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March @, was, _ c. R. MABON 2,1105% AUTOMATIC RECORD STRIP CONTROLLER Filed July 2, 1930 2 Sheets-Sheet l 4 @uuf” n/ BY ‘ INVENTOR. ‘ l U My], @W.~&6Z<ma ATTORNEYS. -' - March .8, 1938. c. R. ‘MABON , ZJMWQS I AUTOMATIC RECORD STRIP CONTROLLER ' 3.9 37 INVEN TOR. M m m, BY M, a, 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. ' 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 ~ 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. 15 ' ' 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 2 2,110,605 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. > . 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 It 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. 35 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. 50 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 3 2,110,605 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 40 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 , 1.10 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 70 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 2,110,605 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?. U! 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 2,110,605 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. V 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 10 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. 65 5 ' 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. 55 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 6 2,110,605 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. 10 CARL ROBERT MABON.