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May 7, 1963
Filed Feb. 6, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
1 1051a’ 5 Ma e715
Lloyd E. Magers, Evanston, 111., assiguor'to State Bank
and Trust Company, Evanston, 111., a corporation of
Illinois, and Lloyd E. Magers, Evanston, 11]., trustees
Filed Feb. 5, 1961, Ser. N . 87,424
9 Claims. (Cl. 35-60)
Patented May 7., 1963
the instructional process and saving the eyesight of the
Another object of the invention is to provide a roll
map display stand as described which may be selectively
positioned in any desired location in a school room, so
that, for example, one group of students in the room may
study and the other group may examine the map.
Another object of the invention is to provide a roll-map
display stand as described which may be moved from
more particularly to a mobile stand which retains a plu 10 one room to another thereby permitting sharing of maps
and the saving of the large amounts of money hereto
rality of maps so as to afford ready removal for use and
fore necessary for duplicate map purchases. However,
which provides for effective display of the maps in a
the stand of the invention also permits the storage of a
desired position, selectively.
This invention relates to a roll-map display stand, and
relatively large number of maps so that the ?exibility
It has been the usual practice in school rooms and
the like to place map-rails with roll-maps thereon just 15 of instruction is enhanced.
above the chalk blackboards. As a result, the maps
have been difficult to view because they were not suflicient
ly high above the ?oor in the rolled-down position thereof.
Another object of the invention is to provide a stand
or rack as described wherein the individual rolled-up
maps may be placed on supports which prevents their
slipping, and held for ready removal by means of divider
posed, thereby preventing full use of the blackboards 20 elements at the upper end of the stand or rack.
Also, the maps covered the blackboards when thus ex
for explanatory purposes. And securing the maps at the
blackboards precluded close-up viewing and restricted
Another object of the invention is to provide a device
as described wherein map-rails of preferably aluminum
construction may be selectively inserted and removed from
the maps to a speci?c position.
the top of telescopically adjustable upright tubes by means
The present invention overcomes these difficulties by
means of a roll-map display stand and/or rack which 25 of hook elements so that no bolts or screws need be manip
ulated by the teacher in placing a map in condition for
provides for the retention of fourteen to twenty rolled-up
maps in the central areas thereof, with support and divider
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a roll
means being afforded for this purpose. However, pur
map display stand as described which may be constructed
suant to a basic purpose of the invention, means are
provided so that individual maps may be removed im 39 in an extremely simple manner so that manufacturing
costs are minimized, and which may be shipped knocked
mediately when desired and thereupon placed into dis
down into a ?at carton and thereafter fully assembled by
play position at a suitable height above the ?oor.
a minimum number of heavy duty screws or the like.
Thus, upright tubes are telescopically received in com
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be
plementary and larger frame tubes for the stand, and 35
come apparent as the description proceeds in accordance
the height of the upright tubes is adjustable so that the
with the drawings in which:
maps may be placed in a display position up to, for exam
FIGURE 1 is an end perspective view of a roll-map
ple, eighty-two inches above the ?oor. It will be appre
display stand according to the present invention;
ciated that this is a very important factor in effective
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view, slightly enlarged,
viewing by students.
40 of the stand shown in FIGURE 1;
Furthermore, the mounting of the rolled-up maps in
FIGURE 3 is a top plan view of the structure shown
display position is accomplished by means of map-rails
in FIGURE 2;
of preferably unitary construction, which may be placed
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged side elevational view, partly
on individual pairs of the upright tubes by means of hook
broken away, of the upper portion of the display stand
elements in the back portions of the said map-rails, so
shown in FIGURES 1 through 3, and with map-rails and
that no bolts or screws need be handled by the teacher.
roll-maps in assembled relation therewith;
And, the stand may be constructed as a single unit or by
FIGURE 5 is a view taken along the lines V-—V of
means of several screw elements, whichever is the more
desirable to meet individual conditions.
