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c. R. MABON
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AUTOMATIC RECORD STRIP CONTROLLER
Filed July 2, 1930
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ATTORNEYS.
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March .8, 1938.
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AUTOMATIC RECORD STRIP CONTROLLER
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INVEN TOR.
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ATTORNEYS.
2,110,695
Patented Mar. 8, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,110,605
AUTOMATIC’ RECORD STRIP CONTROLLER
Carl Robert Mabon, Niagara Falls, N. Y., assignor,
by mesne assignments, to Gilman Fanfold Gor
poration, a corporation of Delaware
Application July 2, 1930, Serial No. 465,343‘
15 Claims. (Cl. 197—133)
This invention relates to improvements in man
ifolding machines, such as billing or typewriting
machines, wherein a plurality of relatively super
posed work webs or paper record strips are em
5 ployed and supported in position upon a writing
of an illustrative but preferred embodiment of
the invention and will be in part obvious in con
nection therewith.
The invention accordingly comprises the fea
tures of construction, combinations of elements,
bed or platen forv the reception of inscriptions
and arrangement of parts, which will be exempli
made by means of a typewriting machine or by
?ed in the construction hereinafter set forth and
the scope of the application of which will be in
other means.
It is a general object of the invention to pro
10 vide in machines of the class mentioned an im
dicated in the claims.
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For a more complete understanding of the 10
proved record strip positioning and smoothing
mechanism of simple and practical‘ construction
and arrangement whereby a number of super
posed record strips of the continuous traveler
nature and objects of the invention, reference
is had to the following detailed description of the
preferred embodiment of the invention and to the
accompanying drawings, in which:.
condition thereon without creases, wrinkles,
bulges, or like irregularities, thus assuring clear
and legible manifold inscription upon all of the
vention.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged plan view of the improved
Figure 1‘ is a side View in perspective showing a
'“ ‘ type may be at all times maintained in correct
position upon the Writing platen and in smooth ‘ form of writing machine equipped with the in
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record strip controller.
Fig. 3 is a transverse vertical sectional view of 20
> superposed strips.
Another object of the invention is to provide
an improved record strip or writing paper posi
tioning and aligning mechanism for machines of
the class mentioned, which will automatically en
5' gage the record strips as they move forwardly
and align and position them in smooth condition
upon the writing platen.
A further object is to provide an improved rec
0rd strip guiding means which will operate effec
3’0" tively to guide the record strips into engagement
with aperture engaging pins or the like, while
avoiding objectionable obstruction to the free
feeding movements of the record strips.
Still another object of the invention is to pro
' vide for machines of the class mentioned an im
proved record strip guiding means which is rela
tively positioned with reference to strip control
ling pins, so as to exert a constant restraint and
positioning in?uence upon the strips maintaining
‘ them in correct engagement with the pins, irre
spective of the relative longitudinal position of the
latter.
A further object is to provide for machines of
the class mentioned an improved centered actu
45 ating member for exerting controlling effort upon
the controller, the section being taken substan
tially on the line 3——3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a longitudinal vertical section taken
substantially on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical section, similar 25
to Fig. 4 with the operating mechanism in a dif
ferent position, and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary sectional view of the
adjusting and. locking mechanism for the con
troller spring.
For a detailed description of the illustrative
embodiment of the invention, reference is made
to the drawings illustrating it as being applied to
a writing machine of the ?at platen type to which
it is well adapted. This machine as shown may
include a supporting frame indicated generally
at [0, and including spaced pedestals ll adapted
to rest upon the floor. The bed of the machine
includes spaced supporting rails or frame mem
bers l2 ordinarily extending substantially hori 40
Zontally and attached to and supported by the
pedestals ll. Tie rods one of which is indicated
at 13, or similar frame members connect the sup
porting rails and maintain them in correctly
spaced relation forming a rigid supporting frame 45
the longitudinally os‘cillatable pin supporting car
or bed.
riage so as to avoid tendency of the latter to bind
or jam- in its longitudinal backward and forward
As will be understood by those skilled in the
art,v a type-writing machine of known standard
construction may be mounted upon the support
movements.
