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Publication numberUS2314473 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 23, 1943
Filing dateJan 24, 1942
Priority dateJan 24, 1942
Publication numberUS 2314473 A, US 2314473A, US-A-2314473, US2314473 A, US2314473A
InventorsBarlow Joseph R
Original AssigneeCharles X Wunderly
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Support for materials
US 2314473 A
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March 23, 1943.

J. R. BARLOW SUPPORT FOR MATERIALS Filed Jan. 24, 1942 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR jjgai Ewan bar;

BY Mwa/MA ATTOR J. R. BARLOW 2,314,473

' SUPPORT. FOR MATERIALS Filed Jan. 24, 1942 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 March 23, 1943.

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J. R. BARLOW SUPPORT FOR MATERIALS 4 Filed Jan. 24, 1942 4 s eets 'sheet s INVENTOR ATTOR March 23, 1943. I J. R. BARLOW 2,314,473

SUPPORT FOR MATER IALS Filed Jan. 24, 1942 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 I f k 26 ,f T 4 i j i if if A, F g

Patented Mar. 23, 1943 Joseph.- R. Barlow, Pittsburgh, Pa assignor of one-half to. Charles X. Wunderly, Pittsburgh,

Application January 24, 1942; SerialNo. 428,041.

20 Claims.

invention relates. to supports or racks for materials, such as books, magazines, leaflets and newspapers, and has particular relation to the provision of desirable adjustment features therefor.

Man-y libraries, reading rooms and ofiices are confronted with the problem of displaying or stacking material, suchas noted above, for convenient use. If, as is usually the' case, such material is of di fierent sizes, some form of adjustment isvery desirable. However; so far as I- amaware, I am the first to provide a materialsupporting device with adjustments in all three directions to accommodate different lengths, widths and thicknesses of material, such as newspapers, books, magazines and leaflets, thus fully meeting the problem andprovidinga neat, effective and fully adequate material-supporting device.

One: object of my invention, therefore, is to provide a support for material having certain desirable adjustments for the purpose set forth.

Another object of my invention is to provide a. support for material comprising a base, together with provision for efifecting both sideways adjustments al'ong the base and depth adfi ustments with respect to the base to accommodate various widths and thicknesses: or positions of material.

A' further object of my invention is to provide a deviceof the character set forth above, together withafurther provision for efiecting up and; down adjustments on the base to accommodatevarious lengths of saidimateria-l.

A- further object of my invention is to provide such depth adjustments in connection with a device having: aseries of'grooves along a vertical side: thereof to assistin accommodating various thicknesses:oi'material Still another object of myinvention is: to provide: a. device of the character set: forth including. aplurality or sets-oi pinsor the like movable forward and backward with respect to the base at difierentlevels tosupportmaterial at different distances from the base, thus. providing a series of steps forsupporting materials at different levels with adjacent materials partially overlapping each other. In this way; a sequence of leaflets, such as monthly edition-s, may: be compactly stacked andstill they are. readily selectible and replaceable.

Other objects ofmy' invention. will become evident fromfollowing' detailed description, taken in: conjunctionwith the accompanying drawings; wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a complete device. or support constructed in accordance with my present invention, with books, leaflets, etc. disposed thereon, the device being mounted: on a stand;

Fig. 2 is a similar View of the device itself with.- out any such books or leaflets disposed thereon;

Figs. 3' and 4' are, respectively, views in front elevation and rear elevation of the base portion of the material-supporting device of Figs; 1' and 2;.

Fig. 5 is an end view in plan: and Fig. v6 an end view in perspective of the material-supporting device;

Figs. '7 to 12.,inclusive, are views of various details ofthe device;

Fig. 13' is another end view in perspective of thematerial-supporting device; and

Figs. 14 and 15 are views of certain modifications of'parts of the device shown in Figs. 1 and 2.

Referring to the drawings, the structure: here shown comprises amaterial-supporting device or rack I, together with a stand or pedestal 2 therefor.

