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Oct. 11, 1938.
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2,132,652
PUÍÍSERVÀTIONS- CABINET AND DAILY REMINDER
Filed July 26, 1937
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Patented Oct. 11, 1938
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RESERVATIONS CABINET AND DAILY
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REMIND
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Franklin D. lSchrniedemann, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application July 26, 1937, Serial No. 155,722
(Cl. 12S-16)
8 Claims.
My invention relates to a reservations cabinet
and daily reminder, and while `the construction
herein described is particularly designed for the
convenient handling of reservations made by
5 patrons of hotels, railroad trains, passenger ves
sels, airplanes, theatres and the like, the cabinet
may also be conveniently used by banks, trust
companies, mercantile establishments and the
like, for keeping accurate record and bring to
10 attention at the proper time, the expiration of
notes, also the dates of interest payments and
the dates on which accounts are due and _pay
able.
15 provide a‘cabinet of the character referred to
that is relatively simple in construction, very
compact and which eiïects a material saving of
time and labor in the transactions incident to the
taking care of hotel reservations, or in fact any,
20 transaction that is arranged for, and which is to
be brought to the attention of the user4 of the
cabinet on a speciñed date or hour.
A further object of my invention is, to provide
a reservations cabinet or the like, that is con
.25 structed and equipped so that it may function as
a perpetual calendar for taking care of future
engagements, or matters that have been arranged
for, and which are to be brought to attention at
a specified time.
With the foregoing and other objects in view
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my invention consists in certain novel features
ofvconstruction and arrangements of parts that
will be hereinafter more fully described and
claimed and illustrated in the accompanying
drawings in which:
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Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a reservations cab
inet constructed in accordance with my inven
tion.
Fig. 2 is a _vertical section taken on the line
2_2 of Fig. 1.
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i orated as desired.
Secured within the rear portion of the box or
cabinet, parallel with and spaced a short distance
in front of rear wall I2, is a partition I4 that l0
extends from one side wall to the other and sup
ported by and extending rearwardly from _the top
of this partition is a panel I5.
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The principal object of my _invention is, to
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The cabinet, as illustrated, is in the form of an
open-topped box or receptacle that comprises
side Walls I0, front wall Il, rear wall I2 and a
bottom I3, and saidw walls and bottom may be
formed of wood, metal, Bakelite or other suit- 5
able material and the external faces thereof dec
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The height of -rear wall I2 is somewhat less
than the height of the side and front walls of the l5
cabinet, and extending between the upper edge
of the rear wall I2 and the partition I4, is a hor
izontally disposed wall or partition I6.
Arranged for longitudinal> sliding' movement
between the rear portion of panel I5 and parti- 20
tion I6, is a panel I8 that extends the full width
of the cabinet.
The compartment or chamber I9 between the
panel I5 partitions I6 and I4, and sliding panel
I8 functions as a storage chamber for rectang- 25
ular sections 20 of Celluloid or the like, that bear
the names of the months and the numbers of
the days of the month. There are 365 oflthose
members 20, one for each day in the year.
Secured to the rear face of rear wall I2, and 30
projecting upwardly and rearwardly are brack
ets 2| that support an inclined panel 22, the
lower forward edge of which is secured to the
rear edge of panel I5.
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Mounted on the central portion of this panel 35
22 is an electric clock 23, and formed in the
-panel to the sides of the clock are substantially
rectangular pockets 24 for the reception of cal
endar cards 25, each card bearing. on vits face
the name of a month and a calendar arrange
Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken on the line
3-3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a horizontal section of a portion of one
ment of the days’of the month. An opening 26
is formed in the upper portion of the panel 22
above each pocket 24, thus enabling the calendar
of thé interchangeable trays used in the cabinet.
cards to be readil'y observed.
Fig. 5 is a vertical section taken on the line
5-5 of Fig. 1.
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Fig. 6 is a vertical section taken on the line
6-6 of Fig. 1.
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'Fig. '7 is an elevational view of the rear right
hand portion of the cabinet.
Fig. 8 is a horizontal section taken on the line
8-8 of Fig. 7.
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In the use of the cabinet. the. calendar car'd
corresponding with the present month appears
through the lefthand one of the openings 26, and
-the calendar card for the succeeding month ap
pears through the righthand one of said open- 50
' ings.
