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Publication numberUS3616558 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 2, 1971
Filing dateAug 28, 1969
Priority dateAug 28, 1969
Publication numberUS 3616558 A, US 3616558A, US-A-3616558, US3616558 A, US3616558A
InventorsJahn Fred L
Original AssigneeTextron Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for display and safe keeping of snapshots
US 3616558 A
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NW. 2, 1971 v F. L. JAHN 6, 58

DEVICE FOR DISPLAY AND SAFE KEEPING OF SNAPSHOTS Filed Aug. 28, 1969 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR. FRED 4. .Mmv

NOV. 2, 1971 JAHN 3,616,558

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FRED L. JAHN ATTORNEY United States Patent Office Patented Nov. 2, 1971 U.S. Cl. 40-152.1 14 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This display device comprises a stand that has hinged foldable leaves with means to support therebetween, a pair of snapshot albums. The leaves are held closed by magnetic means. The front leaf of the stand has window openings through which selected snapshots in the album may be seen. The albums may be easily rearranged to display newly selected snapshots. The snapshot albums, each comprises a plurality of transparent pockets on a binder. The front leaf of the stand has a pair of windows for each album. The albums can be easily placed into the stand with the binder of each holder to the right or left. Each pocket is transparent and can hold two snapshots on each side of a central filler or divider sheet. The pockets are swingable about the binder to bring any desired snapshots to position for exposure through the windows of the front leaf of the stand.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the invention This invention relates to devices for display and safe keeping of snapshots or other photo prints.

(2) Description of the prior art Various types of display devices such as albums for snapshots are known.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of this invention is to provide a display device of the character described comprising a stand that has windows and means to support one or more albums comprising pockets for snapshots which can be easily rearranged so that any one of the snapshots can be seen through one of the windows.

Another object of this invention is to provide a display device of the character described comprising a stand having means to support itself in stand-up position, and which comprises a pair of leaves connected about a top hinge and which is kept closed by magnetic means at their bottom edges.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a display device of the character described in which the front leaf of the stand has openings through which snapshots in the albums, can be seen.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide, in a device of the character described, albums comprising a plurality of transparent pockets on a binder, that may be placed in the stand between its leaves.

A further object of this invention is to provide in a display device of the character described, an album having transparent pockets, each of which carries a central divider or filler sheet, on each side of which, snapshots may be slipped into the pocket to display selected snapshots, and to permit quick and easy rearrangement to change the snapshots to be viewed without necessity for taking snapshots out of the pockets.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a sturdy and compact display device of the character described which shall be relatively inexpensive to manufacture, easy to manipulate, attractive in appearance, and which shall yet be practical and efficient to a high degree m use.

Other objects of this invention will in part be obvious and in part hereinafter pointed out.

The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter described, and of which the scope of invention will be indicated in the following claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a display device embodying the invention;

FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of said device showing the front leaf of the stand opened somewhat and showing one of the snapshot holders partially pulled out sideways;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 33 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 44 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of one pocket of a holder taken on line 5-5 of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of one pocket of the holder taken on line 66 of FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now in detail to the drawing, 10 designates a snapshot display device embodying the invention. The display device 10 comprises a folder or stand 11. Said stand 11 comprises a rear rectangular section or leaf 12, a narrow top section 1.3 hinged to the upper end of said rear section, as at 14, and a front rectangular leaf or section 15 hinged at its upper end, as at 16, to the front of said top section. Sections 12, 13, 15 are of uniform width. Sections 12 and 15 are of similar height.

Section 12 has a stiffening rectangular board 16 disposed between sheets 17 and 18 of plastic. The sheets 17, 18 are heat fused together to form the hinge 14. They are also fused together at the sides 20', 21, and at the bottom 22, to fully enclose the stiffening board 16.

The top section 13 has a stiffening strip 23 disposed between extensions 17a, 18a of the sheets 17, 18, which are fused together at their ends 230. The front leaf 15 has a stiffening board 24 between extensions 17b, 18b of the sheet extensions 17a, 18a. Extensions 17b, 18b are fused together at their sides as at 25, 26; and at the bottom as at 27.

