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June‘ 4, 1963
W.
J. GORDON ETAL
3,092,045
APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS RESTAURANT COUNTER PLACE MATS
Filed May 31, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
J1me 4, 1963
w. J. J. GORDON ETAL
- 3,092,045
APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS RESTAURANT COUNTER PLACE MATS
Filed May 31. 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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Patented June 4,, 1963
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roll is facilitated; the mat may be locked in place to pre
vent its accidental displacement; the use of the invention
does not impair, but rather enhances, the appearance of a
APPARATUS FOR CGNTINUO'US RESTAURANT
COUNTER PLACE MATS
William .I. J. Gordon, Cambridge, Carleton S. Mardeu,
Boston, and Charles Richard Sperry, Arlington, Mass,
assignors to Linen Supply Association of America, Chi
restaurant counter; no electrical connections are required;
the spindle upon which the soiled portion of the material
is rolled can easily be removed and reinserted in the ap
paratus and may easily be removed from the roll of soiled
material; and crumbs and other debris which may be
cago, 111., a corporation of Illinois
Filed May 31, 1961, Ser- No. 113,886
8 Claims. (Cl. 1tl8—5tl)
moved along from the counter top with the soiled portion
of the roll will not contaminate or impair the appearance
of the fresh portion of the roll.
The present invention relates to an apparatus for pro
Further objects and advantages will become apparent
viding place mats for restaurant counters using a con
from the following description taken in conjunction with
tinuous strip of material which may be readily moved to
the drawings, in which:
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position a clean area in place of a soiled portion.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view illustrating a number
Rightly or wrongly, one of the bases upon which a 15
of the embodiments of the present invention positioned
member of the public will evaluate an eating establish
along a restaurant counter;
ment is by the character and quality of the place setting
FIGURE 2 is a perspective View of a single embodi
that is provided. In the higher priced eating establish
ment as it appears when it is open for the removal of a
ments, such as the dining room or the better class hotels,
soiled roll and the replacement of a fresh roll;
careful attention is given to the place setting, eg the
linens, both for the table cloths and napkin, the silver
ware, etc.
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Where less expensive meals are served, it has
not been economically possible in the past to provide the
same quality of place setting. Thus, for example, at a
restaurant counter it is most common that the bare surface 25
of the counter top is utilized without any covering there
over. However, even here, some of the “better” class
of restaurants have been in the practice of utilizing in
dividual place mats of paper, or the like, to give the cus
tomer a little more of the feeling of gracious dining.
These place mats are of inexpensive quality and thus are
disposed of after each use rather than any effort being
made to clean them.
The principal object of the present invention is to pro
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation of a portion of the em
bodiment of FIGURE 2 with the cover plate removed
and a portion broken away;
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged partial section as seen at line
4—4 of FIGURE 3;
FIGURE 5 is a vertical section through the center of
the apparatus;
FIGURE 6 is a section taken at line 6--'6 of FIG
URE 5;
FIGURE 7 is a section taken at line 7—7 of FIGURE
6; and
‘FIGURE 8 is a view of the spindle on which the soiled
material is rolled.
FIGURE 1 illustrates a restaurant counter as viewed
vide a restaurant with a means of giving its- patrons the
from the back, or service side, thereof.
feeling of gracious dining to even a greater extent than
can ‘be obtained through the use of place mats, yet at a
cost which is competitive with the use of place mats.
