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Iwhich LINCOLN HALL, 0F. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
Specication of Letters Patent.
Patented July 2, 1918.
Application filed March 28, 1917. Serial No. 158,035.
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, LINCOLN HALL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Los Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles 'and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvements in Label-Files, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a label file and particularly pertains to a file for holding gummed labels and a shelf upon which said le is positioned.
It is the principal object of this invention to provide a file for gummed labels which will resiliently hold a pack of labels in an upright position and will permit the foremost of said labels to be removed from the pack without danger of mutilating the labels.
Another object of this invention is to provide a yieldable .member for maintaining the labels in their upright position andwhich will permit the pack yof labels to be moved in an unrestricted-manner within the ile without becoming disturbed and which will hold the labels with slight pressure so that they will not become gummed to each other.
Another object of this invention is to provide a label file which is neat and compact in its design and may be instantly positioned upon a filin shelf where it will be firmly and rem'ovab y'h'eld.
YAnother object of this invention is to pro/ vide adjustable means for accommodating labels of various dimensions without reqilliring the substitution of an entirely new e. 4
Another object of Athis invention is to provide a. label le with means whereby the various files may be closely positioned in relation .to each other and the labels 'from the files readily removed without difficulty.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a label file and a shelf therefor which may be readily made of simple sheet metal parts and which, when assembled, will present a neat and workmanlike appearance.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention is illustrated, by way of example, in the accompanying drawings in Figure 1 is a View in perspective illustrating one of the label iles and the shelf upon which it is supported.
Fig. 2 is a view in transverse section as seen through the label file and as disclosing the detail construction of -the file as well as the manner in which it interlocks with the shelf upon which it is mounted.
Fig. 3 is a view in end elevation illustrating a plurality of the files mounted in superimposed relation to each other and particularly discloses the ease with which the labels may be removed when the Iiles are closely positioned.
F ig. 4 is a fragmentary view in section and plan illustrating the yieldable means by which the label file is detachably held upon its shelf. u Referring more particularly to the drawmgs, 10 indicates a'sh'elf, preferably formed of sheet metal, and having an up-turned rear ange 11. This liange is provided as a means whereby the shelf may be secured to va suitable vertical mounting by means of wpod screws 12.V The 'shelf 10 is formed with 'a continuation 13 which extends parallel to the 'shelf'and is adapted to form a groove 14 along the forward edge of the shelf to detachably secure a label file 15 in position. In order to yieldably hold this file when engaged by the extension 13 and seated within the groove 14, a flat spring 16 is vsecured against the flange 11 by one of the screws 12. This spring extends outwardly and exerts a yieldable pressure against the back of the label file in a man-- ner to hold it within 'the groove 14.
The label file is composed of a body plate 17 which is formed vwith an up-turned ledge 18 and a back-plate 19, all of which are integral with the floor of the iile'and are made of a single piece of sheet metal. The ledge is formed with forwardly extending tangs 20 which project into the shelf groove 14 and act to hold the body plate thereto. The top marginal edge of the ledge 18 is formed with a rounded out-turned flange 21 which prevents the labels from becoming mutilated as they are drawn over the ledge. as would occur .if this edge were sharp. The vertically extending back-plate 19 is formed with two obtrusions 22 which extend vertically and are adapted to slidably hold guard arms 23 and 24. ,These arms are thus adapted to vbe lvertically adjusted and to permit their forwardly extending horizontal arm portions to guard the label pack and at the same time permit the foremost labels to be removed from thereunder.
A pack of labels 25 is positioned upon the floor of the file with their printed matter against the ledge 18. A follower plate 26 is llU provided to bear against the back of the kin relation to the width vof the file and is formed of small wire which is not heavily tensioned. The forwardv end of the spring is permanently secured to the back of the follower plate, and the opposite end of the spring is permanently secured to the backplate 19. Due to this construction the pack of labels may be moved beneath the guard arms 23 and 24 and when released will instantly be restored to a position against the ledge 18. In order to prevent the follower plate from binding when moved along the Hoor of the label file and beneath the guard arms 23 and 24, the upper and lower edges of the plate are turned over -to provide a rounded surface adapted to bear against these members.
