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Publication numberUS1055697 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 11, 1913
Filing dateJul 24, 1911
Priority dateJul 24, 1911
Publication numberUS 1055697 A, US 1055697A, US-A-1055697, US1055697 A, US1055697A
InventorsHerbert P Beecher
Original AssigneeHerbert P Beecher
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Metallic locker.
US 1055697 A
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' knock-down condition and readily erected UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Mar. 11, 1913.

Application led July 24, 1911. Serial No. 640,116.`

To all whom it may concern? v Beit known that I, HERBERT P. BEECHR,

.a citizen of the United States, residing at Aurora, in the county of Kane and State of.

' without requiring skilled labor.Vr

Among the objects of my invention are the provision of a struct-ure built largely in structural units so that by mere multlplication of parts the lockers may be erected in banks of any desired number.

Other objects of my invention are to se-V appearance, and requisite strength and durability of construction.

'In the drawings wherein I have illustrated an embodiment of my invention: Figure 1 is a central vertical section, through a locker -embodying my invention, taken on line 11 of Fig. 3with parts broken away; Fig. 2 is a plan view of fragments of a bankof lockers, Fig. 3 is a horizontal section on line 3-3 of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is an enlarged detail of the post and the rod arrangement of.

an end plate unit and Fig. 5 is a similar view showing the arrangement of an inter'- mediate plate unit; Fig. 6 is an enlarged detail showing a hinge structure. c

In the embodiment of my invention I provide side wall, or partition, unitslO each comprising a sheet met-al plate 11.4secured at` both its edges to hollow sheet metal posts `12 of duplicate construction. Each said post 12 comprises a head 13consisting of a front wall 14, preferably curved for ornamental "appearance, straight side walls 15-15, di-

verging from the front wall, rear wall portions 16-.16 lying in a-common plane,'and parallel throat-flanges 17 separated slightly .to form a throat in which the sheet metal plate 11 neatly lits.

The throat flanges 17 of each post are secured to the partition wall 11 at suitable intervals, preferably by spot welding as at 18,`

' thus securing .a practicably indestructible union between each partition wall and its appropriate posts.

`rTothe bottom of each post 14 is preferably secured a leg casting 19, externally screw threaded as at 20 near its bottom to receive an adjustable foot 21.

For support of the top and bottom meinbers and connection of the side walls I provide tie-rods 25l having threadedextremities 26. For each bank of lockers the tie-rods be erected the rods are'of a greater length.

At their extreme ends .the bars carry nuts .27, and any number of bars may be'joined 1n"ser1es 1n the erection of a bank of lockers by threaded sleeves 28. Washers 29 ofthe same exterior diameter as sleeves 28 fare placed on the `rods where necessary to level the bearing for t-hetop and bottom'sect-io'ns'. cure cheapness of manufacture; neatness of ing through the reinforced throats17 of the posts 12 to underlie the top and Abottom The tie rods 25 are four in number, passmembers lrespectively of the dockers. Each top member 31 is a plate arranged to fit neatly between `the partition wall 11, and conform to the posts 1,2, said plate having end flanges 32 ,downturned to lie between,

the tie-rods 25. The flanges' 32iare secured by stove bolts 33 to the plate- 11 of the partit1on-wal1. .The top member 31'also has its rear edge down-turned into a flange 34, and

its front edgeis bent to provide an inclined door Jamb surface, being., vertically downturned as at 35, turned in asv at`36 with a downward inclinatiom'and turned upwardly again in a flange at 37 toform a hollow bead .constituting part of the door jamb.-

The 'bottom plate 41 correspondingly shaped in plan has vertically depending flanges 42 at its sides, bolted as at 43 to the plates v11'; adownwardlyl turned rear flange 44 and ya hollow beadat its front edge providing a beveled door jamb surface. ThusV the front edge of bottom 41 is deflected downwardly at av slight angle toward the front o'f the locker as at 46 and then 'is bent 4 down into a vertical wall 45, backward into -A a horizontal wall 46 and upward in a flange 47.' Thus the beveled side walls 15 of the posts 12 and the beveled portions 36 and 46 of the top and bottom members respectively form a beveled orifice or door jamb.B

A rear Wall 50 is provided in the form o f a plate bolted as at 51 and 52 to the flanges 34 and 44 of the top. and bottom walls respectively, said wall 50 having side flanges 55 conformingltothe `inclined Iwalls 15 of the rear l posts 12 and edge ylip's '.56 lying flush against the in ner walls 16 of said posts.

