US 2453399 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. 9, 1948. E. J. BAKER Erm.
DISK RECORD HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Aug. 30, 1946 BAATTORNEY Nov. 9, 1948. E. J. BAKER ErAL DISK RECORD HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Aug. 30, 1946 INVENTORS 1 EARL J. BAKER By HERBERT P BAKER Il ATTO RNEY Patented Nov. 9, 1948 DISK RECORD HOLDER Earl Joseph Baker, Parma, and 'Herbert Fredrick Baker, Detroit, Mich.
Application August 30, 1946, Serial No. r693.840
(Cl. SHP-153 6 Claims. l
This invention relates to phonograph record cabinets, and particularly to the selective election of disk records from such cabinets. The present improvements may be considered a further development ofthe mechanism disclosed by United States Patent Number 2,268,008 granted December 30, 1941, to Baker. An object of the invention is to simplify the ejector mechanism disclosed in the identified patent and materially reduce the co'st of such mechanism.
"in attaining such object, we provide an improved electing lever in association with each stored record, maintain the normal positions of all the eiecting levers by a simpliiied spring means, and provide an improved means for guiding the records as they are inserted in or ejected from the cabinet.
These and various other objects are attadned by the' construction hereinafter described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Rig, 1 is a iront view of the cabinet partially in section on the line I-I of Fig. 2.
Fig. 2 is .a top plan view of the cabinet, partially in section on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. .Bllllustrates the cabinet in vertical cross section.
i 4 is im enlargement of a portion of Fig. 3, particularly showing the mounting of one of me. record eiecting levers.
Fig. 5 is a .fragmentary perspective view of a group of said levers and adjoined parts.
Gis an end view of one of the levers, showing its engagement with a disk record.
In these views, the reference character I designates the top, 2 the bottom, 3 the front wall, 4 the back wall, and 5 the ends of a cabinet formed of wood or suitable sheet material. The front wall has a large substantially rectangular opening 6 for insertion and removal of disk records and such wall rigidly carries a series of vcylindrical rods 1, preferably metallic, vertically extended across said opening and spaced to form narrow individual guide slots for disk records. Said rods are coated with felt or like soft brous material which will not scratch or mar the records. Upper and lower boards 8 and 9 for positioning records in the cabinet extend rearwardly respectively from the upper and lower margins of the opening B, being mounted at their ends by angle bars II) on a pair of vertical plates II spaced inwardly from the cabinet ends 5. Record receiving grooves I2 are machined in the bottom face of the board 8 and top face of the board B. such grooves respectively registering with the respective slots formed between the rods 1. The boards 8 and .9 have a slight downward inclination as they extend inwardly, thus inducing a aavity travel of records into the cabinet and resisting their accidental escape. A stop establishing the fully inserted positions of records is formed by a strip I3 of wood or other suitable material secured to and coextensive with the rear edge of the board 9, above which said strip projects a suitable distance. To cushion records as they engage the strip i3, a pad III oi `ieflt orthe like is mounted on the rear wall ci the cabinet at a level substantially midway between the boards t .and 9. being adapted to engage rec- .ords slightly before the latter encounter the strip I3. The front and rear walls are so spaced itik relation to the diameter of the records to be' stored, that the front marginsoi' fully inserted records are retained in thesiots between the 1 rods 1.
A rod I5. preferably metallic, is horizontally mounted in the plates i-| a slightgdlstance rearward of the strip 18,"and onsuch rod is fulcrumd va, plurality of identical ejector' levers l-IB of bell-crank form. Said levers are equal innumber to the guide slots formed by the rods 1 and are maintained byspacers I1 in the planes established by said slots. Said spacers arer'ecta-ngular and centrally apertured to receive the rod I5, which freely mounts said spacers, Vand are held from rotation ou the rod by engagement with the strip I3. inthe normal positions ot the levers', their work arms extend upwardly from the Yralorum-roll at a rearward inmination, 'so as to underle'and tangentially engage the fully inserted records. as clearly seen in Fig. 3. The upper end portion of each work arm carries two record-engaging lugs I8, spaced longitudinally of such arm and bent to opposite sides of the arm and jointly having a shallow V form, so that pressure of said lugs against the edge of a record R tends to center the latter in the plane in which the lever swings. It is a feature of levers thus formed that the lugs projecting in one lateral direction therefrom may lap the oppositely projecting lugs on adjacent levers, thus reducing the necessary spacing of the levers. The described levers are adapted to be inexpensively formed as sheet metal stampings. The power arms of the levers extend downwardly in normal close proximity to the strip I3, which serves as a stop limiting response oi the levers to a pair of coiled springs I9 acting forwardly on a rod 20 bearing forwardly against the lower ends of the levers. Said rod is swung on the fulcrum rod I5 by a. pair of arms 2| respectively adjacent to the respective plates il and the forward ends of the springs i9 are anchored to said plates.
