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Publication numberUS1180750 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 25, 1916
Filing dateMay 5, 1915
Priority dateMay 5, 1915
Publication numberUS 1180750 A, US 1180750A, US-A-1180750, US1180750 A, US1180750A
InventorsLeonard J Wolf
Original AssigneeLeonard J Wolf
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Desk-shelf and the like.
US 1180750 A
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L. .l. WOLF.


1, 180,750. Patented Apr. 25,1916.

1 64 I wmron 66 S19: ONAW BY m m firmmvnw w UNITED rsmn mfm m I the memorandum or reference I Shelves eand the I jclarethe followlng to be a full, clear, and of the invention, such asv lected by p and the said inventi'onis fully disclosed in To all whom it may concern.

'Be it known thatI, LEONARD J. WOLF,

State of New York, have new and useful Improvements in "Desklike; and I do hereby des exact description will enableothers skilled in the artfto which it appertains to make and usethe same;

My invention consists in the novel fea tures hereinafter described, reference illustrate j several forms in; which I have contemplated embodying my invention' s'eme for purposes of illustrat on,

I vthe following description and claims,

The object of my invention is to provide a horizontalsupporting surface, such asa desk slide orshelf, asliding shelf for tables, file. cases, supporting surface, with means for'contain ing removable and longitudinally movable memorandum sheets or' reference sheets, or

the. like, which willnot interfere :with the "use of the supporting surface for other pur- Referring to the drawings, Figure 1 is a;

' vertical section on covering plate.

poses, for supporting books and papers, or for use as a writing support, etc'., whereby erence, and

any one be m the form of a slide, may, bepushedperspective View of a desk slide embodying my invention. Fig; ,2.represents a; trans- 'zverse vertical section on the line 22 of 1 Fig.1 1. Fig. 3 represents a longitudinal. the line 3- -3 of Fig; 1. V Fig. 4iis an enlarged detail sectional view illustratingsone form of hinge :connection one end of the transparent for supporting Fig. 5 is a partial-top plan view of a desk perspective viewillustrating a further modification. Fig. 7 representsa transverse being,

had to the accompanying drawings which.

ashallow-recess .5 surrounding three sides bookcases, and the like, or other sheetswill be held in place for convenient access and ref-- f a number of superimposed sheets,@

and whereby the supporting-surfacaif it 1 fiush with the upper slide 1illustratinga shght modification of my invention. Fig.6 is a' I respectively. Itwi-ll be seen thatthese memorandum sheets,

another slight modification;

In the embodiment of my invention selectedby me for purposes of illustration as shown 1n F1gs. -1 .to ,4; inclusive, liepresents a slide orshelf adapted to slide hori-;

, zontally in a suitable recessQ, in a desk, ,table, or other articleof furniture, 3. The

upperiface of the slide l is preferably provlded wlth a recess lextending longitudir nally thereof and openitoand through one ofthe vertical edges'of the slide, for eXam-, ple, the outer end face thereof, as shown in "s is apartial perspective view illustrating Figs. 1 and3,and lI'also prefer to provide 5 of the ,main recess for the purpose of receivs ing a'flat retaining rim'or frame 6, which pressedvfiber, etc., but I prefer tolform it of frame 6 fits "into-the exterior recess 5 and extremely thin sheet metal. This retaining frame 6 extending across and abovetheopen end of the, recess, thus forming a slot, in- V dlcated at 4;, at the outer end of the slide orsupport,'the fslot, being of greater width .than the distance between the two side members of the "frame 6. This frame is secured in position the'recess 5 so that it is surfaceof the slide 1 and it maybe secured by screws, as indi? catedein the drawings, or by cementing or or many other deslred mannenas referred. The exterior transverse member of the sl1de6 is preferably provided with a thumb notch or recess? and theend porcan of the slidebelow the thumb notch is also recessed, as indicated at 8. Within the 'recess lare one orpreferably a plurality of memorandum or reference sheets, indicated at 10, of substantially thesame width as the betweenthe thumb and finger when the latter are inserted in the recess/Z and recess 8 which, ,are' preferably thin .stifi sheets of card materiah'can be drawn recess 4 and slot 4*,and of such-length as to out longitudinally through the slot 4* and replaced therethrough, and that the topmost sheet or sheets may be readily withdrawn to afford access to the sheet or surface beneath. These sheets may contain reference matter, such as price lists or compiled information of any desired kind, or they may be provided with blank surfaces or ruled surfaces for memorandums to be placed thereon from time to time, I find it convenient in some instances to provide ruled spaces having marginal indications corresponding to the days of the week, as indicated in Fig. l, and it will be noted in that figure that the uppermost card or sheet has been drawn out to give access to the ruled spaces on the sheet below. Obviously memorandums may be made at suitable distances ahead by drawing out two or more of the sheets to give access to the lower sheet or sheets.

