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Publication numberUS2119609 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 7, 1938
Filing dateApr 20, 1935
Priority dateApr 20, 1935
Publication numberUS 2119609 A, US 2119609A, US-A-2119609, US2119609 A, US2119609A
InventorsStiles Perey E
Original AssigneeStiles Perey E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wall case
US 2119609 A
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' WALL 'CASE Filed April 20, 1935 3 Sheets- Sheet 2 4 5/ Fig. 7

P. E. STILES June 7, 1938.

WALL CASE Filed April 20, 1955 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 Patented June 7 1938 UNITED STATES WALL CASE Percy E. Stiles, Beloit, Wis.

Application April 20, 1935, Serial No. 17,443

7 Claims.

This invention relates to cases, and has special reference to a wall case of novel construction, particularly adapted for use by organizations such as churches, lodges, schools and the like, as an aid in the secretarial, financial, and publicity work of the organization.

A principal object of the invention is the provision of a wall case or cabinet for centralizing the secretarial activity of an organization, such as a church, providing facilities for the members to carry out a large part of such work themselves, and providing discreet publicity for the status of the individual members in their duties toward the organization.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a secretarial wall case having individual pockets for each of the members, a plurality of pockets for holding blank informationi cards, means for the deposit of the. information cards and the material from said individual pockets for delivery to the secretary of the organization, and closures for the case arranged to act as bulletin boards when the case occupies its open position.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a case of the character described having provision for convenient change of the capacity of the case to care for changes in-the membership of the organization.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a wall case of the character described so constructed as to be of relatively thin cross-section and rest in close proximity to the wall, constructed substantially entirely of sheet metal and in such manner as to provide maximum usable space with a minimum overall dimension, and arranged in interfitting sections to allow for change in the capacity of the case.

Other objects and attendant advantages will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following description and the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation of a case embodying my invention;

Fig. 2 is a top view;

Fig. 3 is a section on the line 33 of Figure '1;

Fig. 4 is a face view of the pocket member prior to the forming thereof;

Fig. 5 is a View similar to Fig. 4 of the formed pocket member;

Fig. 6 is a section on the line 66 of Fig. 5;

Fig. 7 is a fragmentary perspective view partly in section showing an upper corner of the case;

Fig. 8 is a fragmentary perspective View partly in section showing the connection between the parts of two sections;

Fig. 9 is a fragmentary perspective View of a divider strip;

Fig. 10 is a fragmentary perspective view of one 5 of the cover molds;

Fig. 11 is a fragmentary perspective View of one corner of the frame;

Fig. 12 is a fragmentary perspective View of one of the joiner iron members which serve to 10 hold the various sections together;

Fig. 13 is a section on the line l3-l3 of Figure 1;

Fig. 14 is a section on the line 1-44 of Figure 1;

Fig. 15 is a section on the line I 5l5 of Figure 1;

Fig. 16 is a section on the line Iii-I6 of Fig ure 1, and

Fig. 1'? is a section on the line 11-11 of Figure I The invention contemplates a case adapted to be hung upon the wall or other suitable supporting structure adjacent the entrance of the meeting place of an organization and in a conspicuous place, so that the members will naturally approach the same upon entering or leaving the meeting place. The case further contemplates a plurality of sectional units which may be combined in any number required in order to make a complete case. These sectional units are generally of three kinds which may be designated as personal sections, general sections and bulletin sections. A typical embodiment of the invention is shown in Figure 1, wherein two personal sections, one general section and two bulletin sections are combined to form a case in the manner contemplated;

Referring first to Figs. 7-14, inclusive, showing the structure of the personal section, the numeral 2| designates a rectangular frame formed of socalled square root angle iron, that is, angle iron in which the inner angle comes to a sharp right angle for close fit with abutting elements.

- The frame has portions 22 and 23 forming an internal right angle, the portion 23 being notched to form the corners, as shown at 24. A back plate 25, consisting of a sheet of sheet metal, is positioned in the frame on the portion 23 and suitably fastened thereto preferably by spot welding. Dividers 26, in this instance, eleven in number, are positioned within the frame and extend laterally and vertically thereacross in parallel spaced relation for the purpose of forming sides for the pockets presently to be described. The

dividers bear against the side portions of the frame and are preferably spot weldedv thereto as shown at 21. The general form'of the dividers is best shown in Fig. 9', from which it will be seen .that each of the dividers has a plu'rality'of longi-' parallel relation at ,an acute angle. with respect 7 to the back plate 25. The pocket members 3| are therefore spaceda distance equal to the widthf of the fingers 29, the slots 28 and fingers 29 acting to support the pocket members with such uni- 'form spacing, and the fingers 29 serving to separate the space between the pocket members-'irrtd a plurality of separate pockets.

