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Патент USA US2133778

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Oct. 18, 1938.
Filed March 23, 1955
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Patented Oct. 18, 1938
Carl W. Brenn, Montclair,„N. J., assignor to Auto- ,
graphic Register C ompany, Hoboken, N. J., a.corporation of New Jersey
Application March 23, 1935, seriaiivo.v 12,619V V ~ '
5 Claims. (o1. 281-6)
This invention relates to machines of the type tion, in which the cover comprises a plate mov
wherein tickets or slips are inscribed as required
able to close the writing opening and when in
and more particularly, to a machine of this kind open position forming a hand rest or extension
which because of its size and weight is portable for the top plate of the register.
5 and adapted to be carried from place to place in
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on
the conducting of business,
the line 2~--2 of Fig. 1.
These machines are used many times by de
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view ofthe up
liverymen to make out a delivery ticket or receipt per portion of the register taken on the line 31-3
covering the particular kind and quantity of
10 goods selected and delivered at that time and
obtain a receipt from the person to whom the
goods are delivered. This use of the machine
requires it to be carried from the truck to the
store or the like, and hence the machine and
the writing strip which is exposed in position to
be Written upon is liable to become wet in in~
clement weather and soiled or mutilated at any
An object of the present invention is to :pro
90 vide a portable register with means for cover
ing and protecting the writing strip, or the
uppermost strip of a plurality of strips when the
register is usedas a manifolding one, when the
register is not being used to make out and issue a
This may be done in several diiîerentways.
For example, the writing opening may be closed
to protect the ticket which is in writing position
against becoming wet or soiled, and this may be
of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a transverse sectional View of the 10
modiiication of this invention in which the writ
ing opening is `adapted to be covered lby a. cur
Fig. 5 is a plan View, partly in» section, follow
ing the line 5-5 of Fig. 4, and showing the cur 15
tain in normal inoperative position.
The register to which the present invention
is applied, in common with'otherregisters of
the same general character, comprises a casing
I5 having a top plate I6 provided with a Writing
opening I‘I to expose vpaper strips I8 Yfor writing
operations. Through the medium of mechanism
common in the art and not shown, except for
the operating handle I9, the paper strips I8 are
ejected- from the register through a delivery
opening 2|] in the front Wallï2| of the casing so
that the edges of the strips may be grasped to
Withdraw the Written form orticket from the
30 accomplished by providing a sliding cover mount
The writing strips I8 are contained within the
ed on the marginal frame and projecting from ' register _usually in the form of a zigzag pile 22
one end of the register so that it may be pushed
forwardly to cover the exposed ticket. In its ex
tended position where the writing ticket is un
35 covered, the cover may constitute an auxiliary
hand rest- or extension for the top plate of the
In another form of the invention, the writing
opening is closed and the ticket to be written
40 upon is covered by a curtain which is mounted
on a roller at one side of the register and which
may be moved across the writing opening to close
the same. This latter form of the invention is in
many respects more advantageous than the
46 others above referred to, since the curtain is
entirely out of the way when the ticket is exposed
for writing operations, and hence may be left
on the machine at all times to be used when the
occasion requires.
Other features and advantages will hereinafter
In the accompanying drawing which illustrates
the several embodiments of the invention above
referred to:
Fig. 1 is a plan View of a form of this inven
asshown in Fig. 2.>
These machines are frequently employed in
situations Where the 'writing ticket, that is the
portion of the-strip'lll which is located below
the opening I'I, is liable- tor become soiled, muti
lated, or wet.- _For instance, such machines are
used by drivers delivering merchandise to stores
according to the quantity and kind wanted at
the time of delivery. The deliveryman usually 40
carries the register from the truck into the store
and, after listing the goods delivered, receives
the signature as a receipt.
This involves con
siderable handling of the register, and when it
is raining or snowing the exposed ticket is liable
to become wet and spoiled.
To obviate this, the present invention pro
vides a means for covering the writing opening.
In the form of the invention, shown in Figs. 1
through 3, this is accomplished by means of a
shutter plate 34 slidably mounted in tracks 35
disposed longitudinally of the register. 'I'he
plate 34 is of such width as to cover the writing
opening I'I when the plate is pushed forwardly.
Any suitable means for manipulating the plate
may be employed in the broader aspects of this
invention, but, as shown, the plate 34 is made
long enough to project beyond the rear wall 36
of the register through a slot 31 so that, when
Si the plate is pushed forwardly to close the writ
ing opening, a tab or iingerpiece 38 on the plate
34 is located adjacent the outer face of the wall
36. When, however, the plate ispulled rear
wardly to expose the writing opening and the
writing ticket, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the
Variations and modifications may be made
within the scope of this invention and portions
of the improvements may be used without others.
