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Sept. 24, 1946,.
J. P. BQL‘IRDIUSI
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2,408,194
CUSHION REST ATTACHMENT FOR TELEPHONE INSTRUMENTS
Filed April 21, 1944
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Patented Sept. 24, ‘1946
2,408,194
UNITED STATES PATENT
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TELEPHONE INSTRUMENTS
J ohn‘P. Bourdius, New York, N. Y.
Application April 21, 1944, Serial N0. 532,177
2 Claims. (01. 179-100)
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‘This invention relates to 'a cushion rest at
tachment for telephoneinstruments.
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When‘, replacing the hand telephone instru
ment upon itsstand, a clattering sound occurs
due to contact of the instrument with its sup
porting stand which, in business of?ces where
many, telephones may be in use, as well as in do
by the weight of the instrument 0, closes vthe
subscribers telephone circuit. Intermediate the
saddle rests D—D, the stand B is ‘provided with
a rearwardly extendingflat ledge F; the under;
side ofthe edge of which is provided with ‘a down- ,
wardlyvextending bead G. It is in association
with the. ledge ‘F that the cushion rest att‘ach-'
ment I0 is intended for use, for supporting the‘
instrument C when at rest upon the stand B.
mestic surroundings, becomes annoying to those
persons within hearing distance. It is therefore
the primary object of this invention ‘to provide 10 The cushion rest attachment [0 comprises a ?at
anattachment for the stand of the hand tele
elongated base II approximating the distance be
phone instrument which, when in applied posi~
tween the saddle rests D—D, and a width to over
tion, forms a non-sounding cushion seat for the
lie the ledge F and extend forwardly thereof.
instrument, which eliminates annoying sounds
The base H is preferably constructed of a plas-l
when the instrument is replaced upon its sup-'
tic substance which may be molded or bent to
porting stand after use.
Another feature of the invention resides in a
cushion rest attachment which may be‘ ?tted to
form an integral upwardly and rearwardly ex
tending ?ange [2 along the front edge thereof.
The ?at front frace of the ?ange l2 may con
the supporting stand of the instrument without
tain advertising display indicia I3, or it may con
marring of the same, and without interfering with
tain the personal name of the individual user of
the telephone‘ company’s service to a subscriber.
the telephone set. Formed integral with the rear
A further feature of the invention is the pro
edge of the base II and extending downwardly
vision of a cushion rest attachment containing
and forwardly thereof is a resilient hook shaped
advertising matter which is ‘prominently dis
played when the attachment is in its applied po 25 clip M, the same terminating in a downturned
lip IS. The terminal lip 15 is normally in rela
sition, thus making the attachment suitable for
tively close spaced relation to the underside of
manufacture and distribution by any advertiser for
the ?at base II at a point midway the width
goodwill purposes.
thereof. Formed integral with the base H and
A still further feature of the. invention is the
rising
upwardly therefrom is a dovetail rib I6,
provision of a cushion rest attachment as afore 30
the same extending parallel to and adjacent the
said, which is simple of construction, inexpensive
?ange l2.
of manufacture, and which may be applied in po
Carried by the ?at base H is a cushion body I‘!
sition upon the stand of a telephone-instrument
made of a non-sounding material, preferably
by one unskilled in the art.
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Other novel features of the invention will be 35 yieldablesponge rubber, although other materials
having like characteristics may be used if de
come apparent as the following speci?cation is
sired.
The cushion body I ‘l overlies the entire
read in conjunction with the accompanying
surface‘ of the base and its front edge is bevelled
drawing, in which
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the mod—
as at l8 to conform to and lit against the rear
ern conventional design of telephone instrument 40 face of the ?ange I2. The underside of the
cushion body I‘! is provided with a dovetail re
showing my cushion rest attachment in position
cess I9 which receives the dovetail rib IS. The
interlocking engagement of the rib l1 and walls
Figure 2 is an enlarged detail vertical trans
thereon.
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of the recess I 9 acts to securely hold the cush
verse sectional view on the line '2——2 ofFigure 1.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the cushion 45 ion body in position upon the base, and these
parts are brought into interlocking relation dur- _
rest attachment per se.
Referring to the drawing by reference charac
ters, l0 designates a cushion rest attachment in
its entirety for use upon the latest conventional
design of telephone set A,.which includes a stand '
B and a combined transmitter and receiver hand
instrument C. Normally when the instrument
C is at rest, it is supported by spaced saddle rests
D—D, through which slidable switch‘ buttons
E-—E extend and which buttons when depressed
ing' assembly by spreadingthe side walls of the
recess l9 by longitudinal ?exing of the cushion
body, so as to clear the longitudinal edges of the
rib It‘. If desired, the cushion body may be at
tached to the base by cement or other adhesive.
To attach the cushion rest [0 in position of
use upon the telephone stand B, the hand instru
ment C is lifted from its saddle rests D—D. The
operator may now insert the cushion rest attach
ment l0 over the ledge F and slide the‘ same
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forwardly to cause the hook clip M to yield and
clampingly engage the underside of the ledge as
best illustrated in Figure 2. The down-turned
lip 15 acts to guide the clip over the bead edge
G during insertion of the cushion rest to its ?nal
position of rest. The combined thickness of the
base ll and cushion body I1 is such as not to
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as come within the scope of the appended claims
may be resorted to if desired without departing
from the spirit of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters
Patent of the United States is:
1. In combination, a hand telephone instru
ment and a stand therefor, said stand having a
prevent the handle of the hand instrument from
horizontal ledge; a cushion rest ‘attachment com
depressing the switch pins E-—E topircuit closingv :10 prising a ?at rigid ‘base-“resting upon1 the ledge,
position when thélinstrument is replaced upon
clamping means connected to said base and en
the cushion body ll of the attachment l0. With
gaging the underside of said ledge, and a resilient
In
in
position
upon
the
stand
B
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the attachment
cushion :?xed-ly ;mounted on the upper side of
of the telephone set A, it will be understood that
th'eabaise»:-:for_‘receiving the hand telephone in
‘by reason of the cushion bodym'l'l- being;'_coni-;:
structed of a non-sounding material, there ‘will be’ 15 strumentat rest upon said stand, said base hav~
ing its front edge turned upward along the ad~
no clattering or clicking noises, whiclrotherwisa
occurs when the hand instrument is ._ replaced
upon its support, such noises being "caused by"~
contact of the hard resonant materials .of-_which‘ ,
the stand and hand instrument are constructed. 20
When .the attachment l0 isin position oi.use.
upon the stand B, the display indicia 13 will" be
prominently displayed for viewby a user'of~_the
telephone setlA.
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jacentedge 'of i said resilient cushion.
2. In,,combination, a hand telephone instru
ment and a stand therefor, said stand having a
horizontal ledge, a cushion rest attachment com—
prising a ?at rigid base resting upon the ledge,
clamping means connected‘to’ said'base and‘ene'
gaging the underside ‘ofs'aid ledge,‘ and a resilient
cushion ?xedly mounted on the upper sidel'of‘the'
While I have shown anddescribed whatl con-. 25 base for receiving the hand telephone instru
sider to be the preferred embodiment of myin
ment at rest‘upon said stands‘
J OHN "P.1“BOURDIUSI :3
vention, I wish .it to be. understood: that. such
changes .in construction, design; and materials
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