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Publication numberUS1910505 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 23, 1933
Filing dateOct 13, 1930
Priority dateOct 13, 1930
Publication numberUS 1910505 A, US 1910505A, US-A-1910505, US1910505 A, US1910505A
InventorsThomas R Shaw
Original AssigneeThomas R Shaw
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reading stand
US 1910505 A
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May 23, 1933. T SHAW 1,910,505

READING STAND Filed 001;. 15, 1930 Patented May 23, 1933 PATENT; OFFICE THOMAS R. SHAW, F MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA READING STAND Applicationfiled October 13, 1930. Serial No. 488,337.

This invention has relation to a reading stand. An object of the invention is to provide a reading stand including a reading rack of novel and improved construction, and novel and improved means for adj ustably supporting the reading rack upon the stand.

A further object is to provide a reading stand including a table, reading rack, etc.,

associated with the stand and adjustable thereon in novel and improved manner.

A still further object is to provide a reading rack for receiving reading matter such as a. book, and means for adj ustably supporting said reading rack in any preferred position whereby reading matter thereon can be conveniently viewed from any desired location relatively to the rack, i. e., from below, from above, or from a side of the rack.

lVith the above objects in view, as well as others which will appear as the specification proceeds, the invention comprises the construction, arrangement and combination of parts as now to be fully described and as hereinafter to be specifically claimed, it being understood that the disclosure herein is merely illustrative and intended in no way in'a limiting sense, changes indetails of construction and arrangement of the parts being permissible so long as within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the claims which follow.

In the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification,

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a reading stand made according to the invention;

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary elevational view as seen from the right in Fig. 1, detailing the reading rack of the reading stand; I

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view detailing portions of the means for accomplishing vertical adjustment of the table, rack, etc., of the reading stand, and

Fig. 1 is a fragmentary view, partially in section and partially in elevation, detailing portions of the reading rack and-the longitudinally and rotatably adjustable support therefor.

A base for the reading stand of the present invention may consist of suitable legs 10, and

a hollow upright or post 11. A vertically post 11.

ner.

adjustable support 12 includes an external thread 13 at its lower portion engaging an internal thread 14- of the hollow upright or A small table 15 is fixed to the support 12 as at 16, in such manner that rotation of the table will cause the thread 13 to turn in the thread 14 so that the table will move upwardly or downwardly, as the case may be.

The support 12 includes a collar or circumferential shoulder 17 which is engaged by an internal annular flange 18 at the lower portion of a sleeve 19 surrounding the upper portion of the support 12. The upper portion of the sleeve 19 is internally threaded to receive a vertical portion 20 of a T-niember including horizontal parts 21 and 22. The upper portion of the T-member terminates in close proximity to the table brackets and includes an opening through which the upper end of the support 12 snugly passes, as best shown in Fig. 3.

The horizontal portion 21 of the T-member carries an arm 23 which may support an ash receiver or other contrivance, such as 24, and the horizontal portion 22 of said T-member carries an arm 25 which supports a reading frame or rack, indicated generally at 26. The arms 23 and 25 are as shown threadably received in the horizontal parts 21 and 22, respectively, and eachof said arms 23 and 25 is desirably adjustable lengthwise.

As shown more clearly in Fig. 4:, the arm 25 consists of a tubular portion 27 which telescopically receives'a rod 28. The outer end of thetubular portion 27 is desirably tapered and split as indicated at 29, and is received by a nut or fingerpiece 30 with tapered interior for the purpose of grippingly and releasably fastening the rod 28 at any adjusted position in said tubular portion 27. The arm 23 may also be longitudinally adjustable in about the manner as set forth.

The outer end of the rod 28 desirably integrally supports the reading frame or rack 26, which is as shown of rectilinear conformation, including side walls 31 and end walls 32. The walls 31 and 32 may be associated witheach other in any suitable man- As disclosed, each of the walls 31, 32 is a hollow channel, including a slot 33, all

of the slots 33 opening inwardly, see Figs. 1 and 4.

Each opposite end portion of the frame or rack 26 pivot-ally and suitably supports a shelf 34, said shelves 34: desirably being at the same side of the frame or rack and being independently movable from position against or adjacent to the rack to position at the ends thereof and perpendicular thereto, see Figs. 1 and 2.

The space between the walls 32 32 and 3131 is open or unfilled, save for reading matter or book supporting elements 35 and 36 which extend longitudinally and laterally, respectively, between said walls. Each element 35 and 36 may be a cord or wire. As shown, each includes knobs or protuberances 37 upon its opposite ends, arranged within the channels of the frame members 31 or 32, as the case may be, to be slidable therein when this is intentional, the end portions of the cords or wires adjacent the knobs or protuberances passing through the slots 33. I have preferred to disclose one longitudinal element 35 and three lateral elements 36. It is to be understood, of course, that a greater or less number of elements 35 and 36 can be employed.

It will be observed that by the arrangement shown in Fig. 4., the rod 28 may be freely rotated in the tubular portion 27 to fix the frame or rack 26 at any desired angular relation, see Fig. 2, disclosing the rack in full lines and in dotted lines in two of the different positions which it is capable of assuming.

As shown more clearly in Fig. 1, the arm 25 removably and adjustably supports a clip 38 which conveniently carries a cord 39 leading to a lamp, indicated generally at 40. A

portion 41 of the cord 39 is relatively stiff,

but yet bendable, to support the lamp at any desired relation to the frame or rack 26, no matter what may be the position of the frame or rack, and the clip 38 is adjustable upon the arm 25 to initially set the cord 39 at any preferred relation to said frame or rack 26. With more particular reference to Figs. 1

and 3, it will be seen that when the table 15 is revolved to rotate the support 12 and cause the screw 13 to be turned in the upright or post 11, the T-member carrying the arms 23 and 25 will not rotate with said table, but will move vertically therewith by reason of the engagement of the internal annular flange 18 with the collar or circumferential shoulder 17 of said support 12. It will also be observed that by the arrangement as shown, the arms 23 and 25, together with the ash receiver 241 and the reading frame or rack 26, can be rotated upon the support 12 independently of the vertical movement of said support, so that the ash receiver 24 and the reading frame or rack 26 can be situated at any preferred position around said table, no matter what may be its elevation.