From the lower end of each lever, a thrust rod 22, formed of stiff wire, extends forwardly within a space provided for that purpose between the cabinet bottom 2 and board 9. The forward ends of said rods are individually secured to push buttons 23 slidable in the front wall of the cabinet below the opening B. It is preferred to arrange these buttons in two rows as best appears in Fig. 1, the buttons of each row registering with the spaces between those of the other. The buttons swill preferably be suitably numbered and an indefsheet inot shown) may correlate the titles of the 'records to the button ,nl nnbersi l s The described! cabinet aifbrds'art exceedingly ompact record/storage, while permitting` any de- 1 sired ord to be Aselected in a moments time. `Also nm'dved cabinet safeguards the records l` rom dust and dirt and avoidsv their breakage, aslvming an exercise of reasonable care. Ascom- `e'd to the earlier patentedconstiuctibnherei"t 4ore mentioned, there. is a very material reiit n of complexity and c0515., D Posal of the l y mechanism below rather tiian above the rds, rmits'the electing levers o be considorter and stronger thanV the. ea-rifi'er` ein 'i ed construction. Particular-'i attention-'is d ,ected to .the'sevetal function-s ec'rcised? by `the. strip I3, namely, determining` ,the fully inserted positions of records, restraining tlie4 spacers V4ifi from rotation, and limiting response cf'the Alevers.
ls tp the coiledsprmes 19. It isjfurthertebe noted that the cylindrical form of the rods affords the slots between such rods a daring forni facilitating insertion of records.
What we claim is: i. In a disk record holder, the combination with a pair of spaced substantially parallel boards ,.of means-cn the mutually confronting faces oiv the boards' for individually guiding rec .i
ords into 'and from the holder,v a stop stripextended transversely of said grooves andengageable by records in the grooves to establish their stored positions, afulcrum rod extending parallel and adjacent to said strip, a set oi recordelecting levers fulcrumed between their endsl on said rod, spacers for said levers mounted vfreely on said rod, said strip coacting with the spacers to resist their rotation, spring means urging the levers to retracted positions established by said strip, and means for individually actuating the levers in opposition to said spring means to selectively eject records from between the boards.
2. A disk record holder as set forth in claim 1, said stop strip being adjacent to one of said boards and projecting toward the other board.
3. In a disk record holder, the combination with a pair of spaced substantially parallel boards, of means on the mutually confronting faces of said boards for individually guiding records into and from the holder, a stop strip extended transversely of A,said guide means and establishing the stored position of records engagingv said guide means. a fulcrum rod extending parallel and adjacent to said strip, a set of record-electing levers fulcrumed between their ends on said rod, a pair of springs for retracting the levers, a pressureapplying rod extending transversely of the -levers and effective on all thereof to subject them tosald springs, and means for individually actuating the levers in opposition to said springs to selectively eject records from between the boards.
4. In a disk record holder as set forth in claim 3, a pair of arms pivoted'on said fulcrum rod and mounting said pressure-applying rod.
.5. A lever for electing disk records from a, rec- Qlid holder, said lever having a. pair of record engaging lugs spaced lengthwise of and oppositely projecting laterally from the lever and jointly having an approximate V form to center an engaged record in the plane of travel of the lever.
row ofcoaxlally fulcrumed .levers for individualljy electing diskv records from a holder, said levers being each formed with a pair of recordengaging. lugs Voppositely projecting laterally from the? leventhe lugs projecting in one direction being spacedlongitudinaily of the leversfrornfthose projectinglfingthe opposite direction, whereby a ll'apped relation is afforded; between oppositely projecting lugs of vadjacent levers.
HERBERT FREDRICK BAKER.
mrFEiuaNons CITED S'Ihe'foll'owingreferences are of record `in the 111e' of lthis patent:
UNITED s'rii'rEs PA'I'ENrrs Number Name Date `1,014,929 Wood Jan. 16, 1912 1,018,689 4Wood Feb;l 27, 1912 1,145,712 Stevens Jily "6, 1915 1,167,063 Haag Jan. 4, 1916 1,500;539 Adams i July 8, 1924 1,599,039 Carter Sept. 7, 1926 2,268,008 Baker' Dec. 30, 1941