Through the use of the present invention the foundation
plurality of the embodiments (it) through 10]‘) of the
It illustrates a
present invention extending along the counter. The cus
tomer, who would be seated at the rear of FIGURE 1
facing the viewer, is provided with the fresh table cover
of the customer’s place setting, i.e. the place covering, is 40 ing. For example, if he were seated at embodiment 10,
he would have in front of him a table covering ‘11. As
a cloth covering which simulates the appearance of a table
best seen in FIGURE 5, this covering 11 would extend
cloth. The cloth is supplied from a continuous roll and
to the front of and about the front of the space at which
the mechanism of the present invention permits the chang
he was seated. The material that is to form the place
ing from a soiled area to a clean, fresh portion by a sim
ple and easy manipulation. While the continuous roll 45 covering 11 may be suitably decorated with designs and/ or
indicia.
may be of other materials, eg paper or plastic, cloth is
At the rear of the space at which the customer was
preferred. Even though the actual area used per place
setting is substantially greater than the area of a counter
seated, the covering would extend under and thereafter be
obscured by a tray :12 which might be used for holding
top normally covered by the place mats commonly used,
the cost per place setting of this cloth covering is quite 50 condiments, etc. The space between the covering at
each seating position comprises a molding 13 which, as
competitive with the cost of paper place mats.
best seen in FIGURE 6, conceals the edges of the cover
‘One of the principal advantages of our invention is
ing 11. The space between tray 12 and the platform de
that it is simple and foolproof, with little to get out of
?nes an opening leading to the dirty roll compartment of
order and require repairs. This is important in several
the device as hereinafter described. Portions 14 of the
respects. In the ?rst place, the initial cost of the appara
molding are held in place by pins <15. -By sliding the por
tus is quite nominal. Secondly, it will be used by all
tions .14 with the pins 15 away from the central part 16
types of individuals with the speci?c persons using it vary
of the molding, the channel with-in which the edge of
ing from day to day. By reason of its simplicity, a new
covering 11 is positioned can be cleaned. In normal use
individual does not require any extended instruction such
such cleaning is not necessary more than about once a
as might be necessary with a more intricate device. Fur
60 day, or the like.
thermore, they cannot misuse it in a manner to create a
malfunction or damage. Should minor repairs be nec
Each embodiment 10‘ includes a case or container at
essary, e.g. replacement of a broken pull cord, these can
be made easily and simply.
Additional objects and advantages include: the loading
of a new roll of fresh mat material can easily be per
formed; the apparatus all can be mounted at the rear of
the counter with substantially no projection above the
top of the counter, whereby the room provided for a
customer’s occupancy is not obstructed, the ability of the
the rearward side of the counter which is de?ned by two
end enclosures 17 and 18, a hinged back ?ap 19, and a
hinged cover 20. It also has a back 21 and a plurality of
spaced, bottom, roll supports 22. A divider 23- is hinged
on a rod 24 extending between enclosures 17 and 18.
Divider de?nes a clean roll compartment below the di
vider and a dirty roll compartment above it.
The edge
of divider 23 along rod 24 is spaced from back 21 to pro
waitress to serve the customer is not impaired and the 70 vide an opening which leads from the clean roll compart
removal of a soiled roll and its replacement by a fresh
ment to slot 93 in the counter top. Divider 23 termi
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nates at a crumb tray 25 along the front of the clean roll
compartment. Divider-23 has a‘ cutout 26 (FTGURE 2)
to permit it to swing by the shaft on which the spindle is
mounted, as hereinafter described.
A shaft 28 is journaled in a bearing 29 and in a cross
bar 30. The latter extends between the front and back
walls of end enclosure 18. Bearing 29 is ?xed in the side
wall of end enclosure 18 by a toothed washer 31 which
engages the periphery of the bearing and abuts one side
A pair of pins 72 extend through slots 73 in wall 21. At
one end pins 72 are secured to locking bar 71.
At the
other end pins ‘72 form heads 74. Thus locking bar 71
is held against wall 21, but is' movable vertically with re
spect thereto. At the opposite side of wall 21 is a lever
76 which is pivotally mounted on pin 77 secured to wall
21. A pin 73 extends through slot 79 in wall 21. At
one side of the wall pin 78 is pivotally secured to lever
76 and at the opposite side it is loosely secured to lock
of said well (see FIGURE 4). At the opposite side of 10 ing ‘bar 71.
the wall the bearing forms a flange 32. In juxtaposi
A ?nger 81 is pivotally mounted on a pin 82 secured
tion to ?ange 32 a pin 33‘ extends through shaft 28 to en
to wall 21. Finger 81 extends through an opening in
gage spindle 34, as hereinafter described.
