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Publication numberUS2308654 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 19, 1943
Filing dateMay 20, 1942
Priority dateMay 20, 1942
Publication numberUS 2308654 A, US 2308654A, US-A-2308654, US2308654 A, US2308654A
InventorsCharles Goldstein
Original AssigneeCharles Goldstein
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Desk pad
US 2308654 A
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Filed Mayl 20, 1942' \2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Jan. 19, 1943 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DESK Charles Goldstein, Chicago, applicati@ May 20', 1942, serial N9. 443,713 4 claims. (ci. 129:24) v This invention relates to improvements in desk or blotter pads of the kind used on'writing desks, and has for its principal object to providea more durable, superior article of manufacture o f the character described.

Desk pads have heretofore usually consisted of a sheet of fibrous material, suitably boundwith fabric or leather, and having fabricl or leather pockets along opposite sides or at the corners to receive the edges or corners of a sheet of blotting material. l

In carrying out my invention, I provide a blotter pad having its' base member made of aV sheet of fibrous material such as cardboard, but covered by a relatively thin, resilient sheet of metal, clamped securely over the edges of the cardboard and having its upper surface suitably finishedfso as to provide a relatively hard, yet semi-yielding surface particularly adapted for writing'.V The device is preferably provided, however, with blot;A

lcessories removably mounted iny said panels.

Other novel features of my'inventi'on will appear as the following description proceeds.

The invention may best be understood by ref.- erence to the accompanying'drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective View of one form of desk pad constructed in accordance with my invention.V

Figure 2 is an enlarged detail section takenon line 2 2 of Figure l.

Figure 3 is a detail section taken on line 3-3 ofFigurel.

Figure 4 is a perspective view showing a modified form of my invention, including interchangeable marginal panels used in connection therewith.

Figure 5 is a detail view of a solid panel member adapted for use with the form of desk pad shown in Figure 4.

Figure 6 is an enlarged detail section taken on line 6--6 of Figure 4.

Figure '7 is an enlarged fragmentary detail view, in perspective, of the panel construction shown in Figure 4.

Figure 8 is a perspective view showing a novel form of individual panel members for providing blotter-holding pockets and especially adapted to be applied to a 4base member to replace other panel members which have, become Worn out or unserviceable.

Figure 9 is a detail section taken on line 9-9 5 0f. Figure 8.

Eigllle 10 is the same as Figure 9, with base board inserted.

Referring todetailsof. the embodiment of my invention illustrated in Figures 1 to 3, the desk or blotter pad is indicated generally at I0 and comprises a flat base board I I of the usual rectangular form having panels I2, I2 attached at opposite ends thereof. As shown more indetail in Figures 2 and 3, the base board consists of a sheet ofv fibrous material I3, such as cardboard, coveredl by a sheet of metal I4 having flanged 'margins I5. bent downwardly over the margins of the cardboard and'clamped overand along the latter, sofas to secure the two sheets together as,

' I find that it is usually vpreferable to provide the pad as an article of furniture.

The panels"l2, I2 shown in Figures 1 and 3 consist of Velongated pocket members including anjupper panelf facing I6' having its outer and end edges Il folded'ove'r and beneath the edge of the base board II and suitably secured to the under surface thereof, as indicated in Figure 3. A sheet of felt I8 may be secured to the under face of the base board I I in the usual manner to complete the structure.

A base board formed of a flexible sheet covered with a thin metal sheet as above described, affords an especially desirable writing surface due to its smooth and yet semi-yielding characteristics. Because of its superior qualities in this respect, it is preferable in most instances to omit the use of a. covering sheet of blotter material such as is usually employed with desk pads of ordinary construction. However, when a sheet of blotter material is desired, it can be inserted as usual with its opposite edges enclosed in the pockets beneath the panel facings I6, I 6.

My metal covered base board also renders the 'writing pad much more durable than ordinary pads. Moreover, the arrangement; whereby the marginal edges I5 of the metal covering are bent under and clamped along the marginal edges of the fibrous sheet I3 effectively prevents any permanent buckling or distortion of the exposed surface of the base board which otherwise is likely to occur where heavier sheet metal is employed in a device of this character.

