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March 5, 1963
Filed April 20, 1961
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United States Patent 0 Mice
Patented Mar. 5, 1%53
Hector La Fleur, 4527 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, Ill.
Filed Apr. 20, 1961, Ser. No. 104,3d6
12 Claims. (Ci. 45-60)
This invention relates generally to holder or support
structures for books and more particularly, relates to a
novel holder or support structure for catalogs and the like
A preferred embodiment has been described in detail in
the speci?cation and illustrated in the drawings accom
panying same. llinor variations in the size, arrange
ment, proportion and construction of the several parts of
the invention may occur to the skilled artisan without
departing from the scope or sacri?cing any of the ad
vantages thereof.
In the drawings, wherein like reference characters are
used to designate the same or equivalent parts through
which is adapted to be installed on a sign or bulletin 10 out the several ?gures thereof:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the hol er structure
Although not necessarily limited thereto, the structure
embodying the invention illustrated operably installed
upon a conventional sign holder, a portion of said holder
being broken away to show structural features thereof.
order, merchandise discount and the like businesses which
employ large catalogs referred to by customers for se 15 FIG. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along line
2-2 of FIG. 3 and in the general direction indicated.
lecting and placing orders for merchandise. Another 1n
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken through holder struc
tended use for the invention is in automobile showrooms,
ture along line 3-4’; of FIG. 2 with a corner broken away
for instance, wherein the said structure can be installed
embodying invention is especially suitable for use by mail
in a readily accessible and convenient position for refer
ence to the catalog secured thereon in conjunction with
desirable advertising or other promotional material. In
connection with this use of catalogs and the like, it has
been common to provide counters or desks or other ?x
to show details thereof.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary rear perspective view of the
holder structure shown in FIG. 1 with portions removed
to show the means for supporting said support on the
bottom end of said framing member preparatory to being
engaged on a leg of the bottom framing member.
tures in the business establishment upon which the catalog
FIG. 5 is a greatly enlarged view of the said corner
was laid for reference and use. However, such ?xtures 25
portion broken away in FIG. 3 and illustrating the means
are expensive, occupy large volumes of space and are not
for securing the holder structure to the sides of the fram
su?iciently mobile to an advantageous extent. Insofar
ing member.
as I am aware, there has been no previous attempt to
HQ. 6 is a fragmentary elevational view taken from a
utilize conventional sign and bulletin frames for support
side of a modi?ed form of the invention.
ing a book holder or support structure on which the
Referring now to the drawings, the catalog holder struc
catalog would be displayed for easy reference thereto.
Such bulletin frames occupy relatively little space, are
ture embodying the invention is designated generally by
much more economical and mobile than counters or
the reference character 2%}. The reference character 22
represents a conventional sign or bulletin frame in con
desks and have an additional advantage of being able to
carry advertising and promotional material calling atten
tion not only to the catalog from which orders can be
placed but also, to special sale items and the like. _
Accordingly, it is a major object of the invention to
junction with which the holder structure 2%} especially is
adapted for use. Ordinarily, the bulletin frame is sup
ported on a column or standard 24 secured upright on the
pedestal 26 and suitably rigidiiied, for instance, by the
brace 23. The frame 22 has an open, substantially rec
provide a book holder or support structure of the char
acter described which is especially adapted to be remov 40 tangular con?guration provided by the pair of vertically
arranged side framing members 35}, a bottom framing
ablv mounted on a conventional sign or bulletin frame.
Another object of the invention is to provide a struc
ture of the character described which can be mounted on
the bulletin or sign frame and which when so mounted,
is not required to be removed in order to permit installa
tion and replacement of bulletins on the frame.
Another object of the invention is to provide a struc
ture of the character described which includes, a canted
base member having a book-binding means medially se~ '
member 32 and a top framing member 31%. The framing
members are channel-shaped in cross-section preferably
formed of metal which may be extruded to shape. A
continuous channel 36 is provided by the framing mem
bers opening inwardly and at least on the side members
349 and the bottom member 32. The top framing member
34 ordinarily may be open as een at 38 for inserting a
bulletin or placard so into the frame 22. The width of
cured thereon, said base member having means for re 50 the channel 36 may permit installation of a pair of bulle
tins back-to-back.
movably securing said structure in the channels of a sign
The structure 20 includes a base or platform 42 pref
or bulletin frame without obstructing the channels thereof
erably formed of sheet metal to provide a planar support
whereby signs or bulletins can be installed and replaced
surface of generally rectangular con?guration for a cata~
without requiring removal of said structure.
