US 3037638 A
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2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR ATTORNEYS ROBERT H NEALV R. H. NEALY ADJUSTABLE MAGAZINE June 5, 1962 Filed Allg. 5l, 1959 June 5, 1962 R. H. NEALY ADJUSTABLE MAGAZINE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Aug. 5l, 1959 ATTGRNEKS` United States Patent OpF 3,037,638 ADJUSTABLE MAGAZINE Robert H. Nealy, 3 Clovis Road, East Brunswick, NJ. Filed Aug. 31, 1959, Ser. No. 837,225 1 Claim. (Cl. 211-49) This invention relates to an improved cigarette storage and dispensing magazine.
The trend in modern cigarette manufacture and promotion is to have cigarettes of varying dimensions to appeal 1( to smokers having a wide variety of demands in their s-elected brand choice. This is witnessed by the fact that on current cigarette sales stands you will find size ranges such as regular, kingsize, filter-tip, and so forth. It is an object of this invention, therefore, to provide an adjustable assembly which will permit convenient and orderly storage of a supply of any of the popular brands or sizes having these various dimensions.
It is known in the prior art to have cigarette magazines having adjustable side walls to accept various size packages of cigarettes, but none of the prior art structures have the simplicity, sturdiness, and foolproof adjustable features inherent in this invention. These advantages have been gained through an arrangement whereby movable side members are mounted on a iixed bracket. accomplishing these advantages, the invention remains low in` cost and attractive in appearance.
It is also an objective of this invention to provide adjustable magazine structure which may be adjusted with only a very minimum lateral and vertical clearance being necessary.
A still further objective of this invention is in the provision of a magazine structure which may conveniently be moved horizontally slightly in the event, for instance, it is desired to mount an adjacent like magazine.
It is a further objective of the invention to provide an adjustable assembly which does not require the use of any tools, and does not require additional removable members which are easily lost when not in use.
The objectives of this invention are accomplished basically by providing an assembly consisting of a support bracket lwhich may be mounted -to any vertical surface, and two magazine members adjustably supported by said bracket. The magazine members are provided with lugs on their back surface which engage with one set of the several dierent notches on the bracket to position them horizontally with respect to the center line of the bracket. Said magazine members also have two hooks projecting from their back surface which engage support pads on the bracket to vertically support the members on the bracket.
These and other objectives of the invention will become more readily apparent from the following detailed description of the invention taken in conjunction With the drawings andthe appended claim.
In the drawings wherein like reference characters indicate like parts:
FIG. l is a front elevational view of the magazine;
FIG. 2 is a partly exploded front elevational view with hidden parts shown in dotted lines;
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view along the line 3 3 in FIG. 2; and
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional View along the line 4 4 of FIG. 3.
The magazine of this invention is generally designated by the numeral 10. The magazine basically consists of three members, which are the wall bracket 12, the side member 14, and the side member 16, which side members are mirror images of each other.
The wall bracket 12 consists of the rectangularly shaped frame 13, the backing 15, inwardly directed tabs while ICC 21, 23, 2S and 27, and lateral cross-members 22, 24, 26 and 28. The backing 15 runs longitudinally of the frame and is narrowed at 30 and 32. The tabs 21 and 23 extend laterally from the front of frame 12 to narrowed portion 30, and tabs 25 and 27 extend to narrowed portion 32. These tabs form supports for the remainder 0f the magazine as later described.
The space between cross-members 22 and 24, and 26 and 28, respectively, is such that it will receive the threads of av screw such as 32 and 34 but not the head thereof. The spacing forms a slot such that the bracket may be adjusted horizontally along the wall to which it is attached.
Each of the cross-members has a plurality of notches spaced therealong shown by the numerals 22', 24', 26 and 28 spaced on one side of center and notches 22", 24, 26 and 28" spaced on other side of center. Three notches on each side of center have been shown, but any number may be present, depending on the different size packs currently on the market.
