US 1211833 A
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A. C. ERTNER.
TYPE WRITER COPY HOLDER.
APPLICATION FILED MARZT. 191s.
1,21 1,833. Patented Jan. 9,1917.
y N I A TTOR/VEYS AUGUST 0. ERTNE R, OF VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.
TYPE WRITER COPY-HOLDER.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 9, 191 *7.
Application filed March 27, 1916. Serial No. 86,997.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, AUGUST C. ERTNER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Typ'e-lVrit-er Copy- Holders, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a copy holder which has been particularly designed for removable attach-ment to the carriage of a typewriting machine holding the stenographers note-book or sheets which are being copied, in a convenient position for easy reading by the operator of the machine. The device has also been designed to fold forward when not in use over the body of the machine so that if for any reason the operator leaves the machine the work which is being copied need not be displayed.
The device is particularly described in the following specification, reference being made to the drawings by which it is accompanied, in which:
Figure 1 shows the device in perspective. Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the copy retaining latch. Fig. 3 shows a modification of the supporting foot or check.
In these drawings 2 represents the side uprights of a light rectangular metal frame, the upper ends of which uprights are connected by a cross rail 3. To one end of this cross rail 3 is secured at 4 a light retaining strip 5 having a resilient tendency to open. The free end of this strip is retained on the copy inserted behind it, by a spring latch 6 which is riveted or otherwise secured at 7 to the back of the adjacent side member 2 and is bent as at 8 to engage the end of the cross rail 3 and the free end of the strip 5. The latch has also an angled portion 9 in front which serves the purpose as a finger engagement with which to release it and it also facilitates latching of the end of the strip by pressure on the free end of it against the end of the cross rail 3.
The lower end of each upright member 2 is bent or notched, as at l0,'to partially encircle the tie rod 15 at the back of the carriage of the typewriting machine or other convenient part of it, and to retain these notches on the rod 10 a spring 11 is secured at 12 to each upright 2 and extends over the notch, so that the copy holding frame will be .pivotally supported on the rod 10.
Below the encircling portion 10 the end of each. side support 2 is backwardly bent,
as at 13, to engage some portion of the carriage, such as the selecting bar 16, behind the rod on which it is pivoted and thus supi port the copy holding frame at a stable backward angle convenientto the operator. Insteadof being backwardly bent to form this support the end 13 of one of the uprights 2 may be produced below the encircling POI' tion'lO and laterally turned to pass under the spring 17 of the platen ratchet roller or other convenient fixed part of the carriage (see Fig. So constructed, the copy holder may be quickly attached to the rod 15 v conceal the copy, the frame may be folded forwardinthe direction of the arrow 6 over the upper part of the machine, the frame turning on the rod 15 with which its notches 10 are in engagement, the supporting member 13 lifting off that portion of the frame on which it rests, as in Fig. 1, or moving down from the lateral support, as shown in Fig. 3.
The copy, whether stenographers note book or sheets of printed matter, may be readily passed behind the thin resilient strip 5, and the free end of that strip being pressed against the top bar 3 will be latched on engagement with the incline 9 of the latch which will press the spring 6 back and permit the bent portion 8 of the upper end of it to secure the free end of the strip 5 to the same end of the top bar 3.
The light resilience of the strip 5 permits the copy to be readily drawn upward as the work progresses to facilitate finding of the place from which the operator is transcribing.
When it is desired to remove the copy holding frame, the same may be readily pulled away, the springs 11 yielding outward to relieve the notches 10 from engagement with the rod 15 of the carriage on which it is pivotally mounted.
The device is simple to construct and is not liable to derangement.
Having now particularly described my invention, I hereby declare that what I claim as new and desire to be protected in by Letters Patent, is: j
1. In combination with a typewriting machine having a carriage provided with a stay rod, of a copy holder comprising a light frame composed of uprights and an upper cross rail, resilient ,means for pivotally connecting the lower ends of the uprights of this frame to said stay rod of the typewriter carriage, means for supporting the frame against pivotal movement backward on said rod, and means on the cross rail of the frame for retaining the sheet or sheets to be copied.
2. A copy holder for a typewriting machine, said copy holder comprising a light frame composed of uprights and an upper cross rail the lower end of each uprightbeing notched to fit on a stay rod of the typewriter carriage and below the notch bent to engage an adjacent stationary part of the typewriter carriage and prevent pivotal movement of the frame backward beyond a certain limit, a spring secured to each up- Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents right adjacent the lower end and projecting over and beyond its notch, a light metal strip secured at one end to the end of the cross rail and extending along it to the other end, and means for latching the free end of this strip to the end of the cross rail.
3. In combination with a typewriting machine having a carriage provided with a stay rod comprising a light open frame composed of uprights and an upper cross rail, the lower end of each upright provided with resilient means for pivotally mounting the frame on said stay rod and with means below the notch for preventing pivotal movementof the frame on said rod backward beyond a certain limit, acopy retaining strip secured to one end of the cross rail and ex tending along its front, said strip having a resilient tendency from the cross rail, and
a spring latch for retaining the free end of the strip in engagement with the adjacent end of the cross rail.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
AUGUST 0. ERTNER.
each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,
Washington, I). G.