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Air-Brake Governor

Description: Patent for an air brake governor improvement that regulates the pressure of fluid or air in the braking system as to prevent it from braking with too much pressure.
Date: July 10, 1906
Creator: Williams, Leonard F.


Description: Patent for an ant trap,with illustrations. Purpose of the invention was to be efficient more efficient in both cost and use in comparison to other ant traps being sold at the time.
Date: July 30, 1889
Creator: Davis, Edwin E.

Attachment for Vehicle-Brakes.

Description: Patent for "an extension-handle for the manipulating-levers of vehicle-brakes" (lines 9-10). This invention was designed especially for vehicles with extra side-boards, so the brakes can be employed as conveniently as possible while the driver would normally have a hard time reaching the brake-lever.
Date: February 2, 1897
Creator: Edwards, Joshua H. & Edwards, Willie W.

Automatic Break

Description: Patent for an automatic break that can be applied automatically when going down any kind of hill and would dissengage whenever the vehicle drives on a flat road or up a hill.
Date: November 29, 1892
Creator: McKee, James A. & Hatchett, Pink C.


Description: Patent for improvement on back braces, specifically to improve the performances of people who repeatedly stoop for their jobs. The back brace aims to relieve the stress on back muscles.
Date: November 14, 1911
Creator: Thornton, Henry C.

Band Cutter and Feeder for Thrashers.

Description: Patent for a new and improved feeder and band cutter for thrashers. This design consists "[i]n a band-cutter for a thrasher, the combination with the main frame, main shaft, platforms, and mechanism adapted and arranged to cut the bands, of the crank, rod, oscillating shaft provided with the crank arms . . . reciprocating rod, and depending rod" (lines 38-44).
Date: March 31, 1885
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe box. This design "has relation to store-boxes for boots and shoes, designed to open automatically when drawn forward, and to close automatically when pushed back into place on the shelf or on the floor; and the invention consists in the construction and novel arrangement of a swinging hanger pivoted to a bearing above the box, and a slideway secured to the cover, which is hinged to the back of the box" (lines 18-27).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel T.

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved box for boots and shoes. This design is "to be arranged beneath the counter, between the guide-strips upon the floor, and mounted on wheels, and provided with mechanism connected to the hinged lids of the boxes to raise the lid as the box is pulled out, and to close it when the box is pushed back to place again. This may be accomplished in several ways" (lines 26-33).
Date: November 20, 1883
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas


Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using a draw-head having a chamber and a recess from its upper face into the chamber, of a coupling-dog pivoted in the recess and having a notch in its under faces and a hook at its forward end...... and the chain and levers connected with the said eyes.” (Lines 32-41) Illustration is included.
Date: September 8, 1891
Creator: Lewis, Thomas E.

Chimney Holder

Description: Patent for chimney holder. This design is a "means for holding a chimney upon a burner of any kind for the purpose of preventing the accidental tilting of the chimney" (lines 11-13). Illustrations included.
Date: August 17, 1909
Creator: Elkins, Thomas M.


Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design "provide[s] a cheap, durable, and easily-operated motor for dash-churns, and one the length of stroke of which can be varied to suit the size of the churn and the quality of the cream to be churned. [The] invention consists of a dash-lever, connecting-rod, crank and pulley shaft, and large drive-wheel, the dash-lever being made adjustable as to its length of stroke" (lines 7-15).
Date: March 14, 1882
Creator: Blackstock, John Lafayett

Churn Dasher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn dasher. This design, "[a]s an article of manufacture, [consists in] the conical or concavo-convex churn dasher having a circular rim, the air cups or cells, the arms, and the raised nave or center portion, all of concavo-convex shape in their transverse sections" (lines 28-33).
Date: May 5, 1885
Creator: Hale, James F.

Cotton-Picking Machine.

Description: Patent for improvement in cotton picking machine “whereby the ripened portion of the cotton may be easily and thoroughly picked or removed and disposed in a suitable receptacle.” (Lines 22-24.) Illustration is included.
Date: January 3, 1905
Creator: McEachern, John Neil


Description: Patent for an invention that "relates to an implement designed for boring earth, and may be used for well-boring and also for boring post-holes," (lines 11-13) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 27, 1891
Creator: Franks, Madison S.

Grain Toller.

Description: Patent for a new and improved grain toller. This design "consists in a novel construction of a revolving cylinder provided with cavities representing certain measures . . . separating a certain portion [of grain] to be retained as toll, and whereby, also, provision is made for varying the size of the toll-measure, so as to enable it to separate different proportions from the main body of the grain, according to the amount of toll to be taken" (lines 7-19).
Date: July 20, 1880
Creator: Wilson, William John

Head Rest for Chairs.

Description: Patent for a new and improved head-rest for chairs. This design consists in "[a] head-rest for chairs, comprising a top support . . . a plate fixed thereto and provided with a socket and guides . . . a ball, fitting socket, and retaining-jaws held in the guide of the plate around the ball" (lines 81-86).
Date: August 3, 1886
Creator: Ashby, Daniel S.