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March 10, 1970 M. TASHIAN COMBINED RADIO-TYPEWRITER Filed 001:. 28, 1966 INVENTOR' /l/e/w0 7'asfi/a/7 ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,500,210 COMBINED RADIO-TYPEWRITER Melcon Tashian, 215 E. 64th St., New York, N.Y. 10021 Filed Oct. 28, 1966, Ser. No. 590,344 Int. Cl. H04b 1/06 US. Cl. 325310 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A typewriter-radio combination is disclosed in which means are provided for mounting a radio to a typewriter so that the radio can be heard and operated from externally of, but is completely housed internally of, the typewriter housing.
The present invention relates to a combined radiotypewriter.
It is a primary object of the present invention to provide a unit which combines a typewriter and a radio, so that the operator of the typewriter can conveniently operate the radio.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a unit of this latter type where the radio is connected with the typewriter in such a way that on the one hand the operation of the typewriter is in no way interfered with and on the other hand the radio is conveniently accessible.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a unit of the above type which enables the radio to be easily and conveniently removed for repair purposes as well as replaced when in proper operating condition.
Also, it is an object of the present invention to provide for a unit of the above type a radio antenna situated at a location where it can conveniently be manipulated by the operator.
In addition it is an object of the present invention to provide a unit of the above type which can be easily constructed at low cost and which does not in any way undesirably increase the size of the typewriter beyond the size which it normally has.
In accordance with the present invention the combined radio-typewriter includes a typewriter which has an outer frame provided with a rear wall, and a radio is operatively connected with the frame of the typewriter at the rear wall thereof.
The invention is illustrated by way of example in the accompanying drawings which form part of this application and in which:
FIG. 1 is a schematic perspective illustration of the combined radio-typewriter unit of the invention as seen from the rear;
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary sectional elevation on an enlarged scale as compared to FIG. 1, taken along line 22 of FIG. 1 in the direction of the arrows; and
FIG. 3 is an upwardly directed plan view of the structure of FIG. 2 fragmentarily illustrating that part of the typewriter where the radio is located in accordance with the invention, FIG. 3 being taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2 in the direction of the arrows.
Referring now the the drawings, there is schematically illustrated in FIG. 1 a typewriter which may be of a conventional construction except for the changes noted below. The typewriter 10 has a frame 12 which is in the form of a hollow housing having a rear wall 14, a side Wall 16, and a top wall 18, the frame 12 being open at its bottom.
The rear wall 14 of the frame 12 is formed adjacent to the side wall 16, which adjoins and extends forwardly from the rear wall 14, with an opening 20, and this opening is covered by fabric 22 which is attached to the rear wall 14 in any suitable way. The side wall 16 is formed in the region of the rear wall 14 with a vertical row of 3,500,210 Patented Mar. 10, 1970 openings 24, there being three openings 24 in the illustrated example. The top wall 18 is formed with an opening 26 and fixedly carries a sleeve 28 (FIG. 2) which registers with the opening 26 and which is fixed to and extends downwardly from the inner surface of the top wall 18.
The radio 30 is in the form of a small transistor unit which when mounted on the typewriter 10 has its speaker in registration with the opening 20 so that the sound will emanate from the radio through this opening 20 and the fabric 22 carried by the rear wall 14 at its opening 20. The radio 30 is provided with three operating knobs 32 which may be used, for example, for turning the radio on and off, for controlling the volume thereof, and for tuning purposes. The knobs 32 are removably mounted in a well known manner on three shafts 34 which project freely through the openings 24, respectively, and which extend from the housing 36 of the radio 30. Thus, the radio 30 is carried by the frame 12 of the typewriter against the inner surface of the rear wall 14 thereof adjacent to the side wall 16 with the operating knobs 32 accessible at the exterior of the side wall 16 adjacent to the rear wall of the radio, so that in this way the operator can conveniently control the radio.
An antenna 38 is provided for the radio, and this antenna has a plurality of sections 40 which are telescopically slidable one within the other, with the lowermost section 40 of largest diameter frictionally carried by the sleeve 28 and with the upper end of this lowermost section situated adjacent to the upper exterior surface of the top wall 18 so that when all of the telescoped sections 40 are telescoped within each other the antenna projects only to a small extent above the top wall 18 of the typewriter. The frictional mounting of the antenna in the sleeve 28 provides a resistance to movement of the antenna which is great enough to maintain it in the illustrated position while the operator extends and retracts the antenna.
Within the hollow frame 12 of the typewriter is situated a flexible conductor 42 which is operatively connected with the antenna and with the radio in the manner shown schematically in FIG. 2.
A releasable mounting means 44 is provided for releasably mounting the radio on the typewriter frame. This mounting means 44 includes a pair of springy clip members 46 having the configuration most clearly apparent from FIGS. 2 and 3 and fixed in any suitable way, as by rivets 48, to the rear wall 14 at the inner surface thereof. The springy free ends 50 of the clips 46 extend downwardly and terminate adjacent the bottom edge of the frame 12, as indicated in FIG. 2'. The clips 46 are identical with each other and are situated at the same elevation with one nearer to the side wall 16 than the other.
When it is desired to remove the radio to the dot-dash line position indicated at the lower part of FIG. 1, the operator will first remove the knobs 32 and will then shift the radio with respect to the clips 46 inwardly away from the side wall 16 so that the shafts 34 will be situated in their entirety within the frame 12 and clear of the wall 16. Then the operator can remove the radio downwardly and outwardly from the hollow frame against the spring force of the clips 46, so that in this way the radio is accessible for repair purposes. The radio is replaced through the reverse of these operations.
It is therefore apparent that with the structure of the invention a minimum amount of modification of a conventional typewriter is required in order to enable it, in accordance with the present invention, to have combined therewith a radio of the type described above, so that in this way a combined radio-typewriter unit is provided. The operator of the tyepwriter need not leave the typewriter to operate the radio.
The radio can be battery operated so that a cord connecting the radio to a wall outlet is unnecessary.
What is claimed is:
1. A combined radio-typewriter unit comprising a typewriter having an aperture in the rear wall of its frame and a plurality of openings in one of its side walls, a radio having a speaker and a plurality of operating shafts onto' which knobs may be attached for convenient operation, means for mounting said radio to said rear wall so that said speaker communicates with said aperture and said plurality of operating shafts are aligned with said plurality of openings for operation externally of said frame, said mounting means comprising a plurality of spring clip members attached to said frame and extending inwardly therefrom to conform approximately to the contour of said radio when said radio is mounted to said frame, whereby said members resiliently urge said radio against said rear wall when said radio is in mounted position while permitting movement of said radio for aligning said speaker and shafts with said aperture and openings respectively and permitting removal of said radio from beneath said frame, said frame having an opening in its top wall, an antenna having a plurality of sections telescopically con- References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,486,536 11/1949 Olson 325-310 2,581,714 1/1952 Rovere 325--310 XR 2,927,995 3/1960 Francis 325310 2,958,769 11/1960 Bounds 325310 2,990,471 6/1961 Tiffany 325310 XR KATHLEEN H. CLAFFY, Primary Examiner B. P. SMITH, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 1813 1