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Titus County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Titus County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, and towns. Scale [ca. 1:166,667] (5000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1908
Creator: Duke, James K. & Terrell, O. O.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Baling-Press.

Description: Patent for baling-press which is to "provide a rotary sweep,..., which is connected in a novel manner to the compressing-plunger, whereby said plunger is operated twice to each revolution of the sweep" (lines 12-16). Illustrations included.
Date: November 4, 1902
Creator: Fitz Water, Marshall V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Crate-Fastening

Description: Patent for crate fastening to secure the top firmly but also allow it to be easily removed. It was designed for an egg crate but is applicable to crates in general, including illustrations.
Date: September 25, 1900
Creator: Damon, Sylvester Will
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Carriage Top Stop

Description: Patent for "carriages or other vehicles, and more particularly to that portion of a vehicle which is known as the 'prop stump or stop,' which usually projects outward on each side of the vehicle-body at the rear end of the seat for support of the vehicle-hood props when the hood or top is lowered." (lines 9-16). Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 1, 1905
Creator: Smith, William Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Cover.

Description: Patent for "new and Improved Churn-Cover" (line 5-6) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 13, 1906
Creator: Hogue, James C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Screen for Vehicles

Description: Patent for an improvement in screens meant to prevent passengers from having to look at horses' hind ends in carriages. It is a rectangle of cloth laced in a frame, which is attached to the thills.
Date: May 19, 1896
Creator: Fleming, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method of Marking the Keys of Key-Boards for Musical Instruments

Description: Patent for "a system of musical notation in which the several notes or note-symbols are shaped so as to approximate in appearance the shape of the letters from which they derive their appellations" (lines 37-41) especially in relation to piano-fortes, organs, and keyed instruments and in teaching music, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 29, 1880
Creator: Black, Jane B. D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Plows.

Description: Patent for a new and improved attachment for plows. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the rear of the land-side of a turning plow, of an attachment for dirting the plants, consisting of a shank having a rearwardly and upwardly extending blade diagonally attached thereto, having a sharp curved lower edge and a curved upper edge, said edges forming a point on the outer end of the blade, said blade having a concaved upper face" (lines 7-15).
Date: August 14, 1888
Creator: Tennison, James B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Chopper and Cultivator

Description: Patent for "a machine of this class which shall be simple in construction, durable, and effect ive in operation, and which may be easily manipulated" (lines 11-14).
Date: March 11, 1890
Creator: Porter, William Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists, "with the beam and mold-board, of an attachment which is adapted to be secured to either side of the beam in the rear of the mold-board, consisting of a curved standard having its lower end bent up parallel with and part way its vertical length, forming a U-shaped foot, serrations on the rear edges of the foot, and registering perforations formed in the standard and upper end of the bent-up portion, an oblique brace secured between the parallel portions of the standard, having a series of perforations therein" (lines 12-24).
Date: November 5, 1889
Creator: Stone, Zebedee E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for Digging Wells or Post Holes.

Description: Patent for a new and improved post-hole digger. This design consists in "the combination, with an annular head carrying cutters, of the block or bar, the arms secured at their upper ends to the bar or block and at their opposite ends to the head, the cylinder, and the yielding arms secured at one end to said bar and their opposite ends adapted to engage the upper edge of the cylinder" (lines 34-41).
Date: November 12, 1889
Creator: Stephenson, Elam Grigory
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spark-Arrester.

Description: Patent for Spark-Arrester. The author claims his invention catches sparks and throws them to the bottom of the chamber to the discharge pipe. Used in locomotive smoke stacks.
Date: October 12, 1880
Creator: Swan, Robert F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rotary Engine

Description: Patent for "a simple and efficient construction of engine including two parallel series of piston-heads and wherein steam will be supplied to the heads of each series alternately" (lines 9-13).
Date: July 9, 1901
Creator: Keith, Jonathan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Chopper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 23, 1900
Creator: Kirby, Richard W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine

Description: Patent for a washing machine. This invention consists of cooperating rotary rubbers.
Date: January 4, 1910
Creator: Hollingsworth, James Hollis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Broom and Cloth Hanger.

Description: Patent for a combined broom and cloth hanger, which allows a broom to be quickly engaged and supported at any desired elevation above the user's floor. It can also be folded against the wall when the broom is not in use, "...whereby the ordinary broom cover...can be conveniently clamped and held securely in position between the lower end of the bracket and against the support by passing the broom cover over and through the rods when the hanger is in a receiving position" (lines 24-30).
Date: May 6, 1913
Creator: Ussery, Walter R. & Cook, Enoch J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Desk

Description: Patent for a desk. Illustrations included.
Date: March 10, 1908
Creator: Thompson, Thomas Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow Attachment

Description: Patent for plow attachment. This invention relates to the handling of young plants. Illustration included.
Date: August 22, 1905
Creator: Pate, Miles M. & Ellison, Harrison L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mount Pleasant 1920 Sheet 4

Description: Sanborn map sheet showing an area of Mount Pleasant in Titus County, Texas, including geographic features, buildings, and details related to risk assessment for fire insurance.
Date: 1920
Creator: Sanborn Map Company
Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History