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Bastrop County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Bastrop County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, the Old San Antonio Road, and railroads. Hand drawn lines have been added to the published map in pencil and red ink. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1917
Creator: McDonald, H. F. & Wicker, George T.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

General Highway Map Bastrop County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Bastrop County, Texas, showing rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools, churches, and post offices), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, cemeteries, oil fields, utility lines, petroleum pipelines, mines or quarries, railroads, ranches, state parks, military bases, a federal prison, and airports. Map includes five inset maps in the upper-right corner (Cedar Creek, Red Rock, McDade, Rosanky, and Page), a key to counties diagram, and a legend in the lower-left corner. A handwritten note has been made on the front of the map in pencil about the Old San Antonio Road survey lines. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (appropriately 2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1967
Creator: Texas. Highway Department. Planning Survey Division.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Buggy-Shaft Brace.

Description: Patent for buggy shaft braces for connecting the shaft and cross bar of a vehicle, in order to eliminate malfunction of cross bar.
Date: September 23, 1913
Creator: Brunken, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Air-Brake.

Description: Patent for train air-brakes to provide set brakes and same auxiliary pressure on all cars regardless of the brake cylinder piston travel distance.
Date: January 13, 1914
Creator: Wolf, Gustav B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Copy Holder

Description: Patent for an improved copy holder design that is "adapted for holding stenographers' notebooks and other copies and equipped with an efficient line guide, capable of easy and rapid operation to drop the line indicating means from one line to another with perfect accuracy" (lines 14-19), including illustrations.
Date: April 28, 1914
Creator: Wrede, Albin C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination-Flue

Description: Patent for a flue which will not crack and open, due to settling or to transverse strain. Also to provide means whereby the flue may be supported from the joists of a ceiling, against settling.
Date: February 3, 1914
Creator: Carl, Reinhold Adolph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rein Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rein holder. This design "relates to rein-holders, the object being to provide a device of this character which will firmly and securely hold the reins in place and prevent their forward movement and yet allow them to be readily drawn in a rearward direction to allow of detachment; and, further, to provide a rein-holder which may be readily and easily attached to or detached from the front gate of a wagon or the dash-board of a buggy" (lines 8-17).
Date: February 16, 1886
Creator: Young, James D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rein Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rein holder. This design consists in "the combination of the plate or part secured upon the dash-board, the T-head thereon extending a proper distance above the dash-board, and the spring-actuated arm pivoted to the side of [the plate] at a suitable distance down its length and having the clamping-head to act in conjunction with [the] head in holding the rein, said arm having a bearing upon the dash-board in its forward movement, and a stop . . . to limit its backward movement" (lines 12-22).
Date: June 1, 1886
Creator: Zevely, Van Neiman
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Folding Lamp Shelf for Pianos.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lamp shelf for pianos. This design "consists in an arm pivoted to the back of a music-rack and carrying a lamp-shelf, the arm being arranged to swing outward into a horizontal position, and the shelf being connected with the end of the arm by a pivotal connection, which permits of turning it outward and downward into a horizontal position in front of the plane of the music-rack" (lines 22-30).
Date: August 31, 1886
Creator: Prause, Reinhard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw Gummer.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saw gummer. This design "is to improve the action and prolong the usefulness of the bit and dies, and to prevent the clippings from interfering with the operation of the machine" (lines 26-29).
Date: July 28, 1885
Creator: Clopton, John Benjamin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle for Cotton Pickers.

Description: Patent for a new and improved vehicle for picking cotton. This design "consists in a three-wheeled vehicle provided with a seat, in combination with a suitable frame which is supported at one end upon two wheels, and which is loosely attached at its other end to the axle of the three-wheeled vehicle, and which is used for carrying the bag or basket which is to hold the cotton . . . thus enabl[ing] persons to pick cotton who have weak backs" (lines 15-28).
Date: February 27, 1883
Creator: Reid, John Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gin Saw Gummer.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gin saw gummer. This design "consists in constructing a gin-saw gummer of a base-block, having a slot to receive the saw, and carrying the dics or stationary cutters, the guide-bar and shoe, the weight-bar, the pivoted bar, carrying the cutter and the gage, the lever and cam for operating the cutter-bar, and the feed mechanism" (lines 23-29).
Date: March 1, 1881
Creator: Clopton, John Benjamin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanical Telegraph-Sounder

Description: Patent for "a sounder wherein a finger-lever and sounding-lever are combined together with a spring" (lines 13-15) and is "adapted for the use of learners for practicing the manipulation of a telegraph finger-key" (lines 8-10) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 22, 1880
Creator: Clopton, John B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for an improved washing machine: "The invention consists in combining a lower cylinder having longitudinal spiral grooves with an upper cylinder having longitudinal straight grooves and holes" (lines 14-17).
Date: January 20, 1880
Creator: Dorris, George W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in the combination of the draw-heads provided with projections, a coupling-link, an operating-rod loosely connected to each of its ends, and a suitable support or guide through which these rods move . . . The object of [the] invention is to provide a car-coupling in which the two cars are coupled together by means of a link which is provided with an operating rod at each end, both of the rods and the link being attached to one of the cars only" (lines 14-26).
Date: April 29, 1890
Creator: Campbell, Neil Franklin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bicycle.

Description: Patent for a bicycle that has a drive wheel, a ratchet wheel attached to the drive wheel, a chain that goes around the ratchet wheel, an apparatus for reciprocating the chain, a guideway from the chain to the ratchet wheel, a knob on the chain that engages the guideway, a pair of levers connected to the chain, and a chord that connects the levers to the chain.
Date: February 19, 1895
Creator: Williams, Elbert D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for an attachment for plows or cultivators "whereby it may be converted into a sweep plow, adapted to be operated between rows of growing crops and capable of being adjusted in width in accordance with the distances apart from said rows" (lines 12-16).
Date: November 8, 1892
Creator: Baggett, Charles L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling

Description: Patent for an improvement in car couplings "whereby the pin-support is operated not by the links but by the impact of the cars themselves and of a yielding link" (lines 55-58).
Date: June 7, 1892
Creator: Young, James D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Remedies for Dropsy.

Description: Patent for a medical compound to alleviate dropsy, consisting of grape-vine, spirits of niter, oil of grape-vine, extract of Spanish apple root, and common salt. Includes instructions.
Date: November 14, 1876
Creator: Lawhon, David W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Presses.

Description: Patent for "cotton-presses of the upright kind; and the nature thereof consists in combining, with a pulley-wheel keyed upon the shaft of a gear-wheel actuating the follower-screw, and a larger pulley-wheel keyed upon the shaft of a gear-wheel actuating a cog-wheel upon the end of an actuating-shaft, having its bearings at one end in the press-frame, and at the other in a vibrating lever, whereby the said friction-pulley can be brought to bear against the larger pulley, for the purpose of running up the follower, or against the small pulley for the purpose of running it down, by drawing the said level inward or outward." (Lines 15-30) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 6, 1875
Creator: Knowles, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department