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Publication numberUS756091 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 29, 1904
Filing dateMay 16, 1902
Priority dateMay 16, 1902
Publication numberUS 756091 A, US 756091A, US-A-756091, US756091 A, US756091A
InventorsWilliam B Altick
Original AssigneeWilliam B Altick
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 756091 A
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im Q1 A PATENTED MAR. 29, 1904.



APPLIOATIox FILED nu 1e. 1902.


A 7' ToRNEY.

UNITED STATES Patented March 29, 1901.



.SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 756,091, dated March 29, 1904. Application filed May 16, 1902. Serial No. 107,585. (No model.)

.To (tlf, '1r/mnt it 71u14/ concern.-

Be it known that I, vWILLIAM B. AL'IICK, a citizen of the United States, residing at Lancaster, in the county of Lancaster and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Telephonc-Cabincts;

and I do hereby declare the following to bea full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and usc the same.

This invention relates to improvements in a telephone cabinet or closet of that class in which a suitable casing or frame is provided with a folding or extensible wall made in one section and adapted to close or open the forward portion of said casing or frame, with the top and one side thereof provided with transparent plates for the admission of light.

The object of the invention is to provide a compact folding or extensible cabinet for the purpose of insulating a telephone or cutting' it ott as much as possible from all outside sounds or noises while using lsaid instrument, said noises and sounds being extremely annoying as well as detriment-al to satisfactory communication; and the invention may be considered as an improvement on that embodied in the previous application for Letters Patent, tiled October 8, 1901, Serial No. 77,963, greatly simplifying the construction.

The elements of the invention will severallyv and at large appear in the following description, and they will be separately or combincdly set forth or pointed out in the appended claims.

The purposes of the invention are attained by the mechanism, devices, and means illustrated in the accompanying drawings, with similar reference characters to designate like parts throughout the several vie\vs,in which- Figure lis a perspective view of a telephone-cabinet embodying the elements of the invention with the central portion broken away, the upper portion thereof closed, and the lower portion opened; Fig. 2, a vertical central section practically on the line .fr in Fig. 1; Fig. 3, a direct top view of Fig. 1 with the portion practically above the line y y I/ relnoved, showing the wall partially eX- tended, with the upper ends of its posts, wings, and lining appearing in full top view; Fig. 4, a direct top view ot' the lower portion of Fig. 1; Fig. 5, an inverted view of the top portion removed froInF ig. 1; Fig. 6, a front and a side elevation, both enlarged, of the upper end of one of the wall-posts; Fig. 7, a front and asectional elevation, also enlarged, of the lower end of the same post: and Fig. 8, a detached plan of the extensible wall with rollers and lining removed.

1n the drawings, A designates the casing or the aliixed portion of the. cabinet referred to in the opening paragraph hereto, which cahinet, like that in said former application. has the required dimensions to house a telephone as well as to completely inclose the person of the individual usingsaid instrument, the cabinet being adapted to be placed iu upright position and rigidl)` affixed against a side wall of a hall, room, or oliice containing said telephone without encumbering said hall, room, or office, occupyinga minimum of space therein, and when not in use bring practically out of the way; but the wall is not shown.

ln the construction of the easing or frame A is shown a back board or wall-plate l ot' a size equal to the height and width of the cabinet and having at its upper end a forwardlyextending top plate a', making a right angle therewith, with its rearward end edge rigidly secured thereto, as by nails or screws, said top plate having parallel straight side edges extending forward a prescribed distance from its rearward end, with its forward portion preferably eircularly rounded, as shown, and having on its under surface, a short distance from the edge thereof, a depending wall or rib a2, forming an inverted-L-shaped recess fr thc whole way around said edge, while against the outer face thereof is secured in any approved manner a strip a, forming with said recess ai a channel a, constituting a passage-way in which move vertically-disposed rollers guiding the upper end of the extensible wall, yet to be described, and in the body of the top plate is formed an aperture e, which is closed by a transparent plate A' for the admission of light;

but two plates may be arranged in parallel planes with a space between them to close this aperturewithout changingthechariuterofthe invention. \\'ith its rear edge rig'idly secured to the lower end of said wall or back plate and 1 arranged in a plane parallel to said top plate isa bottom plate ff, being similar in horizontal .size and contour to the top plate f1', said bottom plate having in its upper surface at i the required distance from the surrounding edge thereof a groove ai, in which more swiveled rollers 6T, guiding lhc lower end of said extensible wall, while against the parallel .straight edges of the top and bottom plates n' fr?, as well as against the forward surface of the wall-plate r1, are rigidly secured the upper and lower ends and the rearward edges of side boards u. and through an opening in one of said side boards is seated and secured a sashframe A, provided with a transparent plate A or a pair of such plates for the admission of light, thus completing the casing.

