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Map of Erath County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Erath County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in blue ink to indicate the addition of a road. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1896
Creator: Terrell, O. O.; Anthony, P. J. & Von Rosenberg, E.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Tire Tightener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tire tightener. This design calls for a wheel with a gap rather than a continuous ring, so a double-threaded bolt in the gap may be tightened or loosened to contract or expand the wheel and subsequently the tire.
Date: November 8, 1881
Creator: Jones, James Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oliver.

Description: Patent for an improved "oliver," a blacksmith's hammer operated by foot power or another mechanism. It provides improved means for mounting the hammer, adjusting the blow of the hammer or cushioning it, and arranging the hammer at different positions when not in use.
Date: December 27, 1898
Creator: Raiza, William J. & Souther, Alsom
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Steam-Heater

Description: Patent for steam heater to keep cooked food warm, suitable for smaller hotels, restaurants, and other venues, who could not afford larger, more elaborate steam heaters, including illustrations.
Date: August 28, 1900
Creator: Wiley, Dora
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recharging-Valve.

Description: Patent for a recharging valve "to permit recharging the auxiliary reservoirs of an automatic air-brake system without involving the release of the brakes." (lines 8-11) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 3, 1905
Creator: Williams, Leonard F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wrench.

Description: Patent for a wrench with an adjustable handle for multiple uses, with illustrations.
Date: April 10, 1906
Creator: Land, Henry Clay
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Oiling Device

Description: Patent for a hand saw blade oiling device built into the handle of the saw. By holding stops and pulling back on the pistons of the device on the saw handle, oil is released and forced into nozzles which deliver oil onto the blade.
Date: August 14, 1906
Creator: Stewart, Luther F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Picking Machine.

Description: Patent for improvement in cotton picking machine “whereby the ripened portion of the cotton may be easily and thoroughly picked or removed and disposed in a suitable receptacle.” (Lines 22-24.) Illustration is included.
Date: January 3, 1905
Creator: McEachern, John Neil
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lawn-Mower.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lawn mower that "consists in the novel construction and arrangement of its parts." (lines 13-14), including description and illustrations.
Date: November 26, 1901
Creator: Stewart, Henry E. & Stewart, Luther F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using a draw-head having a chamber and a recess from its upper face into the chamber, of a coupling-dog pivoted in the recess and having a notch in its under faces and a hook at its forward end...... and the chain and levers connected with the said eyes.” (Lines 32-41) Illustration is included.
Date: September 8, 1891
Creator: Lewis, Thomas E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and inexpensive wire stretcher "which may readily be employed for stretching wires to a post for stapling, for stretching or drawing the ends of wires together for tying and for drawing out or removing staples from a post" (lines 12-16).
Date: August 1, 1893
Creator: Palmer, Joshua C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Siphon.

Description: Patent for a new siphon used to convey and distribute water for any purposes where it may necessary to convey water over elevations from a higher plane to a lower one, including illustrations.
Date: November 3, 1891
Creator: Damron, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Earth-Auger.

Description: Patent for an invention that "relates to an implement designed for boring earth, and may be used for well-boring and also for boring post-holes," (lines 11-13) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 27, 1891
Creator: Franks, Madison S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe box. This design "has relation to store-boxes for boots and shoes, designed to open automatically when drawn forward, and to close automatically when pushed back into place on the shelf or on the floor; and the invention consists in the construction and novel arrangement of a swinging hanger pivoted to a bearing above the box, and a slideway secured to the cover, which is hinged to the back of the box" (lines 18-27).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved box for boots and shoes. This design is "to be arranged beneath the counter, between the guide-strips upon the floor, and mounted on wheels, and provided with mechanism connected to the hinged lids of the boxes to raise the lid as the box is pulled out, and to close it when the box is pushed back to place again. This may be accomplished in several ways" (lines 26-33).
Date: November 20, 1883
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn Dasher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn dasher. This design, "[a]s an article of manufacture, [consists in] the conical or concavo-convex churn dasher having a circular rim, the air cups or cells, the arms, and the raised nave or center portion, all of concavo-convex shape in their transverse sections" (lines 28-33).
Date: May 5, 1885
Creator: Hale, James F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Overcoat.

Description: Patent for an overcoat that is "so constructed as to keep dry the legs of the wearer; which is adapted to shed water from horsemen; and which is of the usual external appearance and will not impede or interfere with the locomotion of the wearer" (lines 9-24).
Date: May 8, 1894
Creator: Gassaway, Benjamin F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Slat Fastening.

Description: Patent for a new and improved slat fastener. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the eyes, of the notched slats adapted to receive said eyes in the end notches and the hooks pivoted to the slats and adapted to engage the eyes" (lines 64-67).
Date: July 14, 1885
Creator: Keith, Stephen Perry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tobacco Substitute.

Description: Patent for an improvement in tobacco substitutes, by using a combination of ingredients that “will completely destroy all desire for tobacco and thus enables them to discontinue its use without any of the inconvenience or suffering,” (lines 18-21) ingredients of the compound are included. No illustration.
Date: March 24, 1891
Creator: Miller, Levi, H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department