Another object of the invention is to provide a struc 55 log or book 43. Secured transversely across the medial
portion of the platform 42 is a book binder device '44
ture of the character described in which said securing
which may consist of the conventional ring binder so as
means include jaw means along opposite sides of the base
to permit removal of t re catalog 43 as desired. The de
member adapted to be releasably clamped to a portion of
vvice 44 may be secured permanently on the platform 42
the channel of the side framing members of the bulletin
frame and brace means for supporting said structure on 60 by rivets or other suitable fasteners or may be removably
secured thereon so as to permit concurrent removal of the
the bottom framing member of the bulletin frame, said
binder and book as a unit. Upstanding adjacent the bot
bracing means constructed to retain the base member in
tom of the platform are plate members 46 which provide
a slanted position relative to the bulletin frame when in
Other objects of the invention are to provide a struc 65
ture of the character described which is economical to
giealigs for supporting the bottom edges of pages of the
The platform 42 has a pair of depending flanges 43
and 50 integral with opposite longitudinal edges thereof
and preferably coextensive in length therewith. When
manufacture, which is sturdy, and which is adaptable for
use with conventional sign frames formed of intercon
the structure 26 is installed on the frame 22, the flange
nected channel-shaped framing members.
48 will be at the upper end of the platform and the ?ange
The foregoing and other objects of the invention will
5t) will be at the bottom end thereof and hence, ?anges
become apparent from the ensuing description thereof.
48 and 59 will be referred to as the top ?ange and hot
tom ?ange respectively. Secured to the top ?ange '48 are
jaw or clamp means 52, there being a pair of such clamp
means 52 of identical construction and at opposite ends
of the ?ange 48-. Said means 52 comprise a pair of re
silient metal strips or ?ngers 54 and 56 secured at respec
tive ends thereof on opposite surfaces of the ?ange 48 by
means of rivets 58. The strips or ?ngers 54 and 56 pro
canted position on the frame 22 by the brace means 64.
trude outwardly of the ?ange 48 spaced apart along the
length of their protruding portions. The protruding end
portions of the strips 54 and 56 are movable one toward
the other for clamping purposes by means of the tighten
ing bolt 69 and wing nut 62 threaded on the bolt, the bolt
The end portions 74 support the bottom end of the plat
form in the desired position and resist dropping of the
bottom end of the platform when weight is applied there
against during use of the catalog. The clamp means 52
prevent the structure 20 from being pushed through the
frame 22 or separated outwardly therefrom.
With the structure 20 installed on the frame 22, there
is still provided the space 84 which extends the length of
bottom framing member 32 and up along the side framing
members 30 for receiving one or more bulletins or signs
40. If desired, a second structure 20 can be secured on
being engaged through'the strips and ?ange 48 sand
the frame 22 extending outwardly from the side thereof
opposite the ?rst structure 20 installed thereon.
end of the ?ange 48 for drawing the protruding end por 15
Referring to FIG. 6, a modi?ed form of the invention
is represented generally by the reference character 100.
tions of the strips 54 and 56 one toward the other a su?i
cient amount permitted by the resilience of the metal
The structure 100 is substantially identical to the struc
ture 20 with the exception of a modi?cation in the bracing
stri s.
gracing means 64 are provided along each side and
means 64’ thereof. ‘Said bracing means 64' has a strip
upon the rear of the platform '42. A pair of such means
member 66’ which is identical to the strip 66 and is
are employed, each comprising a pair of metal strips 66
secured to the platform 42' in the same manner as de
and 68 secured together at adjacent ends to provide a
scribed for structure 20. The strip 102 which corresponds
right-angle con?guration. When the structure 20 is in
to strip 68 is different. Said strip 102 is a length of
wiched therebetween. The bolt 60 is located adjacent an
stalled on frame 22, the strip 66 is vertically arranged
spring metal having limited resilience. The strip 102
and the ‘strip 68 is substantially. horizontal. Metal strip 25 normally slightly arcuate in con?guration with one end
66 is joined at its upper end to the ?ange 48 by rivet 58.
