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Tire Tightener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tire tightener. This design calls for a wheel with a gap rather than a continuous ring, so a double-threaded bolt in the gap may be tightened or loosened to contract or expand the wheel and subsequently the tire.
Date: November 8, 1881
Creator: Jones, James Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Map of Erath County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Erath County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in blue ink to indicate the addition of a road. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1896
Creator: Terrell, O. O.; Anthony, P. J. & Von Rosenberg, E.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Plow Attachment.

Description: Patent for the ability to attach one or more plows simply and inexpensively so users can customize their plowing methods as needed.
Date: February 10, 1914
Creator: Welch, Drew O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Color]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a broadcast news story.
Date: April 28, 1965
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Sleigh-Runner.

Description: Patent for a new adjustable sleigh runner designed to be easily applied and removed from wheeled vehicles, including illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1889
Creator: Lewis, Thomas E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Water Elevator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved water-elevator. This design consists in "a supporting frame, a drum journaled therein, a rope wound on the drum, a bucket attached to the rope, mechanism for turning the drum to lift the bucket, and a fork journaled below the drum and provided with a central arm adapted to catch under the raised bucket resting in the fork to discharge its contents as the fork is tilted" (lines 21-28).
Date: July 19, 1887
Creator: Mefferd, George Washington
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insecticide.

Description: Patent for an inflammable compound for exterminating destructive insects and animals that contains alkanet-root, arsenious acid, gum-camphor, iodine resubl., phosphorus, sulphur resubl., and bisulphide carbon.
Date: January 8, 1886
Creator: Shugart, T. Woodward. & Clifton, Charley D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Head Rest for Chairs.

Description: Patent for a new and improved head-rest for chairs. This design consists in "[a] head-rest for chairs, comprising a top support . . . a plate fixed thereto and provided with a socket and guides . . . a ball, fitting socket, and retaining-jaws held in the guide of the plate around the ball" (lines 81-86).
Date: August 3, 1886
Creator: Ashby, Daniel S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Slat Fastening.

Description: Patent for a new and improved slat fastener. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the eyes, of the notched slats adapted to receive said eyes in the end notches and the hooks pivoted to the slats and adapted to engage the eyes" (lines 64-67).
Date: July 14, 1885
Creator: Keith, Stephen Perry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design "provide[s] a cheap, durable, and easily-operated motor for dash-churns, and one the length of stroke of which can be varied to suit the size of the churn and the quality of the cream to be churned. [The] invention consists of a dash-lever, connecting-rod, crank and pulley shaft, and large drive-wheel, the dash-lever being made adjustable as to its length of stroke" (lines 7-15).
Date: March 14, 1882
Creator: Blackstock, John Lafayett
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved box for boots and shoes. This design is "to be arranged beneath the counter, between the guide-strips upon the floor, and mounted on wheels, and provided with mechanism connected to the hinged lids of the boxes to raise the lid as the box is pulled out, and to close it when the box is pushed back to place again. This may be accomplished in several ways" (lines 26-33).
Date: November 20, 1883
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe box. This design "has relation to store-boxes for boots and shoes, designed to open automatically when drawn forward, and to close automatically when pushed back into place on the shelf or on the floor; and the invention consists in the construction and novel arrangement of a swinging hanger pivoted to a bearing above the box, and a slideway secured to the cover, which is hinged to the back of the box" (lines 18-27).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Band Cutter and Feeder for Thrashers.

Description: Patent for a new and improved feeder and band cutter for thrashers. This design consists "[i]n a band-cutter for a thrasher, the combination with the main frame, main shaft, platforms, and mechanism adapted and arranged to cut the bands, of the crank, rod, oscillating shaft provided with the crank arms . . . reciprocating rod, and depending rod" (lines 38-44).
Date: March 31, 1885
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn Dasher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn dasher. This design, "[a]s an article of manufacture, [consists in] the conical or concavo-convex churn dasher having a circular rim, the air cups or cells, the arms, and the raised nave or center portion, all of concavo-convex shape in their transverse sections" (lines 28-33).
Date: May 5, 1885
Creator: Hale, James F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grain Toller.

Description: Patent for a new and improved grain toller. This design "consists in a novel construction of a revolving cylinder provided with cavities representing certain measures . . . separating a certain portion [of grain] to be retained as toll, and whereby, also, provision is made for varying the size of the toll-measure, so as to enable it to separate different proportions from the main body of the grain, according to the amount of toll to be taken" (lines 7-19).
Date: July 20, 1880
Creator: Wilson, William John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wind Wheel.

Description: Patent for a new and improved windmill. This design "consists in a novel arrangement and combination of wings or gates in a casing outside and independent of the wheel, whereby provision is made for adjusting the position of said wings, and consequently regulating the speed of the wheel, according to the force of the wind" (lines 7-13).
Date: September 21, 1880
Creator: Smith, Hilliard Bonaparte.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon Bow Socket.

Description: Patent for new and improved wagon-bow sockets. This design "furnishes a firm support for the [wagon] bow at both top and bottom of the socket, by which it is evident it will be rigidly secured against all lateral motions" (lines 38-41). This eliminates the "unsightly appearance, leaking, and other defects of the uneven height of bows so often resulting from the use of ordinary staples" (lines 44-47).
Date: December 28, 1880
Creator: Williams, Richard P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Platform for Harvesters.

Description: Patent for a new and improved platform for harvesters. This design "has particular reference to the platform thereof or that portion designed to receive the grain as it is cut by the reaping mechanism; and among the main objects in view is to provide a platform located in rear of the reaping mechanism that is capable of being contracted and extended, and also to provide other parts that may be withdrawn inward, whereby the machine, as a whole, is decreased in width, and its passage through farm-gates from field to field and over unbroken ground is facilitated" (lines 11-22).
Date: May 27, 1890
Creator: Lewis, Thomas E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ant-Trap

Description: Patent for an ant trap,with illustrations. Purpose of the invention was to be efficient more efficient in both cost and use in comparison to other ant traps being sold at the time.
Date: July 30, 1889
Creator: Davis, Edwin E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Overcoat.

Description: Patent for an overcoat that is "so constructed as to keep dry the legs of the wearer; which is adapted to shed water from horsemen; and which is of the usual external appearance and will not impede or interfere with the locomotion of the wearer" (lines 9-24).
Date: May 8, 1894
Creator: Gassaway, Benjamin F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department