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Publication numberUS2595647 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 6, 1952
Filing dateJul 14, 1951
Priority dateMar 14, 1951
Publication numberUS 2595647 A, US 2595647A, US-A-2595647, US2595647 A, US2595647A
InventorsDu Mais Leo J, Prokop Frank J
Original AssigneeDa Lite Screen Company Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Picture screen stand
US 2595647 A
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May 6, 1952 J. DU MAIS ETAL PICTURE SCREEN STAND Original Filed March 14, 1951 INIVENTORSZ LEO J. DuMAIS FRANK J. PROKOP BY III ATT'YS screen stand of the Patented May 6, 1952 PICTURE SCREEN STAND Leo J. Du Mais and Frank assignors to Da Chicago, 111., a

Original application Ma 215,498. Divided an 1951,

4 Claims- 1 This invention relates to portable picture screen stands and particularly to improvements in the devices which control the variable position of the screen housing on the stand, this application being a division of the copending application Serial No. 215.498, filed March 14, 1951, issued as Patent No. 2,591,686 on April 8, 1952.

The main objects of this invention are to p10 vide improved structural arrangements for facilitating the adjustment of the screen stand so as to expose a desired normal area of the screen at various heights above the floor; to provide improved means for holding the screen housing at any desired elevation on the stand and co-ordinating this holding means with the support of the unreeled' portion of the screen so that a definite area of the screen surface may be shifted to any desired height by a simple act of elongating or contracting the supporting standard; and to provide an improved and simplified structure for frictionally holding the screen housing in place on the standard and causing it to shift with the extension rod. 7

A specific embodiment of this invention is i1- lustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view'of the improved general type to which this invention relates.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged detail of-parts of the partly broken away and partly in section, sh0w= ing the relation of the standard to its extension rod and to the screen-reel housing.

Fig. 3 is a similar View particularly directed to illustrate the manner in which the reel housing bracket is related to the extension rod.

Fig. 4 is a section taken on the. line 4-4 of Fig. 2.

Fig. 5- is a perspective view of the friction spring for the reel housing bracket.

In the form shown in the drawings, the stand comprises a tubular standard I which is upright when resting upon its tripod legs 2. The tripod legs are retractible from the position in which they are shown in Figure 1 to a position parallel with the standard I by sliding the sleeve 3 upward on the standard. The screen case or housing 4 is mounted on a pivot 5 on a rider which is in the form of a U-shaped bracket 6 having upper and lower flanges I and 8 aper- J. Prokop, Chicago, 11].,

-Lite Screen Company, Inc., orporation of Illinois rch 14, 1951, Serial No. d this applicati Serial No. 236,836

on July 14,

(Cl. M -24) tured to slidingly receive the standard I. The flanges I and 8 are also connected to opposite ends of a handle 9.

A bowed spring It bears, between the front plate, of the bracket 6 and the tube I in such manner as to hold the bracket 6 by friction at any position at which it may stand with respect to the tube I. In the form shown, the tension of the spring Ill is adjusted by means of a screw bolt II that has a shoulder I2 bearing on the spring I0 and a reduced stud portion I3 that extends through a perforation in the spring It.

The standard I has a slot I4 extending longitudinally from end to end thereof and the stem portion I3 of the screw bolt I I is made of suitable diameter and length to extend into said slot I4 so as to serve as a spline acting between the bracket 6 and the slotted standard I to prevent the bracket 6 from rotating on the standard while being freely slidable along it.

The screen housing 4 is swingable on a pivot 5 from the position of parallelism with the standard I, in which it is shown in Fig. 1, to a horizontal position crosswise of the standard I, as indicated in section in Fig. 2. The screen I5 is wound on a reel I6 supported in the housing 4 and has an end slat I I provided with a bail I8.

The standard I has an extension rod I9 that telescopes into the tubular body of the standard I and carries at its upper end a bracket arm that is shaped to provide a seat 2| to receive the bail It so as to spread the screen in a vertical plane that extends through the slot 22 in the housing 4 through which the screen web passes.

The bracket arm 20 is also provided with a depending lug 23 that cooperates with an appropriate seat 24 in one end of the reel housing 4 when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. l. The lower end 25 of the extension rod I9 is enlarged in diameter as indicated in Fig. 3, so as to slidingly fit within the inside surface of the tubular standard I to guide the extension rod I9 for straight-line, vertical movement. To facilitate the formation of this expanded end portion 25 of the extension tube I9 it may be split, as indicated at 26 in Fig. 3.

A portion of the tube [9 adjacent its lower end is struck out to form a lug 27 serving as a spline that travels in the groove I4 of the standard I to prevent relative rotation of the extension rod I9 within the standard I. This lug is also shaped to provide an abrupt shoulder 28 at its upper end which, as the extension rod I9 is raised, will come into contact with the stud I3 whereupon the reel housing 4 will be carried along without any further lifting movement of the extension rod I9.

The standard tube I is provided with a cap 29 at its upper end, which is perforated to slidingly fit the extension rod I9 for guiding the movement of the latter. In the form shown, the cap 29 has its side wall indented to form an inwardly projecting lug 3! of appropriate form to slidingly fit the slot I4 of the standard I and to be turned into a bayonet slot 32 at one side of the slot It to lock the cap 29 in place. There is a nipping lever 33 perforated to slidingly fit the rod I9 when the lever 33 is at right angles to the rod I9, and to lock the rod I9 against downward movement when the lever 33 is tilted as in Fig. 2. The lever 33 is seated in a recess 35 in the upper end of the wall of the tube I opposite the slot", which provides a fulcrum 3B for the lever'33. The arm 31 of the lever 33 extends downwardly along the tube I where it can be conveniently pressed by the thumb or finger of the operators hand.

