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Publication numberUS2329029 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 7, 1943
Filing dateDec 29, 1939
Priority dateDec 29, 1939
Publication numberUS 2329029 A, US 2329029A, US-A-2329029, US2329029 A, US2329029A
InventorsBargen William J, Bernhard Bargen
Original AssigneeBargen William J, Bernhard Bargen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2329029 A
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Sept. 7, 1943. a BARGEN ET AL 2,329,029


Filed Dec. 29, 1939 2 Sheets-Sheet l BERN/M Ro BA RGEN 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 B. BARGEN ET AL.

I DESK Filed Deo. '29, 1959 Sept. 7, 1943.

manner' as hereinafter set` forth, `a typewriter Patented Sept'. 7, 1943 NT OFFICE A DESK i j Bernhard'argen, North Newton, Kans., an `William J .Y Bargen, Waukegan, Ill.

`Application December 29, 1939, Serial No. 311,698

i rclaims. I `This invention relates to adesk. i

",Theinvention aims to provide, in manner as hereinafter set forth, a typewriter desk including anormally closed adjustable top having a copy holder on the inner face thereof capable of being The invention `further aims to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a desk including anfadjustable top formed of a front and a back fr section hinged together and with the front sec# `tion sloping downwardly with respect to the back ctionfwhen the top ,is in non-adjusted position. `The Ainvention further aims'to provide, `in a manner 'ashereinafter set forth,` atypewriter desk including an adjustable topformed of a front, and a back section hinged together, the

backsection hinged at its rear to the'rear of the `desk body, and with the back sectionfh'aving means for correlation with the front sectionnfor moving the latter in unison with theback section when the latter is shifted upwardly on the hinge `cohneation between-the back sectionand desk bdY-f The invention' `further aims to providafin 4a desk ,including an adjustable top formed'of'a front section and a back section, withthe former capable ,of being angularly adjusted upwardly l vrelative to the latter, and being formed Qn its inner face with a copy holder, and correlated means on said sections for releasably maintaining said copy holder in position for use when the front section lis adjusted at an anglewith respect to the back section.

The invention further aims. to provide, in a manner ashereinafter set forth, atypewriter desk including anadjustable top formed of a front and a back section, the front section capable `of being angularly adjusted'relative tojthe back section, and with the said section having correlated means for releasably holding thefront y section in its adjusted position,

` `The invention further aims to provide,` inja manner 'as hereinafter set forth, a typewriter desk including a built-in copy holder "arranged to` eliminate all necessity forcopy `space at the sides ofthe desk top, as wellfas promoting efciency and a rest for the eyes of the operator. I Theinvention' further aims to provide,A in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a'1 deskiforthe `purpose referred to, which is simple in its construction and arrangement, strong, durable, compact, I distinctive Aand pleasing' in appearance, thc`roug`hly efficient when used for thepurpose in- (Cl. 45-91) i tended thereby, readily assembled and comparatively inexpensive to manufacture.

Embodying the aims aforesaid and` others which may hereinafter appear, the invention consists of the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be morespecically referred to and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein are shown embodimentsof the invention, but it is. to be understood that changes, variations and modifications may be resorted to which fall within the scope ofthe invention as claimed. A

I In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a perspective 'View of a desk accordance with this invention,

Figure 2 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view of the desk when the typewriter,V concealed thereby, is shifted to expose position for use and further illustrating respectively in dotted lines the normal position of the typewriter shelf; in full lines the shelf when arranged to support the typewriter in position for use; in dotted lines the position of the adjusted top when shifted to permit of the Vmoving of the typewriter from concealed to the exposed' position aforesaid; and in full lines thepositions of the sections of the adjustable top when the typewriter is arranged in position for use,

Figure 3 is a section on linev 3-,3 Figure 2,

`Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4 Figure,

Figure 5 is a fragmentary view in top plan,

Figure 6 is a sectional detail, and

Figure 7 is a fragmentary view in vertical section illustrating the lower terminal portion of a supporting leg.

