US 3315325 A
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April 25, 1967 V. CORNELIUS CLIP Filed April 2, 1965 INVENTOR Victor Cornelius BY WW?) ATTORNEYS United States Patent Filed Apr. 2, 1965, Ser. No. 445,106 3 Claims. (CI. 24-66) This invention relates to new and useful improvements in clips.
The invention is directed in particular to a clip adapted to be received upon a sheet of paper or pasteboard and to clip removably thereto a second sheet of paper or pasteboard having a marginal edge or marginal portion received within the clip.
One specific use of the clip is for reception upon any desired portion of a restaurant menu of a permanent type for insertion therein of a supplementary daily menu of the type changed from day to day.
It is therefore, a principal object of the invention to provide an improved clip for joining together two sheets of paper or pasteboard in a secure and reliable fashion, but which is easily and readily installed and additional sheets inserted therein and removed therefrom with considerable ease.
Another object of the invention is to provide an improved clip for joining together two sheets of paper or pasteboard which may be extruded from a synthetic resin in any desired length and then cut into shorter lengths as may be desired for the type of use contemplated.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide an improved clip for joining together two pieces of paper or pasteboard which includes double securing means ensuring firm and secure mounting of the second sheet of paper upon the first sheet of paper or pasteboard, there being included a securing means for adhering the clip to the first sheet of paper.
Other and more particular objects will be apparent from a reading of the following description and the claims appended thereto.
A construction designed to carry out the invention will be hereinafter described, together with other features of the invention.
The invention will be more readily understood from a reading of the following specification and by reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein an example of the invention is shown, and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a view in perspective of a conventional restaurant menu showing applied thereto a clip constructed in accordance with this invention and attaching a daily menu to the permanent menu,
FIG. 2 is an enlarged view in perspective of the clip taken from the rearward side of the clip and having the backing strip partially peeled away to expose the adhesive,
FIG. 3 is an enlarged vertical, cross-sectional view of the clip, and
FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary view in perspective showing the clip securing a sheet of paper to a heavier sheet of paper, the view being partially broken away to illustrate the structure.
In the drawing, the numeral designates a conventional four-page, single-fold restaurant menu of the type which is more or less permanent and is replaced or revised only on a periodic basis. Attached on the inside of the menu 10 overlying the inside or third page thereof is a temporary or daily menu 11 of 'a type which may be replaced on a daily or weekly basis or even several times in a single day. These temporary menus 11 may display the menu for any particular day or for a particular meal for a particular day, specialties, and the like. It is noted, of course, that the clip of this invention has numerous 3,315,325 Patented Apr. 25, 1967 uses and is not limited to menu use, the menu example merely being employed for explanatory purposes.
The menu or sheet 11 is secured to the menu 10 by the clip 12 formed in accordance with this invention, the clip in this particular instance possibly having a width of the order of magnitude of one-quarter of an inch and being possibly one to two inches long. Of course, the clip may be made in any width and of any desired length, dependent upon the use to which the clip is to be put, the important aspect of the invention being the cross-sectional configuration of the clip. The clip may be made of any suitable material but is most preferably extruded from a synthetic resin and is desirably formed of an opaque white or colored resin although translucent and transparent resins may be employed. The clip may carry on its face advertising material, designations of house specialties or other desired indications.
As shown in FIG. 3, the clip 12 is of inverted U- shaped cross-section having a rearward leg 13 and a slightly shorter forward leg 14, the rearward and forward legs being joined at their upper end by a narrow U-shaped web 15 which spaces the legs apart a relatively short distance.
The forward face 16 of the forward leg 14 is relatively flat and planar the leg curving forwardly at its lower end, as shown at 17, for ready insertion of the sheet 11. The rearward face of the forward leg 14 curves downwardly and slightly forwardly from the web 15 and then rearwardly toward the rearward leg 13, terminating in -a relatively sharp, longitudinal, securing knife edge 18 which extends the length of the forward leg 14 and is closely adjacent the forward face of the rearward leg 13. The knife edge 18 is disposed about one-third of the trans verse width of the forward leg 14 downwardly from the web 15.
From the knife edge 18, the rearward face of the forward leg slants sharply forwardly to form a narrow, longie tudinal gripping face 19 immediately beneath the knife edge, and then less acutely rearwardly to form 'a somewhat wider, longitudinal gripping face 20. Below the face 20, the rearward face of the forward leg 14 again curves downwardly and slightly forwardly and again rearwardly, ending in a second relatively sharp, longitudinal gripping knife edge 21. The second knife edge 21 also extends the length of the clip and is closely adjacent the forward face of the rearward leg 13. The rearward face of the forward leg again extends sharply forwardly and downwardly from the second knife edge 21, which is positioned about two-thirds of the width of the forward leg beneath the Web 15, forming a second, narrow longitudinal gripping face 22, and then rearwardly at a smaller angle, to provide the second, relatively wide gripping face 23. Below the face 23, the rearward face of the forward leg curves forwardly into the arcuately shaped lower edge 17. The faces 19 and 20 and the faces 22 and 23 thus form joggles or recesses in the forward leg.
