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Publication numberUS3149726 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 22, 1964
Filing dateNov 20, 1961
Priority dateNov 20, 1961
Publication numberUS 3149726 A, US 3149726A, US-A-3149726, US3149726 A, US3149726A
InventorsTrust Company State Bank And
Original AssigneeGaylord Bros Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Book stand
US 3149726 A
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P 1964 L. E. MAGERS 3,149,726

BOOK STAND Filed Nov. 20, 1961 INVENTOR. Z [flydif lfgyens BY %M W MATTORNEYSQ United States Patent O 3,149,726 v I 1390K STAND Lloyd E. Magers, 'Evanston, 11].; State Bank and Trust Company, Evanston, 111., a corporation of Illinois, trustee and executor of said Lloyd E. Magers, deceased, assignor, by mesne assignments, to Gaylord Bros, Inc, Syracuse, N.Y., a corporation of New York Filed Nov. 20, 1961, Ser. No. 153,450 12 Claims. (Cl. 211-134) This invention relates to a stand suitable for supporting books or the like, and more particularly to a stand or rack of high strength, large capacity, and effectiveness for storage of articles such as books and the like.

Heretofore, stands for storing books and .the like have had limited capacity because storage space has been provided for one side of the stand only. The present invention overcomes this deficiency and affords for the first time a double capacity stand having shelves on each side thereof. Further, the invention provides for vertical end rods, in a preferred embodiment thereof, which rods extend between the bight at the upper end of inverted U-shaped supports for the stand, and lower cross pieces therefor. The rod structures thus afford an exceptional strength in the stand, and in a particular placement thereof wherein the rods intersect median points on the shelf ends, they are effective in retaining books or the like in position without any hazard of inadvertently placing the book pages over a strap at the shelf ends. However, the invention also encompasses a double book stand structure wherein end straps for the shelves may be utilized.

Again, a single stand structure is encompassed within the scope of the invention wherein the shelf ends are protected by one or more vertical rods of the type indicated.

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a book stand of exceptional strength and ruggedness as Well as a high degree of maneuverability which may be increased by rollers at the bottom of the stand.

Another object of the invention is to provide a stand which affords increased capacity While occupying but little floor space, which is h ghly advantageous for school rooms, institutions such as libraries, hospitals or the like, the stand having a double shelf structure with the shelves on opposite sides effectively doubling the capacity of previously available stands which might occupy substantially the same floor space.

Another object of the invention is to provide a book stand construction wherein the shelf ends are protected by vertical rods which prevent the books from sliding or falling off the shelf ends.

Another object of the invention is to provide a device as described wherein a vertical rod construction is utilized which rigidifies and increases the strength of' the stand.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent as the description proceeds in accordance with the drawings in which:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a stand according to one embodiment of the invention;

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a stand according to the invention;

FIGURE 3 is an end view of :a stand according to the view of FIGURE 2; and

FIGURE 4 is a view corresponding to the view of FIGURE 3 and corresponding to yet another embodiment of the invention.

Referring now to the drawings, and to FIGURE 1 in particular, a stand is shown according to the present invention, which includes a pair of vertical supports 11 and 12 each preferably having an inverted U-shaped tubular construction with each of the supports 11 and 12 including legs 11b and 12b -and-bights 11c and12c that the shelves are preferablytilted slightly inwardlyv 3,149,725 Patented Sept. 22., 1964 ice respectively; a plurality of cross bars 13 and 14 for the respective supports 11 and 12; and oppositely facing pairs of registered shelves 15, 16; 17, 18; and 19, 20, extending between the supports 11 and 12 and secured to the cross pieces thereon as hereinafter described. Desirably also, each leg 11b and 12b of each of the respective supports 11 and 12 is provided with a roller 21 so that a high degree of mobility and accessability for the stand 10 is afforded within the scope of the invention.

The shelves 15 through 20 desirably are of a substantially right angled cross-sectional configuration for supporting books or the like so that, for example, as seen with respect to the shelf 19, a back 22 and a support base 23 are provided by each of the said shelves. Also, the shelves may each include a top, inwardly turned flange extending longitudinally therealong as indicated at 24, and a bottom, downwardly turned flange extending longitudinally as indicated at 25. Outwardly and downward- 1y extending end straps 26 may be connected by welding or the like across the ends of the shelves, as shown, to retain books in position on the shelves, and the individual shelves may be secured to the vertical supports by welding the flanges 25 to the respective legs 11b and 12b of the respective vertical supports 11 and 12 and by welding the flanges 24 of the middle and lower shelves to the cross bars 13 and 14. Similarly, the flanges 24 of the topmost shelves may be Welded to the bights 11c and 120 of the respective supports 11 and 12. However, the connection of the shelves to the vertical supports may be provided in a different manner, as by means of screws extending into underlying or supporting relation with the flanges and the shelves or by other fastening means.

