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Publication numberUS1537569 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 12, 1925
Filing dateAug 5, 1922
Priority dateAug 5, 1922
Publication numberUS 1537569 A, US 1537569A, US-A-1537569, US1537569 A, US1537569A
InventorsThayer Harold S, Whittier Frederick G
Original AssigneeLamson Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Central station for carrier-dispatch systems
US 1537569 A
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Patented May 12, 1925.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

FREDERICK G. WHITTIER, OF IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS, AND HAROLD S. TEAYEB, OF TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY, ASSIGNOBS TO THE LAMSON COMPANY, OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, A CORPORATION OF MASSACHUSETTS.

CENTRAL STATION FOR CARRIER-DISPATCH SYSTEMS.

Application led August 5, 1922. Serial No, 579,884.

To all whom t may concern.'

Be it known that we, FREDERICK G'. Wnrr- Tien and H xnoLo S. THAYER, citizens of the United States of America, and residents ot Ipswich and Tenatly in the counties of Essex and Bergen and States of Massachusetts and New Jersey, respectively, have invented new and useful Improvements in Central Stations for Carrier-Dispatch Systems, of which the following is a specifica tion.

This invention relates to central station apparatus useful in dispatch systems Wherein carriers for merchandise, papers, money, etc. are received at a central point from any of a series of outlying stations and from which central station such carriers, after removal, exchange or inspection of their contents, are returned to the respective scnding stations. For purposes of illustration the invention is herein explained as applied to the central or cashiers station of a car rier dispatch system of that type commonly employed in stores, and in which the carriers are transmitted to and from the cashiers station by means of an endless traveling cable.

The resent invention secures the advantages o an improved relation of central station facilities to the number of operators and the activity of the business in a cabie actuated carrier system.l The patent to Whittier, No. 1,365,428, January ii, 192i, explains the value of improvement of such relations in connection with a central station for pneumatic dispatch carriers, and his patent may be referred to for its discussion of the advantages of a proper relation of the activity ot any such system to the central station facilities, and for its instances of improved central station handling of the traffic in carrier dispatch systems of the pneumatic type. While the pneumatic system of carrier'distribution is in many respects the most elicient heretofore devised` it has not as yet come into universal use. In many of the older establishments having cable carrier systems installed, the proprietors are reluctant to change to a pneumatic system, the expense and trouble of maling such change being regarded as a reason for retaining the reasonably satisfactory cable system.- `The smaller first cost and greater compactness of cable installation is often inducive to a decision in its favor for new, particularly the smaller, establishments, while in some cases mere personal idiosyncrases on the part of proprietors have been responsible for the choice of the cable sys-y tem. For these reasons the cable systems occupy a valuable and permanent place in the art.

As mercantile establishments grow, the demands upon the cashiers department constantly increase, and when such department is served by a cable system, the same diculties of efficient central station service as in the case of pneumatic systems are encountered. The cable carrier system bein typically, though not exclusively, employed in smaller stores Where saving in space and expense in installation are matters of great importance, it is desirable to provide that the central station apparatus shall be com pact, and so arranged as to permit the performance of a maximum number o`f transactions in a given floor space.

The volume of business in mercantile establishments fluctuates greatly from day to day and even from hour to hour and in small establishments the business may at times become'so small that a. single operator should be able to care both for cash and credit transactions. lt is thus desirable to provide a central station apparatus suitable for use with any of the usual cash carrier systems and use by as many operators as :nav be necessary for heavy business, but which shall be of a character such as to permit of the delivery to and return by a single operator, if necessary, of incoming carriers of all kinds arriving from any of the various outlying stations.

The empioyment of closed carriers in a carrier dispatch system makes it necessary for the operator at the central station to grasp the carrier and manipulate some part or parts of the carriers in order to gain access to the interior. If, however, the carriers be delivered promiscuously, the operator must make a conscious ecrt to so grasp a carrier as to permit it to he opened quickly and without danger of spilling its contents. As the work at the central station during rush periods, at least, must be performed with the utmost dispatch` eliiciency demands that the movements required of the operator be reduced to a minimum, and that such movements as are absolutely necessary should be of unvarying character, so that the may become substantiall involuntary.

