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Navarro County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Navarro County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:213,333] (4000 varas to 5/8 of an inch).
Date: 1924
Creator: Atlee, Tom & Giles, J. Bascom
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Cotton-Chopper

Description: Patent for an improved type of cotton chopper that thins rows of plants on both flat and rough terrain. Includes illustrations and instructions.
Date: June 10, 1913
Creator: Hellums, Oscar S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ship-Protector.

Description: Patent for an improved protection device which may be attached to the bow of a ship.
Date: February 10, 1914
Creator: Wood, Shirley Hay
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Early Texan family portrait]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified family in American Victorian attire. The man is wearing a three-piece suit and bow tie, and the woman wears a dark skirt, white blouse, and black bow tie. The three boys and one girl are dressed similarly.
Date: unknown
Creator: Rankin
Partner: Denton Public Library

Peach Stoner.

Description: Patent for a new and improved peach pitter. This design "consist[s], essentially, of the main frame having the part rising from its base, the yielding holding-blades having their upper edges beveled and formed as cutters and overlapping at their side edges . . . the plunger having its lower end recessed and provided with an annular cutting-edge, the crescent-shaped cutting blades secured to said plunger above its cutting point, from their convex edges forming cutters, the operating-lever, and pitman connecting the same with the upper end of the plunger" (lines 24-36).
Date: March 12, 1889
Creator: Ferriott, Charles L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Guard for Gin Saws.

Description: Patent for a new and improved guard for gin-saws. This design consists in "the combination of the saws, the breast, the grate formed by the ribs and hinged at its upper edge in the frame, guides upon the inner sides of the side pieces of the gin-frame below the saws, and a curved plate or guard hinged to the lower edge of the grate, formed by the ribs, folding inward, and having its edges guided by the guides so that it covers the lower portions of the saws below the lower edge of the breast" (lines 75-84).
Date: September 28, 1886
Creator: Wallace, John C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton and Corn Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "the combination of the main wheel and shaft, a dish-shaped disk mounted on the shaft, the inner side of said disk having a series of bolt-heads rigidly secured thereto, the bolts extending inward laterally and being provided with threaded ends, the main wheel being provided with openings for the reception of said bolts ends and the adjusting-nuts on both sides of said wheel" (lines 11-19).
Date: November 30, 1886
Creator: Tyus, Robert M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists of "a yielding draw-head having a horizontally-moveable coupling-pin and a pivoted lever connected to said pin, of a rotatable latching-plate connected with said lever by a rod or chain, a spring for acting on the pin-lever, and a spring-catch for engaging the latch-plate, said catch and latch-plate being disengaged by the pressure of the draw-head in the act of coupling, thereby releasing the retracted coupling-pin and allowing it to automatically engage the opposite draw-head" (lines 14-24).
Date: December 7, 1886
Creator: Sessions, Egbert G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blind Stop.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blind-stop. This design consists "of a corrugated flange or plate connected with the frame thereof, a spring-retaining strip, a corrugated bar arranged between the retaining strip and the corrugated flange, a socket formed upon the corrugated bar and adapted to receive the slat-bar, and a set-screw carried by the retaining strip" (lines 77-84).
Date: February 8, 1887
Creator: Gulick, Lizzie Talley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the draw-heads provided with projections . . . each having at its inner-portion a horizontally-elongated slot, and at its outer portion a vertically-elongated slot, of the horizontally-slidable coupling-pins, for respectively engaging the said slots" (lines 82-88).
Date: March 16, 1886
Creator: Sessions, Egbert G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag Saw.

Description: Patent for a new and improved drag-saw. This design "consist[s] of a standard, two beams connected to the standard on opposite sides thereof, a crank-shaft held by the standard, suitable drive-gearing for operating the same, a pitman connecting the crank-shaft and the saw, a pendulum attached to the saw and the pitman at one end and to a sliding head-block at the other end, the head-block sliding in the slotted standards and having a rack-bar extended therefrom, a pawl engaging the rack, the operating-cord attached to the head-block and passing over a guide-pulley on the slotted standards" (lines 4-16).
Date: November 3, 1885
Creator: Boston, Arnet P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Umbrella.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sun umbrella. This design is "adapted to be attached to the person of the wearer, consisting of the top or cap piece having the projecting studs or pivots, fixed ribs, fastened rigidly in the back part of the cap, fixed supports bent to form the bulge and adapted to be fastened with their lower ends in a suitable brace or support, and moveable ribs arranged in pairs and pivoted upon the studs or pivots" (lines 73-81).
Date: May 26, 1885
Creator: Egan, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Kitchen Scale.

Description: Patent for a new and improved kitchen scale. This design "introduces a pivoted stirrup into the yoke on the tray-rod, said stirrup being pivoted to and suspended from the beam. By this means, the stirrup and beam can vibrate in the yoke without disturbing the perpendicularity of the tray-rod" (lines 62-67).
Date: June 26, 1883
Creator: Solomon, Thomas Durham
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 two draw-heads, in one of which is a spring-actuated jaw, which acts as a support for the coupling-pin until the jaw is pushed back into the coupling-head, and in the other a slotted spring-actuated jaw, which has its end so formed as to support the link in position ready to couple" (lines 11-18).
Date: August 7, 1883
Creator: Learmonth, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine

Description: Patent for an improved washing machine consisting of a wash-boiler into which one or more streams of hot water may be thrown.
Date: May 10, 1883
Creator: Caldwell, James S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railway Switch Lock.

Description: Patent for a new and improved railway-switch lock. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of parts whereby an independent key is used to unlock the latch or bolt of the bolt-case" (lines 14-17).
Date: August 2, 1881
Creator: Angus, Alexander & Phillips, George
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design "regulate[s] the pressure of the rubber upon the clothes, and thus facilitate[s] the operation of washing the said clothes" (lines 13-16).
Date: September 6, 1881
Creator: Hollis, William Tailler.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design has a reversible trough, "having bearings for the detachable rollers and provided with a pair of flat springs affixed rigidly to opposite sides and at opposite ends of the trough, hooked screw-bolts having thumb-screws, and shaft of the main roller" (lines 1-6).
Date: November 15, 1881
Creator: Blake, Llewellyn A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Earth Auger.

Description: Patent for a new and improved earth auger. This design "relates to machines for boring post-holes, &c.; and it consists especially in certain improvements in the frame and operating mechanism" (lines 21-24).
Date: December 13, 1881
Creator: Blake, Llewellyn A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Beer Cooler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved beer cooler. This design "consists in the detailed construction and arrangement of a cooling-chamber or refrigerator which is adapted to be attached to the faucet of the keg or barrel containing the beverage" (lines 24-28).
Date: September 12, 1882
Creator: Newman, George Morton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fifth Wheel.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fifth wheel for vehicles. This design "consists of improvements in the construction and arrangement of the fifth-wheel apparatus of carriages, the object of which is to enable the parts to be made more cheaply, also to be more readily removable, and also to be more durable in use than as such apparatus is now made" (lines 7-13).
Date: July 11, 1882
Creator: Weber, Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bag Holder and Filler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bag holder and filler. This design "consists of an expansible bag holding and filling funnel composed of a metallic strip having overlapping edges and provided with attached spring-wires, such funnel being capable of contraction to enter a bag, and of expanding therein for the purpose of holding and filling the bag" (lines 13-19).
Date: February 6, 1883
Creator: Adkisson, Duncan Rudolph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department