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Publication numberUS2258525 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 7, 1941
Filing dateJun 9, 1939
Priority dateJun 9, 1939
Publication numberUS 2258525 A, US 2258525A, US-A-2258525, US2258525 A, US2258525A
InventorsVigurs Bernard Geoffrey
Original AssigneeVigurs Bernard Geoffrey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Scheduled instruction device
US 2258525 A
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Staten Island, N. Y...

Application June 9,1939, se 278,363

1 Claim.

This invention relates to a guideometer, and

has for one of its objects the production of a simple and eificient means for giving directions as to the performance of certain duties at predetermined intervals and at the same time giving directions with respect to the manner in which these duties must be performed to insure timely and efiicient attention to important tasks which must not be overlooked.

A further object of this invention is the prois adjustably mounted the vertically extending portion l3 of the guideometer supporting plate l4. Asuitable set screw l5 may be carried by the socket member l2 for adjustably locking the vertical portion 13 in a set position. The supportingplate I4 is provided with an inclined end duction of a simple and efiicient means for con- 7 veniently supporting a direction strip or roll, in such a manner whereby the strip or roll may be easily and conveniently observed.

Another object of this invention is the production of a simple and eificient guideometer which is specially designed for use upon a motor vehicleand the like, so that important directions to the user or owner of the vehicle may be easily observed, thereby insuring proper attention to the various important parts of the vehicle at a proper time and in a proper manner.

Other objects and advantages of this device will appear throughout the following specification and claim.

In the drawing:

Figure 1 is a side elevation of the guideometer, certain parts being shown in section, and showing the guideometer supported upon the steer ing post of an automobile;

Figure 2 is a front elevation of the guideo meter; a

Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view taken on line 33 of Figure 2;

Figure 4 is a side elevation of the guideometer shown supported upon the dash of an automobile,

a portion of the desk of the guideometer being broken away;

Figure 5 is a perspective view of the ing bracket for the guideometer;

support- Figures 6to 11 inclusive, are plan views of the direction strips containing various direction information.

I have selected the name guideometef as one designating the particular type of device which I have perfected, the purpose of the invention a A guideoineter casing I6 is secured to the upper face of the inclined end l5 through the medium of a bolt IT, as shown in Figure 1. This casing l6 preferably comprises a cylindrical portion [8 in which is rotatably mounted a drum or spindle 9, which drum or spindle I9 is carried by a shaft 20, the shaft 20 being journaled in the ends of the casing 18 and having at its outer end an operating knob 2|, as shown in Figure 2, for facilitating the rotation of the shaft 20 and the spindle 19, which spindle is fixed to the shaft 20 in themanner shown in Figure 3. The guideometer casing I6 is provided with an inclined lip 22 which constitutes a desk portion, the inclined lip extending at an angle of approximately 45 to the horizontal axis and inclining in substantially the same direction as the inclined end l5 of the supporting plate M, as shown in Figure 1, This lip 22 is preferably elongated and of suflicient length to efficiently support the strip 23 hereinafter described. A cover plate 24 is hingedly secured, as at 25, to the casing or housing l8 and extends over the front portion of the casing closing the same and is provided with an overhanging lip26, which overhanging lip 26 overhangs the lip 22 as shown in Figure 3. This lip 26 is provided with an elongated transversely extending aperture 21 and a reduced notch portion 28 near its outer end for the purpose hereinafter set forth.

A paper strip roll 23 is wound about the spindle I9 so as to be rotated therewith and the end of this strip 23 is threaded between or extends between the lip 22 of the casing or housing l8 and the overhanging lip 26 of the cover portion 24, as shownin Figure 3. The strip in the form shown in Figures 1 and 2 is preferably divided into a plurality of perforated sections 29 which sections are perforated to provide extending tabs 30 when separated, the tabs 30 projecting toward the outer end of the strip to facilitate the gripping of the tabs and sections by the fingers of the operator. These sections 29 are preferably in the form shown in Figures 1, 3 and 6, provided with indicia such as numerals indicating mileage upon one face and are provided upon their opposite faces in proper sequence instructions such as will be noted in Figure 7, indicating for instance that at 15,000 miles new spark plugs should be installed, the brakes checked and also the distributor points checked. The next or succeeding tab is indicated upon one face at 15,750 miles and upon its reverse side a notation is printed such as Turn grease cup on fan belt-Turn grease cup on clutch bearing. In this manner, a complete check may be had at proper intervals and the operator by observing and comparing the mileage upon the section 29 of the strip which is visible through the opening 21, with the mileage on the speedometer may have proper instructions as to the care of the car at that mileage. Consequently, by periodically comparing the mileage which appears in the opening 21 on the guideometer with the mileage on the speedometer, the driver or operator of the motor vehicle may, by detaching and consulting the visible section of the strip 23 be kept fully advised and instructed as to the proper care which should be given to the vehicle at properly checked intervals.

