First Communion in Laredo

First Communion in Laredo

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard depicting the first Communion of Gsabel Gonsalez of Laredo. The girl is pictured wearing a sheer veil and white dress. She is holding a candle, prayer book, and a rosary. A statue of Jesus is placed on a pedestal to the right of Gsabel. Two faces of flowers are placed in front of the pedestal.
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Water-Cooler.

Water-Cooler.

Date: February 3, 1891
Creator: Beacham, Alexander Thacher
Description: Patent for an improved water-cooler by wrapping the outer surface of a water container with two layers of fabric; an imperforate projection–tube from a supplemental water reservoir arranged above the water container would moist the inner layer fabric and maintain its moisture; where the outer layer fabric prevents the water forcing through, thus keeping the water cool, illustration is included.
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[Portrait of Helen Esther Gammenthaler]

[Portrait of Helen Esther Gammenthaler]

Date: unknown
Creator: Hamilton Studio
Description: Portrait of Helen Esther Gammenthaler at six months and twelve days old. She is sitting on a cushion and wearing a white dress that covers her legs. The photograph is faded along the edges. In a bottom corner, the photography studio is listed. Her age and name are listed on the back.
Contributing Partner: Gillespie County Historical Society
Stamp and Envelope Moistener.

Stamp and Envelope Moistener.

Date: August 5, 1884
Creator: Beaumont, David Greenleaf
Description: Patent for a new and improved moistener for stamps and envelopes. This design "is to provide apparatus for moistening stamps and adhesive envelopes; and it consists in certain improvements in that class of stamp-moisteners in which a roller carrying an endless belt of cloth is journaled on a box or a cup containing water, into which the endless band projects" (lines 8-14).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Animal Shears.

Animal Shears.

Date: February 22, 1881
Creator: Benavides, Cristobal & Arthur, Joshua P.
Description: Patent for new and improved animal shears. This design calls for a spring with eyes at the ends so that the handles of individual blades may be inserted through them. Then, nuts fasten the individual blades to the spring, which makes sharpening easier and breakage less likely.
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Irrigating Apparatus.

Irrigating Apparatus.

Date: May 27, 1884
Creator: Chisholm, William R.
Description: Patent for a new and improved irrigation apparatus. This design "pertains to improvements in irrigating apparatus, having for its object to prevent the choking or obstructing of the nozzle and to effect the proper distribution of the water; and it consists of the combination and construction of parts" (lines 13-18).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Automatic Electric Alarm.

Automatic Electric Alarm.

Date: January 7, 1896
Creator: Stansel, Thomas J.
Description: Patent for an inexpensive, simple, and durable automatic electric alarm that allows people in house or hotel rooms, mines, ships, shops, etc. to signal for another person. The alarm is wired to a clock so it can be programmed to go off at a certain time.
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Vehicle-Axle Bearing.

Vehicle-Axle Bearing.

Date: June 11, 1895
Creator: Falk, Franz
Description: Patent for a strong and durable vehicle-axle bearing that reduces friction. "Oil may be admitted to the bearings [in the axle] without removing the wheel or exposing said bearings, thus preventing accumulations of dust or other foreign substance" (lines 17-20).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Kiln.

Kiln.

Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Thaison, Andrew
Description: Patent for "a new and improved kiln for burning brick and other clay ware and arranged to enable the operator to control the heat, so as to insure a uniform and equal heating of the articles set in the kiln, and at the same time requiring a small amount of fuel." (Lines 8-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Bicycle Wheel.

Bicycle Wheel.

Date: December 29, 1896
Creator: Neild, Edwin
Description: Patent for a new and improved bicycle wheel. This design calls for an inner tire wrapped in uniformly distributed elastic bands to connect it to the outer tire. This new tire allows for the spring and comfort of pneumatic tires while rendering the pneumatic tubes of the latter obsolete.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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