US 2120438 A
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June 14, 1938. E. HANO COUNTER SALES BOOK Filed Aug. 5, 1936 5 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR, Edward fiizrm,
June 14, 1938.
E. HANO I COUNTER SALES BOOK Filed Aug. 5, 1936 Y 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTO Edward 0f i ATTORNEY.
June 14,1938. E. HANO COUNTER SALES BOOK 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed Aug. 5, 1936 INVENTOR, Zdward 1761220, 07: 7 ATToRNEi Patented June 14, 1938 U Nirs STATES;
rarest .oenct 5 Claims.
'lfhis invention relates to improvements in counter sales books.
An object of the invention is to provide a counter sales book that is compact in volume, light in weight, and one that is designed to receive the manifold forms in such a manner thatthe thickness or height of the book as awhole is determined above a definite height by the number of manifold leaves in .the bottom, or base plate of the book. ljhat is to say, when any of the leaves are drawn out or used in making sales, the thickness of the book is automatically lessened or reduced down to relative thinness.
Another object of the invention is toprovide means for accurately positioning the several manifold leaves as they aredrawnifrom the sup-- ply in the bottom with reference to the usual line of perforations in the leaves, whereby the data on the original and copy sheet will be located 20 or app ar on the same line.
A further object of my invention is to provide a counter sales book withmeans for storing the used sheets or removed sheets. A further object is to provide means for attaching and removing the carbon or transfer sheets to the elastic or flexible strips for retaining the same in place on the copy sheets.
Broadly, my invention comprises a base plate having a cover and v writing. plate pivotally connected thereto ,with ine'ansior positioningthe same in an inclined position and soco nst'ructed and arranged that the cover and writing plate will engageand rest upon the supply of mahi'fold sheets until a comparatively thin book is b- 35 tained. l
suitable means is providedf or retaining the supply of unused and used manifolds in place on the base plate.
One of the important features of my invention is in providing a sales book thatis substantially thin for convenience in or handling, I and light weight.
Further objects and nature of my invention will appear in the description with references to the drawings and claims.
Referring to the drawings:--
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the sales book in a closed position showing the copy sheet on the cover and writing plate ready ioruse.
2 is a perspective view with the writing .cover raised in the act of drawing sheets and leaves from the supply in the base through the slot in the coveror writing plate.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the sales book open illustrating the stops on the base plate,
the pivoted member raised, which holds the used leaves in place, when lowered,'and the writing cover opened. ;Fig.'f4is"a perspective view of .the plate for ,hpldingthe used leaves in place on the baseplate. :Fig. 5 is asideelevational.viewconsidered'jn .a plane. with oneof the'side fianges' o'f thecov'er removed; illustrating i the. filled 'book. L
' 6 i's'a sectional view 'on' the line 6 6 of Fig. 1 showing .the leaves I drawn through" the openin iri the'jwriting cover and interleaved with thecarbon transfer sheets.
lfig. .'7 is apartia'lplan viewofthe carbon sheet showingtlie perforations therein. Fig. .8 Qshovvs the .carbon sheet in .Fig. '7 ,with. 5 the ifie i 'b'le strip, inserted in the perforations and thei'upper en'dpfold'e'dlover.thestripf I Fig; Qisa sectional view on the line 9- 9 of il g i h "Fig. .10 is a perspective viewof the metallicuzo elasticlstrip removed from. the icarbonsheet.
.Referring to the drawings in detail:
fl indicates the base plate of the book to which the aver: is connected by means of the flexible .jrnerriber 1 3. Secured to the base plate are the 5 plates fand' 5 having the upwardly ektending ends filan d l. -The endsfi are formedlwithfinj 'l' ne nr dg as Sher a 'f s ie rlushwith thevside. edges ofjthe base plate; The ends (are flush witht helower ends i 'o'f the ,b ase so plate. Secured at the opposite, upper, or topehd of the base are two angular-shaped brackets 9 v and it) by means of the rivets H. These brackets are formed With the upright ears I2 and the stop projections l3; also. the integral rolledsockets M in which the ends of the wires l5andl6 are 1 ocated. 1 'I 'he se wires are connected as one piece as shownat l to form a hand or m'anual part.
Pivotally connected. to the upright ears -I 2 is the metal Writing and cover plate l8 by means A0 I of the side flanges l9 and pivot pins :20 inithe .flanges. The upper edges l2 of the lears areincl'ined. e
It sh ould be noticed that the heights of the ears I2 are greater than the lower upright ends 5 6, whereby when the pack has been partially withdrawn, the under surface of the cover l8 willrest on the inclined edges 8 of theend 6, and
the cover will then assume a inclined position,
as shown in Fig. 1, normally, with a full, or nearly 5 full. manifold pack inv position, the lower end of" t e ove i l e t on e m n iqld ba a dicated at 2| in Fig; 5.
The writing plate I8 is formed with a slot 22 near its upper end through which the manifold 55 sheets 2| are drawn, as shown in Fig. 6. Located at the edge of this slot and partially extending over the slot is the angularly disposed or inclined plate or strip 23 which is formed as an integral part of the plate I8. The purpose of this bent or inclined strip 23 is to cause the manifold leaves 2| to bend on their lines of perforations and register or engage with the edge 22' of the slot 22 so that all of the manifold or copy sheets will accurately register with each other and prevent the written matter on the copies from being displaced, otherwise they might fail to register. The leaves are drawn through this opening or slot 22, when the writing cover I8 is lifted into the position shown in Fig. 2. The cover is provided with a cut-out recess l8 for grasping the manifold sheets on the plate. It should be noticed that the writing plate !8 rests directly upon the stack of manifolds 2| and no matter Whether it is full or partially so. As sheets of manifold are removed the total thickness or height of the book lessens.
The severed or removed sheets on which data has been entered may be stored, if desired, on the base I, as indicated in Fig. 6 by the reference numeral 24 and retained in place by means of the wires 5 and I6. These sheets are readily inserted in an open space above the base, as shown in Fig. 3.
The upwardly extended ends 6, 1, I2, and I3 serve a further purpose of retaining the manifold leaves in place on the base Referring now to Fig. 7, which indicates a transfer or carbon sheet 25, having two openings 26 and 21 near its opposite sides. These openings are for receiving the thin steel plates 28, as shown in Fig. 8. The upper end portion 29 of the carbon sheet 25 above the dotted line 30 is then folded on this line to serve as a strengthening feature for attaching the transfer sheets to the thin steel elastic plate 28. This plate is formed with the somewhat pointed ends 3| for insertion in the openings 32 and 33 of the struck up ears 34 of the flanges l9, as shown. The copy and manifold sheets are built up in the usual way by alternately arranging the upper copy sheet 35, then a carbon 25, next a manifold sheet 36, then another manifold sheet 31, and so on. The carbon and sheets are then clamped in place by the uppermost elastic metal strip 28, as shown in Fig. 6.
Referring to Fig. 4, which indicates a plate 38 having a handle projection 39. This plate is designed to be used in place of the wires i5 and Hi for retaining the used manifold sheets in place on the base I and also to separate the unused sheets. The handle portion 39 serves to lift this plate when used sheets are to be inserted or removed from the base and under the supply 2|.
By having the side flanges IQ of the writing plate !8 overhang or located outside of the ends 6 and I2, it will rest, when closed, on the unused manifold sheets 2|, as shown, thus making the thickness of the sales book dependent upon the supply of sheets in the book.
It will be seen, from Fig. 2, that the manifold leaves 2| will assume the position 2|, when the writing cover |8 is lifted, as shown. As the operator draws the leaves 2|, they will be automatically bent over the edge 22 of the slot 22 and will be positioned, when the line of perforations is reached. The used leaves will then be separated and stored on the base plate I, if desired.
What I claim is:-
1. A sales book comprising, in combination, a base plate on which a supply of manifold sheets is placed, each having a transverse line of perforations, clips adjacent the corners of the base plate for retaining the manifolds in place, a writing and cover plate pivotally connected on oppositely disposed clips at one end of the base plate and having a slot adjacent to the pivotal axis of the plate, through which the manifold sheets are drawn, the writing plate having means for constricting the opening for the manifold sheets for directing the movement of the perforated manifold sheets through the slot to cause them to bend at the edge of the slot for aligning all of the sheets relative to each other so that they will not assume a displaced position when drawn on to the writing cover, said means comprising an inclined member extending over and above the slot at an angle to the surface of said writing plate and with which the manifold sheets engage when drawn through the slot.
2. A sales book comprising a base plate, projections on the base plate at the top and bottom of the base plate for retaining a pack of manifold sheets in place on the base plate, the projections at the bottom being of less height than those at the top, a flanged writing plate the projections at the top of the plate also serving as bracket members to which the flanges of the writing plate are pivotally connected, the flanges of the writing plate being located outside of the projections at the top and bottom of the base plate to permit the writing plate to engage the same when in writing position, and whereby the writing plate will assume an inclined position.
3. In combination, in a sales book, a base plate, bracket members secured at one end of the base plate, a writing plate having a slot therein pivotally connected to the bracket members, the slot being adjacent the pivot points, a frame member also pivotally connected to the brackets and located between the base and writing plate, the construction and arrangement being such that the used manifolds are, if desired, stored below the frame member, and means on the base plate for retaining the used manifolds and unused manifold pack in place.
4. In a sales book, a base plate provided with opposed bracket members at one end thereof, a writing plate provided with downwardly projecting side flanges and having said flanges pivotally connected on said brackets, said writing plate being provided with a transverse slot at the end adjacent said brackets, oppositely disposed portions of said flanges being clipped and reversed to project upwardly above said writing plate, said portions being provided with slots, flexible metallic strips provided with tapered ends removably supported on said writing plate with said tapered ends engaged in said slotted portions, said strips serving as anchoring means for transfer sheets.
5. In combination, in a sales book, a base plate, a writing plate provided with a transverse slot and pivotally connected on said base plate, a frame member pivotally connected on said base plate and located between the base plate and the writing plate, whereby a manifold form pack may be supported on said frame member below said writing plate, and used forms from said pack may be stored on said base plate below said frame member.
EDWARD HAN O.