The magazine sides 14 and 16 are mirror images of each other, and for the interest of simplicity only side member 14 will be described. Like parts on the opposite side being defined by like numbers to which a prime has been added. The side member 14 consists of a back 42, side edge 44, bottom 46 and front section bar 48. Extending from the backing 42 are clips 50 and 52 adapted to mate -with tabs 21 and 25, respectively. These hooks and tabs will vertically support the side member on the bracket. For horizontal positioning the longitudinally shaped lugs 54 and 56 which extend rearwardly from the backing 42 are adapted to mate with the notches along bars 22, 24, 26 and 28. As can readily be seen, the magazine will have its largest width when the lugs are mated with the notches farthest from the center of the bracket, and have its least width `when the lugs are mated with the notches closest to the center. The fact that each bracket is moved a like amount when an adjustment is made gives the magazine an appearance of balance and orderliness, no matter what size cigarette pack is being stored. Also in the event two magazines are mounted adjacent to one another, the magazine may be adjusted by moving only the outside side members.
Front bar 48 is cut away as shown at 57 to aid in withdrawing a package of cigarettes from the magazine. The bottom members 46 and 46 are spaced apart leaving a space 61 so that the forenger may be inserted behind the package if any difficulty is encountered in withdrawing one of the packages.
Tabs 60, 62, 60 and 62 which extend inwardly from back members 42 and 42 should also be noted. The spacing between narrowed portions and 30 and 32 and frame 13, which provides manipulating room for clips 50, 50 52 and 52 are covered by these tabs when the unit is assembled. Thus, when the magazine is only partially full, the wall to which the magazine is attached will not be exposed.
The magazine is of a height capable of holding more that a carton of cigarettes so that it will be possible to load a complete carton into it before it is completely emptied.
The magazine as described may conveniently be manufactured from wood, plastic, or sheet metal products. The bracket which is secured to a wall in the manner described, provides a sturdy, simple and foolproof arrangement for home or office storage.
To adjust the dimensions of the magazine each magazine side member must merely be moved upwardly a short distance until the clips disengage the bracket support tabs, forwardly a short distance so that the horizontal positioning lugs clear the bracket positioning notches, horizontally to the right or left until the magazine member positioning lugs are matched to the appropriate positioning notch, backwardly so that the lugs will engage the notches, and downwardly so that the hooks reengage the bracket support tabs.
If it is desired to mount another magazine adjacent a first magazine, and the first magazine is centered on the wall, the combined magazines may remain centered by merely sliding the first wall bracket to the right or left after slightly loosening members 32 and 34.
It can be seen that the structure provides a means to effect adjustment of the magazine for any of the various size cigarette packs without the use of additional or removable members, without the need for any tools, and without disturbing the main support bracket. Moreover, the adjustment may be completed with a minimum of free space around the assembly. This allows the magazine to be used between cabinets and the like where space is critical.
In a general manner, while I have, in the above description, disclosed what I deem to be practical and efficient embodiments of my invention, it should be well understood that I do not wish to be limited thereto, as there might be changes made in the arrangement, disposition and form of the parts without departing from the principle of the present invention as comprchended within the scope of the accompanying claim,
In a device for storing a plurality of superposed cigarette packages, the combination including, a vertically extending backing plate to be attached to a wall, a first pair of support tabs extending laterally outwardly in horizontal alignment from the backing plate, a second pair of support tabs extending laterally outwardly in horizontal alignment from the backing plate and vertically spaced from the first pair, all of said tabs being spaced from the wall supporting the backing plate, two vertically spaced horizontally extending cross members attached to and extending laterally across the backing plate parallel to said pairs of tabs, the forward surfaces of said cross members being provided with a plurality of rearwardly indented horizontally spaced notches, a pair of vertically elongated channel-shaped magazine members to be disposed in oppositely facing relationship, one side of each channel-shaped member being provided with a pair of vertically spaced downwardly directed clips to slida` bly engage with a respective one of each pair of said tabs to vertically support said channel-shaped members, said one side of each channel-shaped member being also provided with two vertically elongated lugs to vertically slidably engage with a respective one of the notches of each of said cross members to prevent lateral displacement thereof.
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