2 The pocket members are formed as shown in Figs. 4-6 by blanking out a sheet metal piece and having spaced slots 32 .of -a spacing equal to the spacing .of the dividers .36, the upper .end

of the slots'being adaptedtoseat the lower end of theZslotiB of the; divider.. 'II1e sheet is also formed with spaced slots-T33 :adapted td-provide windows for each of the pockets and spaced 7 slots 34 above the slots33dorthepurp9$e of pro- *v-iding an :open. edge on the etepg of the pocket J member forinsertionof .a ticket bearing'thename "and address of the member. The stampedsheefi V is :also provided withspaced laterally:tdisposed :ribs 35 and longitudinally formed ribs aa grh "stamped fShBB'biS bentbackupon itself :along the *whichfare opened lineformed'by the slots .34 as shown in Figs. '5

'- and"-6;whereby -the ribs .35 (and 35 come into contact with the back side of the sheet' forming ticket receiving chambers ti'l the front sides of by the window slots 33, .and :the

upper edges. of whichyareopened by the slotsq34.

. This provides a convenient mannerin which-the :plate.

. -.The lower pocket member is formed somewhat Y ticketsmay be inserted :and'remove'd from sthe chambers, "The :lower-edge ofvthe pocket member is langularly formed. sis-shown at 38, so as :to abut against the backi plate and cause thekmember .to extend upward in' properly spaced relation with the .adj acent pocket memberand ;ata {proper angularitywith erespect'to theTbackplate. The 1 pocket members Jarea-ttached to thegback plate by ineans of the formed'angular portions 38., preferably by spot welding :the "same :to the back differently in order to provideinterlocking means for :the attachment of aglowergpersonal ;or general section. This is .shown in Fig. 14 from which it will be seen .thatthe, lower pocket member 39 has its upp r edge bent forwardly upon itself as shown'gat [1110 provide an overhangingflaea'd and a flat portion 42, the forward edge of the member being spot welded to thefront side zofthepocke't member as shown 'at343. The lower end of the pocket member is attached ;to ithei'framerby rrneans .ofa'br'a'cket-M. V f

Cover molds such as" shownfin 1-10 .consti itute a trim for "the side edges of'ethe case'sectio'n. These molds comprisefsheet metal pieceslrhaving sides 45, aztop 46 providedwithiabead d'liatthe junction'sof the sides :and top and provided-with downwardly projecting fingers 4.8 adapted; .to :slip into-the space between :the pocket menibers 3 l ,1 as be stshow'n inFig. 7, thereby concealing-ithe junc tion between the frame and the pocket members having the shape characteristics shown .in Fig. 4

ward as shown at abut against the upper edge of the cover mold so as to provide aneat mold design. The cover molds are {preferably attached to the frame by means of screwsjBlljandbecaus'e of their position 7 1 above the cover plate 5|, act to hold all of the trim in position on the frame,

The lower section of the personal 7 section [is substantially identical with that abovedescribed, with the exception that the upper pocket "member d' l thereof (Fig. 14) is positioned at the upper edge-:of theifrarne and projects thereabove 1 a short distance. A flange'member designated generally by thenumeral 55 is attached to 'the :back of thegpocket member .54 and extends under :the depending bead 4] of the :upper per- .sonalsection, thereby concealing the jdnctiongbe .tweenlthe two sections of this unit; The upper wardlyas shown in this ,figure to be received side of the frame and the lowersection abuts the f' lower :edge of the upper section as shown in- Fig. 14. The twosectionsof the personal section unit are held together by means of square root angle members-designated ,generally by the-nu- 'meralllifi adapted .-tobe positioned .at either .side of the .case and ,besecured thereto by-meanscf the-bolts 50 in the 'rtwo sections of this-.unit-which 7 thereby hold the'two sections together in therev,l ationsl iip shown in-Figs 8 and 14. n x The general section, indicated flay-the numeral :51, isfconstruct ed in the manner best shown in Figs. 15-1 I, and m0lu des a centrally disposeddegposit box58. .literatureboxes;5.9 and 64 disposed .onoppositessidespf the dQpQSitFbGX 58, and-aphirality "of pockets for "information'cards; arranged behind the deposit -box 58 and :the boxes 59 and =61. The general 'section'has alongitudifnally extending angle iron member 62 which serves for the attachment of the =sectionto :ithe

