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Feb. 6, 1962
Filed July 24, 1958
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United States Patent Ü
Patented Feb. 6, 1962
most horizontal row reads “Ott Duty.” The next adjacent
horizontal row reads “SleeperBerthf’ The next adjacenthorizontal row reads “Driving” The lowermost horizon
tal row reads “On Duty Not Driving.” The heading or
Oscar H. Molomot, Minneapolis, Minn., assignor to
'Iruckers Specialty Printing Co., Inc., Minneapolis,
Minn., a corporation of Minnesota ,
Filed July 24, 1958, Ser. No. 750,668
1 Claim. (Cl.281-~-29)
The invention herein has relation to a novel and im
title of each row is followed by calibrations denoting _the
a.m. and p.m. hours, and parts thereof, of a single day.
In practice, horizontal lines are drawn on the charts, logs*
or sheets with reference to the calibrations tor denote the
off duty, sleeping, driving and not driving times spent by`
proved device useful for a variety of purposes but especial 10 truckdrivers, and vertical lines are drawn to denote the
ly useful for the purpose of placing line markings on
times of shifting from one category to another, asl from
charts, commonly known as truck drivers’ daily logs,
which the Bureau of Motor Carriers of the U.S. Interstate
new and
1'4, of
device consists
as disclosed,
of a
Commerce Commission requires to be kept by each truck
driver crossing a State line. » This for the reason that the 15 and a marker 15, also rectangular, slidably assembled with
law requires a driver to have a stipulated number of
said index board.
hours of rest between driving assignments.
The index board 14 can be of 4any material suitable to
In practical operation„the charts, or drivers’ daily logs ~
its use. Desirably, `it willbe relatively thin, of uniform’
are of‘duplicate construction andbound together in tabletV
thickness and'have rigidity. When to be put to'use, said
form. Each is constituted as a ñat sheet of paper, or 20 index board will be placed in superimposed relation _to anV
the like, having indicia thereon. More explicitly,V the
uppermost chart, log or sheet 11 in the tablet 10, -as in'
pertinent matter on each sheet is arranged in four ver
FIGS. 1 and 2 of the drawing,v so that a rectangular open
ing 16 through vthe index board is alined -with and renders,
tically spaced, horizontal rows. The horizontal rows are,
orv could be entitled “Olf Duty”; “Sleeper Berth”; “Driv
the indicia.12 discernible. Horizontal edges 17, 17 ofV
ing”; “On DutyNot Driving”; and each title is followed 25 said indexboard bounding or defining .theopposite ,sides4
of the rectangular opening d6 are straight and parallel'
by calibrations denoting a.m. and pm. hours of a single
day. kI-Ieretofore, truck drivers have marked up the charts
with each other.
or logs by placing thereon free hand horizontal lines to
Indicia on the upper surface of the marker 15 is the
denote their time off duty, sleeping, driving and not driv 30 same as the indicia 12 on each chart,- log or sheet 11,
ing, and vertical lines to denote their times of shift from
and will be identically situated with respect to the calibra
category to category of the charts or logs. Usually, the
tions on the charts, logs or sheets denoting the a.m. and
line markings are duplicated, as by placing a sheet of car
p.m. hours when the index board and said marker are
bon paper between two superimposed daily charts or logs.
superimposed upon an uppermost chart, log or sheet.
Freehand entry of the lines has been unsatisfactory be 35 Said index’board and the marker can be situated in super
cause >of irregularity and complication of the tabulation
imposed relation to the charts, logs or sheets in any~ suit*>
ofk the information.v Verification of line markings e'vi- v . able and »convenient manner.
dentlywill be diilicult', or even impossible, in instances
when the lines are free hand, and thus carelessly drawn.
As disclosed, a cover of or
for the tablet includes upper and lower ñaps,rdenotedV 18
and 19, respectively, and the index board isintegral, as
The device of the application renders the marking of 40 at 20, with an end of the lower flap 19 spaced from the.
status lines onv the chartsV or logs easier for truck drivers
and more readily and accurately decipherable than has
heretofore been the case.
In the accompanying drawing forming a part of this
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tablet having therein
tear lines 13.
The marker 15 can be of any material suitable to its
purpose. Desirably, it will be relatively thin and have
rigidity. As disclosed, said marker consists of transparent
plastic or composition material, so-called. A body 21 of
the marker is relatively ñat, and each of opposite end
superimposed, detachable charts, each commonly known
portions of said marker is constituted as a centrally dis~
posed, outwardly extending flange 22 and a pair of trans
as a Driver’s Daily Log, showing a marking device made
versely spaced, outwardly extending flanges each denoted
according to the invention as when applied to use in the
23. The flanges 23 at each end of the body 21 are in
placing of line markings on an uppermost chart or log
50 a single plane substantially parallel with the plane of said
in or of the tablet;
body, the flange 22 at each end of the body is between
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the disclosure of FIG. 1;
and in spaced, parallel relation to the ilanges 23 at the
FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view, taken online 3-3
in FIG. l;
same end of said body, and, together, the ilanges 23, 22, 23
FIG. 4 is an enlarged bottom plan view of a marker 55 at each end of the body provide an outwardly opening
of the marking device; and
FIG. 5 is a detail sectional view, taken on line 5-5
in FIG. 2.
