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Oct. 11, 1938.
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o. s. BECK
2,132,923
INDICATING DEVICE
Filed Jan. 14, 1936
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Patented Oct. 11, 1938
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‘UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
2,132,923
INDICATING DEVICE
Ove SQBeck, Alameda, Calif" as'signor of one
half to Leroy B. Thomas, Berkeley, Calif.
Application January 14, 1936', Serial No. 59,077
10 Claims. (01. 116-134)
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My invention relates to indicating devices and
in particular to devices adapted to visually in-
In this case the device comprises a support 2
preferably formed from a relatively thin strip'of
dicate and call attention of the operator to mem-
resilient metallic material having a relatively
oranda selected by him for remembrance.
large backing 3, the exposed Surface .0f which
The principal object of my invention is to provide a device for indicating or pointing out items
is divided into a plurality of memorandum areas UT
4 within which may be written, printed or other
of information to be remembered.
wise shown separate items of information which
_
Other objects of my invention are: to provide
the operator desires to designate i0!‘ remem
a device of the class described'wherein selective
10 designation of memoranda, can be effected; to
provide, in an indicating device employing a plurality of indicators, means for simultaneously
branoe. It is to be understood that in some in
stances I may desire to extend the sides of the 10
support to provide the necessary memoranda
areas, thus dispensing With the need of a Sepa
moving the indicators from indicating to non;
indicating position; and to provide an indicating
rate backing. My invention therefore contem
plates the employment of either form of struc
15 device that is simple of operation,
The invention possesses numerous additional
ture for providing the memorandum areas.
15
A plurality of Spaced DiVOtS 5 rising above the
objects and advantages, some of which, together
Surface of the support 2 aire Provided and the
with the foregoing, will become apparent upon
perusal of ‘the following description of my in20 vention. It is to be understood, however, that
I do not limit myself to this disclosure of the
same are preferably disposed, as best shown in
Figure 2, in two spaced parallel rows adjacent
opposite edges of the support- Eaoh pivot is pro- 20
vided'with shoulders 6 preferably formed by the
species of invention, as I may adopt variant embodiments thereof within the scope of the claims.
Referring to the drawing; '
25
Figure 1 is a plan view of an indicating device
incorporating my invention as applied to a sepa-
upturned end ‘I of a resilient arm 8 mounted on
the Support While these arms may be Sepa
rately formed and then secured to the support,
I Prefer} if the Support be made of resilient mate" 25
rial, to stamp 01‘ Otherwise Cut the arms there~
crate memorandum blank,
Figure 2 is ‘a plan view of my indicating device.
from, since this will reduce manufacturing costs
and simplify assembly
- Portions of ‘the structure are shown broken away
Means are provided for cooperation with the
to to clearly illustrate the construction and relation
memorandum areas 4 to direct attention to such 30
of parts,
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items of information asimay be placed thereon.
Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view, taken > For Such purpose I Provide an indicator 9 Pref
in a plane indicated by the line 3-3 of Figure 2.
erably of triangular shape for each pivot- These
Figure 4 is a fractional vertical sectional view,
35 taken in a plane indicated by'the line 4_4 of
Figure 2.
Figure 5 is a fractional vertical sectional view,
taken in a plane indicated by the line 5-5 of
' Figure 2. Part of the structure is shown in ele-
indicators are mounted to Swing freely on the
pivots from positions of indication and non-indi- 35
cation with reference to their associated memo
randum areas. I Wish further to point out that
the disposition of weight of each indicator with
respect to its Pivotal mounting is $11011 that unless
in vation to disclose clearly the construction.‘
Figure 6 is a perspective view of the frame for
rest/rained the indicator Will drop by weight 0f 40
gravity toward an indicating Position When the
supporting the indicators in exposed position and ’ device is in its normal Vertical position
for returning the same to their concealed posiIn order to limit the drop of the indicators into
,
45
tion_
In broadly descriptive terms, my indicating
device comprises a support on which is disposed
a movable indicator. Means are provided for
.
positions of indication with reference to their
associated memorandum areas and of thereafter 45
returning the same to their non-indicating posi
'tions, I provide'means Preferably comprising a
permitting movement of the indicator from a
plurality of spaced ?ngers ll disposed in parallel
‘normally concealed position, to an exposed posi-
rows on a frame l2 which rests on a raised shoul
50 tion andfurther means are provided for returning. the exposed indicator to its concealed posi—
tion.
With reference to the preferred embodiment
of my invention, I have chosen, for the purpose
55 of illustration, the device shown in the drawing.
.der l3,v formed longitudinally along the central 50
portion 0f the Support 2- A plurality of fee
tangular shaped apertures H in the frame
adapted to receive the guide members I6 formed
on shoulder l3 are provided for positioning the
frame on the shoulder, and, since the apertures 55
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are of greater length than the guides, the frame
and consequently the ?ngers may be moved longi
tudinally of the support by means of a handle ll
2. An indicating device comprising a support, a
plate overlying said support, a plurality of spaced
indicators pivotally mounted on said support and
each movable by gravity from a concealed posi
tion beneath said plate to an exposed position (Fl
adjacent an edge thereof, means for resiliently
urging said indicators against said plate to fric
mounted on one end of the frame.
The frame I2 is normally maintained in the
position shown in Figure 2 by means of a re
silient spring l8 (see Figure 4) one end of which
‘ is secured to a lug l9 formed on the shoulder,
tionally restrain movement thereof in their con
cealed positions, and means for releasing said
indicators to permit gravitational movement
and the other end to a lug 2! formed on the
10 frame.
It will be observed that when the frame
is in such position, each ?nger H is so disposed
with relation to its associated indicator that the
drop of the indicator is limited by the ?nger to
the maximum position of indication with refer
thereof.
