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Automatic Car-Switching System.

Description: Patent for "a system of switching where the cars of a train are pushed up an incline and placed successively on an elevated annular revolving platform, by which they are automatically distributed to their respective receiving-tracks" (lines 9-14).
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Lelardoux, Pierre
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Automatic Mail and Parcel Delivery Apparatus

Description: Patent for a automated motorized mail delivery vehicle that travels in the air on electric lines on poles to deliver incoming mail and retrieve outgoing mail from rural routes or parcels in urban areas.
Date: March 5, 1907
Creator: Dederick, Zadoc P.
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Combined Land Roller and Plow

Description: Patent for combined land roller and plow. This tool is meant to be used to prepare the ground for planting. The illustrations have the labeled components and the text describes their uses.
Date: March 10, 1885
Creator: Weddle, Henry, of Sherman, Texas
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Compound Tool

Description: Patent for a compound tool which combines the features of the nut-wrench and the pipe-wrench.
Date: March 18, 1913
Creator: Scroggins, James L. & Waldrop, A. S.
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Cotton Stalk and Weed Cutter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton stalk and weed cutter. This design calls for "[a]n interchangeable cotton-stalk cutter and sulky plow . . . adapted to receive a plow at its rear end" (lines 67-70). The cutting blades can be raised and lowered as needed.
Date: March 21, 1882
Creator: Vannoy, James Harvey
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Cotton Stalk Cutter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved stalk cutter. This design "relates to the shearing device of a cotton-stalk cutter; and it consists in a novel construction of the share or blade, which is made to lie comparatively flat on the ground and to sever the stalk with a hand-shear cut" (lines 7-11).
Date: March 27, 1883
Creator: Stone, James Micajah
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Expansible Pulley

Description: Patent for an expansible pulley. This invention is constructed to expand and contract easily with great durability. Illustration included.
Date: March 31, 1903
Creator: Peters, William Arthur & May, Reynolds
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Fire-Escape

Description: Patent for a fire escape "which will be capable of lowering people or goods for a high structure with perfect ease and comfort, and without danger of breaking" (lines 21-24) while also being "very simple and durable of construction thoroughly efficient in operation, and cheap to manufacture" (lines 26-28).
Date: March 6, 1888
Creator: Glasscock, James H.
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Gate

Description: Patent for gate that uses a lever mechanism for operation while seated in a vehicle or on horseback. This invention allows the user to open and close the gate while seated. Illustration included.
Date: March 24, 1906
Creator: Baker, Guilford D.
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Gate.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gate. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a gate, one of the rails whereof is about thrice as thick as the remainder of said rails, and is provided with a central groove along its upper face, of three supporting-posts, each having a recess furnished with a roller in its lower part, upon which the aforesaid rail may travel, a tongue projecting from the upper edge of said recess into the groove of said rail, and an upright attached to the central post, so as to form a guide retaining the gate in an erect position" (lines 47-57).
Date: March 17, 1885
Creator: Davis, Richard I.
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Gland or Swab-Holder

Description: Patent for a holder for swabs used for lubricating pistons, valve rods, and other similar devices. Illustrations included.
Date: March 25, 1907
Creator: Slaydon, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gunpowder Can.

Description: Patent for new container for holding and dispensing gunpowder with illustrations consisting of "glass vessel incased within a metallic jacket and having an exteriorly-screw-threaded neck, in combination with a cap or cover" (page 2, lines 1-3) to increase safety and prevent corrosion of vessel.
Date: March 25, 1890
Creator: Lee, Newton M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame and Trace Connector.

Description: Patent for a hame and trace connector. "The object of the invention is to provide a hame and trace connection having means to prevent the parts of the same from becoming disconnected." (lines 14-17)
Date: March 6, 1906
Creator: Lindsay, George F.
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Hand-Stamp.

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.
Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Fox, James T.
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Improvement in Air-Cooling Apparatus.

Description: Patent for "the construction and arrangement of a refrigerator for the purpose of cooling and maintaining a low and dry temperature, for preserving fresh meats and vegetables, and for cooling rooms for any purpose." (Lines 10-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 30, 1875
Creator: Hyatt, Frank A.
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Pot Holder or Hanger.

Description: Patent for a pot or boiler hanger that is simple and inexpensive and is meant for hanging a pot or boiler above a fire. The hanger is light, easily transportable, compact, and adjustable.
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Powers, Nathaniel J. T.
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Sash-Fastener.

Description: Patent for a "device which will lock the sashes of a window when they are closed and which will secure them in any desired adjustment," (lines 11-14) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 27, 1891
Creator: Taber, William M.
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Scuffle-Hoe

Description: Patent for a garden hand tool for destroying weeds and stirring, or aerating, soil. Used for garden crops.
Date: March 25, 1879
Creator: Munson, Thomas V.
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