With referenceto Figures 1 to 'lof the drawings, the desk generally indicated at II) includes a pair of spaced horizontally aligned rear supfoot-piece I5, abutting the shoulder IB and de- A. The leg II` the leg I4 by a brace member 22. The connections between the legs andthe brace members may be in the `form of the well known mortise and tenon joints. The brace members are disposed between the transverse medians of the legs and the lower ends of the latter. Mounted vin the top of member 2l and disposed between the legs II, I3 is a vertical panel 23 having its top arranged between the transverse medians of said legs and the upper end of the latter. Mounted in the top of member 22 and disposed between the legs I2, I4 is a vertical panel 24 having its top arranged between the transverse medians of the legs I2, I4 and the upper ends of the latter. The upper terminal Yportions of the inner sides of the legs I3, lI4 are cutout rto form shoulders below the upper end of such legs. The cutout formed with respect to the leg I3 is indicated at (Figure l). The shoulder formed with respect to the leg I4 is indicated at 2S (Figure 2). The shoulders v28V on the legs I3, i4 align. Mounted on the tops ofthe panels 23, y24 are top side cheeks 21, 28 respectively. These cheeks are substantially of oblong contour inside elevation and disposed on their *lower lengthwise edges 29. The said edges are straight throughout.vv Each cheek includes a front end 3S and a rear end 3l of greater height than thev end 3). The upper lengthwise edge of each cheek hasa rear portion 32, which is disposed throughout in parallel relation with respect to the rear portion of the edge 23. The upper lengthwise edge of each cheek has its formed portion 33 sloping downwardly with respect to the portion 32. The edge portion 33 is of greater length than the edge portion 32. The downwardly sloping edge portion 32 provides for the front ends 39 of the cheeks to be of less length or height than the said rear ends 3|. The ends 3 I of the cheeks are secured to the front surfaces of the legs II, I2 above the Vpanels 23, 24. rlhe cheeks 21, 28 kare mounted upon the shoulders 25 and secured to the upper `terminal portions of the legs I3, I4. The cheeks 21, 28 project outwardly beyond the shoulders 25 to the desired extent whereby the legs I3, I4 are inset with respect to the front ends of 30 of the cheeks providing clearance for the knees 'of a typewriter operator relative to the legs I3, I4. That part of each of the side cheeks 'which extends outwardly from a front leg is indicated at 34 and it is mounted on and secured to a supporting bracket 35 attached to a front leg in a manner to align with a shoulder 26. Secured to the ends 33 and of greater width than the thickness of the side cheeks are stop members 33. The upper and lower ends'of the members 36 are flush re; spectively with the outer ends of the upper .and lower lengthwise edges of the side cheeks. The outerside faces of the' members 35 are flush with the outer side faces of the side cheeks. The members 36 project inwardly with respect to the side cheeks to form vertically disposed stopsafor a purpose to be referred to.

tour disposed on its lower lengthwise edge and i" having its upper lengthwise edge flush with the upper ends of the legs II, i4. The brace members 2l, 22, 31 and cheeks 21, 28, 39 are of greater thickness than the panels 23, 24, 38, but of less thickness than the legs II, I2, I3, I4.

The desk IS includes a rectangular stationary shelf 42 arranged between the lower portions of the side cheeks 21, 28 and the lower ends of the stop members 35 and which is suitably secured to said side cheeks. The shelf 4I! is cutout at the outer ends of its sides, as at 4I, to abut the stop members 33 as shown in Figure 4. The shelf 40 on its upper face is formed with a front rib 42 anda pair of side ribs 43,44. The ends of the rib 42 abuts the stop members 3E. The

'ribs 43, 44 abut the side cheeks 21, 28 respectively and the stop members 39 (Figure 4). The rear edge of the shelf 4B centrally thereof is :formed with a cutout having a segmental shaped edge 46.l lT I'he lower face of shelf 45 is flush with the lower `edges of the side `cheeks and thelower ends of the stop members 33. The upper faces of the ribs42, 43, 44 align and the said ribs provide a support for a purpose to be inafter termed a carrier.

of the longitudinal median of the body 55.

referred to. v v

Secured to the inner sides of the cheeks21, 23 and spaced rearwardly from the ribs 43,l 44 are supports 41, 48 respectively of strip-like form.` The upper faces of said supports align with the upper faces of the ribs Y43, 44. The supports 41, 48 have arranged thereon, intermediate their ends resilient stops 43 secured to the side cheeks. The rear ends of the ribsl 44 are downwardly beveled. 'The forward ends of the supports 41, 48 are rounded. The sup' ports correlate with the ribs 43, 44 yfor a purpose to be referred to.