'lyhe principal objects of t e present invention are accordingly to provide for ellicient receipt at, handling and dispatch of carriers from the central station of a dispatch system in such a manner that each outlying station may be served with equal rapidity, and in the sequence of and arrival o f carriers from any of the outlying stations at the central Station; and to provide for permitting the number of operators employed to be determined in direct ratio to the volurne of business transacted.

Other objects are to provide a central station apparatus for cash carrier systems of a simple, compact, durable and inexpensive type and adapted to receive incoming carriers without necessitating any manipulation of the carrier or of its parts to release it from its guide rail, track, or other conductor, and to distribute such carriers in orderly succession and in similarly oriented position Within easy reach of the operator or operators, as well as to provide forV the convenient return of carriers to the .respective sending stations, all with a minimum amount oie exertion on the part of the operator.

Specific Ways of and apparatus for attaining the above objects selected for explanation of this invention provide a central station desk of elongate form having o erators stations upon one or both sides an having the incoming or delivery ends of the carrier guideways from the various outlying sending or clerks stat.ions.arranged in aA bank at one or both ends of the desk, and preferably centrally of: the width of the desk. The delivery ends of such guideways are substantiall unobstructed so that carriers drop freey therefrom. As the carriers drop, they are received upon an inclined chute or a moving belt or both and are caused to move in succession, and in the order received, longitudinally of the desk and preferably along its middle, Where they are readiliy)7 accessible to operators Seated at one or oth sides ofthe desk. The chute or belt may have associated therewith guiding means whereby the carriers are prevented from turning during their movement along the desk and are thus alwa s presented in predetermined position to e grasped by the operator. Such belt or chute preferably stops short of the length of the desk and may deliver the carriers, if not previously removed by the operator, into a trough forming a continuation of the guiding means, and along which they are pushed by subsequently arriving carriers.

he carriers are thus presented before the operator in orderly succession and the operator is enabled to select the carriers in accordance with their order of arrival for return to the sending stations. Directly above such chute, belt or trough, the outgoing terminals of the carrier tracks are banked in suitably spaced relation and With,- in convenient reach of the o rators stations. With the above descri ed arrangement it is possible for a single operator to serve a large number of outlying stations in proper sequence and Without moving from lier place, the arrangement permittin the number of operators to be varied in irect ratio to the fluctuations of the business. Moreover, by the employment of two or more readily distinguishable kinds of carrier, as for example, carriers of contrasting color, cashiers and charge account authorizers may use the same or opposite sides of the same desk, each set of operators removing the proper type of carrier from the belt, chute or trough and depositing such carrier, after completing the necessary transaction, in the dispatch end of the proper outgoing track. It is evident, however, that by the arrangement described, any operator is enabled, if necessary, to serve the outgoing stations both as to cash and credit transactions without moving from her place.

.flppuraius oi' the genus illustrated by the mcnliouel species is simple, inexpensivc,`and easy to kei p iu repair, and capable of extension `to keep pace with the growth of the system. lVhile the dispatch terminals of the outgoing dispatch lines are shown as so arranged as to be operated by the receiving operators, the dispatch terminals may. if desii-ed, be arranged otherwise, as in a bank removed at some distance from the operator's station, and that carriers, after the desired manipulation b v the receiving operators, muy bc conveyed to Such point by any convenient means, such as in the said lVliittier Patent No. 1,365,428, for return to the sending stations by a specially authorized PVSUH Ul' pl'bltlls.

ln the accompanying drawings, there is shmvn b v Way of example one embodiment of means suitable for carrying the above objects into effect and in such drawings,-