?ange 83 of lever 76. Finger 81 forms an abutment 84.
A reel 36 is rotatably mounted on shaft 2%. Reel 36
A compression spring 85 encircles ?nger 81 between abut
has a large peripheral slot 37 within which a pull cord 38 15 ment 84 and ?ange 83. Thus ?nger 81 in connection
is wound and a relatively smaller slot 39 within which the
with spring 85 forms an over-the-center toggle so that
chain 40 of a pull chain device generally 41 can be
lever 76 is urged either to the downwardly or the up
wound. One end of chain 40 is hooked on a pin 42.
The other end is Wound on a reel 43‘ of device 41. Reel
43 is af?xed to a rotatable shaft 44. A coil spring 45
has one end a?’ixed to case 46 and the other end a?ixed
to shaft 44. Spring 45 is so positioned that it will resist
chain 4.6 being withdrawn from case 46 and will rewind
wardly position, as the case may be.
An actuating lever 87 is pivotally mounted on a pin 83
secured to cross bar 30.
A knob or handle 89 is se
cured to one end of actuating lever 87. The opposite
end of lever 87 extends through a slot 90 in wall 21 and
is hooked into the end of lever 76. Thus if knob 89 is
moved to the downwardly position, the left end of lever
'76 is raised (as viewed in FIGURE 6) and the right end
is lowered. This lowers pin 73 and locking bar 71. The
chain 4!} about reel 43 when the pulling force on chain
40 is removed. Case 46 is ai?xed to a mounting bracket
47. Pull chain devices 41 are a standard item of manu
facture and can be purchased commercially.
over-the-center toggle provided by ?nger 31 holds lever
One end of cord 38 extends into an opening 49 in reel
76 in this position. If knob 39 is raised, the left end of
36 and is held in place by a set screw Stl. After being
lever 76 is ‘lowered and the right end raised. Locking bar
wound about reel 36, cord 38 extends out through the 30 71 is thereby raised and urged upwardly by the over-the
opening in a bushing 51 in the back wall of end enclosure
center toggle action of ?nger 3i and spring 85.
18. A knob 52 is a?ixed to the end of cord 38. Cord
As best seen in FEGURE 5, the counter top 92 is pro
38 is so wound on reel 36 that when the knob 52 is pulled
vided with a slot 93 through which the length of mate
the reel will rotate in the direction indicated by arrow 53.
rial extends. Above slot 93 is the support portion or
Rotation in this direction withdraws chain 40‘ from de 35 platform 94- of counter top 92. Support portion 94 has
vice lll and winds the chain within the slot 39 of reel 36.
a rounded nose 95.
When cord 38 is released, spring 45 rewinds chain 44)
To load the device, a fresh roll 97 of the material
on reel 43, thus rotating reel 36 in the reverse of the di
which is to provide place settings 11 is inserted into the
rection indicated by arrow 53 to rewind cord 33 on
bottom of the compartment between end enclosures 17
reel 36.
