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July 2, 1935. c. DOHERTY NOTEBOOK HOLDER FOR TYPEWRITERS Filed Sept. 10, 1934 u/ VE I 770/2 675 6/4 7 pap 5e TX 57% frrx Patented July 2, 1935 UNITED srarss PATENT orsine NOTEBOOK .HOLDER FOR TYPEWRITERS Cecilia Doherty, Los Angeles, Calif. Application September 10, 1934, :Serial NoHMBAEB Claims. (01. 120-.-28)
My invention relates to a notebook holder especially designed for use in connection with standard typewriters and has for its principal object, the provision of a relatively simple, practical and 5 inexpensive device that may be conveniently employed for firmly holding and supporting a stenographers notebook directly above and to the rear of "a typewriter while the notes are being transcribed.
Further objects of my invention are, to provide a notebook holder of the character referred to that not in any way connected to the typewriter with which it is used .or to the desk or table upon which the typewriter is supported, further, to provide a holder that will maintain the notebook firmly in position directly in front of the eyes of :the operator and further, to provide :a holder that will not any way interfere with the operation of the movingparts of the typewriter and the lower zportionlof the holder being constructed so that it will not mar the surface of the desk or table upon which the typewrit r and holder are positioned.
, if tn the foregoing and other objects in view my :mvention consists in certain novel features of construction and arrangements of parts that will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawing in which: I
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the notebook holder constructed in accordance with my invention.
. :2 is .a front elevational view .of .the holder :as it appears when positioned to the rear of a standard typewriten-the latter being shown in dottedlmes. 1
Fig. 3 is .a side :elevational view of the holder as it appears while positioned for use with the typewriter shown in dotted lines.
of Fig. 1.
Referring .by numerals to the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodiment of my invention, it designates, a rectangular plate, preferably formed of metal and of such size as to fit beneath the rear portion of a standard typewriter between the rear feet thereof. v
For standard typewriters this base plate should be about eightinches in length and four and three-quarters inches in width.
Suitably secured, preferably by brazing or otherwise, to the front end and edges of plate In, is a three-sided frame ll of wire.
From the rear corners of the base plate, the
Fig. 4 is a crosssection taken on the line 4-4 side members of the wire frame are bent inwardly toward each other in ahorizontal plane, as designated by if?! and from the outer ends of these short portions, the wire is extended upward to form spaced vertically disposed p-aral- 5 lel' legs 53. The height of these legs from base plate into the top of the holder is approxi mately twenty-one inches, so that when. the lower portion of the holder is positioned to the rear and beneath the typewriter, the upper por- '10 tion oi said frame projects a-substantial distance above the top of the typewriter.
The space between the upright legs of the hold-- or is suiiicient to accommodate practically all standard forms of stenographers notebooks.
The upper endsof legs !3 are 'connected byaf horizontally disposed rail l4. 7 soured to rail M, is the intermediate portion of a flexible member,v '55, preferably wire cable of small diameterand the end portions of this member hang freely'from the ends of rail 14.
Suitablysecured to the lower ends'of the depending portions of iiexi'ble memberifi, preferably by brazing or by rivets, are clips or clamping devices fii, of conventional design, prefer ably of the type employing a pair of hinged or pivoted jaws that are normally forced against each other by a spring and said clips having projecting handles which when pressed toward each other open the jaws. V w
In order to prevent marring of the surface of the desk or table on which the holder is used,
the underside of plate is may be coated with a layer it of rubberor rubber-composition and if desiredthis coating may extend upwardly over .35 the front and ends of frame it When the holder is associated with the typewriter for holding a notebook, the base portion of the holder is positioned on the desk or table beneath the rear portion of the typewriter be- 40 tween the feet thereof, as illustrated in Fig. 3 so that the upper portions of'the legs l3 project a substantial distance-above the rear portion of the typewriter. V The back of the notebook is now positioned on .rail i l, with both front and rear covers and the leaves between said covers depending between the upper portions of the legs l3. 3 The clips 56 are now opened and positioned upon the legs it to the sides of the leaves and coversof the notebook and the jaws of said clips are permitted to close upon the leaves and-covers of the notebook so as to firmly hold same in position on the upper portion of the holder (11- v rectly above the rear portion of the typewriter, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3.