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Another‘ object is to provide an improved and
simpli?ed limiting arrangement for limiting the
forward movements of the record strip position
ing-and aligning carriage.
Other objects of the invention will be in part
pointed out in the following detailed description
ing rails [2 being movable therealong so as to 50
bring type bars ‘carried thereby into different line
spacing position. with reference to record sheets
or strips carried by the supporting bed.
Appropriately located between rails 12 is a ?at
platen or record sheet supporting bed l4. This 55
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platen may be of any desired. longitudinal and
transverse extent, being arranged as understood
in the art.
Machines of the type herein disclosed are
adapted for using continuous traveler record
strips, such as indicated at S.
A plurality of
these strips, as many as desired for the partic
ular work in hand, are arranged in relatively
superposed manifolding relation.
A very con
10 venient manner of handling these superposed
strips is to fold them in zigzag formation to form V
a supply pad as S1. A supporting bracket or
frame l5 may be carried by the frame ID in any
preferred manner for supporting this zigzag sup
ply ‘pad.
is automatically removed into strip engaging or
clamping position by means of a spring (not
shown), or similar operating mechanism.
Positioned to the rearward of the strip anchor
ing device I‘! and at the opposite side of the
platen i4, is a second strip restraining or con
trolling mechanism indicated generally at 20.
This controller 20 preferably is in the form of an
attachment capable of application in operative
position to machines of existing construction with 10
very little labor or effort, and with slight, if any,
changes in the machine itself.
The strip controller 28 in the embodiment
shown includes a lower frame plate 2! forming
a supporting base and having offset ?anged lat
Each of the record strips S is preferably pro
vided with a longitudinal series of blank forms
eral edges 22 providing seats or channels for the
for receiving the written data, and each is di-’
ing bars may form a part of the original machine
extending longitudinally of and parallel to the
side frame members or rails l2 and attached 20
vi-ded into a longitudinal series of record leaves
or pad leaves S2, as by means of transverse lines
S3 preferably perforated or otherwise weakened
to facilitate detachment of the record leaves.
Each record leaf is also provided with apertures
S‘l spaced apart laterally of the strip, thus form
ing two longitudinal series of apertures. These
‘ apertures are de?nitely positioned upon each rec
ord leaf S2 with reference to the blank forms
thereon and with reference to the dividing
lines S3.
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For the purpose of transferring inscriptions
‘made upon the top or original record sheet or
strip, any desired number of transfer strips or
leaves, such as the continuous carbon strips C,
may be mounted in appropriate position upon the
machine and interleaved in manifolding relation
with the record strips in a well known manner.
These transfer strips are herein disclosed as
being supported upon supporting spools
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mounted at opposite sides of the machine, and ex
tend transversely thereof over the platen IA.
The transfer strips may thus be adjusted to bring
new transfer areas into manifolding position by
turning one spool it so as to wind the strips
thereon, while at the same time unwinding them
from the opposite supporting spool. Some other '
preferred transfer sheet mounting may be sub
stituted as will be readily understood.
A strip clamping or anchoring device, shown
diagrammatically at Il, may be provided at the
50 forward part of the machine frame for securing
the forward ends of the record strips'in ad;
justed position. Speci?cally, this strip clamping
arrangement is not a part of this invention ex
cept generally in combination, and need not be
particularly described herein. It may be of any
well known type but preferably embodies strip
aligning and securing pins adapted to enter into
the apertures S4 of the record strips thus assist
ing in maintaining the latter in position. A con
(30 venient form for the clamping device I‘! is dis
closed in a prior patent application Serial No.
371,747, ?led by W. F. Simonson on June 18, 1929.
An operating mechanism is provided for the
clamping device if whereby the latter may be
controlled to release the record strips or to hold
them in adjusted position. This operating mech
anism, as shown, includes a pivoted operating
pedal is and a connecting link l9 connected at
its lower end to the pedal and at its upper end
70 to an intermediate controlling mechanism (not
shown) connected to the clamping device l'l.
When the pedal is depressed by the operator, this
controlling mechanism releases the clamping de
vice it’ so as to free the record strips therefrom.