40 and 18. This is done by opening the various covers, as
Between reel 36 and bracket 39 is a ratchet apparatus
illustrated in FIGURE 2. The fresh roll rests on sup
comprising a toothed wheel 55 secured to shaft 23 by a
ports 22. The end of the roll is run upwardly behind
set screw 56. About the periphery of wheel 55 are
divider 23. Thereafter divider 23 may be lowered across
teeth 57, which are engaged by a dog 58. Dog 53 is
the top of roll 97. The raised end is now threaded
positioned in a recess 59 in one side of the end of reel 36 45 through slot 93. The threading may be facilitated by
and is pivotally mounted on a pin 60. A wire spring 61
inserting a wire through slot 93 to pull or push the end
has one end engaged in reel 36 and the other end in dog
of the material through the slot. After passing through
53 to urge dog 58 toward ratchet wheel 55. It will be
the slot, the end of xthe material is brought about nose
readily apparent that as reel 36 and dog 5'3 are rotated in
95 of support portion 94 and back across the top of the
the direction indicated by arrow 5'3, the dog will engage
support portion. The end of the material is then thread
Wheel 55 to rotate shaft 28 at the same time. When reel
ed under tray 12 and down about spindle 34 which was
36 is rotated in the reverse of the direction indicated by
inserted after divider 23 was lowered. A tab on the
arrow 53, dog 58 will merely slip over the teeth 57 of
end of the material may be hooked under ?nger 68 on
wheel 55 so that shaft 23 remains stationary.
spindle 34, or merely a central portion of the end of
At one end of spindle 34 is an axial opening 63 where
the material may be tucked under that ?nger. Spindle
by the spindle will slip over the end of shaft 23, as best
34 is rotated several turns to securely engage the mate
seen in FIGURE 4. A pair of diametrically opposed
rial on the spindle. The side edges of the material may
slots 64 on the same end of spindle 34 provide clearance
be pushed toward the center across the top of support
for pin 33. Thus, spindle 34 is rotatably engaged with
portion 94, so that those side edges may be slipped un
shaft 28. Immediately adjacent the same end of spindle 80 der molding 13, as illustrated in FIGURE 6.
Throughout the foregoing, the locking bar 71 should
34- is boss 65. As best seen in FIGURES 7 and 8, the
opposite end of spindle 34 has a journal section 66 which
be in ‘the lowered position illustrated in FIGURE 6.
is received in and journaled in an opening 62 in the wall
Thereafter knob 89 may be raised to raise locking bar
of end enclosure 17. Between the two ends, spindle 34
71. The top edge of locking bar 71 presses the material
is comically tapered, with the large end of the cone 65 of the roll 97 against the underside of support portion
being at boss 65 and the small end at journal section 66.
94. With the ‘locking bar in this position, the material
Intermediate the two ends is a cutout 67 over which ex
tends a ?nger 68. The leaf spring 69 is riveted to the
wall of end enclosure 17, in which section 66 is journaled,
cannot be moved.
After a customer has been served and departed, knob
89 is moved to the lowered position illustrated in the
‘and overlies the opening 62 through which the journal sec 70 drawings. This lowers locking bar 71 so that the mate
tion 66 extends. Spring 69 urges spindle 34 toward shaft
rial from roll 97 is free to move into and through slot
28. Spindle 34 preferably is knurled about the exterior
93. Knob 52 is now pulled outwardly, whereby cord ‘38
thereof.
rotates reel 36. Spindle 34 is, in turn, rotated in the di
Referring particularly to FIGURES 3, 5 and 6, a look
rection indicated by arrow 53, winding the soiled place
ing bar ‘71 is positioned in juxtaposition to back wall 21. 75 mat portion 11 onto the spindle and building up a roll
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925 of soiled material. At the same time, of course, a
fresh length of material from roll 97 is positioned across
the top of the counter to provide a fresh mat 11 for
form and in said ?rst opening to the dirty roll compart
ment; 3. spindle rotatably mounted in said dirty roll com
partment, said spindle being removable from said com
the next customer.
partment; means on said spindle to engage said material;
Some users will prefer to make one extended pull of U! and means engaging said spindle to rotate said spindle,
cord 38. Others may make several. Either procedure
said means including a coiled cord, a handle on the end
may be followed since the pull chain device 41 will re
of said cord, spring means urging said cord into the coiled
tract cord 38 as soon as the pull thereon is released, and
position, a rotatable member with the cord engaging the
the ratchet provided by wheel 55 and dog 58 will ‘cause
rotatable member to rotate it as the cord is coiled and
spindle 34 only to rotate in one direction.
