US 2384633 A
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Sept. 11, 1945.
w. T. MARKOWSKI 2,384,633
ARTICLE STORING ALBUM Filed Oct, 30, 1 942 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Znwentor Walter Marhiowslii (Ittomeg W. T. MARKOWSKI ARTICLE STORING ALBUM Sept. 11, 1945.
Filed Oct. 30, 1942 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Q 3mmitor falter TMarliowslin Gttomeg v Patented Sept. 11, 1945 ARTICLE STORING ALBUM Walter T. Markowski, Camden, N. 3., assignor to Radio Corporation of America, a corporation oi Delaware Application October 30, 1942, Serial No. 463,869
This invention relates to article storing albums, and more particularly to an album for filing and storing phonograph disc records, the principal object of this invention being to provide an improved album which will facilitate both storing the records and removing them when they are to be used.
More particularly, it is an object of my present invention to provide an improved record storage album as aforesaid which will aifordbetter protection to the records against damage than is afforded by albums heretofore known.
Another object of my present invention is to provide an improved record album which will provide a simplified method of filing phonograph records.
Still another object of my present invention is to provide an improved record storage album which will constitute a self-supporting record stand and will be useful as such when records are to be selected for playing or are to be returned after playing, thereby eliminating the view. The record holding folder may be temporarily retained in this position by merely bringing the front cover of the book or album up against the folded-over, hinged portion of the inner folder. The book or binder is made of rigid construction and therefore protects the records from breakage or warping when the albums are stacked in piles. The inner folder is preferably made of corrugated paper board and,
since it moves all the records contained therein as a unit when it is being slid into and out of the aforementioned receptacle, scratching of the records is avoided. When the inner folder is need for additional record storage racks or stands.
A further object of my present invention is to provide an improved record storage album whichiis substantially dust-proof and which will therefore keep the records contained therein free from dust and other foreign matter.
Still a further object of my present invention is to provide an improved phonograph record album which will protect the records against warping. I
It is also an object of my present invention to provide an improved phonograph record album as above described which is simple in construction, inexpensive in cost, and highly eflicient in use.
In accordance with one form of my invention, I provide a book form binder or folder with a receptacle which is secured to the inside of the back cover of the book. A second folder in which the records are placed is telescopically received in the receptacle and is insertable through the top, a cardboard flap being provided as a closure for the receptacle. This flap prevents the records from falling out when the records are handled and also prevents dust and other foreign matter from coming in contact with the records. The folder within the receptacle is providedwith a transverse fold-line at approximately the middle of its front fold whereby a portion thereof may be hinged or bent down over the top, front edge of the aforementioned receptacle when the record holding folder is partly withdrawn from the receptacle. This partly exposes the records to partially withdrawn, the front fold thereof bent over the front wall of the receptacle, and the front cover brought to bear against the latter, the entire album will be self-supporting and will maintain the records in a convenient position for removal from and subsequent return to the album.
In accordance with another form of this invention, the receptacle and the folder therein are made as above described. However, instead of mounting this receptacle on the back cover of a book-like binder, I provide an outer easing into whichthereceptacle andits contents may be slid telescopically, the outer member constituting the cover of the entire assembly. If desired, the outer casing and the receptacle may be united by a flexible member to limit the separation thereof while still permitting the'outer casing, when the inner receptacle is withdrawn therefrom and the folder therein is partially withdrawn as above described, to be swung around in front of the bent-over portion of the inner folder so as to retain the latter in its partially withdrawn position. 4
The novel features that I consider characteristic of my invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its organization and method of operation, together with additional objects and advantages thereof, will best be understood from the following description ofseveral embodiments thereof, when read in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation of one form of album formed according to my I present invention, with the front cover in closed position,
Figure 2 is a similar view with the front cover open,
Figure 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 but showing the inner, record holding folder in its withdrawn position,
Figure 5 is a perspective view of this form of album set up and ready for use,
.Figure 6 is a front elevation of another form of record album formed according to this invention,
Figure 7 is a view of this form of the invention showing the inner receptacle withdrawn from the outer casing,
Figure 8 is a view of this form of my invention corresponding to Fig. 4,
Figure 9 is a view of this form of my invention corresponding to Fig. 5,
Figure 10 is a sectional detail view taken on the line X-X of Fig. 8, and
Figure 11 is a fragmentary front elevation of a slightly modified form of a record receptacle.
