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May 17, 1938.
c. s. MEYER
TABULATING BOARD
Filed Feb. 26, 193'?
2,117,812
Patented May 17, 1938
2,117,812
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,117,812
TABULATING BOARD
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Charles S.-Meyer, Norwood, Ohio
Application February 26, 1937, Serial No. 127,950
5 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in a
tabulation‘ or computation board; upon which a
multiplicity of record sheets or the like are as
sembled or compiled in an orderly or shingled
relationship, ‘to expose a column or margin of
the edge sheet and the line spacing of each col
umn in linear alignment and ‘registration with
the corresponding spacing of the other exposed
‘ columns for ready reference and computation
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purposes.
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(Cl. 281-44)
squaring shoulder or straight edge 3, above the
plane of the board or panel, against which an
edge of the record sheets 4 is abutted to appro
priately‘ square the same for relative alignment.
'The rail hingedly carries a clamping bar 5
adapted to swing to an open position upon the
ledge or guide rail 2 and to a closed position
upon the board to overlie and clamp a margin
of the sheet inv squared position with the guide
An object of the invention is to provide a
table or board for assembling or compiling a
multiplicity of record sheets to expose a column
~ portion of each sheet side by sideand in a
11” relatively squared position with an edge of the
board, each sheet individually “clipped to the
The clamp bar 5 is latched in its closed or sheet
clamping position by latches 6-6, pivotally
mounted upon the upper face of the guide rail
2, the latches swinging from a longitudinal posi
tion with the guide rail to a lateral position over 15
the clamp bar for locking the bar in its closed
board in a manner so that it is guided and de?~
position.
nitely located in its ‘application for convenience
and speed of application,‘ and is e?iciently held
A'pair of parallel guide or slide rails 1-1,
appropriately spaced, are recessed within the
20 but permitted to be readily Withdrawn and sub
stituted at will without disturbance to the other
sheets.
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rail, to hold the same against displacement. 150
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Another object of the invention is to provide
a table or'board upon which a plurality of sheets
can, be assembled in a shingled‘ relationship for
adjoiningly exposing the column or margin of
each sheet, the table provided with adjustable
clips. each for gripping a sheet at one edge
for conveniently and rapidly assembling the
board or panel and each coextensive with the 20
width of the panel. The rails are recessed to
a degree to bring the same slightly below the
planegof the upper or sheet supporting surface
of the board. The rails preferably are in the
form of a metal channel strip with oppositely 25‘
inturned ?anges 8 for the reception of a multi
plicity of guide clips 9, slidable or adjustable
within thev rail and held against displacement
by the inturned flanges of the channel rails,
39; sheets upon the board, either in corresponding - necessitating end insertion into the rails, which 30.
or in varying degrees of widthv of columnar
exposure.
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are open at their opposite ends I’ or such purpose.
Each clip represents a sheet metal stamping
of‘ Z form in cross section, comprising a base'
Other objects and further advantages will be
more fully apparent from a description of the
3'5 accompanying‘drawing, in which:
Figure l. is a top plan view of the tabulator or
for frictionally binding with the rail so as to be
record sheet holder with record sheets applied.
resistant to movement, and retain its adjusted
Figure 2 is a view, similar to Figure 1, of a
portion of the tabulator with the record sheets
position under a strain imposed thereon in as
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omitted.
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Figure 5 is a perspective view of one of the
rail guide clips for" locating and offsetting the
record
sheets.
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Figure 6 is aperspective view of a modi?ed form
of clip.
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sembling or compiling the sheets upon the board
or panel.
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Figure 3 is a section online‘3-—3, Figure‘ 2.
Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4, Figure 1.
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portion 18 engaged and slidable within the chan
nel rail, slightly curved or bowed longitudinally 36
"
Referring to the drawing, I indicates aboard
or panel providing a plane surfaced support for
50‘ an array of record sheets, assembled orcompiled
one upon the other and marginally offset to
unitarily expose a column or columns of each
sheet. The board or panel, at its upper end
longitudinally thereof, has‘a ledge or guide rail
2 permanently‘ fixed thereto, providing a sheet
40
A neck portion 1 1 extends laterally at an angle
from the base portion, between and above the
inturned flanges of the rail and carries a lat
erally extended tab 12 for clasping over a margin
of a record sheet inserted therebeneath and in 4.5
edge contactwith the neck, the clip providing
an adjustable stop for regulating the o?setting
of .the sheets and facilitating in their offsetting
assembly upon the board.