In the accompanying drawing it has been necessary to grossly exaggerate the thicknesses of the various materials in order to represent them in section, but the material of the frame 6 will preferably be of very thin sheet metal of sufiicient rigidity, and a sufficient number of memorandum sheets will be placed in the recess '1 so as to bring the topmost sheet close up to the frame 6 which will provide a substantially flush upper surface for the slide or support 1 so that the use of the slide or support for any purpose is not affected, and it will also be seen that by pushing in the slide, the topmost memorandum or reference sheet will be completely concealed from view where that is desirable, while at the same time the memorandum or reference sheets are retained at a very convenient position, especially in the case of a desk or table shelf, for access to the topmost sheet or any sheet of the series.

In some instances, especially where the shelf or slide or other support is used as a writing table or support, and it is desired to have the top surface thereof perfectly flush, I provide a sheet of transparent material, indicated at 15, which is preferably hinged at one end to the frame 6, as indi cated at 16, in any desired manner, so that when it lies horizontally, as in Fig. 3, it has its top surface flush with the top surface of the slide. For this purpose, the transparent sheet 15, which is preferably of celluloid or analogous material, is made of substantially the same thickness as the frame 6, and as a matter of fact, this transparent sheet 15 will ordinarily rest upon the topmost card or memorandum sheet 10, and be supported by said sheets, although it may be supported in any other way, if desired. This transparent sheet will also protect the writing or other characters on the memorandum or reference sheets 10 when it is in horizontal position, and it may be raised at any time to afford access to the topmost sheet or any superimposed sheet, if the topmost sheet or sheets, is or are drawn out for the purpose of making entries or erasuresthereon, as indicated in Figs. 1, 2, and 3.

I prefer to provide the transparent sheet at one end with some means by which it can be easily lifted, as for example, with the finger notch 17 and the other end of the sheet is preferably provided with laterally extending studs or trunnions, indicated at 16 in Fig. 4:, in any desired manner, which are capable of being inserted into and removed from notched or recessed hinge members 16", see Fig. 1, so that the transparent sheet 15 can be inserted and removed as de- 'sired, although this is not essential. In Fig. 4 I have shown the notch member 16 in the form of an open spring clip secured to the rear transverse member of the frame 6, and I have been obliged to exaggerate materially the difference of the thickness of the various parts in this figure in order to make it clear, but this construction does not interfere with supporting the transparent sheet upon the topmost memorandum or reference card, as before described.

In some instances, I prefer to provide the memorandum or reference cards with index tabs or projections 10, as indicated in Fig. 5, which project outwardly beyond the slot 4 and may be provided with indications, the said tabs being located in different positions transversely of the card on the several cards, so that any particular card or cards of the series may be seized by means of their connected tabs and drawn out.

In some instances I prefer to provide the frame with longitudinally disposed guides by means of which the memorandum or reference sheets may be retained in conjunction with the frame, and which will serve to guide the movement of the cards or sheets in the use of the device. Thus, in Figs. 6 and 7 I have indicated a frame 6 provided with longitudinal guides 6 on its lower face to receive the cards or sheets, here indicated at 10. The longitudinal guides 6 will also serve as a guide in marking the upper face of the support or slide to indicate the width of the recess 4: to be formed therein, and by inserting the device in the recess 4: and marking along the exterior edges of the frame the width and location of the upper recess 5 may also be accurately determined.

In some instances I may prefer to provide supporting means for the transparent sheet or plate around its edges instead of permitting it to rest directly upon the reference or memorandum cards, and in Figs. 6 and 7 I have shown the frame 6 provided with a recess 6 in its upper face surrounding the opening within the frame to receive the transparent sheet, here indicated 13 155 and supportit along its edges. The

frame may also beprovided with suitable means, "as apertures, one ofwhich is india eated at 16,;in; Fig. 6, for the hinged pinsor trunnions of the transparent sheet, or the transparent sheet may in some instances be permanently secured cement or otherwise to the frame.