The front leaf has two top and two bottom window openings 30. The top windows are aligned with the bottom windows. The windows are rectangular. The stiffening board 24 has cut outs for the windows, and the sheet extensions 17b, 18b are formed with corresponding cut-outs and are fused at the inner edges 31 of the windows.

Means is provided to retain the leaves in upwardly and rearwardly slanted position. To this end, sheets 17, 18 have straps 32, 33 comprising strip extensions 17c, 18c of sheets 17, 18, extending horizontally from the fused joint 22. Strip extensions 17c, 18c are fused together at their side edges 32a and 33a and are equally spaced inwardly from the side edges 20', 21.

Extending from sheet strips 170, are sheet extensions 17d, 18d disposed on opposite sides of a stiffening board 35 forming a strut or brace section 36. The sheet extensions 17d, 18d are fused together and to sheet 17, as at 37, below the upper end of rear left section 12. The side edges of sheet extensions 17d, 18d are fused together at their sides as at 37, and at their lower edges 38 between and at the outer sides of straps 32, 33. Strut section 36 is as wide as, and is coextensive with, sections 12, 13, 15, from side to side. The strut section 36 is inclined upwardly and forwardly as seen in FIG. 1.

Means is provided to retain section in parallel spaced relation to section 12. To this end a metal channel shaped clip 4-0 grippingly engages the lower end edge 27 of section 15. The clip extends all the way across the lower end of section 15 and may be held against loosening by means of glue or any suitable adhesive or by clamping friction.

The clip 40 has an inner flange 41 to which a strip 42 of magnetic material is glued or otherwise attached. Thus strip 42 may comprise a rubber like material in which magnetic particles are embedded. The strip 42 is coextensive with the clip 40.

Attached to the front side of section 12 at its lower end, is a stick, piece or bar 45 of Wood or other stiff material. The piece of wood 45 may be of square crosssection. It may be glued or otherwise attached or adhered to the front surface of sheet 18 above the fused portion 22. Attached to the front face of stick 45, is a strip 48 of iron. The strip of iron may be attached to the piece of wood by glue or adhesive or in any other suitable manner. The combined thickness of the piece 45, the strip 47, the strip 42 and flange 41 of clip 40, is such that when magnetic strip 42 is magnetically attracted to the iron strip 47, section 15 is in parallel spaced relation to section 12.

Slidably and removably disposed between sections 12, 15, and resting on the upper surface of piece, bar or stick 45, are a pair of similar snapshot albums 50. Each album 50 comprises a plurality or pockets 51 on a wire binder 52. Each pocket 51 comprises a folded sheet 54 of transparent plastic material folded in half about an outer fold edge 55 to form two equal superposed sections 56. Said sections 56 have upper end edges 57 and lower end edges 58. Said sections are formed adjacent their edges 58, opposite the fold edge 55, with slots or openings through which the wire binder 52 passes. Within the pocket is a central divider or filler sheet 60. Two snapshots 61 may be inserted between the filler sheet and each of the sections 56.

One album is in back of the two window openings at the right side of the stand and the other album is in back of the left two window openings.

The two snapshots in front of the divider sheet 60 of the front most pocket of each holder can be seen through the window openings 30. To change the snapshots to be displayed, the pockets can be swung 360 around about the wire binder. The wire binders can be located at the outer edges of the stand or at the middle of the stand. Thus, it is possible to display any of the snapshots by turning the pockets and by placing the albums in the stand with the wire binder of each album at the right or the left.

Change of albums is facilitated by lifting or swinging the front section upwardly, thereby breaking the magnetic hold of magnetic strip 42 on iron strip 47.

The straps 32, 33 are fused transversely at the middle as at 65, with inverted U-shaped fused portions, so that when the stand is collapsed, the straps will fold upwardly and half of each extension 18c will fold against the other half, to facilitate swinging movement of section 36 toward the rear of section 12.

Since the albums 50 may both be fully inserted between sections 12 and 15, removal of said albums and replacement thereof, is facilitated by swinging section 15 loose from magnetic grip.

It will thus be seen that there is provided an article in which the several objects of this invention are achieved, and which is well adapted to meet the conditions of practical use.

