Collection Devices Patents (Class 232/30)
  • Publication number: 20140131431
    Abstract: A receptacle for receiving and securely storing mail includes a body defining an opening through which mail is received and a storage area into which mail is stored. A door is pivotably mounted within the opening and configured to close the opening in a closed position and to pivot away from the body to facilitate access to the opening in an opened position. A ramp is mounted within the body and configured to receive and direct mail into the storage area. A closing member is pivotably mounted within the body and linked to the door, such that movement of the door from the closed position to the opened position causes the closing member to pivot towards the ramp to substantially prevent access to the storage area from the opening when the door is in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Neil SILKE
  • Patent number: 8397933
    Abstract: A lid covering an interior of a medical waste receptacle base. The lid includes an intermediate waste repository connected to the cover. The repository is moveable between a holding position adapted for holding waste segregated from the receptacle base interior, and a dumping position adapted for biasing waste by gravity into the receptacle base interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 8390850
    Abstract: A toy mailbox for children includes a storage unit and a media processing mechanism. The storage unit includes a door member for closeably opening the storage unit and an ejection slot configured on a portion of the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is coupled to the storage unit, such that the media processing mechanism is capable of dispensing a media sheet having data content printed thereon, into the storage unit through the ejection slot. Opening the storage unit enables children to access the media sheet from within the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is also capable of printing the data content on the media sheet prior to dispensing the media sheet into the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Thomas Writt
  • Patent number: 7913898
    Abstract: There is provided a collecting container. An exemplary collecting container comprises an insertion opening on the front of the collecting container that is adapted to receive objects. The exemplary collecting container additionally comprises a receiving device arranged to receive the objects and to convey them to a storage space in the collecting container, the storage space containing a filling-level measuring means that is connected to a blocking device preventing the receiving device from being opened when a defined filling level has been reached in the storage space, the receiving device comprising a roller shutter box whose receiving area is formed by at least two side walls and a bottom. The exemplary collecting container further comprises a roller shutter that is adapted to be moved in rails on the side walls, the blocking device being configured so that it can block the movement of the roller shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Steffen Frankenberg, Martin Räss, Ramin Benz, Sven Hein, Boris Paul
  • Patent number: 7694447
    Abstract: A storage device for storing rolled documents includes a tube pivotally mounted to a housing and advanceable between retracted and extended positions relative to a roof of the housing. The roof covers an open end of the tube in the retracted position. In the extended position, the open end of the tube is advanced away from the roof to permit rolled construction drawings to be inserted into and removed from the tube. A floor extends across at least a portion of the tube to prevent the rolled documents from falling out of the tube. Clamps mounted on the housing enable mounting of the storage device on a post, such as a T-post. The storage device may include a display panel having a pocket formed by a sheet of transparent flexible plastic into which a building permit may be positioned and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Vent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay B. Rutler, Spencer B. Hawerlander, Tony Robert Plunkett
  • Patent number: 7527154
    Abstract: A storage bin for mail items comprises a plurality of side walls and a bottom. The bottom comprises two walls that are inclined one relative to the other, one of the two walls constituting a jogging wall for jogging the mail items into alignment in the bottom of the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Karim Kara, Daniel Abraham, Christian Duclot, Pierre Campagnolle
  • Patent number: 7516880
    Abstract: A housing has a top, a bottom, sides, a back and a front. The housing has a primary chamber. The primary chamber receives unshredded mail. The housing has a secondary chamber. The secondary chamber receives shredded mail. A shredder is located in the housing above the secondary chamber. The shredder has controls to start and stop the shredder. A primary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the primary chamber. The primary door allows for adding mail to and removing unshredded mail from the upper chamber. A secondary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the secondary chamber. The secondary door allows for removing shredded mail from the secondary chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventors: Jason S. Crain, Troy A. Zengel
  • Patent number: 7487907
    Abstract: A security mailbox system known as Safe “T” Box being a fully enclosed square mailbox that can be designed from PVC or some fabricated material, the Safe T Box is easy to install, environmentally friendly and will provide long service life. The mailbox includes chambers for incoming and outgoing mail being delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, it also has a chamber for newspapers/advertisements not delivered via U.S. Postal Service. The incoming mail chamber is designed for mail to go down a mail chute into a basket for pick-up through back of the locked mailbox. Outgoing mail can be placed from the back for pick-up from the front by postal worker. The mailbox is attached to the ground though internal poles extending from the bottom of the mailbox into the ground and cemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Sheila Roxann Miller
