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Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design "consists in the combination of the door provided with a rod for catching under the spring, a cylinder for receiving powder, a spring-actuated cover for the end of the cylinder, and a spring which explodes the cap . . . The object of [the] invention is to provide a burglar-alarm which will make a loud noise when the door is opened, and in which a spring-actuated cover is made to take the place of a wad or ball" (lines 13-24).
Date: August 10, 1886
Creator: Bray, Horace Bradford
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the casing, the shaft having the winding-drum, the rope connected to the latter passing over a pulley and having a weight attached thereto, a ratchet-wheel at one end of the shaft, a pitman connecting said ratchet-wheel with the alarm-sounding mechanism, a spring-latch engaging the ratchet-wheel and having a cam-lever pivoted in a notch at its front end, the lamp having a scratch-plate attached to its burner, and the lamp-chimney having a vertical slot in its lower end" (lines 39-50).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Carter, Elmira
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar-Alarm.

Description: Patent for a portable device that can be hung on a door knob and sound an alarm when the knob is turned, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 18, 1914
Creator: Dick, Archie P., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electrical Alarm for Window Screens.

Description: Patent for a new and improved window alarm. This design consists in "the window-frame, having the contact-springs connected in open circuit with an electrical alarm, with the screen or frame in the window-frame, having the double contact-points, the contact-springs, and the wires, the contact-point bearing against the spring . . . the point, spring, double contact-points, and the contact-springs being connected together in open-circuit, whereby an alarm will be sounded either by raising the screen or frame, by cutting one of the wires, or by pushing one of the wires aside" (lines 76-89).
Date: August 11, 1885
Creator: Garrett, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Alarm Device.

Description: Patent for an alarm device "to be used in connection with a boiler and operatively connected with the steam whistle, whereby when the water falls below a certain level in the boiler the mechanism will automatically operate to blow the whistle" (lines 11-16). Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 15, 1914
Creator: Priester, Joel E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Door Check and Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved door-check and alarm. With this design, "[t]he latch normally stands in the engaging position, and when it aligns with one of the notches it engages the same automatically. One of the notches is so arranged that it is engaged by the latch when the door is closed, and when the knob is turned to open the door the cord, wire, or chain draws the latch out of engagement with the notch. . . . [a] bell on the end of the latch will give warning when the latch is moved, and the door cannot be opened without moving the latch" (lines 63-92).
Date: February 12, 1889
Creator: King, Charles Rufus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design "consists in the combination of the lock-frame with a pivoted plate which is connected to it at one end, and which plate carries the nipple to receive the catch, and is provided with sharp points to catch in the jamb of the door, with a sidewise-moving trigger, which is operated by the door, and a set-screw for securing the lock-plate in position upon the door" (lines 13-21).
Date: June 26, 1883
Creator: Wright, William Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design "consists in a wire attached to the anchor or escapement-lever of a clock-work for ringing or sounding an alarm bell, which wire has a hook at its outer end, which is passed into a loop, ring, or hook at the end of a wire connected with the key-bolt or knob-bolt of a lock, or with a wire leading to places a considerable difference from the alarm" (lines 11-18).
Date: September 20, 1881
Creator: Holloman, Harvey Allen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

ELECTRICAL ALARM SYSTEM

Description: Patent for an electrical alarm system based on a protected circuit that alarms at any tampering or interference.
Date: March 10, 1903
Creator: Sutton, Henry M.; Steele, Walter L. & Coerver, Michael
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hot Box Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hot-box alarm. This design "relates to alarms to indicate overheated journal-boxes; and it has for its object to provide a device of this character . . . which will be useful upon boxes of stationary engines, car-wheels, or any style or form of machinery in which shafting or boxes are employed which are liable to get overheated" (lines 8-16). It consists, "with a journal-box, of a cylinder supported upon said box and designed to accommodate a liquefying solid, a perforated plunger supported upon the solid within the cylinder and adapted to work through the solid when melted" (lines 12-17).
Date: October 4, 1892
Creator: Basel, John Conrad & Fruehauf, Eduard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire Alarm

Description: Patent for a new and useful automatic fire-alarm to "provide an improved alarm of this character especially designed for use in hotels and other large buildings having a large number of rooms" (line 8 -13).
Date: October 26, 1897
Creator: Staples, John & Spake, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Scale Alarm

Description: Patent for an improved scale alarm that automatically alerts the user to scales that are not balanced and is unaffected by temperature changes, including illustrations.
Date: April 8, 1913
Creator: Rice, William Jasper
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Devices For Ringing Bells.

Description: Patent for an improvement to a mechanism that externally strikes a bell to ring it, "applicable to fire, hotel, school, church, factory and other bells. By it the striking may be performed with great rapidity and regularity" (para. 10).
Date: September 18, 1877
Creator: Perry, Elton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar-Alarm.

Description: Patent for an improved burglar alarm to attach to a door or window with a "simple locking device for the hammer" so that the alarm can be transported and reinstalled safely (lines 15-16).
Date: June 3, 1902
Creator: Moody, Winfield H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Clip: Crime #16]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: October 12, 1977, 5:00 p.m.
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Protection for jittery women]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a display of protection items at a Dallas gift and jewelry show intended to be used by women to discourage assaults.
Date: February 23, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Stamps & Phillipt [sic] Demonstrating Their Automatic

Description: Stamps and Phillips, inventors, demonstrate their Storm Alarm invention. Note that "Phillips" is spelled with one "l" and a "t" on the hand-written caption. The car is sitting in front of the second Carlsbad drinking pavilion on W. Watts Street (now NW 4th Street.) The photograph was taken during the 1920's.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[Floor in Courthouse]

Description: Photograph of the second or third floor of the Fort Bend County courthouse in Richmond, Texas. A railing is visible in the foreground, and a lamp hangs from the ceiling next to a fire alarm on the left.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Location Info:
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Staircase Landing]

Description: Photograph of a tiled landing at the bottom of a staircase in the Denton County courthouse in Denton, Texas. There is a wood paneling on the walls, and a fire alarm on the wall to the left.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Location Info:
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell