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Publication numberUS1194401 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 15, 1916
Filing dateJun 21, 1915
Publication numberUS 1194401 A, US 1194401A, US-A-1194401, US1194401 A, US1194401A
InventorsL. A. Lindstrom
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Patented Aug. 15, 1916.




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Application filed June 21, 1915.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that T, LAWRENCE A. LIND- STROM; a citizen of the United States, residing at Jamestown, in the county of Chautauqua, State of New York have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Storage-Files; 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 a storage file for papers.

An object of the invention resides in the provision of a device in which papers may be stored so that they may be removed separately or together.

A further object of the invention resides in the provision of means within the device for maintaining the papers in their proper positions.

A further object of the invention resides in constructing the device of metal with the abutting edges so formed that they will interengage to render the device fire proof.

With these and other objects in view such as will appear as my description progresses, my invention comprises the combination and arrangement of parts as set forth in and falling within the scope of the appended claims.

In the drawings: Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device, looking into the interior with the drop head partly open, the cover raised and the compressor partly raised; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the device in its upright position showing the manner in which the cover is mounted; Fig. 3 is a sectional view of a portionof the device taken in the horizontal plane of line 83 of Fig. 1, showing the manner in which the drop head abuts against the ends of the sides; Fig. 4: is a fragmental sectional view of the means for locking the cover to the drop head; Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken in the vertical plane of line 55 on Fig. 1; Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the compressor head showing binder attached thereto and a paper mounted in the binder; Fig. 7 is a rear elevation of the compressor head; and Fig. 8 is a section on line 8-8 of Fig. 7.

Referring to the drawings by reference characters wherein like parts are indicated by like characters throughout the several views:

I have illustrated an embodiment of my Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug. 15. 1916 Serial No. 35,444.

invention having a container which consists of a back 1 and rigid walls 2 3 and 4: which are bent from the same material from which the back is formed. A frame 5 for the reception of an index card is mounted on the back 1 as is a handle 6. The upper portion of each of the walls 2 and 3 is depressed to form an offset 7, which depression forms a shoulder 8 for a purpose which will later appear. The free ends of the walls 2 and 3 are bent back upon themselves and thence inwardly to form flanges 9 which terminate in alinement with the shoulders 8. Hinged to the edge of the wall 1 adjacent the flanges 9 is a drop head 10 having flanges 11 extending in angular relation thereto. The flanges on the short edges of the drop head are adapted to abut against the flanges 9 on the walls 2 and 3 when the drop head is in its closed position. The flange 11 on the long edge of the drop head is provided with an elongated opening 12 for a purpose which will later appear.

Extending from the free edge of the back 1 is a hinge strip 13 which is in spaced relation and parallel to the wall 4. Hinged to this strip 13 is a cover 14 which has side flanges 15 and an end flange 16. The cover is so arranged that when closed it will bear against and prevent the movement of the binder which will be later described. The end flange 16 is provided with an inwardly extending portion 17 which extends parallel to the cover and is adapted to rest upon the flange 11 on the long edge of the drop head 10. This portion 17 is provided with an opening 18 which registers with the opening 12 in the flange 11 and is also provided with cut-out portions at its ends into which the offsets 7 of the walls 2 and 3 extend when the cover is closed. When the cover is in its closed position the flanges 15 will be located on the outsides of the ofl'sets 7 and the edges of the flanges 15 will rest against the shoulders 8.

In order that the cover and drop head may be held in their closed positions I have secured by means of a screw 19, a tongue 20, to the inner face of the end flange 16 which tongue is provided with an opening 21. This tongue is adapted to extend through the openings 18 and 12. Secured to the inner face of the drop head 10 1s a resilient latch 22 which is adapted to engage the opening 21 in the tongue 20 and 1s 7 a raised'body portion 29 which is provided spaced relation to the back 1 is a compressor head which consists of a plate 24 and end plates 25 and 26 extending at right angles to the plate24. A pair of guide members 27 are struck from the plate 24 in the manner illustrated in the drawing. Removably mounted between these guides 27 is a binder which consists of a pair of side flanges 28 adapted to slide beneath the guides 27 and with afinger piece 30 at its upper end. A