At the front of the casing is a hinged-door 60 having pat all'of its -edges inturned Iianges 61 conforming to .the bevelededges of the jamb, thereby giving to the door against twistin or distortion. v The-door`60g1s hinged to one post 12, with great strength and causing `it to intert with the jamb with a' wedging action which jamb tends: materially 4to" maintain. the

a double hinge '70, comprising 'two -anchorage leaves 71 and 72, respectively securedto the rear face ofthe door and to the wall 16 61 of the door-isQcut away as :1t-63, in register with'lea'f '73 to permit the door to turn on pintle 74,*and' a stop plate 76 is brought forward from leaf '72 of the hinge. to re` strict. the movement of leaf 7 Sabout pintle 7 5 toa small range.

The door is equipped with yany suitable vsliding' latch 78 to engage back of wall 16 of the post at the free edge of the door, the

' specific latch construction being no part of structurel-before assemblage of one or more vmy present invention.

f- For convenience shelving 90'm ay be put in the locker las d y merely a plate with down turned flanges 91 a1d92 bolted as at 93 and 94 tothe proxi-v mate walls 'of the locker.

"It lwill be observed v hat, 'the parts ofthe lockerer-are in shapes e of shipment and susceptible of being assem led substantially without'possibility of error. vThe lstructure when erected' is strong and durable, and the appearance isl attractive, especlallyA- in 'virtue'f o the pilaster effect 'of the .posts 12.` The arrangement of the adjustable feet'ena'ble al1 lockers to be brought into perfect aline- 1 ment, 'and the wedge-actiong'ofV f the doors 1 tends to prevent warping or buckling of the' be apparent that changes might bemade length ofthe locker bank,l ands'aid posts esired, each shelf being be emplaced byrnjovement thereof` in a'- lat-ev "door frames. Theldoors open and close easily, their-double'hinges giving them. a `desirable freedom of movement to prevent binding and to adjust'themselves to their j-ambs.

lWhile I have herein described vsome de- J tail one embodiment of my inventio'nyit will l therein within the spirit of my invention and W1th1n the scope of the'appendedclaim.

What Iclaim is:

plurality'of Aclosed locker compartments, the combination of a plurality of interchangeable posts', formed' of sheet metal bent lto provide `in cross ysection a front wall 14, tapering side walls 15, rear Walls, 16, angu- 1 .post (as at 55 and 56); said throat flange-S of the posts havingreg'istering rforations near-the tops and bottoms, a' tie-rod structure of jleng'th'oorresponding tol the desired adapted to besupportedf'upon said tie-rodin spaced relationsubstaptially corresponding4 to their ultimate positions in the ank fof lockers, whereby` the rear lockerl walls may eral direction, with theirjgverticalrbent edges in coaction with thelt' walls all@ angulated rear Walls of thpsts.; and-means upon the tie'frofl .structurestr'ain In a knock-down locker structure, for 'as-r 1 lsembla'ge'jo provide a lbankof a vsuitable 60- u n said .posts and included-@kammen a5 'ateral direction, `for vpurp'o'sesdescribed f a In testi1nonywhereof1=hereunto set my hand in the presence oftwo witnessesfal HERBERT PJ'BEECHER. In the presenceof-Q Bauen'- ARNELL,


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U.S. Classification312/108, 312/265, 52/223.6, 52/282.3
Cooperative ClassificationA47B87/02