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Publication numberUS1038331 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 10, 1912
Filing dateApr 9, 1912
Priority dateApr 9, 1912
Publication numberUS 1038331 A, US 1038331A, US-A-1038331, US1038331 A, US1038331A
InventorsMarcus P Exline
Original AssigneeAmerican Mailing System Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Filing-cabinet unit.
US 1038331 A
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Patented Sept. 10, 1912 Z SHEETS-SHEET 1.


Patented Sept. 10, 1912.


J n vcntor unit. Fig 5 is MARCUS P. EXLINE, OF DALLAS, TEXAS,



Speccation of Letters Patent.

Patented Sept. 10, 1912.

Application filed .April 9, 1912. Serial No. 689,610.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, MARCUS P. EXLINE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Dallas, in the county of Dallas and State ot Texas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Filing-Cabinet Units; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to filing cabinet units similar to those employed in the disclosure of Patent No. 1,016,821 issued to this applicant February 6th, 1912.

The object of the present invention is to provide a tiling unit having greater capabilities and capacities as well as insuring greater accuracy and convenience of use.

A further object of the invention is to provide a tiling unit having means for preventing one unit from being withdrawn from association with other units when the contents are being removed.

A further object of the invention is to provide a compartment for containing en velops and like articles with improved means for retaining thesaid envelops in such compartment with the exception of a single envelop which is to be removed.

Vith these and other objects in View the invention comprises certain novel constructions, combinations and arrangements of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed.

'In the drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the improved unit. Fig. 2 is a view in end elevation of the improved unit as indicated by apiow 2 in Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a perspective/fear view of the improved unit. Fig. 4 is an inverted plan view of the a longitudinal sectional view taken on line 5-5 of Figs. 1 and 4. Fig. 6 is a longitudinal ;sectional view taken on ine 6-6 of Figs. 1 and 4.r Fig. spective view of a container with of the units therein.

Like characters of reference indicate-:corresponding parts throughout the several views.

Like the unit disclosed in Patent No. 1,016,821 above reterredto the unit in the present case comprises an upper compartment 10 and a lover compartmenta-l sepa- 7 is al*per.; a number* rated by a partition 12 such compartments being formed by a housing 13. The houslng 13 is scored both in the top and bottom as indicated at 14 to may be forcibly bent the compartments. and 6, th the housing are bent downwardly to extend across the compartment 10 into engagement with the partition 12.1 As shown 1n Fig. 5 the tongue 16 is bent down which produces a sto-pllimiting the compartment to a shorter length than that provided by the tongue 15. As shown inFig. 5 the tongues 17 are bent into vand extend across As shown in Figs. 1

e tongues 15 in the upper wall 'ofy provide tongues which 1n across the lower compartment intol engagement with the lpartition V12 whil, in Fig. 6 the tongue 18 1s similarly bent across the compartment.

It will be obvious that as all of the tongues are similarly scored as at 14 none ot' such tongues need be bent in if the requirement of the unit is such that the entire length of the compartment is desirable. To form a stop at the end of the compartment the partition 12 is providedL with tongues one of which, asl 19, isbent upwardly and two,

produce a permanent open stop at the rear end of such compartments. The various stops employed in the compartments consisting either of thetongues 19 and 2O or the tongues which are bent in from the scoring 14 leave the compartments open in the rear so that dust and dirtl or other accumulations willbe pushed backwardly through the compartment as thecompartments are used for the insertion of papers, envelope and the like.

At the front end the top is provided with a cut-out portion 21 and the bottom with a like cut-out portion 22 to permit the ready withdrawal of papers contained in such compartments. To the front end ofthe partition 12 a label holder is hinged such {,hinging beingv shown at 23 and comprising usual and ordinary label holder 24 pref eably provided with a cut-out thumb re` cess 25 for the dicated particularly in dotted lines in Fig. 1. The lower compartment is intended for envelops and the label holder 24 is proportioned to provide a space 26 between the lower edge of such label holder and the botinsertion of the thumb, as inas 20, bent downwardly 'being intended to remain so permanently and through such space at a time.

i dentations 27 which serve as detente against which the hinged label holder 24C abuts when Fig. 7, the housing is provided upon one the bottom is provided with registering prov v is intended to receive all letters from any v dressed to regular correspondents so that all of thecorrespondence of an establishment, from all departments, will be collected together tom of the housing so that onlyfa single ensides of the housing are provided with in- Qf r* 1,038,931-

between the lower edge of the label holder and the bottom of the compartment.

. 2. In a mailing unit, ahousing, a partition separating the housing into an upper and a lower compartment, stops adapted to ybe inserted into the compartments atl varying'distances from the front otithe compartments, and a-label holder hinged to the front end of the partition and extendin downwardly toward but vstopping short o the housing at the bottom 4of the bottom compartment, providing a space between the lower edge of the label holder and the bottom of the housing.

3. In a mailing unit, a housin divided by a partition into an upper an -a lower compartment, a label holder hinged to the front end of the partition and extending toward but stopping short o the housing at Athe 'bottom of the lower compartment, the said bottom of the housing and the lower edge of the label holder having cut-out portions to facilitate the removal of an envelop through the space provided by the stopping short of thelabel holder.

vIl. In a mailing' unit, a housing, a partition inserted into the housing dividing such housing into an upper and a lower compartment, a label holder hinged to the Jfront end of the compartment and extending downwardly over the front end of the lower compartment, and detents extending inwardlyr from the sides of the lower compartment into position to' yieldingly engage the ends of the label holder.

5. In a mailing unit, a housing having a vcut-out portion in the vunder side of the housing at the front end, a label holder pivoted above the bottom and provided with a cut-outportion registering with the cut-out portion in the bottom.

6. In a ymailing unit, a housing, a label holder pivoted to the front end of the housing and serving as a closure, and dctents stamped into the material of the housing and `positioned to yieldingly engage the ends of the label holder.

.In testimony whereof I aix my signature in presence of two witnesses.


be conveniently withdrawn 'To hold the hinged label holder- 24: against movement when an envelop isA being withdrawn the velop will pressure is exerted to move it outwardly. K To retain the several units in association, as for instance 1n the casing 28 shown in side, as the top, with indentations 29, while tuberances 30, both the indentations and protuberances being preferably stamped in. the sheet metal of which the housing is composed. When arranged in vertical columns the protuberances upon the under-surface of each unit engage within the registering infl dent-ations of the unit immediately below so that a stack ot units is provided as shown in Fig. '7, no one ot which will be easily displaced from such association bythe with' drawal of articles from the compartments.

As disclosed in vthe aforesaid patent, the present unit is intended to're'ceive in thel lower compartment a number of envelops all of which are addressed to a certain party 'i Whose name appears upon the label holder,. while'the compartment immediately above department of the lbusiness concern using, all of which are thus assembled in a single compartment of the envelops ready' adand-mailed in a single envelop. The units as disclosed are capable of being used wit-ha large number of different forms of containers such asthat disclosed in Fig. 7 or as disclosed in the above mentionedy patent or otherwise as may be found convenient.

I claim 11A mailing/unit comprisinga housing embodying an upper and a lower compartment, stops bendable Jfrom the housing to extend entirely across the compartments,

and alabel holde'r hinged at one end and Witnesses: 4 extending toward but stopping short of the IFI. P. FAHR,

bottom of one compartment, providing space JACQUES PHELPS.

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U.S. Classification40/312, 206/511, 101/47, 206/509
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/4233