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Nov. 8, 1938.
2,135,814
T. HEARN ET AL
LETTER TRAY
Filed D90. 6, 1957
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Patented Nov. _8, 1938'
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE * A‘
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LETTER TRAY ‘
Thomas Hearn, Ludlow, Ky., and Grosvenor S.
McKee, Cincinnati, Ohio, assignors to The
Globe-Wernicke Company, Norwood, Ohio, a
corporation of Ohio
Application December 6, 1937, Serial No. 178,274
3 Claims. (Cl. 206-74)
This invention relates to letter trays such as
are used in business o?ices as a place in which to
place incoming or outgoing letters.
In practice it is often desirable to leaf through
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a stack of letters or papers in a tray of this kind
in order to pick out a certain paper which may be
in the middle or near the bottom of the pile, and
for this reason many attempts have been made
to make such letter trays in such manner that
10 the papers therein will be more readily accessi
ble.
It is an object of our invention to provide a
tions l6 are the transverse portions 11, which‘are
joined by a U-shaped member l8.
It will be noted that the ba?le is pivoted toward
one end of the tray from the center thereof, and
that it extends generally in the direction of the
center. The pivots I5 are mounted above the
bottom of the trays and the member l8 may rest
on the bottom. It will further be noted that the
pivot point is toward that end wall which hasv
been cut away, which will be clear from a con 10)
sideration of Fig. 1. Normally we intend that
letters shall be placed in the tray on top of the
ba?le whereby the ends of the papers adjacent.
the wall l3 will rest on the bottom, while the ends
adjacent the wall l2 will be elevated from the
letter tray which will render the papers placed
therein readily accessible for sorting or for
15 searching for a paper which may be in the mid
dle of the pile, or for removing the entire stack bottom and will be more readily accessible by
of papers.
virtue of the cut away portion M in the end wall
It is another object of our invention to provide I 2. If desired, the baffle member may be used as
a device as above outlined which will be simple a hold-down device. For example, in o?'ices where
20 and cheap to manufacture, and not of unsightly > windows are open, and the wind is blowing, the
appearance.
problem of keeping the letters from blowing out
These and other objects of our invention which of the tray may become as important as that of
will be described hereinafter, or which will be providing ready access thereto.
apparent to one skilled in the art upon reading
We have shown in Fig. 3, a modi?ed ba?le indi
25 these speci?cations, we accomplish by that cer
cated generally at [9, formed from a plate of 25
tain construction and arrangement of parts of metal which may be reversely bent as at 20, for
which we shall now describe two embodiments.
reinforcement, and provide it with a ?nger hole
Reference is made to the drawing forming a . 2|. For pivoting purposes the member l9 may
part hereof, and in which:
be rolled at one end as indicated at 22, about a
Figure l is a perspective view of a letter tray pin or rod 23. In use in the trade the rod 23
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provided with one embodiment of our invention. occupies the position of the members l5 of the
Fig. 2 is a longitudinally central cross-sectional other form of ba?le, and the portion 20 extends
view thereof taken on the line 2—-2 of Fig. 1, and toward the center as does the portion I8 of the
showing a stack of papers in our device.
other embodiment. The uses of this embodiment
35
Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing a modi?ca
35
are similar to those described above.
tion of the ba?le.
It will be seen that we have provided means in
Brie?y in the practice of our invention we pro
a letter tray for providing ready access for papers
vide a letter tray as shown in Fig. 1, having a bot
therein which are simple, cheap and not unat
tom l0, longitudinal walls II, and end walls [2'
and I3. We prefer to cut one of the end walls
away as shown at I4, in Fig. 1, so that said end
wall l2 will be at least in part, of less height than
the remaining walls in the tray. This feature
alone is not new, but it is of particular advan
45 tage in connection with our invention.
Extending transversely of the tray and pivoted
in the opposed longitudinal walls II, we provide a
ba?le member for the purpose of keeping papers in
the tray off the bottom at one end.
In the embodiment of Figures 1 and 2, we have
50
shown a wire baffle pivoted in the said walls II by
means of the portions 15 extending into holes or
‘recesses in the walls H. We provide small offset
portions at IE to keep the ba?ie from slipping end
55 wise out of position. Connected to the offset por
tractive in appearance.
It will be clear that
modi?cations may be made in our preferred em
bodiments without departing from the spirit of
‘the invention, and that therefore we do not wish
to be limited otherwise than as pointed out in the
claims which follow.
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Having thus described our invention, what we
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters
Patent is:
1. A letter tray comprising a shallow rectangu
lar box, and a ba?‘le pivotally mounted at a point 50
above‘ the bottom of said box and toward one
end thereof from the center and extending toward
the center of said box, the end wall of said tray
toward which said pivot is displaced being at
least in part of less height than the other walls,
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whereby papers placed in said tray will be more
readily accessible.
2. A letter tray comprising a shallow rectangul
lar box, and a wire ba?le extending thereacross,
said ba?ie comprising pivot members pivotally
mounted in opposed walls of said tray above the
3. A letter tray comprising a shallow rectangu
lar box, and a plate ba?le extending thereacross,
said ba?ie comprising a sheet like member having
means whereby it is pivoted to opposed walls of
said tray above the bottom and toward one end
thereof from the center, said plate extending
bottom thereof and toward one end thereof from I from said pivot toward the center of the tray, the
the center, offset transverse members, and a
U-shaped member connecting said transverse
10 members and extending toward the center of
said tray, the end wall toward which said pivot
is displaced being at least in part of less height
than the other walls.
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end wall toward which said pivot is displaced be
ing at least in part of less height than the other
walls.
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THOMAS HEARN.
GROSVENOR S. MCKEE.
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