75. When the pedal is released the clamping device
reception of supporting bars 23. These support
thereto in any desired manner.
Screw clamps 2d are attached to the base plate
2! being arranged to clamp the controller 29 in
operative position upon the supporting bars 23.
It will therefore be seen that the strip controller 25
20 can be applied as a unit in operative position
to the writing machine, and it may be readily
adjusted longitudinally thereon so as to accom
modate record strips having differently longi
tudinally spaced controlling apertures S4. The 30
supporting bars 23 are preferably disposed be
tween and adjacent the respective side bars l2,
and the strip controlling unit 29 when installed
lies between these side bars 12 in the path of the
advancing record strips S.
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Spaced track rails 25 are mounted in longi
tudinal position upon the strip controller 20
being mounted above the base plate 2| upon sup
porting blocks 25 carried by the latter. These
track rails are disclosed in the form of flat hori 40
zontal bars spaced from and substantially par
allel with the supporting rails I2, and they sup
port acarriage 27 for longitudinal reciprocation
upon the machine. The top plate 28 of the car
riage is provided on its underside with horizontal
45
ly disposed groove-d rollers 29 the grooves of
which engage the edges of the track rails. The
carriage 2'! is thus restrained for longitudinal
reciprocation adjacent to and substantially par
allel to the path of strip movement.
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A controller spring 39 is connected to the car
riage 27 tending to urge the latter into its rear
ward position. This spring, as shown, is prefer
ably in the form of an elongated spiral spring
anchored at one end to an adjusting device 3|, 55
and passing intermediate its ends over a grooved
idler roller 32 and connected at its opposite end
as at 33 to the carriage. The spring is normally
tensioned to urge the carriage 27 into its extreme
rearward position with the plate 28 against the 60
resilient bumpers or shock absorbers 34. The
connection 33 is preferably positioned substan
tially at the transverse center of the carriage
and the adjusting device 3! is also positioned
substantially at the transverse center of. the ma 65
chine, as is the idler roll 32.
It will therefore be seen that the carriage actu
ating member or controller spring 30, and par
ticularly the reach thereof extending between the
carriage and the idle roller, lies in a centrally 70
disposed vertical plane substantially parallel to
the path of oscillation of the carriage.
Thus, the carriage actuating device 30 to
gether with its arrangements and connections as
described is simple and inexpensive, and more
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over equalizes the pulling effort upon the car
near the free end thereof with an inclined sur
riage in such a manner as to avoid tendency to
face, the top side however being ?at.
Another or companion operating member 48 is
urge it out of alignment with consequent bind
ing or other undue frictional resistance.
It should be observed that the front of the
controlling unit, that is, the edge thereof facing
toward the strip anchoring device I1, is at the
right in Figs. 4 and 5 and at the bottom in Fig. 2,
the direction of feed of the record strips being
10 indicated by the arrow in Fig. 5.
For adjusting the tension of. the controller
spring 38 an adjusting device 35 is provided.
This adjusting device may vary speci?cally the
form. disclosed, being simple and convenient. It
15 embodies the rotary bar or roller 35 which is in
the form of a sleeve supported between the
brackets 35 by a centrally disposed pin 31. The
actuating member or spring 33 is anchored to the
sleeve 35 by means of a pin 38. The rotary ad
20 justing bar of sleeve 35 is received in circular
openings in the brackets 36 which thus provide
bearings in which the bar rotates.
The supporting pin 31 has an exterior head 39
against which the adjacent end of the sleeve
contacts in frictional relation therewith. The
head 39 is notched as shown in Fig. 4 for receiv
ing a stop lug fill on the bracket 36, thus pre
venting rotation of the pin.
At its opposite end, the supporting pin 3] is
49. This operating plunger has a laterally dis
posed operating lug 50 with an inclined upper
surface and a lower flat surface positioned for
cooperation with the operating member 54% when 10
the carriage Z'l is moved forwardly into a pre
determined strip controlling position. An oper
ating link 5! with longitudinal adjustment 52 is
connected at its upper end to an operating rod
attached to the operating plunger while at 15
its lower end it is connected to the operating
pedal !8.