On the ñrst of each month, the upper one of
the cards in the righthand pocket is transferred
Fig. 9 is an elevational view of the form of
cabinet that is adapted to be used in an upright . tothe top of the cards in thel lefthand one of the
pockets, and thus the user of the device has con- 55 ,
or vertical position.
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stantlya in view a calendar for the present and
succeeding months.
Panel I5 is provided with a longitudinally dis
posed channel 21, the lower portion of which is
slightly wider than the «upper portion, thus pro
viding along the sides of said channel, ñanges 28
on which is written datav relating to future reser
vations; that is, reservations that are taken for
dates in advance of a predetermined number of
days, for-instance, the seven days constituting a
week.
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Arranged between the partition ß and adja
that project toward each other, and which serve cent side wall I0, immediately adjacent the par
to retain in said channels, the individual date »tition I4, is a filler wall 2t, and positioned on top
bearing members 20 as they slide from the‘right
thereof and held-thereon by round-headed tacks
10 hand end to the lefthand end thereof.
39 is a card or thin strip of celluloid or the like l0
In order to decrease the friction between the 40a, bearing the word “Futures”,`thus indicating
sliding members 20 and the bottom of the chan
that all data relating to future reservations and
nel, a narrow longitudinally disposed rib 29 is engagements are to be placed in the pockets 31.
formed on the bottom of the channel 21 and the
'I'he side edges of the thin partitions 36 occupy
15 members 20 rest on this rib as they slide through vertically disposed grooves 31a that are' formed in 15
channel 21. \
the side faces of the partition 35 and the right
The righthand end of channel 21 is open at the Y hand side wall I0, and these grooves terminate
corresponding end of panel I5, asvv designated by just below the upper edges of said partition and
v3l), in order to permit the periodic insertion of side wall, as illustrated in Fig. 3, and thus the
20 the individual members 20, as the latter are with
partitions 36ers prevented from dropping out of 20
drawn ¿from the righthand end of compartment their proper positions in the event that cabinet
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Positioned on the outer face of the rlghthand
side wall I0, immediately below the corresponding
25 end of panel I5, is a vertically -disposed block 3l,
that functions as a side wall for the correspond
ingl end of chamber I9, and formed in the upper
portion of said block is an opening 32, which per
mits the thumb or finger to be placed on the outer
one of the members 20, in order to remove same
is turned upside down.
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Removably arranged within the box or cabinet
between the partition 35 and the lefthand sidev
wall I0, is a series of narrow boxes that are identi- 25
cal in construction and each box comprises a pair
of parallel side walls 40, front and rear walls 4I
and a bottom 42.
In order to reduce friction and to permit the
boxes just described to move freely while being 30
shifted from one position to the other, thin straps
rearwardly past the righthand end of the -slide
I8, and after suchremoval, the member is in -43 of metal are positioned on the outer faces of
serted in the open righthand end lll of the chan
the end walls 4I and- on the under 'sides of the
nel 21, so as to engage therighthand end of the bottoms 42.
35 member 20 that was previously inserted in said
Where the cabinet is constructed for taking 35
channel. Thus the ends of the members 20 with
care of hotel reservations and for booking passen
- in the channel 21 abut each other, and lateral
gers on trains, passengers on ships, airplanes and
pressure applied to-the righthand one of said the like, îthere are seven of the boxes used in the
members in the channel will move all of said- cabinet, one for each day in the week, and secured
.40 members toward the lefthaud so as to properly -, on the upper face of the upper end wall 4I over 40
position the date-bearing members 2l directly each box, is a strip 44 of Celluloid, metal or the
above the slip compartments that occupy the like; and printed thereupon, is the name of one
greater portion of the cabinet and which .are- of the days of the week. The printed slips 44 are
hereinafter more fully described.' ,
preferably retained on the end walls of the boxes
At the lefthand end of the panel I5 in which by round-headed tacks 45 and the pairs of tacks 45
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channel 21 is formed, the bottom of said panel
is cut away to form an opening Il that com
municates with the upper portion of the‘lefthand
end of the chamber I9, and positioned against
the inner face of the adjacent side wall Il, direct- .
ly opposite this opening 32 and extending down
-wardly to the partition I6 is a spring 24, having
used in securing the strips to the boxes are pref
erably distinctly colored, in order to minimize the
possibility of errors in inserting reservations slips
in the compartments within the boxes.