The device I comprises a base. 3rhaving: a pluralityof transversely-extending internal slots 4, these slots each being provided with two pairs of convex extensions or enlargements 5 in a substantially vertical direction, disposed near the respective ends of each of the slots 4 for a purpose to be set forth, grooved or dovetailed: members 6, 6a and 61) being. disposed along'the topof each of the slots 4 in the rear of. the base 3, such members being separated by the convex extensions 5, and similar grooved or dove-tailed members I, la. and lb being disposed on the lower sideof each slot 4. It will be understood. that the grooves in the members 61 and I, for example, face each other; so that a sliding member may be moved therealong, as clearly shown in Fig. 6;

Reinforcing blocks 8 and 8a are fastened in a vertical manner to the rearside. of thebase 3.below each slot 4 and are pierced by a substantially vertically disposed series of small holes 9 which extend from the blocks through the front face of the base 3, for a purpose to be set forth; If desired, a heading or flange l0 may be disposed for ornamental purposes along the rear edge of the base 3.

A plurality of slidable block structures [5, shown in detail in Figs. 10, 11 and 12 and in perspective assembly in Fig; 6, are each provided with a central tongue or projection [6 on the upper side and a similar central tongue or projection- I 1. on the lower side, these tongues being, respectively, adapted to fit into and slide along the grooves in dovetailed members 5: and 1... In addition, a large preferably central aperture I8 extends through the block I from front to rear for the purpose of receiving another member 20 to be described below, and a plurality (shown as six) of small apertures I3 surrounding said central aperture I8 also extend through the block from front to rear for the purpose of receiving other members I4 to be described below.

A plurality of these slidable block structures I5 are disposed along each slot 4 for the purpose of providing width adjustment for books, etc., and the end structure in each case may be provided with a lateral or end block member I9, as shown in Fig. 1, for the purpose of covering the corresponding end of the slot 4 and providing a more ornamental appearance.

A corresponding plurality of block structures 20, which fit and slide through the large apertures I8 of block structures I5 to provide a backward and forward or depth adjustment, are each provided at their front sides with a thin strip or spacer 2| and may be held in any desired locatlon within the apertures I8 by means of a bent strip spring 22 attached to the upper side of each block structure 20 by means of a screw 23, for example.

The strip or spacer 2| thus acts as a stop with respect to the backward movement of block structure 20 and at the same time engages the material to be supported along one side thereof.

To provide lengthwise adjustment for the books, magazines, etc., a plurality of shelves or ledges 21, which are respectively provided with a series of dowel pins or the like 30, are adapted to be set at various vertical heights at two different levels, as illustrated in Fig. 1, along the face of base 3 by reason of disposing the dowel pins in the proper sets of small holes 9 in the base 3.

In addition, a pair of vertically spaced relatively narrow shelves or ledges 28 and 29 is disposed below the shelf 21 at each of the two levels illustrated, being likewise movable up or down as desired or readily removable by reason of the provision of dowel pins 3| and 32 like dowel pins 30 in the case of the shelves 21.

If desired, a plurality of beads or flanges extending upwardly or downwardly or both from the front edges of the shelves 21, 28 and 29 may be provided, being indicated by the reference characters 33, 34 and 35, respectively.

The width of the ledges or shelves 28 and 29 inside of the beads or flanges 34 and 35, respectively, is substantially the same as the Width of notch 25 on the inner under side of shelf 21. The notch 25 and the upper side of shelf 28, on the one hand, and also the under side of shelf 28 and the top side of shelf 29, on the other hand, may thus be utilized for carrying signs ,or information strips when desired, such material being readily sidable in and out of place, as will be appreciated.

Each of the block structures I5 is preferably provided, in addition to the large central aperture I8, with a plurality of small holes or apertures I3, in this case six apertures, disposed in horizontal pairs at three different levels on each side of the central aperture I8, as clearly shown in Figs. 10 and 12, for example. It will be noted that the three levels on each block structure I5 correspond, so that three long horizontal rows of pins I4 may be provided along each slot 4 in base 3.

Each of these small aperture I3 is adapted to receive a pin or small rod I4 which may be provided with a head 26 of any desired shape, and

the rear end of each pin, after the pin is inserted through the corresponding hole I3, may be bent at substantially right angles, as shown. The purpose of the head 26, shown as a single vertical member attached at substantially its mid point to the body of the pin, i to serve as a flange, when the body of the pin is used as a shelf, to prevent material from slipping forwardly off the pin and, at the same time, the head 26 may be utilized as a handle for moving the pin forwardly and backwardly through the corresponding hole I3 to dispose the head of the pin at a selected distance in front of the base.