Fig. l is a longitudinal central vertical section through a typical central-station apparatus constructed in accordance with the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary transverse 'vertical cross section on a liuc such as A-B of Fig. 1:

Fig. 3 is a similar cross section on a line such as C-D of Fig. l;

Fig. 4 is a perspective view, to smaller scale, of the device of Fig. 1, certain parts being omitted;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary detail plan view ol the device ot' Fig. 1, parts being omitted for clearncss in illustration;

Fig. 6 is a fragmentary elevation of one lll) lill

end of apparatus for the saine uses as that of Fig. 1, illustrating a modification;

Fig. 7 is a longitudinal section illustrating a further modification;

Fig. 8 is a diagrammatic plan view, partly broken away, illustratingr a central station of the type herein disclosed and showing a preferred arrangement of the operators stations when both cashiers and credit account authorizers are employed;

Fig. 9 is a similar dia rammatic view showing the arrangement w en a single operator is depended upon for performing the work both of a cashier and a credit authorizer; and

Fig. 10 is a front elevation, partl broken away, of a central station desk o further modified construction.

The apparatus as herein illustrated comprises an elongate table or desk 1 which is substantially symmetrical with respect to its longitudinal axis. At a selected portion of such desk, and preferably spaced from the lefthand end thereof as indicated in Fig. 8, operators stations, as at X, Y, are located :it either side thereof, the cashiers occupying stations X, and the charge account authorizers the stations Y. Extending centrally of this desk or table is a slot 3 of substantially the width of the usual carrier and having a bottom wall 4 (Fig. 2), such slot defining a guideway for the passage of carriers longitudinally of the desk. At that portion of the desk located opposite the operators stations, the desk is provided with depressions 5, 6, having the bottom walls, 7, 8 and the inner side walls 9, 10, the latter walls defining the edges of the guide slot 3 at this portion of the desk. The depressions 5, 6 serve for the reception of the cashiers tills and also to receive the contents of the carriers as the latter are emptied by the operators. lf desired, the right-hand portion of the guide slot 3 as viewed in Fig. l, may be somewhat wider than the remainder of the slot, such widened part being indicated at While this arrangement may be desirable under certain circumstances, it will in many cases be preferred to continue the guide slot. of uniform width throughout the entire length of the desk.

Above the guide slot, at that portion of the desk located between the o erators stations, an elevated table 12, Figs. 1 and 3, mounted upon suitable supports 13, 14 is provided. At the left-hand end of the desk, see Figs. i and 2, a guiding and supporting device is arranged, this device comprising the end wall 15 and the spaced parallel side walls 16, 17. The side walls 16, 17 are spaced apart a distance substantially equal io the width of the slot 3 and serve to continue the sides of the latter upwardly to a height suoli as effeetually to prevent the lateral escape of carriers from the slot as Associated with each of the tracks 19 is a cable designated 20, 20 and 20", respectively. These cables pass downwardly through openings in the top of the desk and about guide pulleys 21, 21, 2lb respectively. The cables then pass about drive pulleys 22, 22", 22'J and thence upwardly about guide pulleys 23, Fig. 2, and about other pulleys, not shown, to the dispatch terminals hereinafter described. The lower ends of the several rail devices 19 are diverted laterally as indicated at 24 Fig. 2) the ends 25\of the rails extending ownwardl between the side walls 16, 17 of the guiding and supporting device previously described. Preferably the ends 25 of the rails are somewhat curved, as indicated in Fig. 1, whereby carriers delivered from the ends of such rails are deposited roperly and in orderly fashionupon the oor of the guide slot 3 after being released from the cable by usual cam 24B.

if desired, each rail terminal may be provided with a buffer device 26 for absorbing a portion of the shock of the carrier as the latter arrives near the end of the railway. This buffer device may comprise a lever pivoted at a point such as 27, and having a suitable piston movable in a cylinder 28, the piston and cylinder operating as a dash pot to absorb the shock of arrival of the carrier. This buffer device operates to slow down the carriers but docs not interfere with their free discharge from the lower ends of the rails.

