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Nov. 1, 1938.
Original Filed June 25, 1934
2 sheets-sheet 1
Raymond A. Christian ‘
His Attorney
Nov. 1, 1938.
Original Filed June 25, 1934
m 6‘
His Attorney
Patented Nov. 1, 1938
Raymond A. Christian, Dayton, Ohio, 'assignor to
Company, Dayton,
The National Cash Register
Ohio,‘a corporation of Maryland
Original application June 25, 1934, Serial No.
732,252. Divided and this application July 24,
1936, Serial N0. 92,305
_4 Claims. (Cl. 235—2'l)
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the mechanism
for releasing the machine for operation by means
This invention relates to improvements in ac
counting machines of the type illustrated and de
scribed in Letters Patent of the United States No.
of the balance key and the mechanism for con
trolling depression of the balance key by means
1,203,863, issued November '7, 19,16, to Halcolm
Ellis, and United States Patent No. 1,819,084, is
of the traveling carriage.
5 sued August 18, 193l,toEmil John Ens. This case
is a division of .applicant’s application Serial No.
732,252 ?led June 25, 1934 which issued as Patent
No. 2,082,098.
sociated mechanism.
but where the dot and dash lines are shown cross
ing the full line parts it indicates that such parts
are behind the frames.
However, the typewriter attachment is a matter
15 of choice and may be omitted where the business
the success of such a machine depends largely 20
upon such vital factors as accuracy, speed, and
novel improvements were provided, particularly
ease of operation. In accomplishing these re
sults, various improvements have been made in
in the traveling carriage and platen controlling
the traveling carriage, platen roll, and machine
. controlling mechanisms,
25 ferred to-various improvements to increase its
utility and ?exibility so that it [may be easily
adapted for use in the majority of modern busi
ness concerns.
A further object is to supply adjustable stops for
use in connection with the selective controlling
means and the skip-t'abulating means.
An accounting machine, to be successfully used
in present-day businesses, must not only be
rugged and free from mechanical defects, but
Therefore, it is broadly an object of this inven
tion to incorporate in a machine of the type re
General description
In order to better adapt the Ellis machine for
use by large department stores, banks, public
utility companies and the like, who issue periodi
20 cal statements to a plurality of customers, certain
In the figure showing the framework in phan
tom by dot and dash lines, where the dot and
dash lines do not show behind the parts it indi- 1O
cates that such parts are in front of the frames,
As disclosed in the present invention, the
Ellis type accounting machine is equipped with a
traveling carriage and typewriter keyboard in
addition to the regular adding machine keyboard.
system does not demand it.
' '
Fig. 4 is a detail view of the balance key and as
Another object of this invention is to provide
means to release the machine for operation by
35 depressing certain control keys.
Still another object is to provide means where
by the traveling carriage in tabulated positions
controls depression of certain control keys.
A further object of this invention is to provide
40 novel control mechanism associated with a bal
ance totalizer conditioning means.
With these and incidental objects in view, the
invention includes certain novel features of con
struction and combinations of parts, the essen
tial elements of which are set forth in appended
46 claims and a preferred form or embodiment of
which is hereinafter described with reference to
the drawings which accompany and form a part
and it is to these im
provements that the present invention is directed.
In its present embodiment, the machine of this‘
invention is shown adapted for use by large de
partment stores where charge accounts of a great
number of ‘individuals are carried from mouth to 3
month. r‘However, it is not desired to limit the
machine of this invention to the particular use
cited above, as the previously mentioned improve
ments widen the scope and increase the ?exibility
of the machine to the extent that it may easily 35
be adapted for use in almost any business where
it is necessary to frequently balance individual
accounts and to make out statement slips or bills
to be sent to a plurality of individual customers
. or patrons.
The balance key of the present machine, in
addition to conditioning the balance totalizer for
clearing operations, also, by means of mecha
nism shown in Fig. 3, releases the machine for op-
eration by depressing the regular starting bar. A
novel non-repeat mechanism prevents repetition
of operation when the balance key is inadvertent
ly retained depressed. In order to prevent the
sbalance key from being depressed before the trav- 50
‘of this speci?cation.
cling carriage has had time to tabulate to the
0f said drawings:
Fig. 1 is across sectional view of the machine “Balance” column, mechanism has been provided
proper taken just to the ~right of a row of amount to lock the balance key against depression until
the “Balance” column is alined with the printing
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the machine control mechanism. A stop on the traveling carriage, 55
55 keys.
cooperating with a hanging bar lever, then
locks the balance key.
