Means for supporting coiled strips of fabric



Apr 22 1924. 1,491,259 E. M. GQLDsMrrI-l l MEANS FOR SUPPORTING COILED STRIPS 0F' FABRIC Filed March 24. m22 2 sheets-sheet 1` @AA/fwd 6W fau@ April 22 1924. 1,491,259 E. M. GOLDSMITH MEANS FOR SUPPORTING COILED STRIPS OF FABRIC Filed Mach 24 1922 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Apr. 22, 1924. ii iairfare-,s Inizia ifi@ EDWIN 1v1. GoLnsMI'rH, or PHILADELPHIA, rnNivsYLviiNIA, yIissronoa To FRIED- BERGER-AARON MANUFACTURING coi/IrANY, orrHILAnEIiPnIA,PENNSYLVANIA, A oonroItA'rIon or PENNsYLvANIA. MEANS FOR SUPPORTING CAOILEDSTRIPS OF FABRIC. Application 4tiled March 24, 1922. Serial No, 546,344. To aZ whom. it may concern Be it known that I, EDWINM. GoLDsrvrrrn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, county of Philadelphia, and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Improvement inMeans for-Supporting Coiled Strips of Fabric, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact des;-ription, reference being had tothe accompanying drawings, which" form a `part of this specification. It is customary to wind a ribbon, tape, braid and similar flonof strips of fabric upon reels and sell the goo s, so wound, .to retailers who unwind the goods from the reel and cut olf measured lengths for sale 'to the 'ultimate consumer. The most common form of reel comprises a {solid short wooden axle and discs ofpasteboard secured at opposite ends thereof, the reel having a central round hole adapting it to be slipped upon a rod of inating cross-section. Other'less commonly used forms of reels have been devised. 4 The object of the present invention is to provide a reel and holder therefor which are so adapted to eachother'that the reel may be stood upright inthe holder and will maintain its upright position while `the goods are unwo'und from Vthe reel. Several embodiments of the invention are shown in the accompanying drawings, Vin which-v f, Fig. lis an end view of a holder anda reel positioned therein. Fig. 2 is an end view of the reel with one of the end discsfijemovedg Fig. 3 is a side view of the holder with reels mounted therein, partly in section. Fig. 4l is a view, similar to Fig. 3, of a modiied form of holder. Fig. 5 is a view, similar to Figs. 3 and 4, of a modiied form of reel and holder. Fig. 6 is a section on the line 6 6 of Fig. 5. Fig. 7 is a face View of the reel of Fig. 5. Figs. 8, 9 and 10 are views, corresponding respectively to Figs. 5, 6 and 7, of another modification. The preferred embodiment of the invention is shown in Figs. l to 4L inclusive. Secured to opposite endsr of a I short wooden axle or hub a are discs b affording a space between them for a coil of ribbon, braid, tape or the like. It being intended to `hold thereel stationary, it is desirable to apply asleeve or. collar c loosely to the'axle a so that fthe 'collar and hence thecoil of fabric mayirotatefreely on the axle. l Correspondingparts of fthe margins of the two discs are"providedy with projecting wings d. Any, other workable expedient for interrupting the circular -contourof the margins 'may be provided. Preferably these wings arey of increasing width as the distance from the center or axis of there'elincreases." i The reel holder comprises a flat base e and side walls f (which may besolid `as yshown in F igf), which slope inward toward each other, from the base. Instead of making the walls,.th'eymay each comprise; a plurality ofpostsy g and a top longitudinal bar h, as vshown' insFig. '4e Solid walls are' preferred,as they afford a readily visible surface for ycarrying advertising matter; f The internal contour of the reel holder corresponds Vrto the contourofthe two align ing' wings d so that thereelmay be slipped within the holder from either open end of the holder and'7 when so introduced, will as sumea vertical positionv and be heldin that position `during ythe unwinding -of fabric. therefrom. Another g advantage of `this particular structure of reel is that: in case-a customer desires to purchasean entire reel of fabric, 0r the remaining length Aof fabric lthat may be on: the reel, he.: may'take 'with him the reel itself, which `may be stood inl an upright position without any support. Modifications of the invention are shown in Figs. 5 to l0 inclusive. In Figs. 5 and 6 I show a reel holder comprising a base k, a central short post m and a horizontal bar n (non-circular in crossscction) secured at its center to the top of the post. The two discs of a reel 0 are provided near their edges with holes ali gning with each other and corresponding in contour to the bar n. A reel may be slipped onto the bar from either end of the latter and will be thereby supported and maintained in upright position and allow the fabric to be unwound therefrom. In Figs. 8 and 9 I show a reel holder comprising two longitudinally extending parallel resilient and elastic wires or rods r Each disc of reel u is notched near its edge. as shown at fu, the notch being widened at its base to form opposing seats for the rods or Wires r. By positioning the reel so that the notched portions u of the disc are immediately over the rods and pressing the reel down, the rods will be pressed toward each other as they pass through the neck of the notch and as they emerge therefrom will then spring apart into their normal positions into their seats.V The reel will thereby be supported in an upright position and Will be maintained in that position during the unvvinding of the fabric therefrom. As shown, base t is shaped to partially conform to the circular shape of the reel. rlhis adds to the security with Which the reels are held upright, as Well as odering a longitudinal face suitable for advertising matter. However, it is evident this base might be simply a flat plate, as in the holder shown in Figs. 5 and 6, and also that said last mentioned holder might have a base similar to that shown in Fig. 9. It will be understood that the embodinient-s of the invention shown in the drawings and above described are illustrative merely, my invention not residing in specilic details of construction except so vfar as any o the claims may expressly include such detai s. l Having now fully described my invention, What I claim and desire to protect by Letters Patent is: f l. The combination With a reel comprising spaced-apart discs each having a para lof non-circular contour projecting at its rim, of a reel holder of a ractionalpart of the height of the reel and provided with a pocketopen at the top and end and into the endl of which the non-circular parts of the reel dises may be entered and moved in the direction of the axis of the reel, the pocket being so shaped that by reason of its engagement With the reel, as specified, at spaced-apart points, the reel is conlined from Y turning in its pocket and from entry or Withdrawal except in the axial direction specified. 2. The combination with a reel holder comprising a base and longitudinally eX- tending means supported thereon, of a reel comprising a hub and end discs, both said discs being shaped in corresponding parts of their peripheral portions to slide along said means and be confined thereby from upward and sidewise movement relatively thereto and from turning thereon. 3. The combination with a reel holder comprising discs each er" which has extending therefrom aWing having outwardly diverging side edges and a straight outer edge, of a reel holder comprising a flat base and longitudinally extending vvalls converging up- Wardly, the contour of the Wings of the reel and the contour of the space enclosed by the base and walls of the holder being similar in cross-section to permit the reel to be inserted into the end of the holder and be confined therein from movement except in an endwise direction. 4. VThe combination with a reel holder comprising a hub and aV pair of discs each of which has extending therefrom a Wing having 'downwardly diverging side edges, of an open-ended reelholder having side Walls converging upward to form a'pocket for the reception of the Wings, the contours and distances apart. of the side edges of a wing. and the side walls of the pocket substantially corresponding so that the Wings neatly engage the walls of the pocket and are held thereby in an upright position and from substantial movement except in an endWise direction. In testimony of Which invention, I have hereunto set my hand, at Philadelphia, Pa., on this 22nd day of March, 1922. V y EDWIN M. GoLDsMrTH.



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