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Snap-Hook

Description: Patent for a snap hook in order to "provide a hook of simple construction that shall be securely locked when in use" (p. 2)
Date: December 30, 1890
Creator: Adams, Don B.

Electric Signal System for Electric Cars

Description: Patent for signal systems for electric railways where wires arranged in connection with the signal lamps at the ends of the blocks and on the cars will be lit to signal caution. There will also be a signal within the car if another moving car in the opposite direction enters the same block.
Date: December 26, 1905
Creator: Adams, Edwin J.

Railway Signaling Mechanism

Description: Patent for a railway signaling mechanism. This invention "relates to certain new and useful improvements in electric railway and block signaling in which means are provided for indicating in the engine cab to the engineer the condition of the road ahead" (lines 9-13). Illustrations included.
Date: January 15, 1907
Creator: Adams, Edwin Johnson

Rotary-Engine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rotary engine. This design consists "of a wheel provided with radially-sliding pistons and revolving within a fixed circumferential steam-chest, and having fixed on its axle an eccentric and spring, that operate to throw the pistons or floats outward to receive the pressure of the steam or other motor that is to drive the engine" (lines 19-26).
Date: January 20, 1880
Creator: Adams, James Ansley

Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design "consists in a rubber or other elastic seat having a thick central portion with tapering thin edges and a leather covering for the same" (lines 9-11).
Date: November 4, 1884
Creator: Adams, James E. & Shero, Philip

Cotton-Chopper.

Description: Patent for a content chopping device with an adjustable lever and cutters. The cotton chopper can be attached to different cultivator frames (farm equipment) and adjusted to chop or thin out different rows of cotton stalks (or other plants).
Date: March 23, 1915
Creator: Adams, Joe B. & Miller, Lawrence M.

Air Compressor for Deep Well Pumps.

Description: Patent for a new and improved air-compressor. This design "relates to improvements in air-compressing mechanism for the purpose of pumping for forcing from deep wells and performing similar work; and it consists in the construction and arrangement of a larger and smaller air-cylinder, and the combination therewith of mechanism to force the air from the larger into the smaller cylinder to increase the air-pressure in the latter" (lines 22-30).
Date: August 2, 1887
Creator: Adams, John R.

Rail-Joint.

Description: Patent for improvements to the joints for railway rails to prevent "bumping of the wheels against the ends of rails and the cross ties adjacent to the joints" (lines 16-18) including illustrations.
Date: January 21, 1908
Creator: Adams, Powell O.

Railway-Crossing

Description: Patent for crossings for railway tracks and particularly to means for closing the cut in the rails made for the flanges of the wheels, and the object is to provide sliding members which can be easily operated to close the slot or cut in the crossing rails for the flanges of the wheels so that a continuous tread will be formed for every wheel that passes over the crossing and to provide a mechanism for the tracks.
Date: March 30, 1909
Creator: Adams, Powell O.