Extending longitudinally of the slot 3 is an endless belt 29 forming a movable floor for such slot. This belt passes around the drive pulley 30 and about the guide pulley 31, such pulleys being mounted upon shafts 32, 33, respectively journaled in the frame of the desk. For tensioning this beit, weighted roll 34 may be provided, this roll resting upon the lower run of the belt and being su ported by lever arms 35 carried by asha t 36 slidably mounted in the frame of the desk. The pulley 30 may be driven by a belt 37 passing about a pulley 33 fixed upon a shaft 3S), such shaft being journaled in the supporting members 2 of the desk, and also having mounted thereon the several drive pulleys 22, 22, 22", for the cables previously referred to.

The belt 29 as herein shown terminates at the point 46 intermediate the length of the desk, although under some circumstances it may be desired to continue suoli belt throughlllll out the entire length of the slot 3. The widened portion 11 of the slot 3, see Figs. 1 and 3, 1s provided with a smooth bottom Wall 41 upon which carriers 42 oi' the usual elongate form employed in cable systems may be deposited by the belt 29.

Upon the top of the elevated table 12 are arranged a series of supports 43, such supports having 'mounted therein guide pulleys such as 44, 44, 44h, about which extend cables 45, 45, 45 respectively. These cables are continuations of the cables 20, 20, 20", respectively, and are led from the delivery devices over suitable pulleys (not shown), to the pulleys 44, 44a, 44". These cables cooperate with the dispatch ends 46, 46, 46h, respectively, of a series of railways corresponding to the railway 10 and which extend to the several sending stations. The dispatch ends of the several rails may be constructed in the usual manner and may be lettered or numbered, as at 47, Fig. 3 to indicate the station with which they conimunicate.

By assembling the delivery ends of all of the several rails at the end portion of the desk, it is made possible to bank both the -receiving and the dispatch ends ot such rails in close proximity to each other as indicated in Fig. 1, and this places the dispatch ends 46, etc., where they are readily accessible to operators located at either side ot the desk. By reason of this compact arrangement it is also possible for a single operator to reach a large number of such dispatch terminals Without removing from her position, it being understood that the three terminals illustrated in Fig. 1 designate plurality.

without speciiic number, and are typically illustrative of arrangements wherein a much larger number of terminals may be banked in a single group as indicated in Fig. 8, for instance, or 1n spaced groups, as circumstances may demand.

In the device shown in Fig. 6 the desk is indicated at 50, such desk being supported upon the members` 51 and having the elevated table 52 at a point opposite the operators stations. This table serves to support the dispatch terminals 53, 5S, 53 respectivel of a series of railways while a supporting and guiding device comprising the spaced side members 55, 56, serve to support the delivery ends 57, 57, 57 b of a corresponding series of railways. This supporting and uiding device is provided with an inclined ottom wall 58, thus forming a chute into which the carriers are delivered from the several rail terminals. Such carn riers slide down alon this bottom wall 58 and into the guide sot 54 which extends longitudinally of the table top. In this device the conveyor belt is omitted, the inoline of the guiding chute being depended upon for imparting suicient momentum to mames provided by anendless belt 64 trained about the driving pulley 65 and the guide pulley G6, such belt being tensioned by the weighted roller 67. Beyond the termination of the belt 64, the bottom of the slot 61 is provided by the stationary member 68 upon which the carriers may be delivered by the belt. The delivery ends or" the several railways are indicated at 69a, G9", respectively, such ends serving to deliver carriers into an inclined chute having the bottom wall 70 from which the carriers slide onto the belt.

