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[Photograph of R. W. Coyne in U.S.S. Texas Navigation Office]

Description: Photograph of two men in a small office on U.S.S. Texas. A note included with the photo describes the scene: "The view of the navigation office to the right of the entrance and opposite the desk: The individual standing is R. W. Coyne, a photo striker. He did not live in the office. He is probably using a paper cutter to trim the borders of photographs. I (sewing) am seated on the cover of an opening through which 40mm clips of ammunition were passed to supply the 40mm quad just outside the office door. In the far corner is a filing cabinet with one drawer partially open. A shelf was attached to what I assume was part of the structure for the mast. On the shelf is a barograph which made a record of changes in the atmospheric pressure. On top of the barograph is the telephone. The table (or desk) was quite high. Note that the top of the table is above Coyne's waist. I sat on a tall stool when I worked on weather maps. The lower right corner of a map is visible in the lower left side of the photograph. The corner of the map is fastened down with a thumb tack. The top of the table was covered with a dark red composition which permitted thumb tacks to be used, but its surface was smooth and hard enough to be used as a writing and drawing surface. The table was supported by metal brackets, and I believe there was a shelf under the table. The top edge of the table was against the bulkhead."
Date: unknown
Partner: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Electrical Fare-Box.

Description: Patent for device "to improve the illumination and increase the efficiency and subserviency of street-care fare-boxes. To these ends the source of light is located in the interior of the box, instead of being placed in a separate chamber at the outside of the box, as is now done, and electrical agency is utilized to produce the light and also to notify the driver that a passenger requires change and when a fair has been deposited in the box" (lines 8-17).
Date: February 8, 1887
Creator: Crowdus, Walter A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Adjustable Attachment for Freight-Car Doors.

Description: Patent for a mechanism that creates "an adjustable attachment for freight-car doors, for preventing sparks and other objectionable matter from getting into the cars, and means for operating the attachment that is adapted for use in securing the door in different positions of adjustment, and for connection with the body of the car by means of a seal-support, in order that the fixed adjustment of the door cannot be changed without breaking the seal" (lines 12-21).
Date: December 28, 1886
Creator: Duzan, Thomas H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a simplified washing machine by constructing it with "double bottoms and sides, and in providing the said machines with means by which the washing-liquid is made to flow upward between the said sides and downward upon the article or articles to be washed; and it also consists in providing suitable means whereby said articles or articles may be drained" (lines 14-20).
Date: February 14, 1888
Creator: McCausland, William I.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for "motors designed more particularly running sewing machines and churns and other light machinery" (lines 9-10), including instruction and illustrations.
Date: December 15, 1885
Creator: Harrell, A. Frank
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for dress-chart, with illustrations. The purpose of this dress-chart relating to "pattern charts for cutting any and all garments" regardless of man, woman, or child (lines 9-11).
Date: August 25, 1885
Creator: Northen, Mary Eva
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Buckle and Trace or Breeching Loop

Description: Patent for a "device whereby, in a harness, the back-band and belly-band may readily be connected to a trace-buckle, or a breeching-loop or 'trace-square'" (lines 10-13) without sewing the buckle into other harness pieces.
Date: August 10, 1886
Creator: Kay, William V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for "handle-bars for bicycles, velocipedes, and the like; and the primary object is to enable the successful use of animals' horns in the formation thereof and to provide for the adjustment and securing of such handle-bars in either a raised or lowered position or at any point within range of a circular adjustment" (lines 8-15).
Date: September 6, 1898
Creator: Martin, John L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent relating to "a novel corn-planter, and has for its object the production of a simple, durable, and efficient planting attachment which may be applied to an ordinary plow and which when so applied will automatically effect the distribution of corn or other grain at desired intervals" (lines 12-18).
Date: December 21, 1897
Creator: Ellis, William Wesley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for tool handles relating to "improvements in handles for hoes, rakes, and similar agricultural or mechanical implements; and it consists in the novel devices hereinafter described and claimed (lines 10-15).
Date: February 7, 1898
Creator: Barry, Jefferson D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Computing Device and Weighing-Scale.

Description: Patent for "a simple, economical, and portable combined computing and weighing scale for ordinary use so simple in its operation that an illiterate person can manipulate it with as much facility as one trained to the practical use of more complicated devices" (lines 20-25).
Date: July 11, 1899
Creator: Stephens, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Student and Professor with Lab Rats]

Description: Photograph of a professor and student handling a lab rat. In the image, the women look at a rat that is climbing on top of another rat's cage. The professor is holding the wondering rat's lid open while the students keeps a light grip on the rat to insure it won't run. More cages can be seen on the left shelves with other lower cabinets taking the rest of the space.
Date: 1942
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections


Description: Patent for a new and improved can opener. This design "consists of can-opener comprising a blade or cutter vertically adjustable to allow it to be forced into a can-head to be cut" (lines 34-36).
Date: August 9, 1898
Creator: Connett, Matthew F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Adjustable Rack for Railway-Cars.

Description: Patent for improvements on racks in railway-cars including more storage for smaller items, an adjustable rack for children or elderly persons to be able to reach without needing to stand on the car seat, a titled hinge that allows a rack to be pulled for ward and pushed back, and other improvements.
Date: August 2, 1898
Creator: Butler, Michael
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gearing For Bicycles.

Description: Patent relating to "a new and useful improvement in gearing for bicycles and the like, and has for its object to so construct and arrange a device of this description as to avoid sudden shocks or jars which are occasioned by unevenness in the road-bed over which the machine is traveling, and also to enable the rider to exert a sudden force upon the pedals without straining the framework or wheels of the machine" (lines 9-18).
Date: August 17, 1897
Creator: Godfray, Ernest H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Harness-Hame Attachment.

Description: Patent "to provide a hame of strong and durable construction, simple in its arrangement, and having means of ready application of the necessary devices used in connection with harness attachments" (lines 14-18).
Date: August 30, 1898
Creator: Davis, Isaac Polk
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Disk Cultivator

Description: Patent for an improved "disk cultivator that will be adapted for the various purposes to which such devices are ordinarily applied. The invention consists in certain details of construction and combination and arrangement of parts" (lines 13-18)
Date: August 9, 1898
Creator: Brock, Andrew L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department