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Publication numberUS3339875 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 5, 1967
Filing dateAug 11, 1965
Priority dateAug 11, 1965
Publication numberUS 3339875 A, US 3339875A, US-A-3339875, US3339875 A, US3339875A
InventorsGerald Elizabeth B
Original AssigneeGerald Elizabeth B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination book protector and reading prop
US 3339875 A
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Sept. 5, 1967 E. B. GERALD 3,339,375

COMBINATION BOOK PROTECTOR AND READING PROF Filed Au 11, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 COMBINATION BOOK PROTECTOR AND READING PROP Filed Aug. 11, 1965 E. B. GERALD Sept. 5, 1967 2 Sheets-Sheet '2 3 INVENTOR:

/ 5 zlzmserfl 13 United States Patent M 3,339,875 COMBINATION BOOK PROTECTOR AND READING PROP Elizabeth B. Gerald, 203 E. 60th St., New York, N.Y. 10022 Filed Aug. 11, 1965, Ser. No. 478,814

6 Claims. (Cl. 248-463) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE opened book to hold pages down and limit rearward swing of panels.

This invention relates generally to book accessories, and has particular reference to a combination book protector and reading prop.

A device constructed in accordance with this invention is intended for use with a conventional book having front and back covers and an intermediate spine to which the pages are bound. When associated with such a book, it serves as an effective book cover and protector when the book is closed, and can be adjusted to serve as a rear prop for the book when the book is opened. A special feature of the invention resides in the provision of a flexible band adapted to extend around the opened book in a generally horizontal direction so as to hold the pages down and thus help to keep the book open.

A general objective of the invention is to provide a thoroughly practical device in the form of a unitary assembly of elements, easily applicable to the book to be protected, inexpensive from a manufacturing standpoint, and attractive in appearance. A more specific object is to provide an article of commerce that lends itself readily to varying ornamental treatments, so that it can serve, in addition to its utilitarian functions, as an attractive ornamental embellishment.

The device consists, in brief, of a pair of stiff panels having a size comparable to that of the book covers and adapted to be placed against the outer surfaces of the book covers, a flexible connector betwen the panels, a means for bringing the upper edges of the panels into a hinged relation to the upper edges of the book covers, and a flexible band adapted to encircle the opened book.

In one embodiment of the invention, the hinging is achieved by flaps extending from the upper edges of the prop panels and adapted to be adhesively secure-d to the inner surfaces of the book covers. In another, and preferred, embodiment of the invention, the flaps are made of stiff material, hingedly connected to the upper edges of the panels, and adapted to lie flat (without adhesive) against the inner surfaces of the book covers.

These two embodiments of the invention are illustrated, by way of example, in the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a combination book protector and reading prop shown in association with a 3339',875' Patented Sept. 5, 1967 conventional book, the book being in opened and propped condition;

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view substantially along the line 22 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view substantially along the line 3-3 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 1, showing another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view substantially along the line 55 of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view along the line 6-6 of FIG. 4; and

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary perspective view of a slightly modified construction of the type shown in FIGS. 4-6.

The book chosen for illustration in FIGS. 1-3 has front and back covers 10 and 11, a spine portion 12, and the usual pages 13 bound to the spine 12. The accessory forming the subject of this invention is optionally applicable to the book and comprises a pair of stiff panels 14 and 15, a flexible connector 16 extending between the panels and adapted to extend across the spine 12 when the book is closed, and a means for articulating the panels 14, 15 to the covers 10, 11 of the book, respectively, along the upper edges.

The panels 14, 15 have dimensions comparable to those of the book covers themselves, and the connector 16 is made to have a width substantially equal to the width of the spine 12 of the book with which the accessory is to be used. It may be convenient to makethe panels 14, 15 of rectangular elements of stiff material such ascardboard or the like, and to provide these elements with a coveringof relatively thin paper or its equivalent. In the device chosen for ilustration, such a thin covering is shown at 17 (see FIGS. 2 and 3) and it is caused to extend across the entire inner and outer surfaces of the intermediate stifi element 18, the outer edge of the latter being also enclosed as indicated at 19. The connector 16 may be of any suitable flexible material, and is conveniently secured to the adjacent margins of the panels 14, 15 by adhesive.

