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Abdominal Supporter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved supporter for the abdomen during pregnancy. This design "consists of an abdominal sack for the support of the abdomen in pregnancy, which is contrived with supporting-bands adapted for supporting it from the shoulders of the wearer, where the weight can be best sustained, and so as to entirely avoid the belt commonly used, and thus relieve the stomach and liver from the pressure and irritation which it produces" (lines 7-15).
Date: September 11, 1883
Creator: Galney, Augustus.
Item Type: Patent

Acetylene-Gas Generator.

Description: Patent for a new and useful acetylene gas generator, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 18, 1899
Creator: Eldridge, Hilliary & Blum, Sylvain
Item Type: Patent

Adjustable Hame Fastner

Description: Patent for "new and useful Improvements in Adjustable Hame-Fastner" (lines 6-6), including instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 14, 1901
Creator: Boyle, F.
Item Type: Patent

Adjusting Device for Compressing-Rolls.

Description: Patent for adjusting devices for compressing rolls which “employed for compressing into a continuous thin sheet cotton fiber; and the objects in view are to provide a simple and convenient means for binding the rolls in contact, and when so bound to prevent any undesired yielding.” (Lines 10-15) Illustration is included.
Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Goldthwaite, Joseph G.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Baling Cotton.

Description: Patent for improvements to an apparatus that softens and compresses cotton, and prevents clogging and breakage. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 5, 1890
Creator: Goldthwaite, Joseph G.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Freezing Wine.

Description: Patent for a device that cools wine and liquor. The device "will produce the desired results in much shorter time than is now employed by the common method and apparatus" (lines 11-14).
Date: May 9, 1893
Creator: Wadhams, Arthur
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Handling Lint-Cotton.

Description: Patent for an apparatus for handling lint-cotton that allows air to move freely without back pressure while putting the fiber into a bat. It has a "trunk into which a series of gins deliver, of a primary condenser having a high surface speed, so that it will rapidly remove the fiber and prevent the bat from building up of such thickness as to check the escape of air, and a second condenser having a slower surface speed and arranged to receive the lint from the first condenser and form it into a thicker bat" (lines 29-37).
Date: March 19, 1895
Creator: Campbell, Douglas M.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Producing Ammoniacal Gas.

Description: Patent for a new and improved refrigerator and ice machine. This design "consists in an improved construction, whereby the gas is relieved of its moisture before entering the condenser, a better apparatus is obtained, and repairs are facilitated and cheapened" (lines 12-16).
Date: July 21, 1885
Creator: Lee, Charles B.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Treating Cotton-Seed Hulls

Description: Patent for "a simple and durable plant capable of use in carrying out a dry process of reducing the hulls to a finely-divided condition" (lines 8-13).
Date: October 21, 1890
Creator: Bohn, Emil
Item Type: Patent

Automatic Car Uncoupler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved car uncoupler. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a coupling adapted to hold two cars together, of an uncoupler comprising a lever pivotally connected to the car, a weight supported on the car and connected to said lever, and a connection between the weight-operated lever and the coupling for operating it, to separate the cars upon the dropping of the weight" (lines 4-11).
Date: June 7, 1887
Creator: Flett, John Henry
Item Type: Patent

Automatic Railway Switch

Description: Patent for an automatic railway switch. Illustration included.
Date: March 18, 1905
Creator: Ditmars, Frederick R. S. & Hendrix, A. S.
Item Type: Patent

Automatic Type-Writing Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements to the type writer which allow for automatic, proper spacing between letters and words; will automatically return the carriage to the beginning of the page; and will automatically feed the inking ribbon so that the entire surface is used. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 13, 1897
Creator: Templeton, Allison
Item Type: Patent

Back-Band Buckle.

Description: Patent for an improved back-band buckle and an improved hook that connects the buckle with the trace-chain. The lever-hook snaps "into position and is held secure in a pane substantially flush with the lower portion of the buckle-frame when the buckle is closed by the forcing down of the lever" (lines 15-19).
Date: April 20, 1897
Creator: Brown, John Staddart
Item Type: Patent

Bale-Ejector for Presses.

Description: Patent for the improvement in cotton-bale presses or compressors; and it has for its object to provide a means whereby the bale, after being properly compressed, will be automatically ejected from the press, as more fully hereinafter specified.
Date: December 7, 1880
Creator: Riesel, Henry
Item Type: Patent

Bale Tie.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tie for bales. This design calls for one long, flat piece of scrap metal to be folded over on itself twice so that there are four layers of metal as well as a loop (or "rib") on either end. Then, a hole should be cut through all four layers with a tapered opening through the edge; this design is cheaper and more durable than previous bale ties.
Date: August 24, 1880
Creator: Riesel, Henry
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvement in the construction of hooks used to join the ends of ties "for packages or bales of cotton, hemp, rags, or other substances in which a divided metallic band or hoop encircling the package or bale is used, and the ends whereof are joined by a hook at one end of said band, arranged to interlock with any one of a series of mortises in the other end of the band" (para. 2).
Date: August 8, 1876
Creator: Davis, Waters S.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a "cotton bale provided with a fire-proof covering in the form of a box or casing of sheet metal, and to have the same so applied to the bale in the process of compressing the cotton in forming the bale, that the said covering will of itself form the entire means for holding the bale intact and in its tightly compressed condition, while serving its additional function as a shipping case which will protect the bale of cotton from fire, and from all possible damage incidental to transportation and storage." (Lines 16-27) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 29, 1895
Creator: Hutches, Benjamin F., Jr.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements in baling-presses by “simplify and strengthen the frame and operating parts, to secure a better distribution of the strains between the operating parts and the frame, and to increase the speed at which the press may be operated by permitting the platen to rise and fall to a limited extent independent of the power mechanism, so that after the loose fiber is introduced the platen may be dropped instantly a portion of the distance to effect a partial compression of the charge by its weight before bringing the power mechanism into play.” (Lines 17-29) Illustration is included.
Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Goldthwaite, Joseph G.
Item Type: Patent

Beer Cooler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved beer cooler. This design consists "in a beer-cooler, the combination of the cup-shaped rubber cap having the opening with the faucet, said cap being adapted to form an air-tight joint between the faucet and the beer-cooler" (lines 89-93).
Date: October 13, 1885
Creator: Follett, Charles Jonathan
Item Type: Patent