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Nov. 22, 1938.
2,137,970
H. J. WAECHTER
WRITING TABLET
Filed Oct. 5, 1937
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Nov. 22, 1933.
H. J. WAECHTER
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WRITING TABLET
Filed Oct. 5, 1937
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Nov. 22, 1938.
H'. J. WAECHTER
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Filed Oct. 5, 1937
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INVENTOR.
BY
)l/o‘?dth/lv'd Arrazmsys,
this?
Patented Nov. 22, 1938
UNITED- STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,137,970
WRITING TABLET
Harry J. Waechter, Mount‘Healthy, Ohio, assign?
or to Paul Benninghofen and Fritz G. Diesbach,
trustees, Hamilton, Ohio
Application October 5, 1937, Serial No. 167,424
9 Claims.
(Cl. 282'-—12)
This invention relates to a writing tablet for
use in combination with a container or carton
employed in merchandise packaging, a packet
supply of continuous form stationary, either in
D a single or composite web, the composite web
comprising a plurality of superposed strips col
located for form registration.
The packet constitutes a strip or composite
web ziz-zag folded, containing a sequence of
10 printed forms or form length sections, de?ned
by weakened transverse tear lines in the strip
or web for separating the form lengths one from
another as transcribed or ?lled in. The trans
verse weakened tear lines usually coincide with
and for controlling the withdrawal and register
ing the superposed forms upon the writing table.
Another object of the invention is to provide
continuous web form stationery folded into a
packet with weakened transverse tear-lines, co
incident withv the lines of fold andapertures in .
the tear-line forcooperating with mechanism
in an autographic or like machine to obtain regis
tration of the. printed forms, regulating the with
drawal of the web and to provide tear direction
interruptions in the tear bar of the machine to
insure a full severance on the tear-line,
Another object of the invention is to package
a composite web of continuous form stationery 15
15 the lines of fold. The strip or web is provided
with one or a set of apertures for each form
within _a paper board or like container, the web
length or section utilized for strip feed arresting
having its leading end in a position ready for
service and self-loading within a tablet insert
control and form registration, a feature well
known to the art. The apertures in the present
instance preferably are incorporated in the weak
able into the container.
ened tear lines to facilitate in a tear-01f when an
improve and simplify the construction of the web
feed arresting and form, registering means, em
extracted portion is pulled across and interrupt-s
This stationery is largely used in autographic
registers’ or manifold machines in which the
packet after unpackaging is deposited within a
compartment beneath a writing table or platen
of the machine. A free end of the strip is un
folded from the packet and advanced either man
ually or by feeding devices over the writing table
to support and expose a form length or section
for writing, and when ?lled in, the strip is ad:
Vanced or withdrawn for a determined or meas- ’
ured length for tearing off or dispensing the
?lled in form or section and appropriately posi
tion a successive portion or section in the writing
space upon the platen.
The present invention contemplates eliminat
ing the unpackaging of the packet and taking
40 the supply directly therefrom as used, and in
which the container or carton is utilized as a
casing in combination with a tablet, providing a
platen and strip withdrawal control and form
registering instrumentalities applied to the car
' ton or container for receiving the strip or com
posite web appropriately for writing thereon and
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Another object ofthe invention is to generally
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ploying one or a plurality of pins engageable
ed on anon-continuous straight or tear edge.
controlling its sequential extraction.
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ing intervals in the tear line to. accommodate for
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An object of the invention is to provide a tablet
of simple design and low cost construction for
ready attachment to a commercial paper board
container or carton employed in merchandise
packaging a packet of continuous form station
cry to equip the same with a writing table for
sequentially ?lling in the forms directly supplied
55 or withdrawn from the merchandising container
through apertures in the web, whereby‘ the pins
are actuated to express the same from the
apertures and free the web by the act of the oper
ator grasping the leading end of the web for ex
tracting a ?lled in length or form.
Various other factors and details of the in
vention are more fully stated in the description 3.0.
of the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the writing
tablet applied to. the closure sleeve of a carton,
the sleeve being partly in section and the ap
proximate position of the carton dimensioned
from the sleeve and in line therewith for inser»
tion.
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Figure 2 is a perspective view of the tablet and
carton assembled ready for use.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3—3,
Figure 2.
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Figure 4 is a fragmentary top plan view of the
forward portion of the tablet showing the form
strip in arrested position and the extracted. form
about to be severed from the strip across the
tear bar.
Figure 5 is a front elevation of the assembled
carton and tablet.
