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Dec. 31, 1929'.
LE ROI E. HUTCHINGS FILING DEVICE Filed May 19, 1926 AWE...
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Aiz y Patented Dec. 31, 1929 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE I LE ROI E. EUTCHINGS, OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR, ZBY' MESNE ASSIGNMENTS, TO REMINGTON RAND INC., NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE FILING DEVICE Application filed m 19, 1920. Serial in. 110,105.
This invention relates to filing devices and has reference more particularly to filing devices in which pockets are supported in a tray or container on a series of substantially 5 horizontally positioned bars.
Certain filing devices have been proposed in which a continuous sheet of material is supported in the form of loops or folds on horizontal bars so as to form a series of pockets for the reception of record data or cards. These devices had the disadvantage that when it was desired to insert reference data requiring a new pocket or index label at any point in the system, it was necessary to shift the entire mass of reference data on one side of the pocket data to be inserted. This has been a disadvantage and requires considerable excess time and labor in filing and the system was therefore not as flexible as desired.
An object of this invention is to provide a device of the class described in which each ocket is removably positioned on its support bar so that old or new pockets of data may be taken out or inserted very easily; also to provide removable support bars which can be conveniently removed when a pocket is removed; and also to improve the construction of file devices in other respects hereinafter specified and claimed. Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of the specification in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my improved file box or filing device.
Fig. 2is a fragmentary plan view of one end of the filing device. a
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view through the filing device.
4 is a longitudinal, sectional, fragmentary elev ation through the filing device.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of one of the removable pockets.
Fig. 6 is a transverse sectional view through a filing device showing one of the removable support bars.
Figs. 7, 8 and 9 are transverse sectional views taken through a support bar on lines 7-7, 88 and 99 respectively of Fig. 3.
through the elements of a support bar showlI1% l l18 same in position for assembly.
1g. 11 is a perspective view of one of the label holders on a supporting element.
Fig. 12 is a perspective view of one of the removable support bars. a Referring to the drawings by numerals, 15 indicates a container or box which may be constructed of wood, metal or any other suitable material, said box havin bottom 16, side walls 17 and end walls 18 an 27. The walls of the container 15 are lined with a lining 19 sothat an air space 20 is provided between the outer walls and said lining, this air space forming a certain amount of protection against fire when the container 15 is provided with a fireproof cover not shown. The air space 20 may be filled'with any other desired insulator such as asbestos, mineral wool, etc. A pair of longitudinal slide bars 21 and 22 are provided at one end with screw threads adapted to receive inner nuts 23 and outer nuts 24, the threaded end of said bars passing throughthe end wall 18, said wall being rigidly secured between the nuts 23 and 24 so that the bars 21 and 22 are supported at one end near the to of the container 15. The opposite ends 0 bars 21 and 22 are received in slots 25 and 26 respectively formed in the opposite end 27 of the container 15, so that said bars may be flexed upwardly thus causing their ends to extend above end wall 27 for the purpose of removing any number of support bars 28 to be more fully described.
Each of these support bars 28 is provided at its ends with loops 29 and 30, said loops being adapted to be received by the slide bars 21 and 22, thus slidably supporting the support bars 28 transversely of the container 15. The loop 29 is provided with an opening 31 and a square shoulder 32, while the loop 30 is provided with a similar opening 33 and angular shoulder 34. This arrangement of shoulders 32 and 34 is provided (Fig. 6 so as to permit one or more of the support ars 28 to be removed by swinging one end u wardly about the slide bar 21 as a pivot, t e bar 22 passing through the openin 33, and then removing loop 29 from bar 21 %y allow- 50 Fig. 10 is a transverse, sectional View ing said bar 21 to pass through opening 31.
two slide bars 21 and 22 so that I port bar 28 is supported in corresponding notches, the position of said support bar is substantially transversely to the container 15. In the preferred form of my invention I provide a plurality of folded pockets or receptacles 36 made preferably of a flexible material such as cardboard, heavy paper, cloth, or the like. The upper ed e of each fold of the receptacle 36 is provided with a downwardly folded flap 37 adapted to extend over one of the support bars 28 so that one flap 37 engages one support bar in the container 15 while the opposite flap engages an adjacent support bar. In a series of pockets 36, one flap 37 will be on top of a similar flap on the adjacent pocket as clearly shown in Fig. 10. In order to clamp the pockets or folds 36 and flaps 37 a U-sl1aped clamping member 38 is provided with lower rounded edges 39, the legs of said clamping member 38 being adapted to spring apart so that said flaps and pockets are resiliently clamped between the legs of said U-shaped clamping member 38 in clamped position. Openings 40 are formedin support bars 28 and openings 41 are formed in flaps 37 so that openings 41 register with openings 40. Inwardly pressed lugs or locking projections 42 are formed in the legs of the clamping member 38, these flanges being adapted to enter into the openings 41 and 40, thus yieldingly locking the clamping member 38 in clamping position as shown in Fig. 8.