As possible embodiments might be made of the above invention, and as various changes might be made in the embodiment above set forth, it is to be understood that 4 all matter herein set forth or shown in the accompanying drawings, is to be interpreted as illustrative only.

I claim:

1. A device for display of snapshots, comprising a holder for snapshot album means, said holder comprising a front section, a rear section, means to hingedly connect the upper end of said front section to the upper end of said rear section, said front section being formed with window means, magnetic means to retain said sections in folded together closed condition, and means to support the lower edge of album means disposed between said sections, and to retain said sections in spaced parallel relation, with the space between said sections opening to the sides thereof when the holder is closed to permit album means to be inserted between said sections through said open sides of the space between said sections.

2. The display device of claim 1, and strut means hinged to said rear section for retaining said front and rear sections in upwardly and rearwardly inclined standup positions.

3. The display device of claim 1, said window means comprising right and left windows, and album means comprising right and left albums, having means to display snapshots through said right and left windows, respectively and insertable into the space between said sections through the right and left open sides of said space, respectively.

4. The display device of claim 1, each section comprising an inner stiffener board, and outer sheets enclosing said board and fused to each other beyond edges of said board.

5. The display device of claim 1, said means to retain said sections in folded together closed condition, and said means to support the lower end of album means and to retain said sections in spaced parallel relation, comprising, a bar attached to the front face of said rear section adjacent the lower edge of said section, a strip of iron attached to the front face of said bar, and a magnet attached to the lower end of the rear face of said front section in position to be magnetically attracted to said strip of iron.

6. The display device of claim 1, said hingedly connecting means comprising a top narrow section and means to hinge said top section at its front and rear ends to the upper ends of said front and rear sections, respectively.

7. The display device of claim 6, said front, top and rear sections comprising inner stiffening boards covered by outer and inner plastic sheets fused to each other and beyond said stiffening boards, between the top section and said front and rear sections to form the means to hinge said top section to said front and rear sections and said inner and outer sheets being fused to each other beyond said boards at the sides of said sections, and at the lower ends of said front and rear sections, and at the window means in said front section, to enclose said stiffening boards.

8. The display device of claim 7, said means to retain said front and rear sections in closed condition, and said means to support said album means and retain said front and rear sections in spaced relation comprising a bar attached to the front face of said rear section adjacent the lower edge of said section, a strip of iron attached to the front face of said bar, and a magnet attached to the lower end of the rear face of said front section in position to be magnetically attracted to said strip of iron, said album means resting on said bar, and said bar, strip of iron and magnet, retaining said front section in parallel spaced relation to said rear section.

9. The display device of claim 1, said front and rear sections comprising inner stiffening boards covered by outer and inner plastic sheets fused to each other beyond said boards to form the means to hinge said front and rear sections together, and said inner and outer sheets being fused together at the sides of said front and rear sections, beyond said boards, and at the lower ends of said front and rear sections, and at the window means in said front section, to enclose said stiifening boards.

10. The display device of claim 1, means to retain said front and rear sections in upwardly and rearwardly inclined stand up positions and said folder being collapsible.

-11. The display device of claim 1, said front section being swingable upwardly and forwardly away from said rear section, and said means to retain said sections in folded together closed relation comprising mutually cooperative magnetic means on the lower ends of said sections to retain said front section magnetically attracted to said rear section.

12. The display device of claim 1, album means comprising one or more albums, each album comprising a plurality of transparent pockets for receiving snapshots, swingably mounted on a binder, and said albums being removably mounted in said holder with one or more snapshots displayed through said window means, the foremost pocket of each album being swingable about the binder for said album to the back of said album.

1 3. The display device of claim '1, in combination with an album inserted into said space between said front and rear sections and supported by said bar, with the lower edge of said album contacting the top of said bar.

14. The combination of claim 13, said album comprising a plurality of transparent pookets on a binder, each to receive one or more snapshots which can be selectively seen through said window, the foremost pocket of the album being swingable about said binder to the back of said album to change the snapshot which can be seen through said window.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS ROBERT W. MICHELL, Primary Examiner W. J. CONTRERAS, Assistant Examiner

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/711, 40/735
International ClassificationB42F13/40, B42F13/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42F13/402
European ClassificationB42F13/40B
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