US 1824142 A
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Sept. 22, 1931. w. c. HORNADAY RACK I Filed June 24`v INVENTOR.
Patented Sept. 22, 1931 ETE 1" TALLER C. HORNADAY, OF 'UNIVEBSETY CITY, 311850111511, ASSIGNOR TO JAS. H. FORBES TEA a COFFEE CSMRANY, 0F ST. LOUIS, MSSGURI, .A CORPORATION OF MISSOURI character that may be economically anu RACK Application filed LTune 24,
This invention relates to racks -r cav-,Jes pertains more particularly to a ease that be employed in a store to hold articles o' merchandise that may be removed individually as they are sold.
An object of the present invention is the provision of a case of this character it may be readily attached to a counter, table or shelf, and as readily det sched therefi lay it in a convenient pos Another object of the invention .L vide novel barriers in the case for eo ,lining like articles into lilre rows or tiers.
Another object o-f the invention to provide a case of this character having an open ing sufliciently large in its front face to enf able the lowest one of a tier of articles to be easily withdrawn from the case th rough. the arrangement being such that the entire tier is permitted to descend autor `ly after such withdrawal in order to present the next im Yest article to the opening.
rinother object is to provide a case ly constructed of sheet metal.
Other obyects, adrantages, and d features of the invention will appear course of the following?,I description o; an il lustrative embodiment of the spirit thereo metal, and embodies bottom 1, liange 2 depending from its front edg ln the accompanying drawings part of this specification, in which bers of reference denote like parts wherever they occur,
Figure 1 is a front elevation of the case;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary enlarr sectional view taken on the line ure 1 and exhibiting details of the door closure for the case;
Figure 3 is a transverse verticle sectional view of the case; and
Figure 4 is a perspective view o' with the door omitted. y
The case is preferably former. of sl h a v in The flange 2 is provided with longitudinal y extending slots or perforations l for accommodating screws or other suitable means for fastening the bottom to an underlying support, the screws passing through the slots and 1929. sei-iai no.' 373,261.
threading into the elge of the support under the flange 2. The heads of the screws will pass through the enlarged portions 5 of thel slots Ll, but not through the narrowerportions. The ends of the bottom 1 present upturned fianges 6, vto which are secured the end walls a false bottom llthat overlies the true bottom '1. rlihe rear wall 9 presents flanges 12, secured to the end walls 7 and the top wall 10 presents flanges 13, also, secured to the end walls 7. The false bottom 11 inclines forwardly and presents a depending flange 111 at its forward edge that rests upon the true bottom 1. The front marginal portion 15 of the top wall 10 is bent back under itself to form a reinforcing seam. F langes 16 project laterally from the front edges 17 of the end walls 7 and towards each other. as best shown in Figure 2, and then bend outwardly, as at #18, and then back toward the end of the case, as at 19, to form intervening grooves 20 between the portions 16 and 19. For the purpose of illustration, the articles in the case are shown as cylindrical cans 21 that contain different condiments,ispices and flavoringmaterials. Cans of like contents are placed in the same tier in the case, and the adjacent tiers are separted by wire barriers 22, that extend through perforations therefor in the top wall 10 and the false bottom or floor 11, the extremities 23 of the wires 22 being enlarged or of head formation to prevent the withdrawal of they wires from the top wall 10 and the floor 11. The front of the case is open, and is provided. with a door 2, presenting tongues or flanges 25 at its lateral edges 26 that enter the grooves 20 of the case, thereby permitting vertical sliding movement of the door, but limiting its movement in other directions. A. flange 27, doubled back under itself for the purpose of reinforcement, projects rearwardly from the upper edge 28 of the door 211, and a similar flange 29 projects forwardly from the lower edge 30 of the door. Both flanges 27 and 29 stiflen thedoor and, in addition thereto, the
flange 27 limits the descent of the door by engaging the top wall l0, while the flange 29 serves as a convenient handle or projection that is grasped to lift the door. The cans 21 5 preferably lie horizontally in their respective tiers so as to present their tops 3l towards the front of the case. `When the door 24 is in its lowest position, its edge 30 is spaced sufliciently above the false bottom ll to expose the top ends 3l of at least the lower most cans 2l. The flange ld is in retracted relation to the flange 2, and the end walls 7 have their lower anterior corners cut away, as at 32, to provide room for the fingers of the store-keeper to facilitate the grasping of the lowermost cans of the tiers, and especially those juxtaposed to the end walls 7. When `a. lowermost can has been removed, the superposed cans of its tier descend by gravity to present the next lowermost can to the opening under the door.
It will be observed that when the bottom l is placed on a horizontal surface, the bottom l1 will still be inclined, thereby prevent ing the lower-most cans from working forwardly under the influence of vibration. The door holds the remaining cans in the case, and, also, protects them against dust and other elements of exposure. Normally, the case stands on a support so that the screws in the support pass through the narrow portion of the slots 4, in which position the heads of the screws pre-vent the forward withdrawal of the case from the support. To refill the can, the case is moved toward the left, so that the heads of the screws will pass through the slot enlargements 5, and the can is withdrawn forwardly from the support and may be set down with its front side up, the rear edges 33 of the end walls 7 being preferably inclined so as to hold the case with its rear side 9 slightly inclined to facilitate the filling of the case. The cover 2li, of course, is preferably entirely removed when refilling the case. If desired, the front of the door may be provided with suitable indicia for identifying the contents of eachtier of cans, and it may also bear advertising or instructive matter. The door Q4: functions, also, as a stop for the upper containers 21 of a tier to prevent their withdrawal from the case by reason of their frictional engagement with the lowermost container 2l When the latter is pulled from the case.
Having thus fully described this invention, l. hereby reserve the benefit of all changes in forni, arrangement, order, or use of parts, as it is evident that many minor changes may be made therein without departing from the .o spirit of this invention or the scope of the following claims.
I claim: l. A case of the character described having a true bottoni presenting a depending flange r on its anterior edge, and a false bottom super posed on the true bottom, and terminating short of the forward edge of the true bottom, said false bottom presenting a flange resting on said true bottoni to incline said false bottom rearwardly.
2. .fr case of the character described having a true bottom and a false bottom superposed on said true bottom and terminating short of the forward edge of said true bottom, said false bottoni presenting a `flange resting on said true bottom to incline said false bottom rearwardly.
3. caseof the character described embodying a lateral enclosure and including superposed true and false bottoms, said true bottoni having a depending flange at its forward to incline said bottom rearwardly and said false bottom terminating short of the forward edge of said true bottom, and presenting' a ilange res ing on said true bottom to .incline said false bottom rearwardly.
ln testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature.
lVLLER C. HORNADAY.