  • Patent number: 7350690
    Abstract: A mail box configured to contain and reduce exposure to hazardous particulates, which includes a container having a deposit port at an upper end and a collection chamber at a lower end. There is at least one door at the upper end for mail to be placed into the deposit port. A normally open sealable bag is located in the collection chamber for receiving mail and for being sealed when the mail is to be removed from the container. There is a bag holder constructed and arranged to hold a bag in place and normally open so that in a first position, mail placed into the deposit port falls downwardly through the bag holder and into a bag in the collection chamber and which bag may be preliminarily sealed while in this position, and in a second position, the bag may be more securely sealed and removed from the bag holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, John Hoover, Glenn L. Kehley, John T. Swider, Mary B. Wilcoxen
  • Patent number: 7318548
    Abstract: A mail depository apparatus includes a rigid housing forming a channel adapted for directing deposited mail items and an interface member adapted to attach a flexible container to the housing for receiving deposited mail items from the channel, wherein the interface member is adapted to seal the flexible container to the housing to substantially prevent escape of air from the flexible container and the housing at the interface member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, John T. Swider
  • Patent number: 7287686
    Abstract: A closeable mail receptacle for use inside of a drop box, includes a rectangular tub having an open top, and a top cover adapted to engage the open top and close the tub either prior to or during removal of the tub from the drop box. The top cover may include a peripheral frame adapted to engage the open top. The rectangular tub may be a standard mail flat tub and further include a non-permeable liner located within the common mail flat tub. The rectangular tub may include a peripheral flange extending horizontally outwardly from around the open top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley, John T. Swider
  • Patent number: 7250145
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing various articles includes a chamber defining an airtight space and an entrance and exit. A vacuum pump is coupled to the chamber for withdrawing air therefrom which reduces the chamber air pressure. An ozone generator is coupled to the chamber for introducing ozone at atmospheric pressure therein following air withdrawal. This causes efficient diffusing of the ozone into the article for sterilizing it against anthrax. The ozone is then withdrawn into an ozone filter having a non-consumable catalyst for converting the ozone back into oxygen. The apparatus may be implemented using single or multiple chambers. In multiple chamber embodiments, a conveyor extending through water chambers may be utilized for conveying textile articles while more traditional conveyors may be utilized for mail articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventors: Jimmie D. Miller, Blair Sutton
  • Patent number: 7234633
    Abstract: A biohazard-isolating bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The biohazard-isolating bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the biohazard-isolating bag. Contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces are thereby contained within the bag and isolated from the environment exterior of the bag. The contents of the biohazard-isolating bag may be safely transported for further decontamination or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Thomas Day, Leland Ray Jones
  • Patent number: 7178714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for flat objects in a vertical position, comprising a base, two lateral longitudinal sides and two front sides, the flat objects being aligned with their largest surfaces facing the front sides. At least one front side consists of at least one material web, whose axes run parallel to the base, which is mobile in relation to the front side and can be displaced downwards into a gap in the base. The material web is flexible and thin and is suspended by its ends that run perpendicular to the longitudinal sides between two bars. The lower bar is configured in the gap in the base and is displaceable and the upper bar can be displaced between the base and the upper edge along the front delimitation of the longitudinal sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventor: Rolf-Peter Skrdlant
  • Patent number: 7175068
    Abstract: A mail box configured to contain and reduce exposure to hazardous particulates, which includes a container having a deposit port at an upper end and a collection chamber at a lower end. There is at least one door at the upper end for mail to be placed into the deposit port. A normally open sealable bag is located in the collection chamber for receiving mail and for being sealed when the mail is to be removed from the container There is a bag holder constructed and arranged to hold a bag in place and normally open so that in a first position, mail placed into the deposit port falls downwardly through the bag holder and into a bag in the collection chamber and which bag may be preliminarily sealed while in this position, and in a second position, the bag may be more securely sealed and removed from the bag holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, John Hoover, Glenn L. Kehley, John T. Swider, Mary B. Wilcoxen
  • Patent number: 7159762