At opposite sides of the operating plunger 48
are stop lugs or pins 54 disposed to engage with a
depending limiting bracket 55 mounted upon the 20
carriage 2?. This limiting bracket has a bifur
cated downward extension positioned to engage
with the stop lugs 54 to limit the forward move
ment of the carriage. The limiting bracket 55
extends downwardly a suf?cient distance to en
gage with the stop lugs 5:3 in different positions
of the latter occasioned by the up and down
movements of the operating plunger 133. The
limiting bracket is bifurcated so as to permit
frictional engagement with the inner face of the
head 39, and locking the spring anchor in ad
entry of the operating plunger between the 30
oppositely disposed parts thereof as clearly
shown in Figs. 3, 4 and 5‘. In Fig. 5, the limiting
bracket is in cooperative position with the stop
lugs 55; and the pin operating lug 5G is in posi
tion for cooperation with the retractable operat
ing member lit. This limiting bracket together
with the stop lugs 54 provides a convenient means
for correctly positioning the pin operating lugs
46 and 5t for operative‘ engagement with each
justed position.
other.
30 threaded to receive a nut shown as a wing nut
engaging at its inner end with a knurled head ‘All
rigidly carried by the rotary adjusting sleeve 35.
The knurled head 4| provides a handle for manu
ally turning the sleeve 35 when the nut is
loosened.
When the desired tension of the con
troller spring is attained, the wing nut is tight~
‘ ened, thus forcing the end of the sleeve 35 into
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also mounted upon the unit 2E being in the form
of a spring pressed plunger urged into its upper
most position by means of compression springs
Strip engaging pins 42 are movably mounted
upon the carriage 2'! being adapted to enter the
apertures S4 in the record strips. Two such
pins arranged in a pair may be conveniently
45 utilized, being mounted upon a support, or car
rier 133 positioned on the under face of the top
plate 28. The pins extend upwardly from the
carrier through appropriate openings or passage
ways in the plate 28, as clearly seen in Figs. 4
and 5.
This pin carrier 43 is preferably pivoted as at
M to a bracket mounted on the under face of the
top plate 28. The pivotal point 44 is preferably
positioned rearwardly of the pins with reference
55 to strip advancement in order that the pins may
move forward slightly with reference to the
record strips as the carrier 43 is swung down
ward upon its pivot. This movement furnishes
a freeing action, relieving the pressure of the
60 pins against the walls of the strip apertures
whereby the pins are withdrawn from aperture
engagement without undue frictional resistance
or sticking, also avoiding tearing or marring the
paper in the vicinity of the apertures. A ten
sioned spring 45 normally urges the pin carrier
:33 into its upwardposition with the pins pro
jecting through the plate 28.
Operating mechanism for the pin carrier'blt
includes a retractable latch or operating mem
70 ber 46 supported for longitudinal retraction in
a bracket on the carrier 43 and urged into its
projected position by means of' a light com
pression spiral spring 41. The retractable oper—
ating member 56 is provided on its under face
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Strip guiding and positioning mechanism in
cluding pliable strip engaging ‘members 55, is
carried by the controlling member 26. There
may be as many of these pliable strip guiding
members as desired, two- being shown positioned
respectively adjacent the strip controlling pins
They are shown as extending longitudinally
in the direction of movement of the record strips,
lying substantially in the path of the latter so
as to engage with the face of the upper strip in 60
the vicinity of the controlling pins e32. They
preferably lie parallel to the path of the record
strips.
These pliable strip guides 56 are shown as be
ing in the form of tensioned spiral springs which
are found to be convenient for this purpose, ex
erting a yielding pressure laterally on the upper
face of the record strip and pressing the strips
yieldingly yet effectively into correct position for
cooperation with the pins 52. Entry of the pins 60
into the strip controlling apertures is thus as
sured, and failure of the aligning function
avoided.