ln Fig. 10 the desk 1*L is illustrated as provided with inclined guide chutes 100, 101 at either end thereof, such chutes having associated therewith the banks of delivery terminals 102, 103 respectively, these terminals herein being indicated as the ends of guide rails of a cable carrier system, it being understood, however, that other types of carrier guide might be substituted therefor if desired. The carriers delivered uponthe chutes 100, 101 respectively are received upon the upper runs of endless belt conveyors 104, 105 arranged in an elongate guide slot corresponding to the guide slot 3 of the previously described devices, and are thereby delivered upon the stationary floor 10G disposed opposite the operators stations. Aboe this stationary floor 10G is arranged the supporting table 107 upon which are secured the lower ends of the dispatch terminals 108. With this arrangement a relatively large namber of outlying stations may he cared for by one or more operators' seated at the central part otthe desk, thus providing a very compact; type of central station such as is particularly adapted for use in small establishments where but little space is available for the purpose. lViiile as herein illustrated the belt conveyors 104. 105 are employed. it is contemplated that when the desk is of relatively smalhdimensions such conveyors may be omitted, thtinclination of 'the chutes being suilicient to cause the carfiers to more to the cent ral part of the desk.

In the operation of the device ol Figs. 1, 2 and 3, carriers arriving along the guide rails 19 are diverted from their normal path and out of engagement with the driving cable at the point 24, and after being slowed down by contact with the butler members 26, the carriers are dropped freely from the ends 25 of the rails. By reason ot the cnrvature of the rail ends the carriers are de posited in an orderly manner by which they are moved longitudinally of the guide slot 3, and if not previously removed by the opera- FIB hun

tor, are finally pushed in succession, onto the stationary floor 11 of the guide slot. As the guide slot 3 is of a width such as to pre= vent any' substantial turning of the elongate carriers during their movement longitudinally vof the desk, the orientation of the carriers as they arrive opposite the operators stations is substantially identical. The operator is thus enabled to grasp the carrier with a minimum of voluntary effort, and in such a manner as to permit opening of the same with the utmost dispatch. It is also clear that by the arrangement described carriers are presented to the operators in the order of their arrival so thatthe transaction of making change or therlike and the return of the carriers may be properly performed in accordance with their sequence in arriving, the entire series of unopened carriers being at all times visible. It is also clear that as the dispatch terminals are located within easy reach of the operators stations 1t is possible for the operator to return carmers to their sending points with the least possible delay. In the several figures of the drawing, one end only of the desk is illustrated, it being evident that the desk may be made as long as desired, and that additional banks of delivery and dispatch terminals may e added if necessary. It is also con-l templated that banks of delivery terminals may be so disposed as to direct their carriers toward a common bank of dispatch terminals.

In order to permit cash and credit carriers to be distinguished it is proposed to mark.

such. carriers with contracting colors, or to provide them with other means such as to permit the credit authorlzers who if desired may be seated at `the stations Y upon one side l of the desk, to select credit carriers from the stream of carriers arriving, without necessitating the mechanical separation of such carriers from the cash carriers which are equally accessible to the cashiers seated t lthe stations X the opposite side of the es business becomes so small that a single person can transact both the cash and credit operationsz the carriers are always solocated in the guide slot as to be accessible to a single operator seated as at Z, Fig. 9, and at either side of the desk as may be most convenient. With this arrangement it is extremely easy to shift the operators about in `iccordance with the demands of the business, and to determine the number of operators employed at any time in direct ratio to the number of transactions performed without necessitatin any elaborate mechanical means for distri uting the incoming carriers to the various operators while at the same -time the care of supervision of the employees is atly reduced.

lise devices illustrated in Figs. 6 and 7 It is also clear that if the volume of proach the center of the desk from opposite directions. The operators may be located at this desk substantially as indicated in Figs. 8 or 9 and may care for the incoming carriers and for their return to the sending stations in the same manner as previously described.

What we claim is:

1. A central station for a cable carrier dispatch system having therein a plurality of downwardly directed railway delivery terminals, common means for receiving all carriers delivered from the several terminals, and means for causing carriers deposited upon said receiving means to move successivcly in a given path lying between operators. stations and within convenient reach therefrom,

2. A central station apparatus comprising in combination a bank of delivery terminals from which carriers of a plurality of distinct classes may be discharged, means for re`ceiving all of such carriers and for moving them past the station of an operator, and a bank of carrier disptach terminals within convenient reach from said operators station.