3. An indicating device comprising a support,
a plurality of spaced indicators pivotally mounted
on said support and movable by gravity from
15 ence to the area 4 to be pointed out. .In case
non-indicating positions to indicating positions,
the operator desires to clear the device by re
means for retaining said indicators in their non
turning the indicators to their non-indicating
indicating positions, means for selectively re
leasing each of said indicators for said gravita
tional movement from its non-indicating position
to its indicating position, and means for simul
taneously returning said indicators to their non
positions, it is only necessary to move the frame
l2 downwardly by means of the handle I], where
by the ?ngers will bear against the indicators‘
to swing the same simultaneously on their pivots
to their desired positions. It is obvious that
when the operator releases the handle I‘! the
indicating positions.
spring, being under tension, will automatically
pivots having shoulders thereon disposed adja
25 return the frame and ?ngers to normal position.
cent one face of said support, indicators dis
posed on said pivots, a plate disposed adjacent
I prefer that the indicators be normally con
cealed and for this purpose I provide a substan
one end of said pivots, means for resiliently urg
tially ?at plate 22 overlying the support 2 and
having a plurality of apertures 23 in alignment '
30 with and through which the pivots 5 pass.‘ The
ends of the plate are bent inwardly to provide
?anges 24 of sufficient width to accommodate
the underlying structure, and, these ?anges are
in turn provided with outturned ears 26 having
35 apertures 21 therein through which screws or
other fastening means can be inserted for secur
ing the structure to the wall of a building or
other foundation support.
It will be observed (see Figure 5) that the in
40 dicators will be clamped and frictionally held in
concealed position between the pivot shoulders 6
and one face of the plate ZZ-by‘means of the
resilient arms 8 and that, upon ?exing the arms,
the indicators will be released to fall by gravity
45 to the limit of their indicating or exposed posi
tion as determined by the ?ngers H. To provide
‘for the ?exure of the resilient arms I provide a
plurality of tabulators 28 preferably resiliently
supported by a sheet 29 ‘mounted on plate 22.
Thesetabulators overliethe exposed ends of the
pivots where they project through plat'ej212 and
are adapted when pressed inwardly by the'opera
tor to move the pivots axially, whereby the arms 8
are ?exed and the indicators released. Since
55 each tabulator is separately operable to effect re
lease of its associated indicator, selective designa
tion of the areas to be remembered can be readily
made.
Aligned apertures 3| in sheet 29, plate 22 and
60 guide members l6 receive bolts 32 on which nuts
33 are threaded for securing the structure to
gether in unitary assembly.
I claim:
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1. An indicating device comprising a support,
65 a plate overlying said support, a plurality of
spaced indicators pivotally mounted on said sup
portand each movable by gravity from a con
cealed position beneath said plate to an exposed
position adjacent an edge thereof, means for
70 selectively releasing each of said indicators from
its concealed position, means for simultaneously
moving said exposed indicators to their concealed
positions, and means for resiliently urging said
indicators against said plate in their concealed
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positions.
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ll. An indicating device comprising a support,
ing said pivots axially to clamp said indicators
between said shoulders and said plate, and
means for moving said pivots axially to release ‘
said indicators.
5. An indicating device comprising a support,
spaced pivots on said support, indicators mount~
ed for gravitational movement on said pivots
from non-indicating positions to'indicating posi
tions, means for frictionally holding said indica
tors in their non-indicating positions, meansfor
supporting said indicators in their indicating
positions, means cooperative with said pivots for
selectively releasing the indicators from said 40
frictional holding means, and means cooperative
with said supporting means for. simultaneously
returning said indicators from their indicating
positions to their non-indicating positions.
6. An indicating device comprising a support,
a plate spaced from and overlying a'portion of
said support, a plurality ‘of resilient arms on said
support, shouldered pivots rising from said arms,
indicators mounted on said pivots between said
shoulders and a face of said plate, said indi- _
oators being clamped between said shoulders and
said face of the plate, and means for ?exing said
resilient arms to release said indicators.
'7. An indicating device comprising a support, a
plate spaced from and overlying a portion of said
support, a plurality of resilient arms on said sup
port, shouldered pivots rising from said arms,
indicators mounted on said pivots between said
shoulders and a face of said plate, said indicators
being clamped between said shoulders and said
face of the plate, and means overlying an end of
each pivot for ?exing said resilient arms to re
lease said indicators. ‘
8. An indicating device comprising a support, a
plate spaced from and overlying a portion of said 65
support, a plurality of resilient arms on said sup
port, shouldered pivots rising from said arms,
indicators mounted on said pivots between said
shoulders and a face of said plate, said indicators
being clamped between said shoulders and said 70
face of the plate, and'resiliently mounted, man
ually operated means above an end of each pivot
for ?exing said resilient arms to release said in
dicators.
9. An indicating device comprising a support, a 75
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plurality of resilient arms disposed on said sup
port, a pivot disposed on each said arm, a plate
support, each movable by gravity from a con
cealed position to an exposed position, means for
overlying said support and having apertures
retaining said indicators in their concealed posi
through which said pivots project, an indicator
tions, means operable by external pressure in a
disposed on each pivot and held in frictional con
plane perpendicular to the face of said support
for selectively releasing each of said indicators
for said gravitational movement, and means slid
tact with said plate by its associated arm, and
resilient means disposed on said plate and over
lying an end of each said pivot for ?exing said
resilient arms to release said indicators.
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10. An indicating device comprising a sup
port, a plurality of indicators disposed on said
ably disposed on said support for simultaneously
moving said exposed indicators to their concealed
positions.
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OVE S. BECK.
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