Referring more in detail to the drawings, wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout, there is shown, in Figs. l'to 5, a book-likealbum comprising a book or folder l' having a front wall or cover la and a back wall or cover lb, the covers I a and lb being movable relative to each other into and out of "open-book and closed-book relation in well known manner. Secured to the inner surface of the back cover lb is a hollow receptacle or envelope 3 which is open at the top. A cover member or flap 5 may be secured either to the back cover lb or to the receptacle 3 and may be folded over the top of the receptacle 3, as shown in Fig.
* 2, to cover the contents thereof.
Telescopically received within the receptacle 3 is a folder 1 having front and back folds between which are placed one or more disc phonograph records R or other suitable articles. The front fold of the folder 1 is provided with a transverse fold line "la approximately through its middle whereby a hinge is formed which permits the portion lb of this front fold or wall to be bent or hinged over the upper, front edge of the receptacle 3 when the folder I has been partially withdrawn from the receptacle 3 a sufficient distance. To facilitate grasping the folder 1, an opening 9 may be formed in the hinged part lb, or other suitable means, such as a tab or the like may be provided thereon.
Records which are to be stored are placed between the folds of the folder 1, after which the folder is inserted into the receptacle 3, the flap or cover 5 is brought down over the open top of the receptacle, and the cover la is closed against the flap 5. This provides a rigid, dust-proof cover which entirely conceals the'records from view and from contamination by foreign matter.
When the records are to be used, the front cover la is opened and the folder 1 is grasped manually by inserting the thumb through the opening 9 whereupon the folder I and the records between the folds thereof may be easily lifted slightly above the position shown in Figs. 4 and 5. The hinged part lb of the front fold of the record holdingfolder 'l is then bent forwardly on its fold line la over the adjacent, top edge of the receptacle 3, and the folder I with its records is permitted to drop down slightly until the front fold line la rests against the receptacle 3. The cover la of the book or album is then closed to approximately the position shown in Fig. 5 wherein it is in engagement with the hinged portion lb and retains the latter in the position shown. Thus, the folder 1 is temporarily locked in the partially withdrawn position with the records R exposed for easy removal therefrom. A finger facilitates taking hold of the rearmost record. As set up in Fig. 5, the album constitutes a rigid, self-sustaining support which eliminates the need for a storage rack for storing the records. 4
'In the modification of the invention shown in Figs. 6 to 10, inclusive, the receptacle 3 and the folder 1 are constructed and arranged as in the device shown in Figs. 1 through 5. However, in place of the book I, I provide an outer casing l3 which is open at the side and in which the receptacle 3 and its contents may be telescopically in-- serted. In this modification, the cover flap 5 is dispensed with, since the top l3a of the casing l3 serves as a cover to keep dust and the like out of the receptacle3 when the latter is inserted into the casing member l3. By placing the casing member l3 against the hinged part lb after the folder 1 has been withdrawn from the receptacle 3 and the hinged part lb is bent or folded down over it, the hinged part lb will be retained in place and the folder ll will remain in the position shown in Fig.9. If desired, a flexible strip l5 may be secured along its marginal side edges lid and l5b by means of a suitable adhesive H or the like to the inner surface of the rear wall of the casing 13 and to the outer surface of the rear wall of the receptacle 3. The flexible member l5 limits the extent to which the inner receptacle 3 and the outer casing member l3 may be separated, and, being flexible, will permit the easing l3 to be swung to the position shown in Fig. 9
after the receptacle 3 has been withdrawn therefrom. When the receptacle 3 is inserted into the casing l3, the flexible hinge element I5 merely folds back on itself within the casing l3 and is hidden from view therein.
