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Publication numberUS1748419 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 25, 1930
Filing dateAug 16, 1928
Priority dateAug 16, 1928
Publication numberUS 1748419 A, US 1748419A, US-A-1748419, US1748419 A, US1748419A
InventorsJoseph M Hurley
Original AssigneeJoseph M Hurley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Holder for cards or the like
US 1748419 A
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Feb. 25; 1930. M LE 1,748,419

HOLDER FOR CARDS OR THE LIKE Filed Aug. 16, 1928. 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Feb. 25, 1930. J. M. HURLEY I HOLDER FOR CARDS OR THE LIKE Filed Aug. 16, 192B 2 sheets-sheet 2 p I, Patented Feb. 25, 1930 UNITED STATES,


It is an object of the present invention to provide a novel and improved holder for cards, or othe like, which, will holdthe cards at but two diagonally opposite corners there- ;.;,5 of, to permit ready access to the other norners of the cards for removal or insertion into I v the, holders. 1

A further object of thepresent invention is to provide a novel-and improved card port- 7 folio wherein the: holders of the invention are utilized. 7

To these ends the invention consists in the novel parts and novel combinations of parts hereinafter defined inithe claims and ,de-

l V scribed in the following specification made in connection with the accompanying drawings,

lwhe'rein like reference characters refer to the sameor similar parts throughout the various views and in whichze '4 Z- Fig. Lisa plan viewof an open portfolio,

' .iwherein one'type of holder of the present invention is used, one of the holders being illustrated with a notebook applied therein, others oftheholders being illustrated with holdersbeing illustrated with only an index card therein, yet another of the holders being illustrated with neither cards, notebook" nor indexcards therein; 7 e k Fig. is perspective view illustrating oneiof thelholders shown in Fig. 1 with a card shown in-dotted lines held therein;

."Fig. 3 ;is a section taken on line 33 of Fig. 1,;as indicated by the arrows; I Fig. lis a section takenon line 4-4; of Fig. 1, as indicatedbythe arrows;

Fig.5 is a view in; end elevation illustrating the portfolio of Fig, 1 withthe two sec- I tions thereof folded together;

.Fig.j6 isaplan view illustrating a small port'folio in open position,but said portfolio having included therein different embodi-- mentsof card holders than those illustrated in; Figs. 11 vto 5 inclusive; 7

corner of theportfolio shown in Fig. 6; g k Fig. 8 is a plan View illustrating another embodiment of the invention wherein a board is'shown upon whicha pair, of detachable 5 i corner casings is applied, a card held in the 1 aplurality'of cards therein, another-of the r s a perspect e view illustrating one "casings.

corner casings being illustrated in dotted lines; and y Fig. 9 is a perspective view illustrating one of the corner casings shown in Fig. 8, a

the two corner casings 10 and the strip 7 member 11 are composed from a single piece of sheet material and the strip member 11 is continuous with and integral with the lower sides -10-of the cornericasings 10. The

"sheet material forming the holder is bent upwardly at the sides of thebottoms 10 of the corner casings, to form two parallel side walls 10 which are parallel to each other and. are diagonally ofi'set from each other. The side walls 10? are set at right angles to the bottoms 10 and the sheet material is bent inwardly at right angles from the upper edges of the end walls of the two casings to form the tops 10 of the two casings. The tops 10have, at their outer ends, wings 10 which project downwardly from the tops 10 at right angles thereto to form portions of the end walls of the two casings. lVings 10 project upwardly at'right angles to the bottoms 10 inwardly from the wings 10 to complete the end walls of the casing. It will thus be seen that two right triangular corner casings will be formed which are open at their hypotenuse edges and are diagonally ofi'set respectively to each other so that the open hypotenuse edges of the triangular casings substantially face each other. The extreme corners of the two casings are cut away at 10? to eliminate sharp points on the i It should also be here noted that the tops 10 of the two casings are conveXly curved as illustrated in Fig. 5. The

' diagonal strip 11 can be formed either integral with the corner casings 10 as illustrated, or if desired, the corner casings can be made corner casings are projected inwardly from 5 the inner corners of the casings, as 1s best illustrated in Fig. 2, for a purpose to he hereafter described.

In F igs. 1, 3, {l and 5 a number of the holders Aare shown as applied to opposing foldable sections of a back 12 for a card portfolio. 7

The card holders may be applied to the sections of the back 12 by means ofrivets'13 projecting through rivet holes in the diagonal strip member 11 and having round heads or other projections which extend upwardly a short distance from the strip member. Pref- V erably, the diagonal relation of the holders on the two sections of the back 12 will be maintained the same so that when the portfolio is folded up, as is shown in Fig. 5, the diagonal relation of the holders on one section of the back will be opposite the diagonal relation of the holders on the other section "of the back. Any number of the holders can be appliedto thebacl; to form a portfolio v of the desired size. A substantially triangw flar shaped indexcardle is preferably used incjonnection with a portfolio suchas is illustrated, and this index card is provided with a projecting tongue portion 14; at one end or one side thereof, whereon various index designations'may .be placed, to suit the requirements. 7 f The holder can be used'for holding cards such as the cards'15 of rectangular shape, or

