Title:
Attachment for clocks
United States Patent 2132051


Abstract:
This invention relates broadly to memorandum holders and more specifically to a memorandum supporting device which is organized for use in conjunction with a clock or similar time piece. The structure embodying the present invention comprises generally a frame or guide for the support of the...



Inventors:
Schuttenberg, Elmer H.
Application Number:
US15189537A
Publication Date:
10/04/1938
Filing Date:
07/03/1937
Assignee:
Schuttenberg, Elmer H.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
40/107, 116/DIG.46, 368/41, 968/344
International Classes:
G04B37/12
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Description:

This invention relates broadly to memorandum holders and more specifically to a memorandum supporting device which is organized for use in conjunction with a clock or similar time piece. The structure embodying the present invention comprises generally a frame or guide for the support of the memorandum plates and, in addition, the plates per se which are formed for ready assembly within the guides and printed with, or for the entry of data arranged in orientation with the divisions upon the dial of a clock.

One of the objects of the invention resides in the provision of memorandum plates comprising cards, paper pads or sheets of similar material which are fabricated for assembly within a clock housing or superjacent the face thereof.

Another object of the invention is to provide a memorandum blank which is formed with a slot in a portion thereof to accommodate the assembly of the blank over the stem of the hands of a clock.

Another object of the invention is to construct a clock housing having an aperture therein and guide-ways coordinated therewith for the reception of memorandum plates which are divided lo accommodate notations to indicate hourly memorandums, such for example, as appointments of a dentist or a doctor.

Other objects and advantages more or less an:0 cillary of the foregoing and the manner in which all the various objects are realized will appear in the following description which, considered in connection with the accompanying drawing, sets forth the preferred embodiment of the invention. Referring to the drawing: Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of a clock embodying the present invention; Fig. 2 is a horizontal section through the clock illustrated in Fig. 1, the section being taken on a plane indicated by line 2-2 in Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a view in perspective of the clock crystal; Fig. 4 is a view in perspective of a glass or similar transparent material which defines the chamber for the reception of memorandum plates; Fig. 5 is a view in perspective of the improved memorandum cards, sheets or books; Fig. 6 is a view in perspective of the clock case or housing with the memorandum plates removed therefrom; and Fig. 7 is a view in perspective of a modified form of a memorandum card, the supporting frame therefor and a clock.

The improved clock casing illustrated in Fig. 1 comprises a housing 10 having the usual crystal 11 thereon, chronometer mechanism 12 of either the electric or spring motor type, dial 13, hands 14 and clock hand shaft 15 of the conventional form. The housing 10 is provided with grooves or guide-ways 16 intermediate the dial and the hands 14 and channel rails 17 depending from the shaft 15 to the base of the clock. The grooves 16 are disposed to receive the outer marginal edges 18 of the memorandum plates 19, the rails 17 being provided to support the edges of the slots 20 io formed in the plates to facilitate the assembly thereof over the clock hand shaft 15. If desired, a partition 21 of transparent material may be inserted in juxtaposition with the face of the clock 13 and the grooves 16 enlarged to define a chamber 22 for the reception of a plurality of plates or a bound or padded sheaf of memorandum sheets 19.

The housing 10 is formed with an opening 23, communicating with the chamber 22 and in aligned relation with the guide-ways 16, to facilitate the entry or removal of the plates 19. The plates or cards 19 may be printed for the entry of notations or memorandums, such as appointments, which are related to the hourly divisions of a clock dial or, if desired, indicia of a character which will remind the observer of the events scheduled thereon. Obviously, such schedule or program may embrace any group of hourly divisions of a clock or any division thereof, for exampie, the routine of a child's daily program may be designed to include a play period from nine to eleven, a luncheon period from eleven to twelve, a half hour bath period, a two hour nap, etc. throughout the day, or the schedule for laboratory use may be planned to show both memorandum and routine periods in any desirable combination.

