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Plant-Protector.

Description: Patent for improvements in plant-protection by providing a foraminous hood for young plants. This particular plant-protector is protect melon type and vegetable of similar qualities against worms, grubs, lice and other pests.
Date: November 6, 1917
Creator: Cook, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Motor for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sewing-machine motor. This design has for its object "the production of a motor capable of rapid and convenient adjustment to permit operation by hand or foot . . . Heretofore motors have been provided for [this purpose] but the difficulty experienced in these machines is that during the operation of the machine by hand the treadle forms no substantial support for the feet, the pitman simply being disconnected from the driving-wheel and thrown back. . . . [T]he present invention . . . will obviate the above objection" (lines 10-22).
Date: August 28, 1888
Creator: Briggs, Emma Flora
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Fan.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic fan. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the attaching-plate, the depending rod, the fixed plate on the lower end thereof, the socket arms pivotally connected to said plate at their inner ends, and the fans held in the sockets in said arms, of the plate loosely mounted on the rod above [the] plate, having arms, the rods pivotally connecting the outer ends of said arms, the pitman connected to [another] plate, and the operating crank" (lines 67-76).
Date: October 9, 1888
Creator: Goodspeed, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire Tongs.

Description: Patent for new and improved fire tongs. This design "is designed to produce an article . . . which will be practical in every respect, and which will prevent the slipping or sliding of the legs or arms thereof while handling the logs, enabling the latter to be grasped with a firm hold, thereby avoiding the numerous accidents that often occur from the use of the present form of tongs" (lines 9-17).
Date: March 9, 1886
Creator: Bishop, John Andrews
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Packer.

Description: Patent for an improvement that "relates to that class of cotton-packers which receive cotton from the condenser after ginning and pack it in a box preparatory to being pressed and tied into a bale; and its object is to provide means whereby the cotton may be packed int he box automatically" (lines 8-14).
Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Hart, Alfred
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Planter

Description: Patent for a new improved planter. "It consists in the peculiar construction and combination of devices, that will be more fully set forth hereinafter, and particularly pointed out in the claims" (p. 1; lines 10-13) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 6, 1885
Creator: Morris, John Edwin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "form[s] the central opening of the draw-bar with a tup-bar having rearwardly a spiral spring. The forward end of this tup-bar is inclined forwardly somewhat at an angle at the top, so that when the said bar is pushed forward by the spiral spring at its rear end, the coupling-pin will rest upon this forwardly-projecting end of the bar, while the link will rest beneath, so that in dropping the pin will rest within the link, and not on the outer side, which would be the case if this bar were square" (lines 15-26).
Date: December 15, 1885
Creator: McAllister, Sanders F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Self Cleaning Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved self-cleaning plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination of a mold-board having a plane face on the larger portion of its area, a blade having an axle journaled near the center of the said plane, a wheel journaled in the plow, with its rim parallel to and extending below the landside of the plow, a beveled gear-wheel upon the said wheel-axle, and another beveled wheel upon the blade-axle, engaging each other" (lines 79-87).
Date: August 18, 1885
Creator: Jones, Allen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Picker's Wagon.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wagon for cotton pickers. This design "consists in a suitable frame-work supported on wheels and covered on top by canvas or other suitable material to protect the pickers from the rays of the sun or from the rain, and on one or both sides of the frame, preferably both, is a trough for receiving the picked cotton" (lines 10-16).
Date: February 21, 1882
Creator: Collins, Charles P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Picker's Wagon.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wagon for cotton pickers. This design consists in "the combination of the frame, supporting wheels, cover, side-curtains, troughs, and partitions" (lines 53-55).
Date: May 1, 1883
Creator: Collins, Charles P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gin Saw.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton-gin saw. This design's "object is to provide means for enabling the ready and convenient detachment of the teeth for substitution or other purposes, whereby superior advantages in point of simplicity, inexpensiveness, durability, and general efficiency are secured" (lines 10-15).
Date: October 30, 1883
Creator: Mann, Charles Wesley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ventilating Cover.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ventilating cover. This design "consists in the detailed construction of the same . . . whereby the contents of . . . vessels are protected from dust, insects, and all kinds of impurity, and at the same time are thoroughly ventilated by free communication with the atmosphere, and so that any gases arising from the contents of said vessels will not be confined with the contents, but will pass off through the ventilating-cover into the surrounding air" (lines 16-26).
Date: April 28, 1885
Creator: Smith, Ralph Julius
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn and Cotton Planter

Description: Patent for "a machine for planting corn or cotton, that may be attached to almost any kind of plow, simple in construction, easily repaired by an ordinary blacksmith, and capable of use in a satisfactory manner for planing where stumps and rocks would interfere with the operation of machines of ordinary construction" (lines 9-15).
Date: August 31, 1880
Creator: Kr├╝ger, Theodore Charles Herman
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Trace Carrier.