The purpose of the bent rear end of each pin is to prevent the pin from being accidentally withdrawn through the hole I3 as the pin is adjusted forwardly or backwardly.

-The device I may be assembled as follows: A suitable number, shown in Figs. 1 and 2 as five, of the block structures I5 are inserted in place along each slot 4 by slipping them diagonally through the convex extensions or enlargements 5;of the slots 4 into a position where the central tongues I6 and I1 are respectively disposed in the grooves of dovetailed members 6 and 1, respectively, as clearly shown in Fig. 6. The three central block structures are of the type shown in Fig. 12, for example, while the two end block structures are of a similar character, plus the addition of the side blocks I9 for a purpose already described. The variou pins I4 may then be placed in the holes I3 of block structures I5, as previously described.

'One of the block structures 20 is then slid backwardly through the large aperture I8 in each of the block structures I5, and the ledges or shelves 21,28 and 29 are then placed on base 3 at desired vertical intervals by means of the illustrated dowel pin connection.

A number of books, magazines, etc. may then be disposed in place, as illustrated in Fig. 1, the block structures I5 being slid sideways in either direction to accommodate the width of such material, the block structures 20 being moved forwardly or backwardly to accommodate various depths or thicknesses of such material, while one or both of the horizontal shelves or ledges 21 may be moved up or down to the desired vertical position (on one or both of the illustrated levels) to accommodate different lengths of such material. Of course, if desired, the ledges 28 and 29, one or both, at either level, may be removed to permit placing the corresponding shelf 21 at a lower level than Would otherwise be possible.

--As will be noted particularly from Fig. 13, the

pins I4 in each of the block structures I5 may be moved by means of the heads 26 to any desired position or distance in front of the base 3. In Fig. 13, the top pair or row of pins I4 is advanced a s'uflicient distance so that a magazine or leaflet, such as 39, may be placed on end supported by one-pin I4 near the upper right-hand corner of a block structure I5, and another pin I4 near the upper left-hand corner of the next adjacent block structure I5 on the right. I

In this way, the two pins, one in each of adjacent block structures, serve as a horizontal shelf or support for a magazine or leaflet, and the heads 26 of the pins prevent such magazine or leaflet from slipping forwardly off the pins.

The next lower pair of pins I4 may be advanced to a greater distance in front of the base 3 and thelower pair of pins may be advanced av still greater distance in front of the base, as illusgamers tnatedl in Fig. 13a. As: a result other. magazines or leaflets. 39aand 3911 may be pIaced -:on the corresponding pairs: of pins,- one in each of the ad'- jacent block structures IE- 'and in addition, a magazine or leaflet: 390 may be-placed to rest on shelf 2'! near the outer flange 3$thereof;

In this way; it will be noted that a series or sequence of leaflets or magazines, such as month- 1 y issues, may be placed on. the: pairs of pins in question and the shelf 2:1 in such manner that the: pins an'd shelf provide a seriesof' steps: for supporting the magazines, leaflets or other materials at different levels with adjacent material's partially overlapping: each other. In: this. way; the. date. of issue-oi each such magazine; which is usually displayed: near' the. top. thereof, may be; readily ascertained and at thesame timea V considerable number. of magazines or leaflets may bestacked such manner as to. require a the rows or pairs of pins l4 may beutilized. as I shown in Fig. 13 to support diflerent sets of mag.-

azines or leaflets in. stepped sequence or,v if de- 1 sired, one such set ofmagazines. may be stacked as: illustrated: in Fig,v l3, and the; pins M on the left-hand; side of the'illustrated left-hand block structure 1'5 may be: pushed in. or backwardly until. the heads: 26 engage: the" front surface ofth-at' block structure 15,. after which the corresponding. block. structure 20, which is. slidablein and out-of. the central large aperture I8, may be utilized to engage and. hold oneaside: of: another magazine or leaflet, as illustrated in. 1,.for example.