Figure 6 is a cross sectional view of the stop pin
mechanism taken on line 5—6, Figure 4.
Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 6 illustrat
ing the manipulation of the stop pin mechanism
preliminary to extracting a ?lled in form'length.
Figure 8 is a view similar to Figure 6 llustrat
ing the stop pin mechanism in position for ar
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resting withdrawal of the form length when a
succeeding set of apertures is brought into reg
istry therewith.
Figure 9 is a view of a portion of the form strip
of the present invention, illustrating the arrange—
ment of the tear-line and apertures.
Figure 10 is a perspective view of a modi?ed
form of carton structure.
Figure 11 is a fragmentary view taken on line
I l--ll Figure 10 illustrating the manner in which
the leading edge of the form strip is tucked into
the forward edge of the carton in shipping.
Figure 12 is a sectional view taken on line
l2—l 2, showing a modi?ed form of writing tablet
15 in place in the carton.
Figure 13 is a cross sectional view taken on
line |3—l3, Figure 12.
Referring to the drawings, the tablet comprises,
a body portion formed of sheet material in the
20 shape of a return bend integrally providing a
platen l furnishing a ?at Writing surface for re
ceiving and supporting a form or section of the
leading end of the web to be ?lled in, and a return
tail or tray 2 in a plane beneath the platen and
therewith forming a compartment or storage
The hinge plate is actuated or manipulated by
a thumb lever I 3 pivotally mounted upon the
frame cross bar 6 and lies within the bifurcation
of the hinge plate 8. It also is bifurcated corre
spondingly with the notch centrally in the for
ward end of the writing platen to expose a por
tion of the leading end of the form -or Web to ob
tain a ?nger-grip thereon to extract the same.
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The thumb lever is depressed at the time of
obtaining a ?nger-hold upon the leading end of
the Web for expressing the pins preliminary to
hinge plate to elevate the hinge plate when the
as unfolded from the supply packet, is stationed
beneath the tablet and translated onto the writ
ing platen.
A cross frame 5 is ?xed to the forward end of
the platen, having an upper cross bar 6 extending
transversely across the front margin of the platen
and slightly elevated therefrom to bridge the
forward end of the thumb lever is depressed.
Upon elevating the hinge plate, the pins are
expressed from the web apertures and the oper
ator upon moving his hand forward, permits the
thumb to be slipped from its depressing hold
upon the thumb lever, releasing the same, in
which instance the pins will be urged and bear
upon the web, ready to snap through a succeeding
set of apertures when brought into registry there-_
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same and therewith provide a throat channel or
with for a successive web withdrawal arresting
interval, the pins limiting a measured length of 7
to guide and con?ne the same.
Web withdrawal, and when engaged through a
set of apertures, also function for registering and
40 passageway ‘I through which the web traverses
The frame 5 depends below the writing platen
to form a channel or entrance for the storage or
aligning a successive form or set of forms dis
?ling compartment 3, and an abutment for clasp
posed in writing position upon the platen.
ing over a wall of the container or carton, pack
length, is then severed from the strip by tearing
aging the packet for attaching the tablet to the
container.
The upper frame cross bar 6 at its rear edge
has an up-turned ?ange for bar reenforcement
and facilitates in threading the leading end of
the web into the throat space in loading. The
cross bar 6 also provides a support for the web
withdrawal arresting or control means, having
55 stop pins or detents engageable through one or
a set of apertures in the web when brought into
registry therewith during the withdrawal advance
of the Web in dispensing or extracting a ?lled in
form and sequentially positioning a successive
60 form in writing position upon the platen.
The stop pins 8-8 are formed integral with
and laterally dependingly extend from the for
ward extremities of a bifurcated hinge plate 9
pivotally mounted upon the frame cross bar 6.
65 The hinging connection of the hinge plate is by
means of a pin 9a traversing the hinge plate and
having its opposite ends journalled in ears Ill-l ll
pressed up from the cross bar 6. The hinge
plate is yieldingly urged in a depressed position
70 by a spring l2 housed within a recess in the
underside of the hinge plate and coiled about the
hinge pin 8, one end of the spring connecting
with the hinge plate and its opposite end with
the ?ange of the frame cross bar.
