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Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing-machine. This design "is to simplify and improve the construction of washing machines and to enable clothes to be thoroughly washed without liability of injuring them" (lines 10-14). This design consists in "a frame comprising the legs, the rounds connecting the legs, and the parallel horizontal side bars connecting the upper ends of the legs at each side of the frame, the ends of the frame being open at the top, a diamond-shaped washing-machine body journaled between the sides of the frame, the spiral springs arranged at each end of the horizontal bars" (lines 89-98).
Date: October 25, 1892
Creator: Gardner, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ranch House in Central Kansas, 1867

Description: Photograph of a pioneer family standing in front of a log cabin. A woman in a striped skirt and apron and a small child in a dark dress stand in the doorway. Next to the doorway sits a young girl in a printed skirt and apron. A man in a dark hat stands with a deer on the right side of the frame.
Date: unknown
Creator: Gardner, Alexander
Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum

Life of Lucius, Sam, and Oren Bunton

Description: This research paper is a biography about Lucius Bunton and his sons, Sam and Oren who lived in Shafter and Marfa, Texas during the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. It tells of their many ranches in West Texas. Walter Gardner wrote this paper for his American History class at Marfa High School in 1965.
Date: 1965
Creator: Gardner, Walter
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Newspaper Clipping: Nations Leaders Voice Eulogies for Rayburn]

Description: Newspaper clipping of an article about the eulogies read by prominent politicians at Sam Rayburn's funeral, including words spoken by President Kennedy, Congressman John W. McCormack, former President Herbert Hoover, former President Harry S. Truman, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, and others. On the back of the clippings are advertisements for Kraft and other articles.
Date: November 17, 1961
Creator: Bridge, Gardner
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

The World: engraved for Smiths Atlas.

Description: Map shows major cities and physical features for six known continents; small portion of southern coastline of Australia, portions of northern coastline of North America as uncharted; south central Africa as "regions unexplored." No scale indicated.
Date: 1828
Creator: Gardner, W. R.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library


Description: Patent for a tool that can be used for fence construction by stretching the wires to the desired tension, or for repairing fences by crimping the slack in the wires. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 5, 1897
Creator: Gardner, Robert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination, in a seed-planter, of a main frame having side beams, the standard secured midway between said beams at their forward ends, and provided at its lower end with a shovel and a presser located immediately in rear of said shovel, the hopper supported on said side beams, and having its planting mechanism arranged to drop the seed directly in the furrow formed by the shovel and presser, [and] wheel journaled in the side beams in rear of the planting mechanism" (lines 3-14).
Date: October 13, 1885
Creator: Gardner, Robert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for improvements in harnesses through the accommodation of "varying positions of the animal with respect to the shafts or thills, so as to remove all strain from and upon the shafts and the saddle, while at the same time effectively supporting the shafts and preventing the slipping of the same up and down upon the sides of the animal."
Date: October 26, 1897
Creator: Coleman, Thomas Gardner
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle-Axle Point.

Description: Patent for a vehicle-axle point that does not require repair. The "invention consists of a thimble that is to be shrunk, pressed, or fastened onto the axle by clips, bolts, or set-screws" (lines 20-22), so that the point does not need to be taken off.
Date: July 16, 1895
Creator: Ford, William Gardner
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for improvements in chimney-cowls by providing a “self-operating smoke-conductor especially adapted for use in all windy climates, to be placed over the discharge-opening of the flues.” (Lines 10-13) So that a “smoke-conductor can be automatically reversed or turned by the wind in any and all directions” (15-18) to carry the smoke away. Illustration is included.
Date: September 1, 1891
Creator: Gardner, Perris W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag-Sawing Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in "sawing-machines adapted for using both circular and reciprocating saws, and especially designed for general sawing in cabinet-makers’ and carpenters’ shops, its object being to provide for the proper guiding and support of the reciprocating saw and for the ready adjustment and firm maintenance of the articles to be sawed in proper position.” (Lines 9-16) Illustration is included.
Date: August 3, 1880
Creator: Gardner, Robert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department