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Publication numberUS595516 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 14, 1897
Filing dateMar 2, 1897
Publication numberUS 595516 A, US 595516A, US-A-595516, US595516 A, US595516A
InventorsJames S. Baird
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display rack and teat
US 595516 A
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N0.'595,516. Patented Dec. 14,1897.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 595,516, dated December 14, 1897. Application filed March 2, 1897. Serial No. 625,743. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, JAMES S. BAIRD, of Golden, in the county of Jefferson and State of Colorado, have invented a new and Improved Folding Display Rack and Tray, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

My invention relates to an improvement in racks or trays adapted to display small articles.

It consists, essentially, of two end frames each composed of a series of bars pivoted together so as toform a lazy-tongs, or in the same manner as the bars of a pantograph. These end frames are connected by bars which form common pivots for the centers of the side bars and are provided with a handle for lifting the same and controlling the locking mechanism. The trays which contain the goods are fastened upon the common pivot bars and the outer ends of the side frames. Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification,

in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the views.

Figure 1 is a side elevation of my device extended or raised. Fig. 2 is an end elevation in the same position. Fig. 3 is an end elevation of my device closed, and Fig.- 4 is an end elevation of one of the trays.

The bars A A, which form the lazy-tongs or pantographs which comprise the end frames, are pivoted to each other at their center by rods (1, which extend across to the opposite end and form common pivots for both end frames. Each pair of bars are pivoted to the adjacent pair by pivots a at their ends. The

upper bars A are half-length, reaching to the center only.

The upper pivot a carries a locking-bar B,

provided with a notch b, extending from the In lifting the device the side of thebar D forming the handle will engage the pin 0 and force the bar 13 against the projecting pin 0 vW'hen the device has been sufficiently extended, the pin a will slip into the notch Z7 in the bar B and thus lock the device in its extended position.

When it is desired to fold the device into the position shown in Fig. 3, the, handle D is swung down to one side until it engages the pin 0. The result of this will be to throw the bar B away from the pin a thus releasing the lock andpermitting the device to col lapse'or fold into the position shown in Fig. 3. This operation is in a large measure auto- .matic.

The trays F, which hold the articles, are provided at each end with a bar G, having hooks g and notches g upon their end. The hooks g are adapted to engage the common pivotrods a, while the hooks g are adapted to en gage the inner projecting ends of the pivots a, as shown in Fig. 1. These trays F are thus readily removable. If desired, the trays may be permanently fixed to their pivots and not be removable.

This device is very convenient and handy for displaying merchandise of various kinds and will occupy much less room than any other form of device and has the merit of being readily collapsible into a very much smaller spacethan that occupiedby other display-racks. Racks or shelves of any sort may be substituted for the form of trays shown. This Will depend upon the use to which the device is to be put and the articles to be displayed thereon.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. A folding display-rack, comprising an end frame composed'of, bars pivoted to each other to form lazy-tongs, and having common central pivot-bars connecting the two end frames, means for locking the frames in their extendedposition, trays having hooks upon their inner edges engaging the connecting-bars, and means upon the outer ends of the end-frame bars for supporting the outer sides of the trays, substantially as described.

2. In a folding display-rack, the combina-

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Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/116