3. A central station apparatus for cable carrier dispatch systems comprising a plurality of carrier delivery terminals from which carriers of a plurality of distinct classes may be discharged, and means for supporting the carriers and causingall carriers delivered from all said terminals to move in a common path extending longitudinally of the supporting means, and operators stations disposed at the opposite sides of the sup orting means and at substantially equal istances from. said path.

central station for carrier systems providing stations for oppositely facing operators and comprising a lurality of carrier delivery terminals, and) means for causing carriers delivered from all of said termlnals to move toward a int at whichthey are equally accessible whl e in transit to operators at either of said stations.

5. In `combination in a carrier dispatch system of that type wherein the carriers are moved along a track b y an endless cable, a central station comprising a bank of deliversrack sections having their terminals in su antial alignment, said track sections being so constructed and arranged asy to permit carriers to drop freely therefrom, and a guideway for receiving carriers from the several terminals.

6. A central station apparatus comprising a series of pairs of terminal rail sections for carriers for delivery at said station, said rail sections each being curved adjacent to its extremity, and common means for receiving all carriers delivered by the respective pairs of rail sections and moving them in a single and accessible stream past an operators station.

7. A central station Jfor carrier dispatch systems comprising a desk providing operators stations at either side thereof, a series of carrier delivery terminals adjacent to one end of said desk, a guideway for carriers extending longitudinally of said desk and centrally of the width thereof, and means for causing all carriers delivered by the several terminals -to move in orderly succession along said guideway, and past the operators stations.

8. A central station apparatus comprising a carrier delivery terminalan elongate guideway for carriers delivered from said terminal, said guideway having a longitudinally movable floor, a trough in continuation of said gnideway and having a stationary fioor extending substantially in the plane of the movable floor, and means for imparting movement to said movable fioor whereby to cause carriers to move toward said trough.

9. A central station apparatus comprising a delivery terminal having its extremity curved in a vertical plane` and a chute having relatively high side walls and an inclined bottom, the curved portion of said terminal depending between the walls of said chute.

Yl0. A central station apparatus comprising a` vertical carrier delivery terminal having a curved extremity, an inclined chute having side walls between which said curved extremity depends, a belt conveyor aligned with said chute and constructed and arranged to receive carriers therefrom, and a trough aligned with said belt conveyor for retaining carriers delivered by said belt.

11. A central station apparatus comprising a carrier delivery terminal, an inclined open chute having relatively high side walls between which said terminal depends, and a belt conveyor arranged at the delivery end of the chute for conveying carriers away therefrom.

12. In combination in a carrier dispatch system of that type wherein the carriers are moved along a track by an endless cable, a

central station com rlsing a vertically disposed track section aving an associated run of cable extending parallel therewith, a guideway for carriersdisposed to one side of said track section, and a terminal track section forming a continuation of said vertical section but oifset therefrom and terminating within said guideway for delivering carriers thereinto.

13. A central station guiding for carrier dispatch systems of the type employing an endless cable for moving the carrier, said station comprising a bank of delivery terminals, a bank of dispatch terminals spaced therefrom, conveyor means for causing carriers delivered from said first named terminals to move toward the dispatch terminals, and common means for actuating the endless cable and for simultaneously driving said conveyor means.

14. A central station for carrier dispatch systems comprising a delivery terminal, means for causing a carrier delivered from such terminal to move in a substantially rectilinear path, operators stations at opposite sides of said path, and Within convenient reach thereof, and means for maintaining unchanged the orientation ot such carrier throughout its movement along a portion at least of said path.