1 5't'o the'holders,one corner-of a card will j first be seated'within oneof the corner casings so that-one edge of the card liesagainst otheredge of thefcorner of the card lies against the wings 10 and 10 of the casing. The card will then be convexly flexed, where- ,-u'pon the diagonally opposite'corner of the card, to the corner already secured, maybe slid into place in the other corner casing of the holder. In this position the card will be securely and firmly. held at twjo diagonally opposite corners thereof, and the heads of 50. the rivets 13 will cause the center portions i of the card to flex slightly upwardly from the upper side of the diagonal strip 11 to present i a concave surface on the upper side of the card. In this .position'two diagonally op- .posite corners of the card will be unsecured in any way andaccordingly, these corners may be filled with writing material and the secured corners will be readily accessible forv removing the card, The diagonal strip 11 will form a spacing member which factsto space thecard from'the back so that "lingers canbe easily inserted between the card and the back- 12 at the unsecured corners, "for ready removal of the'car'd. Due to the fact that thecard when in place inthe holddiagonal strip 11 to slightly convexly curve other similar articles. In applying the cards I I g {the card tobe'removed from the holder by the side section 10 of thecasing, while the is projected inwardly somewhat er, is convexly curved at its central portion, the central portion of the card will be additionally raised up from the back 12 to afford still greater space for the insertion of the fingers between the card and the back 12 for removal. To remove the card, either of the unsecured corners may be grasped, or the cen- 'tral portion of the card may be grasped, whereby upon flexing the card at its central portion into a suffi'ciently convex curvature, the length of the card will be shortened until the card may be removed from one of the corner casings, whereupon the card can be slid out of the other corner casing. In removing the cardit will be noted that the card will always hump up at its central portion to convexly curve thesame to a sufiicient degree for removal, due to the fact that the card is already slightly convexly curved by means of the heads of the rivets 13 Itwill, of course, be understood that any desired means may be substituted for the rivets 13 which will extend upwardly slightly from the the card or cards when inserted withinthe holder. Due to the fact that only-two diag onally opposite corners of the card must be secured in place within'the corner casings, the cards may be'inserted very easily and with much less exactitude than is thecase Where four corners of thecard must'be secured. The side edges 10*: of the corner ca'sQ U ings are made considerably longer than the I end edges formed by the wings 10 cand'10 so as to aifordailong bearing surface against oppositeedges of the card and yet to permit but slightly convexly curving the central "portion of the card. Itwillbe seen that one or more cards can-be very quickly inserted with- 1 in or removed'from the holder with great" flease. As'the' cards are inserted within the second corner casing after they have first been inserted within the first corner casing, the pointedcorner of the card will bear against the bottom 10 of the second casing and'will follow the bottom. directly into the secondcorner casing, due to the fact that the bottom from the inner edge of the side 10 1 s When a number ofthe cards have been in serted within the holders applied on opposite corners of thecardportfolio as'illustrated in Fig; '1, and the two sections are 4 folded against each other, as isshown'in'FigQ 5, the concavesurface of the tops 10 of the casings will bear against cards held in hold- 7 'ers mounted on opposite. sections," and the convex curvature will permit the casings "to so rest "without digging into or other wise I25 injuring the cards upon which they are resting. If desired, the triangular index card," 14 may housed in connection with the-card portfolio, whereupon a simple but etficient index systemv will be provided for the cards 13c "struction of the cards 14, one corner of the to held'in the various holders mounted on the portfolio. Due to the'triangular concards may always begraspedfor removal from the various holders without interference by the index cards 14. The holders will also be found convenient'for securing notebooks, such as the notebook 16 or similar articles, 'inlplace.

The card holder A can be used either alone or in conjunctionwith a suitable backing member. When used alone, as shown in Fig.

2', the holder will securely retain anumber otherwisedesired.

Referring now to the modified form of the 7 "device illustrated in Figs. 6. and 7,.a small pocket folder 17 is illustrated, consisting of two'sections which are foldable one on top ofthe other. The corner casings B are applied to each section of the folder 17 at diagional'lyopposite points thereon, and these cornerf casings are preferably formed from leather or'other suitable flexible material.

I The casings B are of'substanti'ally triangular stitching 18. From the stitched portions,

they are bent upwardly at right angles at. 19

l and are thenbent at 20 so as to accommodate number of cards 15 Preferably the outer corners of the corner sectlons Wlll be cut away at21 n a concavecurve, to permit the corners I of the cards to freely project throughthe extreme corners of the corner casings, and yet to permit the proper folding of the flexible material forming the casings B. The manner of the insertion and removal of the cards into the holders formedbythe folder 17 and the L 1 side thereof, the cards held within the holders corner casings 18'will be very similar to that already described, with the exception that in" practice the folder 17 is preferably made of 1y at the central portion of the normally outer may be convexly curved to permit ready insertion of the fingers of'the user between the cards and the folder 17 for removal thereof.

