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Seed-Planter Attachment.

Description: Patent for "seed-planter attachments; and it has for its object to provide a new and useful machine of this character adapted to simultaneously plant two rows of corn, cotton, or other seed at any desired distance apart and to also provide means for marking the third row at any width from the planter." (Lines 8-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 14, 1896
Creator: Adkins, Stephen J.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements in atmospheric clothes pounders: "Dividing the outer section into compartments so that air in escaping is distributed evenly from all sides of the pounder instead of escaping in a body from one side, whenever the pounder strikes a wad or knot of cloths and is tipped sidewise; it also makes the suction better" (lines 49-55).
Date: May 2, 1893
Creator: Allgaier, George E.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for sheep shears. Illustrations included.
Date: June 11, 1908
Creator: Ascue, Elbert
Item Type: Patent

Sewing Device

Description: Patent for a sewing device relating to the sewing of bags. This invention consists of a helical needle for drawing stitches without having to twist or turn the sewing device. Illustration included.
Date: November 29, 1905
Creator: Ascue, Elbert & Crank, R. H.
Item Type: Patent

Advertising Device.

Description: Patent for "a simple and inexpensive advertising device adapted to be placed on street corners and other public places and capable of exciting the curiosity and attracting attention, and thereby directing the attention of persons to the advertisement" (lines 11-16).
Date: March 20, 1894
Creator: Attaway, Henry F.
Item Type: Patent

Dental-Plate-Polishing Tool.

Description: Patent for a machine that dresses or reduces dental plates uniformly, and can dress dental plates to any thickness. It also can "provide permanently-exposed means for indicating the thickness to which the plate is being reduced" (lines 16-19). It will not puncture or weaken dental plates.
Date: October 13, 1896
Creator: Barnes, Preston B.
Item Type: Patent

Device for Cleaning Flues

Description: Patent for a flue cleaner that operates by blowing steam through the flue, thus removing dirt and debris. Illustrations included.
Date: December 18, 1909
Creator: Bartles, Neslon E. & Hawkins, Charles O.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a clothes pounder "which will inclose a body of air and expel the same when it is brought down upon the clothes forcing water through the clothes and filling with water an upper chamber, and which when lifted from the clothes will release a body of water at the top of the pounder and cause water to pass through the clothes" (lines 12-19).
Date: March 7, 1893
Creator: Beaver, William G.
Item Type: Patent

Autographic Register.

Description: Patent for a device to register fares in situations where passengers pay to be transported from one location to another, specifically by train. The fare-collector needs a way to have accurate receipts as fares are collected. The invention is a "small portable ticket-holder and registering device (lines 38-39), that issues valid tickets "which will enable a conductor to keep a correct current amount of fares as received as well as a record of tickets sold and mileage traveled on same" (lines 41-45), and prevents dishonesty in fare-collectors.
Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Bond, George D.
Item Type: Patent

Bridle Bit.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bridle-bit. This design consists "[i]n a bridle-bit, the combination, with the bit-bar, provided with the loops of the angle-levers mounted on the said bar and having their corresponding arms respectively connected by the curb-chain and provided with rein loops or rings and the studs or pins on the levers engaging the loops" (lines 70-76).
Date: May 21, 1889
Creator: Bowles, Zachary Taylor
Item Type: Patent

Grass and Weed Exterminator.

Description: Patent for a grass and weed exterminator, especially those weeds that roots are a network of runners that can't be pulled up. The destroyer plows them up, ten inches or more, and sifts through the dirt, pulling up the network of plants.
Date: September 29, 1896
Creator: Briggs, George, W.
Item Type: Patent

Railroad-Track Lifter.

Description: Patent for improvement in railroad-track lifters by using “the combination of a base, a upright, a lever and two pawls engaging notches of the upright” (lines 97-99) and “hand mechanism for operating the pawls,” (lines 1-2, p. 2) for easily raising sections of railway-track. Illustration is included.
Date: March 31, 1891
Creator: Brown, Hiram David
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for "a cotton-chopper attachment for cultivators... to be applied to the ordinary sulky-cultivator frame... and when so applied to constitute and efficient machine for chopping and thinning cotton." (Lines 9-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 25, 1891
Creator: Cansler, Hurnon K. & Cansler, Thomas G.
Item Type: Patent

Steering-Gear for Traction-Engines

Description: Patent for improvements to a steering gear for traction engines by means of a steam-cylinder and a valve to control the steam flow, including illustrations.
Date: January 16, 1906
Creator: Cantelou, Peter Louie
Item Type: Patent

Corn and Cotton Planter

Description: Patent for "a novel planting mechanism for planting either corn or cotton-seed, at the pleasure of the operator, by a simple adjustment of parts, and thereby adapt the machine for sowing different kinds of seeds and save the farmer the expense of two different machines" (lines 19-25).
Date: April 9, 1889
Creator: Cathey, Thomas Jefferson
Item Type: Patent

Telephone Attachment.

Description: Patent for "a device which will support the weight of the telephone-receiver on the switch-lever whether the receiver be hung on the hooks of said lever or carelessly dropped, [the] object being to provide against the short-circuiting of the local battery when the telephone is not being used, whereby it would become uselessly exhausted, and also to insure that the signal-bell shall at such times always be in operative circuit with the central station, so that the annoyance to a distant exchange or subscriber by a failure of the call-bell to respond is avoided." (Lines 9-21) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 22, 1896
Creator: Christopher, William O.
Item Type: Patent

Rotary Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rotary cultivator. This design is "to lessen the weight on tongue and the down draft while the power is applied more directly to the plows. By this means [the design is] enabled to make the whole frame very light; also, to provide convenient means of adjusting the altitude of the wheels with respect to the plows, so as to regulate the depth of the latter, and also to hold them out of the ground; also, to obtain suitable means for adjusting the plows at any desirable angle to the line of travel, and to throw greater or less soil to or from the plants" (lines 15-26).
Date: July 19, 1887
Creator: Coleman, Benjamin T.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved gate. This design "relates to improvements in that class of gates in which the gate is suspended from and adapted to transverse a supporting-beam adapted to oscillate and cause the gate to travel back and forth by gravity, according to the position the beam occupies, and has for its object to provide a gate and its operating mechanism which shall be simple and durable in construction, and capable of being readily and easily operated by a horse[back rider] or driver of a team approaching the same from either direction" (lines 9-20).
Date: May 19, 1885
Creator: Connelly, William E.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improved washing machine that consists of a sheet-metal body with two tubs, rubbing-boards, a fire-box under the body, bails, and springs with hooks.
Date: March 21, 1893
Creator: Conner, Joshua Harley
Item Type: Patent

Device for Exterminating Insects on Plants.

Description: Patent for improvements in insects control device on plants in which it allows “convenient and practicality to apply smoke and fumes to the plants at any stage of growth, whereby any insect which may prey upon the plant or its fruits may be effectually exterminated.” (Lines 13-18) Illustration is included.
Date: March 22, 1904
Creator: Cottle, Thomas M.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improved design for casters, otherwise known as "rollers for bedsteads and the like" (lines 15-16), including illustrations.
Date: April 19, 1881
Creator: Custer, George
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved file. This design "consists in the improved construction and combination of parts of a file having its teeth cut to extend half-way across the face from each edge and at an angle to each other, and having a longitudinal groove in the middle of each face" (lines 22-27).
Date: November 2, 1886
Creator: Custer, George
Item Type: Patent