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Description: Patent for improvements in thill-couplings "whereby provision is made for the easy connection and disconnection of the shafts or pole of the vehicle without any unscrewing or removal of bolts or pins" (para. 2).
Date: November 26, 1872
Creator: Fitzsimmons, Henry
Description: Patent for an improvement in spring wheels in which "a maximum of resiliency or shock absorbing power is obtained, with the employment of comparatively few elements" (lines 11-14). The spring wheel has multiple spokes that are telescoping sections of coil spring, held in a distended position to eliminate lateral strains upon the wheel.
Date: December 10, 1912
Creator: Kilgore, Starling
Description: Patent for a new floor-surfacing machine that is "pivotally mounted upon supporting carriers and carrying an abrading roller which may be forced into contact with the floor to be smoothed, or withdrawn from said contact by operating the machine upon its pivoted support" (lines 11-18), which includes illustrations and instructions.
Date: December 27, 1910
Creator: Warner, William E.
Description: Patent for improvement in hook and eye in which it will enable the “coacting parts to be readily engaged with each other, be closed with a snap by lateral pressure, which will not slacken or have play where they engage each other. It will not become accidentally detached, and have resilience between the engaged members that insures their remaining connected. It also will not have gap between the dress flaps when the members join together.” (Lines 13-21) Illustration is included.
Date: March 28, 1905
Creator: Priest, Frank L.
Description: Patent for "improvements in fence or other posts and bases thereof, and especially telegraph and telephone posts" (lines 13-15). The design involves "a minimum amount of lumber" and "a maximum amount of strength" (lines 17-19). It claims further benefits, such as "preventing early decay" (lines 22-23) allowing "perfect drainage" (lines 25-26), and facilitating the re-use of old posts.
Date: August 11, 1903
Creator: Beazley, John & Beazley, William H.