US 3927768 A
A Magazine Rack having a U-shaped back, retangular support members and a spine secured to said support members. A substantially U-shaped presser member is pivotally connected to cross members secured to the spine and is spring biased against the front of the spine.
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" ted States Patent 1191 1111 3,927,768
fiohen Dec. 23, 1975 1 MAGAZINE RACK 996,421 6/1911 McCausland 211/51 1,038,474 9/1912 Back 211/51  Inventor. Melv1nC0hen,58 He1ghts Road, 1,894,597 H1933 Murrayw H 21 V51 2,186,343 r 1/1940 Potts 211/51  Filed, Jan 8 1973 3,326,388 6/1967 Zider 211/51 [211 Appl. No.: 321,733 Primary ExaminerRoy D. Frazier Assistant Examiner--Thomas J. Holko 52 US. (:1 211/49 1); 211/51; 211/106; Agen Goldfarb 211/181 r  Int. Cl. A47f H06  Field of Search 211/49 R, 49 D, 50, 51, ABSTRACT 211/52, 53, 54, 106, 181; 312/42, 50, 61, 71 A Magazine Rack having a U-shaped back, retangular support members and a spine secured to said support  References Cited members. A substantially U-shaped presser member is UNTTED STATES PATENTS pivotally connected to cross members secured to the 272,000 2/1883 Umbdenstock 211/106 Spine and Sprmg based agamst the from of the 370,563 9/1887 Simmons spme- 579,566 3/1897 Drenning 211/51 1 Claim, 4 Drawing Figures U.S. Patfint Dec.23, 1975 Sheet20f2 3,927,768
'1 MAGAZINE RACK BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION l. Field of the Invention This invention relates to a rack and more specifically to a magazine rack in which magazines are sturdily held in position.
.2. Description of the Prior A Conventional magazine racks fulfill the object of being a receptacle for the placement of magazines, newspapers and sundry items. But the placement of these items hereto fore has been deficient because the receptacle has no means whereby these items may be maintained in an orderly upright position for easy withdrawal and replacement without flopping.
Racks, which are constructed of bulky wood-type or other opaque materials, tend to obstruct views. These racks are also less durable because of the extensive use of nails, screws, and similar devices prone to displacement. Conventional wooden racks are more costly in production due to the extra materials and work involved in the staining, painting and finishing of the wood to compliment the decor of a particular room. But as aforementioned, the primary deficiency of the conventional rack is the lack of a means whereby contents may be held in a secure, upright, orderly position. The lack of this means not only hinders the orderly placement and removal of the racks contents, but permits the magazines to fall toward the rear of the rack. Generally, those minority of racks in which it is possible to store items in some orderly fashion, are still limited because the magazines and such are stacked at the same height one behind the other, thus, obstructing the titles of the succeeding magazines. To pick out the disired item the whole stack must be examined. Therefore, it is desirable to have a magazine rack designed in such a way as to eliminate the aforementioned deficiencies of the conventional type magazine rack.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Accordingly it is an object of the invention to provide a rack which is light-weight, and capable ofa variety of placement positions in a room, such as hanging on a wall, placing on a table or placing on a floor. Further, the invention provides a rack of greater durability and a means whereby magazines can be positioned and secured in an orderly upright fashion in the front of the rack allowing for easy detection of the particular magazine desired with out disrupting the order of the other items therein placed.
Still further objects of this invention reside in a rack whereby the user may insert a magazine at the front of the rack. This invention is less cumbersome than conventional racks and is relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
These together with the various ancillary objects and features which will become apparent to those artisnas possessing ordinary skill in the art and as the following description proceeds, are attained by this novel magazine rack a preferred embodiment shown in the accompanying drawings by way of example only wherein:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of a magazine rack constructed of rigid wire in accordance with the invention.
FIG. 2 is a vertical sectional view taken along the plane of line 2-2 FIG. 1 illustrating part of the spine, the back and a down-biased spring connected to a follower member;
FIG. 3 is a top view of the preferred embodiment showing follower member,a rectangular support member, the back, and the front;
FIG. 4 is an entire cross-sectional view of FIG. 3 additionally showing a lower rectangular support member, the vase and the follower member pivotally connected to the spine.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION With continuing reference to the accompanying drawing wherein like reference numerals designate simular parts throughout the various views. reference numeral 10 is used to generally designate a magazine rack having a rectangular support member 20 to which a U-shaped back is welded or otherewise attached. A wire spine 15 of integral construction has a pair of rear members 28 and 50 which extend downwardly from the rectangular support member 20. The spine is strengthened by two cross members including an upper cross member 34 and a lower cross member 32 parallel to each other and connecting across members 28 and 50. A substantial U-shaped presser member 38 having divergent wings 39 and 41 is pivotally connected to the lower cross member 32 and is engaged with at least one down-biased spring 36 which is mounted on upper cross member 34 and lower cross member 32. The spring 36 urges the substantial U-shaped member 38 to contact the two front members 56 and 57 of the spine 15, which are interconnected by connected members 50. The front members 56 and 57 are forwardly arcuate, and are connected to members 28 and 59 by members 52 and 54.
A second rectangular support member 30 having its lowest side connecting to front member 56, and 57 and its highest side connecting to U-shaped member 22 and rear member 28 and 50.
In operation magazines are inserted by merely lifting the presser member 38. After the magazines are inserted, the presser member will hold the magazines securely and in an upright position firmly at the front of the rack. There will be no loose falling of individual magazines in the rack but all the magazines will be firmly urged by the presser member 38 toward the front of the rack. If a prospective purchaser were to remove a magazine for inspection, the magazine may be easily reinserted because of the forwardly arcuated top configuration of members 56 and 57. The spring 36 is disposed opposite the approximate location of the spines of the magazines to be displayed in the magazine rack.
A plurality of the racks may be arranged against a supporting structure and held there by suitable fasteners extending through mounting plates 24. Of course the racks may be manufactured in multiples as desired.
A latitude of modification change and substitution is intended in the foregoing disclosure, and in some instances some features ofthe invention will be employed without a corresponding use of other features.
What is claimed is:
l. A rack comprising a back, upper and lower rectangular wire support members connected to said back and extending downwardly and forwardly therefrom, said back including an upright U-shaped member having an open end closed by said upper support member,
nectedto said spine at the rear thereof, and spring means for urging said presser member against said spine at the front thereof, said spine including a pair of cross members, said presser member being pivotally mounted on one of said cross members, said presser member being located substantially inwardly of said spine and including two diverging wings at the front thereof. said wings being engageable with said spine,
said spring means being disposed on said one of said cross members at one side thereof.