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.1. J. FROELICH COMBINED PHOTOGRAPH FOLDER AND EASEL Filed Aug. 6, 1923 IN V EN TOR.
ATTORNEY Patented Mar. 11, 1924.
rrso srArs JOSEPH J. FROELICH, OF DRAWN-A, WISCONSIN, ASSIGNOR T0 TAPBETJ; LOOMIS t COMP, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
oomsmnn rnoroenarn rornna AND nasnn Application filed au ust c, 1923. Serial no. 655,953.
To all whom it may concern: v
Be it known that I, JOSEPH J. FRonLIoH, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Kaukauna, in the county of Outagamie and- State of Wisconsin, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Combined Photograph Folder and Easel, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact specification.
This invention relates to combined folders and 'easels. One object of the invention is to provide a device,of this kind of relatively inexpensive construction which can be quickly and positively converted into afolder for protecting a photograph and an Other objects will hereinafter appear.
In the accompanying drawings: Fig. 1 is a plan view of one form of a combined folder and easel embodying my invention by way of example;
Fig. 2- is a perspective View of the rear of my device, folded as an easel;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of my device employed as a folder;
Fig. 4 is a perspective-view of device at the stage where is is being converted from a folder to an easelor vice versa; 4
Fig. 5 is a similar view 'of a modification. While I shalldescribe the preferred form of my invention by way of example, it will be understood that the invention is not restricted to this form, except as indicated in the appended claims, A strip of material 1,
such as tough cardboard of the-type com- I monly employed in photographic folders, is
provided with a series of folds 2, 3 and 4, which divide it into four sections. The largest section 5 constitutes the panel upon which the. photograph is mounted. v The face of panel 5 which receives the picture I shall designate as the front face. It will be noted thatI prefer to have the folds 2,
3 and 4 substantially parallel. The folds 2 and 3 are especially flexible and permit the tongues '6 and 7 to be folded against either the front or back of panel 5. 1
The 'flaps 6 and 7 when folded over upon the'front or picture-receiving face of panel 5 substantially cover it, as indicated inFig. 3. I find it convenient to have flap 7-nearly as large as panel 5, fiap 6 being relatively smaller. Mean is preferably provided for holding the two flaps together in the photograph-protecting position of Fig. 3. This may conveniently take the form of tongue 61 at the outer edge of flap 6 which can be detachably engaged in slot or cut 71 in flap 7. To facilitate the slipping of tongue 61 into cut 71 the latter may be V shaped, as shown.
The fold 4 divides flap 7- into two portions, of which 72 serves as a supporting base when the device is used as an easel.
The remaining portion 73 of flap '7 serves as a supporting brace in the easel arrangement. During the transformation from' a folder to an easel the tongue 61 is disengaged from the cut 71, the parts being open as indicated in Fig. 4. Portion 72 of fla 7 is turned backwardly about fold 3 until it forms an acute angle with panel 5, as in dicated in Fig. 2. Portion 73 of flap 7 is then turned upwardly so as to engage the rear face of panel 5. It is convenient to hold the outer ,or upper edge of portion 73 in engagement with the rear face of panel 5 by slipping it under tongues 51, preferably, but not necessarily, integral with the rest of the panel.
The disposal of flap 6 during the transformation from a folder to an easel can be effected in several difi'erentways. It can, of course, be allowed to hang freel about the fold 2 in back of inclined panel 5, but it is much neater and more preferable to fold it backwardly against the rear face of panel 5, as shown in Fig. 2. The. tongue 61 may be suflic'iently long to pass behind the upper edge of section 73, in which case tongues 51 not only retain the upper edge of section 73 in position but indirectly hold tongue 61 and flap 6 in the best location. Incase this retaining function puts too great a strain upon tongues 51 I provide an angular out 52 in the back of panel 5 into which the end of tongue 61 may engage. Of course, other suitable holding means than tongues and slots may be employed to hold the arts in their adjusted being correspondingly stifiened by an adframe 55, as indicated in Fig. 5.
5'so as to facilitate the bending of the parts around the folds 3., and 4. i v The photographs or pictures may be attached to panel 5 in any suitable way. They asted or dry mounted on may be directly y other suitable means to the panel.
- graphs may be used. Panel 5 may be stiffened by an adherent stifleningpiece 53 on which the picture 54 is located (see Fig. 4).
Likewise, the picture 54 may be located beneath a relatively stiff cu t-out cardbo fi'ld e stiffening of. panel 5 'by any suitable means, such as piece 53 or frame 55 is desirable because it tends to hold the anel in an unwarped or unbent condition, t us preserving the good appearance of the easel assembly.
, Having thus described my invention, what -I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A photographic .folder and easel comprising a panel having a front photograph receiving face andfiaps joined to opposite edges of said panel by connections bendable through more than 180, said flaps being of -a size to substantially cover said front face when folded thereover, and one of said flaps having-a transverse fold, the portion of said flap between said fold and said panel servv mg as a supporting base and the rest of said flap servmg as a brace to support said panel when said flap is folded back and Mngaged with the rear face of the panel to 40 form a'triangular easel therewith, there bearts in the form -ing meansto retain said of said easel, saidmeans said front face.
. 2. A photographic folder and easel comeing invisible at prising a panprlsing a panel having a .front customarily employed in mounting photophotograph-receiving face and fla s swingingly connected to o posite para el edges of said panel, said fiaps being of a size to substantially cover said front face when folded thereover, said flaps having interengaging means for retaining them in said covermg' position, one of said flaps havin 'flaps in position, said means bein foldable substantially flush with said rear ace of the panel.
3. A photographic folder and easel comprising a stri of material having ,a panel with a front p otograph-receiving face, and 7 flaps swingingly connected to transverse parallel edges of said panel by folds in the strip, said flaps being of a size to substantially cover said front face when folded thereover, one of said fla s having a fold parallel to said edges of t e panel, the portion of said'flap between the fold and the panel serving as an easel base and the rest of said flap servin as an easel brace when said flap 1s folde back to form an easel with the panel, the other fla being folded against the back of said pane when in easel position, there being means on the rear face ofthe panel to retain the end of said easel brace in osition, said end'of the easel brace a'srelative sliding movement ofthe parts.
. Signed at Kaukauna, Wisconsin this 19 day of J uly, 1923.
JOSEPH J FROELICH.
retaining y engaging, the end of the other flap, said means being quickly detachable by