Description: Patent for a new and improved trace carrier. This design consists, "with the back-band and its depending loop, of the . . . improved trace-carrier, consisting of the inverted-U-shaped carrier-frame terminating in opposite trace-receiving eyes, and the V-shaped bifurcating tongue, the lower end of which is adapted to engage a link of the trace-chain and the upper branches or bifurcations of which are bent to form eyes, loosely receiving the frame intermediate its terminals and at each side of the loop" (lines 72-82).
Date: February 25, 1890
Creator: Strole, James P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hose-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a hose-coupling that is "simple and economic in construction and which shall be capable of rapid and ready action without use of any tool for manipulating the same" (lines 14-17).
Date: March 19, 1895
Creator: Goodspeed, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Rack.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hay rack. This design consists "[i]n a hay-frame adapted for application to a wagon-body, the combination of the base-bars, the standards or uprights . . . having outward extensions at their upper ends, provided with stop shoulders or hooks, and the side arms having their inner sections pivoted to said uprights at a point in from the stop shoulders and arranged to rest on said shoulders when turned outward . . . and the fastening bolts engaging said uprights" (lines 77-89).
Date: July 1, 1890
Creator: Wilkerson, John L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design "has for its object to construct a plow with a detachable point, which may be removed from the plow in an easy and convenient manner and which may be held securely attached to the plow without the use of bolts" (lines 8-13). It consists in "the combination of a pair of clamping-plates, a seat or base-plate having a downwardly-extending flange secured between the front ends of said plates, said base-plate being provided with a transverse slot, the mold-board and point provided at their meeting edges with flanges" (lines 85-91).
Date: August 26, 1890
Creator: Messer, Jeremiah C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sash-Fastener

Description: Patent for a new sash fastener, so that the fastener itself is improved upon by the implimentation of a half-hollow cylindar. "The purpose of this cylinder is more for appearance than any actual service, because when the lock is put on the rail of the sash, as shown in Fig. 1, part of it will be seen through the glass from the outside, and the cylinder can be made ornamental and would look much neater than the lock would without it" (lines 87-89)
Date: July 19, 1892
Creator: McClellan, Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Pianos or Organs

Description: Patent for "an attachment that can be used on pianos or organs, whereby the manipulation of the keys is greatly facilitated and playing upon the instrument greatly simplified, and the attachment is especially designed for those who do not to any great extent understand music or beginners who find it difficult to make the several chords in any particular key, the device being capable of ready attachment to the keyboard of any piano or organ and removed when not required for use" (lines 27-37).
Date: August 9, 1892
Creator: Stukes, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Wagon-Brakes.

Description: Patent for "wagons which have brakes applied to them, so constructed that in descending a grade the brakes will be automatically applied, and, in moving on a level or ascending a hill, the brakes will be relieved from the wheels." (Lines 6-11) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 4, 1877
Creator: Hart, Alfred
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Front of a Building with a Mexican-Style Roof]

Description: Photograph of the front of a Mexican-style building with a shaped roof. The light-bricked building has a double-door entrance with steps leading up to it. There are two long windows on either side of the entrance, and two more windows that are close to the ground. A large tree and the shadow it casts covers most of the building on the right-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Small Brick House with Two Front Doors]

Description: Photograph of the front of a small brick house with two separate front doors. There is a front porch with steps leading up to the two doors, which are shaded by an awning. There is a window on both sides of the porch. Large bushes and shrubs make up the grassy front yard, and the branches of a tree cover up the top of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Improved Stitching-Horse.

Description: Patent for improvements in the construction of stitching-horses by re-configuring the original constructions, in order to make them better for users. The patent includes instructions and a single illustration.
Date: October 27, 1868
Creator: Depp, Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department