15. A central station Jfor carrier dispatcn systems comprising a delivery terminal, a guide slot for carriersdelivered from said terminal, said guide slot being constructe and arranged to prevent turning of a carrier therein, and means for causing a carrier deposited in said guide slot to move lengthwise of the same.

16. A central station for carrier dispatch systems wherein carriers of elongate form are employed comprising an open topped guideway having iiXed side walls spaced apart a distance substantially equal to the width of the carriers` a carrier delivery terminal constructed and arranged to deliver carriers into the space between said walls, and means for moving such carriers along said guideway.

17. A central station for carrier dispatch systems providing a plurality of operators stations and a series of carrier delivery terminals, a substantially horizontal guideway extending longitudinally of said sta` tions. said guideway being of a width Substantially equal to that of the carriers employed, a belt conveyor arranged within said guideway and constituting the door thereof forv a portion of its length, and means for actuating said belt whereby to cause carriers delivered into said guidewa from said terminals to travel longitudina ly of the guideway.

18. In combination in a carrier dispatch system of that type wherein the carriers are moved along a tra :k b an endless cable, a central station comprising a plurality of operators stations, and a bank of dispatch track terminals common to and within reach of each Iof said stations.

19. A central station comprising a plurality of receiving terminal rail sections of a. cable carrier system, an operators station spaced therefrom, common means for conveying all carriers delivered by said tot minal sections to the operators station, and a bank of dispatch rail sections for cable lines returning to the points of origin of the carriers delivered` by the respective receiving terminal sections, said bank of dispatch sections being arranged adjacentto the operators station.

20. A central stationcomprising a desk having adjacent to one end thereof a bank of carrier receiving terminals, an operators station at the side of the desk, an endless, movable belt for receiving carriers delivered by said terminals and for conveying" carriers to said operators station, and a bank of dispatch terminals arranged in a plane above that of the b elt and 'with inconvenient distance ofthe operators station.

21. A central station comprising a desk having operators stations upon either side thereof, a guideway for carriers extending longitudinally and centrally of the desk, a table spaced above said guidevvay at the region of the operators stations, a bank of dispatch terminals upon said table, a bank of delivery terminals adjacent to one end of said guideway, and means for causing carriers delivered by said terminals to move in orderly succession along said guide'way and within reach of the operators stations.

22. A central station comprising an elongate guideway, an operators station upon either side thereof, a plurality of carrier dispatch terminals arranged vvithin reach of each of said stations, and means for causing carriers to move in orderly succession along said guideway.

23. A central stationvcomprising an elongate guideway, an operators station at either side thereof, a plurality of carrier dispatch terminalsy arranged above said guideway andA intermediate the ends thereof, and means for causing carriers to move toward the central portion of said guideway from either end thereof,

24. A central station comprising an elongate guideway, an operators station substantially midway of the length thereof and an inclined chute at either en'd of said guideway for delivering carriers thereto from opposite directions.

25. A central station comprising an elongate guidevvay for carriers, operators stations substantially midway of the length thereof, a bank of carrier delivery terminals Within reach of said stations, and chutes for delivering carriers into opposite ends of said guideway.

26. A central station for cash carrier systems comprising an elongate guideway for carriers, operators stations upon either side of said guideway and intermediate the ends thereof, a bank of carrier delivery terminals disposed above said guideway and within reach of said stations, and a pair of chutes inclined downwardly in opposite directions and constructed and arranged to deliver carriers into the opposite ends of said guideways.

27. A central station comprising an elongate desk having operators stations upon either side thereof, a table extending lon i tudinally of the desk in the region of t e operators stations and elevated above the central part thereof, a plurality of carrier dis atch terminals mounted upon said table, an means for delivering carriers at the central portion of the desk and beneath said table for convenient access to operators upon either side of the table.

Signed by us at Boston, Massachusetts,

this second day of August, 1922.

FREDERICK G. WHI'I'IIER. HAROLD S. THAYER. Y.