Arranged between the side walls 40 of each box’ 50
is a series of vertically disposed partitions 46
spaced equi-.distant apart, said partitions being
.- an inwardly bowed intermediate portion.
formed of thin sheet metal, Celluloid or the like.
As a result of the arrangement’iustdescribed.' These Partitions divide the space within each box
55 the lefthand one of the members 2l in the chau
into a series of small compartments 41, that are 55
nel 21 when moved towardy the lefthand will, as a adapted to receive the slips of cardboard or heavy
result- of its engagement with spring 24, bend and paper upon which is written data relating to the
move downwardly through the opening Il and the reservations. Each box contains approximately
bowed intermediate portion of said spring will 25 compartments, one for each letter of the al
60 force said member against the end one of the phabet, and appearing on the upper edge of the o0
members l 20 that occupy the compartment I9.
(See Fig. 6.) This transfer of the members Il
from the channel 21 to the compartment I! takes
place whenever the series of members 2l that
lefthand side wall of each box, directly opposite ‘
the compartments, are the letters of the alphabet.
To save space, one compartment may be pro'
vided for the last three letters of the alphabet.
occupy said channel are moved the'length of one
The side edges of the thin partitions 4B occupy o5
member toward the lefthand through the channel. vertically disposed grooves 48 that are formed in
Secured within the box or cabinet adjacent and the inner faces of the side walls of the box, and
parallel with the righthand one of the side" walls which grooves donot'extend all the way to the
I0, is a partition 35 that extends from the front tops of said side walls. Thus the partitions are
70 wall I I to the partition I4 and panel Il; and ar
retained in the„boxes in the event that the latter 70
ranged between this partition and adjacent right
are turned upside down. (See Figs. 2 and 4.)
hand wall III, are vertically disposed partitions
In order-to provide handles to enable the boxes
36 spaced equi-distant apart thereby forming to be readily lifted from the cabinet, one partition
vertically disposed pockets 31 for the reception.of ‘ in each box midway between its ends is extended
75 narrow cards or slips of cardboard or heavy paper upwardly a short distance, to form _an ear or tab 75
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have been removed from the compartments 41.
The form of cabinet illustrated in Figs. 1 to 8
_The length of the strips 2li that bear the names inclusive, is designed to occupy a horizontal posi
and numbers of the days of the months is equal to tion upon a counter, _desk or the like,' and the
the width of the boxes containing the compart- - form illustrated in Fig. 9 is adapted to occupy
ments 41, and thus when the cabinet is made a vertical position on a suitable support.
Thus it will be seen that I have provided a
ready for use, one-of the members 20 is positioned
49 that may be readily grasped -between the thumb
and finger.
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« directly above one of the boxesand the boxes >reservations cabinet and daily reminder that is
are arranged so that the days of the week ap - relatively simple in construction, inexpensive of ,
manufacture and very effective vin performing 10
10 pearing on the strips 44 that are positioned on
the upper ends of. the boxes correspond with,
and. are disposed directly below the days of the
month that appear on those members 20 that are
exposed in channel 21.
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Assuming that the cabinet is used for taking
care of reservations in hotels, and a patron bear
ing the name of Brown desires to make a reserva
tion for July 10, the patron communicates with
the hotel and the clerk or person in charge of
reservations makes out a slip bearing the patron’s
name and other data relating to the reservation,
and places- thesame in the compartment `41
designated by the initial B on the box that is
the functions for which it is intended.
yWhile the cabinet illustrated and described is
>particularly designed for handling reservations
made vby the patrons of hotels, passenger- trains
and vessels, airplanes, theatres and the like, the 15
cabinet, without material change excepting as to
the increasing lof thenumber of boxes having
compartments, may be economically and con
veniently employed in banking institutions, trust
companies, mercantile establishments and the 20
like, for bringing to attention at the proper time,
the dates of interest payments, expiration of
notes and the dates on which full or partial pay-
position in the cabinet, directly below the'mem- _ ments of accounts are due.