" slot 31 is formed in the body portion 29 and extends longitudinally thereof. The

end of the slot adjacent the finger piece'30 communicates'with an angularly extending slot 32. The slot 31 is provided for the reception of a plurality of clips 33 which are of substantial 'T formation and each of which is adapted to be secured to a paper which is to be stored in the file. The clips 33 are adaptedto be inserted through the slot 32 and moved into the slot 31 after the papers have been attached to the clips and the contacting of the arms of the clips will prevent the displacement from the binder. Thus the binder is adapted to receive any number of these clips and to secure a number of papers together. The papers may be individually removed from the binder or the binder may be removed from the compressor head so thatall of the papers will be removed at one time from the container.

In order that the papers may be kept in place in the container I have secured to the plate 24, two pairs of wings 34, one pair being mounted on each side of the guides 27. Rotatably mounted and extending between the members of each of these pairs of wings is a bar 35. Secured to these bars 35 and extending outwardly through slots 36 in the plate 24 are arms 37 of a U-shaped member which is provided with a finger grip 38 in its bight portion. Pivotally mounted on the bight portion of this U- shaped member is a compressor member 39 which is adapted to bear against the papers in the container and will adjust itself to the papers because of its pivotal mounting. This compressor is adapted to be lifted from the papers by means of the finger grip 38 by raising the U-shaped member about its pivot and the plate 25 is provided with slots 40 for the accommodation of the arms 37.

In order that the compressor member 39 may be resiliently held into engagement with the papers I have provided each of the .bars 35 with an outwardly extending lug 41.whieh is struck from the material of the bar. Pivotally mounted on these projections 41 are rods 42 which extend through apertures in plates 43 which plates bridge the ends of the wings 34. Encircling these rods 41 and bearing against the plates 43 are coil springs 44. These springs are secured at their upper ends to the rods 42 and tend to rock the bars 35 so as to move the compressor member 39 onto the wall 4 or onto the papers disposed within the container. The slots 40 are of such lengths that the arms 37 may be swung so that they will form reverse angles with the rods 42 to those which they form with the rods when the compressor member is in its operative position and therefore the springs on the rods will be effective not only to maintain the compressor member in its operative position but to also maintain it inits inoperative position so that the papers may be freely removed without interference.

It will be seen that I have provided a device which is constructed entirely of metal and in which papers may be stored. I have provided a hinged cover and hinged end which may be swung open to facilitate the removal of papers. Furthermore I have mounted the binder, removably, in the container which is adapted to receive a plurality of papers. This binder is so constructed that the papers may be removed therefrom, individually, and is so mounted that it may be bodily removed from the container together with all of the papers. I have provided a spring pressed compressor which is adapted to bear against the papers to maintain them in their proper positions within the container.

While I have illustrated and described a particular embodiment of my invention it has merely been for the sake of convenience and I do not wish to be limited to that particular embodiment as it is obvious that numerous changes may be made in the details of construction without departing from the spirit of the invention or exceeding the scope of the claims.

What I claim is 1. In a storage file, a container including a pair of spaced walls, a wall extending between the same, a drop head hinged to the last mentioned wall and having flanges extending in angular relation thereto, the free ends of the first mentioned walls being bent back upon the walls and thence inwardly to form flanges, the flanges on the aforementioned head being adapted to contact with the flanges on the last mentioned walls to limit the movement of the drop head and render the joint fire proof.

2. In a storage file, the combination with a container, of a plate mounted therein and having a pair of spaced guides, a binder including a pair of spaced flanges adapted to engage beneath said guides and araised body longitudinally extending slot therein and a In testimony whereof, I aflix my signaslot extending at right angles thereto and ture, in the presence of two Witnesses.

communicating With the first mentioned slot at one of its ends, and a cover mounted LAWRENCE LINDSTROM on said container constructed and arranged, Witnesses:

When closed, to prevent the accidental dis- D. LAWRENCE CARLSON, placement of the binder. RALPH J. CONNER.

Copies of this patent may be obtained or five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents. Washington, D. G.

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U.S. Classification402/70, 211/51, 402/500
Cooperative ClassificationY10S402/50, B42F13/12