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[Man at a desk]

Description: Photograph of a man writing at a desk, with a microphone or speaker sitting in front of him. The photo is either in front of a plastic sleeve, or is double exposed.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

A Book Lover in Texas

Description: This autobiographical text discusses Evelyn Oppenheimer's role as a reader and book reviewer in Texas. The book discusses both her life and opinions regarding books and various topics. A selection of her poetry and one of her short stories ("The Green Conscience") are also included. Index starts on page 153.
Date: 1995
Creator: Oppenheimer, Evelyn, 1907-
Partner: UNT Press

Writing Pen.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pen. This design has for its object "to provide a simple implement which may be readily employed for writing purposes; and it consists in a thimble-like sleeve having a writing-pen arranged at its outer end, adapted to be easily applied to the index or fore-finger; and it further consists in the peculiar construction of implement" (lines 7-14).
Date: October 16, 1888
Creator: Seabaugh, Conrad
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pen or Pencil Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pen or pencil holder. This design obviates "many of the serious objections to the ordinary pen-holder . . . among which may be mentioned cramp and that which is known as 'writer's paralysis.' In addition to this the use of this device will save many tedious hours to the child who is learning to write, as by its use no time will be wasted in teaching the child how to hold his [or her] pen or pencil" (lines 69-77).
Date: April 19, 1887
Creator: Merrick, Sarah J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Penman's Arm Rest.

Description: Patent for a new and improved writer's armrest. This design "is to provide a sort of swivel-pivot to support the wrist in writing, whereby perfect freedom of movement is given to the hand, and the position of the hand may be changed instantaneously without effort in forming characters in writing. The invention consists of a flexible or pliable foundation-piece with an anti-friction or swivel roller or ball projecting from its surface and forming a pivot to support the wrist when writing, a strap or buckle, or other fastening, being used to attach the device to the wrist" (lines 11-22).
Date: June 14, 1887
Creator: Graham, Tilghman
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hand Support for Use in Writing.

Description: Patent for a new and improved writing aid. This design "is an improved device to rest the hand and give ease and fluency thereto in writing; and it consists, essentially, in a support made of glass, rubber, or other similar suitable material, and having very smooth edges to travel without friction over the writing-paper, in combination with a hand-rest pivoted and capable of a certain degree of motion thereon, and having connected to it the handle of the pen" (lines 18-27).
Date: March 16, 1886
Creator: Wyche, John Louis.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Chairs.

Description: Patent for a new and improved chair. This design consists "[i]n a reading and writing attachment for chairs, the combination of a bail-shaped clamp adapted to be applied to a chair-arm, an upright slotted arm, a set-screw passing through said slotted arm and engaging the clamp, a plate carried by the upper end of said slotted arm, and a table pivotally connected to said plate, whereby the table may be adjusted vertically, horizontally, and obliquely" (lines 66-75).
Date: February 25, 1890
Creator: Hutton, Milton C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Penholders.

Description: Patent for a simple and effective attachment for penholders. It is "readily and easily attached to a penholder, and which is adapted to protect the fingers of the hand and prevent them from coming in contact with the pen or with the inked portion of the holder" (lines 15-19).
Date: November 12, 1895
Creator: McDonald, Michael Shaw
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Type-Writing Machine

Description: Patent for improvements to typewriting machines with the aim of providing "a machine of simple and durable construction, capable of use for the ordinary purposes to which type-writers are applied, but especially adapted and designed for typewriting upon blank books, thereby facilitating the making of official records and producing records that are more legible and compact than it is possible to obtain by handwriting" (lines 11-18).
Date: June 14, 1892
Creator: Borden, William J. & Johnson, Jahu W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a penholder that is worn on the finger and is an "open-ended hollow thimble with a detachable and reversible cap-piece" (lines 20-22). The pen-point can be unscrewed and screwed back in the opposite way so that the pen-point is inside the thimble, so the pen-point doesn't break in one's pocket.
Date: January 26, 1897
Creator: Ward, George C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Woman Writing Visitors' Names in Arabic]

Description: Photograph of a woman writing visitors' names in Arabic at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Multiple visitors are standing to the right of a table that reads "Get your name written in Arabic" on the side.
Date: [1997-07-31..1997-08-03]
Creator: Informedia
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

J.D. Lee signs Last B-36

Description: Photograph of J.D. Lee writing on the nose of the last B-36 at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas on December 18, 1953. The page he is signing reads,"Dear John Oh! how I hate to see you go" it has 11 columns of signatures.
Date: December 18, 1953
Partner: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth


Description: Patent for an air and dust proof ink well for pens. Illustrations included.
Date: April 4, 1911
Creator: Banning, Frederick D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Tolbert]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a autograph session by Dallas author Frank X. Tolbert, promoting his book "The Staked Plain."
Date: January 13, 1958
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections