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Publication numberUS2226906 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 31, 1940
Filing dateOct 30, 1939
Priority dateOct 30, 1939
Publication numberUS 2226906 A, US 2226906A, US-A-2226906, US2226906 A, US2226906A
InventorsHenderson Donald E, Shadick Ernest L
Original AssigneeHenderson Donald E, Shadick Ernest L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Chart holder and marking guide
US 2226906 A
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Dec- 3l, 1940. D. E. HENDERSON Erm. 2,226,906

CHART HOLDER AND MARKING GUIDE Filed Oct. 30, 1939 lll Patented Dec. 31, 1940 UNITED STATES CHAR'I.` HOLDER AND MARKING GUIDE DonaldE. Henderson and Ernest L. Shadick, Elk River, Minn.

Application October 30, 1939, Serial No. 301,904 s claims. (o1. 's3-80) Our invention relates to apparatus for use in drawing lines on graphic charts and more particularly to apparatus for holding a rectangular paper sheet and guiding a drawing instrument applied thereto.

In many instances record sheets consist of printed forms on which the record is entered graphically by` drawing thereon a line which ex- Y; tends horizontally of the sheet in some portions and vertically of the sheet in other portions. For example, one type of bus drivers daily log sheet has a horizontal scale representingthe twenty four hours of the day and subdivisions thereof and a vertical series of markings indicating oil l5 duty time, rest time and Various classes of on duty time. The record of allocation of time is made by drawing a suitably arranged line which is horizontal in portions and is vertical in other l portions. VIn making such a graphical record the same will not be neat and clearly understood unless a ruler isused in making the lines and such use of a ruler is usually inconvenient and time-consuming.

An object of our invention is to provide apparatus which constitutes a container for a supplyof graphic record chart sheets` and includes structure for use as a guide in drawing horizontal and vertical lines on a chart sheetV contained in f 1,; the apparatus.

'-g container for guiding a drawing instrument in making horizontal and vertical lines on the contained sheet.

Yet another object is to provide such apparatus including a shallow chart sheet containing box a and a straight edge element slidable longitudinally in the box and maintained thereby in normal relation with the longitudinal side walls thereof.

Still another object is to provide such appal ratus wherein the straightedge element is provided with suitable openings therethrough for guiding a drawing instrument during horizontal movement of said element and said instrument in unison.

"S0 A further object is to provide such apparatus wherein the straightedge element is transparent to afford view of portions of a chart sheet therebeneath.

A still -further object is to provide such appa- 55 ratus of simple, light, compact and inexpensive construction and adapted for convenient and rapid use thereof. i

These and other objects and advantages of the invention will more fully appear from the following description made in connection with the `5 accompanying drawing, wherein like reference characters refer to the same parts throughout the views, and, in which:

Fig. 1 is a partially broken-away, partially sectional top view of an embodiment of our inl0 ventionhaving a chart sheet therein in operative relation therewith;

Figf2 is a partial sectional View taken along the line 2'-2 of Fig. 1 as indicated by the arrows;

Fig. 3 is a View of the guide plate included in l5 the apparatus of Fig. l; and

Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken on the line Ll-ll of Fig. 3 as indicated by the arrows.

Referring to the drawing thevembodiment of our invention disclosed therein includes a shal- 20 low box B having a bottom wall 5, end walls 6 and longitudinal side walls l. The box B is of rectangular shape and is of such dimensions as to receiveastack of chart sheets 8 of pre-determined dimensions with the end Walls 6 and side walls 1 closely adjoining the edges of the chart sheets 8. Y

The box B isA provided with a cover 9 for covering the open .top of the box B. The cover 9 is preferably attached at one end thereof to the box 30 B by hinges I or the equivalent thereof.

Box B described above constitute-s a container for a stack of chart sheets 8 and also comprises a portion of means for guiding a drawing instrument in producing horizontal and vertical lines a on the uppermost one of the chart sheets 3 contained'wi'thn the box B.

The chart sheets 8 shown in the drawing have printed matter thereon in accordance with the type of chart sheets with whichour apparatus is 40 intended for use. The, chart sheets 8 have a horizontal series of numerals thereon which may represent. the hoursof the day and a vertical series of numerals which may represent different activities wherein time may be consumed. For convenience in making and interpreting records kept on such chart sheets horizontal lines are provided in alignment with the respective numerals of the vertical series thereof printed on the chart sheet. In the drawing a line Il is shown which represents a graphic record entered on the chart sheet 8 and which has some portions drawn horizontally to indicate elapsed time and other portions drawn vertically to indicate a change in the class of time consuming activity.

The purpose of our apparatus is to facilitate the drawing of graphic records of the type represented by the line I I on chart sheets of the type of which the illustrated chart sheet 8 is an example.

A guideelement or plate I2 is provided for cooperation with the box B and a pointed drawing instrument in drawing record lines such as the line II on a chart sheet. The plate I2 is of relatively narrow rectangular shape and is of such length that the end edges thereof may be placed in sli-ding engagement with the longitudinal. side walls 'l of the box B as shown in Fig. 1. The guide plate constructed in this manner Will `be slidable longitudinally of the box B and will be maintained in such position relative to the box B that the longitudinal edges of the guide plate l2 will remain normal to the longitudinal side walls 1 of the box B, that is will remain vertical relative to a chart sheet 8 contained Within the box B. Thus the longitudinal edges of the guide plate I2 may be used as a guide in drawing vertical lines on the chart sheet 8 as indicated in Fig. 1.

