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[Postcard of Administration and Chemistry Building at Rice Institute]

Description: Postcard of two buildings, brick with white accents and marble arches, across a well trimmed courtyard. The top edge of the postcard sets the scene as, "Administration Building and Chemistry Building, Rice Institute, Houston, Texas." The back of the postcard adds, "Administration Building, Rice Institute Houston has in Rice Institute one of the largest privately endowed colleges in the country. The original endowment of nine million dollars by the late Wm. Marsh Rice, has grown to $14,500,000."
Date: unknown
Creator: Bailey, Bob
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Main Street in Houston]

Description: Postcard of a large street with six lanes of traffic, cars scattered across it. Many buildings of different heights, from three story to sky-scraper, line the edges of the road. "Hello from Houston" is written in red on the sky portion of the postcard.
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of National Flower and Garden Show Exhibit at Houston]

Description: Postcard of well manicured flower gardens at the center of and surrounding a circular drive that leads to a white house with marble columns and two stories. The edge of the postcard reads "National Flower and Garden Show Exhibit at Houston, Texas." The back of the postcard adds, "Attracting more than 200,000 visitors in 1939, the National Flower and Garden Show for the first time in the history of the event will exhibit a second successive year at Houston's $2,000,000 Coliseum, March 3 through 10, 1940. More than $1,000,000 worth of blooms assembled from all parts of the world will be exhibited."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Houston Cotton Barge]

Description: Postcard of a wooden barge christened as "Houston," bearing bales of cotton on the Buffalo Bayou. The bottom edge describes the scene as "Loading Cotton Barge on Buffalo Bayou. Houston, Texas." The letter on the same edge reads, "Hello Mamie, Will be home Thurs. With Love Sia." The back of the postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFaddin 1316 Calder Ave. Beaumont, Texas."
Date: September 11, 1906
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Lamar Hotel]

Description: Postcard of a 16 story building sitting on the corner of a block. A white car is parked at the sidewalk. The back of the postcard adds, "The beautiful Lamar Hotel - Houston's hotel of distinction in the heart of the downtown theater and shopping district. Lamar guests enjoy air conditioning, finest foods, radio - TV sets, garage service. Visit fabulous Houston, Texas soon."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Astrodome Interior]

Description: Postcard of a baseball field surrounded by full stadium bleachers. Players in white uniforms have taken positions on the field. The back of the postcard adds, "Astrodome Interior The first major league baseball game ever played under a roof was just 24 minutes old when this picture was taken. The giant scoreboard shows the time as 7:54. The opening game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees started promptly at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 1965."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of a Sugar Cane Mill]

Description: The image in front of the postcard shows a forest in the background. In the middle ground there is a sugarcane mill. On the left side in the middle ground there are figures underneath a roof besides a chimney. In the middle there is a horse and two figures standing. On the left side, in the foreground, there is an older man sitting in a farm carriage pulled by two bulls. On the left lower corner is printed the following: "A Sugar Cane Mill." Underneath the printed text is handwritten the following: "Hello Marie, How are you. Sig went away last month, she went to Louisville. Mamie." The postcard is addressed to Miss Marie Bright in Houston, Texas. On the back of the postcard on the lower left side there is a paragraph that explains how a sugar cane mill functions. On the left side is printed the following: "Art Publishers To Their Majesties The King And Queen."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Main Lobby of Lamar Hotel]

Description: Postcard of the main lobby where the carpet and walls are blue, marble supports the ceiling. Two men and a woman sit in the lobby. An exterior shot of the hotel is included. The bottom edge reads "The Lamar" in red ink. The back of the postcard adds, "The Beautiful New Lamar Hotel Main at Lamar Houston's Hotel of Distinction in the Heart of the Downtown Theater and Shopping District. Lamar Guests enjoy Air Conditioning, Finest Foods, TV sets, Free Parking. Visit Fabulous Houston Texas Soon For Reservations Phone 224-8511."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

Safety Device for Locomotives.

Description: Patent for a safety device for a locomotive that can be automatically tripped to shut off the steam from the locomotive engine and apply air to the brake mechanism. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 15, 1914
Creator: Conover, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Picket Pointer.

Description: Patent for a picket pointer that sharpens and bevels pickets uniformly, including instructions and illustrations
Date: September 1, 1914
Creator: Purdy, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Winding Drum.

Description: Patent for a winding drum that will prevent the overlap of the coils during winding, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 22, 1914
Creator: Voigt, Philip H. & Kuehne, Oscar C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pipe Wrench.

Description: Patent for a double acting pipe wrench with detachable jaws which can be easily removed and replaced, and which will allow a section of pipe to be turned in either direction. The patent includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 18, 1914
Creator: Hall, Samuel N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bit Brace.

Description: Patent for a bit-brace with a crank arm which can be secured to the bit chuck and which has an adjustable hand, so the chuck may be rotated while the brace remains stationary.
Date: August 18, 1914
Creator: Hall, Samuel N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Coop.

Description: Patent for a coop to ship poultry and similar animals. Slidable slats and bars allow for food and water access.
Date: April 13, 1915
Creator: Ferguson, Charles W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tie-Clasp

Description: Patent for tie-clasp for men's neckties, which will hold the tie in place and prevent it from becoming loose or untied.
Date: October 13, 1913
Creator: Willingham, Charles F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Ben Reyes on July 14, 2016.

Description: Ben Reyes was born in Burton, Texas in 1947. His family moved to Denver Harbor in Houston. The Reyes family worked as local migrant workers, picking up different crops in the surrounding areas of Houston. He faced discrimination in the schools he attended, and was even placed in Special Education classes since he only spoke Spanish. Reyes' mother was active in the community, and thus encouraged his activism as he began his community work at the age of eleven, registering people to vote. Reyes fought in the Vietnam War, and upon his return to Houston, he became involved in veteran groups that were demanding equality.He then met Lionel Castillo, who groomed him to become a politician and became a mentor. In 1972, after the creation of Single-Member districts, Reyes ran for State Representative of District 87. He and Mickey Leland employed cross-racial campaign tactics in order to win the support of African-Americans in his district. Reyes won the election. As a State Representative, he helped with the creation of single-member districts in Texas to ensure the representation of minorities in politics. In 1979, he ran for Houston City Council and became the first Mexican-American to hold a seat in council. He eventually termed out of his position. In 1992, Reyes ran against Gene Green for the U.S. House of Representatives unsuccessfully. He also discusses the current political sphere in Houston and Texas.
Date: July 14, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Reyes, Ben
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library