    Abstract: A publicly accessible drop box for isolating items deposited therein, includes a securable enclosure, a depository port, a closeable container having an opening and located within the securable enclosure, and a closure device for closing the opening prior to removal of the container. The depository port may include a housing forming a reception chamber having an entrance, wherein the housing is rotatably mounted within the drop box. The drop box may include a view port to allow viewing of the opening of the closeable container. The drop box may include a manipulation device extending into the securable enclosure to enable manipulation of the closure device or to enable movement of any items in proximity to the opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Michael W. Finney, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley, John T. Swider, Louis B. Taylor, Michael A. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 7114645
    Abstract: A closeable mail receptacle for use inside of a drop box, includes a rectangular tub having an open top, and a top cover adapted to engage the open top and close the tub either prior to or during removal of the tub from the drop box. The top cover may include a peripheral frame adapted to engage the open top. The rectangular tub may be a standard mail flat tub and further include a non-permeable liner located within the common mail flat tub. The rectangular tub may include a peripheral flange extending horizontally outwardly from around the open top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley
  • Patent number: 7077364
    Abstract: A material-receptacle hanger system includes a base frame and a channeling-panel support structure depending from the base frame and being adapted for reciprocation along a reciprocation axis between a rearwardmost retracted position and a forwardmost extended position with respect to the base frame. Pivotably attached to the channeling-panel support structure are front and rear material-channeling panels. Each channeling panel is pivotable about a panel pivot axis that extends along an axis extending orthogonal to the reciprocation axis. A set of receptacle-supporting linkage members depends from each panel for the selective support of a material receptacle such as a parcel or mail sack below the channeling-panel support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Louis J. Hendzel
  • Patent number: 7040529
    Abstract: A mail drop box for isolating mail deposited therein having a closable, removable container inside the box for receiving mail and has an opening in the top. A plurality of mail transmitting chutes each having a deposit port at its upper end and an exit port at its lower end to receive mail through the deposit port and direct such mail into the container. The opening in the removable container is closed when desired to isolate mail from the ambient atmosphere and permit removal of the container without exposing the ambient atmosphere to hazardous particles which may be on or in such mail. A removal door permits removal of the container. A transparent door is adjacent to, but inside of, the removal door for allowing viewing of the opening of the container when the removal door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Swider, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons
  • Patent number: 7036719
    Abstract: A mail receptacle for use in public and private settings. The mail receptacle has an upper mail insertion area and a lower storage area. An individual placing mail in the upper mail insertion area would need to press down on a pair of pivotally attached doors, allowing the item of mail to fall into the storage area for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventors: Rosemarie Helphrey, Dale Helphrey
  • Patent number: 6953148
    Abstract: A bag comprises an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The upper chamber comprises an inlet end defining an inlet opening. The lower chamber defines a lower chamber interior volume less than the upper chamber interior volume. A strainer is between the bottom end of the upper chamber and the top end of the lower chamber. The strainer places the upper chamber interior volume in fluid communication with the lower chamber interior volume. The bag wall may define an outlet port. A filter patch may be attached to the bag wall to cover the outlet port. The filter patch may be adapted to entrap airborne particles having a diameter of one micron or greater carried by air passing from the bag interior volume through the filter patch. The bag may be useful in enhancing the detectability of and in reducing the exposure to contaminants that may be present in mail deposited in the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Esakov, Charles Kannankeril, Lawrence J. Pillote, Atul Arora
  • Patent number: 6892934
    Abstract: A decontamination bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The decontamination bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the decontamination bag. The decontamination bag is equipped with an exit valve and an intake valve. Air from the interior of the bag may be sampled for contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces through an exit valve. A decontaminating agent may be introduced to the interior of the decontamination bag through the intake valve. The contents of the decontamination bag are thereby purified within the bag. After decontamination, the contents of the decontamination bag may be purged and fresh air may be reintroduced into the bag. The decontamination bag may then be opened in order to retrieve its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Oscar Lee Avant
  • Patent number: 6766605
    Abstract: A normal four sided drop box 10 is provided with with new panels 12 which are made from translucent material replacing the standard solid metal or aluminum side, front and rear panels currently employed. The panels are placed on the sides, rear and front of the drop box or receptacle. At least one internal light source 20 (LED, Incandescent, etc.) is placed inside the box to be visible through the translucent material applied in place of the solid metal covering. A consumer thus sees the illuminated panels from the outside of the drop box or receptacle. But the internal components 30 are unseen and hidden from view. In one embodiment the companies or individuals message, logo, script, 22 is backlit by the internal light source 20 makes the message visible at night. A power source battery 50 is preferably powered by solar panel 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: David Scot Emert
