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[Equipment on Table]

Description: Photograph of equipment and wires on a glass-topped table at the front of a courtroom in the Liberty County courthouse in Liberty, Texas. Four red leather chairs and several wooden benches are visible in the background.
Date: January 13, 2010
Creator: Bell, Jim
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Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for wire stretcher which draw fence-wire and hold the stack. This device is used mainly while working with fence-wires and supplemental tie-wires.
Date: July 15, 1902
Creator: Halpain, William M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher

Description: Patent for improvements to wire-stretchers, "particularly to those arranged for disposal upon wagons, and has for its object to provide a wire-stretcher with which a plurality of wires may be stretched simultaneously and which will be arranged to hold the spools containing the wire which is to be strung." (lines 12-18), including illustrations.
Date: October 24, 1905
Creator: Manning, Butler S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a "simple form of device for stretching wire, said device being adapted for attachment to a post or other support and to the wire to be stretched" (lines 9-12).
Date: February 11, 1902
Creator: Brannon, Walter Zebulin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photographs of Flood Scenes in Fort Worth, Texas]

Description: Photographs of two scenes after a flood in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1915. The top photograph shows four men, one woman and a dog surrounding a metal canister with a spout. They are all holding white cups and saucers and kneeling. Two of the boys are wearing overalls and three are wearing hats. The woman is wearing a long dress, apron and bonnet. The bottom photograph is looking down on several flooded streets. There is a large wooden tower on the right side of the frame, several poles and wires and other buildings surrounded by water.
Date: unknown
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Trolley-Wire Crossing.

Description: Patent for "means of which trolley-wires may be made to cross each other without contact and at the same time admit of the passage of trolley-wheels over each of the cross-lines." (Lines 11-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 8, 1896
Creator: Handshy, Henry Milton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Suspender Device.

Description: Patent for a suspender device that is "a [rear] fastening device having a central loop, a coil, a keeper and a pin extending from the coil and engaging the keeper all formed from one piece of wire, in combination, with a slide having a linked portion surrounding and vertically movable on the central loop, and having a pair of ends or prongs projecting upward between the loop and the linked-portion of the slide to form tongues" (lines 81-90). The forward fastening devices attach to the ends of webbing.
Date: December 31, 1895
Creator: Krebs, Emil, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence-Wire Stretcher.

Description: Patent for an efficient, compact, and durable fence-wire stretcher that works on any size fence-post. It is an "easily and quickly applied means for clamping and drawing together the ends of a broken fence-wire" (lines 14-16).
Date: October 8, 1895
Creator: Day, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Tightener.

Description: Patent for a wire-tightener that stretches "the wire after it has been secured to the post, and to take up any slack which may exist therein, owing to causes arising subsequent to the first stretching of the wires" (lines 10-13). It has similar features of other wire-tightener but is simple and efficient.
Date: January 1, 1895
Creator: Glenn, John William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence-Post.

Description: Patent for a fence-post for wire fences and allows for the wires to be removed once secured. This invention allows for the fenced-in area to be changed and adjusted.
Date: April 2, 1895
Creator: Pryor, Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a simple and inexpensive wire-stretcher that can easily stretch a wire in a series on a fence in such a way that the stretcher doesn't need to brace against a post.
Date: January 9, 1894
Creator: Sparkman, James S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pliers.

Description: Patent for pliers that has one jaw fitted with ribs and the other with grooves. This allows the pliers to clamp onto and kink a wire in an improved way.
Date: December 19, 1893
Creator: Neuhaus, Frank C.
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

Wire-and-Picket-Fence Machine.

Description: Patent for a machine that secures "pickets in wire fencing, the wires having been secured to and stretched between the fence-posts and the machine applied to the wires and operated by hand to secure the pickets to the wires by an operation which places them in crossed relation to form loops within which the pickets are secured at the proper distance apart" (lines 9-16). The machine works on wires that have already been stretched.
Date: May 12, 1896
Creator: Rice, Elisha A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a simple, economical, and effictive wire-stretcher that uses "the fence-post as the fulcrum for the implement or tool in using the latter to stretch the wires longitudinally from post to post, and to provide a simple hand implement or tool by which a single person can rapidly string the fence-wires from post to post, stretch the wires, and kink or twist the same to take up slack" (lines 19-26).
Date: July 23, 1895
Creator: Cardwell, William C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Slat-and-Wire Fence-Machine.

Description: Patent for a simple and compact wire-fence machine that can be hand operated and aids in the construction of a wire fence. The machine stretches and maintains tension while twisting and securing the wire to a post. The machine also twists wires together.
Date: January 30, 1894
Creator: Haley, Anslem J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insulator.

Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and durable insulator meant for protecting wires for telephones and telegraphs. The insulator has two sections with recesses and locking apertures.
Date: June 18, 1895
Creator: Patterson, James M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Fence Stretcher and Splicer.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire fence stretcher and splicer. This design "relates to improvements in wire-fence stretchers and splicers; and it consists in the peculiar construction and arrangement of the parts" (lines 10-13).
Date: March 25, 1884
Creator: Pierce, Jonathan E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department