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Automatic Railway Signal.

Description: Patent for a new and improved railroad signal. This design, "[w]hen the wheels of a passing train come in contact with the spring and bent end of the lever . . . said end is lowered or depressed, causing the movement in the same direction of the outer end of said lever, which, through the agency of the wire, will cause the ringing or sounding of the gong or bell as the wheels . . . come in contact with the end of the lever. . . .[A]fter the wheels of the last car of a train have passed the point where the lever is located, said lever will be returned to its normal position by means of the coil-spring" (lines 57-71).
Date: October 16, 1888
Creator: Ross, Albert James & Darter, John T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railway Signal.

Description: Patent for a new and improved railroad signal. This design consists in "[a] continuous electric conductor extending beside a railroad, a contact-maker borne by a train, an electric galvanic battery, a stationary transmitter, and a train provided with transmitting and receiving instruments on two or more members of the train and connected with the electric circuit in multiple arc . . . whereby a message can be sent to each member simultaneously" (lines 8-17).
Date: June 7, 1887
Creator: Armstrong, James Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Danger-Signal for Railroads.

Description: Patent for a "device for indicating at railroad crossings and other points, the approach or departure of trains within any given distance of such crossing or with relation to any point where persons might come into dangerous proximity to the train if they were left unadvised by some such signal as this." (Lines 19-26) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 26, 1895
Creator: Lee, Horatio Grooms; White, John P.; Ball, Thomas & White, James L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for Placing Torpedoes.

Description: Patent for "a device especially adapted for placing torpedoes on railroad tracks and at the same time fixing the torpedo in position, the work being accomplished in a simple and expeditious manner while the train is in motion, whereby one train following another may be signaled without stopping the first train, thus preventing rear end collisions." (Lines 7-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 23, 1895
Creator: Seamands, James D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Telephone Signal

Description: Patent for a telephone signal. This invention relates to electrically operated signals whereby a visual signal for indicating when a telephone rings. Illustration included.
Date: December 11, 1906
Creator: Jordan, Thomas P. & Carden, George A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Street-Indicator for Electric Cars.

Description: Patent for improvements in street indicating device for electric cars by informing the driver which street is, as the car approaches the streets. The device can be mount within a car and once it is installed, it is completely automatic. Illustration is included.
Date: October 7, 1913
Creator: Morton, James E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Signal

Description: Patent for a signal. This invention provides a signal for display to call the milkman, iceman, laundryman, etc. when in need for service. It is designed to display panels featuring suitable names for needed services. Illustration included.
Date: January 1, 1907
Creator: Marwedel, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Signing strategies for low-water and flood-prone highway crossings

Description: "In this report the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) developed a guidelines and recommendations for creating signing uniformity for low-water and flood-prone sections of roadways. TTI also developed criteria for when to implement active water-level detection and advance warning systems at low-water crossings and flood-prone roadway sections."
Date: November 2011
Creator: Higgins, Laura; Chrysler, Susan T.; Pesti, Geza & Chaudhary, Nadeem
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Richardson High School Class of 1934

Description: Copy photograph of a group of students identified as Richardson High School Class of 1934. They are posing in three rows in front of a brick building. The two back rows are standing, and the front row of boys are all kneeling. All but one boy have their arms crossed, and some boys are giving "peace" hand signs. On the bottom-left corner of the image, there are two pieces of tape with red-colored text that says "Crop Here," with markings through the text.
Date: 193?
Partner: Richardson Public Library

Cars in Traffic

Description: Photograph of cars stuck in traffic by Brackenridge Hospital, waiting to turn right at a yield sign onto 15th Street.
Date: February 1975
Creator: Fluitt, Mike
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Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Main Street Looking North

Description: Postcard of the view from Second Street looking north on Main Street, Taylor. No correspondence on the back. Note the parked automobiles in front of the stores and commercial building. An old traffic signal is in the middle of the street in the distance.
Date: 193?
Partner: Taylor Public Library

Time-Signal for Telephones

Description: Patent for standard time-signaling instruments and consists of "an instrument for and a manner of signaling standard time through an entire system or systems of telephones."(lines 10-14) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 29, 1882
Creator: Oram, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Repeating Railroad-Signal.

Description: Patent for an automatic repeating railroad-signal designed to be used with semaphore and other train-signaling apparatus. It eliminates mistakes made in notifying the central office and automatically reports "any change in the position or color of the signal to a central office over the ordinary telegraph-wire" (lines 14-16). The signal is a wheel that operates a key to send a message to the central office.
Date: January 28, 1896
Creator: Innes, Robert Hayward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Train-Marker and Signal-Lamp.

Description: Patent for a train-marker and engine signal-lamp meant to "provide a lamp in which the light may be differently colored and the change of color may be effected in an expeditious and convenient manner without the necessity of opening the lamp" (lines 10-14). It also provides "a guard or slide, whereby the opening through which the adjusting device passes may be closed, so as to prevent the wind from entering the body of the lamp and interfering with the flame" (lines 15-20). The lamp is meant for railroads and has two or more lenses, and is durably and inexpensively constructed. One color of light can be shown from the front and back and another from the sides.
Date: February 18, 1896
Creator: Cook, Marion P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Signal.

Description: Patent for a railroad-signal that "moves automatically with the semaphore in an improved, simple and efficient manner" (lines 17-19).
Date: December 17, 1895
Creator: Ward, Thomas E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Locomotive-Headlight.

Description: Patent for a three-way locomotive-headlight with easily removable screens of different colors in order to send signals. The screens are easily fitted to other locomotive headlights. This invention is meant to prevent accidents that happen without proper signaling.
Date: January 14, 1896
Creator: Davis, Moses J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Switch-Stand.

Description: Patent for a switch-stand for railroads with a vertically movable crank bar that is easily locked into position and a cam lever. The invention is operated more easily than other switch-stands.
Date: September 4, 1894
Creator: Driever, Benjiman F. & Mixon, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department