US 3741565 A
A photograph album in which a playing device housing for recorded material forms the means for holding individual pages provided with photographs, the pages being fastened to the housing to form a talking book. Support arms, extending from the playing device housing, provide support for the fastened individual pages. The pages are secured to the support arms by means of a fastening device which passes through each individual page and through the support arms and is locked in place. The support arms are disposed midway between the top and bottom of the playing device housing, so that the pages can be attached above and below the support arms, thereby minimizing the stresses placed on the individual pages when turning the pages.
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United States Patent [191 Breitling et al.
Appl. No.: 103,763
TALKING PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Inventors: Julius Breitling, Bayside; Bernard Pollack, Brooklyn, both of N.Y.
Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jan. 4, 1971 References Cited UNITED STATES 1/1971 Paige 11/1929 McMillan 9/1970 Foetzetal....
[1.8. CI Int. Cl. Field of Search Assignee: Sight & Sound Wedding Albums,
274/4 C G1 1b 5/00 PATENTS 274/4 B 402/79 X 35/8 A 9/1966 Clawson 274/9 C [111 3,741,565 June 26, 1973 Primary Examiner-Harry N. Haroian Attorney-Friedman & Goodman A photograph album in which a playing device housing for recorded material forms the means for holding individual pages provided with photographs, the pages being fastened to the housing to form a talking book. Support arms, extending from the playing device housing, provide support for the fastened individual pages. The pages are secured to the support arms by means of a fastening device which passes through each individual page and through the support arms and is locked in place. The support arms are disposed midway between the top and bottom of the playing device housing, so that the pages can be attached above and below the support arms, thereby minimizing the stresses placed on the individual pages when turning the pages.
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J U mus BREI'IIJING BERNARD POLLACK HO INVENTOR 5 ATTORNEY S TALKING PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field ofthe Invention This invention relates to combined visual and auditory devices in general and, in particular, to apparatus for housing photographs with related auditory material.
2. Description of the Prior Art In the past, it has been difficult to present visual material such as photographs in conjunction with recorded auditory material because of the difficulty of provided a convenient apparatus for packaging both the visual material and the auditory material. The player for the recorded auditory material is often separately packaged from the book or folder containing the visual material and, as a result, one or the other of these items would be separated, misplaced or lost. Prior attempts to combine the visual material with the playing device for recorded material produced fairy bulky devices which could not be conveniently used in both capacities. Either the performance of the playing device is comprised tofacilitate design of the holder for the visual material or vice-versa. Very often, for example, the visual material cannot be conveniently handled and often is permanently. damaged by repeated use, because of the difficulty in turning the pages of material in the binding which is formed as part of the playing device.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION To overcome the problems inherent in the prior art, the present invention sets forth a playing device-book combination in which a playing device for recorded material is installed within a housing which housing acts as a binding for a book. Individual book leaves, preferably provided-with photographs, are fastened to a support member in the housing by an external binding post which passes through the individual leaves and the housing. The pages are placed on either side of the support member of the housing to efficiently mount the pages with a minimum of stress on the individual leaves and on the. housing itself. Front and back covers are also connected to the housing to complete the book.
Accordingly, in view of the above, it is an object of the present invention to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a photograph album, which is assembled as a single unit and which can be effectively used in either or both capacities.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a playing device for recorded material which can be integrated as a part of a book construction to be used in conjunction with the material in the book.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a book composed of individual pages or photographs which book can be assembled in conjunction with a playing device for recorded material to allow use of the visual and the auditory material, either separately or in conjunction with each other.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a book or photograph album which is relatively inexpensive and easy to manufacture.
It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a book which has a convenient means for fastening the individual leaves of the book to the playing device, so as to produce a minimum of stress on either the leaves of the book or on the playing device for recorded material when either of the two is in use.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a book or photograph album in which the recorded material can be easily changed within the playing device for other recorded material.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a book or photograph album in which the controls for the playing device can be easily operated without having to disturb the visual material.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a combination of a playing device for recorded material and a book or photograph album which combination effectively encloses all of the working members of the playing device and which does not require a carrying case for transportation.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent from the following description of an embodiment of the invention and the novel features will be particularly pointed out hereinafter in connection with the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a book or photograph album built in accordance with the teachings of the DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT A book or photograph album, generally indicated at 10, has a visual display portion, generally indicated at 12, and a playing device for recorded material, generally indicated at 14. The visual display portion includes a plurality of leaves or pages, preferably provided with photographs, generally indicated at 16, a top cover 18, and a bottom cover 20, all of which are fastened to a housing 22 for the playing device.