From the foregoing description it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that I have provided a novel album for storing phonograph records and other similar articles which has many advantages over the albums heretofore used. Although I have shown and described but two embodiments of my invention, I am fully aware that many other forms thereof as well as changes in the particular ones described are possible. For example, instead of relying on the front cover la or the casing l3 to hold the hinged folder part 1b in the position shown in Figs. 5 and 9, the receptacle 3 may be provided with a pivoted locking tab l9, as shown in Fig. 11, and the tab l9 swung from the dotted line position to the solid line position to lock the hinged folder part lb in its hinged-over" position. Various other changes and modifications will, no doubt, readily suggest themselves to those skilled in the art. I therefore desire that my invention shall not be limited except insofar as is made necessary by the prior art and by the spirit of the appended claims.
I claim as my invention:
1. An article storing album comprising an outer member, an inner member constituting a hollow receptacle, said inner member and at least a part of said outer member being movable relative to each other to provide access to said receptacle, and a folder telescopically received in said receptacle, said folder being itself adapted to receive one or more of said articles between its folds and being insertable into said receptacle to substantially conceal the articles therein, said folder including a hinged portion in one of its folds adapted to be hinged over an edge of said receptacle when said folder is partly withdrawn from said receptacle whereby to. at least partially expose said articles. and said outer member part being notch ll formed in the back fold of the folder 1 movable into position to retain said hinged folder portion in hinged-over relation to said receptacle whereby to temporarily retain said folder in said partly withdrawn relation to said receptacle.
2. An article storing album comprisinga booklike folder constituting an outer member and having front and back covers movable relative to each other into and out of open-book and closed-book relation, a hollow receptacle secured to one of said covers and constituting an inner member, and a second folder telescopically received in said receptacle and being itself adapted to receive one or more articles between the folds thereof, said second folder being insertable into said receptacle to substantially conceal the articles therein and including a hinged portion in one of its folds adapted to be hinged over an edge of said receptacle when said covers are in open-book relation and said second folder is partly withdrawn from said receptacle whereby to at least partially expose said articles.
3. The invention set forth in claim 2 charac-- terized by the addition of a cover member on said outer member adapted to be placed over the open end of said receptacle when said second folder is inserted into said receptacle.
4:. The invention set forth in claim 2 characterized by the addition of a flap secured 'to said one cover in a position to be folded over the open end of said receptacle when said second folder is inserted into said receptacle, said flap being held in said folded-over position by the second of said covers when said latter cover is closed over said receptacle.
5. The invention set forth in claim 2 characterized in that the second of said covers is movable into engagement with said hinged folder portion when said portion is in hinged-over relation to said receptacle whereby to temporarily retain said second folder in said partly withdrawn position to thereby afford ready access to said articles.
6. An article storing album comprising a hollow casing constituting an outer member, a. hollow receptacle telescopically associated with said casing and constituting an inner member, said members being separabl from each other, and a folder telescopically received in said receptacle and being itself adapted to receive one or more articles between the folds thereof, said folder being insertable into said receptacle to substantially conceal the articles therein, and said inner member and folder being insertable as a unit into said outer member to completely conceal said articles, said folder including a hinged portion in one of its folds'adapted to be hinged over ing the separation thereof, and characterized further in that said flexible means constitutes a hinge element whereby said outer member may be disposed against said folder hinged portion when said hinged portion is in hinged-over"- relation to said receptacle to temporarily retain said folder in said withdrawn position and thereby afford ready access to said articles.
9. The invention set forth in claim 6 characterized in that said outer member, when separated from said inner member, is disposable against said folder hinged portion when said hinged portion is in "hinged-over relation to said receptacle to temporarily retain said folder in said withdrawn position and thereby afford ready access to said articles.
10. In a record album, the combination of a' receptacle, a holder for said receptacle adapted to be placed therearound to cover said receptacle, a folder telescopically received in said receptacle, said folder being itself adapted to receive one or more phonograph records between the folds thereof and to be inserted into said receptacle to substantially conceal the records therein, and said folder including a hinged portion in one of its folds, said hinged portion being adapted to be hinged over an edge of said receptacle when said folder is partly withdrawn from said receptacle to at least partially expose said records, and means including at least a portion of said holder for releasably retaining said hinged portion in hinged-over relation to said receptacle whereby to retain said folder in said partly withdrawn position to thereby afford ready access to said records.
WALTER T. MARKOWSKL