4-5 personal section unit; bolts pr screws'ifiiseryi ng 1 -to hold themember .62 against the lower sideof .the'persona'l section frame. Extending along t'hef upper edge of the. general section, vand attached .to the -angle iron member 62 is a flange member 64; the upper :edge :of the flange memberpro 7 jecting upward :for reception beneath the dethe personal --section*unit so as to conceal the space therebeneath; "The'ilange smember 1.6.4 extends downward and has" a rearwardlylextending flpending bead 41 -0n the lower pocket member of flange :65 at its lower edge behind the :depositbox 1 58 and a forwardly extending ledge :BG'on'oppo site ends thereof behind the boxes 55 and lil, terminating in a dependingedge 61. The backjifl of the deposit box 58is spot welded to the flange 65 and toward its top extends forwardly "to form the bottom 69 of a plurality of pocketsforinfor:

mation cards, as indicated at I I. The back-member thenfextends upwardly as ishown at' ll 'to form the front wallof the pocket members'l-l and at its upper edge is beaded as shown at" 13 to interlock with the forward par't of the deposit'box; V 7

as will presently be described. 'Ifhelcwer'portion of the back member is inclined outwardlyjand downwardly as *s'hown'at :14 and is adapted *ior attachment at'the forward end tozthefront side of the deposit box thus-forming a sloping bottom for the deposit box. A single piece of "sheet metal forms the front, top and sides of the deposit box, the front being indicated by the numeral 15, the top by 16, and the sides by TI. The top 16 of the box is flanged'upwardly as shown at 18 for reception under the bead 13 whereby the upper edge of the box is attached to the back thereof. The top also has a slot 10 to allow for the deposit of cards and other material in the box; The lower edge of the front 15 is attached to the bottom 14 by means of spot welding or other suitable means. The side edges of the back member 68 are attached to the side Walls ll of the deposit box by spot welding or other suitable means of attachment. The front 15 of the deposit box carries a sheet metal door 79 pivoted thereto as indicated at BI and carrying a lock 82 acting to engage the bottom 14, as shown in Fig. 16 to retain the door in a closed position.

The front 83, bottom 84 and back 85 of each of the magazines or literature holding boxes are formed from a single piece of sheet metal, the back portions being provided with beads 86 for a purpose which will presently appear. One edge of these elements is attached to the deposit box by means of flanges 87 spot welded or otherwise suitably connected thereto. The opposite edges are spot welded to end pieces 88 and 89 which extend rearwardly to the plane of the back of the case and upward to the lower edge of the personal section unit as shown at 9|. A plurality of strips 92 extend between the backs of the boxes and the index sheet 64 to separate the space into pockets for holding information cards. The strips are secured in position by means of fingers 93 and 94, the former of which are concealed by the beads 86, as shown in Fig. 15. Shelves 95 and 96 are positioned in the boxes and carry racks 97 and 98 engaging pinions 99 and MI for raising and lowering the shelves to accommodate papers of different lengths in the boxes. The pinions are actuated by means of knobs I02 and I03 on the sides of the case.

The bulletin section comprises a combined door and bulletin board adapted to be secured on the personal section unit as shown in Figure 1 when a two-part personal section unit is employed. The bulletin sections may be made the same size and shape as the personal sections so that by hinging one on either side of a two section personal section unit a complete closure may be had. Likewise, where only a single section personal section unit is employed, a single bulletin section may be hinged at the top and thereby form a complete closure.

The bulletin section preferably comprises a body I04 of wood or other material capable of taking thumb tacks desirably having an outer covering I95 of sheet metal formed around the edges of the body as shown at I 06. Folds may be formed near the edges of the body as shown at l! to form a trim for the bulletin sections. Hinges I08 at one edge are attached to joiner irons 56 and serve to carry the bulletinsections on the personal section unit for rotation between an open position as shown in Figure 1 and a closed position covering the face of the personal section unit.

The manifold advantages of my improved case will doubtless have become apparent. It provides a unitary case concentrating the secretarial, financial and publicity activities of the organization and providing means whereby the members may be caused to carry out a large part of the secretarial activities of the organization. The pockets, for example, are adapted to contain cards or booklets for each member outlining the activities of the member and providing spaces to be filled in so as to keep a record of the attendance of the member, the performance of regularly constituted duties toward the organization, and the payment of contributions pledged to the organization. Likewise, the pockets provide means whereby the status of the member may be given a certain amount of publicity by making the cards of such length that. they extend upward over the name plate, and providing on the card in this exposed area indicia for showing the status of the member with regard to his duties toward the organization, such, for example, as hiscontributions and attendance.