The nippin lever 33 is normally urged into its tilted position by means of a helical spring 38 which loosely surrounds the tube I9 and bears between the top of the cap 29 and the lever 33. This s ring thus performs the function of normally tilting the lever 33 to its gripping position for holding the extension rod I9, and also the function of tending to lift the cap 28, thus holdin the lu 3| firmly seated in the upturned end of the bayonet slot 32.

In operation, whenthe device is folded in its minimum size, it will appear as shown in Fig. 1 except that the legs of the tripod 2 will be folded a ainst the sides of the standard I by raising the sleeve 3.

To set up the device for use, the tripod legs 2 are first expanded to their load-carrying position and set upon the floor with the standard I in vertical position. The operator then presses the lever arm 31 against the side of the tube I to release the rod I9 from the grip of the nipping lever 33 and then raises the rod l9 sufiicient to release the bracket lug 23 from its interfitting engagement with the end of the screen case 4. The screen housing is then turned to a horizontal position at right angles to the standard I. The screen is then withdrawn from the casing by means of the bail I8 and the bail is hung into the notch 2| of the bracket arm 29.

The extension I9 is now lifted until the desired length of the screen web is unwound from the reel. When this unwinding has reached the desired maximum extent, the shoulder 28 on the spline lug at the bottom end of the extension rod I9 will come into contact with the spline stud I3 on the bracket 6 and lift the screen housing along without any further upward movement of the extension rod, thus always maintaining this intended maximum area of screen exposure, regardless of the height to which the screen is set above the floor.

The latching effect of the nipping lever 33 is such that the spring 35 automatically locks the extension I9 in any position to which it may have been adjusted while pressure is exerted on the latch arm 31. Pressure upon the arm 31 is required only for lowering the extension rod I9 into the standard I, since an upward pull upon the rod I9 tends to loosen the grip of lever 33 and relieves the pressure of the spring 35 enough to allow free upward movement of the rod I9.

The pressure of the spring I0 against the side of standard I is adjusted by means of the screw II so as to hold the rider bracket 6 yieldingly against unintentional slipping along the standard. As seen in Fig. 4 the aperture Ll for the passage of the tube I through the bracket arm I has a recess 1.2 to receive one end portion of the spring I0, thus holding the spring II! in its proper position for exerting pressure against the standard.

To knock down the device from its set-up position, the screen bail I8 is unhooked from the bracket 29, allowing the spring of the reel to draw the screen web into the case 4. The case 4 is then moved down to its lower position on the standard, as determined by the stop .5 and turned into parallel relation with the standard I and then the extension I9 is lowered into the standard until its bracket arm 20 enters the recess at the end of the case to lock the latter in the position shown in Fig. 1. Finally the sleeve 3 is slid upward on the standard I to retract the tripod legs 2 against the sides of the standard.

Although but one specific embodiment of the invention is shown and described herein, it will be understood that numerous details of the structure shown may be altered or omitted without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined by the following claims.

We claim:

1. In a picture screen stand, a tubular standard having a slot extending longitudinally in one side thereof, a screen housin bracket slidably mounted on said standard and comprising a face plate having a transverse arm slidably mounted on said standard, said arm having a recess adjacent said slot, a leaf spring seated in said recess and bearing on said standard to frictionally resist the sliding of said bracket thereon, a stud on said bracket having a shoulder bearing on said spring to force same against said standard, said stud extending into said slot, and means on said stud for adjusting the pressure of said spring.

2. In a picture screen stand, a tubular standard having a slot extending longitudinally in one side thereof, a screen housing bracket slidably mounted on said standard and comprising a face plate having a transverse arm slidably mounted on said standard, said arm having a recess adjacent said slot, a leaf spring seated in said recess and bearing on said standard to frictionally resist the sliding of said bracket thereon, a stud threaded into said bracket and extending through said spring and into said slot, a shoulder on said stud bearing on said spring for adjusting its pressure on said standard.

3. In a picture screen stand, a tubular standard having a slot extending longitudinally in one side thereof, an extension rod telescoped with said standard, a screen housing bracket slidably mounted on said standard, a spring on said bracket bearing on said standard and adapted to frictionally hold said bracket in any position along said standard, an adjustable stud bearing between said bracket and spring and extending into said slot, and a shoulder on said extension rod adapted to coact with said stud for shifting said bracket with said extension rod.

4. In a picture screen stand, a tubular standard having a slot extending longitudinally in one 5 side thereof, an extension rod teiescoped with said standard, a screen housing bracket slidably mounted on said standard, a spring on said bracket bearing on said standard and adapted to frictionally hold said bracket in any position along said standard, and adjustable stud bearing between said bracket and spring and extending into said slot, a shoulder on said extension rod adapted to coact with said stud for shifting said bracket with said extension rod, and latch means acting between said standard and extension rod to secure the rod in extended relation to said standard.

LEO J. DU MAIS.

FRANK J. PROKOP.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS

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US2923564 *May 1, 1957Feb 2, 1960Bretford Mfg IncTwo-way lock for telescoping stand
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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/125.8, 248/411, 160/24
International ClassificationG03B21/56, G03B21/58
Cooperative ClassificationG03B21/58
European ClassificationG03B21/58