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Ap 18, 1944.. c. F. RAUEN ET'AL RACK Filed A aril 14, 1941 6, ZlNjigNTO R5. MW
Patented Apr. 18, 1944 was STATES. AT-ENT OFFICE RACK Carl F. Raucn, Grosse Pointe, and Gladys Forhan, Detroit, Mich.
Application April 14, 1941 Serial No. 388,490
This invention relates to racks and has particular reference to a small convenient sized rack adapted for general utiliity for holding articles such as a book, a newspaper, clippings, cards or a sheet of paper in such a manner that printed material thereon is visible to an observer looking downwardly or forwardly thereat.
A principal object of this invention is to provide a device of this character which is more useful and more dependable than devices of this character heretofore available.
Another object of the invention is to provide a rack of the character described which is constructed and arranged in such a manner that articles varying in thickness from a single sheet of paper to a book, and articles as large as a folded newspaper may be arranged thereon so that the printed matter on such articles may be read by an observer either sitting or standing in front of the device.
A device embodying the invention is particularly useful for holding recipes, booklets, clippings, newspapers, memoranda and books in such a position that the printed matter thereon may be conveniently read, the device being constructed and arranged in such a fashion that it can be set up on a table, counter or other surface wherever desired and so that it requires only a relatively small amount of space.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from a consideration of the following specification taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing of which there is one sheet and wherein:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of one form of device embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a vertical section on the line 2-2 of Fig.
Fig. 3 is a rear elevational view and Fig. 4 is a section along the line 44 of Fig. l. I
As illustrated, a rack embodying a preferred form of the invention consists of a frame member II], a leg I2 and a clamping or securing spring I4. The frame member ID, as illustrated, may be formed of plastic, sheet metal or any other suitable material and is adapted to stand upon a surface I6 such as the top of a table. The frame member ID provides a supporting surface for an article of the nature hereinbefore referred to and is of such extent in both directions that it will support a folded newspaper, open book or sheet of paper.
The leg I2 may consist of a piece of wire bent as illustrated and pivotally secured to the rear face of the frame member ID by brackets I8, the
brackets I8 being welded or otherwise suitably secured to the frame member ID so as to provide a pivotal mounting for the leg I2. Parts 20 of the leg extend upwardly above the pivotal connection between the leg I2 and the frame member ID so as to provide a stop for the leg I2 so that when the same is opened the frame member Ill will be supported in the position as illustrated in Figs; land a The securing or clamping spring It comprises 'a spring steel Wire which is bent as illustrated so as to provide a portion 22, bowed-out portions 24, coils'26 and portions 28. The portions 28. are formed as illustrated in Fig. 4 and are each adapted to fit into and cooperate with complementally formed portions of the frame member Ill defined by the slots 30 for mounting the spring I4 upon the frame member Ill. The coils 26 are formed about an axis transverse to the line of movement of the portion 22 so as to provide a sort of a. pivotal connection between the main part of the spring I4 and the connection between the spring I4 and the frame member I6. That part 28' of the spring I4 adjacent and above the coils 2B is adapted to provide seats for articles clamped to the surface of the frame member It and the bowed-out portion 24 of the spring is provided so as to accommodate such articles between the spring I4 and the surface of the plate Ill. As shown in the drawing, the portion 22 is contacting the surface of the frame member ID and in operation is adapted to engage the surface of an article and clamp the same against the surface of the frame member I0 in such a manner that printed matter on the article will be visible to an observer looking forwardly or downwardly at the article. The coil 26 and the flexibility of the wire I4 are such as to permit the portion 22 to move away from the surface In to a range of at least an inch and a half.
The device as shown in Fig. 2 is approximately three-quarter size. The spring I4 is arranged so that there is sufiicient pressure between the portion 22 and the surface of the frame member ID to retain a single sheet of paper against the surface of the frame member It and, if desired, the lower edges of the paper may be arranged so as to rest upon the seats 28' provided on the spring I4 adjacent to the coils 26. The portion 22 is, by virtue of the construction of the spring I4, capable of moving away from the surface Ill such a distance so as to support an opened book between the spring I4 and the surface ID, without giving a set to the spring.
The shape of the spring may be said to be wardly thereat comprising a frame member providing a laterally extending supporting surface, and means for retaining an article of the nature hereinbefore referred to upon said supporting surface comprising an inverted generally U- shaped spring wire secured to said frame memher, an intermediate part of said wire at the up, per end thereof forming an apex which is biased into engagement Withsaid frame member in or-' der to contact an article and removably clamp the same to said surface of said frame member, said frame member adjacent each of the lower corners thereof but spaced inwardly from the edges thereof being provided with a U-shaped slot with the tongues formed thereby extending toward each other, each of the ends of said wire being bent so as to extend through one of said slots with a portion of said wire arranged behind and held in place by the tongue of said one of said slots, said ends of said wire being biased away from each other so as to retain said wire in said slots and with said portions behind said tongues, said spring wire being bowed away from said frame member between said apex and the ends thereof.
2. A rack for holding articles such as a book, a newspaper, clippings, a card or sheet of paper in such a manner that printed matter thereon is visible to an observer looking downwardly or forwardly thereat comprising a frame member providing a laterally extending supporting surface, means for supporting said member so that said surface is arranged upright and means for retaining an article of the nature hereinbefore referred to upon said supporting surface comprising a curved inverted U-shaped spring wire, the ends of which are secured to said frame member adjacent the lower corners thereof, an intermediate portion of said wire at the top thereof being formed to provide an upwardly projecting point which is biased toward said surface so as to contact an article at a point spaced above the ends of said wire and removably clamp said article to said surface of said frame member, horizontally spaced. parts of said spring wire adjacent the ends thereof being formed to provide spaced seats arranged laterally on each side of said intermee diate portion for an article clamped thereby to said surface, said spring between each of said ends and said point thereof being curved away from and back toward said surface, said spring wire extending downwardly and outwardly from said point and away from said surface.
CARL F. RAUEN. GLADYS FORHAN;