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May 22, 1951 2,553,853
H. FISHER TELEPHONE INDEX HOLDER Filed Feb. 3, 1950 //\/A/E/\/ 717R HARRY FDHER Patented May 22, 1951 Harry Fisher, Portland, Oreg.
Application February 3, 1950, Serial No. 142,315
This invention relates generally to telephones and particularly to a telephone index holder.
The main object of this invention is to provide a convenient and sturdy form of telephone index and one which can be attached to a so-called French phone without the use of tools and without in any way altering the telephone instrument or affecting the operation thereof.
The second object is to insure the index always being in place close to the dial itself.
The third object is to so construct the device that its cost will be low enough to warrant its use as an advertising device.
I accomplish these and other objects in the manner set forth in the following specification as illustrated by the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. l is a perspective view of a phone with the device attached.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the supporting bracket.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the pad holder.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the pad.
Fig. 5 is a section taken along the line 55 in Fig. 1.
Fig. 6 is a section taken along the line E6 in Fig. 5.
Like numbers of reference refer to the same or similar parts throughout the several views.
Referring in detail to the drawing, there is shown a common form of French telephone I whose base I I is supported upon the feet I2. The positions of the dial I3 and stop I4 are also indicated. The hand piece I is of the combined type in common use.
Referring particularly to my invention, same consists primarily of a three-sided box composed of an inclined bottom I6, a lower edge I I, the top edge I8 and left hand edge I9.
In the bottom I6 is a punched out area having slotted sides 2| and 22. Upturned hooks 23 are punched out of the bottom I-B near the lower edge I'I.
Downturned hooks 24 are punched out of the bottom I6 near the top edge I8.
, The bracket shown in Fig. 2 consists of a vertical standard 25 having an inturned foot 26 having the rubber or metal points 21 which engage the rim flange 28 of the phone base I I.
The upper end 29 of the standard 25 is inturned and fits closely to the top of the base II. The portion 30 turns upwardly and outwardly to form a sloping shank 3| which can slip through the slots 2| and 22 and hold the member 16 5ecurely in place.
A V-shaped clip 32 is provided with ends 33 which project through the portion 30. The clip 32 is long enough to loop over the stop I4 and exert a slight pressure on the portion 30 which is preferably of a spring material.
It is desirable to form the small ribs 34 across the bend 35 in order to stiffen the shank 3I.
Referring to the index book itself, it consists of a back 36 of fairly stiff material which can slip between the hooks 23 and 24. The cover 31 is also of a fairly stiff material and may carry calendars, advertising matter or special numbers such as emergency numbers in large type, such as fire and police numbers.
The pages 38 are plain or ruled and each is provided with a tab 39 bearing the alphabetical indexes 0. Binder rings 4I unite the back cover 36, the front cover 31 and pages 38 into a book unit which may be snapped into place between the hooks 23 and 24 or removed therefrom.
In the use of the device it is only required that the user place one finger under the desired index tab 39 and the thumb on the next one below it and by a slight upward movement of the finger the book is opened to a reading position.
It can be seen that the device can be installed by an inexperienced person without tools and without in any way mutilating the instrument or detracting from its use and, on the other hand, greatly facilitating the use of the telephone.
1. A telephone index book holder consisting of a bracket adapted to be placed against a telephone base, said bracket having an inturned foot, a clip attached to the bracket attachable to the dial stop of the telephone, the upper end of said bracket turning outwardly to form a sloping shank, a book support consisting of a three-sided box having shank receiving slots formed therein and means for attaching an index book within the sides of said box.
2. A holder for telephone index books consisting of an inclined box adapted to receive a tabbed index book with the tabs projecting from one side of the box, a standard attached to the base of a telephone having an outturned shank at its upper end joined to said box and means for anchoring the top of said standard to the dial stop of the telephone.
3. A holder for telephone index books consisting of an upright standard having a hook engaging the under side of a telephone base and having a clip engaging the dial stop, an inclined box supported by said standard having one open side REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 510,810 Marks Dec. 12, 1893 2,432,760 Higbee Dec. 16, 1947 2,495,892
Fishel Jan. 31, 1950