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forward edges of the platen and frame cross bar,
and therefore require to be notched out to obtain
a ?nger hold upon the web. The said edges re 10
spectively are utilized as tear edges for separating
an extracted portion of the web along a tear line.
or bend 4 joining the platen and tray serves as a
and a curved guide over which the web is directed
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central ?nger grip access to the leading edge of
the web, which has its edge coinciding with the
depositing upon the tray the record sheets when
?lled in and separated from the web. The loop
30 rear wall for the storage compartment or tray,
45
the corresponding edge of the upper frame cross
bar, are notched for pin clearance and also for a
griping the web so that the pins will free the web
in advance of an extracting pull. The thumb
lever I3 is pivotally mounted upon ears turned up
from the frame cross bar 6 and its rear end is
projected to contact with the underside of the
- space 3 open at the forward end of the platen for
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passage 1 and when engaged through apertures
in the web, withhold its advance.
The forward edge of the writing platen and
The pins normally intersect the channel or
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extracted portion of the Web, as a ?lled-in form
the same at a tear line which registers with the
forward edges of the cross frame and writing
table, and, by pulling the extracted portion across
either of said edges, a separation is easily effected.
As it is desirable to employ a tearing’ edge to
facilitate in a tear-off operation and avoid ad
ministering any translative motion to the web
which would thrust the same against the stop .
pins, tending to mutilate the apertures and de
stroy the registration of the forms of a successive
form in writing position upon the platen, and, as
the tearing edges of both the frame cross bar and
platen are interrupted or mutilated by the notch
ing, necessitated for manual access to the leading (30
edge of the web for a pull-out operation, it has
been found expedient to locate the web arresting
apertures in the weakend transverse tear lines,
and thereby provide pre-severed portions or
intervals in the tear line to accommodate for
the interruptions in the tear-off edges of the
tablet to insure a separation along the tear line.
The apertures are of a comparatively reduced
dimension, relatively closely spaced, and of a con
?guration to insure a tear or separation along
the tear line intervals intermediate or between
the perforations, which cannot be brought against
a stationery tearing edge, and also not to offer
any obstruction or cause tearing of the web in
its translation over the edges of carbon-coated 75
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sheets or webs interleaved between the plies of
the composite form of web or cross members of
the table. The drawings do not illustrate the
manifolding sheets or transfer medium, nor .any
method of disposing the same in an interleaved
relationship between the plies of the composite
is no possibility of diverting the tear from the
line. A small aperture is not obstructive in the
feed or advance of the web across transverse
edges, as an edge of a carbon sheet or web and
.the spacing of the apertures in a line is com
paratively close to insure a separation along the
web as several well known methods may be em;
line intervals between apertures without the
ployed, or the transfer medium may be incorpo
rated with the stationeryifor what is known as
aid of a tear edge.
10 one-time service, as a ply or part of' the com
posite web.
In an embodiment of the invention as dis
closed, the cabinet is adapted to combine with
a commercial type of container or carton em
15 ployed in merchandise packaging a packet, in
order to provide for the use of the stationery
directly from its package or container, which
thereby is converted into a compact and portable
unit. As the table is of simple and inexpensive
20 construction, it can be marketed at an exceeding
ly low selling price, and then it can be readily
and conveniently applied to the packaging con
tainer, and, in such combination, offers the same
facilities as an autographic register or mani
as folding machine as now generally employed. A
user, because of the cost, is not restricted to a
limited number of machines. The tablet is not
limited to the particular style of commercial car
ton illustrated. and slight modi?cations or adap
30 tations within the concept of the present in
vention, can be readily made in either thetablet
or carton for conveniently making the assembly,
depending upon the style of carton desired. The
style selected provides for simplicity and ready
application, in which the advantages are easily
recognized, and. as illustrated, is of two-part
construction, comprising, a box member 14, and
a tubular sleeve closure member l5 telescopically
engaging the box member.
To apply the tablet, the box member is slid
outwardly from the tubular closure a distance
suf?cient for withdrawing a su?lcient length of
In the modi?cation shown in Figures 10, and
1-3, the tablet comprises a platen 1, tray 2, and 10
cross bar 6, all formed from a single sheet of
material. The cross bar 5 is in the form of a
reverse inward bend to overlie the head end
of the platen and provide an elevated support
for the hinge plate 9, carrying the web arrest
ing pins 8—8 as heretofore described. The fold
connecting the platen l and the cross bar portion
6 is longitudinally slotted to provide an open
ing H5, through which the web is threaded for
dispensing the same in cooperation with the pins
8—8.
The metal in forming the slot or open
ing, for the opposite longitudinal edges thereof
is flared forwardly to provide flanges for guid
ing the web through the opening and forming a
pair of tear edges ll—l'l, across either of which
the web can be pulled to effect a tear-off of
a form section from the web.
