US 1282685 A
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' F. W. GOLDHAHN.
APPLICATION FILED IuLY 20. |918.
`FLORENCE w. GOLnHAHN, or PHILADELPHIA, rENNsYLvANIA.
Specification of 'l Y l Appncationniediuiyao,
T0 all 'whom 'it may concern:
Be it known that I, FLORENCE W. GOLD- HAHN, a citizen of the United States, resid-v ing at 8811 'Lisser-` avenue, Philadelph1a, 1n theV4 county of -Philadelphla and State of Pennsylvania, have invented new` and useful Improvements in Folding Screens, of which the following is a specification.
VThe invention relates toV screens, and-has for an object to provides screen that may be used for screening @if or partitioning parts of a room, or in place of adoor an entrance, the-screen being of a collapsible or `foldable nature so as to form a compact package when not in use whereby it can be readily stored away, and alsoproviding for an adjustment whereby the screen byinanip.- ulation can be made to extend twice its length,if desired.
Among other features the invention coinprehends ascreen whichis ofttimes known as a boudo`r screen, and which may be arranged tc partition off part of a room or an article oi furniture, the screen being so esigned and constructed that it can be readily folded up and packedA away in a small space when not in use.` Further, the screen by reason of its novel design and construction can be manipulated to extend half of its nor` mal height when open, and twice its length or less,iif desired. To this end the invention coniprehends various novel forms of construction and arrangement, as will be hereinafter more fully described. Y l
In the further disclosure of the invention, reference is to be had to the accompanying drawing, constituting a part of this speciication, in which similar characters of reference denote corresponding parts in all the views, and in which- Figure 1 is a side elevation showing the screen at its full height andin open position.
F ig. 2 is a plan view.'
Fig. 3 is a side elevation showing the screen reduced in height and made longer.
Fig. 4 is a view of the screen when folded, and
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken through a portion of the screen showing the construction.
Referring more particularly to the views, the screen in its entirety is designated by the numeral 10, and consists of a plurality of sets of sections, the lower set of sections being indicated by the numeral 11, and the Letters Patent Patented (Ict. 22, 1918.
1918. Serial No. 245,873.
upper set of sections by the numeral 12, with the first or main section of the lower set indicated by the numeral 13, and the re niaining sections in the lower set by the nuA4 moral 14; the upper set having the first or main. section indicated by the numeral 15, and the remaining sections in the upper set by the numeral 16. Each section consists of a. rectangular frame, comprising a bottoni 17, a top piece 18 and sides 19,*which are suitably connected to form a rectangular or square frame, and each of the sections are then covered with a suitable material indicated by the iuuneral 20. This material may be cloth, wood paneling or any other form of construction desired.V The main lower section 13 has the `next adjacent secs tion let hinged thereto by means of suitable hinges 21, similar hinges being employed to hinge the remaining sections 1st adjacent each other, together, it being of course understood that whereas the hinges cennecting the first two sections in the lower set are te one side, the pair of hinges connecting one of said sections with the next adjacent section would be on the opposite sideand so on, alternating throughout the entire set of sections. bio also the first upper section 1G is hinged by means of suitable hinges to the main upper section 15, and the remaining upper sections 16 are hinged to each other as described hertoforein the arrangement of the lower set of sections. When the sets of sections are arranged as shown in Fig. 1, it will be seen that the main upper section 15 will repose upon the main lower section 18, and the next section 16 will repose upon the next lower section 14 and so on. In order to prevent the screen from collapsing, sultable catches 22 are arranged to connect the superposed sections and hold them against accidental removal, the disengagement of the catches permitting of removing the upper set of sections from the lower set of sections.
It. will be seen that the first upper section 15 is also hinged by hinges 23 similar to the hinges 21, to the first or main lower section 13, by having the hinges attached to the bottom of the first upper section and the top of the rst lower section 13. With this construction, when the catches are unfastened to disengage the superposed sections in the upper and lower sets, the entire upper set can be swung upon the hinges which are attached to the first section 13 so as to reduce the height of the screen one-half, and this will bring the main upper section adjacent to the first main lower section, as shown iu Fig. 3, thus permitting of opening up the remaining upper sections 16 so that they will extend adjacent to and in the horizontal line of the lower set of sections, thereby enlarging the screen as to its length. With this construction the screen when in its normal set-up position can be arranged so that it will extend upivardly only half its height lout twice as long or less, as desired, it being of course understood that one of the upper sections when the screen is swung downwardly, can be folded upon another section new in a lowered position, so as to reduce the length of the screen.
lith the arrangement set forth in Fig. 3, it will be apparent that the auxiliary lower sections in the lower set will extend to one side of the main section in the lower set, and the auxiliary upper sections in the upper set will extend to one side of the main section in Vthe upper set, which now lies adjacent to the main section in the lower set, and with this construction the device can he adapted for various purposes, as for instance, inclosing an article of furniture in a room, or to form a longer partition as the case may be. Whether the device is in the reduced extended position, or in its vertically enlarged position, it will he apparent that the sections can he readily collapsed one upon the other and the entire device form a compact package, so that it can he stored away without taking up a great deal of room when it is not desired to use the screen, and it will he apparent that by having a screen of the character mentioned, the one construction adapted for various purposes will serve in place of two individual screens, which might ordinarily have to Copies of this patent may be obtained for be used in a case where a person desires a screen at one time of a certain height, and at a later time a screen, shorter or longer in length.
l. A folding screen comprising a plural ity of sets or sections forming a lower set and an upper set, each of said sets including a main section and auxiliary sections aud haring one of the auxiliary sections hinged thereto and the remaining auxiliary sections alternately hinged to each other, said main section in the lower set being hinged to the main section in the upper set, to permit'of swinging the upper set from normal superposed position on the lower set, downwardly into a position to extend in opposite directions to the sections in the lower set, with the two main sections lying in adjacent relation.
2. A folding screen comprising a plurality of sets of sections forming a lower set and an upper set, each of said sets including a main section and auxiliary sections and having' one of the auxiliary sections hinged thereto and the remaining auxiliary sections alternately hinged to each other, said main section in the lower set being hinged to the main section in the upper set, to permit of swinging the upper set from normal superposed position on the lower set, downwardly into a position to extend in opposite directions to the sections in the lower set, with the two main sections lying in adjacent relation and catches for holding thc sections in the lower set to the sections in the upper set against relative movement when the sections in the upper set are superposed upon the sections in the lower set.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
FLORENCE W. GOLDHAHN.
ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,
Washington, D. C.