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HOLDER FOR STATIONERY.' APPLICATION FILED JULY17,1907.
Patented Feb; 28, 1911.
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JOHN F. WALTER, OF LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF TO RICHARD O. WALTER, OF NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
HOLDER FOR STATIONERY.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed July 17, 1907.
Patented Feb. 28,
Serial No. 384,143.
T 0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JOHN F. lVAL'rnR, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Lake Placid, in the county of Essex and State of New York, have invented an Improvement in Holders for Stationery, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification, like letters on the drawings representing like parts.
This invention relates to a holder for stationery, which presents the latter in easily accessible position, while inclosing it against dust and mutilation. The art presents various devices for the same general purpose but an embodiment of the present invention has many advantages which are not to be found in holders for stationery which have been used heretofore.
The character of the invention may be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings which show a preferred illustrative embodiment.
In the drawings,Figure 1 is a perspective of the embodiment referred to; Fig. 2, a vertical median section of the same; and, Fig. 3, an enlarged detail of-Fig. 2, showing the manner in which envelops may be readily removed from the holder shown in Figs. 1 and 2. I I
The specific illustrative holder shown in the drawings preferably comprises a maga zine 10 for holding a stack of envelops 11, and a magazine 12 for holding a stack of paper 13. The two magazines are support ed primarily by a back board 14 by which the holder may be suspended from the wall, or, if desired, the holder may be arranged to stand upon its bottom on a desk or table.
The magazine 10 may consist of a front wall 15, a side wall 16 and a top 17; and preferably the rear of the magazine 10 is supplied by some retaining device, adjustable toward and from the front wall 15, which may be a sliding false back 18 such as is shown in the figures, or it may consist of two or more wires or rods extending between the top 17 of the magazine 10 and its floor 19.
In the specific illustrative embodiment the false back 18 comprises a slide plate, seated at its upper and lower edges in grooves supplied respectively by the top 17 and the floor 19. Preferably several pairs of such grooves are provided, to permit the false back 18 to be adjusted toward and from the front wall 15 to accommodate envelops of different widths. If a plurality of wires be employed instead of the false back 18 it is preferred to make a series of corresponding holes or seats for the wires in the top 17 and the bottom 19, these holes permitting the wires to be adjusted toward and from the front 15.
The magazine 10 may have a door 20 opposite its side wall 16. A. door opening laterally is preferred, since it permits envelops 11 or the like to be introduced edgewise to the magazine 10 instead of being'fed in flatwise, as has been necessary in various constructions heretofore known in the art. For example, in some instances a holder for en velops and the like, in which the envelops were intended to lie horizontally, has been provided with a top door, through which the envelops were dropped face downward. hen fed thus envelops or the like are likely to assume inclined positions, leaning against one or the other of the walls of the border and thereby toobstruct or prevent their moving to their proper positions for being withdrawn. Obviously, the envelops may be fed either with their short edges or long edges in advance and, likewise, the front wall 15 of the magazine 10 may be used as the door in lieu of the arrangement shown. lVhile it is preferred to have envelops and the like fed edgewise as described, some features of the invention may be employed in a holder to which stationery is fed fiatwise.
The floor 1 9 of the magazine 10 is preferably stationary and substantially horizontal, thus supporting the stack of envelops all in horizontal positions and sustaining them against material relative movement, which is likely to mutilate them. As shown in Fig. 2, the top face of the floor 19 is on substantially the level of the lower edge of the wall 15, so that the lowermost envelop in the stack 11 is confined at its lefthand edge by said wall 15. To promote this engagement betweenthe wall 15, and the lowermost envelop, the floor 19 may, if desired, be tilted slightly clockwise in Fig. 2. Between the front wall 15 and the front edge of the floor 1.9 is an outlet aperture 21, through which the envelops may be withdrawn one or more at a time. Adjacent the aperture 21, the front wall 15 has preferably a recess 22, to facilitate the engagement of the lower envelop or envelops by the thumb. Also, the
floor 19 may have a corresponding recess 23, 'to permit the finger to grasp an envelop from beneath.
Fig. 3 illustrates a desirable arrangement of the edge of floor 19 adjacent the outlet opening 21. This edge is preferably downwardly curved from itsupper surface, to
sen a smooth bearing over which the 10 lowermost envelop may be turned when it IS desired to separate it from the stack in removing it. This is of advantage since 1t avoids any tendency on the partof the enveloplto bend or fold on an abrupt angle.
