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Self Heating Branding Iron.

Description: Patent for a self heating branding iron, which allows for branding irons to be easily attached and detached from portable sources of fuel.
Date: January 14, 1902
Creator: Lowe, M. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut-Lock.

Description: Patent for nut-locks specifically adapted for use on railroads. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 16, 1897
Creator: Reilly, George
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Puzzle.

Description: Patent for a simply constructed puzzle with a difficult solution, "but may be accomplished by the exercise of care, skill, and ingenuity in the manipulation of the device" (lines 15-18). It is a rectangular box with eight balls, four of which fit into holes in the corners of the box. There are segmented walls surrounding the holes.
Date: January 5, 1897
Creator: Collis, Michael Francis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Carolina Borunda Humphries]

Description: Photograph of Carolina Borunda Humphries cooking on a wood stove at The Old Borunda cafe. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Carolina Borunda Humphries has cooked on her wood stove in the kitchen at 'The Old Borunda' for many years. This restaurant has been in the Borunda family for three generations" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Marfa billboard]

Description: Photograph of a billboard at the side of the road welcoming golfers to Marfa, Texas. The billboard has an image with a golfer, golf cart, and hold, with the text "Welcome to Marfa. Relax & Play the Highest Golf Course in Texas (Elevation 4882 Ft.), Bent Greens, Bermuda Fairways. Entrance to Big Bend National Park." A smaller sign underneath says "July 4-14, 1967." The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The golf course is one of the best in the state and encourages young golfers to pursue their interests" (p. 12).
Date: 1969~
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Hunter Gymnasium at Marfa High School]

Description: Photograph of several unidentified students gathering near the Hunter Gymnasium at Marfa High School. There is a flag pole with the American flag and another flag in front of the building. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The students themselves take pride in their town by winning awards in nearly all activities. Junior Historians are creating a museum to honor their founders" (pp. 12-13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Three students in sweatshirts]

Description: Photograph of three unidentified male Marfa students wearing hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants. Two of the students' sweatshirts have logos with the text "Marfa Shorthorns." The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Besides football, basketball, tennis, and golf wins, several members of the track team have gone on to higher competition" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Outskirts of Marfa]

Description: Photograph of the town of Marfa taken from a distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa's twenty-five hundred citizens are a blend of three ethnic groups" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Students with instruments]

Description: Photograph of five Marfa High School students posing together in front of soundproofed walls; three in the front and two in the back. They are identified from left to right as: Beverly Webb (holding a sheaf of papers), Mark Covington (holding a euphonium), Marfa Gene LaLanne (holding a saxaphone), Delma Gonzales (holding papers or another instrument) and Gene Dempsey (holding a trumpet). The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The band members work many extra hours in perfecting their marching and concert material for contests" (p. 13).
Date: Autumn 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Coffield Park]

Description: Photograph of the swimming pool and surrounding areas of Coffield Park, in Marfa, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa citizens are very proud of their youth and realize that young people are the future of our country. Marfa citizens provide several facilities for warm weather enjoyment. The Marfa Lions Club takes care of the public pool during the summer. Coffield park provides a baseball diamond for Little Leagers" (p. 12).
Date: 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Early railroad station in Marfa, Texas]

Description: Photograph of one of the first railway stations in the Big Bend area. It is a long, one-story wooden structure with a two-story section on the far left. A carriage is parked outside the building. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water stop to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel. She named the stop, Marfa, after the book's heroine. In 1882, Presidio County also contained the present counties of Jeff Davis and Brewster as well as Presidio" (p. 6).
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Student writing math problem on chalkboard]

Description: Photograph of a boy writing out a math problem on a chalkboard and another student sitting at a desk, watching him. According to accompanying information, this photo was taken during a session when Cesar Vasquesz, a Marfa High School student was tutoring younger students. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Junior and senior high school students voluntarily tutor children in arithmetic, science, reading, and physical education without pay. This is a positive study in understanding and selflessness" (pp. 13-14).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Photograph of Mrs. W. K. Livingston]

Description: Photograph of Mrs. W. K. Livingston seated in a wooden chair in front of sheer curtains. A large piece of wooden furniture is partially visible on the right and has a candlestick on top. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Mrs. W. K. Livingston, a pioneer woman, was a member of the first graduating class of Marfa High School. She has lived all of her eighty-six years in this area" (p. 13).
Date: Autumn 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend fossils and stones]

Description: Photograph of seven stone items -- fossils of prehistoric shells and bones, and Indian manos (grinding stones) -- displayed on the bottom of a metal tub sitting on a grassy plain. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Water-dwelling dinosaurs, such as those related to the modern crocodile, and bird-like reptiles have been excavated from their rock prisons" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Students playing in an outdoor athletic field]

Description: Photograph of an outdoor athletic field, taken from across a Marfa street. Four unidentified Marfa High School students are practicing tennis. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Besides football, basketball, tennis, and golf wins, several members of the track team have gone on to higher competition" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Annual Century Club president's luncheon, late 1950s]

Description: An annual President's luncheon of the Marfa Century Culture Club. The attendees are sitting behind a long, decorated table. A centerpiece is prominent, and sits in the middle of the photograph. From left to right: Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Russell Thornsbury (President of the Chamber of Commerce), Mrs. H. L. Hord (incoming President), Mrs. M.T. Bennett (luncheon Chairman and Master of Ceremonies), Mrs. M.S. Baker (outgoing President), and Mrs. George Mimms.
Date: 1959~
Creator: Keith Studio
Partner: Marfa Public Library