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Sampling Device (open access)

Sampling Device

Patent for a machine that will remove samples from a well during drilling operations.
Date: October 21, 1919
Creator: Dodds, Redus D.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Grade-Indicator. (open access)

Grade-Indicator.

Patent for a grade indicator designed for land, air, and sea vehicles. It provides both lateral and longitudinal inclination with a simple construction.
Date: January 7, 1919
Creator: Shemeley, Jesse B. & Shemeley, Marion E.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Wagon Brace (open access)

Wagon Brace

Patent for wagon brace that obviates danger of thimbles breaking under excessive weight and strain.
Date: November 25, 1919
Creator: Albritton, James
System: The Portal to Texas History
Railroad-Switch (open access)

Railroad-Switch

Patent for a railroad switch that is easier to use and more effective than the "common stub switch" (lines 10-11), thereby reducing damage.
Date: December 16, 1919
Creator: Cuellar, Samuel D.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Hand-Operated Baling-Press. (open access)

Hand-Operated Baling-Press.

Patent for improvements in Hand-Operated Baling-Presses that has a durable structure and is convenient and easy to use for baling hay and straw. Consists of "a box or body provided with a hopper of usual pattern" and "clamping rods located at the delivery end thereof" (lines 19-20) with a sliding plunger, lever, pivots, and a spring. Includes illustrations.
Date: November 4, 1919
Creator: Harris, Albert O.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Break-Out Pin. (open access)

Break-Out Pin.

Patent for a modified break-out pin on an oil derrick which makes it easier to release a wrench for unscrewing pipes when done, but still holds the wrench in place while in use.
Date: October 21, 1919
Creator: Headrick, James O.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Cotton-Picker. (open access)

Cotton-Picker.

Patent for a high-yield cotton picker that removes cotton from the bolls without damaging the plants.
Date: April 15, 1919
Creator: Johnson, Frank Edward
System: The Portal to Texas History
Automatic Control for Gas Water-Heaters. (open access)

Automatic Control for Gas Water-Heaters.

Patent for improvements to "a gas control for instantaneous gas water heaters" (lines 9-10), including illustrations and instructions.
Date: June 17, 1919
Creator: Hamilton, Paul H.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Plow. (open access)

Plow.

Patent for a plow that can be easily and inexpensively adjusted to plow shallower or deeper.
Date: August 12, 1919
Creator: Kilpatrick, Robert L.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Automobile Bed-Rack. (open access)

Automobile Bed-Rack.

Patent for a bed rack (bed roll) located at the rear of a car so that once the car cushions have been placed to form a mattress, the bed roll can be unwound to stretch and cover the cushions providing bedding and covering.
Date: December 23, 1919
Creator: Turner, John S.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Tunneling-Machine. (open access)

Tunneling-Machine.

Patent for a tunneling machine that has the ability to easily change course and utilizes a conical shaped shell to receive loose earth and convey it towards the mouth of the tunnel. The invention also has a rotating head connected to the carrying vehicle meaning that the machine is supported and driven forward against the tunnel as it is cut away.
Date: December 30, 1919
Creator: Dana, Frank L.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Motor-Actuated Locking Device  for Automobiles (open access)

Motor-Actuated Locking Device for Automobiles

Patent for a device that prevents the drive shaft of an automobile from when moving when pushed by an unauthorized person. The device acts as a form of security to ensure unauthorized individuals are unable to move the vehicle. Additionally, the device can be used while the vehicle is in motion in order to slow the drive shaft, and thus the vehicle.
Date: November 18, 1919
Creator: Wherry, Robert D.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Sample Taking Device. (open access)

Sample Taking Device.

Patent for a device that takes samples of the strata or formation through which a well is being drilled without mixing the soil with water within the reservoir.
Date: September 19, 1919
Creator: Rembert, William E.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Power-Transmitting Mechanism. (open access)

Power-Transmitting Mechanism.

Patent for an improved power-transmitting mechanism for, "bicycles, motorcycles and similar vehicles whereby rotation is transmitted to the driven wheel without the use of chains, belts, gears or analogous elements commonly employed for this purpose" (lines 14-18). The invention will maximize driving power while minimizing energy expenditure (lines 19-24), employ a propelling mechanism, and reduce manufacturing and repair costs.
Date: March 11, 1919
Creator: Grubb, Orin A.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Even-Balance Pump-Jack (open access)

Even-Balance Pump-Jack

Patent for "increasing the power of the pump jacks" (lines 10-11) for improved uniformity during the upstroke and the downstroke.
Date: February 4, 1919
Creator: Dayton, William L.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Lifeboat (open access)

Lifeboat

Patent for a lifeboat that "prevents the boat from capsizing" (lines 19-20) or sinking.
Date: November 25, 1919
Creator: Rusk, Raymond
System: The Portal to Texas History
Peanut-Harvester. (open access)

Peanut-Harvester.

Patent for improvements in peanut harvester machines with illustrations. The improvement is specific to "improved organiz[ation]" (line 10) and to "simplify and improve the construction" (line 18) of the harvester.
Date: August 12, 1919
Creator: Beard, Willie Lee
System: The Portal to Texas History
Safety-Crank (open access)

Safety-Crank

Patent for a new Safety-Crank for starting auto vehicle engines, which is capable of effectively imparting the necessary forward movement to an engine for starting, but having means conjoined with it, whereby it will be automatically released from positive engagement with the starting shaft on any retrograde movement of the engine.
Date: July 1, 1919
Creator: Farley, Bert T.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Diving-Armor. (open access)

Diving-Armor.

Patent for "certain new and useful Improvements in Diving-Armor" (lines 5-6) relating to protection from high pressure, enabling arm and hand movements, an outside air supply, and an oxygen tank. Includes illustrations.
Date: June 3, 1919
Creator: Long, James F.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Shell. (open access)

Shell.

Patent for improvements to explosive projectile shells. Provides a shell adapted to contain gas and high explosives with constructed multi-layered shells with the intent to inflict as much damage as possible.
Date: April 29, 1919
Creator: Aoughsten, Richard G. & Aoughsten, Otto L.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Safety-can. (open access)

Safety-can.

Patent for a device that is able to cover and create an air-tight seal over a can or similar container. This task is accomplished in a way that renders both the can and its cover reusable, illustrations included.
Date: September 2, 1919
Creator: Patronell, John
System: The Portal to Texas History
Electricity-Dispelling Device for Paper-Printing Apparatus (open access)

Electricity-Dispelling Device for Paper-Printing Apparatus

Patent for a device to prevent the electrification of paper. The machine also serves to prevent splitting or wrinkling during the printing process.
Date: April 26, 1919
Creator: Shaw, Lloyd D.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Cotton-Seed Linter (open access)

Cotton-Seed Linter

Patent for a new Cotton-Seed Linter (relates to a new and useful form of cotton seed linter) which operates efficiently in and about oil mills or other places where cotton seed is reduced to commercial products.
Date: July 8, 1919
Creator: Voorhies, Felix E.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Churn. (open access)

Churn.

Patent for improvements in churns, "specifically a churn disclosed in Patent No. 1268766, L. M. Payne, R. A. Thompson and L. P. Morris, June 4, 1918."
Date: March 9, 1919
Creator: Wilson, William W.
System: The Portal to Texas History