A convenient support for the pliable strip
guides may be provided by a supporting frame
El shown as being of rectangular form and piv
oted at one end as indicated at 58 and supported
upon appropriate brackets carried by the con
troller or attachment 26. The strip guides 56
members
are suspended
of this
at their
supporting
opposite
frame.
ends to the
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Opposite to the pivotal supports 58 of the
supporting frame 5?, brackets 59 may be pro~
vided notched to receive the adjacent members ,
of the frame and provided with spring catches 8t
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engaging with the frame so as to retain it in its
riage equalize this strip tensioning function be
operative position.
tween both of the pins 412, thus further assuring
the correct positioning of the record strips,’ as well
as avoiding binding tendency obstructing move
ments of the carriage 2?.
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After the inscriptions have been completed,
the pedal l8 may be depressed, thus releasing the
Thus it will be seen that the entire supporting
frame carrying pliable strip guides may be swung
upwardly away from the path of the record strips,
facilitating threading of the latter into position
in the machine or adjusting them after they have
been placed in position. When the frame is
again swung downwardly, the pliable guides 56
10 are brought into correct position for cooperation
holding means ll and at the same time depress
ing the strip control pins ‘32 through the action
of the operating plunger 138 and the cooperating 10
with the strips in the performance of their
actuating lugs 48 and 5%].
guiding function with the latter.
pressed, the pins are retracted from aperture en
The objects and nature of the invention hav
ing been set forth, and an illustrative embodi
15 ment thereof disclosed in detail, the operation as
embodied in the foregoing description will be
understood by those skilled in the art. For clear
ness and emphasis the operation may be sum
marized as follows:
As the superposed record strips S are pulled
forward collectively over the writing platen l4,
they slide over the top of the controlling pins 52
being urged into yielding engagement therewith
at all times by the pressure of the pliable strip
25 guiding members 56, these pliable guiding mem
bers functioning to maintain at all times the
strips in their correct relation with reference to
each other and with reference to the pins 42.
When the controlling apertures S4 come into
30 alignment with the pins, the latter are caused to
enter the apertures in all of the superposed rec
ord strips.
Continued advancement of the strips with the
pins in engagement with the apertures thereof
35 will cause the carriage El’ to move forwardly (at
the right in Figs. 4 and 5) against the tension
of the carriage controlling spring 38 increasing
the tension in the latter. This forward move
ment of the carriage will be limited by engage—
40 ment of the limiting bracket 55 with the lugs’
55', as described. In this limited position as shown
As the plunger is de
gaging position. During this retraction the pins
swing or rock forwardly upon the pivot 124, thus
moving forward slightly with reference to the
strip apertures, disengaging the latter with a for
ward freeing action with the attendant advan
tages mentioned.
Since certain changes may be made in the
above construction and different embodiments of 20
the invention could be made without departing
from the scope thereof, it is intended that all
matter contained in the above description or
shown inthe accompanying drawings shall be in
terpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting 25
sense.
Having described my invention, what I claim
as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
1. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a record strip controlling carriage, 30
means for mounting said carriage for oscillation
longitudinally of the strip‘ path, strip aperture
engaging pins movably mounted on said car
riage so as to assume aperture engaging or aper
ture disengaging position, a support pivoted to 35
the machine for swinging movement adjacent
said carriage and strip guiding tensioned spiral
springs carried by said support and positioned
respectively adjacent said pins so as to guide, the
strips relatively thereto.
in Fig. 5, the pin operating members £35 and 50
will be positioned for cooperative engagement
2. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a record strip controlling carriage,
means for mounting said carriage for oscillation
with each other; prior to this time, as seen in
45 Fig. 4., they were not positioned for cooperative
longitudinally of the strip path, strip aperture
engagement.
During the adjusting movement of the strips
just described, the pedal i8 is assumed to be in
its depressed position releasing the clamping ,de
50 vice l‘! at the forward part of the machine and
lowering the operating plunger
However,
the plunger 48 is not, depressed to a sufficient
extent to move the lugs 5t beyond the position
for contact with the limiting bracket 55. Al—
55 though the pedal is depressed, as assumed, yet
the pins :32 are not retracted because operating
lug Eil is not at this time positioned for engage
ment with the operating member 4.5.