Thus record data or cards 43 may be inserted in the pockets 36 supported on support bars 28, and 1n order to distinguish between these pockets a label holder 44 is removably attached to each bar 28. This label holder has two folds preferably of a transparent material such as celluloid, so that a label 46 may be removably placed between the folds of the label holder and so that index data if on said label may be visible through the transparent folds of label holder 44. Label holder 44 is preferably placed at an an le to the vertical as shown in Fig. 9 so as to e readily visible to the user of the filing device, and is secured to a label-holder bar 44 as by rivets 45. This label holder 44 extends through an opening 47 in the clamping member 38 so as to be removably secured in said opening by the ends of bar 44 engaging said clamping member 38. The ends of the-clamping member 38 (Fig. extend into and partly cover the o enings 31 and 33 so as to normally form a loc to prevent the vertical displacement of the support bar 28. When said clamping members 38 are in assembled position, the support bars 28 and pockets 36 may still be removed from the container 15 by flexing the slide bars 21 and 22 upwardly and moving the support bars 28 longitudinally along said slide bars past the end 27 of the container 15.
In using the device the separate and re-' movable pockets 36 are arranged between the support bars 28 with the flaps 37 extending over adjacent support bars 28. A clamping member 38 is then moved downwardly-over flaps 37 on each bar until projections 42 snap into locked position registering with openings 41 and 40. The record matter can-then be inserted into'the desired pockets 36, the contents of said labels 46. When it is desired to remove a number of pockets 36, the slide bars 21 and 22 may be flexed upwardly so that their outer pockets being indicated by ends are disengaged from slots 25 and 26 whereupon the support bars 28 may be moved longitudinally along the slide bars 21 and 22 until the desired number of pockets 36 move past the container'end 27. When it is desired to remove or insert a singlepocket, one of the clamping members 381s moved upwardly out of clamped position, after'fwhich anew pocket may be inserted by the addition of another support bar 28 as shown in Fig. 6 and another clamping member 38, and vice versa when the pocket is to be removed. p
I would state in conclusionthat while the examples illustrated and described constitute I a practical embodiment of my invention, I do not limit myself precisely to thesedetails,
since manifestly saidexamples can be considerabl varied without departing from the spirit 0 the invention as defined in the ap:
I claim as my invention:
1. In a filing device a series of support bars,
means for slidingly supporting saidbars in a substantially horizontal lane, and a series of independent pockets fiir reference matter, and means for removably attaching said pockets to said support bars.
2. In afiling device, a series of support bars,
means for supporting said bars in a substantially horizontal posltion, a series of pockets or reference matter, adapted to removably sai support bars.
3. In a filing device,
and clamping means attach .said pockets to. T a plurality of support bars, means for supporting said bars in asubstantially horizontal position, terial formed to provide a pocket having folded portions at the. ends, and means for removably attaching said folded portions to a strip of masaid supfort bars so that said pocket is adapted r the reception of reference matter.
4. In a fllingdevice, a pluralit of slide bars, a series of support bars sli ably supthe reception of reference matter, and means 12s ported by said slide bars in-a substantially horizontal plane, a pluralityof pockets for pockets, said slide bars having notches for engaging said support bars so as to maintain said support bars in spaced relation.
5. In a filing device, a series of support bars arranged in a substantially horizontal position, a series of folded pockets for reference matter, and a clamping member having resilient legs adapted to clamp the folds of said pockets to each of said support bars.
6. In a filing device, a series of support bars arranged in a substantially horizontal position, a series of folded pockets for reference matter, a clamping member having resilient legs adapted to clamp the folds of said pockets to each of said support bars, and means associated with said clamping member for locking said clamping member in clamping position.
7 In a filing device, a plurality of slide bars, a series of support bars, each support bar having an open loop at each end adapted to slidably and detachably engage said slide bars, and a series of pockets for reference matter having associated means detachably connecting said pockets to said support bars along the u per edges of said pockets.
8. In a ling device, a plurality of slide bars, a series of support bars, each support bar having an open loop at each end adapted to slidably and detachably engage said slide bar, a series of pockets, a plurality of clamping members adapted to detachably secure said clamping members also servin to prevent the transverse removal of sai support bars from said slide bars.
9. In a filing device, a series of support bars, means for supporting said bars in a substantially horizontal position, a series of pockets for reference matter having portions engaging said support bars, an index holder, and means detachably securing said pockets and index holder on said support bars.
10. In a filing device, a series of support bars, means for supporting said bars in a substantially horizontal position, a series of pockets for reference matter, means for detachably securing said pockets to said support bars, and index label means detachably associated with said securing means of a support bar.
11. In a filing device, a series of support bars, means for supporting said bars in a substantially horizontal position, a series of pockets for reference matter, clamping memhers detachably securing said pockets to said support bars, and index label means detachably secured to a support bar by one of said clamping members.
12. In a filing device, a plurality of slide bars, a series of support bars having slotted portions to receive said slide bars for slidably and detachably mounting said support bars independently on said slide bars, and pocket-securing means detachably mounted on each support bar formed for preventing detachment of said support bars from the ilide bars, when mounted on said support are.
13. In a filing device, a series of support bars, means for supporting said bars in a substantially horizontal position for relative sliding movement, a series of independent pocket members having fold portions for enagement with said support bars, and means or detachably locking said fold portions on said support bars.
14. In a filing device, a plurality of support bars having slotted openings, means received in said slotted openin s for slidabl and detachably mounting said ars independ ently, and means movably mounted on each bar for preventing detachment of said bar from said means in one osition.
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