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Publication numberUS958762 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 24, 1910
Filing dateJul 15, 1907
Priority dateJul 15, 1907
Publication numberUS 958762 A, US 958762A, US-A-958762, US958762 A, US958762A
InventorsWilliam T Peckham
Original AssigneeWilliam T Peckham
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for reflecting the concealed sides of cards.
US 958762 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


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Specification of Letters Patent. Application filed July 15, 1907.

Serial No. 383,867.

To all whom. it may concern:

Be it known that I, WILLIAM; T. Pncx- HAM, .of Providence, in the county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful lfhiprovernents in Devices for Reflecting the Concealed Sides of Cards; and I do hereby 'declare the following Specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, forming a part of the same, to be a 1, clear, and exact description thereof.

The invention relates to an improved device for reflecting the concealed portion of objects laced u on it and is particularly designs and a apted for use in reading card-indexes. In certain uses of the s stem of card-indexes, it is the practice to fi 1 one side of the card and then reverse-said card and fill the other side. -Where said cardindexes are used for keeping records, as in the case of meter-cards, it is necessary in transferring the record from one side of the card to the other to carry over certain data. To do this the card has to be turned back and forth several times, as the side of the card with the record on isfconcealed',

while the other side of written upon.

It is the object of the-present invention to provide a device upon which the card may be placed so that the' record side of the card will be'refiected through a system of mirrors to the view of the person transferring the record to the other or blank side of said card.

To this end the invention consists of the novel device hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to-the accompanying drawings, in which-' igure 1 is a perspective view of my improved device. Fig. 2 is a side view of the same with a card in position thereon. Fig. 3 is an end view. Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view. Figs. 5 and 6 are diagrammatic sectional views of the device with a card in position thereon. Figs. 7 and 8 are plan views of a card.

-Referring to the drawings, A represents a rectangular box-like structure constructed of wood or any other suitable material and having sides 1 and 2 and bottom 3. The rear end 4 and the front end 5 of the box A the card is being are preferably formed of transparent glass and the front end 5 is beveled, shown in Figs. 1 and 2.

A and extending the entire length thereof versed Arranged within the box are two inclined has its lower edge beveled Patented Ma -24,1910.

and resting upon the bottom 3 of-the box A,

and its upper edge is also beveled and rests against the side 1. The mirror 7 is arranged substantially at right angles to the mirror 6, having its lower ed e beveled and-resting upon the bottom 3 oft e box A and abutting against the lower edge of the mirror 6, an its upper edge is also beveled and rests against the side 2 of said box. The rear ends of the mirrors-6 and 7 abut a inst the rear end. 4 of the box A, and the iant ends are beveled and abut against the front end 5 of said box, A suitable transparent cover 8 is set into recesses in the inner up er edges of the sides 1 and 2, so asto be. ush with the upper edges of said sides, as shown in Fi 4:.

The device is used in the following manner. i The operator laces the box in front of him with the beveled end facing him. If now the card B shown in F ig. 7 is placed transversely upon the cover 8 in the position shown in Fig. 6, with the printed side downward, the printing on said card will be reso as to read backward, as shown in Fig. 8, but asthe rays from said printed side strike one of the inclined mirrors, they are reflected across to the other of said inclined mirrors, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. (3, and the printing becomes again re- \QIrBCl, so that when viewed in the mirrors through the top or beveled end of the box, the printed side of said card is in the form shown in Fi 7 of the drawings. Thus with a box 0 proper dimensions the entire side of a complicated meter or index-card will be reflected through the inclined mirrors and within view of the operator while writing upon the other or exposed side of said card.

It sometimes happens that meter or indexcards are made so that when the cards are turned over or reversed the printing upon the under or concealed side of said cards will be upside down. In using the device for reading the concealed side of such a card, the box is turned a quarter .way around, or so that one of the sides is facing the operator. The card is placed ion itudinally upon the cover 8 and the rays 0 the rinting will be reflected, as shown in otted lines in Fig. 5, and the printed matter will be reflected right side up and in full view of the operators transparent and and'cover, and two mirrors withm said bgx-like-structure, the lower edges of said mirrors being beveled end I abutting against each other, the up redge .of one of said mirrors be ng beve ed and restin Egsinst the inner upper edge of one side 0 Reid box, and the upper edge of the other oi said mirrorebeing heveied and resting egains'tthe inner upper edge of the opposite side of said box. p

2. An article of the class described, comprising a bbx-like structure having both ends transparent and one of said ends beveled, a transparent cover set in recesses formed in the inner upper edges of the sides of said box-like structure, and two mirrors within ssid box-hike structure, the lower edges of names alimony-being beveled and sbuttin gamst each ether and upon the bottom 0 a bolt,- the upper edge-of one of said mirrors sgamstthe innerupperedgeof one -s1de 0 said box, and the upper edge of the other of said mirrors a instjthe inane!- upper edge of the opposite s' I not said a e I v 3, An article of the class"descri-bed, comprising a box-like structure rovided with a transparent beveled end an a transparent cover and two mirrors'arranged within said box-like structure, the lower edges of said mirrors converging toward each other and thfi upper edges thereof diverging from each 0t er. 1

WILLIAM T. PECKEiIALL Witnesses: W. H. Tnmnsron, J. H. Trwne'mN.

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US2463775 *Nov 13, 1946Mar 8, 1949Thomas Johnson BenjaminCombined desk and mirror device for transferring records
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Cooperative ClassificationG09F19/00, A47F3/001