The tray 2 toward its forward end and at its
opposite longitudinal margins‘ is provided. with a
pair of tangs or tongues l8—l8 pressed out of 3O
the metal and extending below the plane of the
tray, with the forward free ends thereof bent
at right angles each to form an abutment, serv
ing as shown in Figure 12, to engage with’the
edge of an inturned ?ange IQ of a carton 26, to ‘I
lock the tablet within the carton. The tablet
is inserted into an end of the carton by press~
ing inwardly an upper margin of an end wall.
The tablet when inserted is within the combines
or contour dimension of the carton, in which in 40
stance the leading end of the web can be ar
ranged in a position for self-loading within the
the leading end of the continuous stationery tablet between the platen and cross bar, so as
from the box member and to permit completely to be ready for service and eliminate any man—
inserting the tray portion beneath the upper wall ual loading or starting. It is obvious that many 45
of the closure and within the box member, rest
different constructions in cartons may be em
ing the platen upon the exterior side of the up
ployed. The forms illustrated are selected so as
per wall of the closure and bringing the de
to disclose the features and advantages of the
pending frame at the forward end of the table improvements. In the latter instance the car
downwardly over the front edge of the closure
and corresponding end of the box member, clasp
ingly applying the table to the closure, with the
box member slightly open at its opposite end.
The box member is limited against sliding in
an opening direction by the ‘forward free end
of the tray which the wall of the box member
contacts. The leading end of the web is loaded
upon the writing table or platen in the usual
manner.'the leading end of the web being‘ pro
60 vided with a stub section to furnish a set of
apertures which can be registered with the stop
pins for adjusting the foremost form approprir
ately over the writing table.
, The web apertures as disclosed in Figure 9
are of small dimension, diamond shaped con?gu
ration, as preserved intervals in the tear line and
are preferably-located centrally of the width
of the web and within the dimension of the cut
out or notch in the tearing bar, which forms
an interruption in the tear edge. This configura
tion, it has been experienced, serves very efii_
ciently for the various functions for which the
apertures are utilized. The edges forming an
aperture lead to a point in the tear-line, direc—
tional to initiate a tear on the line so that there
ton is of a knock-down variety provided with a
removable cover not shown, and comprises a box
portion 2! internally provided with a filler 22,
formed of a single paper board sheet scored and
folded tor insertion into the box and to form
a base section 23 overlying the bottom of the
box, and a pair of double wall sides 2d—2é which
provide longitudinal supports for the tablet i.
An end wall of the box at its upper margin
is punched and scored as at 25 to form the ?ap (S0
19. It is pressed inwardly to make an opening
for the insertion of the tablet and looks with
the tangs l8 of the tray to secure the tablet
within the carton. One of the side walls of the
box has a leaf 28 extensive thereof, slightly
shorter than the length dimension of the box
and folded inwardly longitudinally across the
top of the box, the longitudinal free edge hav
ing a tuck-in ?ap 21 extended therefrom, which
is folded at right angles to the leaf for tucking
into the box. The leading end of the web from
thepackage is loaded over the leaf, its forward
edge having a loading ?apfolded over the forward
edge of the carton leaf preferably along a tear
line, for clipping the leading edge of the web to 75
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the leaf and in a condition to receive the tablet
and pass between the platen and cross bar of
the tablet ready to be grasped by the operator
for extraction of the web.
The web may, as heretofore stated, include
carbon coated strips compiled between the work
strips or carbon coated sheets, the latter may be
secured to the margins of the leaf of the carton
and be interleaved between the forms or lami
10 nations of the web as brought from the supply
package over and upon the leaf or writing platen
of the tablet. By this method the work strips
and carbon need not be ?ngered by an operator
for loading, the pre-loading being performed by
the web manufacturer.
Having described my invention, I claim:
1. A writing tablet comprising, a sheet metal
platen over which continuous form stationery
may be drawn and having a return extension
20 spaced from and underlying the platen and join
ing therewith at the receiving end to provide a
record sheet storage department accessible from
the delivering end of the platen, register pins
at the delivery end of the platen mounted for
engagement with and withdrawal from aper
tures in the stationery and arrest the advance
thereof over the platen, and means in parallel
with the platen, depressible by the thumb of
the operator when in the act of grasping the
leading end of the stationery for extraction,
for expressing the register pins from the aper
tures and be released upon advancing the sta
tionery.
