US 2598358 A
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May 2?, 11952 CONNOR 2,598,358
COLLATING WRITING BOARD Filed Aug. 9, 1948 PAYPDL L JOl/P/VAL PAY/901.4 CHECK PA) 70 I INVENTOR. Paar/2 (aw/v00 BY Patented May 27, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT oFFICE-f a COLLATINSzSZiZI ING BOARD 7 Roger Connor, Athens, Ohio, assignor to The McBee Company, Athens, Ohio, a corporation Application August 9, 1948, Serial No. 43,261
2 Claims. 1
This invention relates to a collating writing board.
This application is a continuation-in-part of my copending and now abandoned application Serial No. 698,699, filed September 23, 1946, entitled "Collating Writing Board.
Collating writing boards of the type described in my copending application comprise a rigid board providing a writing surface, one or more fixed posting pegs seated in holes formed along one side of the board and movable posting pegs seated in a slide disposed in a groove formed in the opposite side of the board. Certain papers, such as a payroll check and a group of payroll ledger cards, are posted by means of the fixed posting pegs and other papers, such as a payroll register, are posted by means of the movable posting pegs. When an entry has been made, the check and top-most ledger card are removed, a new check is posted, and by means of the slide the payroll register is moved up to post the next lower posting line thereon.
Inasmuch as posting of the various papers in the manner described depends upon pegs occupying certain relatively fixed positions, it is essential that the various papers to be posted be printed with their posting lines in precise alignment. Owing, however, to the fact that the different papers collated, such as checks, journal sheets, earnings record sheets, etc., are of different weight and of different kinds of paper, they have different coefficients of expansion under difierent atmospheric conditions. It has been found in practice,'that the posting lines of such diverse grades of paper become disaligned, and with collating writing boards of the type described, it is inconvenient to modify the board to compensate for such inaccuracies of alignment.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved form of collating writing board.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a collating writing board which is more readily adjustable to compensate for inaccuracies of alignment of posting lines on the papers to be collated.
These and other objects of the invention will be apparent from the ensuing description and the appended claims.
One form which the invention may assume is exemplified in the following description and illustrated by way of example in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan View of the device of the invention.
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary, transverse section taken along the line 22 of Fig. l.
Fig. 3 is a section taken along the line 3 of Fig. 2.
Referring now to the drawings, there is provided a rigid writing board I. Formed therein along one edge are holes 2 to receive posting pegs 3. Along the opposite edge and disposed inwardly thereof a T-slot 4 is provided, such groove running the length of the board. To the left of the groove, as viewed in Figs. 1 and 2, is a rack 5 having uniformly spaced notches 5a.
A clamp generally designated as I 0 is provided, such clamp being provided in the usual manner with an upper jaw II and a lower jaw l2 and having a hinged connection formed by outer and inner brackets 13 and I4 and a pivot shaft or pin I 5. The inner brackets M are integral with the lower jaw and the outer brackets l3, with the upper jaw, and the pin I5 is rigidly connected to one pair of brackets and is rotatable in the other pair. As is usual, a coil spring I6 is also provided, being coiled about the shaft [-5 and bearing against the jaws II and I2 is shown to hold the clamp in closed position.
As shown, the upper jaw II is provided with an extension ll serving as a handle. A slide or base i8 is also provided having end portions 19 received within the groove 4, such slide being secured to the lower jaw by any suitable means as by welding or by being made integral therewith. A detenting and posting member generally designated as 25 is provided, such memberincluding a pinion 26 having teeth 26a meshing with the rack notches 5. The pinion 26 is rigidly secured to a knob 28 and both are rotatably mounted on a shoulder screw 21 which is secured to a fiexibile bracket 30 by means of a nut 28a and a, lock washer 29. The bracket 30 is rigidly secured by any suitable means to the slide l8, as by extending through and engaging a slot 3| formed in the slide. The bracket 30 is made of suitable spring material so that the pinion teeth 26a are at all times urged into engagement with rack notches 5. The bracket 30 is free to yield when the knob 28 is manually elevated to disengage the rack and pinion teeth for the purpose of sliding the clamp in the slot 4. The bracket 30 also yields slightly as the pinion teeth 26a progressively engage the rack notches 5 as the knob 28 is manually turned as in positioning the clamp to the next writing line. When in writing line position the pinion teeth 260. mesh with rack notches 5 as shown in Fig. 3. Inadvertent shifting of the clamp out of writing line position is posted by means of the posting pegs 3 in the usual manner, this postin being done in a manher to dispose-the posting line-44 f the check and the corresponding posting line 4! of the payroll records at a convenient level for writing. Interleaved between the check 43 and the topmost payroll record 48 are a payroll journal land a sheet 48 of carbon paper. A transparent sheet 49 of cellophane or the like .is also-provided to protect the records during posting.
The left hand edges of the papers 4? and 48 are clamped to the board by means of the clamp IS. The payroll journal 41 is provided with posting lines ill, and by manual adjustment of the journal and carbon sheet longitudinally of the board, the posting linesof the journal can be easilybrought into precise-alignment with the posting lines of the check and the payroll records. An entry is made, the various paper-s being collated by-mea-ns of the carbon strip 45 and carbon sheet 53. Then the check and topmost payroll record are removed by unseating them from their posting pegs, a new payroll check is seated on the posting pegs, and the payroll journal is moved up the board to post its next lower posting line '50. This is accomplished merely byturning the knob 28 toward the top of the board one notch.
In the event that the posting lines-58 of the journal 47 become out of registerwith the postinglines 44 and 41 of the-check and the payroll records, it is merely necessaryto unclamp the journal and to adjust it until the lines are again in alignment.
It will thus be seen that a collating writing board has been provided which provides a means of accurately and rapidly collating papers such as payroll journals, payroll records and checks, and which provides a simple and accurate means of adjustment to compensate for discrepancies that exist initiallyor may develop between posting lines of the various papers.
While I have shown the preferred form of my invention, it is to be understood that various changes may be made in its construction by those skilled in the art Without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
Havin hus described my invention, what I claimtand desire to secure by'Letters Patent is:
i. 7 ad 1. A collating writing board, comprising a fiat, rigid member having a longitudinal groove formed therein near one side thereof, a rack formed in said rigid member parallel to and outwardly of said groove, a clamp having opposed jaws pivotally connected and resiliently urged to closed po: sition, said clamp having a base portion seated and slidable in said groove, a pinion for engagement with the rack, and means for mounting the pinion on the clamp yieldably urging said pinion into engagement with the rack to urge the pinion to assume a position with two of its teeth in simultaneous engagement with the rack, whereby the pinion and therefore the clamp may be advanced in a step-by-step detentlng fashion.
2. A collating writing board, comprising a flat, rigid member having a longitudinal groove formed therein near one side thereof, a rack formed in said rigid member parallel to and outwardly of said groove, a clamp having opposed jaws pivotally connected and resiliently urged to closed position, said clamp having a base portion seated and slidable in said groove, and a flexible leaf spring mounting bracket secured at one end to the clamp and having mounted on its opposite end a rackengaging pinion whose engagement with the rack flexes the bracket away from the board to-thereby provide a yielding engagement between the pinion and rack to urge the pinion to assume a position with two or" its teeth in simultaneous engagementwith the rack, whereby an arrangement i provided for advancing the pinion and therefore the clamp in a step-by-step detenting fashion.
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