The hinging means provided for in the device of FIGS. 1-3 consists of flaps 20 of flexible material hingedly connected to the upper edges of the panels 14, 15 and adapted to be folded down. over the inner surfaces of the book covers 10, 11 respectively. Where. the panels 14, 15 embody thin coverings 17 of paper or the like, the flaps 20 may be conveniently formed as integral extensions of the covering on the outside. The flaps 20 may be provided with adhesive on their inner surfaces, or they may in any other convenient manner 'be secured in the overlying positions with respect to the book covers 10, 11. This establishes a hinged articulation between the props 14, 15 and the book covers 10, 11, respectively, along the upper edges of latter.

The device includes also a flexible band 21 whose ends are secured to the panels 14, 15, respectively, by adhesive means or otherwise. The band 21 may have any desired width and may be composed of any suitable material. It extends in a generally horizontal direction and is adapted to encircle the opened book, as shown in the drawings, to hold the pages of the book down and thus help to maintain the book in opened condition. The band 21 serves also as a means for limiting the rearward swinging movement of the panels 14, 15 when they are adjusted into the book propping disposition.

The practical nature of the device, and the ease with V which it may be used, will be readily apparent. Having chosen a book protector whose flexible connector 16 is comparable to the width of the spine 12 of the book, the user merely secures the flaps 20 to the inner faces of the book covers 10, 11, and the band 21 is caused to extend forwardly around the book. When the book is closed, the band folds itself into an enclosed condition within the book, and may be employed as a book mark. The panels 14, lie flat against the outer faces of the book covers and serve in an effective manner to cover the book and thus protect it. By appropriate choice of materials, the outer surfaces of the book-protecting panels 14, 15, and of the connector 16, may serve as attractive ornamentation. When the book is to be held in a propped condition, it is opened to an extent in which the covers 10 and 11 lie substantially in a single plane, whereupon the panels 14, 15, along with the connector 16, can be swung rearwardly to a propping condition. The band 21 limits the extent of this swinging movement.

In FIGS. 1-3 the band 21 has been shown, by way of example, in the form of a strip of transparent plastic or the like. In the device chosen for illustration in FIGS. 4-6, the band 22 is in the nature of a cord, and under certain circumstances it may be caused to embody a degree of stretchability.

The cord 22 is secured at its ends to the outer margins of stiff propping panels, 23, 24, joined by a flexible connector 25. These panels may be constructed as hereinbefore described, i.e., of rectangular elements of stiff cardboard or the like enclosed within a thinner coating of paper or its equivalent. However, the attachment flaps are in this case composed of relatively stiff material and may consist, for example, of relatively stiff elements 26 of cardboard or the like. The elements 26 are in hinged relation to the panels 23, 24, respectively, and the articulation may be attained by extending the covering layers 27 forwardly over the front and back surfaces of the elements 26. This is most clearly shown in FIG. 6, and creates a flexible hinge connection at 28.

A distinctive feature of the attachment flaps 26 shown in FIGS. 4-6 is the provision, on each flap, of an inner edge 29 adapted to lie directly adjacent to the binding of the book along the spine 30. This binding is connected in usual and conventional fashion to the pages 31 of the book, and the front and back covers of the book are desig nated by the reference numerals 32 and 33, respectively.

The location of the edges 29 directly adjacent to the binding helps to lock the attachment flaps in position without the aid of any adhesive. The desired effect can be enhanced by making each of the attachment flaps of a size comparable to that of the book cover with which it is associated.

FIG. 7 shows a possible inclusion in the structure of an elastic connector 34 between the lower edges 35 of the attachment flaps 26. When the flaps 26' are in position against the inner surfaces of the front and back book covers, the connector 34 positions itself beneath the pages of the book, and thus helps to hold the flaps 26 in place and prevent accidental disengagement of the device from the book. When a connector 34 is employed, the inner edges 29' of the flaps 26' need not necessarily lie directly adjacent to the binding as shown in FIG. 5.