2. A writing tablet comprising, a sheet metal
platen over’ which a form of continuous form
stationery may be drawn, register‘ pins at the
delivery end of the platen mounted for engage
ment with and withdrawal from apertures in
the stationery and arrest the advance thereof
over the platen and means mounted parallel
with the platen depressible by the thumb of the
operator when in the act of form stationery
extraction grasping the leading end of the sta
tionery for expressing the register pins from
the apertures and be released upon advancing
the stationery.
3. A writing tablet comprising, a sheet metal
platen over which a form of continuous form
stationery, provided with withdrawal arresting
apertures, may be drawn, a plate hingedly
mounted at the delivery end of the platen carry
ing pins for engagement with the apertures in
the stationery for arresting the advance thereof
over the platen and a hingedly mounted thumb
piece to actuate said plate to express the pins
by the stationery is supplied directly from the
carton to the tablet.
5. A writing tablet comprising a sheet metal
body formed to provide a pair of superposed planes
joined at one end, one providing a platen for sup
porting continuous web, form, stationery ad
vanced thereover from the joining end of the
planes, and the second, a tray for interconnection
with a commercial container merchandise pack
aging a packet of stationery, for temporary at
vanced over the platen for transcribing there
on, the web having form registering and Web ar
resting apertures therein and means mounted at
the delivery end of the platen engaging the
apertures in the web tov control the form registra
tion and web withdrawal, releasable by the op
platen over which a form of continuous form
stationery-provided with withdrawal arresting
apertures which may be drawn, register pins at
the delivery end of the platen mounted for en
gagement with and withdrawal from the aper
tures in the stationery for arresting advance
thereof over the platen expressible from the
apertures by the operator when in the .act of
grasping the leading end of the stationery _for
extraction and be released upon advancing the
stationery, and means extensive of the platen and
underlying the same for inter?tting with a sta
tionery merchandising packaging container to
unite the tablet in combination therewith, where~
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erator in the act of grasping the leading end of
the web, for and in extraction thereof.
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6. A writing tablet for continuous ?at packaged
form of stationery comprising a body formed from
a single sheet of metal and bent into zig-zag form,
unitarily providing a platen, a tray beneath the
platen, and a cross bar over the forward end of
the platen, the fold connecting the platen and
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cross bar apertured longitudinally for threading
the leading end of the stationery therethrough
to extract the same from the platen and provide
a tear-edge for separating an extracted portion 30
from the web, and web arresting pins supported
on said cross bar yieldingly urged for coopera
tion with apertures in the web, the web longitudi
nally having apertures at intervals.
7. A writing tablet for continuous ?at packaged 35
form of stationery comprising a body formed from
a single sheet of metal and bent into zig-zag form,
unitarily providing a platen, a tray beneath the
platen, and a cross bar over the forward end of
the platen, the fold connecting the platen and 40
cross bar apertured longitudinally for threading
the leading end of the stationery therethrough
to extract the same from the platen.
8. A writing tablet for continuous ?at packaged
form of stationery comprising a body formed from 45
a single sheet of metal and bent into zig-zag form,
unitarily providing a platen, a tray beneath the
platen, and a cross bar over the forward end of
the platen, the fold connecting the platen and
cross bar apertured longitudinally for threading
the leading end of the stationery therethrough 50
to extract the same from the platen and provide
a tear-edge for separating an extracted portion
from the web, and web arresting means mounted
at the forward end of the platen cooperating with
from the apertures and lying in a plane to be _ apertures in the web, the web longitudinally hav
actuated by the thumb of the operator when in
the act of grasping the leading end of the sta
tionery for extraction.
4. A writing tablet comprising, a sheet metal
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tachment of the tablet to the top wall of a con
tainer adapting the web as unfolded to be ad
55
ing apertures at intervals.
9. A writing tablet, for use in connection with
a container and continuous stationery zig-zag
folded for packaging in the container, unitarily
comprising a platen, a tray underlying the platen, 60
and joining therewith at a rear end, and a cross
bar overlying the front end of the platen, means
carried by the cross bar operable for engaging
into apertures in the stationery to withhold its
advance over the platen and a container for the 65
stationery providing a support for the tablet, the
tray of the tablet providing a‘tongue for en
gagement into the container interconnecting the
tablet and container and adapting the stationery
to be supplied from the container about an end 70
of the tablet and over the face‘ side of the platen
for transcribing thereon.
HARRY J. WAECHTER.
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