10 uncoiled, and a ratchet coupling the rotatable member and
When the roll 97 of fresh material has been exhausted,
spindle.
cover 2!} is raised. By grasping soiled roll 98 and urging
2. A restaurant counter device adapted to be mounted
the roll and spindle toward spring 69, spindle 34 may
on a support at counter height and used with a roll of
be moved su?iciently far in that direction, against the
?exible mat material, said device comprising: a platform
resistance of spring 69, to disengage the opposite end of 15 extending from back to front; a passageway below said
the spindle from shaft 28 and pin 33. Of course, once
platform extending from back to front; a closed con
the end of spindle 34 is disengaged from shaft 28, it may
tainer mounted at the back of said platform, said con
be moved in the opposite direction to disengage the jour
tainer having access door means, a divider therein de?ning
nal section 66 from the opening 62 in which it is jour
a clean roll compartment and a dirty roll compartment, a
naled. The soiled roll and spindle are then removed.
20 ?rst opening in said dirty roll compartment, and a second
To facilitate removal of the spindle from the soiled
opening communicatnig with said clean roll compartment
roll 98, a bifurcated lever 100 is mounted on the top
and said passageway, whereby with said roll in said clean
of end enclosure 17. Lever 100 is slidably mounted so
roll compartment said material may be drawn out through
that it may be extended (as illustrated in FIGURE 2)
sid second opening and passageway to the front of the
or retracted below cover 20, as desired. The ‘outstand 25 platform, across the top of the platform and in said ?rst
ing end of lever 100 has a slot 101 de?ning a pair of
opening to the dirty roll compartment; a spindle rotatably
?ngers 162. Spindle 34 is inserted into slot 101 with
mounted in said dirty roll compartment, said spindle
?ngers 102 extending to each side of spindle 34 between
being removable from said compartment; means engaging
the end of the soiled roll 98 and the boss 65. A down
said spindle to rotate said spindle, said means including a
ward pull on the soiled roll 98 will extract the spindle 30 coiled cord, a handle on the end of said cord, spring
34- from the roll 98. This is facilitated by the tapering
means urging said cord into the coiled position, a rotat
of the central portion of spindle 34, as illustrated in FIG
able member with the cord engaging the rotatable mem
URE 8.
The tab or other portion of the material that
was inserted under ?nger 68 will easily slide out since
ber to rotate it as the cord is coiled and uncoiled, and
a ratchet coupling the rotatable member and spindle;
the soiled roll is being moved toward journal section 66, 35 locking means including a locking bar spanning a sub~
and thus away from the end of ?nger 68.
stantial portion of the width of said material between
Soiled roll 98, if of cloth, is put in the dirty linens to
said openings, said bar being moveable between a ?rst
be laundered. A fresh roll 97 is reinserted and the end
position at which said ‘locking means clamps said material
threaded through slot 93 about nose 95 and under tray
against movement and a second position at which said
12. After divider 23 has been lowered, the spindle may 40 material is free to move ‘between said openings; and means
be reinserted by ?rst inserting the nose of journal section
connected to said locking bar to move said bar from one
65 into the opening 62 and moving the spindle 34 against
to the other of said two positions.
the pressure of spring 69 until the opposite end of spindle
3a A device to provide place covering for restaurant
34- will clear shaft 28. Thereafter, spindle 34 is moved
counters utilizing a roll of covering material, said device
in the opposite direction to engage the spindle and the
comprising: a container adapted to be mounted at the back
shaft. The end of the fresh roll material is now started
of said counter and having a clean roll compartment and
about spindle 34 and several turns made to securely en
a ‘dirty roll compartment; means defining a path for said
gage the two. Thereafter, back 19 is raised and cover 20
material from said clean roll compartment, beneath the
is closed.