Referring now to the form Vof desk pad shown in Figures 4, 5, 6 and 7, the base board II consists of a fibrous sheet I3 and metal covering sheet Ill constructed and arranged in the same manner described in connection` with the previous figure. In place of the pocket type panels I2, I2, however, I provide interchangeable panel structures I9, each consisting of an elongated metal sheet having parallel side edges 2'I, 2I turned upwardly and inwardly as shown in Figure 6 so as to form opposed overhanging shoulders to serve as a holder for receivinginterchangeably either a filler piece 22, or detachable memo pads, calendars or similar accessories. In Figure 4 one of the holders I9 is shown with a strip of cardboard 23 inserted endwise therein, bearing a calendar for a full year thereon, while the other holder has a pad of paper, indicated at 24, inserted therein for use as a memo pad in the usual manner. It will be understood, of course, that such calendars and memo pads are interchangeable With each other, or if desired, one

or both can be entirely removed from their holders by sliding them endwise, and filler pieces 22 can be inserted in lieu thereof, as indicated in dotted lines in Figure 4. The ller pieces 22 can be made of various materials and colors so as to assist in matching the desk pad with other articles of furniture to be used therewith.

The holders I9 may be applied to the base board I I in any suitable manner, as for instance by rivets 25, 25, spaced from the inner edges of said holder, so that the latter edges overhang the base board to form a blotter-receiving pocket. Figures 8, 9 and 10 illustrate `a novel form of panel member 26l which may be made up as individual units for attachment to a base board such as the member II previously described in connection with the foregoing figures. Each of such panel members 26 consists of an upper facing 21 and a lower facing 28 connected thereto along one edge and opposite ends to form, in eiect, an open pocket. The lower facing 28, however, has an extension 29 integral therewith. This extension is preferably provided with a covering of adhesive material, as for instance it may include a sheet of gum cloth secured thereto as indicated at 30 in Figures 9 and 10. The panel member 26 is, of course, adapted for application to the base board II when the desk pad is initially manufactured, but this particular type of panel member is especially advantageous in order to replace panels which have been previously used with a base board, but have been worn out or damaged while in service. Accordingly, when a worn out panel is to be replaced, it is removed from the base board, and the substitute panel member 26 can be readily attached in its place by inserting the edge of the base board in the pocket and securing the extension 29 to the bottom face of the base board (or to the felt sheet, if such is used) by means of the adhesive material carried by the sheet of gum cloth on said extension 29. I find that my novel form of metal covered base board is so much more durable and longer lasting than ordinary base boards, that the panels often Wear out long before the base board. Accordingly these new panel members 26 may be employed to' prolong the life of the desk pad when necessary.

Although I have shown and described certain embodiments of my invention, it will be understood that Ido not wish to be limited to the exact construction shown and described, but that various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention as defined in the appended claims.

I claim as my invention:

l. As a newr article of manufacture, a desk or blotter pad including a base board consisting of a sheet of fibrous material covered with a thin sheet of metal of 30 gauge or less, having its edges bent under and clamped along the edges of said brous sheet to form a unitary board structure having a semi-yielding upper writing surface. f

i 2.. In a deskv or blotter pad, a base board, a panel member comprising a plate secured along the edge of said base b oard and having upturned parallel edges forming opposed grooves for interchangeably receiving a plurality of ller members in endwise sliding engagement therein.

3. In a desk or blotter pad, a base board, a panel member comprising a plate secured along the edge of said base board to form a blottersheet pocket therebetween, and having upturned parallel edges forming opposed grooves for interchangeably receiving a plurality of ller members in endwise sliding engagement therein.

4. A panel member for desk pads, comprising a detachable, relatively flat pocket member having an extended bottom wall, and adhesive material carried on lsaid extended bottom wall adapted for securing said panel member along the edge of a desk pad.


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U.S. Classification248/504, D19/95
International ClassificationB43L3/00
Cooperative ClassificationB43L3/00
European ClassificationB43L3/00