The guide plate I2 is also constructed to function as guide means for drawing horizontal lines on the chart sheet 8 in substantial alignment with the respective numerals of the vertical series thereof printed on the chart sheet 8 in the left-hand marginal portion thereof. For this purpose the guide plate I2 is provided With a series of 'spaced small apertures I3 extending longitudinally of the guide plate I2, the individual apertures being in substantial horizontal alignment with the numerals of the vertical series thereof on the chart sheet 8 and being of such diameter as to receive the point of a drawing instrument such as a pencil and aiord access of the pencil point to the chart sheet 8 lying beneath the guide plate I2. It should be apparent that a pencil `point may be thrust toward the chart sheet 8 through one of the apertures I3 and that movement longitudinally of the box B of the pencil and the guide plate I2 in unison will produce a straight horizontal line on the chart sheet 8.

Further means isvprovided in the structure of the guide plate I2 for guiding a pencil point or the like in production of vertical and horizontal lines on a chart sheet. A longitudinally extending rectangular slot I 4 is formed in the guide plate I2. One edge I4a vof the portions of the plate I2 dening the slot I4 may be used as a straight edge in drawing vertical lines on the chart sheet 8. The other longitudinally extending portion Mb of the plate I2 defining the slot I4 is provided with a series of notches I5 aligned horizontally with the respective apertures I3. The notches I5 are adapted to receive the point of a pencil so that the pencil and the guide plate may be moved in unison longitudinally of the box B to produce a horizontal line on the chart sheet 8. In drawing a line such as the line II of the chart sheet 8' use of the longitudinally extending edge I4a and the notches I5 will enable the user to draw vboth horizontal and vertical lines on the chart sheet 8 without removing the pencil from the s lot I4.

To afford a view of portions of the chart sheet 8 lying beneath the guide plate I 2 in order to facilitate rapid and convenient drawing of lines on the chart sheet, the guide plate is preferably made of transparent material as, for example, clear sheet Celluloid of suitable thickness.

It is to be noted that the box B constitutes a contain-er for a supply of chart sheets such as the chart sheets 8 and also for the guide plate I2 and also constitutes means for cooperation with the guide plate I2 in producing apparatus for use as guide means in drawing horizontal and vertical lines on a chart sheet contained within the box B. It should be apparent that the guide plate I2 may be made to include the slot I4 and notches E5 without having the apertures I3, or that the guide plate I2 may be made with the apertures I3 and not having the slot I4 and notches I5.

It is apparent that we have invented a novel, compact, simple, light and inexpensive apparatus for containing graphic chart sheets and guiding the drawing of horizontal and vertical record lines on the uppermost one of a stack of chart sheets contained within the apparatus.

It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the various parts without departing from the scope of our invention.

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for holding a rectangular chart sheet and guiding the drawing of lines thereon comprising, a shallow open-topped rectangular box of such dimensions as to closely receive a selected flat chart sheet and having side walls for closely adjoining the edges of a chart sheet placed in said box, said side Walls being of a height to project above said chart sheet, and a relatively narrow rectangular guide plate of thin relatively inflexible material adapted to overlie a chart sheet in said boxand of such a length that the -end edges of said plate may be placed in engagement with respective opposite walls to slide therealong and be maintained thereby in parallel relation therewith, said plate having a longitudinally ext-ending slot'therethrough and an edge of said plate defining vone longitudinal edge of said slot having a series of spaced notches formed therein am;1 extending longitudinally thereof.

2. A drawing guide comprising, a relatively narrow rectangular plate of thin relatively inflexible material adapted to overlie a sheet on which marks are to be made, said plate having a longitudinally extending slot therethrough, and an edge of said plate dening one longitudinal edge of said slot having a series of spaced notches formed therein and extending longitudinally thereof.

3. Apparatus for supporting a rectangular chart sheet and guiding the drawing of lines thereon comprising, structure affording a flat surface upon which a sheet to be drawn upon may be placed, a straight-edge element secured to said surface for engaging an `edge of a sheet placed upon said surface, and a relatively narrow elongated guide plate of thin relatively inflexible material adapted to overlie a sheet placed upon said surface and having one end which is straight for engagement with said straight-edge element, said plate having a longitudinally extending slot therethrough disposed normal to said end, and an edge of said plate defining one longitudinal edge of said slot having a series of spaced notches formed therein and extending longitudinally thereof.

DONALD E. HENDERSON. ERNEST L. SHADICK.

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US3144716 *Jun 23, 1959Aug 18, 1964Cich John LDriver's daily log computer
US3731387 *Sep 9, 1969May 8, 1973J SlemmonsStock market charting apparatus
US4854048 *Apr 4, 1988Aug 8, 1989Benoit GouletTemplate for driver's dailey log book
US4870759 *Oct 6, 1988Oct 3, 1989Burton John FActivity entry apparatus for making time entries on pre-established time log forms
US4916827 *May 23, 1989Apr 17, 1990Premium Technologies, Inc.Guide device for making entries in trucker's log book
Classifications
U.S. Classification33/443
International ClassificationA47B97/02, A47B97/00, B43L13/00
Cooperative ClassificationB43L13/00, A47B97/02
European ClassificationB43L13/00, A47B97/02