In some lnstances- I find it advantageous of each card being located at a different point transversely of the cards and overlapping other portions of the edges of the cards beneath. These-tabs or projections l0 may or may not be provided with index characters, as preferred. It will be observed 7 that with this construction, if any one of the lower cards is drawn out, itsfouter edge will engage the tab or tabs 1O of the card or cards above the same and draw them out with it, so as to expose the card below; Thus, for example, in Fig. 8, if it is desiredto inspect a memorandum onthe lowermost card or sheet, or

make an entry thereon, the operator will grasp the tab connected to the sheet immedi- 'ately above, or in other words,the third tab counting from the left in the figure, and draw it out thereby drawing out the first, second,

and third cards, and exposing the lowermost cards of the series. 'These' tabs may be formed integralwith the cards or other suitable material and attached thereto, as desired.

What I claim and desire to secureby Letters Patent is:- c

1'. A slide for desks, tables and other artil A cles adapted to beinserted in a recess there- 1 with parallel side walls, and said slide hav-- in so as to conceal its upper face, said slide having a recess in. said upper face provided ing 'an open slot in an exteriorvertical face in line with and communlcating "WllDli sald recess and lying beneatha marginal portion I I of said upper face, sald slidehaving 1n-,/ anyone of the cards or sheets in sald recess 'wardly extendinglip portions at the upper edges ofthe'parallel wallsof said recess,

saidrecess being adapted to receive removh ts or cards, whereby the uppermost sheet or card will be concealed when the slide is inits innermost position in the desk or other article, and whereby anyone of said sheets or cards may be moved longitudinally through said recess and slot, whether the slide is in its retracted or withdrawn po-' sition with respect to the desk, table, or

other article; o

2. A slide for desks, tables and other articles adapted to be inserted in a recess therein soas to conceal its upper face, said slide in line with and communicating with Said recess and lying beneath a marginal portion ofvsaid upper face, said slide having inwardlyextending.lip portions at the upper edges ofthe parallel walls of said recess, said'recess, being adapted to receive removv I able sheets or cards, whereby the uppermost sheet 'orcard will be concealed when the having a recess in said upper face provided with parallel side walls, and said slide hav 111g an open slotin an exterior vertical face i slide is in its innermost position in the desk or other article, and whereby anyone of said sheets or cards may be moved longitudinally A through said recess and slot, whether the slide is in itsretracted or withdrawn position with respect to the desk, table or other article, and a sheet of transparent material extending across the top of said recess to form a writing support andhaving its up per surfacesubstantially flush with the upper surface of the slide. I

3, A slide for desks,tables andother arti-' cles adapted to be inserted in a recess therein so as to conceal its upper face, said slide having a recess in said upper face provided avith parallel side walls, and said slidehavng an open slot in an exterior vertical face in line with and communicating with said recess and lyingbeneath a marginal portion of said upper face, said slide having in wardly extending lip portions at the upper edges of the parallel walls of said recess, said recess being adapted to receive removable sheets or cards, whereby the uppermost sheet or card will be concealed when the slide is=in its innermost position in the desk or other article, and whereby anyone of said sheets-or cards may be moved'longitudinally through said recess and slot, /whether the according as one or other of the same may have been drawn out." a, e

4. In a desk, table, or like article,,the comporting part, having its upper surface provided with a recess extending to one of the exterior vertical edges of said supporting part and provided with parallel vertical slde walls and having retaining portions extend- 111g inwardly from said side walls, and a portion extending across the recess 21Cl11611t to the said verticaledge of the supporting part to form a slot'in said edge communieating with. said recess,,ofia plurality of longitudinally movable cards or sheets located bination with a horizontally disposed supin said recess and extending into said slot, cards may be drawn out through said slot to each of said cards or sheets being provided give access to the card or surface beneath the outside of said slot with a projection dissame Within said recess.

posed perpendicularly to the card or sheet, In testimony whereof I aifix my signature, 5 of less width than the card or sheet and in the presence of two witnesses.

adapted to be engaged by the finger, the said projections on said cards or sheets being LEONARD J. WOLF. located on each at a different point trans- Witnesses: versely thereof, whereby by taking hold of ABRAHAM WOLF,

10 one of said projections one or a plurality of H. BORNKESSEL.

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U.S. Classification312/231, 108/93, 312/303, 312/233, 40/374
Cooperative ClassificationA47B97/08