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Publication numberUS2968276 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 17, 1961
Filing dateJan 15, 1960
Priority dateJan 15, 1960
Publication numberUS 2968276 A, US 2968276A, US-A-2968276, US2968276 A, US2968276A
InventorsBradley Betterton Thomas
Original AssigneeBradley Betterton Thomas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reminder appliance
US 2968276 A
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T. B. BETTERTON REMINDER APPLIANCE Filed Jan. 15

Jan; 17, 1961 JNVENTOR. l0/V45 5E Tree-rou A l' TO 2 N EYS nited States Patent O Thomas Bradley Betterton, 368 -East ien Drive l,Cliattau109ga, Tenn.

Filed Jan. 1s, 1960, ser. 2@4 j 4 Claims. (el. 11e-,1am

The present invention relates to arerninder applianceA or device for calling attention to specificv matters which require taking care of in the future, such as the purchase of household necessities.

Previously proposed and presently-in use are devices intended to remind the housekeeperA of certain items to be purchased at a future date. Few, if any,of such devices have been commercially successful or acceptable .to the purchasing public for many reasons. Generally, the de, vices have consisted in a block` .or frame having `printed thereon a permanent list of articles usually required from day to day in a household s uch .as .food articles` or the like, with a tab or signal slidab'le `in the block or .frame opposite the name of each articlefrom .a hiddenor` non indicating position to an exposed, `or indicating.position.y A person when preparing to set Vforth onlavtrip Vfor the` purpose of replenishing ,the v4articles neededlmust copy the articles indicated on thedeviceon to a sheet of paper, taking the sheet of paper along with him to theshopping area, YNo saving of time has` resulted from the useof such a device and this is one reason: whyV such. devices are used for brief periods and then discarded.

Other reasons for the .non-acceptance., of the v,devices proposed by the purchasing publie include the` expense of preparing and distributingsuch v devices.l Most house., keepers resort to the inexpensive. methodof .preparing a list of articles and writing .the same `on ,a sheetjofnote paper immediately prior to setting. forth .ouille purchase. ing trip, rather than khave `a printed list involving some expense in the preparation thereof.'

An object of the present invention is to provide a reminder appliance which may be manufactured at reasonable cost and in quantity suicient to attract the interest of a wholesaler or retailer for free distribution to the buying public as an advertising item.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a reminder appliance which lends itself to noting on a detachable list of articles certain articles needed, with ease and facility and without the use of any implement such as a pen or pencil.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a reminder appliance which may be employed to remind persons in various occupations the need to pay attention to specific matters requiring taking care of in the future.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide areminder appliance which lends itself to support upon a vertical wall surface such as a kitchen wall or the like in a position readily accessible to an occupant of a residence, one which may be manufactured so as to be attractive in appearance as well as utilitarian, one which s positive in operation, and one which is highly eiective in action.

These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will be fully apparent from the following description when taken in conjunction with the annexed drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a plan view of the reminder device accord- 2,968,276 Patented Jan. 17, 1961 rice ing ,to kthe present inventioma portion of the vuppermost sheet being torn away toshowthe embossing elements on the backing member;

Figure 2 is a view taken on the line 2--2 of Figure l, showing the reminder yappliance secured to a vertical wall surface;

Figure 3 is a view taken .on the line 3.3 of Figure 1;

Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view showing how the uppermost sheet is embossed bythe application of a pressing force lto the sheet over the embossing or backing member, using a tooll provided by the present invention;

Figure 5 is a fragmentary sectional view showing the portion of the pad adjacent the upper end and the means for securing the same `to a wall surface;

Figure 6 is an isometric fragmentary viewof a sheet torn from the pad after being embossed by the backing member; and

Figure 7 is a view .similar `to Figure 4,showing how the upper sheet is yembossed by the application of pres-V sure by a users finger.

Referring in greater detail to the drawing. in which like numerals indicate like parts throughout the several views, the reminder appliance according to the present invention consists in an article of manufacture including a plurality of deformable sheets, as at 10 in Figure 2, arranged in the form of a pad, the pad being designated generally by the reference numeral 12.

As shown in Figures 1 and 6, each sheet 10 is provided with a list of reminders or legends 14 on one face, the legends 14 in the present instance being articles of-household use.

The present invention provides a rigid embossing or backing member 16 including opposed side edges having flanges 18 and 20 projecting forwardly therefrom, the member 16 being interposed between the outermost and the next outermost sheet 10.

The member 16 is provided with a plurality of embossingV elements projecting forwardly from the one face of the backing member adjacent the outermost sheet 10, the embossing elements being designated by the reference numeral 22 and being adjacent and inwardly of and spaced from the flanges 1S and 20, the elements being` arranged in two rows, as shown in dotted lines in Figure l.

Each row of embossing elements 22 underlies the part of the outermost sheet 10 to a side of the legends 14.