FIGURE 6 is a vertical sectional view taken along
In order to permit movement of the stand or rack from
one position in a school room to another, as for example 50 the line VI—VI of FIGURE 4;
FIGURE 7 is an enlarged end view, partly broken
to permit students in the rear areas of a school room to
away and in vertical section, of bolt means for releas
examine a map at the back of the room while students in
ably assembling the upper end of the stand of the inven
the front of the room are busy at their desks, or facing
the front of the room, the stand is preferably provided 55 tion;
FIGURE 8 is a top plan view of the structure shown
in FIGURE 7; and
FIGURE 9 is an enlarged end view, partly broken
away, of bottom tray or support means for maps to be
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention
held in the stand of the invention.
to provide a roll-map display stand or rack which permits
with rollers at the bottom of the larger frame tubes, and
the frame tubes are con?gured symmetrically to a?ord a
base which is stable and simple.
Referring now to the drawings, a roll-map display stand
is shown which comprises a plurality of frame tubes
adjustable characteristic of the stand.
12, 14, ‘16 and 18 which are joined by a base 20 at the
Another object of the invention is to provide a roll
lower end and a grid 22 at the upper end in upstanding
map display stand as described wherein the stand and
spaced apart relationship as hereinafter further described.
the maps thereon may be moved as close as desired to a
65 The individual pairs of frame tubes 12 and 18, and vv14»
group of students or the like, as for example, from eight
and 16, have their lower ends turned outwardly away
to twelve feet closer to the students than had been pos
from each other and then downwardly to provide a highly
sible with previously available maps which were hung
stable construction for the stand, with the base 20‘ pref
from the blackboard areas.
Another object of the invention is to provide a map 70 erably being secured at the relatively wider portion there
of as hereinafter further described. Further, rollers 24
stand as described which permits the maps to be aligned
are preferably utilized at the bottom ends of the frame
in any direction for better lighting, thereby improving
maps to be displayed at a desired height by means of an
tubes .12 through 18 whereby the maps may be moved
from one part of a school room to another, or between
school rooms, or the like, so as to eliminate the need for
providing a multiplicity of maps in each of the school
Upper tubes 26, 28, 30 and 32 are respectively tele
ecopically received in the frame tubes '12 through 18 for
adjustment to a desired height by means of removable
4 .
secured to the transverse bars by suitable means also here
inafter further described. The longitudinally extending
bars 80 and 82 provide a support structure for divider
elements which are indicated by reference numerals 84,
86, 88, 90, 92 and 94, as seen in FIGURES 2 and 3 in
The divider elements 84 through 94 may be disposed
in parallel, spaced-apart relationship with the spacing
pins or the like 34 selectively positionable in vertically
preferably being such as to accommodate
spaced ori?ces 35 in each of the upper tubes 28 through 10
maps of various sizes as desired, so that, for example,
32. Preferably, the pins 34 are of an inverted V-shaped
the spacing between the dividers 88 and 90 may be ap
con?guration so as to be maintained within the upper
four inches and the spacing between other
tubes against inadvertent removal, and so as to hook over
dividers may be somewhat less, as may suit particular
the adjacent upper ends of the frame tubes respectively
conditions, and it will be understood that the number of
receiving the upper tubes.
As a result, the upper tubes 26 through 32 may be
set at corresponding elevations for placing a map in a posi
15 such dividers may also be‘varied in accordance with the
number of maps to be retained. The dividers preferably
extend equally on opposite sides of the bars ‘80 and 82,
tion where it is well spaced from the ?oor, thereby
as for example, by three inches on each side, so that
giving full visualization thereof to students or other
individual maps such as the map 48 shown in FIGURE 1
20 may be received between the extending ends of adjacent
In order to support maps for selective elevation as
dividers as shown.
described, map-rails may be provided which are gen
erally designated by reference numeral 36 and may in
ing ribbed rubber mats 100 and 102 at the bottoms there- '
clude hook-like straps 38 and 40 which are secured by
screws 42 or the like to individual map-rail elements 44 25 of so as to engage the lower ends of the maps supported
in the structure 10 and prevent lateral or endwise slipping
and 46. Thus, as seen in FIGURE 4 in particular, the
thereof. Thus the individual maps may be securely
hook straps 38 and 40 are selectively and releasably en
stored and moved from one location to another without
gageable in the upper ends of longitudinally aligned up
right tubes, as for example, the upright tubes 30 and 32
any hazard that they will inadvertently fall out of the
stand 10.
