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Publication numberUS1682060 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 28, 1928
Filing dateJan 20, 1926
Priority dateJan 20, 1926
Publication numberUS 1682060 A, US 1682060A, US-A-1682060, US1682060 A, US1682060A
InventorsBanks Robert W
Original AssigneeBanks Robert W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable bokholder
US 1682060 A
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Aug. 28, 1928.

R. W. BANKS ADJUSTABLE BOOK HOLDER Filed' Jan. 2o, 192e 2 sheets-sheet 1 l INVENTOR, ROBERTYWBANKS Aug.r 28, 192s.v 1,682,060

R. W. BANKS` ADJUSTABLE BOOK HOLDER Filed Jan- 20, 1926 2 Sheet-sfSheet 42 Foa/SRT W A/vks M M11-uq A TTORNEY.


Patented Aug. 28., 1928.



Application led January.20, 1926. Serial No. 82,597.

This invention appertains to a novel device for holding books in an orderly arrangement against accidental displacement and the primary object of the invention is to provide a book holder for desks, tables and the like which can be readily expanded or contracted to Conform to the number and sizes of books which are to be held.

Another object of the invention is to provide an adjustable book holder embodying a pair of end plates with novel means for connecting the end plates together, whereby the distance between the end plates can be quickly varied to accommodate any number of books, the means for connecting the end plates together tending to prevent the slipping thereof relative to one another thereby effectively insuringr the proper holding of the books in upright position.

A further object of the invention is to provide an adjustablebook holder embodying novel means for connecting the end plates together including a back piece against which the books are adapted to be placed for holding books of the same size in proper alinement. A still further object of the invention is to provide a novel adjustable book holder of the above character, which will be durable and efficient in use, one that will be simple and easy to manufacture, and one which can be placed uponthe market at a reasonable cost.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists in the novel construction, arrangement and formation of parts, as will be hereinafter more specifically described, claimed, and illustrated in the accompanymg drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating one form of my improved book holder,

Figure 2 is a front elevation of the same showing the device in use.

Figure 3 is a` transverse section through the novel book holder,

. Figure 4 is a perspective view showing another form of the improved book holder,

Figure 5 isa transverse section through the book holder of the type shown in Figure 4 of thel drawings, Y

Figure 6 is a perspective view of a further form of the lbook holder. l

Figure 7 is a perspective view of a still further form of the book holder,

Figure 8 is a perspectiveview of a further form ofthe invention showing the end plates connected by a lazy tong construction.

Referring to the drawings in detail, wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding' parts throughout the several views, the letter A 'generally indicates one form of the improved book holder, which comprises a pair of sections 1() and 15 which are adjustable toward and away from each other. The sections 10 include an end wall or plate 1l arranged in a vertical plane, and a bottom wall or plate 12 integrali connected therewith.v The longitudinal e( ges of the bottomplate or wall l2 are bent back over the plate in spaced relation thereto to provide guides 13 for receiving the `sections'l which will now be described. It is' to be noted however that the guides 13 engage the end plate or wall 11 s0 as to brace the same and if preferred these flanges or guides can be sol` dered, brazed or otherwise secured thereto.

The section 15 embodies an end plate or wall 16 which is arranged in a vertical plane in parallel relation to the end plate 01 wall 11 of the section 10 and al` bottom plate or wall 17, which :is adapted to' fit on top of the bottom plate or wall 12 and in said guides 13.

It is obvious from this construction that the sections 10 and 15 can be readily adusted relative to one another according to the number of books, papers, files and the like which is placed between the end plates 11 and 16 and that owing to the friction between the guides 13 -and the wall 12 with the wall 17 the end plates l11 and 16 will be normally held in an adjusted position against accidental slipping movement.

