US 634922 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
No. 634,922. Patented 00f. l7, I899. E. WALDBIP.
1 COPY HOLDER.
(Application filed Apr. 24, 1899.)
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 634,922, dated October 17, 1899.
Application filed April 24, 1899. Serial No. 714,200. (No model.)
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Be it known that I, ELMER WVALDRIP, a citizen of the United States, residing at Asotin, in the county of Asotin and State of Washington, have invented a new and useful Copy- Holder, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to copy-holders, and it is intended, primarily, to support deeds, mortgages, and other similar instruments of writing while their contents are being transferred into record-books; and the object of the invention is to provide a simple, light, and inexpensive article of this character which is adapted to firmly secure the copy in place and which has a line-indicating member which can be quickly shifted to properly mark the lines, thereby to avoid errors in transcription.
With these ends in View the invention consists in the novel combination of elements and in the construction and arrangement of parts which will be hereinafter fully described and claimed.
To enable others to understand the invention, I have illustrated the preferred embodiment thereof in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which- Figure l is a perspective view of a copyholder constructed in accordance with my invention and illustrating the manner of using the same. Fig. 2 is a rear View of the same, and Fig. 3 is aperspective View of one of the copy-holding clips. I
Like characters denote like and corresponding parts in each of the several figures of the drawings.
The copy-holder involves in its construction a suitable back-piece or support for the copy, which may be of any suitable construction, and as represented is denoted by 2, and it consists of a substantially rectangular fiat piece of wood of suitable Width and height, against the outer face of which the copy is placed and is held by the two spring-clips 3 of substantially duplicate construction and each consisting of a single-piece metallic spring adapted to clasp the upper opposite corners of the back-piece or support 2, and the back branches of the clips fit against the rear face of the back-piece and are secured thereto by means of superposed rivets, as 4,
although other fastening devices can be employed for this purpose. The forward or free branches of the clips are bent inward toward the back-piece to provide rounded bearing portions 5, which are adapted to engage the back-piece when no copy is sustained thereby, and as the bearing portions are rounded they cannot injure the paper or other material upon which the copy is written or printed. Each of the forward branches of the clips is provided with a deflected finger-piece 6, pro jecting forwardly and downwardly therefrom and which may be engaged so as to move the bearing portions 5 away from the back-piece 2 for the insertion of the copy.
The back-piece or support 2 is supported in front of the user by means of the leg or prop 7, made in one piece from wire and having parallel side portions 8, terminating in feet and having inwardly-extending journal portions or pivots 9, which are sustained in contact with the rear face of the back-piece 2 by means of the rear branches of the clips, said branches being bent into bearing loops or eyes 3, where they fit over the journal portions 9, thereby permitting free motion of the latter, and consequently of the leg. The journal portions are provided with upwardly disposed projections 10 at their inner ends, whichserve to prevent endwise movement of the same and which when the prop or leg is in its correct position relatively to the backpiece will engage the latter, thereby insuring the proper relation of the parts and limiting the motion of the leg.
The copy is held in position against the back-piece 2, as before described, by means of the free branches of the spring-clips 3, and the lines thereof can be accurately followed by means of the marker 12, the length of which equals approximately the width of the back-piece, and to which the main chain or cord 13 is connected to the intervention of a shorter chain or cord 14:, secured at its opposite ends to separated points in the length of the marker, which is preferably formed from a metallic strip. The main or suspending chain 13 passes through a hole or perforation 15 formed in the upper side of the back-piece and above the spring-clips, and the counterbalance-weight 16 is secured to the free end of said chain, which hangs down upon the copy can be firmly held thereby and accuratel'y read line for line for transcription.
lVhile the article is employed to advantage in transferring legal instruments into recordbooks, it can be used with equal facility for other purposes.
Changes in the form, proportion, size, and the minor details of construction Within the scope of the appended claims maybe resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrL ficing any of the advantages of this invention.
What I claim is- 1. In a copy-holder, the combination with a support, of copy-holding clips each formed integral and fixed to the back of the support and extending over the edge thereof, said extending portion being bent inwardly and then outwardly to form engaging faces and fingerpieces and separated from the support at each side of the engaging faces and propping-legs pivoted to the fixed portions of the clips and movable independently thereof.
2. In a copy-holder, the combination with a support, of copy-holding clips each formed integral and fixed to the back of the support and extending over and free of the adjacent edge of the support, said extending portion projecting over the opposite faces of 'the support and being bent inwardly then outwardly to form engaging faces and finger-pieces, eyes formed integral with the rear fixed portions of the clips, and propping-legs for the support, each leg having a transverse pivot at its upper end engaging an eye of the adjacent clip, and a stop projection at the end of the pivot opposite the leg adapted to engage the support and limit the movement of the leg, said legs being movable independently of the clips.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
JNo. P. VOLLMER, E. W. EAVES.