The memorandum plates may be prepared as separate cards, in book or padded form as illustrated in Fig. 5, or of a material surfaced for writing thereon. The slot 20 in the plates assures the assembly of the plates upon the clock with the notations or indicia in proper relation to the hands. When cards or sheets are employed for 4' the entry of appointments such sheets may be preserved to form a permanent record of the daily visitors. Moreover, such sheets may be prepared in duplicate in order to provide a desk record for the secretary or nurse in charge of the appointments.

As will be seen in Figs. 2 and 6, the face of the clock 13 is graduated with the hour and minute divisions so that the clock may be used in the  usual manner when the memorandum sheets are withdrawn from the casing.

The embodiment illustrated in Fig. 7 comprises a pair of channel members 30 adapted for attachment on a clock of the type which is constructed without a crystal or glass covering over the hands. In this embodiment the plates or cards 31 are preferably formed in configuration of the face of the clock and are provided with a tab 32 to facilitate the assembly of the plate upon the clock. As in the foregoing forms the end of the slot 33 is disposed to arrest downward movement of the plate upon the face of the clock while the channels or guide rails 30 retain and support the plate in its proper aligned relation with the clock hands 14.

Although the foregoing description is necessarily of a detailed character, in order that the invention may be completely set forth, it is to be understood that the specific terminology is not intended to be restrictive or confining, and that various rearrangements of parts and modifications of detail may be resorted to without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention as herein claimed.

I claim: 1. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having a slot therein adapted for reentrant engagement over said hand supporting spindle and a channel frame for supporting the edges of the plate defined by said slot.

2. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having indicia thereon in orientation with the hourly divisions of said clock, said plates having a slot therein to accommodate the assembly of said plates over the hand supporting spindle, and a frame engageable with certain edges of said plate for the support thereof.

3. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having a slot extending from a marginal edge to the center thereof, flanged rails mounted superadjacent the face of said clock for the support of said plates and indicia printed upon said plate within the path defined by the movement of said hands.

4. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having indicia thereon in orientation with the hourly divisions of said clock, said plates having a slot therein to accommodate the assembly of said plates over the hand supporting spindle, said indicia comprising lines defining blank spaces for the entry of memorandums and a frame for the support of said plates comprising channels affixed upon the clock and adapted for the retention of the edges of the plate defined by said slot.

5. A memorandum holder comprising a clock case having a slot therein, guide-ways within said clock case in aligned relation with said slot and subjacent the hands of the clock and channel frame members extending from the hand supporting spindle to the base of the clock case.

6. The combination of a clock having a case, dial, hands and hand spindle, and a memorandum device which comprises plates formed with indicia thereon disposed in orientation to the dial divisions of the clock, said plates having slots therein for assembly over said hand spindle of said clock, and guide-ways in said clock case superadjacent said hands for the support of said plates.

7. The combination of a clock having a case, dial, hands and hand spindle, and a memorandum device which comprises plates formed with indicia thereon disposed in orientation to the dial divisions of the clock, a partition of transparent material in said clock case intermediate said hands and said dial and defining a chamber for the reception of the plates, said plates having a 23 slot formed therein to accommodate the assembly thereof over said hand spindle.

8. The combination of a clock having a case, dial, hands and hand spindle, and a memorandum device which comprises plates formed with indicia thereon disposed in orientation to the dial divisions of the clock, a partition of transparent material in said clock case intermediate said hands and said dial and defining a chamber for the reception of the plates, said clock case having a slot therein opening into said chamber to accommodate the assembly of said plates within said chamber, said plates having a slot therein to accommodate their assembly over the spindle supporting said hands. 9. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having a slot therein adapted for reentrant engagement over said hand supporting spindle and means on said clock for supporting the edges of the plate defined by said slot.

10. In combination with a clock having hands and a supporting spindle therefor, a memorandum device, comprising plates having indicia thereon in orientation with the hourly divisions of said clock, said plates having a slot therein to accommodate the assembly of said plates over the hand supporting spindle, said indicia comprising a program schedule arranged in orientation with the dial divisions of a clock and channels adapted to engage the edge of the plate adjacent said slot whereby the indicia on said plates and the hands of said clock will be retained in coordinated relation. ELMIER H. SCHUTTENBERG.