The use of the device shown in FIGS. 4-7 is similar to that previously described. The user applies the accessory device to the book by slipping the stiff panels 26 (or 26') beneath the front and back covers of the book. This establishes the desired hinged relationship between the book covers and the propping panels 23, 24. The band 22 is caused to extend forwardly around the book. When the book is closed, the panels 23 and 24 lie closely against the outer faces of the book covers, and serve as protective enclosures. The cord or band 22 may serve as a useful book mark. When the book is opened, it can be propped into the condition shown in the drawings by adjusting the book covers into substantial alignment and then swinging the panels 23, 24 rearwardly. The extent of this swinging movement is limited by the end regions of the band 22.

It will thus be seen that a device of thoroughly practicable character has been devised, readily adaptable for use with any conventional book to serve as an effective book protector and as a reading prop.

It is to be understood that some of the details herein described and illustrated may obviously be altered by those skilled in the art without necessarily departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. For use with a conventional book having front and back covers and an intermediate spine to which the pages are bound, a combination book protector and reading prop comprising a pair of stiff panels having a size comparable to that of the book covers and adapted to be placed against the outer surfaces of the book covers respectively,

a flexible connector between said panels adapted to extend across the spine of the book,

means articulating the upper edges of said panels in hinged relation to the corresponding upper edges of the :book covers, whereby the panels can overlie and protect the book when it is closed and can be swung rearwardly away from the book covers to serve as props when the book is opened, and

a flexible band extending forwardly and adapted to encircle the opened book in a substantially horizontal direction, said band serving to hold the pages down and thus helping to keep the book open when the book is being propped in a standing position by said panels, the ends of said flexible band being secured to said prop panels so that said band serves simultaneously to limit the rearward swing of said panels and to hold the book pages down.

2. A combination book protector and reading prop as defined in claim 1, in which said articulating means comprises flaps hingedly connected to the upper edges of said panels and adapted to be adhesively secured to the inner surfaces of said book covers respectively.

3. A combination book protector and reading prop as defined in claim 1, in which said articulating means comprises flaps of stiff material hingedly connected to the upper edges of said panels and adapted to lie flat against the inner surfaces of said book covers respectively, said flaps having inner edges located to lie directly adjacent to the binding of the book.

4. A combination book protector and reading prop as defined in claim 3, in which said flaps are comparable in size to the book covers themselves, the book covers thus being protectively sandwiched between the panels and the flaps when the book is closed.

5. For use with a conventional book having front and back covers and an intermediate spine to which the pages are bound, a combination book protector and reading prop comprising a pair of stiff panels having a size comparable to that of the book covers and adapted to be placed against the outer surfaces of the book covers respectively,

a flexible connector between said panels adapted to extend across the spine of the book,

means articulating the uper edges of said panels in hinged relation to the corresponding upper edges of the :book covers, said articulating means comprising flaps of stiff material hingedly connected to the upper edges of said panels and adapted to lie flat against the inner surfaces of said book covers respectively, and

an elastic connector extending between said flaps at their lower edges, whereby the panels can overlie and protect the book when it is closed and can be swung rearwardly away from the 5 6 book covers to serve as props when the book is opened, References Cited and a flexible band extending forwardly and adapted to UNITED STATES PATENTS encircle the opened book in a substantially hori- 472,470 4/1892 Baum et a1 281-33 zontal direction, said band serving to hold the pages 5 1,476,838 12/1923 Pratt 2 down and thus helping to keep the book open when 2,841,416 7/1958 Bfarrett the book is being propped in a standing position by 3,128,108 4/1964 Fmch 281-33 said panels. 6. A combination book protector and reading prop as ROY FRAZIER Pr'mary Examiner defined in claim 1 wherein said flexible band is stretch- 10 CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Examiner. able to permit adjustment of the angle between each book I F FOSS Assistant Examiner .Cover and its respective prop when the book is opened.

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Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3536289 *Feb 14, 1969Oct 27, 1970Plasti Music Co IncSheet supporting member for music holder
US3747889 *May 17, 1971Jul 24, 1973Gerald ECombination book protector and reading prop
US4299643 *Aug 8, 1980Nov 10, 1981Cross Carroll NMethod of making a hinged display mount
US4512603 *Feb 1, 1983Apr 23, 1985Williams Tommy ABook support system
Classifications
U.S. Classification248/463, 281/33, 248/452
International ClassificationB42D3/12, B42D3/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42D3/126
European ClassificationB42D3/12C