In this way, by suitablepositioni-ng of the block structures I and 20, the shelves 2.1,. and pins l4, any material, regardless of its length, width or thickness, .from a newspaper, for example, to. a small book, may be accommodated by reason. oi the'sideways, front andibaclcand vertical adjust.-

. ments: described above,.wh-ile at the. sameztime, in

the case. of. such books, magazines, leaflets, etc, the neighboringor adjacent material may be of a different size and. stillbe properly accommodatedby the proper placing of the various illustrated adjustingstructures and. shelves, and a stepped sequence of material. may alsobev provided'.

For example, by pushing, in. or removing all but the outer block structures l5 and 29,; a newspaper may be properly accommodated. by'restingit on one of the ledges such as the lower ledge 21 and adjusting the outer block structures; I51 and Zll to properly hold" the newspaper; Smaller material, such: as leaflets; magazines and. boo-ksrmay be properly accommodated by placing and: adjusting a' proper number of the: illustrated adjustable structures i5, 2i)- and 21 and pins I4 as'will be understood.

The device or support so far described may be hung on a wall or placed on the stand or=pedestal 2, as illustrated. Theped'estal' Z" is'shown a's'com prising a bottom support 50 which mayhave a downwardly-sloping face 5| on. which a shelf-or ledge 52 may be provided for supporting books 53 or the like. A suitable horizontal block 54 may be disposed on. the. rear upper surface of support 50,. and. a plurality of vertical supporting. members 55 and- 56 may extend. from the block. 54 to the. rear. side of. base 3..

' However, it beunderstood. that any other suitable means for. supporting or mounting the materialesupportingr device I: may-bev employed if desired-..

- lint lieu of the" bloclr structure; 20. previouslydescribed. a modification thereof. shown. in 14.3116. 1.5 may be utilized. This'block structure comprises 'a main body or block member 4.0 having: a. grooved. or" otherwise. decorated.- strip ori-pl'ate" 4 l: attached. to thefront side thereof, and the upper side of: member 40: maybe provided witli'aespring stripz=42c held imposition by ascrew 43,. for: example- This; spring strip serves the same; frictional holding purpose as previously described in connection with: spring strip; 22.

Eachv vertical side. of: the member" 40 maybe prowidedz: witha: series of grooves 44, 45 and 46', for examine,v thus assisting; as the. block structure. is: moved forwardly and backwardly, in ac:- commodati ng books, leaflets, etcof different thicknesses. The pins.- I4; and small apertures: [311123527 be employed as previously" described: in connection: witlr block structures. l.5..

For: the. purpose: of. preventing accidental for ward withdrawal. of a block structure; 20' or 40, al..tum button .311 ('see. Fig- 9). is used. at the rear of. such block structure. Thiszturn button may be suitableform, having. its length greater than. its; wi'dtln. pivoted on. the corresponding block. structure:

It: wills bee notedtthat. by disposing. the turn button; 3&- withi-ts longer. dimension in a substantially verticaldirection, the: block structure 2.0 or 40.: may! be. readily inserted or withdrawn, whereas if. the turn button 38. has: its; longer dimension: disposed; in a: substantially horizontal positiung, then. such disposition: will prevent theaccidental frontward withdrawal of the block smucture 2B: or 40;, as suchbutton will" engage; the sliding; block: structure l5. It will be seen, therefore. that I: have: provided; a relatively simple. but effective support; formaterials, suchas booksrmagazinespleafiets and newspapers, which provides: ready effective adjustment in. sideways, vertical: and: backward.- and forward directionsand in which various parts; may be: readily moved. or removed; to; accommodate various sizes and positions of such material...

I: do not; wish. to be restricted to the specific structural. details-101;" arrangement. of parts: hereset forth aszvas'iou-s' othermodifications thereoi .maybeaefiected within the spirit and scope. of my-inyenti-onz. I desire; therefore, that only such limitations: shall; be imposed thereon as are indicateu; in; the appended claims.

liclaim as: my: invention L. A support for materialtcomprising a: base, means for effecting sideways: adjustment alongsaid base to accommodate various: widths: of said materials, and second: means cooperating withrandz movable beyond: said' first means. for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base: to accommodate: various: thicknesses. of said material;

2*..Ar. support for: material comprising a base having a sideways extending; opening therein, means slidable along said opening to; accommodate'variouswidths. of. said material, and second means. slidable through. said. first means for effecting depth adjustments with. respect to: said base to accommodate various thicknesses or positions of said: material. a

3'. A support for material comprising a base having. a sideways extending opening therein, means having. an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a. tcng-ue-and-groove connection with said base: slida'ole: along said.

opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable forward and backward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to.said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material.

4. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with a rear portion of said base, said means being slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable backward and forward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect'to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material.

5. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with said base slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable forward and backward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a member disposed in front of said base to act as a stop with respect to the backward movement thereof and to also engage said material along one side.

6. A support for material comprising'a base having a sideways extending opening therein,

.means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with a rear portion of said base, said means being slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable backward and forward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a member disposed in front of said base to act as a stop with respect to the backward movement thereof and to also engage said material along one side.

'7. A support for material comprising a base, means for effecting sideways adjustment along said base to accommodate various widths of said material, second means cooperating with and movable beyond said first means for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, and third means cooperating with said other means for effecting up-and-down adjustments on said base to accommodate various lengths of said material.

8. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable with respect to said first means ,for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, and third means cooperating with said other means for effecting up-and-down adjustments on said base to accommodate various lengths of said material.

9. A support for materia1 comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with said base slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable forward and backward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, and third means engageable on said base at different levels to accommodate various lengths of said material.

10. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with a rear portion of said base, said means being slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable backward and forward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, and third means adapted for pin-and-hole engagement at different levels on said base to accommodate various lengths of said material.

11. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with said base slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable forward and backward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a member disposed in front of said base to act as a stop with respect to the backward movement thereof and to also engage said material along one side, and third means adapted for pin-and-hole engagement at different levels on said base to accommodate various lengths of said material.

12. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with a rear portion of said base, said means being slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable backward and forward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a member disposed in front of said base to act as a stop with respect to the backward movement thereof and to also engage said material along one side, and third means adapted for pin-and-hole engagement at diiferent levels on said base to accommodate various lengths of said material. I 13. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable with respect to said first means for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a series of grooves along a vertical side to assist in accommodating such various thicknesses of material.

14. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with said base slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable forward and backward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base-to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a series of grooves along a vertical side to assist in accommodating such various thicknesses of material.

15. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having an aperture extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-and-groove connection with a rear portion of said base, said means being slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and second means slidable backward and forward through said aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, said second means having a series of grooves along a vertical side to assist in accommodating such various thicknesses of material.

16. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and a plurality of means supported by and movable forward and backward with respect to said first means to support material at different distances from said base.

1'7. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having a plurality of apertures extending from front to rear and also having a tongue-andgroove connection with said base slidable along said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, and a plurality of second means slidable forward and backward through said apertures to support material at different distances from said base.

18. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein,

project different distances from said base to pro vide a series of steps for supporting materials at different levels with adjacent materials partially overlapping each other. 19. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having a large aperture and a pluralityv various widths of said material, second means slidable forward and backward through said large aperture for eifecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate variousthicknesses of said material, and a plurality of third means slidable forward and backward through said small apertures and adjustable to project different distances from said base to pro vide a series of steps for supporting materials at different levels with adjacent materials partially overlapping each other from front to back.

20. A support for material comprising a base having a sideways extending opening therein, means having a large central aperture and a plurality of small apertures surrounding said large aperture extending from front to rear, the small apertures at different levels, and also having atongue-and-groove connection with a rear por-' tion of said base, said means being slidable alongv said opening to accommodate various widths of said material, second means slidable backward and forward through said large aperture for effecting depth adjustments with respect to said base to accommodate various thicknesses of said material, and a plurality of third means slidable forward and backward through said small apertures and adjustable to project different distances from said base to provide a series of steps for supporting materials at different levels with adjacent materials partially overlapping each other from front to back, said second means and said third means being usable alternatively or together.

JOSEPH R. BARLOW.

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US3138261 *Oct 14, 1963Jun 23, 1964Witteborg William NDisplay rack
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Classifications
U.S. Classification211/50
International ClassificationA47B19/04, A47B19/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B19/04
European ClassificationA47B19/04