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Parker Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Parker County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities and towns. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in red pencil. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (4000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Date: 1919
Creator: Newton, John. C.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Bridge.

Description: Patent for "a simplified and cheapened construction of bridge whereby the weight and strain will be more equally divided and the braces so arranged that expansion and contraction laterally are avoided, while permitting of the necessary expansion and contraction longitudinally of the bridge." (Lines 13-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 16, 1896
Creator: Mitchell, Hirtie F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Canopy-Frame.

Description: Patent for "a simple, compact and efficient extensible frame adapted to be supported for use either in connection with a bedstead or door and window openings, &c" (lines 9-13). It is constructed to be arranged in multiple positions and "to support the fabric of the canopy in the desired position without risk of tearing or otherwise injuring the same" (lines 15-18).
Date: May 2, 1899
Creator: Baggett, Charles Bennett
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of John and Lillian Langdon]

Description: Full-length portrait of John and Lillian Langdon. Lillian Langdon, sitting, wears a light-colored checkered dress with a matching jacket and a pearl necklace. John Landon, standing to the right of his sister, wears a dark jacket and knee-length shorts with dark tights and button-up boots. A hand written note on the back reads, "John Langdon & sister Lillian (Lillie). He was born 1887, about 4 yrs. old here, I suppose."
Date: 1891
Creator: Whittaker & Kennedy
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Bicycle Attachment.

Description: Patent for a bicycle attachment that supports the frame and can be used as a "carrier or support for a child, package, a satchel, &c." (Lines 12-13) Illustrations included.
Date: May 1, 1900
Creator: Flinn, William M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Tie Buckle.

Description: Patent for a new cotton tie buckle "that will prevent the band engaging the same from slipping, forma a reliable securing means of simple and cheap construction and also economize in the use of the band length, with considerable consequent by saving in expense, the positive retention of the band b the improved device as required rendering the bale of uniform density and the strength of the device resisting breakage and consequent expense of repair frequently necessary in the ordinary uniform of buckle-ties now in use." (Lines 11-22). Illustration is included.
Date: March 26, 1901
Creator: Ragsdale, William C. & Eddleman, Dudley E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Trading Card: Penitentiary Hollow]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Lake Mineral Wells State Park, depicting a natural path in between two sandstone walls, in a forest. The back of the card contains information about the forest and the trees of the area.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Motor.

Description: Patent for improving crank-lever churn motors for a more simple construction that results in a more lightweight but strong machine.
Date: December 11, 1900
Creator: Crawford, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wireworking-Tool.

Description: Patent for improvements to wireworking tools which are "especially designed for twisting the opposite ends of a tie-wire to a runner-wire of a fence and also for twisting the intermediate portion of the tie-wire, so as to tighten the embrace of the latter upon the fence-post. It is furthermore designed to provide means for supporting or bracing the tool upon the post during the twisting operation thereof, and, finally, to arrange the handle of the tool so as to provide a convenient and effective wire-cutter." (Lines 10-21) Illustrations are included.
Date: February 12, 1901
Creator: Tate, Newton J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Composition for Tanning

Description: Patent for new and useful improvements in compounds for tanning, using water, four gallons, fluid extract of phytolacca or common poke root, quarter of an ounce, gum gambier, four pounds, and alum, one pound.
Date: March 9, 1909
Creator: Burrows, Ira I
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Separator

Description: Patent for a separator for separating grain. This invention is a separator to separate grain from the straw in threshing machines. The straw is shaken and agitated in order to separate the grain.
Date: January 23, 1906
Creator: Crane, J. D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Coffee-Mill.

Description: Patent for a coffee mill that utilizes an electric motor for power (grinding).
Date: September 27, 1910
Creator: Sligar, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Lake Mineral Wells]

Description: Photograph of the Civic League Island at Lake Mineral Wells, four miles east of Mineral Wells, Texas, with a rustic bridge connecting the two small islands, picnic tables, and grilles. In the foreground, there are two small boats with canopies, carrying passengers on the water of the lake. A forested shoreline is visible in the background of the image.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Vibrating Churn.

Description: Patent for improvements in vibrating churns in which the dasher is given a rapid rotary vibrating movement and with but very little exertion to the operator. (Lines 30-32) Illustration is included.
Date: June 23, 1891
Creator: Miller, Luther Alison
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements to washing machines that allow the water to be heated to any temperature. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Eddleman, Dudley E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Running-Gears.

Description: Patent for running-gear on carriages that "consists mainly in improvements in the connections of the axles with the springs, perch, and other parts" (para. 5), with illustrations.
Date: February 1, 1876
Creator: Gilmore, George W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Feed Water Heater.

Description: Patent for a new and improved feed water heater. This design "provide[s] a system of levers and a float which will automatically regulate the feed or supply of water to such heaters and lime-extractors . . . and further, that by securing a uniform supply of water the steam acts more equally upon the water, and thus secures a more uniform deposit of the lime" (lines 22-33). This allows for fewer accidents and less damage to the engine.
Date: August 10, 1880
Creator: Annear, John Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the frame and the hopper having the closed bottom and the openings in one side, with the driving-wheel, having the tappet-pins, the seed-slides having the openings or cups, the fulcrumed levers actuated by the tappet-pins, and connected to the lower ends of the seed-slides, and the cord or strap passing over the sheave, and secured to the free ends of the levers, whereby the seed-slides are reciprocated alternately in opposite directions" (lines 74-84).
Date: September 1, 1885
Creator: Easley, Levi
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department