In Figures 4 and 5 I have shown another form of my invention, which is generally indicated. by the reference character B, which also embodies a pair of sections 2O and 25. These sections 20 and 25 are also' prefer ably formed of metal and the section 20 includes the end plate or wall 21, a bottom plate or wall 22 and a rear wall 23. The rear wall .23 terminates short of the upper endof the end plate or wall 21 as can be vclearly seen from Figures 4 and 5 of the drawings. -The bottom wall 22 and the rear v wall 23 have their opposite or outer longitudinal edges provided with inturned flanges, which are arranged in spaced relation respectively to the bottom wall and the rear wall to form guides 24 for a purpose, which will be hereinafter more fully described. As

shown the guides 24 engage the end plate 21 so as to form a bracetherefor and can be I rigidly connected therewith, if desired.

The section also embodies an end wall 26 which is arranged in spaced parallel relation to the end ,wall I21, a bottom plate o`r wall 27 and a rear plate or wall 28. The walls 27 and 28 are adapte-d to engage the inner faces of the walls 22 and 23 of the section 20 and are received in the guides 24, whereby the sections can be readily adjusted toward and away from each other to accommodate the desired number of books or other matter which may be placed between the end walls 21 and 26 thereof.` It is obvious, that if a book is moved from the holder that it is merely necessary to push the walls 21 and 26 toward one another so as to adjust the size of the holder relative to the remaining books.

In Figure 6 I have shown a still further modified form of the invention which is generally indicated by the reference character C and which embodies a pair of sections 30 and 35, which are adjustable toward and away from each other., The section 30 is preferably formed from a length of hollow rod bent into a substantially U-shape to define a connecting bight portlon 31 and spaced parallel legs 32. The legs 32 are bent transversely to provide an .upright and a horizontal section so as to define the end wall or piece 33 and the bottom wall or piece 34.

The section 35 is also preferably formed of a single length of wire which is also bent into a U-shape to define a connecting bight porj tion 36 and a pair of spaced parallel legs 37.

These legs 37 arer bent transversely so as to provide an upright horizontal portion, which form respectively the end wall 38 and the bottom wall or piece 39. The ends of the legs 37` v and bent to provide end pieces 41 and 46 and bottom pieces or walls 42 and 47. The inner terminals of the legs of the sections and 45 are colled to provide guide eyes 43 and 48 respectively and these eyes receive the legs of the opposite sections so as to permit the sections to be readily moved toward and away from each other. It is to be noted however in this connection, that the eyes 43 on the section 40 are bent downwardly, while the eyes 48 on the sections 45 are bent upwardly. In Figure 8 of the drawings I have still shown a further modified form of my invention, which is generally indicated by the reference character E. In this form the same embodies end plates 50 and 51, Whichare arranged in parallel relation. Each of these end plates 50 and 51 are provided with inwardly directed base flanges 52 and inwardly directed end flanges 53. These ianges can be formed integral with the end pla-tes if preferred. The bottom flanges 52 of the end plates 50 and 51 are connecte-d together by a lazy tong construction 54 which embodies a plurality of pivotally connected links 55. The terminals of the end links of the lazy construction 54 are pivotally connected as at 56 to the fianges. Any desired means can be utilized for the pivots such as rivets or the like. The inwardly directed end flanges 53 of the end plates 50 and 51 are also connected by a lazy tong construction 57, which also embodies a plurality of pivotally connected links 58. The terminals of the end links 58 ofthe lazy tong construction are pivotally connected as at 59 to the said end flanges 53. Any preferred type of pivots can also be used in connecting the lazy tong construction with the fiange. It is obvious in this construction, that the end plates 50 and 51 can be readily moved toward and away from each other to accommodate the desired number of books and that the lazy tong construction 58 forms a back for the book rest against which the book can be placed, so that the same can be arranged at the desired alinement.

Changes in'details may be made without departinI from the spirit or scope of this in-l vention, but:

What I claim as new is:

A. book holder comprising a pair of end plates, inwardly directed flanges formed on the lowerred'ges of the end plates, book supporting lazy tong construction connecting the flanges together, inwardly directed flanges formed on the rear edges of the end plates, and a lazy tong construction connecting said last mentioned flanges together.

In testimony whereof I aix my signature.


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U.S. Classification211/43, 211/42
International ClassificationA47B65/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B65/00
European ClassificationA47B65/00