Having thus described the invention, what is
claimed as new and for which it is desired to ob
tain Letters Patent, is:
1. A register of the kind described having a
casing including a platen near its top for sup
porting writing strips in position to be issued;
said casing including a top plate placed above
rearward extension of the table I6 thus acts. as
said platen and having a writing opening for ex
an auxiliary handrest. The tracks 35, by which
the plate is supported and held close to the un
derside of the top I6, are located laterally beyond
the platen 39 of the register and in" otherwise
thus supported to allow writing to be convenient
posing the platen-supported Writing strips; said
top plate being close enough to the strips when
ly made' onfth'e strips through said opening; and 15
empty spaces so as not to- interfere with the
means on the casing between the top plate and
traveling of the writing strips nor require the
top plate I6 to be any higher" than normal above
the platen 39.
In the form of the invention shown i'n Figs. 4'
and 5, the" writing' opening? l1 is; closed by’ a flex
becoming. wet or soiled, said means including a
cover element movable in one direction to open 20
the'writing strips for closing the writing opening
to prevent thewriting strips located thereon from
the writing opening-- and movableÍ in the opposite
direction:V toI close’- the writingv opening, and guid
ible curtain 40' preferably' of- metal. This curtain
is mounted» on a roller or' cylinder 4|ï having a
ing' meansv forsaidv cover element sok located that
shaft 42, and is provided with a springî 43 tend
25 ing to wind»v the' curtain on the roller.> From the
roller the curtain passes overv aguide roller 44,
the cover element is always held suñlciently ele
vated“ above the writing strips on the platen to
avoid injury to said strips. despite thecloseness as
aforesaid of the top plate to the strips.
and on its end' isi provided with a bar 45 which
rides on' tracks 46' secured transversely across the
top I6. The bar 45 is provided with a tooth 41
30 adapted toV engage a notchîorhcle 481 in the op
posite side of the top’ plate IB. ' Hence, when it is
desired to cover the writing opening' I1, the bar
45 is grasped and the curtain is pulled toward the
right, as viewed' in> Figsî 4ïanîd 5„until the tooth
41 engages the' hole’ 48, at which time the cur
tain is locked inoperative position. When it is
desired to write upon> the tickets i8, the bar> 45
is lifted to remove the tooth 41 from the4 notch
48 and the spring 43 is allowed to' Wind the cur
40 tain? on the roller and expose the strips i8V for
writing operations. This embodiment of thev in
vention is extremely advantageous in situations
where it is desire‘d to~ have the covering means
remain inoperative, except when actually needed,
45 for instance, when the register must be carried
in the' rain..~ VIts presencein the' registerl in no
Way encumbers the operation of the latter, and a
curtain is always ready to be used.
With the form of the invention shown in Figs;
4 and 5, the curtain roller occupies the space in
which the carbon supply roll is> mounted. Hence,
With this form of the invention, sheet carbon ex
tending longitudinally of the machine is em
` Of course, if it is particularlyv desirable to have
the auxiliary handrest on the register, then the
form of the invention shown'in Figs. l to 3 would
be preferable.
2. The‘ register deiined in claimy l, wherein said
closing means isa flexible curtain, there being a
roller to' which saidï curtain is> attached and' rela
tive to‘ which it is windable, said ‘ilexi'ble means
being substantially uniformly ñexible along- the
directionî of itsy windability relativev to the roller.
3. The' register deñn'ed i'nf claim l, wherein- said
closing means is a plate slidably mounted on the
underside' of said' top plate.
4. The register defined in claim l', wherein- said
cover element is a slidable shutter plate, and
wherein said opening is materially shorter than
said top plate in the direction of sliding of the
shutter, the shutter being longer than said open
ing in such direction whereby the shutterY is slid
able to- close said opening fully, or partiallyr to
close the same different amounts or fully to open
the same but always to project a part ofthe
shutter beyond the casing topresent the thus
projected shutter portion as an extension hand'
5. The register defined in claim l, wherein said
closing means is a slidable shutter plate having
a ñnger tab for engaging the exterior surface of
the casing when the shutter is moved completely
to close saidl opening, the parts thus to be en
gaged being so shaped and arranged that when
they are engaged a portion of the tab will be f
spaced from the casing.
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