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Life and Adventures of Ben Thompson the Famous Texan.

Description: This book is a biography of Ben Thompson, "Including a detailed and authentic statement of his birth, history and adventures by one who has known him since a child" (from the title page). The original of this item includes an insert from The Steck Company giving a brief overview of the history of the book (number of copies published, prices, etc.).
Date: 1956
Creator: Walton, W. M.
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library


Description: Patent for a hay-press where "the plunger or traverser is arranged in a suitable frame and is drawn toward its rearward position by means of a spring. rods are connected to the opposite sides of the plunger or traverser, and these are in turn connected to a cross-head, which in turn is connected with a pitman provided on its outer end with a hook that engages mechanism to give it a motion which imparts a reciprocating motion to the plunger" (lines 15-25).
Date: September 8, 1896
Creator: McIntosh, Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lubricating Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lubricating device. This design consists of "[t]he combination, with the cross-head of an engine or other reciprocating part of machinery, and the guides or ways on which it works, of a reservoir for the lubricant, a wheel for taking up and applying the same to the friction-surface with which the wheel works in contact, and a spring for supporting the wheel" (para. 10). This design prevents dust and other pollutants from entering the reservoir.
Date: January 22, 1878
Creator: Walton, Franklin B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a car coupling that is simple and can be inexpensively manufactured. The invention's object is "to provide a link controlling device to be used in coupling cars together where the cars have draw-heads of the same or different heights which will render it unnecessary for a person to go between the cars during the operation" (lines 11-16).
Date: January 30, 1894
Creator: Smart, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Battery A on the Mexican Border

Description: This book is an account of Battery A of the Rhode Island National Guard and its activation on June 24, 1916, its travel to the U.S.-Mexico border, its activities until it was mustered out on November 2, 1916. They were stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and also referred to their site as Camp Pershing. Includes a narrative description of their trip by train, their camp and training activities on the border. Also includes many reproductions of photographs of the troops and sites, cartoons, and a list of personnel.
Date: 1916
Creator: Stiness, Henry R.W.
Partner: University of Texas at El Paso

Combination Lock Joint or Device.

Description: Patent for a combination lock joint or device for sectional poles that prevents bending of the pole and allows for sections of the pole to be easily taken on or off.
Date: July 25, 1911
Creator: Carleton, Ernest William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department