Detailed description
The mechanism of the machine of the present
invention is supported between a left side frame
side frame 3| (Fig. 3).
The usual traveling carriage, a portion of which
is shown in Fig. 3, carries a platen roll 40 (Fig. 1)
(disclosed in the parent application) is operated,
disclosed in the parent
case, oscillates the shaft 53 ?rst counter-clock
wise and then clockwise to normal position.
By referring to Fig. 1, it is obvious that any
movement of the shaft 53 is transmitted by means
of the arms 51 to the bail 56 of the leading
Initial movement counter-clockwise of
which, by means of the stud 5i and the slot 50,
platen mechanism, see the co-pending applica
tion of Raymond A. Christian, Serial No. 653,838,
?led January 27, 1933.
Machine keyboard and operating mechanism
causes the amount rack 41 to move rearwardly
until one of the graduated steps 46 engages the
stud 43 of the depressed amount key 4|. This
prevents further rearward movement of the
segment 52; conse
quently the bail 5B completes its rearward move‘
The machine of this invention has a plurality
of denominational rows of amount keys 4!, one of
such denominational rows being illustrated in
The amount keys 4| are depressibly
mounted by means of a top keyboard plate 42
,25 having therein slots adapted to loosely support
the upper end of said amount keys and by means
of studs 43 secured in the lower ends of said
ment independently thereof, ?exing the spring 54.
In its return movement clockwise, the bail 56 20
picks up the segment 52 and returns said seg
ment and the amount rack 41 to their normal,
or zero, positions. In case no amount key is de
pressed, the‘ zero stop lever retains the rack 41 in
its zero position, as shown in Fig. 1, during ma
chine operations.
the proper denominational wheel of the selected
totalizer positions the rack 41 commensurate
with the amount on said totalizer wheel in a
manner presently to be described.
Depression of one of the amount keys 4! moves
the stud 43 carried thereby into the path of one
In its present embodiment the machine of
this invention is equipped with two totalizers,
of a series of graduated steps 46 on an amount
an upper add-subtract or No. I totalizer and 8.
rack 41 mounted for horizontal reciprocating
lower adding or No. 2 totalizer (Fig. 1) ; however,
present machine with additional totalizers.
No. I and No. 2 totalizers have respectively a
plurality of wheels 80 and 8|, only one of each
here shown, adapted
teeth 82 and 83
usual manner.
leading frame bail 56 extending between a pair of '
arms 51 (only one
being shown) secured on the
shaft 53.
Located on the right hand side of the key
board is the usual starting bar 64 having stems
65 and 66, which are pivoted respectively to a
amount keys 4!, as explained above, an alining
bar 84 connected by a pair of arms 85 to a shaft
86 is rocked into engagement with teeth 81 of the
segment 52 to
plate 61 pivoted on a stud 68 secured in the frame
3!, and an extension 69 of a lever 10 loose on a
stud 1i also carried by the frame 3|. The plate
61 carries a stud 12 which cooperates with the
of the depressed amount key.
In subtracting operations, the corresponding
wheel of the No. l or balance totalizer is rocked
United States
No. 1,601,102 issued to F. W. Bernau on Septem
Depressing the starting‘ bar 64 rocks the plate
61 clockwise against the tension of a spring 16.
the stem 66 of
rack 41 revolves the wheel 80 of the No. I or
balance totalizer in a reverse or counter-clockwise
direction until said rack 41 is stopped by the de
pressed amount key, as explained earlier herein.
After the leading frame bail 56 and the rack 41
complete their initial. movement rearwardly, the
wheel of the balance totalizer is disengaged from
said rack 41.
This results in the value of the
depressed amount key being subtracted from the
balance totalizer.
The wheels 80 (Fig. 1) of the No. l totalizer
each carries a tripping plate 88 with diametrically opposed tripping teeth which cooperate with
add transfer pawls 89 and subtract transfer
pawls 90 to transfer amounts from lower to high5 er denominations and to position the racks l1
in total taking operations in a manner
the add
transfer pawls 89 are rocked into the path of
I09 which actuates the printing segment 95 and
the arm 96 in a manner presently to be described.