The weight of the base plate l0 and the frame I I, at the lower end of the holder, is sufficient to firmly retain the holder in an upright position and to also counterbalance the weight of the notebook when positioned on the upper portion of the holder and as the base portion of the holder is positioned beneath the rear portion of the typewriter while in use, the notebook will be firmly supported so as to maintain the notebook directly in front of and parallel with the eyes of the operator.
By thus supporting the notebook directly in front of the eyes of the operator, the head and neck of the operator may be held in normal perpendicular position while reading notes from the notebook and unequal or distorted strains on the eyes and eye muscles are eliminated.
The construction of the holder is such that it may be easily and conveniently placed in position behind and beneath a standard typewriter or removed therefrom and when properly positioned for use the holder cannot be accidentally tipped rearwardly, forwardly or laterally and the supported notebook cannot be dislodged from its position on the upper portion of the holder.
The base member I ll of the holder while in use, occupies a position on the desk beneath the rear portion of the typewriter between the feet thereof and as a result there is no direct transmission of vibration to the base of the holder as the keys of the typewriter areoperated.
Further, the layer of rubber H on the base that makes direct contact with the surface of the desk iseifective in eliminating any vibration that might be otherwise transmitted to the frame of the holder from the typewriter through the panel of the desk on which the typewriter and holder are supported. This elimination of vibration to the notebook holder is an especially desirable feature of my invention for where the book holding frame is vibrated as a result of operation of the typewriter, the typist cannot readily follow the notes on the pages of the supported book.
Thus it will be seen that I have provided a notebook holder for typewriters that is relatively simple in construction, inexpensive of manufacture and very effective in performing the functions for which it is intended.
It will be understood that minor changes in the size, form and construction of the various parts of my improved notebook holder for typewriters may be made and substituted for those herein shown and described withoutdeparting from the spirit of my invention, the scope of which is set forth in the appended claims.
I claim as my invention:
1. In a notebook holder for typewriters, a base adapted to be positioned beneath the rear portion of a standard typewriter between the feet thereof and spaced apart from the underside of the typewriter, spaced parallel members projecting upwardly from the rear portion of said base, a rail connecting the upper ends of said spaced parallel members, a flexible member having its intermediate portion connected to said rail and clips carried by the ends of said flexible member.
2. In a notebook holder for typewriters, a plate adapted to be positioned beneath the rear portion of a typewriter between the feet thereof and spaced apart from the underside of the typewriter, a wire frame secured to said plate, spaced parallel members projecting upwardly from said frame at therear end of said plate, a rail connecting the upper ends of said spaced parallel members, a flexible member having its intermediate portion secured to said rail and clips carried by the ends of said flexible member.
3. In a notebook holder for typewriters, a pair of parallel spaced upright members, a rail connecting the upper ends of said members, a flexible member having its intermediate portion secured to said rail the end portions of which flexible member depend from the ends of the rail adjacent the upper portions of the spaced upright members and clips carried by the ends of said flexible member.
4. In a notebook holder, a substantially L- shaped frame, the upright member of which comprises a pair of spaced parallel members, a rail connecting the upper end of said spaced members, a flexible member secured to the intermediate portion of said rail the end portions of which flexible member depend a substantial distance from the ends of said rail adjacent the upper portions of the spaced parallel members and clips carried by the ends of said flexible member.
5. A notebook holder for typewriters, comprising a base adapted to be positioned beneath the rear portion of a typewriter between the feet thereof and spaced apart from the underside of the typewriter, a coating of flexible material on the underside of said base, spaced parallel members projecting upwardly from the rear portion of said base, a rail connecting the upper ends of said spaced parallel members, a flexible member having its intermediate portion secured to said rail, the end portions of which flexible member depend a substantial distance from the ends of said rail adjacent the upper portions of the spaced parallel members and clips carried by the ends of said flexible member.