US 1727011 A
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Sept- 3, 1929. H. F. HEILEMAN 1,727,01}
DEVICE FOR ALIGNING SHEETS Filed Dec. 7, 1925 Midi/035.935; flaw/z iv]? 55. m y firzrzmfifi eianarz Patented Sept. 3, 1929.
UNlTED STATES HERMAN F. HEILEMAN, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. i
DEVICE FOR ALIGNING SHEETS.
Application filedllccember 7, 1825.
My invention relates to a device for aligning sheets, and has for its main object to provide such a device arranged to facilitate the aligning of carbon copy sheets with the carbon paper and with the top sheet.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the combinations and arrangements of parts hereinafter described and claimed.
The invention will be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, and in which,
Fig. 1 isa plan view of the device;
I Fig. 2 is a side elevational view thereof; and
Fig. 3 is a eross-sectional view, taken on line 33 of Fig. 2.
The form of construction illustrated in the drawing comprises a sheet supporting body or base member 6, which is preferably of sheet metal, and which may also be made of wood, cardboard, composition board, celluloid, or other material that can be stamped, cast, molded, built-up, or formed into the required shape to serve the purpose of this invention. The device is preferably rectangular in shape, and of a size to best accommodate the usual size letterhead sheets, up to 8% by 11 inches, but the device is so constructed as also to accommodate larger sheets and smaller sheets. If desired, the device will also be made in larger and in smaller sizes to exactly accommodate legal size sheets and half-size letterheads, respectively.
The edges at the bottom end and at one side of the base member are bent up sub stantially to right angles from said member, to form upturned flanges or stop means 7 and 8, respectively, and the corner is cut off at the junction of said flanges to provide an opening or cut away portion 9 which allows the sheets at this corner to position themselves more freely. A portion is cut out at the flanged side, and also at the 0pposite side, leaving indentations 10 and 11, respectively, to facilitate grasping the sheets in lifting them from the device, and also to push and even up the sheets against the side flange. These indentations are preferably shaped semi-elliptical, but may be made of other suitable shape, and are placed at an intermediate part of the sides, preferably slightly toward the lower end, thus also adapting the device to be used with Serial No. 73,590.
half sheets, as the same still overlap the indentations atthe sides.
The base member 6 is cut or sheared at an intermediate part of its upper end, preferably on a. pair of converging lines, and the out part 12 is bent down to provide a supporting leg, and the lower edge of said leg is bent over to form a supporting flange 01- foot 13. A strip of felt 14 or the like is preferably mounted under the foot and a similar strip of felt 15 is mounted under the lower end of the base member, to prevent marring and scratching of polished desks and furniture upon which the device is placed. The bending down of said leg or part 12 provides an indentation 16 to facilitate pushing the sheets down against the bottom flange 7, also for lifting the sheets from the device.
'lVhen the device" is made of thin material, as sheet metal or the like, then the base is reinforced by scoring it to form stiffening ribs or reinforcing means 17 which are preferably positioned adjacent the side indentations 10 and 11, substantially as indicated in the drawing.
With this device the stenographer will lay a copy sheet on the device, so that the sheet will rest against the bottom stop and the side stop, then lay a carbon sheet thereon in a like position, and repeating this for as many carbon copies as are required. The top sheet is then placed on the entire stack, all the sheets and the carbon copies being thus substantially automatically aligned in the act of placing the same in position on the device to engage the bottom and side stops or flanges, and the entire stack is then placed in the typewriter, thus entirely avoiding the usual joggling and stumping of the combined stack of sheets and carbons with their edges on the desk, as is usually done without the use of an aligning device, and the device is thus adapted to save considerable patience, time and money.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred form of construction for carrying my invention into effect, this is capable of variation and modification without departing from the spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claims. I
Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A sheet aligning device formed of a single sheet comprising a rectangular sheet metal panel provided with upstanding flanges along two adjacent edges and against which two adjacent edges of the sheets are adapted to engage, one end of the panel being cut out and turned downwardly at right angles to provide a bracket for sup porting one end of the panel in an elevated position and leaving an opening to permit the sheets to be engaged by the hand to push the same against the flanges and thereby aligning them, said panel having integral reinforcing ribs.
2. A sheet aligning device formed of a single sheet of. metal, comprising a base having an integral supporting leg, a lateral flange having a cut away portion, and an end flange having a cut away part providing a corner opening common to said lateral flange and tosaid end flange, for the purpose of facilitating the more free positioning of the sheets.
3. A sheet aligning device formed of a single, die-stamped ribbed sheet of metal, comprising in combination with a base, an integral leg on the base,reinforcing base members, a sheet guiding lateral flange, an end flange'serving as a stop for said sheets,
said lateral flange and end flange having a cut away portion providing a corner opening whereby aligning of the sheets and easy positioning of the sheets is facilitated.
4. A device formed of a single ribbed sheet of metal for aligning sheets of predetermined fiXed size, comprising a lateral flange having a central cut away portion, serving to permit entrance of the hand for positioning oft-he sheets, an end flange serving as a stop for the sheets, said end flange and said lateral flange having a cut away part, whereby the sheets may be conveniently inserted and withdrawn and automatically aligned.
' 5. A sheet aligning device formed of a single sheet of metal, comprising in combination an inclined base, a lateral cooperating flange having a medial cut away portion and an end cut away portion, said end cut away opening providing a corner opening, an end flange having a cut off part in proximity to said corner opening, whereby said lateral flange and said end flange cooperate in facilitating automatic alignment of the sheets, an integral means to support said device in inclined position. 7
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification.
HERMAN F. HEILEMAN.