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g- 7, 1951 G. ELLlS 2,563,226
DEVICE FOR USE WITH SUSPENSION FILE I Filed Feb. 25, 1948 INI/E/VTOK L G [LL/5 Patented Aug. 7, 1951 2,563,226 H DEVICE Foa USE WITH SUSPENSION FILE l 1 Leonard George Ellis, Barnet, England, assignor. 7 I i 1 London, England to Expandex Visible Filing Company Limited,
Application February 25, 1948, Serial No. 10,648
In Great Britain September 18, 1946 se tion 1, Public Law 690, August 8, 194 6, f
Patent expires September 18, 1966 1 Claim. (01. 129-16.?)
1 The present invention relates to a holder for use in connection with filing cabinets, drawers or the like, such holder being secured to and serving to position in a visible manner a folder, pocket or the like in which documents are stored.
According to this invention the upper horizontal edge of each folder is provided with a relatively narrow fold which forms a downwardly extending flange which is adapted to be engaged by an horizontally disposed gripping member made of metal or other suitable material. This gripping member is of channel section with at least one upwardly extending flange located between two vertical side members of the gripping member, and forming a reentrant fold, this flange, when a folder is inserted in the gripping member, resting between the flange of the folder and the upper edges of the main body of the latter. With this arrangement the holder is held firmly against downward displacement.
To prevent lateral displacement of a folder within its gripping member the latter is provided with one or more removable sliding locking members adapted to be inserted respectively in opposite ends of the gripping member. Each of these two members is of channel section throughout the major part of its length, and is passed over one outer edge of a folder. Near its outer end each locking member is formed with a notched portion to facilitate its sliding engagement with a rail or the like in a drawer or the like of a filing cabinet in which the folders are housed. With this arrangement if the locked members are temporarily removed from a gripping member an additional folder can be inserted or one already in position can be withdrawn in an extremely simple manner. 7
Each folder is folded into two halves, the arrangement being such that the upper edge of one half is held in on gripping member, whilst the upper edge of the other half is held in an adjacent gripping member, each of the latter engage ing the back of a front folder and the front of a back folder.
It will be noted that the locking members are entirely independent of the gripping members but merely slide within the latter, whilst no parts of the device are permanently attached to the folder.
With the arrangement described the sliding locking members enable the device to be used with filing cabinets, or the like of different widths or depths, with folders and gripping members of standard sizes.
The folders used in connection with the present holders may be plain sheets of stiff paper, and do not require to be stitched, perforated or provided with staples as in the case of existing folders.
One form of construction of the invention is illustrated in the annexed drawings in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view showing a plurality of folders held in position in a plurality of holders.
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of a holder.
Fig. 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
Referring first to Figs. 1-4 a plurality of folders a are inserted in gripping members 17 provided at each end with an inserted locking member c having at each end a notch d adapted to engage a rail e of a filing cabinet (not shown), the arrangement being such that the upper edges of two adjacent folders engage the same gripping member so that a concertina-like arrangement of folders is obtained as shown in Fig. 1.
As can be seen from Fig. 3 the upper edge of each folder is flanged, the inner of a pair of cooperating folders having a single downwardly extending flange a whilst the outer of the two folders has a downwardly extending flange (1 and an upwardly extending re-entrant flange a. Each gripping member b is of channel section with two downwardly extending flanges b and one upwardly extending re-entrant flange b the flanges of two adjacent folders being housed between the flange b and one of the flanges b the folder being stifi enough to be held by the retaining member.
A locking member 0, also of channel section is slidably inserted within the member b at each end of the latter, and engages the upper edges of two adjacent folders. The locking members prevent lateral displacement of a folder, whilst the gripping members prevent downward displacement of the latter.
As can be seen from Fig. 4 a sliding transparent cover f of channel section engages the member b, and encloses and protects a similarly shaped strip of paper g or the like on which advertising or instructional matter is inscribed, the arrangement being such that, when assembled in a drawer, all such strips are visible.
tending horizontal gripping member of channel section, an L-shaped member partially closing the mouth of said channel section and'being secured at its foot to one of the flanges of said channel with the leg of said L shaPBd channel extending upwardly between the legs of the channel section, a pair of slidable hanger members of channel cross section telescopically receivable in the confines of said longitudinally extending l6 gripping member with the leg of said L-shaped member lying within the confines of said hanger members, each of said hanger members haying a 4 notch proximate its outer free end for engaging said spaced bars.
LEONARD GEORGE ELLIS.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent;
I UNITED STATES PATENTS Number 7 Name Date 1,741,157 Hutchings Dec. 31, 1929 t FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 493,264 Germany 1930 526,470 Great Britain Sept. 18, 1940 361,178 France Oct. 22, 1940