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Mesquite and Willow

Description: Collection of Texas, Spanish and Mexican folklore, including legends, child ballads, folk tales, folk songs, tall tales, information about home remedies, and other folklore.
Date: 1957
Creator: Boatright, Mody Coggin
Partner: UNT Press

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad-cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the draw-head, the trip-block pivoted on the upper side of the same, the trigger secured to the upper side of the draw-head, and the spring bearing on the trip-block" (lines 82-86).
Date: May 21, 1889
Creator: Woolsey, Charles Alexander & Woolsey, William Wesley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the boiler having the transverse rollers, of the [other] roller having peripheral corrugations and the intermediate slots, the bail, and the counterweight whereby the roller may be balanced on the end wall of the boiler" (lines 85-90).
Date: May 18, 1886
Creator: Pinkerton, John Franklin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seeding Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists "[i]n a seed-planter, the hopper having the open bottom, in combination with a shaft journaled in the hopper above the bottom, stirrers located on the shaft and working through the said bottom, a packer working vertically within the hopper above the stirrers, and a connecting-rod attached to the packer and secured to the hub of the stirrer" (lines 27-34).
Date: July 28, 1885
Creator: Miller, Tedor T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sulky Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved riding plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the bent axle having the vertical curved portion, the draft-bar secured to the axle, the plow-beam pivoted at its front end to a bracket secured to the draft-bar, rack secured to the plow-beam, pinion secured to the axle and engaging with the rack, sprocket-wheel on the shaft with pinion, sprocket-wheel journaled above [another] wheel and having a crank, and the endless sprocket-chain connecting the wheels" (lines 30-39).
Date: July 28, 1885
Creator: Miller, Tedor T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Calf Weaner.

Description: Patent for a new and improved calf weaner. This design consists in "a strap, ring, or belt surrounding the muzzle of the calf or other animal, and attached permanently by means of head-stall straps or other suitable-devices, the muzzle-ring being provided with radiating blunt-pointed wires of suitable length, whereby the calf is prevented from reaching the teat, and the mother, being irritated or titillated by the projecting wires, repulses the attempts of the animal to suckle" (lines 18-27).
Date: June 16, 1885
Creator: Evans, Thomas W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn motor. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a wheel or disk having a toothed periphery and provided with a broad friction-flange, or a disk at right angles to the former, bearing against its friction-flange, and having studs engaging its teeth . . . [also] [i]n a churn-motor, the combination, with the box or body of the cover, having uprights, [a] shaft having [a] crank, disk having teeth and [a] flange, and the vertical shaft having [a] disk, provided with studs" (lines 67-77).
Date: October 3, 1882
Creator: May, Benjamin Cary
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seeding Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved seed planter. This design "relates to seeding-machines, and has for its object to provide a simple and efficient machine that will plant all kinds of grain or seed, and in which the mechanism can be readily and conveniently changed to adapt it to the different kids of seed" (lines 9-14).
Date: March 13, 1883
Creator: Miller, Tedor T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saddle Jack.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle-jack. This design consists in "the combination, with a support, of a post having a hollow trunnion and carrying a saddle-tree support on its upper end, and a bolt passing through the hollow trunnion and carrying hooks on its upper end for engaging a saddle-tree to hold it on its support" (lines 84-90).
Date: April 1, 1890
Creator: Garrett, Richard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flour Bin and Sifter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved flour bin and sifter. This design consists in "[a] bin having sleeves secured thereto at opposite sides and removable screening and sifting mechanism provided with similar sleeves, and two-prong pins engaging said sleeves for connecting the sifting and screening mechanism to the bin, the said pins being arranged with their heads in opposite directions" (lines 20-27).
Date: September 24, 1889
Creator: McClellan, John A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Planter

Description: Patent for "a device which shall be simple in construction and by meansof which the planting of the seed may be performed in an even and regular manner" (lines 9-13).
Date: October 15, 1889
Creator: Cook, John R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Knee-Pad.

Description: Patent for a knee-pad that is meant to protect cotton-pickers as they crawl in uncomfortable areas. The knee-pads are made up of a concave oval made from leather, metal, or another strong material, with cloth attached to the base and edges of the oval. Straps go around the cloth and around the leg to hold it in place.
Date: July 7, 1896
Creator: Fergusson, William P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher and Wheel-Carrier.

Description: Patent for a simple and inexpensive wire-stretcher and reel-carrier, meant to make wire needed for fences easier to be ready at the builder's disposal and to stretch the wire to the correct amount of tension.
Date: November 3, 1896
Creator: Pruitt, Andrew L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pen Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pen holder. This design "is to provide a pen holder of simple construction that may be easily held between the fingers without cramping the same, that will hold the pen in such a position in relation to the eye as to enable the writer to write well, and that will be adapted to hands of various sizes. To this end [the] invention consists of a curved flat holder having a shank projecting from the end thereof, to which a pen may be attached, said shank being nearly parallel with the straight portion of the holder, and in line with the eye when held in position for writing" (lines 9-22).
Date: July 29, 1890
Creator: Palmer, Joshua C.
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

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

Planter.

Description: Patent for improvements in planters by having two hoppers C and D attached on each side of the concave wheel. A third and smaller hopper E can be interchanged with hopper C when planting seeds or grains. Hopper D is mainly for planting fertilizer. The bottom of hoppers C and D are provided with slides for the purpose of keeping the fertilizer, grain or seeds from banking up. Illustration is included.
Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Patterson, Thomas C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sash Holder

Description: Patent for a sash-holder, which "consists in an improved sash-fastener embodying novel features" (lines 16-18). Instructions and illustrations are included.
Date: August 10, 1897
Creator: Beck, George Washington
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling-Press.

Description: Patent for an improvement to machinery to wind fibrous materials (e.g., cotton) into cylindrical bales that does not use a core or fixed horizontal rollers.
Date: March 30, 1897
Creator: Ross, William Andrew
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department