In‘ adding, subtracting, and total taking opera
tions, initial movement rearwardly of the seg
ment 52 (Fig.
and theframe
41 means
under 5
of the1)leading
56, by
of the link 94, positions the-printing segment 95
commensurate with the position of the amount
. the teeth of the tripping plates 88, and the sub-
10 tract pawls 90 are simultaneously rocked out of
the path of the teeth of said tripping plates. In
subtracting operations, the subtract transfer
pawls 90 are moved into the path of the teeth 0f
the tripping plate 88 and the add transfer pawls
rack 41. When the bail 56 reaches the terminus
of its rearward movement, it dwells brie?y in this 10
position, and, during this dwell, clockwise move
ment of the shaft 91 and the yoke I08-rocks the
release trigger I00 counter-clockwise to release
the arm‘96 and the printing segment 95 to the
15 89 are moved out of the path of said teeth,
Referring to Fig. 1, which, as previously stated,
action of the spring I09, which has been given 15
added tension by clockwise movement of the bail
shows the mechanism for one denominational
unit, in adding operations, when either of the
teeth of the tripping plate as wipes past the trip20 ping point of the adding transfer pawl 39, the
-’[,ran5fer mechanism for the next higher denomination is tripped, thus causing one to be added in
said next higher denomination. In subtract op-
'93- The Spring "19 urges the arm 96 and the‘
segment 95 clockwise, causing said segment to
make an impression upon material wound around
the platen roll 40. Return movement counter- 20
clockwise 0f the shaft 91 and the bail I08 I‘GSIJOI‘BS
the arm 96 end theprihting Segment 95 to the
PQSitiOn Shown in Fig. 1
2'5 plate 88 wipes past the subtract transfer pawl 90,
position, the Stud I05, in cooperation with the 25
erations, when one of the teeth of the tripping
Whenever the segment 52 moves out of zero
the transfer mechanism for the next higher de- arcuate
I04 ofathe
zero distance
I02, rocks
said hook
causing one to be sub
fromis said
clockwise to disengage it from the projection IOI
In total taking operations, the wheel 80 is en- of the plate 98, thereby
allowing the
printing -30
t denomination
to function.
30 gaged with the rack 41 prior to its initial movew mechanism
This counter-clockwise movement of the ,zero
rearwardly, which movement rotates said
wheel 80 in a reverse or counter-clockwise direction until one 015 the teeth of the tripping mete
88 engages the inner surface of the tripping point
35 or the add transfer pawl 89. This arrests the ‘
movement of the wheel 80 and positions the rack
4'! and the segment 52 commensurate with the
ainount'on said wheel 80. The wheel 80 is now
elimination 110011 "12 is imparted to the Zero
elimination hook of the next lower denomination
when its ‘segment 52 is retained in zero position.
This aiiOWS the Zeros 0f the lower Order denomi- 35
' nations to
and prevents the
of the
t 52 is returned to zero posi
tion, asthe
in Fig. l, a spring II'I restores
position and if the operation is a clear40 in
or resetting
operation, it is disengaged from
the amount rack 51 before said rack starts its
return movement forwardly. In reading or subtotal operations, the wheel 80 remains in engagement with the rack 41 during its return movement
r forwardly, consequently the amount is replaced
the zero elimination hook I02 clockwise so that 40»
it engages the projection IOI of the plate 98.
Directing attention to Fig. 2, a row of control
keys H8 and a No. I add key II9 located on the
left hand side of the keyboard control the func
tions of the totalizers. The functions of the 45
totalizers are also controlled by means of stops
Each of the WheeiS 3| 0f the NO- 2 tetelizer
carries a transfer tripping plate 9| similar to the
plates 88 for the No. lvtotalizer wheels and having
50 diametrically Opposed teeth which cooperate With
the tripping Point Of the N0‘ 2 add transfer pawls
92 in adding and total taking operations in exact-
I20 in cooperation with the usual hanging bar
levers, The stops I20 are adjustably supported
in predetermined columnar positions by a, step
bar I2I secured to the front of the traveling car- 50
riage which is not shown herein, but is shown
in the parent ease_
the same manner as described
forI the No. I
Printing mechanism
' The printing mechanism willnow be explained
As previously brought out, the machine of this 55
invention is provided with a traveling carriage
of a type wen known in the art and which is
in;°nnectiggzuvighdgfo?frfggggsmf sglowgmhf‘lg' similar to that used on typewriters. The travel
52 has an arm 9; hivgtaliiyc. egg‘'
nected by a link 94 to a type segment 95 pivoted
carriage is adapted to be tabulated from col- 60
umn to column and means are also provided to
on an arm 96 loose on a printer shaft 91 journaled . z?l?giggg‘ringlaer
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in the right nsif'cmne h3g1‘: 3‘ aged in the printer controlled mechanism is provided to automatiy
own). 1
e arm
carries a late
99 which
with a
Cally return we, traveling carriage from any' 65
printer release trigger I00, rotatably supported‘by
tabuifated P°§i§1°n to an extreme right ham? 01'
prin’ieri H1318}; The plate 98 lags aanother
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jection 0 w c coopera es wi
zero e im 0 m ar po 1 1 ns.
