US 2286128 A
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June 9', 1942. v P. QUNGER 2,286,128
Filed Oct. 20, l 1939 4 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR.
P. o. UNGER June 9, 1942.
Filed oct. 2o, 1959 4 Shee'tsSheet AWORNEY.
June 9, 1942.
P. O. UNGER RACK Fi 1ed oct. 20, 1939 4 sheets-Sheet 4 Patented June 9, 1942 UNITED star RACK Massachusetts Application October. 20, 1939, Serial No. 300,357
This invention relates to a rack particularly adapted to receive and hold a plurality of loose leaf binders having hinged back sections which form a V-shaped back when the binder is closed.
Itlis an object of this invention to providea rack for supporting a plurality of binders with means whereby any binder may be turned out of the way to permit easy reference to any adjacent binder. It is a furtherl object of this invention to provide means for permitting full opening of any .binder and shifting of so-called shift-binders Without impairing the security with which the binders are held. Other objects of this invention will become apparent upon reading the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the rack with a plurality of loose leaf binders supported thereon;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary end. elevation illustrating the hinge action of the supporting member;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary end elevation showing a binder in intermediate position;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary perspective view showing a binder about to be secured to the support;
Figure 5 is a cross sectional view showing the means for` securing a binder to the support, and
Figure 6 is a view similar to Figure 4 showing Ia binder having longitudinally shiftable back sections.
The rack comprises an inclined platform 2 supported by means of a short front wall 3, a longer rear wall :i and a pair of side Walls 5. Each of these walls is provided with a flange E to provide stability. The platform is provided with a plurality of channels 1, and a back support 8 is hinged to one longitudinal edge .of each of said channels as indicated at 9. The channels may be shaped to conform to the coniiguration of the binder back if desired, but it is preferred to make them rectangular for manufacturing economy. The channels are spaced apart a suliiclent distance to permit free access to any of the binders carried by the support. I have arbitrarily shown a rack with three channel members but it is obvious that any desired number may be provided.
The book supports are duplicates of each other so only one will be described. Each book support includes a V-shaped plate I which conforms to the shape of the binder back when the binder is closed and a wing I I hinged to the plate I0, as indicated at I2. It is obvious that the plate I!! may be formed in any desired shape to conform to the configuration of the binder back.
The wing Il is slightly less than half the width` .of the plate Ill and is provided with a flange I3 at one end for a purpose hereinafter described. The other end of the wing I'I is provided with a stud Ill and a latch I pivoted` to the wing, as indicated at Iii'. The latch I5is provided with a flange Il parallel to the wing Il and in the.
same plane as the ange I3. The latchA l 5-is also provided with a lnger piece t8 to facilitate manipulation of the latch around its pivot.
The loose leaf binder for which the rackis particularly designed is fully described in the patent to Charles V. St. Louis and Fred D. Wedge, No. 2,239,121 dated April 22, 1941. and Will not be described in detail. The binder, designated broadly by the reference numeral I9, in-
cludes a pair of back sections 2 and 2l hinged together, as indicated at 22, andshaped to form an angular back when the binder is closed. The sheet retaining prongs 23 secured adjacent the back member 2| are adapted to shift longitudinally relative to the prongs 2d secured adjacent the back member 25. In this particular binder the back section 2I does not shift relatively to the back section 20, but the support is designed to operate as well with a binder inV which one back section does shift relatively to the other,
and such a binder, in which one back sectiondoes shift longitudinally relative to the other, is illustrated in Figure 6 of the drawings. The back section 2B is provided with an aperture 25 adapted to fit on the stud I4. The binder is secured to the wing II by sliding one end of the back section 29 under the ange I3 and positioning the aperture 25 over the stud I@ to allow the back section 20 to lie flat against the wing Il. The latch I5 is then swung inwardly so that the flange I'l nts over the other end of the back member 2li to hold the binder securely.
As can be seen in Figure 3, the retention of the binder in the book support only by means of the securement of the back member 20 to the wing II permits free pivotal movement of the back members 20 and 2l around the hinge 22. Because the back section 2l is not secured to any supporting member, the prongs 23 may be shifted longitudinally without removing the binder from the support, and without impairing the security with which the binder is supported.
In the binder illustrated in Figure 6 the hinge 22', by means of which the back sections are connected, is provided with a plurality of gaps 2l to permit relative longitudinal shifting of the back sections. When binders of this type are used in the rack, the back setcion 2|' may be shifted longitudinally relative to the back section Z' Without interfering with the securement of the binder on the rack, because the binder has only one back section secured to the rack.
The operation of the device is apparent from the foregoing description. Whenever it is desired to use any of the binders, the hinge l2 permits swinging of one adjacent binder to the right, and the hinge 9 permits swinging the other adjacent binder to the left, to provide maximum access to the binder to be used. The rack is provided with a bracket Z at each end to support the .outermost binders.
While I have described a preferred embodiment of my invention in detail, it Will be under stood that the description thereof is illustrative, rather than restrictive, as many details may be modified or changed without departing from the spirit or scope of my invention. Accordingly, I do not desire to be restricted to the exact construction described, except as limited by the appended claims.
1. In a book support, a V-shaped plate, a wing less than one-half the width of said V-shaped plate hinged along .one longitudinal edge of said plate, and means on said wing for securing a book thereto.
2. In combination, a loose leaf binder having a pair of hinged back sections, one of said back sections having an aperture therein, and a supporting wing of a width not exceeding the width of said apertured back section, said supporting wing having a stud engaging said aperture, a fixed flange at one end engaging one end of said apertured back section, and a movable ange at its other end engaging the opposite end of said apertured back section.
3. In combination with a loose leaf binder having a pair of hinged back sections presenting an angular conguration when closed, an angular plate conforming to the configuration of the closed back sections of said binder, a wing hinged along one longitudinal edge of said angular plate, said Wing being of a width less than one-half the Width of said angular plate and provided with means for securely retaining one of said hinged back sections.
4. In a rack, a plurality of channels, a V- shaped plate hinged along one edge to each of said channels, a wing hinged along the opposite each binder may be swung to either side of its respective channel member.
5. In a rack, a channel, a plate hinged along one longitudinal edge to one edge of said channel, and a wing of less than one half the Width of said plate hinged to the other longitudinal edge of said plate, said wing being provided at one end with a xed ange and at its other end with a pivoted ange.
6. In combination with a loose leaf binder having a pair .of hinged back sections, one of said back sections being provided with an aperture, a supporting wing of a Width no greater than the width of said apertured back section having a stud engaging said aperture, and a pair of flanges engaging opposite ends of said apertured back section.
7. In combination with a loose leaf binder having a pair of hinged back sections shiftable longitudinally relatively to each other, a support including means for holding only one of said back sections whereby one of said back sections may be shifted longitudinally relatively to the other without disengaging said binder from said support.
8. In combination, a loose leaf binder, said binder having a pair of hinged back sections presenting an angular configuration when closed, said back sections being shiftable longitudinally relative to each other, and a support, said support including an angular plate shaped to conform to the configuration of said back when said binder is closed, and a wing hinged to said angular plate, said wing being provided with means for retaining only one portion of said binder back, whereby said back sections may be shifted longitudinally relative to each other Without removing said binder from said support.
PAUL o. UNGER