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As shown in Figure 4, the inturned ?anges 50'
of ‘the guide rail are slightly below the sheet
supporting surface of the table or panel, with
the tab I2 of the clip relatively arranged so
that the margin of the sheet is slightly crimped
for gripping the sheet to resist displacement. 55‘
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The clips are preferably adjusted to de?nite or
measured locations along the rail and for this
purpose the rail centrally longitudinally has a
row of determinately or uniformly spacedin
dentures H3 in the upper side of‘ its web portion
for cooperation with a corresponding indenture
Hi formed in the base portion of the clip for
registering and socketing with an indenture in
the rail to lock the clip in its set or adjusted
position or location.
The series of clips can be set to any relative
When it is desired to make a computation or
tabulation from a plurality of record sheets in
which the column bearing the data is located
intermediate of the width of the sheet, the sheets
are folded along, a columnar line for a marginal
exposure of the column. As the general uses
of a tabulator or computator board are'well
known it is deemed that any extended elabora
tion thereof need not be made herein.
The adjustable clips offer a greater facility in 10
compilation of the sheets and accommodate for
various degrees of marginal or columnar expo
sure of each sheet over the present commercial
and assembling the record sheets, each for a
types of devices generally referred to as peg
given margin exposure, and the clips for one
15 rail may be set in an aligned position with re ' boards. ‘ The peg board provides a row of de? 15
nitely spaced pegs along a margin of the board,
spective clips of a second rail, or in a staggered
upon which the sheets are impaled through aper
relation thereto to meet the offsetting require
tures in the sheets for compilation and oifsetting.
ments for the sheets and to serve for’ a consid
With the present improvement no special size
erable number of sheets.
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sheets or perforated sheets are required. Each 20
The sheets can be compiled or assembled in a
shingled relationship, either from the right or sheet can be withdrawn and another substituted
left of the board, depending upon the disposition without disturbance or interference to the other
of the clips, to extend their tabs either to the sheets, which is not possible with a peg board.
The clamp holds the sheetflat, which is a mate
right or left. A portion of the space of the board
degree of spacing for appropriately compiling
25 can be used for exposing a right end column or
margin of the sheets while an opposite or second
portion can be used for a compilation, for ex
posing a left end column or margin of the sheets.
The device is adjustable to every line of busi
ness and can be effectively and economically used
in both large and small organizations. Various
sizes and dissimilar sheets can be used for tabu
lating sales costs, production expenses, inventory
control, and other analyses for the purposes of
35. accounting, or otherwise.
In the example shown in Figure 1, the record
sheets 4 are compiled to uniformly offset or ex
pose a right end margin or column of the sheets
with the left end of the sheets respectively, each
40 inserted beneath the tab H of a pair of aligned
rial bene?t when the sheets have been folded or 26
wrinkled.
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The modification shown in Figure 6 substitutes
a longitudinal strip or plate I5, recessed within
the top surface of the board, having a plurality
of tabs 16 struck and bent out from the body 30
thereof at determined spacings apart for the
adjustable clips and channel rails previously de
scribed. The top surface of the plate is flush
with the board or panel surface and the tabs
are slightly inclined for convenient insertion of 35
the sheet therebeneath, and this form is admir
able for a user whose need is limited to one size
or standard form of sheet.
Having described my invention, I claim:
1. A record sheet holder, comprising, a plane 40
'clips, depending upon the length of the sheet
surfaced support or table board for compiling a
and number of rows of clips with which the
board is equipped. Two rows of clips usually are
ample for a general size of board and average
multiplicity of sheets in shingled relationship
for exposing a column space of each, the spacing
at each exposed column in linear alignment and
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length size of sheet.
