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Publication numberUS2795059 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 11, 1957
Filing dateMar 15, 1952
Publication numberUS 2795059 A, US 2795059A, US-A-2795059, US2795059 A, US2795059A
InventorsWalter B. Mendelsohn
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display book
US 2795059 A
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DISPLAY BOOK Walter B. Mendelsohn, Chicago, Ill. Application March 15, 1952, Serial No. 276,834 3 Claims. (Cl. 35--53) This invention relates to a display book such as is commonly utilized in exhibiting samples of wallpaper to prospective purchasers thereof.

In the prior art, books of this type the primary wallpaper patterns .are usually bound together as pages of the book and the purchaser selects the patterns by turning the pages. Sometimes matching trim patterns of wallpaper are also contained in the book but in such cases the trim patterns are mounted in the back of the book and selection is made either by designated number or by doubling over the large pages between the already selected primary pattern in order to expose the trim pat- This method exhausts the the drapery pattern from memory or uses a small sample I of the wallpaper pattern cut from the full page shown in the book. This is quite unsatisfactory to dealer and customer because the small sample is insuflicient for matching purposes and cutting samples from the full page of the display book destroys the display page.

Accordingly, a primary object of the present invention is to devise a novel and economical display book wherein wallpaper patterns and samples of drapery materials may be quickly and easily matched by the customer and without the necessity of folding or otherwise distorting any of the patterns.

A more specific object of the invention is to arrange sambles of drapery materials in pages, the free edges of which overlap the wallpaper patterns.

A further object of the invention is to provide a flap hinged to the back cover of the book and having means for supporting pages carrying samples of drapery materials against pages of wallpaper patterns.

Still another object of the invention is to arrange the flap and the drapery sample pages carried thereby, so that they may be turned fiat against the pages of wallpaper patterns beneath the front cover of the book when closed.

A further object of the invention is to arrange the flap to protect the free edges of the wallpaper patterns from dust and impacts during handling.

The foregoing and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following specification and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a closed book embodying a preferred form of the invention;

Fig. 2 is a perspective view showing the front cover of the book in open position;

Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the front cover Patented June 11, 1957 and flap in open position to accommodate selection of a wallpaper pattern;

Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing the flap supporting' the drapery material pages against a selected wallpaper pattern; and

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary edge elevational view of the book with the flap supporting the drapery material pages agains tthe first wallpaper pattern page.

Describing the invention in detail, the embodiment illustrated in the drawings comprises a display book having front and rear covers 2 and 4 hingedly connected to a back 6.

The rear cover 4 is provided with binding or anchor means in the form of a flexible strip 8 adhesively or otherwise secured to the inner edges of pages 10 which may be in the form of segments of wallpaper or which may have wallpaper or other displayed material secured thereto.

In the illustrated embodiment, as best seen in Fig. 4, the pages 10 are in the form of wallpaper samples having their pattern sides facing away from the rear cover 4.

The rear cover 4 is provided with a flap generally designated 12 having a segment 14 hingedly connected along one edge'thereof at 16 to an edge of the rear cover 4 free with respect to the back 6, said flap having another segment 18 hingedly connected at 20 to segment 14 along an edge approximately parallel to the hinged edge at 16, as best seen in Fig. 2.

The segment 13 is reverse hinged at 22 to a flap segment 24 along an edge thereof approximately parallel to the hinge-d edges at 16 and 20, the inner side of said flap segment 24 being removably attached as by a retainer strap 26 (Figs. 3-5) secured by conventional fastening means such as staples 28 to a support or backing strip 30 which is engageable with pages 10, as best seen in Figs. 4 and 5, for the purpose of supporting against said pages a plurality of sample drapery materials 32 which are anchored by the staples 28 to the support strip 30 and the flap segment 24.

Thus the free edges of pages 32 remote from their a-nchored or bound edges at 26 are arranged, when the book isopen, in overlapping relationship with the free edges of the pages 10 remote from their anchored or bound edges which are secured to the strip 8. By means of this arrangement, the pages 10 may be turned to the left as seen in Fig. 3, and the pages 32 may be turned to the right, to afford comparison of the pattern on each page 10 with every drapery material page 32, without the necessity of folding, bending, or otherwise distorting any of the pages.