The desk includes, anopen top chamber, well or .pocket 54 in which the typewriter 5I is stored and from 'which the latter is shifted from anjd supported when vdesired for use. The chamber, well or pocket will hereinafter be termedl chamber. The latter is substantially of right angle triangular contour and it includes a downwardly inclined bottom wall 52, secured to and mounted on a pair of downwardly inclined spaced parallel supports 53 extending from the rear surfaces of the legs I3, 'I4 to a point on the brace members 2l, 22 forwardly of their rear ends. The upper end Iportieri of the wall 52 -is arranged below the rear portion of the shelf 40. The chamber 50 includes a pair of side walls and a back wall. The sidewalls are formed from a portion of the panels 23, 24 and a portion of the brace members 2I, 22. The back wall is formed from the panel 38 and brace member 31. The chamber 50 at the rear part of its bottom is open, due to the fact that the wall 52 does not extend to the back wall of the chamber.

The desk includes a slidable shelf or slide 54 for and upon which the typewriter is' hired by any suitable means so as to be bodily movable therewith. The shelf or slide 54 will be here- 'I'he latteris of substantially rectangular form and it consists of a flat plate-like body 55 having the front portion of its sides 56 rabbeted to form oppositely disposed shoulders 51 and a forward portion A58- of less width than its remaining portion 5s. The rear lengthwise edge 50 of body y5 5 is formed with `a cutout 6I having the side edges; 62 thereof arrangedl between the horizontal median of said body .55 and the' side 56 of the latter. The base edge 63 of the cutout 6I is arranged rearwardly The 45"of shelf 4I) to the `brace member 31.

` tracks at their upper ends are arranged on opposite sides of the cutout 45 in edge 45.

`ably secured to the shelf 49. the tracks are securedtothe ends of a couplingr fstrip 13 anchored to brace member 31, The conl `the f tracks.

lower face ofthe body 55 is formed `with-a pair of spaced parallel like grooves 64,55 which extend from the front lengthwise edge k56 of body 55 and terminate at the end terminal portions of the base edge 631er the cutout s1. whenthe typewriter is iixed upon the carrier: 54, the

back thereof is to align with the base edge`v63 and tracks also correlate to form guides 'fortthe carrier, as well-as arresters to prevent 'lateral shifting, of the carrier, relative to the wall `52,

when it drops into or isremoved'frorn chamber 50. lThe tracks' incline Idownwardly from the shelf 40 and are secured on the upper face of wall 52 between opposite sides of the lengthwise` median of wall 52 andthe side edges ofthe latiter. Each track has `its top ledge formedwith ajstraightportion and a convexed-or arcuate portion 1| offset relatively to the portion 19;

low the portion 1 I. That part of the track having the convexed edge portion is ofgreater height than the part ofthe track having the ystraight edge portion The convexed `edge portions of the l `track functionto elevate the typewriter just before it passes olf of the tracks in the act of'pulling the typewriterv to a position for use. The

tion to drop into chamber 5|). V 1 s The tracks 61, 58 extend from the `rear edge The The upper termini oi4 the convexededge portions 1| are flush with the upper face of shelf 4|). The tracks are rabbeted at their upper ends, as at 12 for supporting therear portion of` and are suit- The lower `ends of vexed edge portions 1| of the tracks also function to provide for directing the carrier 54- seating on the ribs 43, 44 of theshelf 40 when the typewriter isbeing moved to a position for use. The tracks l .extend rearwardly from `the bottomedge of the Wall 52. l l l There is arrangedrin transverse relation with ing the top thereof.

,i The latter is of greater length than and arranged be.-

convexed edgeportions increase the` speed of the `dropwhen the'typewriteris shifted in a direc- Thehinged adjustable `structure includes the top 11 for thedesk and a copy`holder`18. top `11A comprises a flat rear section '19 and a slopingfront section 80. The .sections 19, 8|] are hingedptogether, asat 8| tol permit `of thev section 8.5 `being swungV upwardly in angular relation; with respect tofthe`section19. The latter extends rearwardly from the back cheek139 and is hinged to ,the lattergas at 82, whereby section 19 may. beswung upwardly at an angle with respect to thecheek 39. The section 19 is mounted onthe edge portions 32 of the side cheeks. The

