[5-Cent Merchandise Token]

[5-Cent Merchandise Token]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is silver-colored and says, "Good for 5 [cents] in Merchandise" on one side; on the other it has the text: "S. A. Melasky, Grocer, Taylor, Texas."
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
[Grocery Token]

[Grocery Token]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is silver-colored and says, "Good for 50 in Merchandise" on one side; on the other it has the text: "S. A. Melasky, Grocer, Taylor, Texas."
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
[25-Cent Merchandise Token]

[25-Cent Merchandise Token]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is silver-colored and says, "Good for 25 [cents] in Merchandise" on one side; on the other it has the text: "S. A. Melasky, Grocer, Taylor, Texas."
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
Bicycle.

Bicycle.

Date: April 3, 1894
Creator: Hyde, Thomas B.
Description: Patent for a bicycle that can be operated by the operator's hands or feet or both, and the motion used to operate the bicycle is that of rowing. "the rider must assume a position upon the machine corresponding to that assumed by an oarsman in a boat, and as the rider can work with both hands and feet all the energy and strength he is capable of exerting can be brought to bear upon the propelling mechanism in a most effective manner, and the seat can be rendered much more comfortable than at present and in no wise interfere with the rider's movements" (lines 18-27).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
I. & G.N. Depot

I. & G.N. Depot

Date: 1915
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of the International and Great Northern Railroad Depot, in Taylor, Texas. Correspondence on the back of the postcard in English.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Car-Replacer.

Car-Replacer.

Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Scott, Nelson S.
Description: Patent for a repairable, sectional car replacer, including instructions and illustrations.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Cotton Picker.

Cotton Picker.

Date: November 10, 1891
Creator: Hyde, Thomas Burke
Description: Patent for machine for picking cotton that is simple in construction and comparatively inexpensive.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Releasing Device for Brakes of Locomotive Drive-Wheels.

Releasing Device for Brakes of Locomotive Drive-Wheels.

Date: November 27, 1894
Creator: Pelham, Walter O.
Description: Patent for a simple and durable improved releasing device for brakes of locomotive drive-wheels that prevents "the drive wheels from being locked and sliding on the track rails, to obviate the uneven wear on the wheel tire" (lines 15-18). The invention has an auxiliary piston connected to the triple valve piston and is controlled by back pressure in the steam chest.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Car Coupling.

Car Coupling.

Date: May 13, 1884
Creator: Smoot, John Devers
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "has for its object to provide a device of this character which shall be cheap and simple in its construction and thoroughly effective in its operation. The invention consists in the improved construction and combinations of parts" (lines 10-15).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Treadle Power.

Treadle Power.

Date: February 26, 1884
Creator: Greene, George A.
Description: Patent for a new and improved treadle power. This design "consists of a pair of treadles contrived [so] that the operator may stand erect and operate the machine . . . together with contrivances whereby the operator may at the same time apply the power of the hands and arms to assist the legs when greater power is required, and for relief of the legs when less power is required. By enabling the operator to stand erect and apply the weight of his [or her] body to the treadles by a natural walking motion . . . he [or she] can apply greater power and continue a longer time with less fatigue" (lines 7-20).
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