US 2278143 A
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March 31,1942. fHE 2,278,143
' LEAF HOLDER Filed Aug. 26, 1940 In ventpr I I, 1 W4 rd )h z ews A iiorney Patented Mar. 31, 1942 UNITED STATS PATENT OFFICE LEAF HOLDER Howard C. Matthews, Kingston, N. Y.
Application August 26, 1940, Serial No. 354,267
This invention relates to a leaf holder which is mainly designed for holding a prescription file open at the desired prescription while the druggist is filling, or refilling, such prescription, the general object of the invention being to provide a member having a part for engaging a part of the book or file and another part for engaging the leaves or prescription where the file or book is opened.
This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawing and specifically pointed out in the appended claim.
In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawing wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of one form of the invention.
Figure 2 is a plan view showing the invention in use on a book or file of prescriptions.
In this drawing, the numeral I indicates a handle and the numeral 2 indicates a shank formed of spring wire or a spring rod and said shank at its outer end has a substantially closed loop 3 connected therewith, this loop including two limbs one of which is connected with the outer end of the shank 2 and the other of which is extended and bent to form the second loop 4. These loops 3 and 4 form arms which extend at substantially right angles from opposite sides of the shank 2 and these arms can be bent from a horizontal position to positions where they form a substantially V-shaped part. A second shank 5 has one end bent at right angles to provide the short part 6 and then bent again to enter an opening in the handle I, this part 5 paralleling the part 2. This part 5 is adapted to be placed under the back or central portion of a file or book B with the shank 2 extending between the inner edges of the leaves or prescription blanks B of the file or book and with the arms 4 and 3 resting on the exposed leaves or prescriptions so as to hold the book or file open at the desired point which permits the druggist to hold the book or file with the desired prescription in view.
If desired the shank 5 in Figure 1 can be placed under the rings of the book or file shown in Figure 2. All ends and edges of the device must be rounded to prevent tearing of the prescription.
Thus it will be seen that I have provided simple means whereby a pharmacist when refilling a prescription can hold the prescription file open at the desired place, thus eliminating the possibility of the pharmacist losing his place when working on a prescription. The device saves time and inconvenience and eliminates the chances of an error by getting two prescriptions confused.
It is thought from the foregoing description that the advantages and novel features of the invention will be readily apparent.
It is to be understood that changes may be made in the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claim.
Having described the claimed as new is:
A device for holding a book in open position, said device being formed of a single piece of wire and said device comprising a shank having a pair of arms at one end thereof extending in opposite directions, one arm being formed by a substantially U-shaped loop having the end of one limb connected with the shank and the other arm being formed of a substantially U-shaped loop having one end connected to the end of the opposite limb of the first arm, the other end of the shank being looped upon itself to form a closed loop, one limb of Which is formed by a part of the shank, and an L-shaped part formed by the wire to provide a long limb and a short limb, the short limb being connected with the end of the other limb of the closed loop and the long limb extending parallel with the shank and located below the same in spaced relation and terminating short of the arm carrying end of the shank, and a handle having a socket therein for receiving the closed loop.
HOWARD C. MATTHEWS.
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