in the example shown. 'And, as also seen in FIGURE 4, 30
As seen in FIGURE 9, the individual troughs 96 and
the ends of the map-rail elements 44 and 46 desirably ex~
798 may include a generally U-shaped member 104 having
tend for a substantial distance on either side of the upright
outwardly and downwardly extending marginal edges I106
tube portions 30 and 32.
and 108, in the example shown in FIGURE 9 with re
In accordance with the invention, the map-rail elements
to the trough 96, with the marginal portions 106
44 and 46 may slidably and releasably receive roll-maps 35 spect
having nuts or the like 112 brazed in closely ?t
generally indicated by reference numerals 48 and 50 in
therein to receive heavy duty screws 110 and
superposed relation so that individual maps rolled thereon
1114 at each end of the said troughs.
may be shown in contrasting relationship or alternately
Referring now to FIGURES 7 and v8, the grid 22 may
exposed as desired. To this end, slides 52 and 54 are
the longitudinal bars v80 and 82 secured to the trans~
provided to permit ready slidably movement of roll-maps 40
verse bars 76 and 78 thereof by bolts or heavy duty
thereon into display position from the ends of the rails, or
screws 116 and 118 at each end of the said longitudinal
removal from the rails, selectively, the slides having a U
bars. These bolts may have their ends threaded for en
shaped cross-section for this purpose.
gagement in disks 120 spun-into the individual tubes ‘80
Preferably, the roll-maps 48 and 50 include spring
biased roller elements having journalled ends 56, 58 and 45 and 82 and connected permanently by indentations 121
for-med around the end portions of the bars 80 and 82.
60, 62 which may be releasably engaged in apertured
The individual dividers 84 through 94 may be welded
brackets 64, 66, 68 and 70 ?xedly secured to the slides
onto the tubes or bars 80 and 82 by welding 123 also
as seen in FIGURE 7, although other forms of connec
tion may be used within the scope of the invention. The
skilled in the art.
50 transverse bars 76 and 78 may be permanently con
In order to permit ready slidably movement of the
nected to the respective uprights 12 through 18, although
slides 52 and 54 along the map-rail elements 44 and 46,
they also may be secured releasably thereto by suitable
spacer elements such as indicated at 72 and 74 in FIG
means so as not to interfere with the telescopic rela
URE 6 are interposed between the rail elements and the
straps to which they are secured, and the spacer elements 55 tionship of the upper tubes 26 through 32 therein. The
bars 122 and 124 may also be releasably secured to the
72 and 74 may surround the individual screws 42 as
52 and 54, whereby the maps may be extended and re
leased in accordance with the understanding of those
Although the map structures 48 and 50 are shown in'
uprights 12 through 18 respectively, although rthey may
be permanently secured as in the case of the upper trans
verse bars 76 and 78. The screws 1'10 and 114, respec-’
central location on the map-rail elements 44 and 46, it
will be seen thata pair of such elements may be dis 60 tively desirably extend through transverse bars 122 and
124. The stand may be readily disassembled, and packed
posed on each of the map-rail elements 44 and 46, as by
in a ?at condition, by release of the screws 110 and 114,
cantilevering the slides for the individual maps on the
and 116 and 118. Also, however, the entire structure
Vmap-rail elements in-side-by-side relationship. 'It will
may be brazed in permanently assembled condition.
also be understood that slides of various lengths may be
Thus a rugged, simple and attractive device has been
used for dtferent widths in “the maps or the like.
provided which is readily accessible and may maintain
The base 20 cooperates with the grid 22 to afford a
from fourteen to twenty maps in stored condition in a
rack and support means forstoring orrholding maps until
such time as they are displayed on the map rails 44 and
construction as shown, or any desired number of maps
in accordance with the number of dividers provided and
46, as hereinabove set forth. Tothis end, the grid 22
‘mayinclude a pair of transverse bars '76 and 78 secured
the particular dimensional relationships selected.
