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Advertising Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved advertising sign. This design "consist[s] in the fixed staff or upright having pulley, bent rotary vane having the opening, and adapted for the display of advertisements, inside [the] bent rotary vane, and the governor adapted to regulate automatically the speed at which the vanes are to revolve" (lines 68-80).
Date: February 19, 1884
Creator: Carly, John Wesly
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for animal-poke that prevents them from jumping or forcing their way through fences. It consists of a yoke with its ends pointing upward, a brow band, rods that connect the brow band and the ends of the yoke, and bulges at the ends of the rods.
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: McWilliams, Anderson W.
Item Type: Patent

Animal Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved animal power (engine). This design "consists in an animal-power constructed with a small wheel placed loosely upon a stationary upright shaft, and connected by hinges with the inner ends of arms and sweeps attached to the main wheel, which is mounted upon caster-wheels to support the weight of the wheel and its attachments. . . . The object of this invention is to economize power and promote convenience" (lines 16-25).
Date: October 31, 1882
Creator: Knox, William Curtis
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in ant-traps.
Date: April 12, 1898
Creator: Selvidge, Charles W.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a "trap designed to be placed around an ant-hill and adapted to capture ants leaving or returning to the ant-hill." (Lines 11-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 18, 1897
Creator: Bond, William Beebe
Item Type: Patent

Ant Trap.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design calls for a tank of water to be buried in the ground and a collar of cheap material to be attached to the tank and placed over the mouth of an anthill. The concave nature of the collar prevents ants from climbing out of it, so they are forced into the water tank, where they drown; the design is cheaper and less toxic than previous designs.
Date: November 22, 1881
Creator: Arnett, Sandridge Thomas
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an ant-trap with an inflexible bottom with a hole in the middle, a perpendicular section rough on the inside and smooth on the outside, and the perpendicular smooth sides are attached to the edges of the bottom. The trap has a device that prevents the ants from running around the trap.
Date: November 13, 1894
Creator: Carter, William B.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Handling Seed-Cotton.

Description: Patent for a "mechanism for handling seed-cotton [...] to provide novel means for conveying said cotton directly from the wagon or from the cotton-house to the ginning mechanism, whereby the cotton is cleansed and dried during its passage" (lines 7-13). It also helps to prevent fires and contamination of ginned cotton, and to reduce labor handling seed-cotton.
Date: December 2, 1884
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Item Type: Patent

Artificial Stone.

Description: Patent for a process of manufacturing artificial stone in which “it will not cracked by reason of exposure and which may be readily engraved, impressed or otherwise marked to form letters, characters, emblems and etc….” (Lines 16-20). No illustration.
Date: August 28, 1900
Creator: Johnson, Jesse W. & Hendrix, Albert S.
Item Type: Patent

Attachment for Cultivators.

Description: Patent for a wheel-cultivator that attaches to planters or plows. It provides "means whereby a planter or a plow-beam carrying any desired cultivating implement can be attached to the frame of a riding or wheel cultivator frame, and thus enable the cultivator-frame to be applied to uses other than that for which it was intended" (lines 25-30).
Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Morris, Thomas R.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new baling press design with description of parts and their functions, with illustrations.
Date: March 2, 1886
Creator: Bryan, Walter S.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements to a baling press, making it "simple, inexpensive, durable, and highly-efficient" (lines 17-18), including illustrations.
Date: January 9, 1906
Creator: Unfried, Joseph
Item Type: Patent

Bedstead Brace.

Description: Patent for a new and useful bedstead-brace. "This invention is an improved construction of bedstead-brace, the object being to provide an exceedingly cheap, simple, and efficient device which can be applied to any and all beds" (line 7-11).
Date: January 21, 1902
Creator: Campbell, Ike W.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for "bevel-squares adapted to be converted into a try-square through the medium of a pivoted and adjustable blade." (Lines 13-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 9, 1897
Creator: Morris, Thomas R.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements in bolt-holders by “providing a combined bolt-holder and screw-driver…. in which the hook or engaging member is quickly and conveniently adjustable to any angle to allow the tool to be employed in various positions to engage bolts set.” (Lines 15-22) Illustration is included.
Date: March 25, 1902
Creator: Carter, Hiram C.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved buckle. This design "is composed of two parts, the upper end forming what may be termed a 'buckle proper,' to secure the end of a strap, and the lower ends formed into curved portions which fit one within the other and constructed to interlock, so that the lower end is adapted to catch a chain, bit, or other device which it is desired to connect a strap to, the . . . parts forming a hinge, whereby they can be turned one upon the other and separated entirely, or at their upper ends to allow the adjustment of the strap secured thereto" (lines 18-30).
Date: August 16, 1892
Creator: Taylor, John Greene
Item Type: Patent

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "the combination of two sliding draw-heads, each provided with a shank having coiled around it a spring and a nut secured thereto, an upper sliding supporting-plate for the pin, having a tripping device, a lower sliding supporting-plate for the link, having a catch, a latch with a trip-arm for holding and releasing said plate, and a spring for drawing it back to its normal position" (lines 11-20).
Date: February 9, 1886
Creator: Ballentine, John C.
Item Type: Patent

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "hinged jaws, draw-bars provided with a pin-hole . . . the jaws acting to support the pin until forced apart by the link, a hinged lever, a plate pivoted to said lever, said pin being attached to said plate, and an operating chain or rod connected to said plate for raising said pin" (lines 29-36).
Date: October 12, 1886
Creator: Carley, John W.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and effective combined churn motor and dasher that continuously and smoothly circulates cream. It has a large wheel the operator turns, which is connected through a series of pulleys to the dasher. A large frame holds the parts in place.
Date: September 11, 1894
Creator: Baugh, Edward H.
Item Type: Patent

Churn Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved motorized butter churn. This design utilizes paralleled uprights, shafts, through-holes, screw-holes, a crank, pit-men, and a cross-head (lines 85-92). This combination and arrangement of parts allows rotary motion to be converted to reciprocal motion, which improves the churning process.
Date: August 10, 1880
Creator: Brace, James
Item Type: Patent

Churning Machine.

Description: Patent for a churning machine that includes illustration and description of machine parts.
Date: July 2, 1901
Creator: McDaniel, Bill Homer
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and useful combination tool, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 31, 1898
Creator: Karner, Joseph C.
Item Type: Patent

Combined Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper and cultivator. This design consists in "the frame, the axle having drive-wheels, and a bevel-gear in combination with the longitudinally-sliding gear-shaft having [a] short crank on its rear end, the bar, the longitudinal rock-shaft in rear of and above the shaft and having the long crank, the handle depending from the rear-end of the rock-shaft, and the opposite chopping-hoes" (lines 27-35).
Date: March 29, 1887
Creator: Ferriott, Charlie L.
Item Type: Patent