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Oct. 19, 1965 T. P. MORGAN 3,212,146
HOLDER FOR PENCILS, PENS AND SIMILAR LONG ARTICLES
Filed Oct. 2, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet. 1
3,212,146 HOLDER FOR PENCILS, PENS AN D SIMILAR LONG ARTICLES Thomas P. Morgan, 2007 Kearny St. NE., Washington, D.C. Filed Oct. 2, 1963, Ser. No. 313,210 17 Claims. (Cl. 24-10)
This invention relates to improvements in holders for pencils, pens and like long bodies and is directed to a holder wherein the pencil or similar article can be easily and quickly introduced or inserted longitudinally and securely held.
A primary object of the present invention is to provide a novel holder for a pencil or similar article which can be readily combined with other compatible articles to meet the nee-d for such a holder, supported or maintained in any one of a plurality of places or positions.
Another object of the invention is to provide a holder for pencils and like articles, which in its fundamental form is of simple design whereby it may be readily incorporated in the structure of a number of other articles of both ornamental and functional nature or, in other words, will provide an inexpensive and practical holder which will lend its service, in one form or another, to many useful and novel arrangements.
More particularly the invention has for an object to provide a novel holder for pencils, pens and articles of Va similar nature which embodies the use of an elastic band in a novel manner whereby to frictionally hold the article in position in a tubular receiver portion and wherein such elastic band or holding means, while retaining the article securely in position, will not make difficult the insertion of the article into or its removal from the tubular receiver.
Another object of the invention is to provide a holder for a pencil or similar article, which embodies the use of a rubber, or other, circular band in which a portion of such band is torsionally twisted and maintained in position in a tubular passage formed in a supporting body, whereby a part of the twisted portion of the band projects radially in the tubular passage and thereby provides a frictional means for engaging a pencil or the like when it is inserted into the passage and imposes a yielding -pressure thereon to hold the article in place regardless of whether the passage in which the article is maintained, is vertical or in any other position.
More specifically the invention embodies, in its fundamental form, a body of suitable material, which may be wood, plastic, glass, metal, ceramics or hard cardboard, formed as a tube, or having a tubular passage formed therein, into which the article to be supported is insertable. An elastic band is applied to the body, with a part of the band passing through the passage and wherein such part is torsionally twisted so that a portion thereof will be disposed axially or extending in an axial direction in the passage to -be engaged by and moved or forced aside by a pencil or like article when the same is introduced into the passage.
Means is provided for attaching the elastic band to the body, which means is in the form of a slot leading into the passage whereby a part of the band may be placed in the tubular passage and a part, When the band is of
circular form such as the conventional rubber band, placed around the outside of the body. The part of the band lying outside of the body between an end of the passage and a -portion thereof lying parallel tothe passage, may then be grasped and lifted from the body and given a half turn, or turned under. This will result in a torsional twist in the portion lying in the passage, and in the portion parallel to the passage. Thus the torsionally twisted part of the elastic band forms an elastic spiral to render a wedge-like effect upon the article inserted in the passage, to hold the article snugly in position.
The invention will be -best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating the invention in its fundamental form, which may be made a part of any desired carrying or supporting means, as hereinafter illustrated and described, the elastic band supporting body being here conceived as being transparent such as glass or plastic, and showing the torsional or spiral twisting of portions of the band.
FIG. 2 is a sectional view, on an enlarged scale, taken substantially on the line 2—2 of FIG. 1.
_ FIG. 3 illustrates a novelty -application of the invention wherein two of the pencil holding bodies are mounted upon opposite sides of an animal, in simulation of packs, and wherein the elastic bands simulate and also function as pack straps for supporting the bodies.
FIG. 4 is a sectional view, on an enlarged scale, taken substantially on the line 4-4 of FIG, 3,
_'FIG. 5 is a perspective view illustrating the application of the invention to a desk calendar.
_ FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken substantially on the line 6—6 of FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 illustrates the application of the invention to and its incorporation in a resilient holder for attachment to a sun visor or similar support.
FIG. 8 is a view in perspective of the embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 7.
FIG. 9 illustrates th l'
_ _ e app ication of the invention to another form of resilient clip.
FIG. 10 is a view in perspective of the form or embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 9.
FIG. 11 illustrates the application of the invention to a body attached to the _neck of a spring pressed blade of a clipboard and wherein the elastic band also functions to hold the body in position.
FIG. 12 is a view in top plan and on an enlarged scale of the structure -illustrated in perspective in FIG. 11.
FIG. 13 is a view in perspective, on an enlarged scale, showing the form of the body for application to the clipboard blade.
FIG. 14 is a view in perspective of another clipboard and blade, wherein the invention is made as an integral part of the blade.
FIG. 15 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale taken substantially on the line 15-15 of FIG. 14.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, reference is made first to FIG. 1 which illustrates the basic idea and fundamental structure of the present invention. The structure illustrated in this figure is functional in the form illustrated, supported in any desired manner as, for example it is shown in FIG. 3 or it may be modified
as illustrated in the succeeding figures without alteration of the essential or novel details involved.
As hereinbefore stated, the invention may be embodied in desired structures formed of any one of a large variety of materials, glass and plastic being two such materials previously named. Accordingly for illustrative and descriptive purposes the structure of FIG. 1 has been illustrated as transparent and accordingly readily displays the novel arrangement of the elastic band in the portion or portions thereof passing through the article receiving tubular passage.
In FIG. 1 the body of the holder is designated as a whole by the reference character B. This reference character will be employed in the succeeding figures for designating the holder body in whatever form it may be shown.
