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Orange Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Orange County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, canals, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:118,518] (2000 varas to 9/16 of an inch).
Date: 1921
Creator: McDonald, H. F. & Giles, J. Bascom
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Process for Refining and Purifying Oils.

Description: Patent for "processes for purifying oils, especially petroleum, and has for its object the removal of impurities and the neutralization of acids, and the reduction of the cost of refining oil by simplifying the process and reducing the length of time usually required for completing the purification" (lines 9-16).
Date: September 15, 1910
Creator: Lasher, David F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Max Goldfine and Wife During Oil Boom

Description: Photograph of Max Goldfine standing next to his wife. He is wearing denim pants and a button-up shirt and she is wearing a skirt, blouse, and apron. Behind them are two buggies pulled by six horses and six workers. Behind that are six oil spindletops and trees. Typed and taped on the bottom of the mat is, "Max Goldfine family in Orangefield during boom. They operated a dry goods store."
Date: unknown
Partner: Heritage House Museum

Barge Built by Orange Car and Steel

Description: Photograph of a river barge with a large crane on the right side of the frame. There are eleven workers in hats standing on top of the barge. In the foreground are steel beams and canisters amongst weeds. Typed on a piece of paper that is glued to the bottom of the mat is, "This is a barge, which is one of three we built for the U.S. Government in 1924. It was an all rivet barge made by the Orange Car and Steel. Mr Ben Glover was Shop foreman. It was built about half way from the shop and Livingston's ship yard. I worked as a fitter."
Date: unknown
Partner: Heritage House Museum

Temperature-Regulator

Description: Patent for "improvements in thermostatic devices for automatically regulating the temperature of lumber-driers" (lines 8-10).
Date: January 15, 1889
Creator: Lutcher, Henry J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire Extinguisher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fire extinguisher. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the expansible rod, the sweep arm or lever pivotally connected thereto, the horizontal rod, the doors, the cord connected to said doors and to the rod and adapted to be disengaged from said rod by the sweep-arm, the steam-pipe provided with a cut-off valve, and the weight supported normally in an elevated position by the sweep-arm and adapted to be released thereby to open the valve" (lines 72-81).
Date: January 15, 1889
Creator: Lutcher, Henry J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Damper

Description: Patent for "an attachment for stove-dampers whereby said dampers will be automatically moved, in order that the fire may be maintained at a predetermined heat" (lines 9-13).
Date: January 31, 1888
Creator: Beauchamp, William A. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thermostatic Signal

Description: Patent for Thermostatic Signal. "The object of my invention is to provide a device whereby an alarm will be automatically sounded when the temperature of the drier has reached too high a point." (lines 13-16). With Illustrations.
Date: September 18, 1888
Creator: Lutcher, Henry J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Balanced Slide Valve.

Description: Patent for a new and improved balanced slide-valve. This design consists in a "Steam-chest, a valve sliding therein, a chamber on top of the steam-chest, and a diaphragm in the top of the chamber and secured by a cap or plate, in combination with a frame having a packing-box and gland, an adjustable threaded stem or bolt passing through the frame, and the double-link connection between the said stem and valve" (lines 90-97).
Date: October 12, 1886
Creator: Bettis, William Irvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oil Can.

Description: Patent for a new and improved oil can. This design utilizes a handle with a hollow tube leading into the oil chamber, so when the removable cap is unscrewed from the handle, air flows into the chamber, which allows the oil to flow. This eliminates the need for a spring-bottom as with other oil cans, for the flow of oil can be stopped by sealing the tube.
Date: January 31, 1882
Creator: Wilson, Charles Bennett
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Kiln.

Description: Patent for improvements "to provide new and improved means for extinguishing accidental fires occurring within the kilns" (lines 8-10).
Date: January 14, 1890
Creator: Johnson, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lubricant

Description: Patent for "a new and useful composition of matter to be used for the prevention of heat caused from friction and attrition in the use and operation of all kinds of machinery, including railroad engines and cars, and all parts thereof" (lines 5-9).
Date: July 16, 1889
Creator: Corder, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Furnace.

Description: Patent for "an attachment for the inner side walls of the furnace for the purpose of protecting and preserving the side walls at the points most exposed to the fire within the furnace." (Lines 14-18) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 10, 1896
Creator: Johnson, John H. & Moran, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Furnace.

Description: Patent for a furnace or a boiler with an improved metal back plate instead of the usual brick arch. The back plate has flanged sections bolted together, and asbestos between the sections of the plate.
Date: December 10, 1895
Creator: Moran, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Steam-Boiler.

Description: Patent for a steam-boiler that produces "a water-tube steam generator, which shall be simple in construction, easily repaired, interchangeable parts, and rapid and effective steaming qualities" (lines 16-19).
Date: August 7, 1894
Creator: Parker, Charles E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Steam-Engine Valve.

Description: Patent for a steam-engine valve that has an "improved rotary valve capable of feeding and exhausting one end of a steam-cylinder, and easily controlled and operated" (lines 18-20). This makes the engine easily controllable.
Date: September 17, 1895
Creator: Ford, Andrew H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Furnace.

Description: Patent for an improved furnace that can be "located at the side of the kiln or drying-house, which furnace shall be so constructed as to be simple, durable, and inexpensive, and the parts of which may be readily put together or separated, as may be desired" (lines 10-15).
Date: November 8, 1892
Creator: Johnson, John H. & Moran, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Templet.

Description: Patent for a simple, durable, and effective saw template that easily checks and marks saws "to correct faults in the saw blade by means of the usual hammering process" (lines 11-13). The invention "consists of a stock or holder, a flexible band held adjustably therein, and means for adjusting the band to the desired curve" (lines 14-17).
Date: August 8, 1893
Creator: Spooner, Benjamin F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Fire Extinguisher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fire extinguisher. This design is "to provide for automatically putting out a fire in any building in which [the] apparatus may be located, upon the temperature in said building or room reaching any predetermined degree. This result is accomplished by the action of an expansible fluid—such as mercury—in a contained vessel, which actuates certain . . . mechanism, causing the structure to be flooded with water or with a fire-extinguishing gas or fluid" (lines 22-32).
Date: December 30, 1890
Creator: Fuller, Wily Scott
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department