As shown in the present embodiment, the playing device is a standard type of cassette tape player consisting of a control section having a front panel 24, having a loud speaker 26, a volume and tone control 28, a single selector switch 30 for controlling play, stop, fast forward and rewind, an AC electrical power adaptor 32, and a receptacle for batteries 34, with a cover for the receptacle 36 and latching device 38 and 40 on the cover and front panel respectively, to hold the battery cover in place.
The device 14 plays a-cassette 42 which is mounted in a cassette housing 44 formed by parallel walls 46 and 48, extending perpendicularly from front panel 24, and a rear wall 50. Cassette 42 sits within cassette housing 44 and is driven by drive spools 52 extending from the floor 54 of the housing, and is secured in place by means of cassette cover 56 which slidably engages grooves 58 in the left parallel wall 46 of cassette housing 44 and in the right parallel wall 48 of the housing (not shown).
A flat support arm extends rearward from either side of the control section of the housing for the playing device. Left support arm 60 and right support arm 62 are positioned approximately midway from the top 64 and the bottom 66 of the playing device housing and extend rearward to the ends of the left and right parallel walls 46 and 48 respectively. Mounting arms 60 and 62 have mounting holes 68 and 70 respectively which are used for the fastening of the individual leaves of the book or photograph album, as will be explained below.
As shown in FIG. 3, an individual leaf or page generally indicated at 72, is generally rectangular in shape and includes a cut out portion 73 to form a left and right mounting arm 74 and 76 respectively, having mounting holes 78 and 80 respectively which are used to fasten the leaf to the support arms of the playing device housing, as previously described. The individual leaves include a frame portion 82 and a center portion 84 which receives the subject matter, preferably a photograph. The photograph may be disposed on the portion 84 or inserted below a transparent material (not shown) associated with the portion 84 in a conventional manner well known in the art.
The individual leaves are placed on the support arms of the housing so that the leaf mounting arms 74 and 76 will be stacked on the support arms 60 and 62 respectively of the housing. The spacing between the mounting arms corresponds to the spacing between the right and left parallel walls extending from the control section of the playing device housing, and the spacing of the mounting holes in the support arms and the mounting arms also correspond.
When the desired number of leaves are placed on the support arms of the housing, top and bottom cover members 18 and 20 respectively are placed over the top of the housing, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5. Binding posts 86 and 88 are then passed through the left and right mounting arms and support arms respectively to hold the covers, the leaves, and the support arms in fixed relation to each other and effectively bind the book or photograph album. Each binding post is formed from a screw bolt 90 and a nut 92 to form a single individual unit. When all the pages have been added, the nut is tightened down on to the threaded portion of the screw bolt to fasten the entire assembly.
In order to prevent the bolt 90 and the nut 92 from protruding and presenting a safety hazard to the user of the device, and to prevent accidental loosening of the members, both the top and bottom covers provide means for effectively covering the protruding ends of the binding posts. As shown in FIG. 5, top cover 18 includes a heavy cover section 94 and a hinge section 96 which includes three separate folds of materiaL- Top section 98 which is continuous with cover section 94 connects to a bottom section 100 which, in turn, connects to a cover section 102. Bottom section 100 of top cover 18 is the only one of the three hinge sections which has mounting holes to accommodate binding posts 86 and 88. Cover section 102 folds over bottom section 100 between top section 98 and effectively covers the protruding end of the binding post.
Similarly, bottom cover 20 includes a cover section 104, a hinge section 106 having a top, bottom and cover section 108, 110 and 112 respectively, which perform in exactly the same manner as their counterparts in the top cover 18.