. In Figs. 8 and 9 the corner casings C are illustrated, which are preferably formed of metal or similar rigid material, and are con- "structed in accordancewith the corner casing illustrated in Figs. 1 toil, with the exception that the corner casings Care connected in no way together; They are provided with two small openings 22 on their bottoms, whereby they may be applied to a bulletin board'24c, or. similar 'board,-by means of thumb tacks 23 or other suitable means.

that due to the fact that the two cornercas- ,ingsC are not connected, they may be spaced It will be seen any suitable distance apart and may be set diagonally to eachother so as to accommodate card sor similar articles of any desired size.

The thumb tacks 23 or other securing means will act like the heads of the rivets 13 inthe first construction described, to normally hold 'the cards in place with the upper surface thereof slightly convexly curved, or if the be'similar to the manner of the insertion and removal of the cards and similar articles from the holders illustrated in Figs. 1 to 5.

When any type of holder is used, it will be seen that the cards can be removed from the holder by inward pressure on either end thereof or at a free corner of the cards. Similarly, the cards can be removed by raisingthe same upwardly from their central portions. WVhen a number of the cards are inserted within theholders, one or any number of the cards can be removed at the same time, or any number of the cards can be inserted Within the holder at the same time. By holding ithecards at but two instead of four corners, the cards can be readily loosened for removal more difiiculty is experienced in getting the third and fourth corners of the cards in place within the holders, than is experienced ingetting the. first two corners in place therein. The cards are much more likely to get injured in the four-corner construction as used, than flexible material, so that by pressing inwarders having four-corner casings, or the cards. will tear or be bent, while wlth the two diagonal corner casings, the cards will work their own way lnto place without bending or other 1n ury.

The device has been successfully demon-; strated in actual practice and has been found to be very successful for the purposes intended. The construction is cheap and simple. It will, of course, be understood that various changes may bemade in the form, de-.

tails, arrangement and proportions of the various parts, without departing from the scope of the present invention. I WVhat isclaimedis: 1. A holder for cards or the like comprising a pair of substantially right angular corner casings, the hypotenuse edges of which are open, the side edges of said casings being of considerably greater length than the. end

edges thereof, means for holding said casings in diagonally spaced relationship with their hypotenuse edges substantially facing each other, said casings being so disposed that they are adapted to receive and hold but two diagonally opposite corners of rectangular cards or the like, the side edges of said casings being comparatively long, to afford long bearing surfaces for the edges of the cards, and the end edges of said casings being comparatively short to permit the ready shortening of the cards for easy removal by convexly curving the cards at their medial portions. v

2. A holder for cards or the like comprising a pair of substantially right triangular corner casings, said casings being open at their hypotenuse edges, means for holding said casings in diagonally spaced relationship with their open hypotenuse edges substantially facing each other to receive the two diagonally opposite corners of rectangular cards or the like, whereby after insertion of the cards the cards can be readily grasped for removal atthe other corners thereof, and members secured to said means, for hearing against the lower sides of the cards'to slightly conveXly curve the'cards when inserted within the holder. I r

' A holder for cards or the like comprising a pair of substantially right triangular corner casings open at their hypotenuse edges,"a diagonal strip member securing the lower sides of said corner members together in diagonally spaced relationship with their hypotenuse edges. substantially facing each other'and a fiat surface to which said strip member is secured, whereby cards or similar articles can be inserted within said holder when inserted and, said fiat surface, for re-' moval or insertion ofthe cards.

5. A-card portfolio comprisi'ng abacking member composed of two sections foldable' one on top ofthe other, a plurality of card disposed in diagonally offset relationship to holders secured to each. section, said holders v 7 each comprising a pair of corner members ,75' recelve and support cards at the two diagonally opposite corners thereof, said holders being placed on said two sections in the same diagonal relationship when the two sections of the backing member are opened up, whereby when the two sections are folded together" the diagonal relationship of theholders on the two sections will be ofisetj-to prevent the corner members of the opposite holders from resting on each other to increase 'the',thickness of the folded portfolio.

6. The structure definedin claim 5, the top surface of-saidcornermembers being convexly curved to prevent the corner mem,

from digging into cards supported in the holders. on the other section of the backing,


In testimony whereof I affix my a:


*Jos E1 n Manama with "the bottom of said cardsjagainst said diagonal strip member, and with but twodiagonally opposite'corners of said cards held I by said holder, said strip member acting as I a spacer to space the cards when inserted from said flat surface, to permit ready access to the unsecured corners of the cards between the cards and said flat surfaces, for easy like comprisi can be inserted. within saidcasing to be held only at two of their diagonally opposite corners, and means projectingoutwardly from.

said flat surface fOrcOnVeXly-curving the central portions of said cards to space the

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U.S. Classification40/124, 273/148.00A
International ClassificationB42F5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42F5/00
European ClassificationB42F5/00