Referring now to FIGURES 2 and 3, another embodiment of the stand of the invention is shown wherein a double shelf structure is similarly afforded, this embodiment being designated by reference numeral 10a. According to the embodiment 10a, supports 11 and 12 are provided for the shelves 15 through 20 as hereinbefore indicated, but instead of utilizing cross bars 13 and 14 for the vertical supports and to afford a connection for the shelves, a bottom cross piece 27 is secured by welding or the like between the bottom portions of the legs 11b and 12b of the respective supports 11 and 12; and a plurality of vertical rods of preferably tubular construction similar to the vertical supports, is secured as by welding or the like between the bight portions and of the vertical supports and therespective cross pieces 27 for each side of the stand 101:. These vertical supports are indicated by reference numeral 28, 29 and 30 and it will be seen that in a preferred form of the invention the central rods 29 are used for providing a secure connection for the inner upper ends of the shelves 15 through 20, as by welding the flanges 24 thereof to the said vertical rods 29, or otherwise. Likewise, the outer portions of the shelf ends may be secured to the vertical supports as in the previously described embodiment, by welding or other suitable means. Further to reinforce and rigidify the structure 10a, but additionally and as animportant feature of the invention to provide a means. ofpreventing lateral outward movement of books from the shelves, the vertical supports 28 and 30 are disposed intermediate the inner and outer edges of the shelves and thus intersect the shelf cross-sections in abutting engagement with their ends.

The shelves may be secured by welding or other means to the said rods 28 and 30 on each side of the stand 10a, but need not be so secured since'a rugged, effective and simple construction'will be provided even without such a "connection. "rDesirably, the vertical rods 28 and 30 are disposed in intersecting relation to the lower support portions 23 of the individual stands, although it will be seen about their horizontal axes so that books may be disposed thereon in securely seated and retained position. By means of the said rods 28 and 30, any tendency of the books to move outwardly from the shelves will be prevented and the books or other objects on the shelves will be held in position even during movement of the stand from one position to another in a room or between rooms, etc. The vertical rods have the additional advantage that they eliminate any tendency of the endmost books to become engaged on straps such as the straps 26 and also afford a more secure retention means for the books together with a reinforcement which is highly desirable. Referring now to FIGURE 4, another embodiment of the invention is shown wherein a stand 195 is provided having a single tier of shelves rather than a double shelf construction as in the preceding embodiments. Thus shelves 150, 16a and 17a are secured between individual uprights 11a, with the forward ends of the shelf portions 23a being secured by welding or other suitable means to one of the legs 11b and 11d of the vertical supports 11a; and the rear, uppermost edge portions of the shelf backs 24a being secured to the opposite legs of the supports 11a. The lower portion of the rearmost legs of the supports 11a, indicated by reference numeral 31, may be set outwardly if desired by use of an offset element 31a, for stability; and a cross piece 20a is disposed across the lowermost leg portions of the respective supports 11a for reinforcing as described. Thus, in the embodiment b, a single vertical rod 32 is extended between the support a and the upper portion or bight of the respective vertical supports 11a. The rods 31 may be welded to the cross pieces 20a and the upper bight portions of the supports are otherwise engaged therewith, and thus add to the stability and strength of the structure. The rods 31 desirably intersect the lower support portions 23a of the respective shelves 15a, 16a and 17a, and prevent books from accidentally sliding off the shelves or falling off as in the previous embodiment. However, in this embodiment, the vertical rods may be substantially midway between the legs of the respective supports 11a. The

shelf ends may be welded to the vertical rods or not as is most convenient or suitable for particular circumstances and conditions.

It will thus be seen that a stand or the like has been provided within the scope of the invention which permits the retention of a large supply of reference or other books in a readily accessible location for school use or otherwise as in libraries and other institutions. The stand may be readily moved from one position to another with the supply of books carried thereon, and use of the stand is improved because more than several persons can conveniently examine the contents of the stand, with individuals standing on opposite sides thereof. The stand of the invention is exceptionally rugged, particularly in the embodiment utilizing vertical rods at the shelf ends, and in this embodiment also, the advantage is afforded of preventing the books from sliding off without any danger that the books at the endsof the shelves will become engaged on straps or the like. The vertical rods not only ri'gidify the structure but provide a convenient means of handling and moving the stand. And it will be seen that the invention has application in a wide variety of situations in addition to those described.

If desired the top shelves 15 and 16 can be replaced with a fiat shelf at the level of the front ends of the shelves 15 and 16. Such a fiat top shelf can be used as a support for books and magazines in open condition for reference study.

Further if desired the weld bonds connecting the shelves and end supports 11 and 12 can be replaced with bolt connectors to provide a knockdown assembly. For this purpose internally threaded rods can be welded to the flanges 24 and at the ends of the shelves, the end supports can have holes therethrough registering with the d rods and bolts inserted through these holes can be threaded into the rods to unite the assembly.

Although I have herein set forth and described my invention with respect to certain specific principles in details thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that these may be varied without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the hereunto appended claims.