top of said counter from back to front, across the top of
The foregoing description of the speci?c embodiment is
said counter from front to back and into said dirty roll
for the purpose of complying with 35 U.S.C. 112 and
compartment; a holding member having a bifurcated end
should not be construed as imposing unnecessary limita
de?ning a pair of spaced ?ngers mounted on said con
tions upon the appended claims inasmuch as modi?cation
tainer; a shaft rotatably mounted in said container with
and variations thereof will be apparent to those skilled in
' an end extending into said dirty roll compartment; means
the art.
to rotate said shaft including a reel rotata-b-ly mounted on
We claim:
said shaft, a pull cord wound on said reel, means connect
1. A restaurant counter device adapted to be mounted
ing said reel and said container to urge said reel in one
on a support at counter height and used with a roll of
direction of rotation; and a ratchet connecting said reel
?exible mat material, said device comprising: a platform
and said shaft to rotate said shaft when said reel is rotated
extending from back to front of said counter; a passage
in the reverse of said direction of rotation; and a spindle
way below said platform extending from back to front;
in said dirty roll compartment, one end of said spindle
a closed container mounted at the back of said platform
engaging said shaft, the other end of said spindle being
partially above and partially below said platform, said
journaled in said container, the ends of said spindle being
disengageable from said shaft and container respectively
of away from said platform, a divider hinged horizontally 65 whereby the spindle with a roll of soiled material thereon
at one side to said container and de?ning a clean roll
may be removed, said spindle having a boss thereon adja
compartment in the bottom of said container and a dirty
cent said one end, said spindle being larger in cross-section
roll compartment above said clean roll compartment, said
‘adjacent, said one end than it is ‘adjacent the other end
divider having trough forming means on the opposite side
with the spindle tapering in size therebetween.
thereof, a ?rst opening in said dirty roll compartment, 70
4. A device to provide place covering for restaurant
and a second opening communicating with said clean roll
counters utilizing a roll of covering material, said device
compartment having access door means on the side there
compartment and said passageway, whereby with said
comprising: a container adapted to be mounted at the
roll in said clean roll compartment said material may be
back or“ said counter and having a clean roll compartment
drawn out through said second opening and passageway
and a dirty roll compartment; means de?ning a path for
to the front of the platform, across the top of the plat 75 said material from said clean roll compartment, beneath
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the top of said counter from back to front, across the
top of said counter from front to back and into said dirty
roll compartment; a shaft rotatably mounted in said con
tainer with an end extending into said dirty roll com
partment; means to rotate said shaft including a reel rotat-'
ably mounted on said shaft, a pull cord wound on said
reel, means connecting said reel and said container to
urge said reel in one direction of rotation; and a ratchet
connecting said reel and said shaft to rotate said shaft
when said reel is rotated in the reverse of said direction
of rotation; and a spindle in said dirty roll compartment,
one end of said spindle engaging said shaft, the other
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connected to said spindle, a reel rotatably mounted on
said shaft, a cord wound about said reel, said cord
adapted to rotate said reel when it is unwound from said
reel and thereby to rotate said spindle, whereby with said
mat roll in said clean roll compartment said material
may be drawn out through said second opening and pas
sageway to the front of the platform, across the top of
the platform and in said ?rst opening to the dirty roll
compartment.
7. A device to provide place covering ‘for restaurant
counters utilizing a roll of covering material, said de
vice comprising: ‘a container adapted to be mounted at
end of said spindle being journaled in said container, the
the back of said counter and de?ning a clean roll com
ends of said spindle being disengageatble from said shaft
partment and a dirty roll compartment; means de?ning
and container respectively whereby the spindle with a roll 15 a path for said covering material from said clean roll
of soiled material thereon may be removed; locking means
compartment, beneath the top of said counter from said
including a locking bar spanning a substantial portion of
container to the front of said counter across the top of
the width of said material between said openings, said
bar being moveable between a ?rst position at which said
the counter from the front thereof and then back to the
a second position at which said material is free to move
of extending into said dirty roll compartment; means to
rotate said shaft including a reel rotatably mounted on
said shaft and a pull cord wound on said reel, said reel
container and into said dirty roll compartment; a shaft
locking means clamps said material against movement and 20 rotatably mounted in said container having one end there
between said openings; ‘and means connected to said lock
ing bar to move said bar from one to the other of said
two positions.
