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Publication numberUS314598 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 31, 1885
Publication numberUS 314598 A, US 314598A, US-A-314598, US314598 A, US314598A
InventorsMason Meek
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
File for holding blanks
US 314598 A
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(No Model.)

S. M. MEI-3K.

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llnrrnn @raras .artnr trienio S. MASON MEEK, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.


SPECIFICATION forming part-of Letters Patent No. 3l,598, dated March 31, 1885.

Application tilcilApril l1, 1383, (No model.)

To all whom, t may concern,.-

Be it known that I, S. Mason MEEK, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Files for Holding Legal or other Blanks and Stationery, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in cases for the reception of legal and other blanks and stationery, and the object thereof is, rst, to provide a blank-case taking up the smallest possible room, and capable of being adjusted so as to hold many or few blanks, and leave no compartment or space open or exposed to dust, whether full or empty; to make the blank-case light and portable, yet capable of holding a large variety of different kinds of blanks or stationery, so arranged and indexed that the different varieties may be easily distinguished. l attain this end by making all the parts adjustable and so arranged on cords, with bellows-work on the sides of the compartments, that the weight of the contents will close up and keep closed the bottom of the compartments when the case is hung on a wall, as it is intended to be when in use, the blanks resting on the lacing through or at the bottom of the compartments. The capacity for receiving blanks is increased or diminished by slackening or tightening the cords at the top and bottom of said case, intending that the lacing of the lower cord be tighter than the upper, so that the blanks will, when in the case, cause the front to sag down far enough to close up the bottom of the compartments and cause the compartments to stand open at the top, thus holding the blanks securely in place and preventing dust from rising between them from the bottom, thus avoiding the necessity of bellows-work at the bottom of the compartments.

The mode of construction and using my invention will be understood by the following explanation of accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l is a front view of the blank-case Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the blank-case, showing the bellows-work, the cords which support the same slackened so as to show their use and how they are put in place. Fig. 3 is a side c a and b represent iiexible fiaps and cover. f

ci represents an elastic cord or spring looped to an eyelet-hook on the front e of the blankcase and passed over similar hooks or buttons on the ilaps c a and cover b, thus drawing the flexible cover and iiaps snugly down over the heads ofthe blanks in the compartments, and at the same time drawing the upper end of the compartments close upon the contents of the case, so as to keep the contents of the case straight and to exclude dust.

C represents bellows-work at the ends of the compartments, and allowing them to open and close at will.

i representsaseries of partitions which form compartments, which are suspended or strung on the cord g by means of the eyelets f, being graded in length from the length of the back k to that of the front e, and being intended to be made in the proportion of one to two, thus allowing the weight in the compartment-s to be suspended by the cord fastened to the back of the case, thus letting the cord hang as near vertical as possible to give strength to the structure.

f f representa series of eyelets, both above and below and in the four corners of each partition, forming the compartment, through.

which pass strong cords and also fasten the compartments securely in place.

g at the top of the case represents strong cords passing through the eyelets f from the back, thence down through the upper corners of the compartments on one side, then out through the front of the case e, lacing out and in across the front, thence passing through the corners from the outside of the front e and up through the eyelets f in the opposite corners of said compartment-s through the back, to tie to the other end of said cord.

g at the bottom represents a strong cord which is passed through eyelets in the back and-also through eyelets in the bellows-work c in the lower corner of each compartment; thence it laces through or beneath the compartments, lacing backward and forward through the back and front, as seen by reference to accompanying drawings, the lower IOO cord being intended to be drawn up closer than the cord at the top, Which is necessarily longer than the lower cord, the cords to be so'adjusted to each other that when the compartments are full or partially filled the downward pressure on the cords will cause the bottom to close up on the contents, and at the same time allow the upper part of the compartments to lean out from the Wall or back of the case. I prefer to make this case about twenty-six (26) inches long by thirteen (13) inches Wide. The front and back I prefer to make of Wood or stiff pasteboard, bound With tin or brass to strengthen it, the sides of the compartments of cloth, paper, or leather, and the partitions and cover or iiaps of paper, leather, oil-cloth, or either or all of them, the flaps to be indexed on the inside to correspond With letters or iigures on each compartment.

The eyelets are use'd for the double purpose of securing the corners and to allow the conipartments to spread easily by sliding` ou the g g through eyelets f j' in each of the parts,

and the iiaps c ct and covers b, secured to the back and adapted to be infolded over the front to close the case and to .be secured together and to the front by an elastic cord or spring, d, over eyelet-hooks, as shown and described.




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Cooperative ClassificationB65D27/08