I claim as my invention:

1. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped construction, each of said supports having a bottom cross piece extending between the legs thereof, a central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and bight thereof, a rod on each side of the central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof, and a pair of registered shelves each having a bottom support portion and an upwardly extending back portion, said shelves having at least the upper ends of the back portions secured to the central vertical rod and having the outer ends of the support portions secured to the opposite legs of the respective vertical supports whereby the shelves are facing outwardly in opposite directions, the rods on each side of said vertical rods preventing books from falling from the shelf ends.

2. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped construction, each of said supports having a bottom cross piece extending between the legs thereof, a central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and bight thereof, a rod on each side of the central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof, and a plurality of vertically spaced pairs of registered shelves each having a bottom support portion and an upwardly extending back portion, said shelves having at least the upper ends of the back portions secured to the central vertical rod and having the outer ends of the support portions secured to the opposite legs of the respective vertical supports whereby the individual shelves of each of the pairs of shelves are facing outwardly in opposite directions, the rods on each side of said vertical rods preventing books from falling from the shelf ends.

3. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped configuration, each of said vertical supports having a bottom cross piece between the legs thereof, and a vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof centrally thereof, and a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the bights of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports.

4. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped configuration, each of said vertical supports having a bottom cross piece between the legs thereof, and a vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof, centrally thereof; a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outoutwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the bights of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports, and a pair of shelves corresponding to the first named shelves and disposed in spaced relation therebeneath with the upper end edges of the backs thereof secured to said vertical rods and the outer end edges of the base supports thereof secured to said respective legs of said vertical supports.

5. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped configuration, each of 'said vertical supports having a bottom cross piece between the legs thereof, and a vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof, centrally thereof; a

pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the bights of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports, a pair of shelves corresponding to the first named shelves and disposed in spaced relation therebeneath with the upper end edges of the backs thereof secured to said vertical rods and the outer end edges of the base supports thereof secured to said respective legs of said vertical supports and a vertical rod on each side of each of the first mentioned vertical rods and extending between the bottom cross piece and the bight of each of said vertical supports to prevent books or the like from moving inadvertently off the ends of said shelves.

6. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped construction, each of said supports having a bottom cross piece extending between the legs thereof, a central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and bight thereof, a rod on each side of the central vertical rod extending between the cross piece and the bight thereof, and a plurality of vertically spaced pairs of registered shelves each having a bottom support portion and an upwardly extending back portion, said shelves having at least the upper ends of the back portions secured to the central vertical rod and having the outer ends of the support portions secured to the opposite legs of the respective vertical supports whereby the individual shelves of each of the pairs of shelves are facing outwardly in opposite directions, each of said legs having a roller at the bottom end thereof for ready movement of the stand from one location to another as desired.

7. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped configuration, each of said vertical supports having a bottom cross piece between the legs thereof, and a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the bights of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports.

8. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports, each of said supports having a top and bottom cross piece extending between a pair of legs thereof, a central vertical rod extending between the top and bottom cross pieces thereof, a rod on each side of the central vertical rod extending between the top and bottom cross pieces thereof, and a pair of registered shelves each having a bottom support portion and an upwardly extending back portion, said shelves having at least the upper ends of the back portions secured to the central vertical rod and having the outer ends of the support portions secured to the opposite legs of the respective vertical supports whereby the shelves are facing outwardly in opposite directions, the rods on each side of said vertical rods preventing books from falling from the shelf ends.

9. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports, each of said vertical supports having a top and bottom cross piece between a pair of legs thereof, and a vertical rod extending between the top and bottom cross pieces centrally thereof; a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the top cross pieces of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports, and a pair of shelves corresponding to the first named shelves and disposed in spaced relation therebeneath with the upper end edges of the backs thereof secured to said vertical rods and the outer end edges of the base supports thereof secured to said respective legs of said vertical supports.

10. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports, each of said supports having a top and bottom cross piece extending between a pair of legs thereof, a central vertical rod extending between the top and bottom cross pieces thereof, a plurality of vertically spaced pairs of registered shelves each having a bottom support portion and an upwardiy extending back portion, said shelves having at least the upper ends of the back portions secured to the central vertical rod and having the outer ends of the support portions secured to the opposite legs of the respective vertical supports whereby the individual shelves of each of the pairs of shelves are facing outwardly in opposite directions.

11. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports each having an inverted U-shaped configuration, each of said vertical supports having a cross piece between the legs thereof, and a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwar ly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to the cross piece of the respective vertical supports and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports.

12. A stand comprising a pair of vertical supports, each of said vertical supports having a plurality of cross pieces between a pair of legs thereof, a pair of shelves with the shelves thereof facing outwardly in opposite directions and each having a back and an outwardly extending base support, said backs having their upper end edges secured to one of the respective cross pieces and said base supports each having their outer end edges secured to the respective legs of the vertical supports and a pair of shelves corresponding to the first named shelves and disposed in spaced relation therebeneath with the upper end edges of the backs thereof secured to another cross piece and the outer end edges of the base supports thereof secured to said respective legs of said vertical supports.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification211/134, 280/79.3, 108/115
International ClassificationA47F7/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47F7/144
European ClassificationA47F7/14D