US 2050044 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Aug. 4, 1936. 'M. DONOF RIO 2,050,044-
' COMBINATION BED. LAMP AND RADIO Filed June 18, 1955 0 M ATTORNEKE Patented Aug. 4, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
This invention relates to a combination bed lamp and radio.
One of the objects of the invention resides in a combined bed lamp and radio for attachment to the head of a bed to provide illumination and radio entertainment to a person lying in bed, and
which will be found useful to persons confined to bed by illness or during convalescence, as well as vfor home use in general while resting or reading in bed.
Another feature of the invention is the provision of a combination bed lamp and radio in which the radio control panel is positioned face downward to present the control knobs for view and within the reach of a person lying in bed, the panel board having means for reflecting the light downward therefrom for reading purposes.
A further feature of the invention is the provision of a combined bed lamp and radio which is compact and in which the radio parts are shielded from view when the illuminating lamps are lighted, even though the parts are enclosed in a translucent shade covering.
A still further object of the invention is the provision of a combination bed lamp and radio which is light in weight and'portable to enable its removal from the head of a bed when cleaning the head of the bed, or to permit the article to be carried from place to place for radio entertainment purposes should it be so desired.
With these and other objects in view,,the invention resides in the certain novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts, the essential features of which are hereinafter fully de- .35 scribed, are pointed out in the appended claims,
and are'illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which;
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my combination bed lamp and radio.
40 Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a vertical transverse sectionalview on the line 33 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a modified form 45 of the invention.
Referring to the drawing by reference characters, and more particularly to the form of the invention shown in Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive, the numeral I0 designates my improved combination 50 bed lamp and radio in its entirety. The combination article ID includes a wire frame structure II of substantially rectangular configuration although the frame may be of various shapes or designs to suit the taste of the user. Fixedly 55 secured to the frame l l and closing the rear open side thereof, is a rigid back wall l2 while fixedly secured to the back wall l2 and closing the open bottom of the frame structure, is a panel board l3 which may be made of metal or other composition of material if so desired. The panel 5 board I3 is also secured to the lower rails of the frame structure II and is formed with an inwardly bent portion to provide a lamp receiving recess and light reflector M. An electric lamp I5 disposed within the recess reflector and in- 10 serted into a socket l6 fixedly mounted to the panel board as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing.
Contained within the frame structure ll adjacent the rigid back wall I2 is a radio receiving set I! which includes the usual electron tubes, 15 tuning instrument, and amplifier, the chassis of the set beingsupported upon the horizontally disposed panel or board l8 which is fixedly secured to the rigid back wall l2 and which extends forwardly as shown in Fig. 3 of the drawing. The 20 radio set ll includes two control knobs l9 and 20, which are disposed upon the under side of the instrument panel l3. The knob l9 constitutes a switch and volume control as is customary in midget radio sets, whereas the knob 20 con- 25 trols the operation of the tuning instrument. The knob i9 is provided with the usual indicating pointer which traverses a dial 22 while the knob 20 is provided with an indicating pointer 23 ,which traverses a dial 24. The dials 22 and 24 0 are so arranged that they may be read by a person in a lying posture beneath the article and the control knobs are conveniently located for manipulation by a person in such posture.
The radio set I1 also includes a loud speaker 25 which opens through the top of the frame structure and which is supported by a bracket 26 fixedly secured to a. reflector 21 which extends from the baseboard l8 upwardly to engagement with the rigid back wall l2 adjacent the top thereof. The upper portion of the reflector 21 is curved and is provided with end walls for enclosing the radio set H from view, the back wall l2 and the panel board l3 co-acting with the refiector in this respect.
Fixedly secured to the reflector 21 is a bracket 28 which carries a socket-29 in which an electric illuminating lamp 30 is mounted.
The open side of the frame structure II together with the combined instrument board and reflector l3 are covered with a translucent shade material 3|, which may be silk, parchment or the like. The material 3| is drawn taut over the frame structure and spans the recess reflector H, but permits light from the lamp I5 to pass downwardly. The lamp 30 illuminates the body of the article when lighted, and the article as a whole has the appearance of an ordinary bed lamp.
The wire rail forming the frame structure Il may be covered with tape 32 wound spirally therearound, and to which the shade material 3| is stitched. The rigid back wall I2 is provided with an opening 33 for the passage of an electric conductor 34 having a plug 35 at its free end for insertion into the socket of an electric outlet. Also entering the lamp through the opening 33 is a lead-in antenna wire 35' for the radio set.
For the purpose of supporting the article upon the head of a bed with the instrument panel facing downwardly, I provide a pair of hook members 36 which are screwed to the back wall as at 31. The hook portions of the members 36 are enclosed by tubular rubber cushion members 38 to prevent scarring of the head of a bed when the article is hung thereon and suspended by the hook members.
For the purpose of controlling the turning on and off of the electric current to the lamps l5 and 30, I provide snap switch 39 on the instrument panel l3, so as to be within easy reach of the person when lying beneath the article.
From the foregoing description it will be seen that I have provided a combined bed lamp and radio, the lamp supplying the necessary illumination to enable the person to read while lying in bed with the article supported upon the head of a bed. The radio control knobs and light switch are so positioned 'as to be within easy reach of a person lying in bed.
In Fig. 4 of the drawing, there is shown a slightly modified form wherein the cabinet or casing is constructed wholly of wood or other rigid material 40, the instrument panel 4| being mounted in the bottom of the casing and having a light opening 42 therein for the passage of light from a lamp contained within the casing which is equivalent to the lamp l5 shown in the previous form. Instead of positioning the loud speaker in the top of the casing as shown in the previous form, the front wall 43 of the casing 40 is provided with a grill 44 and the mouth of the speaker is disposed against the grill to enable the sound to be emitted from the front of the casing. In this form, however, the entire article is not illuminated as is possible in the previous form, but sufficient light may pass through the opening 42 to supply the user with illumination for reading purposes. It will, of course, be understood that the back wall of the casing 40 is provided with lzooks similar to those shown at 36 in the previous form.
While I have shown and described what I consider to be the most practical embodiments of my invention, I wish it to be understood that such changes as come within the scope of the appended claims may be resorted to if desired.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed, is:
1. A combined radio cabinet and lamp shade adapted to be supported in an elevated position relative to the user thereof and comprising a rigid back wall, a rigid skeleton frame carried by said rigid back wall and extending forwardly thereof, a rigid bottom wall connected to said frame and back wall, and having a recess in its under surface for mounting a lamp therein, a translucent shade covering drawn taut about said frame and bottom wall and secured thereto and a radio control panel positioned at the under side of the bottom wall and outwardly of the shade covering.
2. A radio cabinet adapted to be supported for overhead use and comprising a casing, having a bottom and rear walls, the under side of the bottom of the casing constituting the instrument control panel of a radio receiver, and said bottom wall also having a recess therein adjacent the control panel and forming a light reflector, a lamp mounted in the recess and a translucent cover extending over the recess for permitting light rays produced by said lamp to pass downwardly therefrom for reading purposes and for illuminating the exterior of said bottom wall.