It will be understood that minor changes in the
ber 2li bearing the date July 10.
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At the close of each day’s business, the clerk
or person-in charge of the cabinet removes the
righthand one of the boxes having the slip re
ceiving compartments“, and after moving the
rest of the boxes towardl the lefthand to create
a space equal to the width of one box immediately
to the left of partition 35, inserts the removed box
in such space, and at the same time exerts pres
sure on the righthand one of the exposed mem
bers 20 in channel 21 and moves the same toward
the lefthand,v thereby shifting the positions of
all of the exposed members 20 the distance of
one member, so as to bring the properly marked
size, form and construction of the various parts
of my improved reservations cabinet and daily
reminder may. be made and substituted for those
herein shown and described without departing
from the spirit of my invention, the scope of
which is set forth in the appended claims.
I claim as my invention:
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1. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,_
the combination with a box-like container and
a plurality of trays removably positioned within
the said container, each tray having a series of
compartments, said
ys being distinctively
marked, the compartments in each tray being
members 20 into position immediately above the
distinctively marked, there being a series of
members 20 are thus shifted toward the lefthand
the distance of one member, the member at the
of the container, the number of the last-men
40 boxes marked with the days of the week. As the -`compartments formed in the righthand portion
lefthand end of the exposed series of members
will strike against spring >34, and being formed
45 of Celluloid or like flexible material, said mem
ber will bend downwardly and finally pass into
position between the end of the series of mem
bers within the compartment I9 and spring 3’4.
The positions of the members 20 in their
vpassage through the compartment I9 do not
tioned compartments corresponding with the
number of compartments in each tray, and there
being a channel formed along the edge of said
container at its upper end, of a series of date
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bearing members arranged for sliding movement
through said channel, the length of said date
bearing members being equal to the width of
said trays so that when a row of said members y
is properly positioned in the channel, they
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change, so that said _members are in proper. occupy positions directly in line with the respec
sequence as they reach the righthand side of the tive trays, there being a compartment in the
container below said channel and one end of
cabinet.
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lTo replace the member 20 that has been trans
ferred to the compartment I9, the operator places
the thumb or finger in the opening 32 in block 3|,
to engage the righthand one of the series of
membersy 20 in compartment I9 and withdraws
said member, and places the same in the right
60 hand end of channel 21, and such procedure
positions the members in proper sequence in the
channel.
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At the close or beginning of each day's busi
ness, the clerk or person in charge of the cabinet
runs through the reservation slips contained in
having the heading
compartments 31
“Futures" and transfers ‘those slips that bear
reservations made for the date taken care of by
the next adjacent movable box, and which latter
70 eventually arrives at the lefthand end of the box
and which position corresponds to the reservation»
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date.
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When one of the movable boxes ls transferred
from the lefthand side of the cabinet to the
righthand side thereof, all reservations slips will
which channel communicates with said compart
ment to permit the date-bearing members to pass 55
from said channel into said compartment.
2. AIn a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,
the combination with a box-like container and
a plurality of trays removably positioned within '
the said container, each tray having a series of 60
compartments, said trays being distinctivelyl
marked, the compartments in each tray being
distinctively marked'. there being a series of com
partments formed in the righthand portion of the container, the number of the last-mentioned 65
Àcompartments corresponding with the number
of compartments in each tray, and there being
a channel formed `along the edge _of said con
tainer at its upper end, of a series of date-bear
ing members arranged -for sliding movement
through said channel, the length of said date
bearing members being equal to the width~ of
said trays so that when a row of said members `
is properly positioned in the channel, they oc
cupy positions directly in line with the respective
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trays, there being a compartment in the con
tainer below said channel, one end of which
channel communicates with said compartment
to permit the date-bearing members to pass from
said channel into ,said compartment and a spring
for guiding the date-bearing members as they
pass from the channel into said compartment
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the removal of the date-bearing members from
said channel, and a longitudinally disposed date
bearing member supporting rib projecting up
wardly from the bottom of said channel.
6. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,
the combination with a box-like container and -
a plurality of interchangeable trays removably
and for yieldingly engaging said members within
positioned within said container, each tray hav
said compartment.
ing a plurality of compartments, said trays being
distinctively marked, the compartments in each
tray being distinctively marked, and there being
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3. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,
the combination with a box-like container and
a plurality of interchangeable trays removably
positioned within said container, each tray hav- -
a channel formed along the upper edge of .saidv
container at its rear end, of a series of date
ing a plurality of compartments, said trays being bearing members arranged end to end for slid
16 distinctively marked, the compartments in each ing movement through said channel, the length
tray being distinctively marked, and there being - of which date-bearing members is equal to the
a channel formed along the edge oi' said con
width of said trays, there being a compartment
tainer at its rear end, of a series of date-bearing in the container below said channel, one end of
members arranged end to end for sliding move ' which channel communicates with said last men
ment through said channel the‘length of said tioned compartment, and the other end of said
sliding date-bearing members corresponding to last mentioned compartment being open to per
the width of said trays, there being a compart
mit the removal of the date-bearing members
ment in the container below said channel and -from said'channel, and a resilient member ar
a sliding panel forming the rear wall of said com- . ranged within said last named compartment in
partment, one end of which channel communi
the end adjacent the channel, which member
cates with said last-mentioned compartment and communicates with the channel for guiding the
the other end of which last mentioned compart
date-bearing members from said channel into
ment is openvto permit the removal of the date
said last mentioned compartment and the bot
bearlng members from said channel.
tom of said channel being provided with anl up
4. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder, standing longitudinally disposed rib for support
the combination with a box-like container, a plu
ing the date-bearing members in said channel.
rality of interchangeable trays removably posi
7. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,
tioned within said container, each tray having the combination with a box-like container and
a plurality of compartments, said trays being dis
tinctively marked, the compartmentsin each tray
being distinctively marked, and there being a
a plurality of interchangeable trays removably
positioned within said container, each t'ray hav
ing a series of compartments, said trays being
channel formed ’along vthe upper edge of said
distinctively marked, and the compartments in
container at its rear end, and a series of date
each tray being distinctively marked, of a series
bearing members arranged end to end for slid
of date-bearing members ¿arranged end to end
40 ing movement through said channel, the length for sliding movement transversely of the con
of which date-bearing members equals the width tainer adjacent the upper" ends ol.' said trays, the
of said trays, there being a compartment in the.' length oi' said date-bearing members being equal
container below said channel, one end ofwhich to the width of the trays and the data borne by
channel communicates with said last mentioned ` said date-bearing members bearing direct rela
compartment and the other end of said last men
tion to the distinctive marking of the respective 45
tioned compartment being open to permit the trays.
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removal of the date-,bearing members therefrom
8. In a reservations cabinet and daily reminder,
ol' resilient means- located within said last men
tioned compartment in the end thereof that com
municates with said channel for guiding the date
bearing members as they pass from the channel
into said last mentioned compartment.
5. In a reservation cabinet and daily reminder,
the combination with a box-like lcontainer and
a plurality of interchangeable trays removably
positioned within said container, each tray hav
ing a plurality of compartments, said trays being
distinctively marked, the compartments in each
tray being distinctively marked, and there being
a channel formed along the upper edge of said
container at its rear end, of a series of date
bearlng members arranged end to end for slid
ing movement through _said channel, the length
of which date-bearing members is equal to the
width of said trays. there being a compartment
in the container below said channel, one end of
which channel communicates with said last men
tioned compartment, and the otherend of said
last mentionedl compartment being open to permit
the combination with a box-'like container, of a
plurality of trays removably positioned within
said container, each tray having a series of com-f. 50
partments, said trays being distinctively marked,
the compartments in each tray being distinctively
marked, a wall and plurality of partitions rigidly
ilxedl in the container adjacent the right hand
wall thereof so as to provide a row of permanent
compartments in the right hand portion of the
cabinet, the number of the last mentioned com
partments corresponding with the number of
compartments in each tray and there being -a
-transverse channel formed in the top of the con 60
tainer directly to the rear of the trays therein,
and a series oi' date-bearing panels arranged for
sliding movement lin said channel, the lengthof
'which date-bearing panelsis equal to the width
oi.' the trays and the dates on the sliding panels
bearing relation to the distinctive markings of
said trays.
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FRANKLIN' D. SCHMIEDEMANN.
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