The rearward face 24 of the rearward leg 13 of the clip 12 is also relatively fiat and planar and has adhered thereto a layer 25 of pressure-sensitive adhesive. The layer 25 of adhesive terminates short of the upper and lower edges of the clip, and prior to the use of the clip is covered by a strip 26 of a suitable paper or other material which displays some degree of adhering to the layer of adhesive but is readily separated therefrom to expose the adhesive and permit quick and easy mounting of the clip onto the menu 10 or other board or sheet by merely pressing the clip and its layer of adhesive against the menu in any desired location and in any desired position. The limited-adhesion strip 26 is also conveniently utilized in packaging the clip in that a number of the clips may be mounted in side by side relationship on a small pasteboard (not shown) also having thereon a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive. The strips 26 permit easy removal of the clips from the board and are then easily removable from the clip to place them in use.
. The forward face 27 of the rearward leg 13 extends straight downwardly from the web 15 and then sharply forwardly beneath the knife edge 18 and gripping face 19 forming a longitudinal, narrow gripping face 28, complementary to and closely adjoining the face 19 and a longitudinal, relatively sharp knife edge 29 complementary to and closely adjacent the angular intersection of the faces 19 and 20. Below the knife edge 29, the forward face of the rearward leg slants downwardly and rearwardly at a modest angle forming a wider gripping face 30 and complementary to and substantially abutting the face 20. Therebelow the forward face is flat down to the plane of the second knife edge 21.
At the knife edge 21, the forward face of the rearward leg 13 extends sharply forwardly and downwardly to provide a second narrow gripping face 31 complementary to the face 22 and substantially engaging the same, together with another relatively sharp knife edge 32 which lies in the intersection of the faces 21 and 23. The forward face then extends downwardly and rearwardly to constitute a wider gripping face 33 complementary to the face 23. Beneath the face or panel 33, the forward face of the rearward leg merely curves downwardly to the lower longitudinal edge 34 of the rearward leg which, as noted is disposed below the lower edge 17 of the forward leg.
It is quite apparent that this clip is readily fabricated by the conventional extruding of a synthetic resin, may
be made in any desired length, and then may be cut to v such shorter lengths as may be found desirable for use.
In applying the clip, the strip 26 is removed, exposing I the layer 25 of adhesive and the clip is then merely pressed into the desired location on the menu 10. The temporary or daily menu sheet 11 is then slipped upwardly beneath the forward leg 14, the upper margin of the sheet 11 passing upwardly between the knife edges 21 and 32. Continued upward movement of the sheet 11 then causes it to pass between the knife edges 18 and 29 into abutment with web 15.
The knife edges 21 and 32, the knife edges 18 and 29 and the complementary gripping faces 19, 2t), 22, 23, 28, 30, 31 and 33 all cooperate to grip the sheet 11 very securely and to prevent its accidental dislodgment from the clip. At the same time, the sheet 11 is readily removed from the clip when desired without damage to the sheet 11, and the clip 12 may be repeatedly utilized.
The clip is inexpensive to manufacture, it is very easily and readily applied to the sheet 10 in any desired location to provide secure mounting and anchoring of the clip to the menu 10 and the ready insertion and positive retention of the temporary sheet 11 in the clip. Again, it is noted the clip may be made in any size to join two sheets of almost any material.
The foregoing description of the invention is explanatory thereof and various changes in the size, shape and materials, as well as in the details of the illustrated construction may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A clip including an elongate body having upper and lower margins, the body having a cross-sectional shape of an inverted U-shape with a rearward leg and a forward leg, the rearward leg being longer than the forward leg and being closely spaced thereto, a pair of transversely spaced longitudinal securing ribs on one of the legs intermediate its upper and lower margins projecting toward the other leg and presenting sharp edges projecting toward said other leg, and a pair of longitudinal offset joggles in the other leg in approximately the longitudinal planes of the securing ribs of the first leg complementary to the ribs and transversely spaced from each other by a recess positioned opposite the space between the ribs so as to provide sharp edges above and between the ribs to cooperate with the edges on the ribs to securely grip material placed between the legs, both securing ribs having upper faces directed at an acute angle to the leg carrying the ribs and angular upwardly and outwardly directed lower faces at a lesser angle to provide the sharp edges of the ribs, the joggles of the one leg underlying the securing ribs of the other leg, and the ribs being formed with one relatively narrow longitudinal face and one relatively wide longitudinal face.
2. A clip as set forth in claim 1 and a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back of the rearward leg.
3. A clip as set forth in claim 1 wherein the longitudinal borders of the joggles form relatively sharp edges projecting toward the first leg and paralleling the sharp edges thereof.
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WILLIAM FELDMAN, Primary Examiner.
DONALD A. GRIFFIN, Examiner.