It should be borne in mind that the present device is located or supported upon the steering post of a motor vehicle in the form shown in Figures 1 to 3, inclusive, in a manner to be directly visible to the operator of the vehicle and will lie substantially behind the steering wheel in the line of easy vision of the operator and in a position to be easily compared with the conventional mileage meter or speedometer of the vehicle. The numerals are preferably printed large upon the sections 29 of the strip 23 so as to be easily visible and easily read. The notch 28 in the cover section 26 is preferably formed of sufficient size to normally underlie the cover 26, but when the strip 23 is fed outwardly to allow one section 29 to be detached, the tab 30 will extend beyond the cover section 26 within easy reach of an operator when the outer section is detached by tearing along the line of perforations as will be obvious by considering Figure 1.

The hinged cover 26 may be swung outwardly to the position shown in Figure 3 for the purpose of replacing the strip 23 which is wound upon the drum or spindle l9, and this cover normally fits tightly upon the sides of the casing IE to firmly hold the cover in a set position so as to cause the lip 26 to overlie the lip 22 and to allow the strip 23 to be freely drawn therethrough.

The basic principle involved in the present invention is to provide a means of presenting in a readily and easily discernible manner a series of cards numbered, dated, or otherwise chronologically marked on the one side, and with instructions on the other side to correspond with the numbers, dates, etc., and presented in proper sequence to the user. Furthermore, if it be desired, a number of individual cards may be used for instance, instead of having the cards in a strip form, the cards may be placed in a box superimposed in order one on top of the other. Of course, it should be obvious that different makes of cars would naturally require different strips of instructions because of the different requirements, and likewise different strips of instructions would naturally be required for different purposes to which the idea might be applied. For instance, should the principle be applied to other uses, such as for a garden guide, the cards could show dates and items to be done on such dates throughout the year. Furthermore, an automatic operation may be provided, if desired, whereby the roll may be operated and geared to the speedometer and emerge from the casing [8 in coordination with the mileage shown on the speedometer. Furthermore, the rolls may be replaced and the casing or housing l8 refilled when the original roll has been completely used.

The points of merit of the present invention are as follows: Its simplicity of operation does the users thinking for him; it is inexpensive to make and easy to install; safety factor, prevents neglect of essentials; economy, avoids too much attention by dictating proper amount; continuous visibility insures attention; eliminates all guesswork, by exact prescription; and in the case of automobiles, results in added life and service, freedom from trouble, greater resale value, and reduction to manufacturers in service costs, where prescribed recommendations are followed.

As is shown in Figure 4, the supporting plate l4 may be reversed in a manner whereby the vertical portion I3 thereof may be secured to a dashboard 3|, shown in dotted lines in Figure 4 through the medium of a securing bolt 32. The guideometer casing I6 is secured to the inclined portion I5 through the medium of the bolt H in a manner similar to that shown in Figure 1 with the exception that the inclined portion l5 extends downwardly at an incline, the vertical portion l3 being hung upon the bolt 32. Figure 4 merely illustrates a different method of attaching the casing IE to the supporting plate I4.

It should be understood that the present device is not only adapted for use in connection with automobiles and the like, but may be supported, in any suitable or desired manner such for instance, as that shown in Figure 4, upon a wall or other support, and a suitable strip indicated by the numeral 34 may be substituted for the strip 23 and wound upon the spindle l9, one side of the strip containing a series of dates, such for instance, as is illustrated in Figure 8, and the reverse side containing certain statements giving instructions for household attention, such for instance as Clean furnace, Oil washing machine, the dated sections and instruction sections constituting separate perforated sections similar to those previously described.

A strip 35 may be utilized also, wherein the various perforated sections of the strip may be printed upon one side with the hour of the day, and on the reverse side with suitable instructions, such for instance as Order meat from butcher etc.

It should be understood that certain detail changes in the mechanical construction maybe employed without departing from the spirit of the invention, so long as such changes fall within the scope of the appended claim.

Having described the invention, what I claim as new is:

A device of the class described comprising a casing having an outwardly extending lip constituting a reading desk, an indicating means adapted. to contain direction information and periodic designations, carried by the casing and movable over the lip, means for supporting said casing in position, said casing having a cover, the cover having an overhanging lip overlying the outwardly extending lip, the overhanging lip having a view aperture for viewing the information on the indicating means, the overhanging lip also having a notch formed at one side of the aperture and providing an open end exit from the aperture and also providing an interrupted outer edge for the overhanging lip.


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U.S. Classification40/514
International ClassificationB42D19/00, G09F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42D19/00, G09F7/00
European ClassificationG09F7/00, B42D19/00