In this FIG. l the body B is illustrated as comprising a rectaingular structure 10 having the top and bottom surfaces 12 and 14 respectively, the opposite end surfaces 16 and side faces 18.
Formed in and extending through the body of material from the top to the bottom surfaces thereof are the tubular passages 20, here shown as being of circular cross section but which, obviously, may be of any other desired cross sectional form of contour.
Formed in the opposite end faces of the body of material 10 are the entrance slots 22 which open into the passages, each entrance slot also opening through the top and bottom surfaces of the body as illustrated.
These entrance slots provide the means for attaching the elastic band to the body with a portion of the band passing through the article receiving passage or passages.
T-he numeral 24 generally designates a circular elastic band such as the conventional rubber band. As illustrated this band is applied to the body, in a twisted form to have a portion of the band extend through each of the tubular passages 20 and which portions lying in the tubular passages are spirally or torsionally twisted as indicated at 26.
At the twist 26, the band has its opposite edges lying in a plane radially of the passage. Thus, one of the edges, indicated at 28 will be located either at the diametrical center of the passage or near the diametrical center, according to the width of the band. Preferably the band has a width about the equal to, or slightly less than, the radius of the passage.
It will, of course, be apparent that the slots 22 provide the means for applying t-he band to the body in the manner shown by permitting portions of the -band to be inserted into the passages, after which one of the portions of the band located outside of the passages, and which are shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, lying fiat upon the top and bottom surfaces of the body, may be grasped and given a half turn, as hereinbefore described, to produce the twist, or spiral, in each of the passages. This is the preferred procedure, but no limitation of procedure is to be implied by this description.
It will be readily apparent from the foregoing that when a pencil or similar article is inserted into the tubular passage, the side of the article will press against the edge 28 of the torsionally twisted portion of the band and due to the resistance which will be offered by the band, there will be a relatively firm or snug frictional engagement established between the pencil and the band to thereby hold the pencil securely in the passage against the wall of the passage. Obviously, of course, the passage into which the pencil is introduced will be sufficiently greater in diameter than the over-all diameter of the pencil so that this desired frictional or wedge-like effect will result.
As hereinbefore stated the invention is applicable to a large variety of articles which may be either of a decorative character or functional.
FIG. 3 illustrates both a decorative and functional employment of the invention. In this figure of the drawings, there is illustrated an animal figure which is generally designated as 30 and which is in the form of a donkey
or burro. In connection with this figure 30 there are illustrated two of the rectangular structures 10 of FIG. 1 placed on opposite sides of the animal and representing packs. Here the body structure 32 is of rectangular form similar to the structure 10 of FIG. 1 and has the spaced parallel passages 34 each of which communicates with a slot 36 which opens from the passage laterally or outwardly through the wide face of the body rather than through the end as in the first-described form.
The two body structures are illustrated with the elastic bands 38 extending from one body structure to the other rather than connecting the two passages of one body as the band has been illustrated in FIG. 1. Thus, it will be seen that the bands 38 serve as or simulate pack straps with one portion of each band crossing the back of the animal and the opposite portion of each band crossing beneath the belly of the animal.
The body structures 32 may be separate from the body of the animal but will be firmly held in position against the animal’s sides by the elastic bands and thus the bands serve the double function of maintaining the body structures in position as shown and of retaining the pencils or similar articles in vertical position in the passages 34.
Since each of the bands 38 has two torsionally or spirally twisted portions each of which extends through a passage 34 it will be seen that the same pencil holding action of such twisted portions will function in the described manner for holding a pencil, pen or like article in position.
The figure of the drawing shows a pencil 40 in one passage of a body structure 32 and a pencil-type typewriter eraser 42 in the other supporting body structure.
FIGS. 5 and 6 illustrate another application of the invention. In this case the invention is shown applied or in connection with a desk calender which is generally designated C.
The reference numeral 44 designates the base of the calendar structure while the calendar leaves are generally designated 46.
The pencil holder body in this embodiment or application of the invention is in the form of an elongate plate 48. The numerals 50 and 52 designate respectively top and bottom ends of the plate.
The material of the plate 48, adjacent to the top end thereof, has edge portions rolled inwardly, forming the cylinders 54. These cylinders form or provide the tubular passages 56 into which the pencil or similar article may be inserted.
The in-rolled edge 58 of the cylinder is spaced slightly from the surface of the plate 48, thus forming the slot 60 leading into the band receiving passage.
The cylinders 54 are in spaced parallel relation and the slots thereof are at the adjacent inner sides of the cylinders or, in other words, the slots are located inwardly of the remote sides of the cylinders.
The numeral 62 designates the elastic band which connects the cylinders 54, having each of two side portions lying within a tubular passage 56 and torsionally twisted so as to function in the passage in exactly the same manner as the spirally or torsionally twisted portions -of the band 24 are illustrated and function, as first described in connection with FIG. 1 of the drawings.
FIGS. 7 to 8 illustrate two applications of the invention to clip-on bodies designed particularly for attachment to sun visors of motor vehicles or other supports which permit the application thereto of bodies formed in accordance with these figures.
In FIGS. 7 to 8 the body B of the holder is formed of a single piece or sheet of metal or other suitable material, which sheet of material is designated 64. Opposite edge portions of the sheet of material 64 are rolled inward to form the two spaced parallel cylinders 66, each of which provides the tubular passage 68 for receiving a pencil or similar article and for receiving the torsionally twisted portion of the elastic band which is here designated 7_0_.,