The pad 12 includes a foundation element 24, fabricated of cardboard or the like, and assembled with the sheets 10 of the pad 12 in a conventional manner with suitable adhesive extending along the upper ends of the sheets 10 and the upper end of the element 24.

The pad 12 is provided with a hole (Figures l, 2, and 5), as designated by the numeral 26, to which may be received a nail 28 or other supporting element having one end secured in a vertical wall surface such as is shown in Figure 2 and designated by the reference numeral 30.

In Figure 4, a tool is shown for embossing the outermost sheet 10 with one of the elements 22 when it is desired to indicate on the outermost sheet 10 one of the legends 14 for future reference. The tool is designated by the reference numeral 32 and consists in a short length of magnetic material in the form of a cylinder having an opening 34 therethrough of a size conformably shaped to tit over one of the embossing elements 22.

In use, the pad 12 is hung upon a nail 28 in a wall surface or other supporting medium and the outermost sheet 10 is lifted from the pad 12 and the member 16 is then inserted between the outermost sheet .1o and the next outermost sheet with the embossing elements 22 projecting away from the next outermost sheet. The

outermost sheet is then allowed to fall between the ianges 18 and 20.

Upon the application of pressure by the finger, as at 36 in Figure 7, or by the tool 32, the outermost sheetA 10 will be embossed outwardly as at 38 in Figure 6, with a clearly discernible embossed mark opposite the selected legend 14 on the sheet 1l). Upon the removal of the outermost sheet 10 and upon later reference to such sheet, the embossed mark on the sheet 10 will indi cate the articles which are to be purchased.

As a matter of convenience, a pencil 49 may be hung from a cord 42 having one end secured to a part of the pad 12 at a convenient location. The pencil may be used to write upon the outermost sheet 10 other articles to be purchased as desired.

Additionally, the reminder appliance of the present invention provides space on the upper end portions of the sheets 10 for advertising of a supplier such as the legend indicated by the reference numeral 44 in Figure 1. The space between the two rows of legends `14 is preferably printed with a calendar of the current months as at 46, adding to the advertising feature of the appliance and enhancing its appearance and usefulness for the purpose intended.

The embossing or backing member 16 may be fabri cated of any rigid at material such as sheet metal, plastic, or the like and the embossing elements 22 may be formed by dimpling the member 16 or casting thereon the truncated dimples which readily and with facility emboss the outermost sheet 10 when a pressing force is applied to the part of the sheet 10 in the direction of the adjacent embossing element 22.

What is claimed is:

l. In a reminder appliance, a rigid backing member including opposed side edges, a plurality of embossing elements projecting from one face of said member, said embossing elements being arranged in a row along and inwardly of and adjacent one of the side edges of said backing member, and a deformable sheet being provided on one face with a list of reminders, said sheet being arranged so as to overlie the one face of said backing member with the part of the sheet to a side of the list adjacent the row of embossing elements, said sheet part being embossed upon application of a pressing force to said part in the direction of an adjacent embossing element.

t 2.Ina reminder appliance, a rigid backing member including opposed side edges, a plurality of embossing elements projecting from one face of said member, said embossing elements being arranged in a row along and inwardly of and adjacent each of said side edges of said backing member, and a deformable sheet being provided on one face with a pair of list of reminders, said sheet being arranged so as to overlie the one face of said backing member with the part of the sheet on a side of each of the lists adjacent a row of embossing elements, said sheet part being embossed upon application of a pressing force to said part in the direction of an adjacent embossing element.

3. As an article of manufacture, a reminder appliance including a plurality of deformable sheets arranged in the form of a pad, each sheet being provided with a list of reminders on one face, a rigid backing member including opposed side edges interposed between the outermost and the next outermost of said sheets, and a plurality of embossing elements projecting from the face of said backing member adjacent the outermost sheet, said embossing elements being arranged in a row along and inwardly of and adjacent one of the side edges of said backing member with said row of elements underlying the part of the outermost sheet to a side of the list, said sheet part being embossed upon application of a pressing force to said part in the direction of an adjacent embossing element.

4. As an article of manufacture, a reminder appliance including a foundation element, a plurolity of deformable sheets arranged in abutting superimposed relation positioned upon and secured to said foundation element to form a pad of deformable sheets, each sheet being provided with a list of reminders on one face, a rigid backing member including opposed side edges interposed between the outermost and the next outermost of said sheets, and a plurality of embossing elements projecting from the face of said backing member adjacent the outermost sheet, said embossing elements being arranged in a row along and inwardly of an adjacent one of the side edges of said backing member with said row of elements underlying the part of the outermost sheet to a side of the list, said sheet part being embossed upon application of a pressing force to said part in the direction of an adjacent embossing element.

No references cited.

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Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4504841 *Sep 8, 1982Mar 12, 1985L. V. J. CorporationMarking device
Classifications
U.S. Classification116/306, D19/64, 40/107
International ClassificationB42D5/04, B42D5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42D5/042, B42D5/046, B42D5/045
European ClassificationB42D5/04C1, B42D5/04B, B42D5/04D