thereof bent to provide the end portion 74' which is
As ‘seen in FIG. 5, the end 69 of the strip 66 is inter
secured to the bottom end of the platform 42'. The
posed between ?ange 48 and ?nger 56. As a result, the
opposite end is bent as at 76' to provide the desired up
protruding portions of strips 54 and 56 are separated a
wardly extending ?ange 78' which is secured to the strip
distance corresponding to the combined thickness of 30 66. The strip 102' is capable of bending slightly to the
?ange 48 and metal strip 66. As will be discussed, this
dotted line position thereof shown in FIG. 6 when a force
distance normally is greater than the thickness of a leg
is applied downwardly on the platform 42' during use of
of the channel 36. The opposite end of strip 66 ter
the catalog 44. Although somewhat exaggerated in FIG.
minates in a protruding ?nger 70 which is offset in a
6, the ability of the strip 102 to bend slightly increases the
direction away from the strip 68 and from the remaining 35 strength of the structure and prevents any tendency of
portion of strip 66 to provide a shoulder 72 thereon. The
the strip 102 to break. Although strip 102 has been
strip 68 is bent at 73 to provide an end portion 74 which
shown as having an arcuate con?guration, a similar eifect
is designed to abut the undersurface of platform 42 and
could be achieved by providing a sharper bend in strip
be secured thereto, as by rivets or spot welding. The
102 intermediate the ends thereof as distinguished from
opposite end of the strip 68 has a right-angle bend 76 to 40 the arcuate shape thereof illustrated. The resilience of
provide the upwardly directed ?ange 78 which is secured
the strip 102 would resist breaking thereof when a heavy
to the strip 66 as by rivets 80 inwardly of the ?nger 70
weight is applied upon the platform 42' during use of
and shoulder 72. The strip 68 may have a strengthening
the catalog, such as a person resting his elbows ‘thereon.
rib 79 extending along a substantial part of the length
It is believed the invention has been described sul?
thereof. The oifset o-f ?nger 70 provides a space or recess 45 ciently to enable the skilled artisan to understand and
81 between shoulder 72 and bend 76.
practice .the same. The invention has been pointed out in
When the structure 20 is properly installed, the ?ngers
the claims in language intended to be broadly and liberally
72 are disposed on the interior of the channel 36 of the
construed commensurate with the achievement represented
bottom framing member 32 abutting the leg portion 82
of said member 32. The shoulders 72 are supported on 50
received in ‘space 81 so that the channel 36 of member 32
1;. A support structure for catalogsand the like adapted
torbe installed upon a sign frame of open, substantially
the top edge of the leg portion 82 with said portion 82
is substantially unobstructed between the ?ngers 72 and
the second leg portion 82' of the channel. The bend 76
rectangular con?guration having side and bottom fram
ing members of channel-shape cross-section and an open
top end, said structure comprising, a base member hav
ing means for holding a catalog thereon, and means
seen to continue around to the side framing members 30.
adapted to be releasably engaged both with said side and
The structure 20 is narrower than the width of the'open
bottom framing members in the channels thereof for
ing of frame'22, however, strips 54 and 56 protrude out
securing said structure on said sign frame
wardly of the ?ange 48 su?‘iciently to engage the leg por 60 removably
spaced from said top end and with said base
tion 86 of the adjacent side framing member 30 therebe
protruding outwardly of and, at a downwardly canted
tween. The wing nut 62 can be tightened to clamp strips
angle relative to said frame whereby to permit a sign to
54 and 56 upon said leg 86. Because of the normal spac
installed and replaced through said top end without
ing'between the protruding portions of the members 54
requiring removal of the structure from said frame, said
and 56, when nut 62 is tightened, the strip 56 will be
sign being visible in said space between said base and
bent or depressed inwardly as indicated at 88 in FIG. 5
top end of the frame.
to bias the extremity 90 of strip 56 toward the opposite
2. A structure as described in claim 1 in which said
extremity 92 of strip 54. The leg portion 86 will be
second mentioned means include clamping means adapted
gripped between the extremities 90 and 92 of the strips 54
to be releasably clamped to a portion of the channel of
and 56 respectively with extremity 90 under tension.
each of said side framing members, and brace means
As seen in the drawings, the platform 42 is, secured on
adapted to be engaged with said bottom framing member.
