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Publication numberUS2584352 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 5, 1952
Filing dateJun 25, 1948
Priority dateJun 25, 1948
Publication numberUS 2584352 A, US 2584352A, US-A-2584352, US2584352 A, US2584352A
InventorsKern Albert H
Original AssigneeKern Albert H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Card holder
US 2584352 A
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Feb. 5, 1952 A. H. KERN CARD HOLDER Filed June 25, 1948 3nventor #45527 H. KEIRN Patented Feb. 5, 1952 Albert H. Kern, Birmingham, Ala.

Application June 25, 1948, Serial No. 35,271

This invention relates to a device for holding an unbound stack of cards or the like for the entry or transfer of information thereto or therefrom, as in accounting, and has for an obj'e'ct the provisioniof a device of the character designated in which the cards are firmly held when reference is being made thereto, but are readily removed when the entries are completed. A further object of my invention is to provide a device for holding a stack of cards or the like 2 Claims. (Cl. 281-44) for the entry or transfer of information thereto or therefrom which shall embody means whereby the cards are held in position and the entries or transfers made by one hand of the person using the device. I

A still further object of my invention is to provide a device for holding an unbound stack of cards which shall include a base member, having an upper surface for supporting the cards, and a hand rest including a card retaining portion 2 ing a stack of unbound cards mounted in position for use; I

Fig. 2.,is a longitudinal sectional view of the same;

Fig. 3 is a plan view of the upper end of the device; and

Fig. 4 is a plan view of the blank from which the device is made.

Referring now to the drawing for a better understanding of my invention, my improved card holding device is preferably made from a sheet of resilient metal bent as shown in Figs. 1 and 2 to provide a base 10, a card supporting portion ll,

thereon and a hand rest l2, the card supporting portion and the hand rest being spaced from the base adapted to bear against the lower edge of the circumstances, it has been necessary for the accountant to holdthe stack of cards down with one hand while the other hand was being used for making the entries. As is also well. known, it is often necessary to refer to or compare the information on the cards with amaster sheet or record and in order not to lose the place on such record, some sort of aligning device must be employed. My invention has for its principalobject the overcoming of this last mentioned diffic'ulty. In accordance with my invention I have provided a device for holding a stack of cards, under the circumstances hereinabove mentioned, in which the cards are positioned with their lower edges inserted beneath the upper edge of a hand rest whereby they are firmly held in position by the pressure of the hand of the person using the device on the hand rest thus leaving the other hand free to follow the master sheet or record. Otherwise stated, by means of my invention, one hand of the user performs the duties of two hands, leaving the other hand free for other duties.

A device embodying features of my invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this application, in which:

Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the device showportion 1 I is bent downwardly at 13 to engage the base Ill. The upper end of the hand rest I2 extends upwardly to overhang a stack of cards l4 mounted on the card supporting portion ll. Secured or otherwise provided on the underside of the hand rest l2 adjacent the turned down portion I3, of the card supporting portion, is a card stop 16 against which the lower edges of the cards I4 rest to hold them in alignment and in position for'entries to be made thereon. As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the card stop it is inclined toward the lower end of the hand rest so that as the stack of cards is brought to rest against the stop each card in the stack overhangs the next lower card in the stack at the top. This feature insures that, as the cards are removed, one at a time, by engaging them at the top with the fingers, only one card at a time will be thus engaged.

Extending upwardly from the hand rest l2 are and 2| drawing them into alignment. The auxiliary members I! and I8 have another important function in that it often becomes necessary in making entries to make an entry from a card not included in the stack [4. Under such conditions, such card may be placed on the stack l4, between the tabs l9 and 2|, with its lower edge inserted under the lips 22 and 23 of the members I1 and I8 and thus be held in place while the necessary entry is being made.

Referring now to Fig. 4 of the drawing, I show the blank from which my improved card holder is made. This blank is preferably comprised of a resilient metal sheet 26 which is bent along the dotted lines 21, 28, 29 and 3 I. The blank is folded .over itself along the lines 28 and 29 to form the card supporting portion H with the lower edge turned downwardly along the line 21 to form the support l3. The other end of the blank is folded over upon itself along the line 31 to form the hand .rest 12,, while the tabs or auxiliary retaining members H and 18 are bent downwardly along the lines 32 and 33 to the positions shown in Figs. '1 and 2 of the drawing. The card stop, 1:6 is then formed or secured to the underside of the hand rest in any suitable manner.

In order to give the device a more pleasing appearance and make it more comfortable in use, I preferably provide a cover 34, made of anyxsuitable material, over the hand rest I2 and preferably provide a plurality. of supporting pads "35' of rubber or other suitable material on the underside of'the base 10.

From the foregoing description, the method: of using my improved device'will be apparent. A stack of cards on which entries are to be made or from which information is to be transferred is placed on the card supporting portion H of the device with their lower edges bearing 'against the stop IS. The right hand oi -the user rests onthe hand rest l2 while making the entries, whereby the weight of his hand, plus the resiliency of the connection between the hand rest and thebase, holds'the cards l l firmly in place. At the same time, the other hand of the usercan be'used to refer to or hold the place on a master sheet or record. Extra cards upon which entries may be made are inserted under the tabs 2-2 and 23 of the auxiliary supporting members H and 18.

While I'have described my improved cardholding device as being made of resilient sheet metal; it will be apparent that it may be constructed of any suitable material, or materials, withoutdeparting from the spirit of my invention and the use of metal for that purpose is given herein as the material from which it may be the most economically'produced.

From the foregoing it will be apparent that I have devised an improved card holder which is simple of design and economical of manufacture and one which is adapted'to greatly increase the efficiency-of the user.

While I have-shown my invention in butone form, it willbe obvious to those skilled in'the art that it is not so limited but is susceptible of various changesa'ndmodifications, without departing from the spirit thereof, and I desire, therefore, that only such limitations shall be placed thereupon as are specifically set forthin the appended claims.

WhatI claim is: 1. A card holder comprised of sheet m'etal and including a base portion bent upwardly and then inwardly and downwardlyadjacent one end thereof to form a downwardly inclined card support, said card support being bent downwardly at the lower end thereof to engage the base, a hand rest joined to the opposite end of the base and spring biased therefrom and extending inwardly and upwardly. to overhang thedower. edge of. the card support, upwardly extending side tabs at each side on the upper end of the hand rest flaring outwardly away from eachother, and a card stop joined to the under side of the hand rest and spaced from the upper edge thereof and from the lower edgeof the card support and inclined toward the lower end of the holder.

2-. A devicef'oriholding a stack of cards comprising. aresilient metal sheet folded upwardly and then inwardly and downwardly at one end thereof. to provide a ba'se and card supporting portion overlying and spaced fromithe base, said card supportingipo'rtion being turned downwardly at its inner end to engage the base, saids'heet being folded over itself'at the end opposite said card supporting'portion to provide an inwardly and upwardly extending hand rest portionspring biased fro'm'the base with. its upper edge overlying the lower'end'of the card supporting portion", a card stop member extending downwardly from the upper portion of the hand" rest portion adjae cent the lower end of the ca'rd'supportin'g portion andinclined' away from the lower end thereof, and lips at the upper corners of "said'hand' rest portion extending over the card'supportingiportion and having downturnedcard aligning tabs extending alongside said card supporting portion, said tabs flaring outwardly away from each other at the ends thereof'adja'cent'saidcardsupporting portion.


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U.S. Classification312/193, 248/118.3
International ClassificationB42D5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42D5/005
European ClassificationB42D5/00B1