When a wallpaper pattern on one of the pages 10 has been selected by a customer, the flap segment 24 may be bent back on its reverse hinge 22, and the fiap segment 18 may be seated flat against the selected pattern, as seen in Figs. 4 and 5, whereupon the samples of drapery materials on pages 32 directly overlap the selected wallpaper pattern to afford direct comparison therebetween. Under these conditions, the pages 32 may be turned to the right as seen in Figs. 4 and 5 until the customer has selected the drapery material which in his or her judgment afiords the best aesthetic combination with the selected wallpaper pattern.

It will also be understood that if the customer selects drapery material with the flap 12 in the position of Figs. 4 and 5, and then desires to contemplate reselection of a wallpaper pattern, the pages 32 above the trim pattern on the selected page may be held in turned position with the selected page 32 exposed, while the flap 12 is moved to the position of Fig. 3, whereupon the pages 10 may may be turned to the left until a new wallpaper pattern has been selected on one of the pages 10. Thereafter, the flap 12 may be moved to the position of Figs. 4 and 3 I t I 5 to compare the preselected drapery material with the new wallpaper pattern.

It. may also be noted that after the wallpaper and drapery material patterns have been selected, the flap 12.

is placed in the position of Fig. 3 and is then folded over to the position of Fig. 2. This action is facilitated by the fact that the hinge 22 preferably permits bending of the flap segment 24 in one direction only as shown in Figs. 4 and 5. Thus, when the flap 12 is in the. position of Fig. 3, the user merely slips his fingers under'the flap segment 24 and lifts this segment, which cannot under these conditions bend on the hinge 22, so that the flap segments 24 and 1S bend in unisonon hinge 20 to assume the position of Fig. 2, whereupon the front cover 2 may be closed as shown in Fig. 1 to afford a neat compact book for storage or stacking, as may be desired.

A further feature of the invention resides in the novel compact arrangement of the parts when the book is thus closed for storage in a rack or stacking on a table, as may be desired. Under these conditions, the flap segment 14 overlaps the free ends of the pages protecting them from dust or damage due to impacts; and the backing strip 30 underlies the flap segments 18 and 24, so that the pages 32 overlie the pages 10 in an extremely compact and dustproof arrangement, as shown in Fig. 1.

It may be noted that if the pages 32 are sufliciently stiff to afford their own support, the member 30 may be eliminated. Furthermore, the flap 12 may be hinged to either the upper or lower edge of the rear cover 4, or if desired, a plurality of flaps 12 may be utilized, with the segment 14 of each hinged to one of the edges of the rear cover 4 free from the edge thereof which is hinged to the back 6.

In this connection it may be further noted that in the arrangement of Fig. 4, the patterns of the pages 10 and 32 are all arranged in one direction, that is with the patterns running from top to bottom of the pages, as seen in this figure; and it will be understood that the patterns of pages 10 and 32 will always be arranged in the same direction whether the flap 12 is attached to the cover 4 as illustrated, or is attached to the upper or lower edge thereof.

Changes may be made in form and substance without departing from the spirit of the invention or sacrificing any of the advantages and the right is hereby reserved to make all changes which fairly fall within the scope of the following claims.

What is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent of the United States is as follows:

1. A book for displaying visual material comprising front and rear covers with a set of pages bound therebetween, a flap hinged to an edge of the rear cover extending along unbound edges of said pages, said flap being folded on hinged segments thereof around said unbound edges, and said fiap being folded back on a one-way re verse hinge to overlap said pages, and means on said flap for supporting displayed material against a selected page of said set.

2. In a display book having pages within covers hinged to a back; the combination of a flap hinged along one edge thereof to a lateral edge of one cover and adapted to overlap the other cover when closed, said flap having a reverse hinge between its lateral edges and having a support on the inner surface thereof for displays to overlap those of said pages when said other cover is open and the flap is bent back on said reverse hinge.

3. A display book having pages and having front and rear covers hinged to a back, a flap having a segment hinged along an edge thereof to a lateral edge of one cover, said flap having another segment hinged to the first-mentioned segment and adapted to overlap the pages, and said flap comprising a third segment having a reverse hinge to the second segment, and means on the inside surface of said third segment for supporting displays in overlapping relationship with said pages.

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U.S. Classification434/75, 281/16
Cooperative ClassificationG09F5/04