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Publication numberUS1235123 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 31, 1917
Filing dateSep 11, 1916
Priority dateSep 11, 1916
Publication numberUS 1235123 A, US 1235123A, US-A-1235123, US1235123 A, US1235123A
InventorsGeorge W Donley
Original AssigneeDonley Brothers Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1235123 A
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1 ,235, 1 23. Patented July 31, 1917.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 31, .1917.

Application filed September 11, 1916. Serial No. 119,373.

T 0 (zZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Gnonen lV. DONLEY, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented new and useful Improvements in Package-Receivers, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to delivery boxes set in walls for receiving bottles and packages, said boxes being accessible or locked on one side of the wall as required.

The prime object of my present invention is to produce an in-wall package, parcel and bottle receiving box or compartment having an outer door normally locking automatically, but which may be set to be readily opened once from outside the wall articles in the box. Further objects are to provide means for holding the outer door closed without positively looking it; and to employ the simplest and most inexpensive means for accomplishing the desired purposes without sacrificing convenience, certainty of operation and durability.

Referring to the accompanying drawing illustrating an embodiment of the invention which I now prefer,

Figures 1 and 2 are sectional elevations of receivers taken respectively on lines 11 and 22 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 3 is an elevation of the box with its inside door and frame removed, showing the inner side of the outer door and its frame.

F ig. 4 is a detailed inside view of the lock members on the outer door, and

Fig. 5 is an edge view of the same.

The reference letter a indicates a rectan gular box-like casing, preferably of sheet metal, adapted to be closely fitted and fixedly secured in an aperture through a wall w. At each end the casing (t is pro vided with reinforcements, preferably of angular cross-section, framed about large openings for doors, as at b and 0. The inside door 2' is hinged at jj to the frame Z) in any suitable well known manner, and is provided with a handle and latch, or catch 76 of any style desired, so that it can be readily opened and closed from inside a house or apartment.

The outside door (Z should be of heavier construction, close fitted to, overlapping and to place it should be of harder metal, I prefer to rivet it to the door as at m against a vertical rib n.

A channel-shaped projection 79 is extended inward. from the frame 0 adjacent to the swinging end of the door (Z, and serves to support a fixed bolt 0 upon which a flatsided gravity latch Z is pivotally fulcrumed; as in Figs. 1 and 3. overbalanced by the weight of its handle end 9', which is extended some distance into the box a, and a stop 8 is fixed to the projection p to limit the downward swing of the latch-handle. The upper terminal edge of the outer arm of the latch Z is beveled off, and adjacent the eto a substantially right angled notch r is formed in its upper edge; said terminal and notch being formed and placed so that the latch will normally trip under and positively engage the depending lip of the catch 9 when the door (Z is closed. But when the latch-handle 1 is raised to the position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 1, then the outer arm of the latch is released from the catch 9, and its lower edge engages and wedges against the inclined side of the lug 7', thus holding the door (Z closed by the frictional contact between the said latch and lug.

In the operation of the device it is apparent that the outside door (Z is normally locked positively, as in Fig. 1. When a package is expected to be delivered, the inside door i is opened and the latch-handle Q raised until the outer end of the latch Z engages with suflicient friction the incline f to hold the door (Z closed against the weather and prowling animals. The door 6 is then closed; but the bearer of a package can readily pull the outer door (Z open by its handle 0, and deposit the package in the The latch Z is normally I bOX (4. But when he closes the door (Z, the latch Z being now freed from the incline f, trips under the lip of the catch g and thereby locks the door positively, so that itcan only be released by raising the latch-handle g from inside the apartment.

I have described and shown a box a having only one compartment,

a plurality of compartments, each closed by an outside door (Z locking as shown herein. Inside doors 2' may also be fitted to each compartment if desired, but a single inside door to close all compartments will usually .be sufiicient.

I further point out and distinctly claim as my invention 1. An in-wall package receiver comprising a compartment having an outside door, a latch adapted to engage and positively lock said door on its inside, and an inclined surface positioned to make wedging contact with said latch to hold the door closed by frictional means.

2. An in-wall package receiver comprising a compartment having anoutside door hinged thereto, a gravity latch operatively mounted upon the inside of said compartment, a catch on said door adapted to trip and engage said latch as a positive lock, and

Copies of this patent may be obtained for but it'is obvious 1 that the receiver may be partitioned to form ber, 1.916.

from said door, a latch pi'votally fulcrumed on the insideof said frame and provided with an overbalancing inwardly projecting handle, an outer end of said latch adapted to trip and look bygravity with said catch,

and an arrangement of means whereby said latch may be released from said catch and wedgedv against said lug.

In testimony whereof I afliX my signature in the presence of two subscribing witnesses at Cleveland, Ohio, this 8th day of Septem- GEORGE WV. DONLEV. \Vitnesses:

Ln Roar MILLS,


five cents each, by addressing the Gommissioner of Patents, 'WashingtomDlG. i

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US6412688Apr 2, 2001Jul 2, 2002Solar Group, Inc.Secure parcel receptacle, lock assembly therefore and associated method
U.S. Classification232/41.00D
Cooperative ClassificationA47G29/20