Tab for music-leaves
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G. F. PIDGIN. TAB FOR MUSIC LEAVES.
No. 481,735. Patented Aug.- 30, 1892;
WITHEEEIEE WMQMMCZQZ STATES ATENT CHARLES F. PIDGIN, OF CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS.
TAB FOR MUSIC-LEAVES.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 481,735, dated August 30, 1892.
Application filed March 25, 1892. Serial No. 426,414. (No model.)
T0 at whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, CHARLES F. PIDGIN, of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tabs for Music-Leaves, of which the followingis a specification.
Myinvention has relation to means designed to facilitate the turning of music-leaves by the player of the music or others; and it has for its object the provision of a simple and inexpensive device which can readily be attached to a leaf or sheet of music, so as not to mar or in any Way interfere with the folding or packing of the same and enable the performer to catch up and turn the leaf with the utmost readiness and certainty.
Many devices have been designed for the purpose mentioned, most of which necessitated adjustment between the leaves of the piece of music, requiring considerable time and skill to get them into place and then taxing the patience of and causing great annoyance and perplexity to the performer by reason of the failure of the devices to operate properly, resulting in their prompt abandon ment.
It is Well known that pianists generally have no trouble in turning the leaves of music when they can readily get hold of the same singly in their order, and to facilitate this they sometimes bend up the corners or other portions of the leaves, so that they can quickly and with certainty catch the same between the thumb and a finger of the hand.
By the use of my invention sheets or leaves of music can be taken hold of and turned in their order with the utmost ease and convenience and with absolute certainty.
My invention consists of a tab of paper or.
designating the same parts or features, as the case may be, wherever they occur.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a diagram of a blank which may be employed in the manufacture of my invention. Fig. 2 is an end or edge view of my improved music-leaf turner.
Fig. 3 is a perspective View showing the manner of applying the invention to a music-leaf.
In carrying out my invention I may take a piece a of card-board, stout paper, or any other material suitable for the purpose and gum or apply an adhesive substance to one side thereof. This piece of material, as represented in Fig. 1, may be supposed for the mere purpose of illustration to be two inches in length by one inch in breadth. I then crease or fold the material across its breadth along a central line, as at b b, at the same time creasing and folding the material in an opposite direction along the lines 0 0, so thatthe end portions (1 at will extend at substantially right angles to the central portions 6 e and bring the central portions together, so that their gummed faces maybecome cemented together, leaving the end portions d d extending out at an angle to the central portions, as represented in Fig. 2, the gummed surfaces of such end portions appearing on the bottom. The gumming of these surfaces will be accomplished in a manner similar to that of gumrning the adhesive side of a postage-stamp, so as to adapt my invention by merely wetting or dampening the gummed surface of the portions d d to be attached to the face of a music sheet or leaf f at any desired point, as represented in Fig. 3.
With the invention thus applied a tab f will be provided by the folded central portions, which will stand up from the face of the sheet and afford means which can readily be taken hold of by the thumb and a finger of the hand of the player or performer in order to turn the leaf.
It will bev seen that by my invention a single leaf only will be turned at a time and that IOO appearance of the music or prevent it from being packed in the usual way.
A piece of gum film or other material may be placed between the parts composing the tab f, so as to give the same greater body to facilitate getting hold of the same, and the entire device may be lined with strengthening material, it being my purpose to construct it of leather, textile fabric, paper, card-board, pasteboard, or any other flexible material that may be suited to the purpose, either lined or unlined. It would not of course be a departure from my invention if the tab f were made of a single thickness or pl of the material, nor if one of the gummed base portions were omitted, and other changes might be made in the form and arrangement of parts without departing from the nature or spirit of the invention.
Having thus described the nature of my invcntion and explained a way of constructing and using the same, though without attempting to set forth all of the forms in which it may be made or all of the modes of its employment, I declare that what I claim is 1. A music-leaf turner comprising in its construction a tab of paper or other suitable material, having a base extending at an angle to the tab, said base being adapted to be attached to a sheet of music, as described.
2. A music-leaf turner comprising in its construction a tab of paper or other suitable material, having a base extending at an angle to the tab and provided on its lower surface with gum or other adhesive material, as described.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses, this 8th day of March, A. D. 1892.
CHARLES F. PIDGIN.
ARTHUR W. ()RossLnY, WILLARD II. GILMAN.