The case also provides means whereby these record cards may be deposited for delivery to the secretary of the organization, the cards being deposited in the locked deposit box 58. Separate pockets are provided for holding information cards which, when filled out, are dropped into the deposit box. The case also provides literature boxes adapted to contain literature to be distributed by the organization or periodic instructions to the members as to the use of the individual cards or the information cards.

Means are provided whereby the personal section unit may be covered when the cabinet is not in use, to prevent soilage of the personal cards through prolonged exposure and to prevent access thereto by meddlers. This consists of the bulletin sections which act when in their open position as bulletin boards upon which notices may be tacked or written in the usual manner. When these bulletin sections are swung to the closed position, the bulletin boards and the personal section are both enclosed and protected.

While I have thus described and illustrated a specific embodiment of my invention, I am aware that numerous alterations and changes may be made therein and I do not wish to be limited .except as required by the prior art and the scope of the appended claims, in which- I claim:

1. The combination in a secretarial wall case of a personal section comprising a frame, a plurality of transverse dividers, a plurality of longitudinally disposed pocket members, and a plate adapted to engage one side of the frame and be received between said dividers and the pocket member adjacent said side of the frame to conceal the junction between the frame and the dividers.

2. The combination in a secretarial wall case of a personal section comprising a frame, a plurality of longitudinally disposed pocket members having their ends substantially abutting against one side of said frame, and a mold member shaped to cover the sides of said frame and having fingers shaped for entry between said pocket members whereby to conceal the junction between the pocket members and the sides of the frame.

3. In a secretarial wall case, a personal section comprising in combination a frame, a plurality of divider strips of sheet metal parallelly secured in said frame and having spaced fingers, a plurality of pockets, said pocket members being formed along one side to provide bottoms for said pockets and for attachment to said frame, each of said pocket members also being bent back upon itself and ribbed along the opposite edge thereof to form card receiving chambers, said members also being slotted to provide windows -in said chamber for viewing cards positioned 7 way between the therein, and trim members shaped and positioned to cover the junction between the frame and the ends of the divider strips and the pocket mem- Hers I V V V 4. In a secretarial Wall case for public use having a personal section unit, the combination 7 therewith ofa general section in'cludingra pair oflaterall'y spaced rectang'ular open top boxes foreholding literature on edge, adjustable bottoms in" said boxes, a vertically disposed "rack attached to each of said bottoms substantially midends thereof, pinions rotatably carried on said general section in engagement with said "racks, and means for actuating 'said 'pinions from points on the sides 'of' said general "sections for adjusting theelevation of said bottoms to adapt the boxes to different, sizes of 7 literature. I

5. The combination a secretarial Wall case of "a personal section comprising'a'frame, a plurality of strips extending longitudinally of the 4 frame and forming pocket members, a' plurality of 'divider strips extending across: said frame, formed of sh'eet metal "and parallelly secured to "the upper and lower sides of the frame, said divider strips having spaced notches and fingers along the outer edge to support, separate and v a punched opening partition said pocket members to form a plura it of separate pockets;

' 6. The combination in a secretarialrwall case of a personal section comprising, a frame, a plu rality of divider strips extending across said frame, and of card pocket shelves of sheet metal, I

embossed and folded backalong the upper edged to form name card chambers, each of which has playing the name onthe card and a slot 'at the top for inserting and removing the card, the lower part of said shelves being slitted at regular informing' a window for dis- 7 tervals to' interfit into notches in the divider 7 strips, and beingformed withreverse bends to provide bottoms for card pockets and flanged; to attach to the back sheets ,7 ,7 g 1 i f I '7. The combination in a secretarial wall case of] a plurality of doors, two or more personal sections I having frames held together by joinerv irons, which consist of a square root angle'iron on each side of the sections of suificient size and strength to hold them together as one case and carry the doors, and means for fastening the saidjoiners in turn to the frame of the sections in both side and back arms of the angle iron. ,3 V

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U.S. Classification312/234.1, 312/234.4, 312/306, 312/211, 40/124, 211/55, 211/51
International ClassificationB42F17/00, B42F17/08
Cooperative ClassificationB42F17/08
European ClassificationB42F17/08