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Portrait of John B. Jordan, Fire Chief

Description: Photograph of a bust-length portrait of John B. Jordan, Fire Chief. He is wearing a hat, a tie, and suit jacket. The Richardson Fire Department was organized in 1925, when the first water mains were laid. He moved to Richardson in 1917 and had spent nine years before on the Plano Fire Department.
Date: unknown
Creator: Classen Studio
Partner: Richardson Public Library

Portrait of Irene Cain

Description: Copy photograph of a woman identified as Irene Cain (born April 1904, died March 1987). She is sitting a desk with papers in front of her and holding a pen. Irene Cain was valedictorian of her high school class.
Date: unknown
Partner: Richardson Public Library

Plow

Description: Patent for a plow. It "is to provide an improved plow stock or frame having an adjustable foot to regulate the inclination or pitch of the plow-point" (p. 2).
Date: August 7, 1888
Creator: Whatley, George Washington, of Dallas County, Assignor of One Half to George W. Marris, of Rockwall County, Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Account Book

Description: Patent for an account book that is to be used "to receive in condensed form the dates and other particulars when sums are due to and from a person or firm are payable" (p. 2).
Date: May 21, 1889
Creator: Goldberg, Samuel W. & Tillmann, Emanuel M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Calendar.

Description: Patent for "a perpetual calendar embodying such a construction that the movement of a finger device will turn wheels, so as to successively display the names of the days of the week, the numbers of the days of the months, and the names of the months, the mechanism being such that the name of a month will be displayed until the numbers of all its days have been displayed, when the name of the succeeding month will be displayed, and so on." (Lines 13-22) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 22, 1896
Creator: Dickason, Frank B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Brush

Description: Patent for invention of new and useful improvements of electric brush, adapted for use as a body or flesh brush, with battery that can be easily removed and replaced with accompanying drawings
Date: July 19, 1882
Creator: Williams, Robert, E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grain-Separator.

Description: Patent for improved grain separators or threshing machines "whereby vibrating straw-racks will be entirely dispensed with and the machine so simplified as to obviate the heavy jars and jerks of most grain-separators or threshing machines, while at the same time providing a construction of machine that will effectually separate the grain from the straw and will also keep the feeding end of the machine entirely free from dust, which is often a serious drawback to the operation of most machines of this character." (Lines 11-21) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 5, 1897
Creator: McCue, John Marshall
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stabilizer for Flying-Machines.

Description: Patent for Stabilizer for Flying Machines. "The object of the invention being to provide simple and effective means upon the lateral margins of a main plane or supporting surface operating automatically upon the lateral oscillation of the machine in either direction to restore it to a horizontal or balanced position" (lines: 9 -16).
Date: January 28, 1911
Creator: Andrae, Ernst H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Knockdown Tank or Cistern

Description: Patent for the construction of vessels to hold water for the purpose of lessening "the labor in handling and hauling them and to reduce the cost of shipping" (lines 16-17).
Date: October 8, 1898
Creator: Harry, Hugh W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Trace-fastener

Description: Patent for a trace-fastener "which will admit of the trace being readily applied to the singletree and quickly and easily detached therefrom and which will prevent displacement of the trace when in position" (lines 13-17) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 3, 1901
Creator: Johnson, John C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Key and Automatic Stop Cock

Description: Patent for "new and improved Combination Key and Automatic Stop-Cock" (lines 6-7) for the purpose of providing "an automatic arrangement for cutting off the water-supply in hydrants and like appliances when the weather becomes so cold as to endanger the freezing of the water" (lines 11-14).
Date: May 7, 1900
Creator: Randall, C. T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Gin Feeder

Description: Patent for a new "Cotton-Gin Feeder, Drier, and Cleaner" (line 6.) for the purpose of disintegrating "dry, and clean damp and dirty seed-cotton" (lines 10-11).
Date: May 12, 1900
Creator: Brown, Charles William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Convertible Mixing and Cleaning Machine

Description: Patent for Convertible Mixing and Cleaning Machine offers information about the significance of mixing ingredient benefits. The mixing and cleaning machine ease the process for everyday living.
Date: October 2, 1906
Creator: Stacy, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Laundry-Bag.

Description: Patent for Laundry Bag, This patent is about a unique form of laundry bag which can be used as a typical laundry bag while handing it to Laundry and can be then treated as a wrapper while returning it to customer.
Date: March 17, 1903
Creator: Bourne, Edward, Jr
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department