US 1266639 A
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H. W. SWAN.
DEVICE T 0 ATTACH TO A PENHOLDER TO ASSIST IN THE PRACTICE OF PENMANSHIP. APPLICATION FILED. APR. 17, 1916.
1 ,266,639. Patent-ed May 21, 1918.
ENT C HARRY WARREN SWAN, OF EVERETT, WASHINGTON.
DEVICE '10 ATTACH TO A PENHOLDER TO ASSIST IN THE PRACTICE OF PENMANSHIP.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented May 21, 1918.
Application filed. April 17, 1916. Serial No. 91,726.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HARRY WVARREN SWAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Everett, in the county of Snohomish and State of lVashington, have invented a new and useful Device to Attach to a Penholder to Assist in the Practice of Penmanship, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to a support or attachment for a penholder, the object of which is to prevent the hand of the writer from turning over and the second, third and little fingers from cramping under as they are apt to do, as the hand swings from left to right in the practice of penmanshlp. This device will enable the student to devote more attention to the shaping of the letters in practice and less to the proper position of the hand and penholder which by use of this device will soon be acquired.
The following description is for a device to be made of cardboard to be attached to a penholder and as an advertising novelty of which drawing on separate sheet is herewith filed.
Figure 1 shows a perspective view of the attachment applied on a penholder when ready for use.
Fig. 2 shows a planview ment removed.
Fig. 8, similar to Fig. 2 but shows a portion torn off one edge to receive the fingers of the user.
Fig. 1 illustrates the device as attached to the penholder in position for writing, and is about actual size. The upper side of the device is to be used for advertising purposes, while the reverse side is to contain printed instructions as to the application of the device. The device is to be made of good quality of cardboard and will be slightly flexible. The intentlon of the lines of the attach- (a) printed on the upper side of the device are to be cut ofi by the party using the device, thus making it adjustable to a smaller hand. It is the intention to bind the outer edge (Z2) with tape or cloth to prevent the cuts (f) through which the penholder is in- 'serted, from tearing out. The portion of the device extending over the penholder (0) and the portion under the penholder ((Z) illustrates the method in which the penholder is held in position. The dimensions of (c) are about of an inch in width, and (d) about one inch.
Fig. 2 illustrates the device as cut out of cardboard and ready to attach to penholder as in Fig. 1, same being straight edge type of device.
Fig. 3, same as Fig. 2, with the exception that the lower edge (e) is notched to accommodate the fingers of the hand. The cuts through the device (f) are about g of an inch long, by of an inch wide, through which the penholder is inserted as illustrated in Fig. 1.
In regard to making this device out of cardboard an ordinary die such as used in cutting out cardboard devices may be used, of which there are many now in use, or it may be deemed advisable to cheapen the device for general use by printing it in diagram together with full instructions on cardboard which will allow of the cutting out of the device with a pair of scissors by the party who is to use it.
I claim for the foregoing device, of which specification and drawing are herewith filed,
A hand and finger positioning attachment for pen holders consisting of a yieldable flat plate tapered in the direction of one end and having a narrowed extension from its opposite end, the narrowed extension having means for attachment to the stem of a pen holder with the plate projecting laterally therefrom in position to be held in the palm of the hand of the writer.
HARRY WVARREN SWAN.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. C.