sectionis mounted on the edge portions 33 of the side cheeks whereby it slopes downwardly with respect to section 19. The section 80 is of'a length that when it is mounted on the edge portions `33 it, will have the front end iiush with the front faces of the stop members 3B. They section 19 has secured to its `lower face and extended from its front edge a pair of spaced parallel arms 83, whichact as supports for section 80 and also act to elevate section 39 with section 19 when the latter is grippedand4 elevated on its hinged connection 82. `The side cheeks and section 19,A have correlated means 84, of known form for releasably maintaining `the section 19 in an elevated position as per the dotted line showing, Figure 2, The section 80 and arms 83 have correlated means 85 of known form for releasably `maintaining the section 85, when disposed in angular relation with respect to portion 19 such as shown by the full `line and dotted line posi-` tions of section 8U, Figure 2.

`of the latter-is a stop 86. l

i j ,.Itwill Vbe assumed thatthe` carrier, with th respect to lthe lower terminal` portions of the tracks 61, 68, a resilient combined stop and cushioning structure acting to limit, the extent,v f with a cushioning eiect,` of the` downward movel ment, in the chamber 59 ofthe carrierwith the typewriter thereon. The said structure includes asupport 14' mounted on the lower portion of wall 52 and arranged between the ,traCksGL 68, a resilient bumper 15 and a retainer 15. The

l 1`support14is suitably secured to the wall 52and `to. the tracks, aswell as extendinglabove the tracks and overlapping the edge portionsl of The bumper `115 `is secured to the forward face of support 15,l spaced above the wall 52 and extended above the tracks. The re- `tainer 15 is secured upon the support 14 and overliesthe top `of bumper 15. The retainer has `itsfcrward endbcveicd. The legs Il, |72, le, i4, Y Athebrace members, the panels, the side and back cheeks and the shel"f,40 correlate to form the l `deskwith what may be termed an open top braced body portion,` which is `r' also open Lat its front.

the, rearward shifting of the carrier.

typewriter thereon, is concealed in-the chamber `5`l`v/ith the desk closed, and it is desired to position the typewriter for use, thetop `l1 is shifted to the dotted line position4 shown by Figure 2 andreleasably maintained in such position by the means 84, 85. The typewriter is then gripped and pulled outwardlytoan` extent to have the carrier 54 seat on the ribs of 'shelf 49 and partly project from the memberfSG. `The limit, of the projecting of the carrier 54, beyond members 35 is controlled by the correlation of the shoulders 51 of the carrier 54 with the inwardly extending portions of the stop members 33. The carrier and typewriter, when the carrierl seats on the ribs of the shelfft will be disposed horizontally. After the carrierV hasbeen disposed horizontally and in projected relation relativeto the stop members 39, it is then shifted rearwardly to an extent to have its rear portion seat on the supports 41, 48, whereby it will be rmly supported, and when so seatedon supports 41, 48 preferably it willbe arranged againstthe front ends of the abutments 49. The latter limit the extent of After the carrier has been arranged in a firmly supported position, the top 11 is moved to the full line position, Figure 2, with top section disposed at an angle to the top section 19v and with the copy holder 18 arranged in proper position for the vfor. to concealed position, the'carrieris `pulled The i towards the stop members 36, butV the pull lin such direction is limited and arrested by'thecorrela'- tion of the shoulders of the carrier the'stop members. lOn thearrest of 'the 'outward pull of the carrier El! itis pushed"`rearwardly on the edge portions H of the tracks, ktilts downwardly onsuch portions,. and then "drops downwardly on the tracks into chamber 56. After the typewriter has dropped into chamber 58 the section El) yof the top 'H is yreleased an'drn'ovedy to the position shown "byFigure 1. i The depth of the grooves-Ell, 95 lis such as to provide a space between thelower'face o'f the carrier and the wall 52. The tracks 6l, 68 lcoact with a portion of thewall 52 and with a Sportion of the support 'ld to form a paper rack as indicated at 81. The"brace-1n'embers 2l, 22y are connected together by a bracingbar B8. The cutout, in shelf to having' the edge et facilitates access tothe paperI rack d?. v'-I`-he,shelf-!l lalsoprovides for connecting the side cheeks together.