Due to the fact that labels are formed in various sizes, the present device has been designed to adjustably accommodate other sizes of labels than those shown in the drawings. The height of the label is accommodated by the vertical adjustment provided the labelv guard arms 23 and 24. The length is accommodated by horizontally adjusted arms 28 and 29. These arms are slidably secured within obtrusions 30, formed horizontally of the back-plate 19, and permit labels of various lengths to be positionedv between them. The adjustable movement of the arm 28 is particularly indicated by dotted lines 'in Fig. 1.
Reference being had to Fig. 3 of the drawings, it will be seen that the label les are positioned closely together and in superimposedrelation to each other. In order to permit the labels to be readily removed from the various files when thus disposed, an arcuate recess 31 is cut from the ledge 18 and a similar recess 32 cut from the floor of the file and the floor of the shelf upon which it is mounted. This permits the forelinger to be easily placed upon the pack of labels and the foremost withdrawn without difliculty.
In operation, the label le shelf is positioned against a suitable vertical support and there secured by means of the screws 12 which vextend through the up-turned rear flange of the shelf. When mountedin position, one of the screws is placed through'an opening in the flat spring 16 and holds it in a substantially horizontal plane extending along the flange 11. The file may then be detachably placed in position by placing the extension 34 of the rear ange 11 through a slotted opening 33 formed in the backplate 19. When this has been accomplished the file may vbe pressed rearwardly against 'against the follower plate 26.
the flat spring 13 and the tangs 20 permitted to seat within the groove 14 of the shelf. The file will 'thus be rigidly secured in` a detachable manner. The pack of labels may then be placed within the file and will be held by the action of the spring 27 lAfter the labels have been-so placed, the guard arms 23 and 24 may be adjusted to the height of the labels and the arms 28 and V29 adjusted to the length of the labels.
It will thus be seen that the label iile here provided and the shelf upon which it is adapted to be mounted are both simple in their construction, compactly designed, and may be readily operated to accommodate and permitthe removal of labels of various dimensions.
While I have shown the preferred construction of my label lile and shelf therefor vas now known to me, it will be understood that various changes in the combination, construction, and arrangement of parts may be made by those skilled inthe art without departing from the spirit of myl invention. I claim:
1. A label file, comprising a file plate formed with up-turned front and back walls,
the horizontal marginal edge of the front k10o l follower plate, adjustablemeans for accom' c modating labels of various heights, other adjustable means for accommodating labels of various lengths, a shelf, `means vwhereby said file may interlock with and be supported by the shelf, and means for resiliently holding the file upon the shelf in a removablemanner.
2. A label file comprising a shelf formedl of sheet metal and having an up-turned rear flange and having a folded forward edge forming a groove, a flat spring extending forwardly from the rear liange, a body plate having an up-turned front ledge Yand an upturned back plate; said back plate fitting against the spring; and tangs extending forwardly from the body plate into the groove at the forward edge of the shelf.
3. A labellile comprising a shelf having an up-turne'd rear flange anda folded forward edge forming a groove; there being screw holes through the rear flange; a iiat spring mounted against the rear flange, screws inserted through the spring and the flange, and a body plate having an upturned forward ledge and an up-turned back plate and having tangs extending forwardly into the groove; so` that by pressing the body plate backwardly the tangs will be disengaged from the groove and the body plate may be removed.
4. A label file comprising a shelf of sheet metal having an up-turned rear flange and a folded forward edge; the central portion of the forward edge being cutaway; a body plate having an 11p-turned forward ledge and an up-turned back plate; the central portion of the forward ledge being out away to match the out away portion in the shelf; a flat spring mounted a ainst the rear ange; the 11p-turned back plgate pressing against the spring; tangs extending forwardly from the body plate into the groove, vertical bearings formed in the back plate, guard arms slidably mounted in said bearings and eX- tending forwardly above the top of the backv plate, a follower plate mounted to slide upon the horizontal portion of the body plate below the guardv arms, and a helical spring secured to the back plate and pressing against the follower plate.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification.
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