

Date: May 4, 1897
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Description: Patent for innovations in "pen-cleaning attachments for inkstands" (lines 9-10). It is a lip that extends past the top of ink-wells, and is meant to prevent blotting. The attachment is "an annular expansible body portion of spring metal adapted to be fitted in the mouth of an ink-well" (lines 93-95)
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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