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April -12, 1966 J. R. FRANK 3,245,696
PAPER SUPPORTING ACCESSORY FOR TELEPHONES Filed Dec. 7, 1964 INVENTOR JOSEPH. R FRANK HTTORNEY United States Patent Improved Products, Inc., New Hyde Park, N.Y., a,
corporation of New York Filed Dec. 7, 1964, Ser. No. 416,364 4 Claims. (Cl. 231-15) This invention relates to an accessory device for detachable mounting in connection with the base of a telephone for support of writing paper or pads, as well as writing implements, such as a pen or pencil, to facil tate making notations as and when the telephone is in use. More particularly, the invention deals with a molded device of the character defined having a paper supporting casing with a reduced extension at one end facilitating detachable coupling and support upon a base, with the device in an upwardly incline-d position with respect to the base to be visible and accessible for writing of notes on paper supported in the casing while the telephone is in operation.
The novel features of the invention will be best under stood from the following description, when taken together with the accompanying drawing, in which certain embodiments of the invention are disclosed and, in which, the separate parts are designated by suitable reference characters in each of the views and, in which:
@FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic sectional view of the upper rear portion of a telephone base illustrating in longitudinal section one of my improved accessory devices supported thereon and omitting showing of writing paper or writing implements mountable in connection with the device; and
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the accessory device shown in FIG. 1 detached with respect to the telephone base.
In FIG. 1, I have shown at the upper rear portion of a telephone base of more or less standard construction, the base having at sides thereof upwardly projecting yokes, one of which is indicated at 11, within and between which the usual telephone receiver and transmitter is mounted when the telephone is not in use. Intermediate the yokes 11, the base has a rearwardly opening socket 12 defined, in part, by a top wall 13 having at its free end a dependent bead 14, which is arranged substantially centrally with the rear socketed portion of the base. The socket 12 provides means for reception of fingers of the hand in movement of the base from one position to another, which can be accomplished when one of my improved paper supporting accessory devices 15 is detached from the base.
The device 15 comprises an oblong rectangular generally tray-like casing 16, defined by a bottom wall 17, side walls 18 and an upwardly inclined top wall 19 adjacent the end wall 20. At this time, it is pointed out that the wall 19 may be used as a nameplate or a wall having other types and kinds of markings thereon. The lower end portion of the casing 16 has inwardly projecting pad or paper supporting end walls 21, which join side walls 22 of a reduced mounting end or extension 23.
Considering FIG. 1 of the drawing, it will appear that the lower end 19' of the top wall 19 terminates substantially in alinement with the upper end 17 of the bottom wall 17. It will also appear that the side walls 18 are recessed, as seen in 18', FIG. 1, between the top wall 19 and at a position adjacent the lower end walls 21.
It will be noted that the bottom wall 17 extends onto the extension 23, as seen at 17". The extension 23 has an upwardly and outwardly inclined end wall 24 projecting beyond the upper edges of the side walls 22 to form a coupling end 25 adapted to operatively engage the bead I 3,245,696 Patented Apr. 12, 1966 14 in support of the device 15 in connection with the base 10. The side walls 22 of the extension 23 have, adjacent the walls 21, recesses 26 for support of a pen or pencil to be used in connection with the device. The note paper or pad used in conjunction with the device is arranged upon the wall 17 of the casing between the lower end walls 21 and inwardly of the upper end wall 20, as will be apparent from a consideration of FIG. 1 of the drawing. Engagement with these note papers is facilitated by the space between inner ends of 21 or adjacent surfaces of the walls 22.
Arranged upon the lower surface of the bottom wall 17 of the device are longitudinal reinforcing ribs 27 which extend upwardly onto the lower surface of the wall 24, as seen at 27. 27' joins 27 in rounded pivot portions, one of which is seen at 28 in FIG. 1 of the drawing. These pivot portions bear upon the bottom wall 12' of the socket 12 in support of the accessory device 15 in the upwardly inclined position, as noted in FIG. 1 of the drawing. The ribs 27 reinforce and support the bottom wall 17 against the pressure of making notations on note paper or pads supported in the casing 16.
From a consideration of FIG. 1 of the drawing, it will be apparent that the device 15 can be quickly and easily coupled and uncoupled with respect to the base and, when coupled with the base, is held against accidental displacement. Further, by molding the device 15 in plastic or similar material, one unitary structure is provided which economizes on the cost of production of the device and, by reason of its overall contour, packaging of the device for shipment and transportation is simplified.
Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure 'by Letters Patent is:
1. An accessory device of the character defined comprising a generally tray-like note sheet supporting casing defined by bottom, side, end and top walls, one end of the casing having a reduced extension including side Walls and an end wall greater in height than the height of the side walls of said extension to form a coupling end adapted to detachably engage part of a telephone base, the bottom of the casing including depending spaced pivot means at the reduced extension end thereof, which in combination with said coupling end, supports the device in upwardly inclined position with respect to a telephone base, in connection with which the device is supported, and said spaced pivot means including parts of reinforcing ribs extending longitudinally of said device and onto the end Wall of said reduced extension.
2. A device as defined in claim 1, wherein side walls of said reduced extension include recesses for support of a writing implement in connection with the device.
3. A device as defined in claim 1, wherein said top Wall is disposed at the other end of the casing and integrally joins end and side walls of said other casing end.
4. A device as defined in claim 1, wherein a forward edge of said top wall of the casing is in vertical alinement with a rear edge of the bottom wall of the casing, and said end walls of the casing being disposed at sides of the reduced extension and adapted to support note paper against downward displacement in said tray-like casing.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,488,516 11/1949 Shore 281-15X 2,791,865 5/1957 Iscoe 281-15 FOREIGN PATENTS 1,031,012 3/ 1953 France.
LAWRENCE CHARLES, Primary Examiner.