Map of Kendall County

Map of Kendall County

Date: 1919
Creator: Giles, J. Bascom & Hunnicutt
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Kendall County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map and appear to denote the addition of roads. Scale [ca. 1:166,667] (5000 varas to the inch).
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Map of Kendall County

Map of Kendall County

Date: 1862
Creator: Dietz, Osw.
Description: Blueline print of survey map of Kendall County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, and blocks of land. No scale information is given.
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Neck-Yoke.

Neck-Yoke.

Date: July 24, 1894
Creator: Hobron, Charles B.
Description: Patent for "a safety attachment for neck yokes which, if the neck yoke or the straps which connect it to the pole or to the collars break, will come into action and prevent the pole from dropping" (lines 8-13).
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Improvement in Adjustable Hammers for Fire-Arms.

Improvement in Adjustable Hammers for Fire-Arms.

Date: January 8, 1878
Creator: Toepperwein, Emil A. F.
Description: Patent for "the particular construction and arrangement of such swiveling striker with its locking devices, and its combination with a double-barreled gun, whereby a single hammer may be employed for both barrels, the striker being capable of such adjustment as to bring it within the range of either nipple, or into an intermediate position between the two, for the prevention of accidents." (Lines 17-26) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Magazine Fire-Arms.

Improvement in Magazine Fire-Arms.

Date: September 14, 1875
Creator: Toepperwein, Emil A. F.
Description: Patent for an "improved repeating fire-arm... contrived with a sliding breech-block, which is drawn back by crank on the right-hand side of the gun" (lines 6-9) including instructions and illustrations.
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Tool for Sinking Wells.

Tool for Sinking Wells.

Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Stephenson, James D.
Description: Patent for improvements in tools for sinking artesian wells, that the tool “will perform its duty under all circumstance and excavate as well in hard materials as in soft earth, as quicksand and cavey formations, and will not have its functions interfered with when an insufficient flow of water is encountered.” (Lines 17-22) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Hair-Triggers for Fire-Arms.

Improvement in Hair-Triggers for Fire-Arms.

Date: May 20, 1879
Creator: Toepperwein, Emil A. F.
Description: Patent for "an improved trigger for fire-arms which shall be provided with a hair-trigger in such a way that the hair-trigger may be used or not, as may be desired, which shall be complete in itself, so that it may be applied to any kind of fire-arm without change in its construction" (lines 17-23), includes illustrations.
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Seed Planter.

Seed Planter.

Date: June 14, 1881
Creator: Holekamp, Julius
Description: Patent for a new and improved seed planter. This design consists "[i]n a seed planter, [with a] seed-dropping cylinder . . . with a row of recesses around its middle part, and rows of different-sized recesses provided with adjustable gage-screws around its end parts, whereby different-sized seeds can be dropped by the same cylinder" (lines 67-74).
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Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: June 24, 1884
Creator: Grothaus, Frederick E.
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in a car-coupling formed of two coupling-hooks pivoted on a pivot projecting from the bottom of the car, which coupling hooks pass through an inverted-V-shaped guide-slot in the guide-plate, held in front of the pivot, and the said coupling-hooks are connected with a vertically-moveable bar for raising the coupling-hooks. The coupling hooks are raised and their free ends are pressed together, and if then the coupling-hooks are released they swing downward and their free ends are separated" (lines 7-18).
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Canceling Stamp.

Canceling Stamp.

Date: April 19, 1881
Creator: Grothaus, Frederick E.
Description: Patent for a new and improved stamp canceler. This design utilizes a washer, flanges, and vertical slots "for the purpose of adjusting the roughened face of the head . . . so that the correct operation of the face is insured" (65-68). This represents an improvement over previous stamp cancelers.
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