The distance between the' supports f-ll', 4S and the ribs '43, @d is such-as to provide a'clearance for 'carrieres on the 'upward and downward movement thereof. W i

What we claim is: j 'f -l. In a desk -fo'r the purpose "se't forth, a body portion vopen at its upper end (and va` -shiftable top mounted on and for closing said open upper endof said' body portion, said top being formed of a front and a back section, said sections 'loe-V ing hinged together, said -f'ront section being angularly adjustable relative to said back section and said open upper end, said back section being hinged to therear of said body' portionsaid back section being capable of being angularly adjusted relative to said body portion and provided with arms engaging beneath the front section whereby to provide for the iront section bodilt7 moving with the back section when the latter is adjusted and when the front section is in the same plane as the back section, said iront 'section and arms having correlated means Yfor releasably maintaining lthe front section adjusted with respect to the back section, and said body asado-2e link pivotally carried bly said front section, and means 'carried by an arm slidably engaging in said'latterslot for holding said front section in upwardly andrearwardly inclined position.

4..Inua desk, a body portion open at its upper end and includingopposite side walls and a rear end wall, ashiftabletopon the upper end of said body portion, said top including a back section and a 4front section, means hingedly securing the rear f said back section to said rear wall, means hingedly securing said sectionstogether, a pairY of spaced parallel arms fixed to thelower side 'of said back section and eXtending forwardly of. the' forward l'edge of the latten a slotted' link pivotally carried by f said back secnongsaid link havingv e noten .therein adjacent an end of saidslot, means fixed to aside wall slidable'in said slot 'and engageable in said notch for holding said lback section in raised position,

a pair of slotted links -pivotally carried bythe lower side of' said front lsection adjacent the rear thereof, and means :carried by each-arm for.- wardlyoffsaid` back section engaging in the slots oi said pair vof links for holding said front seotion inI upwardly 'and rearwardly inclined position. r y f 5. In a desk,"a bodyv portion open at its upper end and including opposite sidewalls and arear end Wall, a shitable top on the upper end 'of said body portion, fsaid topincluding aback se'ction and a front section, means hingedly secur-r ing the rear of saidback. section to said rear wall, means hin-godly securing said sections toi portion and back section having correlated means adus'ted position.

2. In a desk for the purpose set forth, an adjustable hinged top. formed of a front and a back sec-tien hinged together, said front section being angularly adjustable relative to said back section, Said sections having correlated means lfor releasably maintaining vthe front section `adjusted relative to the `back section, means for releasably maintaining said top in adjusted posi- `tion, and said correlated meansincluding io'rwardly extending means carried by the back secfor releasably maintaining the backsection in tion to 'provide for the` moving of the lfront section with the back section.'

3. Ina desk, a body portion Vopen 'at its upper end and including opposite side walls and a rjea'r end wall, a vslliftable top on the upper end of said Ybody portion, said top including a Abacksection and a front section, means hingedl'y securing the rear of said back section to said rear Wall, means hing'edly securing said sections together, a pair of spaced parallel arms xed to the lower side of saidback section and extending forwardly of the forward edge of the latter, `a slotted link pivotally carried by said back section, said link having a notch therein adjacent an end of said slot, means iixed to a side wall slidablein said slot and engageable in said notch for holding l`-Said back section in raised position,w a slotted gether, a pair of spaced' parallel arms 'xed to the lower side of said back section and extending `forwardly of the forward edge oi the latter,V

each arm forwardly of sfaid back section'engagingin the slots of said pair .of links for holdingsaid front section in upwardly and rearwardly 'in- .clined position, said'pair of links holding said front section in raised position in either the horizontal or raised position of said back section.

6. In a desk, 'an adjustable top hinged at its rear edge and formed of a front and a back section hinged together, said fiont section being angularly adjustable relative to said back sec-A tion a copy holder carried by the inner side of said front section, means maintaining sai'd iront section in raised position with respect -tors'aid back section, said front section when `in raised `position being disposed on an 'acute angle with -shiftable top mounted von and for selectively partially or entirely closing said open upper `end o said body portion, said 'top being formedy of a front and a back section a copy holder carried by the inner 'side of said front section, said scc;-

. tions being hinged-1y connected together, saidback d section beinghingedly connected to the rear of said body portion, said frontsection and said back section being angularly adjustable together i with respect to said body portion and said front stantially vertical position with respect to said back section when said back section is ina 5 closed position relative to said body portion.


ineans for arresting the backward movement of` and for maintaining saidrfront section in a subf.

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U.S. Classification312/233, 312/300, 312/208.1
International ClassificationA47B21/02, A47B21/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B21/02
European ClassificationA47B21/02