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To insert or apply the sheets upon the board
the clamp bar is unlocked and elevated from the
board by swinging the same backwardly over and
upon the ledge rail 2. The clips for the number
50 ~ required are adjusted or set to a selected position
or location and relative spacing apart for a
de?nite width of column or degree of marginal
exposure of the sheets desired when compiled
upon the board. In the example shown, the
55 sheets are applied upon the board, preferably one
after another, commencing from the right, the
?rst sheet being applied upon the board by
slipping its left end beneath a pair of aligned
clips until its edge'contacts with the wall or stop.
60 formed by the upturned neck portion of the clip,
and bringing the upper edge of the sheet in con—
tact with the squaring or straight edge of the
guide bar or rail 2. Thereupon, a second sheet
is applied upon the ?rst and its application con
65 trolled by a second clip or set of clips, and so on
for the number of sheets to be employed. Such
compilation of the sheets exposes a de?nite width
of column or margin of all the sheets, with the
line spacing of each column in linear alignment
70 and registration crosswise of the board.
Should
registration, the table board having one or a plu
and a plurality of clips seated within a channel
of the board, the clips individually movable for
relative spacing adjustment, each extending
above the plane of the board to marginally clasp 50
a sheet applied upon the board for locating
and holding the sheets in a shingled relationship.
2. A record sheet holder, comprising, a plane
surfaced support or table board for compiling a
multiplicity of sheets in shingled relationship for 55
exposing a column space of each, the spacing at
each exposed column in linear alignment and
registration, the table board having one or a plu
rality of clip seating channels crosswise therein,
an edge rail across one end of the board for 60
squaring the sheets upon the board, and a plu
rality of clips seated within a channel of the
board, the clips individually movable in the chan
nels for relative spacing adjustment, each ex
tending above the plane of the board to margi 65
nally clasp a sheet applied upon the board for
locating and holding the sheets in a shingled
relationship.
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3. A record sheet holder, comprising, a plane
surfaced support or table board for compiling a 70
any sheet of the number be erroneously includ
multiplicity Vofsheets in shingled relationship for
ed, it can be readily withdrawn without ‘ dis
exposing a column space of each, the spacing at
each exposed column in linear alignment and
turbing the others and another sheet substituted,
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rality of clip seating channels crosswise therein,
or a substitution can be made by transferring one
registration, the table board having one or a
of-the end sheets at either end of the group.
plurality of clip seating channels crosswise there
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5. A record sheet holder comprising, a table
board for compiling and assembling thereon a
plurality of sheets in a shingled relationship and
in, a plurality of clips seated within a channel
of the board, the clips individually movable in
the channel for relative spacing adjustment, each
extending above the plane of the board to mar
ginally clasp a sheet applied upon the board for
locating and holding the sheets in a shingled re
sheets are squared, one or more guide rails
lationship, and a clamp bar for clamping a mar
recessed within ‘the board parallel with said
gin of sheets upon the board.
4. A record sheet holder comprising, a table
10 board for compiling and assembling thereon a
plurality of sheets in a shingled relationship and
having a shouldered straight edge longitudinally
of one edge of the board, against which the sheets
are squared, one or more guide rails recessed
15 within the board parallel with said shouldered
edge and of channel form, with inturned ?anges
for receiving and laterally con?ning a clip en
gaged therein, a plurality of clips, each having a
portion slidably engaged within the rail and in
20 frictional bearing therewith, and a tab portion
for lapping a margin of a sheet upon the board
for locating and holding said sheet.
having a shouldered straight edge longitudinally
of one edge of, the board, against which the
shouldered edge and of channel form, with in
turned ?anges for receiving and laterally eon
?ning a clip engaged therein, a plurality of clips,
each having a portion slidably engaged within
the rail and in frictional bearing therewith, and
a tab portion for lapping a margin of a sheet
upon the board for locating and holding said
sheet, the web of the channel rails provided each 15
with a longitudinal row of indentures, for inter
locking cooperation with an indenture in the sec—
tion of the clips housed and slidable within the
channel rail.
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CHARLES S. MEYER.
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