guideway 24. The guideways 24, in the plane of the
body 21 of the marker and in oppositely facing relation,
are for snugly receiving interiorly extending, marginal
edge portions 25, 25 of the index board 14 which ter-k
Referring to the drawings and the numerals of reference
thereon, 10 denotes a tablet having a plurality of duplicate 60 minate in the horizontal edges 17, 17 thereof. The con
struction and arrangement will be such that when the in
superimposed charts or legs 11 therein. Each chart or
dex board 14 and the marker 15 are assembled, the
log 11 is constituted as a ñat sheet of paper, or the like,
horizontal edges 17, 17 of said index board will be ad
having indicia 12 thereon. ’Ihe indicia on all of the
jacent to the opposite ends of the body 21, as in FIG. 3
charts, logs or sheets will be the same as the indicia on
the drawing, and said marker will be manually slidable
the uppermost sheet in FIG. 2 of the drawings, as well as 65 longitudinally along the index board relative to the cali
identically situated. The charts, logs or sheets are detach~
brations on the charts, logs or sheets 11 in the tablet.
able from the tablet along lines 13 extending transversely
The opposite side edges 26, 26 of the marker will be in
thereof at a single side of and equally spaced from the
.perpendicular relation to the index board transversely
70 thereof when said marker and index board are in assem
In FIG. 2 of the drawings, the indicia «12 is arranged ' bled relation.
. Vertically spaced apertures through the marker 15 are
in four vertically spaced, horizontal rows. The upper
indicated 27, 28, 29 and 30 respectively The apertures
27 are longitudinally alined with the title “Gif Duty” and
the calibrations corresponding thereto. The apertures 28
are longitudinally alined with the title “Sleeper Berth”
What is claimed is:
A truckers’ log book consisting of a plurality of iden
tically sized chart sheets each having an identical longi
tudinally extending rectangular chart displayed thereon,
and its calibrations. The apertures 29 are longitudinally
alined with the title “Driving” and its calibrations. And
the apertures 30 are longitudinally alined with the title
“On Duty Not Driving” and its calibrations.
a cover having a flexible upper ñap and a flexible lower
inserted through an aperture 27 and caused to draw a 1on
superimposed relation to an upper surface or" an upper
Hap each of substantially the same dimensions as that of
said chart sheets, means binding said upper and lower
flaps and said sheets together along a ñrst transverse edge
of said log book, said sheets being provided with perfora
Transversely spaced, longitudinally extending ridges,
each represented 31, on the lower surface of the trans 10 tions to facilitate removal parallel to and adjacent said
first edge, a ilexible index ñap integral with said lower
parent marker 15 are alined with the sets of vertical aper
ñap at a second transverse edge thereof, parallel to and
tures 27, 28, 29, 30, respectively.
‘ spaced from said iirst edge, said index ilap being of sub
The manner of use of the marking device will be ap
stantially the same dimension as said upper and lower
parent. When “orf duty” time is to be entered on a chart,
log or sheet, a pencil, or other writing implement, will be l5 ñap and said chart sheets and being foldable to lie in
most one of said sheets and to lie in spaced relation to
gitudinal line on the chart, log or sheet concurrently with
said uppermost sheets, said index flap being provided with
manual horizontal sliding movement of the marker. When
an elongated, rectangular, longitudinally extending open
“sleeper berth” time is to be recorded, the writing im
plement will be placed in an aperture 28 and caused to 20 ing positioned to aline with said chart on said uppermost
chart sheet when said index tlap is positioned in super
draw a longitudinal line with Ymanual horizontal sliding
imposed relation thereto, said opening being partially
movement of the marker. “Driving” time and “on duty
bounded by parallel, facing longitudinal edge portions of
not driving” time will be marked up while the writing
said index ñap, and a marking guide constituted as a body
implement is in apertures 29 and 30, respectively.
25 extending transversely of said index ñap and outwardly
When„ at the expiraton of any of the condtons denoted
extending flanges on opposite ends, respectively, of said
by the titles, a shift of category is to be made, the marker
body providing outwardly- opening guideways substantial
will be slid longitudinally of the index board to situate a
side edge 26 of said marker at the appropriate position to A ly in the plane of the body and slidably receiving said
serve as a straight edge or guide for directing a manually 30 longitudinal edge portions of said index ñap, said mark
manipulated writing implement to travel transversely, up
wardly or downwardly as the case may be, of the calibra
tions on a chart, log or sheet.
The transversely spaced, longitudinally extending ridges
31 retain the body 21 and flanges 22, 23 of the marker 35
15 in spaced relation to a chart, log or sheet while a
writing implement is operative thereon, thus to lessen
liability of blotting when recording is done in ink. And,
too, said ridges constitute or provide scribe lines by em 40
ployment of which the apertures can be accurately located
with respect to the calibrations on the charts, logs or
ing guide being provided with a plurality of pencil receiv
nig holes therethrough and with at least one straight edge
portion extending perpendicularly to said longitudinal in
dex flap edge portions.
References Cited in the tile of this patent
Maxwell ______________ _.. Nov. 2,
Adams ______________ __ Apr. 10,
Large ______________ __ Sept. 24,
Bowman et al ........... __ Feb. 4,
Large ________________ -_ Aug. 5,
Boehm _______________ _- Mar. 4,
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