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Publication numberUS1416288 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 16, 1922
Filing dateJun 6, 1919
Priority dateJun 6, 1919
Publication numberUS 1416288 A, US 1416288A, US-A-1416288, US1416288 A, US1416288A
InventorsHarrah George D
Original AssigneeMultoplex Filing Device Compan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Filing device
US 1416288 A
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Application filed June 6,

To (ZZZ whom it may concern Be it known that 1, Greece D. TTARRAI-I, a citizen of the United States, residing at Buffalo, in the county of Erie and State of New You, have invented new and useful Improvements in Filing devices, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to filing devices, and particularly to filing devices of the socalled vertical-filing type. It is an improvement upon the devices shown in Patents Nos. 993306 and 1,010,453, issued to Probert and Stuart,May 30, 1911 and'December 5, 1911, respectively, and it is also an improvement upon the construction shown in my application Serial No. 296,231, filed May 10,1919.

The several objects of this invention are to provide means for holding the contents of a filing drawer or box in substantially vertical position to prevent the same from tipping over and becoming mixed, and also to permit the removal and replacement of any'unit of the contents without disturbance of the adjacent units, and also for varying the size of any unit. A further object is to improve the construction of the spacers with particular reference to the means for limiting their swinging movement. This invention is furthermore an improvement upon the construction shown in my said ap plication Serial No. 296,231, particularly in providing means for securing the control strips without the necessity of making any change or making holes or slots in drawers not provided with spacing means, and dispensing with all slot plates on the bottom of the drawer. This renders my invention readily applicable to drawers of various constructions already made or in use. and thereby greatly extends the field of utility of my invention owing to the vast number of filing devices in use having no adequate spacing means to which the same is applicable without any drilling, slotting or other reconstruction.

Referring to the drawings herewith, Fig. 1 is a perspective, partly in section, of my invention, applied to a metal boX or drawer. Fig. 2 is a perspective of my improved spacer. Fig. 3 is a detail view of a section of a spacer, clip and upper edge of a box or container. Fig. 4% is a perspective of one of my clips. Fig. 5 is a detail section of the several parts in place. Fig. 6

Specification of Letters Patent. P t- 5 pl 16, 1922 1919. Serial No. 302,281.

is a perspective of a drawer or container made of wood provided with my invention adapted thereto. Fig. 7 is an elevation of a spacer. Fig. 8 is a perspective of a modified form of my clip when applied to a wooden box container. Fig. 9 is a detail section in the plane of a spacer. Fig. 10 1s a detail section showing my control strip secured to a drawer of wood by my clip.

It is to be understood that I use the term drawer as designating any form of container to which my invention is applicable.

I will first describe my invention by refer ence to Figs. 1 to 5 applied to a sheet metal drawer. Such drawers have bottoms 1 with central longitudinal depressions or grooves 2 for locking rods, and sides 3, the upper edges of which have rolls or beads 4. Over the beads 4: 1 secure control strips 5, which as shown 1n my said prior application, have longitudinal slots 6 cut in'their inner sides and tranverse extensions 6 extending into the upper surfaces to permit insertion and removal'of the spacers. At one or preferably two or more points in the inner sides of the strips '6 are perforations 7 and 8,the perforations 7 being merely holes, while the perforations 8 are curved or crescent-shaped, de creasing in width upwardly as clearly shown in Fig. '3.

The resilient metal clips engaging with the control-strips, as clearly shown in Fig. 4 consist of the parts 9 and the up-turned and clown-turned parts 10 and 11 which overlap and lie in contact with each other. The overlapping part 11 has a lug 12 which is adapted to engage in the hole 7 of the slot plate and a lug 13 which engages in the curved perforation 8. The lugs 12 and 13 are struck from the part 1.1 and are preferably outwardly directed. I

The clips are attached to the control strips, in the manner shown in Fig. 3, before said strips are 'put in place upon the drawer. The clip is placed in the position shown in broken outline in Fig. 3 with the lugs 12 and 13 engaging in the perforations 7 and 8 respectively. The clip is then swung upon the lug 12 as it axis and brought to the full vertical position shown in said figure, thereby to engage the lugs 12 and 13 over the vertical portion of the control strip. With the clips thus attached the control strips are forced down over the beads 4 of the drawer, the clips and strips yielding sufiieiently for them to assume to the position clearly shown in Fig. 5, in which the resilient parts 10 engage under the beads 1.

I will next describe my improved spacer. This consists of the top wire 1 1 which has one end bent downwardly as at 14 and the other end bent forwardly and rearwardly as at 14t The body portion 15 of the spacer is of modified V-shape as shown, and is welded or otherwise rigidly secured to the top wire 14:. If desired the part 15 may be made sufliciently long to extend into the groove 2 of the drawer, or may swing above the slot as shown in the drawing. The end 1 1 engages in the slot 6 and performs the same function as the bent ends of the spacers in. my said application No. 296,231. The other end having the forwardly and rearwardly bent portions 14* engages in the recess formed by the walls of the control strip and thus extending both forwardly and rearwardly from the axis of the wire 14:, will limit the swinging movement of the spacer without the engagement of the spacer with any part of the drawer.

In Figs. 6 to 10 I have shown the application of my invention to drawers made of wood. The clips have the modified form a 1 1 clearly shown 1n 1 1g. 8, engaging with tne control strip exactly as heretofore described, but having upon the opposite vertical surface inwardly projecting pointed lugs which engage in the side walls of the drawer. These clips being put in place as heretofore described, the control strips are forced down to the position shown in Fig. 10 with the inwardly projecting points or lugs 16 engaging the side of the box.

It will at once be seen that I employ the same principle in both cases, but it is also to be noted that in some constructions I may use my improved spacer with control strips having extended inner walls as shown in Fig. 9, which may be secured to the box by screws or brads. In this case the operation of the spacers is the same as that heretofore described.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. In a filing device of the type described, the combination of control-strips and clips to engage and hold said strips over the edges of a drawer and each consisting of a resilient metal piece having terminal per-- tions oppositely folded in overlapping relation for engagement at opposite sides of the edge portion of the drawer, the control strips having a hole and a crescent-shaped slot for co-operation with each clip and the terminal portion of the clip which lies at the inner side of the drawer having lugs for engagement in said hole and slot respectively.

2. In a filing device of the type described. the combination of control-strips having longitudinal slots and spacers having projections for supporting engagement in said slots one projection. being down-turned and the other extended forwardly and rearwardly to engage the overhanging portion of the control-strip and thereby limit the swinging movement of the spacer.

3. In a filing device of the type described, the combination of controlstrips adapted to be secured to the upper edges of drawer and provided with perforations and clips to engage with the edge portions of the drawer and provided with lugs for securing engagement in said perforations before .said strips are put in place.

4. In a filing device of the type described, the combination of control-strips each having an upper wall and longitudinal slots, and spacers having projections for supporting engagement in said slots, one of said projections being extended angularly to provide a stop for co-operating with said upper wall to limit the swinging movement of the spacer.

5. In afiling device of the type described, the combination of control-strips and spring clips secured to and projecting below said strips, said clips being fashioned to take over the edge portion of a drawer and to hold said strips above said-edge portion.

6. In a filing device of the type described. the combination of control-strips provided with perforations and clips to take over the edge portion of a drawer and support said strips above said edge portion, said clips havinglugs for securing engagement with said perforations.


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U.S. Classification220/533
International ClassificationB42F17/00, B42F17/02
Cooperative ClassificationB42F17/02
European ClassificationB42F17/02