the frame '22 in a canted position suitable for supporting
3. A structure as described in claim 2 in which said
the catalog 43 in a convenient position for reference
clamping means comprise a pair of spaced apart ?ngers
thereto. The platform v42 slopes downwardly from the
facing one another and secured at respective ends thereof‘
top ?ange 48 thereof and is braced in its downwardly
to said base and having opposite end portions protruding;
is in front of portion 82 so as to lock the structure on
member 32. This space is designated 84 and it will ‘be
outwardly of the base for engaging said portion of the said
?ange means sandwiched therebetween, and means are
framing members, and means intermediate the ends there
of for releasably clamping said end portions to said por
‘dons of the side framing members.
provided spaced from the ?xedly secured ends of said
4. A structure as described in claim 2 in which said
brace means comprises, a first vertically arranged elon
strip members for clamping same upon said one leg of
said U-shaped side framing member.
11. A support structure for catalogs and the like adapt
ed to be removably installed within the channels of a
gate member secured at one end thereof to said base
member and a second elongate member secured at one
substantially rectangular, open channeled sign frame hold
metal strip.
taposed one the other and secured at one of the respec
‘6. A structure as described in claim 4 in which said
elongate members are connected at right angles one to
tive ends thereof to said ?ange with said ?ange sand_
Wiched therebetween, adjustable tightening means secured
er whereby the sign may be installed and replaced without
end thereof to the opposite end of said ?rst member and
removing said structure, said support structure comprising
at the opposite end thereof to said base, and means ad 10 a downwardly canted platform of sheet metal or the like
having a ?ange member integral with and depending from
jacent {the connection of said ?rst and second members
the upper longitudinal edge of said platform, clamping
adapted to be engaged upon a portion of the bottom
means secured to said ?ange member and extending out
framing member and in the channel thereof for supporting
ward therefrom for grasping one leg of the channel of
the structure on said bottom framing member.
5. A structure as described in claim 4 in which said 15 the sides of said frame member, said clamping means
comprising a pair of resilient metal strip members jux
second elongate member comprises, an angular spring
20 to said strip members for drawing said strips one toward
the other, said tightening means located between the re
7. A structure as described in claim 4 in which said last
spective opposite ends of said strips, and brace means
mentioned means comprises an extension of said ?rst elon
connected between said ?ange and platform for support
gate member having an o?set shoulder adapted to be
ing said platform in said canted position upon the bottom
engaged upon said bottom framing member.
8. A support structure for catalogs and the like adapted 25 of the frame.
12. The structure described in claim 7 where-in said
to be releasably installed upon a substantially rectangular
brace means comprise, a pair of vertical metal strip mem
bulletin frame having side and bottom framing members
bers and a pair of second metal strip members transverse
of inwardly opening U-shaped con?guration and an open
to said vertical members, said vertical members secured
top end, said structure comprising, a substantially rec
tangular platform having ?ange means along a longitudi 30 at their upper ends respectively to said ?ange between said
?ange and one of the strip members of said clamping
nal edge thereof and means on the platform for holding a
rneans, and secured at its lower end to one of said second
catalog thereon, clamping means secured on said ?ange
strip members, said second strip members having one end
means for engaging one leg of each of said side framing
portion thereof bent at a right angle con?guration and
members spaced from said top end, and brace means ad
jacent opposite side edges of said platform and secured 35 the other end thereof bent obliquely, the right angle por
tion being ?xedly secured to the lower end of said vertical
between said ?ange means and the platform adapted to
strip and the oblique portion being secured to the lower
engage one leg of said bottom framing member for sup
end portion of the plat-form member, the juncture of
porting said structure on the frame with the platform
each of the vertical and second strip members having an
canted downwardly and outwardly relative said framing
members and the framing members capable of receiving 40 offset ?nger extending outward therefrom to form a
shoulder portion, said o?set ?nger adapted to ‘bear against
a sign therein behind said clamping means and said brace
the interior of one leg of the channel of said bottom
means and visible in said space between the platform
framing member and the shoulder portion adapted to be
and said top end of the frame.
engaged upon said leg.
9. The structure as claimed in claim 7 in which said
brace means and said clamping means have a common 45
connection to said ?ange means.
10. The structure as claimed in claim 7 in which said
clamping means comprise two pairs of strip members,
the members of each pair being juxtaposed one the other
with one of the respective ends thereof being ?xedly se 50
cured to opposite sides of said ?ange means with said
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Phillips ______________ __ Dec.
McClaughry __________ __ June
Dickinson ____________ __ Oct.
Krueger _____________ __ Nov.
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