‘to respective frame tubes or uprights 12 and .18, and 14
Because the vdevice can be placed at any angle, light
and 16, respectively, by suitable means as hereinafter
further described, Also, a pair of longitudinally extend-'
ing bars 80 and 82 may extend between the respective
bars 76 and 78 in parallel, spaced-a-part relationship as 75
ing conditions may be made optimum thereby alfording a
saving in the eyesight of the pupils and providing far
more effective map teaching than has been possible pre
viously. Furthermore, where a map is rather large, and
would, if hung from a blackboard, extend below the line
of vision of the students, elevating the tubes 26 through
32 and maintaining them in elevated position by means
of the pins 34 will serve to raise even the lowermost
portions of the map into the line of sight.
Also, maps may be brought forwardly from eight to
twelve feet closer to the pupils than would be possible
with the presently available maps which are hung from
the blackboard, and, as stated, the mobility of the de
pair of elongated rails, means releasably securing said
rails to a pair of said uprights, including a pair of de
pending straps, and means connecting said rails to said
straps in parallel spaced relation to one another and a
slide of generally U-shaped cross-section mounted on each
of said rail-s for uninterrupted slidable movement there
along, said slide having outwardly extending brackets for
releasably engaging a roll-map or the like.
4. In a display stand for maps, charts and the like, ‘a
vice permits its movement from one classroom to an 10 plurality of uprights having openings at the upper ends
thereof, means connecting said uprights in spaced apart
other, or from the front to the rear of the classroom
relation and a ‘map-rail structure'including an elongated
so that teaching activities may be concentrated and a
rail, means releasably securing said rail to ‘a pair of said
single set of.maps may serve a large number of teach
uprights, including a pair of depending straps each having
ing centers.
The storage of the individual maps is especially secure, 15 va hook portion inserted in an upright opening, means con
necting said rail to said straps and spacer means maintain
because the rib construction ‘of the rubber mats 100,
ing said rail in spaced relation to said straps and a slide
102 positively prevents slipping of the lower ends of the
of generally U‘shaped cross-section mounted on said rail
maps, while the upper ends are securely held between
of uninterrupted slidable movement therealong, said slide
the individual dividers as shown, by leaning against bars
20 having outwardly extending brackets for releasably engag
80 and ‘82.
ing a roll-map or the like.
Also, removal of the maps is readily accomplished
5. In a stand for the selective retention and display of
simply by sliding the maps from between the dividers
roll-maps and the like, a pair of ends each having a pair
since there is no obstruction at the ends of the maps,
of uprights with the lower portions thereof turned out
and the individual map-rails may be mounted in position
25 wardly nad downwardly, a base connected across said
either before or after the removal of the maps, although
downwardly turned portions of said upright and means
desirably before elevation of the respective tubes on which
connected across upper portions of said uprights for sepa
the map-rails may be secured. Likewise, replacement of
and removably retaining roll-maps or the like sup
one map on the map-rails and storing of a replaced map
ported end-wise on said base, said base including a pair of
is possible during a lecture or the like, and the divider
troughs extending longitudinally therealong on each side
structure will maintain the individual maps in an orderly
. of said stand and said means including a pair of longi
relationship so that selection is easy and accurate.
tudinal bars in parallel spaced relation against which
Thus the device of the invention is adapted to serve
the roll-maps or the like may lean, with the roll-maps or
as a roll-map stand and/ or rack which is e?ective for
like in one trough leaning against one bar and the
keeping a plurality of maps in accessible relationship and 35 the
rol-maps or the like in the other trough leaning against
positioning maps so that the relation between several
the other bar.
maps may be pointed out and the maps displayed simul
6. A roll-map storage and display device which com
taneously. Also, one map rail may be used on one side
prises an upright stand having a base adapted to support
of the stand and a double map rail on the other side if
the bottom ends of rolled-up maps or the like and a top
desired, thereby providing an effective and economical 40 with a plurality of dividers de?ning open ended spaces
unit, although double map rails as shown may be used
on both sides to meet particular requirements.
Although I have herein set forth and described my
therebetween to receive rolled-up maps on said base for
cooperating with the base to store the maps in upright
side-by-side relation, extensible supports carried 'by the
invention with respect to certain speci?c principles and
stand to project above the top of the stand :at selected
details thereof, and with respect to maps in particular, 45 heights, and horizontal map hangers carried by the sup
it will be understood that the invention is not limited
ports ‘adapted to hold the rolled-up maps in horizontal
to this particular application or these princples and de
position for unrolling in front of the device in unobstruct
tails, and encompasses the concepts and features set forth
ed display condition.
in the hereunto appended claims as follows.