In addition to the vertical adjustment, particularly of the frame or rack 26, as just described, and the adjustment of said frame or rack around the table, the arm 28 is longitudinally adjustable in the manner as already set forth, to move the frame or rack inwardly and outwardly, or radially, of the support 12 and the table 15 and said frame or rack is also rotatable upon the portion 27 of the arm 25 as an axis to vertical, horizontal or any desired oblique position. The shelves 34 provide means for insuring that reading matter cannot slide off of the frame or rack no matter what may be its position, and by the arrangement as shown and described, including the book supporting elements or rests 35 and 36, reading matter may be laid upon the reading frame or rack 26 with either its back surface or its front or readable surface against said elements 35 and 36. That is to say, the back of a book can be laid upon the elements 35 and 36 so that the printed pages are visible from above or the printed pages of the book may be laid upon said elements 35 and 36 to be visible from beneath the reading rack.

It will be apparent that when the table 15 is rotated to move the support 12 vertically, the table brackets will rotate upon the up per end portion of the T-member, and the collar or circumferential shoulder 17 will rotate under the internal annular flange 18. Also, when the arms 23 and 25, with the parts supported thereby, are rotated about said support 12, the T-member will rotate beneath the table brackets and the internal annular flange 18 will rotate upon the collar or circumferentialshoulder 17. As shown more clearly in Fig. 3, the internal annular flange 18 has snug fit upon the support 12.

What I claim is V 1. In a device of the character described, a reading rack comprising an open frame, spaced apart members of relatively small transverse dimension extending across said frame for supporting reading matter with either its reading surface resting upon said members or its back surface resting upon said members, means adjustably supporting said members in said frame, a horizontal support upon which said reading rack is rotatably adjustable to be set at vertical, horimembers or its back surface resting upon said members, means adjustably supporting said members in said frame, a horizontal support upon which said reading rack is rotatably adjustable to be set at vertical, horizontal, or any preferred oblique position, means for fastening said rack at any position to which set, and means for accomplishing vertical and horizontal adjustments of said reading rack.

i. A reading stand comprising a base, a support turnable therein to have vertical movement, a table fixed to said support, an element rotatable upon said support and movable vertically therewith, and a reading rack associated with said element.

5. A reading stand comprising a base, a support thereon, a table fixed to said support, means adapted to be rotated by said table to move said support vertically in said base, a sleeve about said support and rotatably carried thereby beneath said table, said sleeve being movable vertically with said support,

a telescoping, horizontally positioned arm associated with said sleeve, a reading rack rigid with an outer element of said telescoping arm and rotatable upon said arm as an axis, and means for fixing the telescoping portions of said arm relatively to each other to locate said reading rack at adjusted relation to said support and at adjusted angular relation upon its axis.

6. A reading stand comprising a base, a support thereon, a table fixed to said support, means adapted to be rotated by said table to move said support vertically in said base, a sleeve about said support and rotatably carried thereby beneath said table, said sleeve being movable vertically with said support, a pair of oppositely disposed, telescoping, horizontally positioned arms associated with said sleeve, a reading rack rigid with an outer element of one of said telescoping arms and rotatable upon said arm as an axis, means for fixing the telescoping portions of said last mentioned arm relatively to each other to locate said reading rack at adjusted relation to said support and at adjusted angular relation upon its axis, and a smokers utensil rigid with an outer element of the other of said telescoping arms.

7. The combination as specified in claim 6, and means for fixing the telescoping portions of the arm which carries said smokers utensil relatively to each other to locate said smokers utensil at adjusted relation to said support.

8. A reading stand comprising a base, a support thereon mounted to have vertical movement, a sleeve about said support and rotatable thereon, said sleeve being movable vertically with said support, a pair of telescoping, horizontally positioned arms associated with said sleeve, a reading rack rigid with an outer element of one of said telescoping arms and rotatable upon said arm as an axis, means for fixing the telescoping portions of said last mentioned arm relatively to each other to locate said reading rack at adjusted relation to said support and at adjusted angular relation upon its axis, a smokers utensil rigid with an outer element of the other of said telescoping arms, and means for fixing the telescoping portions of said arm carrying said smokers utensil relatively to each other to locate said smokers utensil at adjusted relation to said support.

9. In a device of the character described, a reading rack comprising an open frame, a pivoted shelf at each end of said frame, means in said frame for supporting reading matter with either its surface containing readable characters resting upon said means or its back surface resting upon said means, means rotatably supporting said reading rack to be adjustable to vertical, horizontal, or any pre ferred oblique position, means for fastening said reading rack at any angular position to which it may be adjusted, and means for accomplishing vertical and horizontal adjustments of said reading rack.

10. In a device of the character described, a reading rack comprising an open frame, a pivoted shelf at each end of said reading rack, means in said frame for supporting reading matter with either its surface to be read resting upon said means or its back surface resting upon said means, a horizontal axis for said reading rack, means for fastening said reading rack at any desired angular position upon said axis, means for accomplishing vertical adjustments of said horizontal axis, and means for accomplishing horizontal adjustments of said reading rack.

THOMAS R. SHAW.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification108/28, 362/127, 248/161
International ClassificationA47B23/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47B2220/0094, A47B23/04, A47B23/046
European ClassificationA47B23/04