. ing theupperJfaceofthe'envelop; Bythen inserting a finger in the recess 1 23 of' the floor 19, the envelop: may be grasped and withdrawn. easily over the smooth: curved edge of the floor. One or more envelops at a time may be thus removed'and this may be made to depend upon the width of the outlet aperture-21. When one or more envelops is being withdrawn, as illustratedin:
. Fig. 3, it tends to carry with it the envelop next above, but this is effectually prevented (edges of the sheets of paper may rest against byengagement of the latter with the front wall 15, as" described.
The magazine 12, preferably intended for paper, may be supported upon the front wall 15 ofthemagazine '10 or in any other convenientmanner. Preferably paper is introduced to the magazine 12 edgewise, as by inserting it through a door To facilitate withdraw'al of the paper it is preferably bent at an angle so that the portion to be engaged by the fingers shall lie substantially horizontal, as shown. To this end, themagazine may contain a'block 25, having either a curved orotherwise inclined face over which the paper may be moved and by which it may be turned when it is being placed in -position in the magazine. The
a wall 26, having a recess 27 to'facilitate e'ngagement of the sheet or sheets to be withdrawn.-- The wall 26 and a wall- 28 have between them an outlet aperture 29. Ad'- jacent the aperture 29, the wall 28 is preferably curved (similarly to the edge of the .floor 19) to present a' smooth bearing over which the paper may bedrawn. The wall 28 may have a recess 30, corresponding to recess 27 in the wall 26. In order to remove a sheet of paper from the magazine 12 it is convenient to place a thumb in the recess 27, engage the uppermost sheet and turn it slightly upwardly against the curved edge o f the wall 28. Thereupon, by inserting a finger in the recess 30, the sheet may be grasped and withdrawn by pulling it smoothly against the wall 28 through the aperture 29. lVhen at rest in the magazine 12, the sheet of paper nearest to the aperture 29 isengaged at its edge and confined by the wall 26, similarly to the corresponding engagement of an envelop, by the lower edge of front wall 15. With the'arrangement shown in Fig. 2 the paper may tend to straighten out'and this tendency contributes to maintain the engagement between the edge of the paper and the wall 26. In this regard the effect is somewhat similar to that of tilting the floor 19, as described.
It will be observed that the constructions of the magazines 10 and 12 illustrate different ways in which this invention may be utilized. Both in the case of the envelops and the paper, as specifically described, they are completely inclosed, except for the outlet apertures 21 and.29, and are therebyprotected against dirt and mutilation. Also, the removal of one or more envelops or sheets of paper haslittle'or no effect upon the others, the stack of envelops merely moving vertically downward'a very slight dis-.
tan'ce and'there remaining when an envelop is withdrawn. Also, in the case of both envelops and paper, theyare securely engaged and held within their respective magazines until properly manipulated preparatory to withdrawing them. Various advantages other than those particularly pointed out will appear toth'ose familiar with the art.
. It is tobe understood that the invention is not necessarily limited to the forms shown in the drawings. Furthermore, it is evident that the various features of the invention are not mutually indispensable since they may be used to advantage separately.
1. A holder for stationery having, in combination, substantially perpendicular walls cooperating with sides and a back to inclose and protect the stationery, said walls being spaced slightly apart to supply a narrow outlet aperture extending obliquely'between them, one of said spaced walls being constructed to support the stationery at one side of the aperture close to the other wall, and having a curved edge extending substantially to the plane of the inner face of the other wall; an engaging surface on said other wall extending substantially to the level of the inner face of the supporting wall aforesaid to retain stationery supported thereon until bent to the obliquity of said aperture; said spacedi'valls being aperturcd to permit access to the article of stationery next to be withdrawn.
2. A holder for stationery having, in combination an inclosing container for the stationery comprising two walls spaced slightly apart to provide a narrow aperture extending obliquely to said walls, one said wall presenting a curved surface substantially intersecting the inner plane of the other wall and arranged to present a smooth surface over which stationery can be drawn through said oblique aperture; and means to hold the stationery in a bent position proximate said aperture whereby the stationery tends to unbend in a direction away from the outlet 15 aperture.
I11 testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
JOHN F. WALTER.
lVitnesses J. CHESTER JULIM, ARTHUR GRAVES.
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