lnclosing or opening the forward portion of thi,` casing or the open space between the top and bottom plates thereof is an extensible and contractible wall B, comprising a rear end post f, a front end post lf', and the required number of intermediate posts if' if /12 2, all of approved width and depth and having a length practicallyv equal to the distance between the top and bottom plates of the 'asing, between which plates they are mounted and intended to move to and fro, with their width and depth serving to acconnnodate the hing'ed wings, yet to be described. The posts throughout the series have their adjacent side edges sidewise and inwardly rabbeted out, so as to form L- shaped recesses /f in .said side edges, into each of which recesses is placed one side edge of a wall-wing and hinged to the inner or rearward side of its post hy two or more straphinges ff, said wings in pairs having their other side edges meeting' and hinged together by similar strap-hinges lf', secured to the adjacent surfaces of the wings. These posts have secured to the outer surfaces of their lower ends plates with swiveled arms or rods carrying on their lower ends directly under the postspivoted rollers /engaging in the groove e of the bottom plate, supporting and guiding said posts in place, and the posts have secmed to the outer surfaces of their upper ends plates with pairs of upwardly-projecting spinl dles. carrying thereon vertically -journaled rollers Il, engaging' in the surrounding channel n" of the top plate, each pair of rollers preventing its post from turning. These posts and wings thus hinged together and supported are provided with a lining B, ofany approved ll material, entirely covering their inner surl faces from the forward side edge of the for- I ward end post to the rearward side edge of i the rearward end post along' which edges l said lining is rigidly atiixed, as by rows of headed tacks or nails driven into said posts,

and the lining' extending from said rearward l end post up to and against the inner surface of the back or wall plate n, where its end edge is rigidly secured to the inner surface of the adjacent side boa rd f/"', also, by a row of headed tacks or nails driven into said side board, which tacks or nails are likewise designated by tf', and said liningl extension, with its rear end edge thus secured, constitutes a stop preventing the further forward progress of said rear end post when the wall is extended or the cabinet closed and yet hy doubling or folding up allowing said post to move back against the back board a when the wall is contracted or folded or the cabinet opened, while hooks ff, driven into the inner surfaces of the intei-mediate posts [if near their upper ends and engaging tln'ough the body of the lining' adjacent to the upper edge thereof, serve to support said lining between said rear and torward end posts 6'. At the desired point the forward end post 7;' is provided with a knob or pin B", constituting a hand-grip, whereby the wall is extended in one direction and contracted or folded in another, as when closing and opening' the cabinet. Against the forward edges of the side boards a arey rigidly secured elastic or pliable strips Bi to engage against or to contact with the rear and front end posts when the cabinet is closed, closing possible vents which may appear. \\hen the cabinet is placed in position, a lining B, of any approved material. entirely covering' the entire back board u, is placed between said board and the \'all against which said cabinet l is to be erected, and a lining BT, of the same material, is placed between the bottom plate 17 and the lioor upon which it is to stand,both for the purpose of insulating the cabinet and cushioning it from any vibration from the building.

lt will here be remarked that the cabinet hereinbefore described ditiers from that described in said `former application, in this, that the side boards if are provided in addition to the back board supporting the top and bottoni plates to constitute the casing A; that one of the side boards agis provided with a transparent plate or two such plates in parallel planes for the admission of light in addition to the plate or plates placed in the, top plate if; that in the adjacent surfaces of the top and bottom plates the guide-recesses with the central grooves arc omitted, the former plate havinginstead the vertical rollerguide channel fr and the latter plate having i instead the roller-guide groove 11; that the inclosing wall is composed of one section with all the wing-supporting posts movable instead of two sections with their rear end posts in affixed positions; that said Vall is adapted to close or open the space from and between the forward edges of the side boards a",- that said wall is adapted to be folded within the space behind one of said side boards a when IOO the cabinet is open; that the' portion of the wall-lining' extension beyond the rear wallpost in beine' secured to the post and to the adjacent side board f/"ronstitntes a` stop preventing' thiI movement ot' said post bevond the foi'ward edge of said side boai'd` and that tht` elastic sti'ips B b their contact with the i'ear and front end postsof the wall when said vall is extended will close all vents or openings that ma)v be therebetween.

