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F. A. WEEKS BOOK SUPPORT Filed Nov. 14, 1925 INVENTOQR Patented Aug. 31, 1926.
FRANK A. 0F PLAINFIELI), NEW JERSEY.
' Application filed November 14, 1925. Serial No. 69,208.
This invention relates to improvements in book supports and has particular reference to the provision of two supports of that type commonly known as book-ends, and by which a variable number of books may be supported on a desk, table, or the like. A
Prior to this invention, certain book supports have been made from sheet metal in such a manner that a base member has been provided with an integral upstanding supporting wall, said supporting wall being formed by punching or slotting a portion of the blank and bending up said portion. lVhile such devices have met with mechanical success, they have embodied one objectionable feature in that the bent-up portion has been weak, and in a number of instances said portion constituting the book supporting wall has become bent out of its normal vertical position. This weakness of the prior art structures has been overcome by the present invention.
One object of this invention is to provide a book support having an integral base and verticalsupporting wall with means for efiectively bracing the supporting wall against outward bending.
Another object is to provide such a device wherein the braces are integrally formed with the base member and vertically sup porting wall.
Another object is to provide such a device which will be simple in construction, strong and durable in service, and an improvement in the art.
l/Vith these and other objects in view, the invention resides in the novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter set forth, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In the drawings wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, Fig. 1 is a perspective view illustrating my improved book support in use.
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the book support.
Fig. 3 is a top plan view thereof.
Fig. 4 is an end elevation.
Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 1 and illustrating the means for interlocking the braces in the upstanding Wall.
Fig. 6 is a vertical sectional view on the lines '66 of F ig. 4; and
Fig. 7 is, a vertical sectional view on the line 7-7 of Fig. 5.
My improved book support comprises a base member 10 having at its inner side a reduced portion .11 upon which books are adapted to be rested against a vertical supporting wall 12. The vertical supporting wall 12 is integral with the base member 10 and has a central opening 13 corresponding in size and form with the reduced portion 11 of the base. These parts may be formed as by punching the outline of the reduced portion 11, and thereafter bending the vertical wall upwardly at the point 14:.
In order to strengthen the structure and to hold the supporting walls against outward bending, I provide braces 15 which are angularly disposed against the outer surface of the vertical wall 12 and rigidly connecting said vertical wall with the outer portion of the base member 10. The braces 15 may preferably be formed integral with the base member 10 by punching them out of said base member and forming apertures 16, each aperture having at one of its sides a notch 17. When the braces 15 are thus formed, they carry at their upper extremities tongues 18 complementary to the notches 17. The vertical wall 12 is further provided with slots 19 adjacent its opposite side edges, and the tongues 18 are adapted to be received within the slots 19 for interlocking the braces 15 with the vertical wall 12.
From the foregoing, it will be apparent that I have provided an improved book sup port wherein the vertical supporting wall is integral with the base and intermediate its ends, and that by virtue of the angularly disposed braces 15, said vertical wall will be firmly held against outward bending when in use. The construction is very simple and adaptable for economical manufacture. Obviously, changes may be resorted to in the minor details and proportions of parts, and the right is herein reserved to make such changes falling within the scope of the appended drawings without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is 1. An upright book support of sheet material and comprising a base member, an upright book supporting wall rising from the base member intermediate its ends, whereby to support a row of books in upright position, and a pair of braces integral with the base member and bent inwardly at an angle to brace the supporting wall adjacent to its opposite side edges, and means for interlocking the braces with said supporting wall, the ends of the braces providing abntments for said wall.
2. A device of the character described comprising a base member, an upright booksupport integral therewith and intermediate the ends of said base member, said book support being provided with slots adjacent to its side edges, braces formed from portions of the base member and bent inwardly at an angle to brace the book-support, and tongues carried by the extremities of the braces to engage the slots in the book-support, and to provide abutments for said Wall.
3. A book support formed of sheet metal and comprising a base member, an upright book supporting wall rising from the base member intermediate its ends, whereby to support a row of books in upright position, said book supporting wall having a pair of slots, one adjacent each side edge, and braces formed from portions of the base member and bent inwardly at an angle to brace the upright book supporting wall, the extremities of said braces being shouldered to provide tongues which engage within the slots to interlock the braces with the supporting wall, and the shoulders being in contact with said wall.
FRANK A. WEEKS.