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Jam. ,3, 1939.
A. S. I KELLAM
NEWSPAPER BOX
‘Filed May 21, 1936
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2,142,901
Patented Jan. 3, 1939
2,142,901
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,142,901
NEWSPAPER BOX
Albert Staness Kellam, Highland Springs, Va.
Application May 21, 1936, Serial No. 81,079
5 Claims.
My invention relates to certain new and useful
improvements in boxes for receiving newspapers
and it particularly relates to» those boxes now
widely employed in rural communities along the
roadside. Such boxes usually comprise a cylin~
drical body mounted horizontally on a post and
having one end open to receive the paper in a
rolled-up condition. The theft of papers from
such boxes has become a substantial problem, as
10 it is an easy matter for one driving by such a
box to reach out and remove the paper therefrom,
to the loss and annoyance of the subscriber.
Further, as the boxes now in use have an open
ing of the full diameter, or substantially the full
diameter of the box, rain frequently enters and
ruins the papers.
It is, therefore, the primary object of my in
vention to overcome or remedy the above defects
now present in newspaper receiving boxes.
Further, it is an object to provide means for
the purposes stated which may be built into the
boxes originally, or may be in the nature of an
attachment for application to the boxes. already
in use.
25
Other objects of the invention will in part be
obvious and in part be pointed out hereinafter.
To- the attainment of the aforesaid objects
and ends, the invention still further resides in
those novel details of construction, combination
30 and arrangement of parts, all of which will be
?rst fully described in the following detailed de
scription and then be particularly pointed out in
the appended claims, reference being had to the
accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of one embodi
ment of the invention as an attachment for boxes
already in use.
Figure 2 is a front elevation of the box with
my invention applied, shown on a larger scale
4" than Figure 1.
.
Figure 3 is an enlarged detail section on the
line 3—3 of Figure 2.
Figure 4 is an enlarged detail vertical section
45 similar to Figure 3 showing another embodiment
of the invention “built in” to the box. ,
In the drawing, in which like numerals of ref
erence designate like parts in all the ?gures, i
represents the box which, in present practice, is
50 usually cylindrical and has its rear end closed by
a permanent head 22. The front end has a
bead E to strengthen its mouth. The box is riv
eted to a bracket 2, used to mount the box 5 on
the usual supporting post 3. A drain hole 5 is
All
55 usually provided at the rear end of the box.
(G1. 232-1)
the foregoing numbered parts (I to 5 inclusive)
are of the usual and well known construction.
Referring now to Figures 1, 2 and 3, it will be
[seen that I provide a funnel 6 whose end of
greater diameter is provided with a bead 8 that 5
is of about the same diameter as the bead 4, and
whose end of lesser diameter 21! is of a diameter
just sufficient to pass a tightly rolled bundle of
papers of the biggest edition published (usually
the Sunday edition).
10
The funnel 6 is provided, preferably, at its high:
est point, with one element 9 of a hinge 9—-l 5"—! ll
which is riveted to the funnel, as at "5; the other
element iii of the hinge 9—l 5-! ii is riveted at l l
to a strap l2 which embraces the box 9 just back 15
of the bead 4, and has its ends bent out to
constitute ears l3 through holes in which a bolt
with a nut is passed to secure the band in place.
The end of the bolt may be upset to hold the
nut from working off.
20
A latch 59, riveted to the band l2 about di
ametrically opposite the hinge, serves to hold the
funnel in position. The funnel 5 and box i may
also be provided with registering holes I‘! and
25 respectively through which a padlock l8 may
be passed to lock the funnel in the entrance to
the box I.
In Figure 3 the tightly rolled paper is indi
cated in dotted lines as 23, and after being placed
in the box it becomes somewhat unrolled or
loosened, as at 24. vAny attempt to remove the
paper through the opening 2% will cause the paper
to ride up the funnel as indicated at 25.
In Figure 4 is shown how the invention may be
“built in” with the box. In this ?gure similar
parts performing substantially the same func
tions as those in Figure 3 bear the same reference
number plus the index letter a.
In this form the funnel 6a is directly and per
manently hinged to the box Ia, and in lieu of a
bead 8 the outer end of the funnel may simply be
?anged as at 8a to lie against the bead 4a.
The end 20 may be smooth as shown in Figure 4,
or serrated as shown in Figures 2 and 3, the latter
being preferable, as it would tend to scratch the
hand of any person trying to steal the paper from
the box.
The funnel 6 or Get, as the case may be, also pre
vents, in a large measure, any rain from entering
the box, the funnel serving as a drain. The fun 50
nel is also, preferably, provided with a bead 1
(la) standing up on the outer surface (the surface
within the box) so that any rain which may work
into the box between the bead 4 (4a) and the
funnel will be arrested as it reaches the bead ‘l 55
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and be deflected down around the funnel and
drained to the front where it will leak out between
the box bead and the outer end of the funnel.
From the foregoing description, taken in con
nection with the accompanying drawing, it is
thought the complete construction, operation and
advantages of the invention will be clear to those
skilled in the art.
10
What I claim is:
1. In newspaper boxes having one end open to
receive a roll of papers, a funnel hingedly mounted
on the box so as to be bodily swingable outwardly
and when in normal position having the smaller
end of the funnel inwardly of the box, and means
15 to hold the funnel in place against hinge move
ment.
2. In a newspaper box, a cylindrical body
closed at one end and having its other end open,
a funnel having an annular member at its end of
20 greater diameter to lie against the end of said
body, the end of lesser diameter being projected
within the body and of a diameter snugly to pass
a maximum roll of papers, a strap embracing the
box adjacent its open end, means to clamp the
25 strap to said body, a hinge secured to said funnel
and to said strap, and a latch opposite the hinge
to hold the funnel in place.
3. In a newspaper box, a cylindrical body closed
at one end and having its other end open, a
funnel having an annular member at its end of
greater diameter to lie against the end of said
body, the end of lesser diameter being projected
within the body and of a diameter snugly to pass
a maximum roll of papers, a strap embracing the
box adjacent its open end, means to clamp the
strap to said body, a hinge secured to said funnel
and to said strap at the highest level place of the
funnel and box so that the funnel will gravitate
to its normal position in the end of the box, and
a latch opposite the hinge to hold the funnel in
place.
4. In a newspaper box, a cylindrical body closed
at one end and having its other end open, a fun
nel having an annular member at its end of 10
greater diameter to lie against the end of said
body, the end of lesser diameter being projected
within the body and of a diameter snugly to pass
a maximum roll of papers, a strap embracing the
box adjacent its open end, means to clamp the
strap to said body, a hinge secured to said funnel
and to said strap, a latch opposite the hinge to
hold the funnel in place, and means on the outer
surface of said funnel for de?ecting water from
20
the end of smaller diameter.
5. In newspaper boxes, an elongated body closed
at one end and open to receive a roll of papers
at the other end, means rigidly to mount said
body horizontally, a funnel hingedly secured to
the box at the highest level of the box so as to
gravitate to its normal position with the smaller
end of the funnel projected into the box, means
to hold the funnel in its normal position, said fun
nel being rigid and having its smaller end of fixed
diameter such as to pass a tightly rolled package
of papers into the box and prevent passage of a
loose roll from the box.
ALBERT STANESS KELLAM.
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