5. An apparatus for place mats counters mounted on a
support at counter height and adapted to be used with
a roll of ?exible mat material, said apparatus comprising:
a platform extending substantially from the back to the
front of said counter; a passageway de?ned below said
being rotated when said cord is unwound therefrom to
‘thereby rotate said shaft; and a spindle adapted to en
gage the end of said shaft extending into said dirty roll
compartment, the other end of said spindle ‘being jour
naled in said container, the ends of said spindle being
disengageable ‘from said shaft and from said container,
platform in said counter and extending substantially from 30 respectively, whereby the spindle may conveniently be
the back to the front of said counter; a closed mat con
removed from said dirty roll compartment.
tainer mounted at the back of said platform, said mat
8. A restaurant counter device adapted to be mounted
container having access openings therein on a portion
on a support and to ‘be used with a roll of ?exible mat
thereof extending away ‘from said platform; a divider
material, said device comprising: a platform extending
member disposed within said mat container and adapted 35 substantially from the back to the front of said counter; a
when disposed therein to de?ne a clean roll compartment
passageway de?ned below said platform extending sub
and a dirty roll compartment, said dirty roll compart
stantially from the ‘back to the front of said counter; a
ment being de?ned vertically above said clean roll com
closed container mounted to said platform, said con
partment; a ?rst opening de?ned in said dirty roll com
tainer having access door means on the side thereof away
partment; a second opening de?ned within said clean roll 40 from said platform; a divider pivotally connected at one
compartment and communicating with said passageway
side to said container and de?ning a clean roll compart
below said platform, whereby with said roll in said clean
ment in the'bot-tom of said container and a dirty roll
roll compartment said material may be drawn out through
compartment above said clean roll compartment; a ?rst
the second opening and passageway to the ‘front of the
opening de?ned in said dirty roll compartment; a sec
platform, across the top of the platform and into said £5 ond opening communicating with said clean roll com
?rst opening to the dirty roll compartment; a spindle
partment and said passageway, whereby with said roll
mounted in said dirty roll compartment, said spindle being
in said clean roll compartment said material may be
removable from said compartment; and means engaging
drawn out through said second opening and passageway
said spindle to rotate said spindle, said means including
to the front of the platform, across the top of the plat
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a coiled cord, a handle on the end of said cord, spring
form and into said ?rst opening; a spindle rotatably
means urging said cord into the coiled position, a rotat
mounted in said dirty roll compartment, said spindle being
able member adapted to be engaged by said cord and to
removable from said compartment; and means engaging
be rotated ‘by said cord when said cord is withdrawn from
said spindle to rotate said spindle, said means including a
the coiled relation about said rotatable member.
coiled cord, a handle on the end of said cord, spring
6. A continuous mat apparatus ‘for counters adapted 55 means urging said cord into the coiled position, a ro
to be used with a roll of ?exible mat material, said ap
tatable member with the cord engaging the rotatable
paratus comprising: a platform extending substantially
from the back to the front of said counter; a passageway
de?ned below said platform and extending substantially
from the back to the front of said counter; a closed mat 60
container mounted at the back of said platform, said con
tainer having access door means; a divider pivotally
hinged at one side thereof to said container and de?ning
a clean roll compartment and a dirty roll compartment in
said mat container; a ?rst opening de?ned in the dirty 65
roll compartment; a second opening de?ned in and com
member to rotate it as the cord is coiled and uncoiled,
and a ratchet coupling the rotatable member and spindle.
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2,283,997
Jensen ______________ __ May 26, 1942
gage and to rotate said spindle including a rotatable shaft 70
2,652,657
Joy ________________ __ Sept. 22, 1953
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