The inventioi'i having' been thus ascertained and described and tln` manner in which it is perforn'ied fully shown and set forth. what is l considered new, and desired to be secured by Letters Patent, isf# l. In a cabinet` a casing' comprising' a back wall-plate.` a top plate and a bottom plate` side boards secured to the back plate and extending from the top to the bottom plate` packing-strips along the front edges of the side boards, an extensible wall comprising' movable posts and foldabl(` wings adapted to close the forward portion ofthe casing' between the top and bottom plates, and means on said easing for admitting' light thereto, substantially as described.

2. In a cabinet. a easing'eoinprising' a wallplate with top and bottoni plates projecting' I in parallel planes from the upper and lowei' ends thereof but perpendicular therewitlnand side boards secured to said top and bottom plates and to said wall-plate` said side boards closing the i'earward portions of the sides of l said easing, with transparent plates in said top plate and one of said side boards, and an extensible wall made in one section but composed of movable posts and. foldable wings adapted to elose or open the forward portion of said casing between said top and bottom plates, substantially as described and for the purpose hereinbefore set forth.

3. Vln a` cabinet, a casing comprising a back wallplate` a top plate and a bottom plate projecting' from the said wall-plate, side boards secured to the wall-plate and extending from the top to the bottom plate. said top plate and side boards having openings, transparent plates seated in the openings, and an extensible wall having one end secured to one of the side boards and comprising movable posts and hinged wings adapted to close the forward portion of the casing, substantially as described.

4. fIn a` cabinet, a casing, an extensible wall Comprising movable posts and hinged wings 1 adapted to close the casing', and a` lining' covl erinp" the interior ot' said wall. substantially as described.

ln a cabinet. a casing'comprising' a back plate. a top plale, a bottom plattI and an extensible wall composed of movable posts and hinged wings. a eushionilig-packing' covering' the back of the said bar-tY plate, and a cushioning-packing' covering' the bottom of the` said bottom plate. substantially as described.

(i. ln a cabinet. a casing' comprising' a bach wall-plate, a top plate and a bottom plate proieeting from said wall-plate` said plates having' seniicircular forward ends and provided with a groove and agiiidewav` side boards secured to the wall-plate and extending' from the top to the bottom plate` an extensible wall Composed of movable posts and hinged wings adapted to close and open the forward portion 0f the casing, and vertical rollei's engaging' in said groove and way for supporting and guiding said wall, substantially as described.

7. In a cabinet, a casing, a closure for said casino' comprising movable posts and hinged wings, swiveled rollers for supporting` the Closure, and rollers for guiding' the closure` siibstantiall)V as described.

8. In a Cabinet, a easii'ig having a haelt plate provided with parallel top and bottom plates,

` said plates having' rearward straight sides and semicircularforward ends, side-closing' boards secured to the said straight sides. said top plate i provided with a horizontalLv-disposed rollerwa'yv and said bottoni plate having` a eori'esponding' roller-groove. an extensible wall composed of movable posts each having' a pair of vertically-journaled rollers at itsupper end engaging' in said wa)v and a swiveled roller on its lower end engaging' in the groove, pairs ot wings hinged together and having' their inner edges hinged to the posts. a` lining' covering' .said posts and wings rigidly secured to the forward end post and to the i'ear end post, said 1 lining extending' back of said rear post and secured to the haelt plate, transparent plates secured in the top plate and one of the side boards, and means for moving' the extensible wall to open and close the forward portion of the casing'. substantiall5v as described` 1n testiinonf.Y whereof l alhx niv signature in presence of two witnesses.


PAUL A. linnn, DANIEL Il. linnn.

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Cooperative ClassificationE04B1/344