Lasagne minal sections to the operators station, and a bank of dispatch rail sections for cable lines returning to the points of origin of the carriers delivered by the respective receiving terminal sections, said bank of dispatch sections being arranged adjacent to the operators station.

20. A central station comprising a desk having adjacent to one end thereof a bank of carrier receiving terminals, an operators station at the side of the desk, an endless, movable belt for receiving carriers delivered by said terminals and for conveying'carriers to said operators station, and a ank of dispatch terminals arranged in a plane above that of the belt and with inconvenient distance of ithe operators station.

21. A central station comprising a desk having operators stations upon either side thereof, a guideway for carriers extending longitudinally and centrally of the desk, a table spaced above said guideway at the region of the operators stations, a bank of dispatch terminals upon said table, a bank of delivery terminals adjacent to one end of said guideway, and means for causing carriers delivered by said terminals to move in orderly succession along said guide'way and within reach of the operators stations.

22. A central station comprising an elongate guideway, an operators station upon either side thereof, a plurality of carrier dispatch terminals arranged within reach of each of said stations, and means for causing carriers to move in orderly succession along said guideway.

2B. A central station comprising an elongate guideway, an operators station at either side thereof, a plurality of carrier dispatch terminals arranged above said guideway and intermediate the ends thereof, and means for causing carriers to move thereof, a bank of carrier toward the central portion of said guideway from either end thereof.

24. A central station comprising an elongate guideway, an operator-s station substantially midway of the length thereof and an inclined chute at either end of said guideway for delivering carriers thereto from opposite directions.

25. A central station comprising an elongate guideway for carriers, operators stations substantially midway of the length delivery terminals within reach of said stations, and chutes for delivering carriers into opposite ends of said guideway.

26. A central station for cash carrier systems comprising an elongate guideway for carriers, operators stations upon either side of said guideway and intermediate the ends thereof, a bank of carrier delivery terminals disposed above said guideway and within reach of said stations, and a pair of chutes inclined downwardly in opposite directions and constructed and arranged to deliver carriers into the opposite ends of said guideways.

27. A central station comprising an elongate desk having operators stations upon either side thereof, a table extending lon itudinally of the desk in the region of 51e operators statlons and elevated above the central part thereof, a plurality of carrier dispatch terminals mounted upon said table, an means for delivering carriers at the central portion of the desk and beneath said table for convenient access to operators upon either side of the table.

Signed by us at Boston, Massachusetts, this second day of August, 1922.

FREDERICK G. WHI'ITIER. HAROLD S. THAYER.

Certificate of Correction.

It is hereby certified that in Letters Patent No. 1,537,569. granted May 12, 1925,

upon the application of Frederick G. lVliittier, of Ipswich. Massachusetts, and

Harold S. Thayer. tions for Carrier-Dispatch Systems, requiring correction as follows: Page 7, convenient read with this correction case in the Patent Oflice.

of Tenatly, New Jersey,

an error appears in line 16, claim 20. for the \vordswith inread within, conecm'mzt; and that the said Letters therein that the same may conform to the record of the for an improvement in Central Stathe printed specification Patent should be Signed and sealed this 28th day of July, A. D. 1925.

[sun] KARL FENNING, Acting Commissz'oner of Pate/nts.

Certificate of Correction.

It is hereby certified that in Letters Potent No. 1,537,569. granted May 12, 1925, upon the application of Frederick G. Whittier` of lpswivh. Massachusetts, and Harold S. Thayer. of Tcnafiy, New Jersey, for an improvement in Central Stations for Carrier-Dispatch Systems, an error appears in the printed specification requiring correction as follows: Page 7, line 16, claim 20. for the words-With inconvenient read within Convenient; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office.

Signed and sealed this %th day of July, A. D. 1925.

[smh] KARL FENNING,

A ating Commissioner of Patents.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification186/14, 198/346, 406/1, 198/565, 198/815
International ClassificationB65G51/40, B65G51/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65G51/40
European ClassificationB65G51/40