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Publication numberUS1247458 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 20, 1917
Filing dateJan 3, 1917
Priority dateJan 3, 1917
Publication numberUS 1247458 A, US 1247458A, US-A-1247458, US1247458 A, US1247458A
InventorsFrederick W Senn
Original AssigneeFrederick W Senn
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hotel-room rack.
US 1247458 A
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Patente Nov. 20, 1917.

FREDERICK w. salvar, or new Yoan, n. Y.

HOTEL-nocivi RACK.

Specification of Letters Patent.

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-. Application filed January 3, 1917. Serial No. 140,357.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, FREDERICK W. SENN, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of New York, borough of Manhattan, in the county and State 0f New York, have invented a new and Improved Hotel- Room Rack, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

Among the principal objects which the present invention has in view are: to provide a rack of the character mentioned which may be removed from its normal supports for comparison or for other purpose to be replaced after such purpose has been accomplished; to provide a rack adapted for indicating advance data in relation tothe rooms of a hotel; and to provide racks of the character mentionedadapted to be arranged within small compass.

. Drawings.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a rack of the character mentionedconstructed and arranged in accordance with the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a side View of a removable section of said rack;

Fig. 3 is a cross section taken as on the line 3--3 in Fig. 2;

Fig. 4 is a vertical section, the section being taken as on the line 4.-1 in Fig. 2.


Heretofore hotels and resorts of a like character have had as a part of their equipment, racks for receiving cards containing the names of guests and also inscribed with further information, such as the time of arrival and the time of departure of said guests. The racks have also been equipped with cards indicating information regarding the room, such as reservations or future datings. These racks have been permanent. As a result of the permanency of 'the racks, it has been necessary when comparing the guest book with the racks for checking both the racks and book, to carry the book to the respective racks, an operation which has proved inconvenient and unsatisfactory 1n that the book is temporarily removed from the desk where it is required for the information of the guests and for 'the clerk.

The present invention seeks to avoid this objection by providing a number of removable sections or panels having card-holders Where are placed Cards having the names. Of

theguests and also inscribed in connection therewith the rooms occupied by them.

On all room-racks, the spaces are numbered in accordance with the rooms and in somewhat the same orderly rotation.

The panels 9 with which the room-racks when constructed inaccordance with the present invention, are provided, are each furnished with a pivot shaft 10. The shaft 10 Ahas at the lower' end, a bearing ball 11, which rests in a socket 12. The sockets 12 are disposed at regular intervals and in properly spaced relation on a rail 13. In superposed relation to the rail 13, is an upper rail 1li. rIhe rail 14 is furnished with a number of circular openings 15, access to each of which is gained through a throat 16. Each of the throats 16 opens outwardly from the rail 14 at the front edge thereof. Each of the shafts 10 has a bearing ball 17, which is capped with a head 18 and which is separated from the upper edge of the panel 9 to expose the throat end 19 ofthe said shaft.

When installing the panels 9 in service relation to the rails 13 and 14, the throated portion 19 of the shaft 10 is passed through one of the throats 16. When the bearing balls 11 and 17 are in position, the panel is depressed until supported on the rails 13 and 14 by said shaft and the bearing balls enumerated.

The panels 9 are preferably constructed from sheet metal. At one side thereof a rectangular bend of the metal provides a square bench 20. A series of steps 21, 22 and 23 are then formed by bending the metal until the edge of the last step 23 rests upon the body of the panel.

rlhe steps 21, 22 and 23 are arranged to aline with rails 24, 25 and 26. The risers or terminal walls of the said steps form abutments against which the name-card 27, first reservation card 2S, and second reservation card 29 strike when forced into the recep- 'tacle grooves provided therefor. The third reservation card 30, as seen best in Figs. 2 and 3 of the drawings, rests adjacent the back wall of the panel 9. rThe rails 24:, 25 and 26 are laterally extended from partitions 31.

The bench 2O has inscribed thereon symbols such as indicated by the numerals 31, 32 and 33, indicating characteristics of the rooms. The arrows shown in the benches are in the present instance, used to show the connection between the adjoining rooms,

When operating a rack such as herein described, the hotel clerk or attendant may indicate by any of the cards 28, 29 or 80, a reservation, the name of the party reserving the room being given. If a second reservation is made, a second card is used, preferably superposed over the first card. The second card in the same Inlllner indicated as related to the iirst card, is inscribed with the name of the party reserving the room and has the date of the reservation marked thereon, as show-n best in Fig. 2 of the drawings. A third reservation may be made, if desired, using the card 28.

Ifthe Alast reservation or that having the earliest date permits, a room may be rented temporarily, the card 27 being used, Said card being also inscribed with the name of the guest and the date of his arrival. When thus arranged, it is obvious that the room number indicated on each of the panels 33, shows the name `of the present occupant, thedate of his arrival, and successively, the dates of one, two or three reservations which may have been effected.


' plurality of steps, the vertical Walls Whereof operate as stops for said cards.

said rails being disposed betvveen adjacent groups of said cards.

3. A rack as characterized comprising a plurality of panels, :each .of said panels hav ing a series of partit-ions spaced `apart for holding information cards; a plurality :of rails laterally extendedirom said partitions and spaced apart to formirunways for said'A cards; means disposed 1n the path of'said` cards for .formingstops governing the; insertion of Asaid cardsto hold thefsa-me in service relation so that the vend section of each card is exposed. f a

4. A rack as characterized comprisingal plurality of panels, each of said panels h'aving a series of partitions spaced apart for holding information cards; a Vplural-ity 'of rails laterally `extended from said parti-tions and spaced apart forming runways Olrsaid cards; means disposed inthe path of said cards for limiting the insertion of said cards for regulating the service relation so that s ectionsadjacent the ends thereof are eX- posed; and means for rempvably mounting said panels in service* Y FREDERICK W. SENN, a

Copies of this patent may be obtained Vim: five cents each, by addressing' the Gomlnissenergi Patents, Wh1nst0n,;l1-6,i Y

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U.S. Classification40/124.2, 40/394, 40/493
Cooperative ClassificationB42F17/08, Y02T50/675