US 1059187 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. I. McKBE.
TICKET HOLDER. APPLICATION FILED NOV. 26, 1912.
1,059,187. Patented Apr.15,1913.
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WITNESSES INVENTOR COLUMBIA PLANOGRAPH COWWASHINGTON. n. c.
APPLICATION FILED NOV. 26, 1912 DER.
Patented Apr. 15, 1913.
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l f WN JAMES I. MOKEE, OF BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed November 26, 1912.
Patented Apr. 15, 1913.
Serial No. 733,610.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAMES I. McKnn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Bloomington, in the county of McLean and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Ticket-I-Iolders, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a device for holding tickets, cards, checks and other similar articles in stack form for individual distribution, the object of the invention being to provide a device of this character for the use of street car conductors and others Whose employment requires the distribution of tickets or the like, whereby the tickets may be held in compact form and disposed for ready and convenient individual removal.
A further object of the invention is to provide a device of this character which may be attached to a belt or other suitable support, and which, in addition to holding the exposed edges of the stack of tickets projected beyond each other forlremoval, will clamp the body of tickets firmly against casual displacement, irrespective of the number of tickets contained therein.
The invention consists of the features of construction, combination and arrangementof parts hereinafter fully described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which :r
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the holder applied to a suitable support, such as a conductors change belt. Fig. 2 is a rear perspective view of the holder with the outside cover removed. Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the holder as illustrated in Fig. 2 and showing a stack of tickets contained therein. Fig. 4 is a vertical transverse section on line 4-4: of Fig. 3, omitting the tickets. Fig. 5 is a vertical front to rear sec tion through the base of the holder, taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4. Fig. 6 is a hori- 'zontal transverse section on the line 66 0f These 3 preferred material. The walls 1 and 2.converge from the spacing block toward their upper ends and said walls have secured thereto a covering 4, of leather or other suitable flexible material, designed to give the same an ornamental finish. This covering extends across and between the longitudinal edges of the walls 1 and 2 and forms flexible expansible and collapsible side walls 5, the device as thus constructed providing a pocket or receptacle for the stack of cards,
checks or tickets 6, which is closed at its lower end by the spacing block 3 and at its sides by the flexible walls 5 and is open at its upper end for the insertion and removal of the tickets.
As shown, the front wall 1 is provided at its upper end with a cut-out space or recess 7 for the insertion of the fore or middle finger of the hand, employed in conjunction with the thumb to engage the outer face and upper edge of each ticket in turn for its extraction, and the rear wall 2 is provided with a suspending member 8, shown in the present instance in the form of a metallic clasp having an upturned hook 9 at its lower edge, whereby the device may be connected with and supported from a belt 10, such as a street car conductors change belt of the character on which change receptacles are commonly hung. Any other suitable means for supporting the holder may, however, be employed, and the invention is not limited in its use as a holder for car tickets, as it may be employed for holding various kinds of tickets, checks or the like which are to be distributed.
The ends of the upper portion of the block 3 are cut away or recessed to receive the heads of clamping screws 11, fitted in the ends of the block, to which screws are connected looped springs 11, each spring being formed at it-s'bite portion with a coil 12 engaging the screw and having its arms extending upwardly between the walls 1 and 2 and disposed in crossed relation and provided at their upper ends with hooks 13 or the like, connecting them with the respective walls, whereby the walls are permitted to spread apart to receive a stack of tickets, but are normally drawn or pressed toward each other to firmly and securely clamp the stack of tickets in position.
The block 3 is provided with a downwardly and rearwardly beveled surface 14: forming an inclined plane against which the lower edges of the tickets rest, whereby the upper ends of the tickets, which project a suitable distance from the mouth of the holder, are arranged so as to successively project beyond each other from front to rear of the stack, enabling them to be readily and conveniently grasped and removed for individual distribution.
In the operation of inserting a stack of tickets the walls 1 and 2 are spread apart and the tickets inserted down through the open mouth of, the holder. Upon the release of the walls the stack of tickets will then be firmly clamped in position against casual displacement, while allowing them to be conveniently removed. The flexibility of the walls 5 adapts the walls 1 and 2 to be readily spread apart and forced toward each other by the springs to clamp the tickets, so that as the tickets are successively removed the space left thereby will be taken up and the remainder of the stack h'eld firmly clamped irrespective of the number of tickets contained therein.
The advantages of the device will be readily understood from the foregoing descripblock disposed betweenthe lower ends of said walls and having a downwardly and rearwardly inclined upper surface to support a stack of tickets, springs secured to the ends of the spacing block and having arms secured to the front and rear walls and operating to press the upper ends of said walls toward each other, a covering scoured to said walls and forming flexible side walls, and means applied to the rear wall for attaching the holder to a suitable support.
2. A ticket holder or the like comprising semi-rigid front and rear walls, the front wall having a finger recess at its upper edge, a spacing block disposed between the lower ends of said walls and having a downwardly and rearwardly inclined upper surface to support a stack of tickets, looped springs secured to the ends of the spacing block and having crossed arms secured to the front and rear walls and operating to press the upper ends of said walls toward each other, a covering secured to said walls and forming flexible side walls, and means applied to the rear wall for attaching the holder to a suitable support.
In testimony whereof I aflix 1ny signature in presence of two witnesses.
JAlVlES I. liIcKEE.
JOHN A. STERLING, W. G. HANSON.
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