anism is also pro
nation hook I02 loose on a shaft I03 supported vvided to simultaneously‘ effectuate the automatic
W by the printer‘frame. The hook I02 has a down- ' platen feeding mechamsmathe
releasand the selective
re 70
ward extension with an arcuate surface I04 which
cooperates with a stud I05 carried by an extension I06 of the segment 52. Tensioned between
a pawl I01 carried by the arm 96 and the bail
75 of a yoke I08 secured on the shaft 91 is a spring
ing mechanism,
turning mechanism simultaneously. Depression
of the balance key is also controlled by columnar
positions of the trave 'ng carriage, and, in addi
tion, means are provided whereby depression of 75
the balance key releases the machine for opera
retaining the balance key depressed at the end of
Balance key locking mechanism
machine operation prevented the proper tune
tioning of the regular non-repeat mechanism and
In the machine of the present invention, mech
anism has been devised to enforce the printing
of the balance in a certain column of the record
ing on the edge of the key stem and to make the
restoring of the latch 288 at the end of machine
operations independent of the release of the bal
ance key H8. This latter is, in effect, an auxiliary
non-repeat mechanism for the machine.
Describing in detail the mechanism outlined
above, the spring 290 (Figs: 3 and 4) normally
maintains the extension 281 of the latch 288
against a. vertical surface 291 of a latch pawl 288
pivoted at 299 to the left frame 30 and urged
H8, and, in so doing, 30
rocks the plate 304
counter-clockwise to disengage the car 303 from
spring 286 returns the
associated parts to normal position as here
shown, so that the projection 284 of the pitman
282 will
H8. re-engage the notch 285 in the balance
case the balance key H8 is retained depressed
in the frame 38. This allows a
It is therefore evi~
dent that the device just described prevents ex
cessive drag on the stem of the balance key H8
spring 290 to rock said latch 288 clockwise, which,
and also serves as a non-repeat mechanism in
by means of a stud 29! in an extension 292 of said
latch, in cooperation with an extension of an arm
case the balance key is inadvertently retained
While the form of mechanism herein shown and
described is admirably adapted to ful?ll
Near the end of a cycle of operation
of the machine, lever ‘IOis rocked
the usual manner to restore the plate 61, and
transmitted through arm 295,
shaft 294, arm 293, and pin HI, and rocks the
lever 288 counter-clockwise to move the exten
sion 28‘! out of the notch.
It is generally the practice to allow the exten
' n 281 of the latch 288 to
immediately upon restoration thereof to normal
3. In a machine of the class described, the.
combination of means to release the machine for
totalizer and means to print balances standing
on the totalizer, the combination of a manipula
tive device operable to condition the machine for
operation; a latch cooperating with the releasing
a balance printing operation; a latch cooperating
with the manipulative device, when said device
is operated, and operable to retain the device in
means; a manipulative member with a recess
operated position during a balance'printing oper
adapted to cooperate with the latch; yieldable
ation; means normally retaining the latch out of
cooperation with the manipulative device; means,
operable when the device is operated,'for remov
means to move the latch into communication
with the member and the recess; means to hold
10 the latch away from the member to ease manipu
lation thereof; and an element on the member
cooperating with the holding means to disengage
the latter from the latch when the member is
manipulated, thereby allowing the latch to enter
the recess to operate the releasing means and to
15 disengage the element from the holding means.
4. In a machine of the class described having a
ing the retaining means; a machine release
means; and means, operable by the latch as it
moves into cooperation with the device, to operate
the release means to release the machine for a
balance printing operation.
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