7. A stand for retaining maps, charts and the like com
I claim as my invention:
50 prising two pairs of frame tubes, ?rst transverse tubes
1. A display stand for roll-maps and the like compris
adjacent the bottoms of the frame tubes ?xedly connect
ing a support structure including a plurality of frame
ing each frame tube of said pairs of frame tubes in up
tubes and a plurality of upper tubes telescoped in said
right parallel relation, second transverse tubes ‘adjacent
frame tubes, means on said upper tubes for supporting
the tops of the frame tubes cooperating with said ?rst
roll-maps and the like in display position, a plurality 55 tubes to ?xedly connect each frame ‘tube of said pairs of
of vertically shaped apertures formed in each of said
frame tubes in parallel relation, a longitudinal tube inter
upper tubes and a hook-like retainer releasably received
connecting said second transverse tubes, a base member
in an aperture in each of said upper tubes and engaging
interconnecting said ?rst transverse ‘tubes, a plurality of
the upper end ‘of the corresponding frame tube therefor
transverse divider elements on said longitudinal tube for
whereby to afford secure positioning ‘of a roll-map or 60 receiving therebetween rolled maps supported on said base,
the like at a desired elevation.
upper tubes telescoped in said frame tubes and projecting
2. In a display stand for maps, charts and the like, a
from the tops thereof, means for \adjustably elevating said
plurality of uprights, means connecting said uprights in
upper tubes in said frame tubes, and detachable map
spaced apart relation and map-rail structure including an
hangers connected to the upper ends of said upper tubes
elongated rail, means releasably securing said rail to a 65 for spanning the space between the pair of frame tubes
pair of said uprights, including a pair of depending straps,
to support maps in front of and in ‘back of said stand at
means connecting said rail to said straps and spacer means
desired heights determined by the elevation of said upper
maintaining said rail in spaced relation to said straps, and
a slide of generally U-shaped cross-section mounted on
8. A mobile roll map storage and display stand which
said rail for uninterrupted slidable movement therealong, 70
comprises a pair of spaced end frames each having a pair
said slide having outwardly extending brackets for re
of elongated upright open topped frame tubes with out
leasably engaging a roll-map or the like.
turned and downturned bottom ends, a base connected
3. In a display stand for maps, charts and the like, a
to the downturned ends of said tubes adjacent the bottoms
plurality of uprights, means connecting said uprights in
and spanning the space between the end frames, a
spaced apart relation and a map-rail structure including a 75
grid connected to the upper ends of said frame tubes pro
viding slots between the end frames to receive rolled up
maps mounted on said base, casters on the bottom ends of
said frame tubes, open topped extension tubes telescoped
in said frame tubes and projecting from the tops of said
frame tubes, means controlling the extent of projection of
the extension tubes from the open tops of the frame
tubes, map rails adapted to span the space between the
end‘ frames in front of and behind said grid, and hooks
on said map rails engageable in the open tops of said ex
tension tubes for mounting the rails on said extension
tubes whereby rolled up maps supported on said base and
projecting through the slots provided by said grid can be
selectively hung from said map rails and displayed on
both the front and back sides of said stand without inter—
iering With remaining rolled up maps supported on the
base and projecting through said slots.
9. In a display stand for maps, charts and the like
including a mobile upright ‘stand having extensible up
rights at the four corners ‘thereof, the improvement which
comprises map rails spanning the space between pairs of
uprights to support maps on the front and rear sides of
the stand, and hook members detachably engaging said
uprights for mounting said map rails on the stand.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent '
Nacken _____________ __ Mar. 27, 1906
Lewter _______________ __ Dec. 4, 1917
Durand _______________ _.. Sept. 1, 1931
Merkle _____ __'_______ __.'_ Jan. 19, 1932
Brown ______________ __'Oct. 28, 1941
Scarborough _________ __‘_ Nov. 11, 1941
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