The uses of the book or photograph album are varied and numerous. For example, visual displays such as photographs can be placed on the individual pages and pre-recorded tape cassettes can be played in the playing section to explain or complement the visual displays, such as for wedding, family, baby and like photographs, wherein the story of the event is told with particular reference being made to specific individuals or subjects shown in the photographs to provide a talking photograph album.
Other, more complex, uses can include using the playing device to complement material which may be placed into the visual display portion. For example, when used as a teaching aid, an instructor can place individual material on to individual leaves and can then play various comments or questions in relation to the visual material, which will be heard by the person viewing the visual material. Additionally, the apparatus can be used as a testing device in which the pre-recorded material consists of a series of questions to be answered by writing or making notes on the leaves of the book.
It should be noted that mounting of the support arms midway between the top and bottom of the playing device housing produces a minimum of strain on both the support arms of the housing and the mounting arms of the individual pages because a minimum of bending of the pages is necessary in order for the viewer to obtain visual access to each page. If the support arms were located at either the top or bottom of the housing, it would be necessary to bend each and every individual page in order to get at the pages at the opposite position of the support arm.
It should be noted that all of the controls for the tape recorder device are located on the front of the panel including the volume and tone control, a single selector switch for controlling play, top, fast forward and rewind, an AC electrical power adaptor, and battery access cover. Therefore, the device can be safely and easily used by people of tender age without fear of unnecessary complication.
It should also be noted that the cassette and the entire playing apparatus are completely and safely enclosed within the housing and the covers during normal periods of operation. Since they are not subject to the hazards normally associated with transporting a device such as this, it is not necessary to provide a special protective carrying case for the device.
It will be understood that various changes in the details, materials and arrangements of parts which have been herein described and illustrated in order to explain the nature of the invention may be made by those skilled in the art within the principle and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A book provided with a playing device, said playing device comprising at least top and bottom panels, a cassette tape player disposed between said top and bottom panels, a front panel of said playing device connected to said top and bottom panels and enclosing said tape player within said playing device, control means disposed on at least one panel of said playing device for activating and controlling said tape player, a cassette housing, said cassette housing including a pair of parallel vertical walls extending from said front panel and disposed between said top and bottom panels in a horizontally spaced relation to receive tape cassettes therebetween, operative components of said tape player extending into said cassette housing for playing the tape cassettes, support means for mounting of book leaves thereon disposed intermediately between said top and bottom panels, said support means including a pair of horizontally spaced support arms, one of said support arms extending horizontally outwardly from one side of said cassette housing and being connected to one of said parallel walls, the other of said support arms extending horizontally outwardly from an opposite side of said cassette housing and being connected to the other of said parallel walls, each of said support arms including flat upper and lower surfaces for supporting said book leaves, each of said book leaves including a body portion and two mounting arms extending outwardly from one side of said body portion for association with said support arms, said mounting arms being horizontally spaced apart to define an aperture for receiving said cassette housing between said mounting arms, each of said body portions extending outwardly from said cassettte housing in a direction away from said front panel, and fastening means for securing said mounting arms to said support arms.
2. A book according to claim 1, wherein said mounting arms and said support arms are provided with apertures to receive said fastening means.
3. A book according to claim 1, wherein said body portion of each of said book leaves includes a frame portion and a center portion for receiving a photograph.
4. A book according to claim 1, wherein said support arms are disposed approximately midway between said top and bottom panels.
5. A book according to claim 1, wherein said cassette housing is provided with a cover slidably coacting with said parallel vertical walls to enclose a tape cassette within said cassette housing.
6. A book according to claim 1, wherein said book includes top and bottom cover means for said book leaves with said book leaves being disposed between said top and bottom cover means.
7. A book according to claim 6, wherein each of said top and bottom cover means includes a cover section and a hinge section, said fastening means securing each hinge section to said mounting and support arms.
8. A book according to claim 7, wherein each hinge section includes an overlay portion for folding over said fastening means to effectively cover protruding portions of said fastening means.
9. A book according to claim 1, wherein said control means includes a switch for controlling forward play, stop and rewind functions of said tape player, and said control means further including a control member for regulating volume of said tape player.