When the strips have been thus pulled forward
60 ly, the controlling mechanism assumes the posi
tion shown in Fig. 5. In this position the car
riage 27 is yieldingly urged in rearward direction
by the carriage controlling spring 35 yieldingly
holding the pins 42 in engagement with the aper
65 ture walls, thus aligning the record strips and
maintaining them in aligned condition, and at the
same time, tensioning and smoothing the reaches
of the strips positioned over the writing platen
and preventing such bulges, wrinkles or other ir
70 regularities as might interfere with the correct
manifold inscription. In this manner ‘the proper
transfer of all of the inscriptions to the underly
ing record strips is assured.
The controller spring 30 and the centered ar
75 rangement thereof and connection to the car
engaging pins movably mounted on said carriage 415
so as to assume aperture engaging or aperture
disengaging position, a support pivoted to the
machine for swinging movement adjacent said
carriage, and having transverse supporting bars
positioned forwardly and rearwardly of said car
riage, and strip guiding tensioned spiral springs
carried by said support and positioned respective
ly adjacent said pins so as to guide the strips rel
atively thereto, said spiral springs being sus
pended between said supporting bars and ex 55
tending longitudinally of the path of strip feed.
3. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a record strip controlling carriage,
means for mounting said carriage for oscillation
longitudinally of the strip path, strip aperture 60
engaging pins movably mounted on said carriage
so as to assume aperture engaging or aperture
disengaging position, a support having trans
verse supporting bars positioned forwardly and
rearwardly of said carriage, and pliable strip 65
guiding members carried by said bars and extend
ing longitudinally of the path of strip feed.
4. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a carriage, means for mounting said
carriage for reciprocating movement longitudi
nally of the path of the record strips, strip aper
70
ture engaging pins movably mounted on said car
riage so as to assume aperture engaging or aper
ture disengaging position, an elongated resilient
carriage actuating member yieldingly urging said 75
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carriage to exert tension upon‘ the strip, said actu
‘controlling position whereby a movement of said
ating member being attached to said carriage
second operating 'member moves said pins into
substantially at the transverse centre thereof and
being anchored to the machine substantially at
strip disengaging position, said stop bracket hav
ing spaced depending contacts between which
its transverse centre so as to lie in a vertical plane
said second operating member enters, and a stop
lug at either side of said second operating mem
ber cooperating respectively with said contacts
to limit forward movement of said carriage.
9. In a machine of the character described, in
substantially parallel to the path of oscillation
of said carriage.
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5. In a machine of the character described’, in
combination, a carriage, means ‘for mounting said
10 carriage for bodily reciprocating movement lon
gitudinally oi‘ the path of the. record strip, strip
aperture engaging pins movably mounted on said
carriage so as to assume aperture engaging or
aperture disengaging position, an elongated re
15 silient carriage actuating member yieldingly urg
ing said carriage to exert tension upon the strip,
said actuating member being attached to said
carriage substantially at the transverse centre
thereof and being anchored to the machine sub
20 stantially at its transverse centre so as to lie in
a vertical plane substantially parallel to the
combination, strip; positioning pins oscillatable
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longitudinally of the record strip and a laterally
pliable resilient strip guide adjacent each of said
pins and longitudinally of which said pins are
oscillatable, a longitudinally oscillatable car
riage supporting said pins, an elongated resilient 15
tensioned carriage actuating member yieldingly
urging said carriage to exert tension upon the
said record strips, said actuating member being
attached to said carriage substantially at the
transverse centre thereof and anchored to the 20
tially at the transverse centre thereof and an~
machine substantially at its transverse centre so
'as to lie in a vertical plane substantially parallel
to the path of carriage oscillation.
10. In a machine of the character described,
in combination, a carriage, strip aperture engag 25
ing pins movably mounted on said carriage so as
to assume aperture engaging or aperture disen
gaging position, an operating member for said
pins positioned on said carriage, a stop bracket
on said carriage adjacent said operating member,
a second operating member mounted on said
machine separate from said carriage and posi
tioned for cooperation with said ?rst operating
member when said carriage is in a predetermined
strip controlling position whereby a movement
of said second operating member moves said pins
into strip disengaging position, a stop lug on said
chored to the machine substantially at its trans
second operating member cooperating with said ‘
verse centre so as to lie in a vertical plane sub
stop bracket to limit forward movement of said
path of oscillation of saidcarriage,atake-updevice
for said resilient actuating member for varying
tension of the latter, and a friction locking device
25 for locking said take-up device in adjusted posi
tion.
6. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a carriage, means for mounting said
carriage for bodily reciprocating movement lon
30 gitudinally of the path of the record strip, strip
aperture engaging pins movably mounted on said
carriage so as to assume aperture engaging or
aperture disengaging position, an elongated car
riage actuating spiral spring yieldingly urging
35 said carriage to exert tension on the strips, said
spring being attached to said carriage substan
stantially parallel to the path of the carriage os
cillation, a rotary guide member about which
said spring is looped, a rotary take-up device to
which the backwardly looped part of said spring
is connected, and friction locking means for said
45 take-up device.
7. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a carriage, strip aperture engaging
pins movably mounted on said carriage so as to
assume aperture engaging or aperture disengag
50 ing position, an operating member for said pins
positioned on said carriage, a stop bracket on said
carriage adjacent said operating member, a sec
ond operating member mounted on said machine
separate from said carriage and positioned for
55 cooperation with said ?rst operating member
when said carriage is in a predetermined strip
controlling position whereby a movement of said
second operating member moves said pins into
strip disengaging position, and a stop lug on said
60 second operating member cooperating with said
stop bracket to limit forward movement of said
carriage when said ?rst and second operating
members are in cooperative relation with each
other.
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8. In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a carriage, strip aperture engaging
carriage when said ?rst and second operating 40
members are in cooperative relation with each
other, an elongated resilient carriage actuating
member yieldingly urging said carriage to exert
tension upon the strip, said actuating member
being attached to said carriage substantially at 45
the transverse centre thereof and being anchored
to machine substantially at the transverse centre
so as to lie in a vertical plane substantially paral
lel to the path of oscillation of said carriage.
11. In a manifolding machine, in combination, 50
record strip restraining means, and an elongated
pliable strip guiding tensioned coil spring posi
tioned in proximity to said restraining means to
guide the strip thereto and lying substantially
parallel to the path of the record strip.
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12. In a manifolding machine, in combination,
a strip controlling pin positioned for engagement
in apertures of a continuous traveler record strip,
a strip guiding tensioned coil spring positioned
adjacent to said pin, and a support for said spring
to which spaced parts of the spring are con
nected, said support being pivoted to one side of
the machine whereby the spring may be trans
ferred away from the strip path.
13. In a machine of the character described, 65
in combination, record strip restraining means,
a pliable strip guide positioned in proximity to
pins movably mounted on said carriage so as to
assume aperture engaging or aperture disengag
said restraining means, a supporting frame to
ing position, an operating member for said pins
which spaced parts of said pliable strip guide are
70 positioned on said carriage, a stop bracket on
said carriage adjacent said operating member, a
second operating member mounted on said ma
chine separate from said carriage and positioned
for cooperation with said ?rst operating member
75 when said carriage is in a predetermined strip
attached, and a mounting device mounting said 70
supporting frame and strip guide for movement
laterally of the machine away from the record
strip path.
14. In a machine of the character described,
in combination, a plurality of record strip con
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trolling pins positioned in the path of traveler
gated pliable strip guide positioned in proximity
record strips to engage apertures in the strips and
an elongated pliable strip guide positioned in
proximity to each of said pins and substantially
parallel to the path of strip movement to urge the
to each of said pins and substantially parallel to
the path of strip movement to urge the strip ap
ertures and pins into engagement with each
other, and a swinging supporting frame for said
pliable guides swingable to move said guides into
and away from the strip path and having for
ward and rearward supports from which spaced
parts of said pliable guides are respectively sup
strip apertures and pins into engagement with
each other.
15‘ In a machine of the character described, in
combination, a plurality of record strip control
ling pins positioned in the path of traveler record
strips to engage apertures in the strips, an elon
ported.
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CARL ROBERT MABON.
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