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Nov. 8, 1938. 2,135,814 T. HEARN ET AL LETTER TRAY Filed D90. 6, 1957 IN VENTORS. £161MW”,AM .SRZ Z 4N0 m m m MN3 Patented Nov. _8, 1938' 2,135,814 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE * A‘ 2,135,814 , 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 5 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 30 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. 45 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, 2 2,135,814 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. - end wall toward which said pivot is displaced be ing at least in part of less height than the other walls. 10 THOMAS HEARN. GROSVENOR S. MCKEE.