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[Photograph of Robert Milam]

Description: Photograph of Robert "Bob" Milam, who poses in front of his picture in front of a backdrop. The back of the photo reads: Uncle Bob Milam, Born February 5th 1873, Great Grandfather half brother, Marya's son.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Portrait of Boy Named Martin]

Description: Portrait of a boy, visible from the chest up, wearing a light-colored shirt with buttons down the front and a cape-collar. The photograph is quite shadowy and the background is indiscernible. A hand written note on the back of the frame identifies the boy as "Martin."
Date: unknown
Creator: Howard Studio
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Conveyer.

Description: Patent for a new conveyer design “which is particularly adapted to load or unload railroad-car wheels or other heavy material on and of cars” (Lines 13-15) including illustrations.
Date: July 22, 1902
Creator: St. James, Henry Livingston
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railway-Brake Hanger

Description: Patent for "improvements to Railway-Break Hanger;...will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same"(lines 6, 9-11).
Date: February 26, 1901
Creator: Saling, Thomas W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ladder

Description: Patent for ladders, more particularly to one adapted for use in connection with freight-cars. (lines 9-11) Design to prevent the grab-irons from becoming disconnected from the rails. (lines 27-29)
Date: December 12, 1905
Creator: Saling, Thomas W. & McKiel, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Machine for Cutting Key-Seats in Shafting

Description: Patent for "cutting key-seats in shafting machine. It provides a portable key-seat-cutting especially adapted to operate upon the driving shafts of locomotives in key-seating eccentrics thereon." (lines 7-13)
Date: August 21, 1906
Creator: Matheus, Karl
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spirometer

Description: Patent for "an improved spirometer, and has for its object to provide a simple, inexpensive, and efficient device of this character adapted for use by invalids, convalescents, and other persons for exercising the lungs and measuring and indicating the cubic capacity or volume of air expelled from the chest." (lines 8-15)
Date: August 4, 1903
Creator: Lyttleton, Henry Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for the improvement and simplification of disk plows. It consists of improvements to interconnection of beam, plow, wheels and axle in their positioning and securing to allow for adjustments of these parts; also includes scrapers for plow-disks. Illustrations of a possible implementation are included.
Date: March 18, 1902
Creator: Schofield, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Hand-Cultivators.

Description: Patent for "hand-cultivators; and the novelty consists in the improved construction and arrangement of the stock, tongue, and plows; and in the application to the end of the tongue of a shoulder-strap to assist in working the implement." (Lines 15-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 27, 1872
Creator: Jones, William G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Harness-Pad.

Description: Patent for "an improved fastening for harness pads or housings which is equally adapted for sweat-pads for horse-collars." (Lines 11-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 10, 1891
Creator: Powell, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Car-Journal Boxes.

Description: Patent for the improvement in car-journal boxes. This invention "relates to oil-boxes used upon journals of car-axles, the object being to prevent the lid from shaking off of the oil-stop or oil-packing surrounding the axle to be removed and replaced by a new one without removing the box from the journal."
Date: October 15, 1878
Creator: Alexander, Francis M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plumbing System.

Description: Patent for "improvements in plumbing systems whereby the service-pipes will automatically drain themselves when a sufficiently low temperature is reached to congeal the water contained therein, thereby obviating frozen pipes and the resultant damage incident thereto." (Lines 8-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Coleman, Thomas S. & Coleman, William P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton and Hay Presses.

Description: Patent for improvements in baling-presses. It consists of movable followers and a sliding drum that has a ratchet secured to a clutch and a shaft. It includes illustrations.
Date: January 21, 1879
Creator: Smithson, Richard T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Machine for Filing Gin Saws.

Description: Patent for a new and improved machine to sharpen the teeth of cotton gin saws. This design utilizes two bevel-faced wheels connected to a block between two arms that clamp the saw blade. The bevel-faced wheels sharpen the teeth of the blade, and the nuts and bolts of the frame allow for movement as well as tightening and loosening.
Date: August 17, 1880
Creator: McAllister, Alexander F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Door Fastening.

Description: Patent for a new and improved car-door fastening. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of a staple, a hook-hasp, key, and a key-plate, whereby several advantages are obtained . . . for securing the sliding doors of box-cars and other railway-cars" (lines 8-14).
Date: April 19, 1881
Creator: Alexander, Francis Marion
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Back-Pad.

Description: Patent for an inexpensive and simple concave back-pad meant to be used between the horse and the saddle. The design of the invention makes saddles stay in place.
Date: May 14, 1895
Creator: Powell, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design is of "an automatic car-coupling pin that can be adjusted and used for coupling cars having the ordinary draw-bars and coupling pins" (lines 10-13).
Date: July 8, 1884
Creator: Schofield, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Table.

Description: Patent for a new and improved table. This design "is to increase the utility of tables by providing them with drawers extending from side to side, that will open from either side of the table, and also providing the drawers with additional means of support that will enable them to contain articles of great weight without injury to the structure, and thus adapt the same for use in stores" (lines 10-18).
Date: October 13, 1885
Creator: Davis, James Franklin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Balance-Staff for Watches.

Description: Patent for improvements in balance-staffs for watches by “strengthen and increase the durability of the pivots or journals of the staff while reducing the friction to a minimum” (lines 16-19), included illustration.
Date: May 5, 1891
Creator: Cooper, Jonathan H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department