  • Patent number: 6742703
    Abstract: A mail collection apparatus comprising a housing defining an access opening. An access door is supported by the housing. The access door is moveable between a door open position, providing access to the housing interior space through the access opening, and a door closed position blocking the access opening. A chute is supported by the housing. The chute comprises an inlet end defining a chute inlet opening adapted for receiving mail and a chute outlet end defining a chute outlet opening opposite the inlet end. A bag comprises an inlet portion defining a bag inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Esakov, Charles Kannankeril, Lawrence J. Pillote, Atul Arora, William P. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6737029
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing an article of mail includes a chamber defining an airtight space and having an entrance for receiving the article of mail. A vacuum pump is coupled to the chamber for withdrawing air therefrom and, specifically, from the article of mail, this air withdrawal reducing the chamber air pressure. An ozone generator is coupled to the chamber for introducing ozone at atmospheric pressure therein following air withdrawal. This causes efficient diffusing of the ozone into the article of mail for sterilizing it against anthrax. The ozone is then withdrawn into an ozone filter that includes a non-consumable manganese dioxide catalyst for converting the ozone back into oxygen. The article of mail may be initially perforated to enhance air withdrawal and ozone diffusion. The article of mail may be embossed following ozone withdrawal to indicate completion of sterilization. The apparatus may be implemented using multiple chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventors: Jimmie D. Miller, Blair Sutton
  • Patent number: 6662997
    Abstract: An improved mail receptacle that expands to accommodate a large volume of mail, which volume could include a parcel. To attain this, the mail receptacle has an expandable pouch. In an embodiment, the pouch is configured to be stored in a pouch box, which box is affixed to or integral with the mail compartment. In an embodiment, the mail receptacle has a flexible post. In an embodiment, the mail receptacle has a mounting plate incorporated into the mail compartment; such mounting plate couples the mail receptacle to the post such that the mail compartment can rotate about the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventors: Diane Smith, Patricia L. New
  • Publication number: 20030222132
    Abstract: A bag comprises an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The upper chamber comprises an inlet end defining an inlet opening. The lower chamber defines a lower chamber interior volume less than the upper chamber interior volume. A strainer is between the bottom end of the upper chamber and the top end of the lower chamber. The strainer places the upper chamber interior volume in fluid communication with the lower chamber interior volume. The bag wall may define an outlet port. A filter patch may be attached to the bag wall to cover the outlet port. The filter patch may be adapted to entrap airborne particles having a diameter of one micron or greater carried by air passing from the bag interior volume through the filter patch. The bag may be useful in enhancing the detectability of and in reducing the exposure to contaminants that may be present in mail deposited in the bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventors: Michael D. Esakov, Charles Kannankeril, Lawrence J. Pillote, Atul Arora
  • Publication number: 20030136823
    Abstract: A publicly accessible drop box for isolating items deposited therein, includes a securable enclosure, a depository port, a closeable container having an opening and located within the securable enclosure, and a closure device for closing the opening prior to removal of the container. The depository port may include a housing forming a reception chamber having an entrance, wherein the housing is rotatably mounted within the drop box. The drop box may include a view port to allow viewing of the opening of the closeable container. The drop box may include a manipulation device extending into the securable enclosure to enable manipulation of the closure device or to enable movement of any items in proximity to the opening of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Applicant: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Michael W. Finney, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley, John T. Swider, Louis B. Taylor, Michael A. Wisniewski
  • Publication number: 20030136824
    Abstract: A mailbox for residential or business use that sanitizes mail deposited within it. The mailbox is equipped with one or more sanitizing devices such as a UV light, an ultra-sound unit, a heating element, and/or a misting device that dispenses a bactericidal mist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Rudy J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20030132279
    Abstract: A method and system for sterilizing mail is provided. A mailbox is loaded with mail and closed. A decontamination process is performed over a predetermined period of time. An indicator communicates the status of the decontamination process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Publication number: 20030127505
    Abstract: A decontamination bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The decontamination bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the decontamination bag. The decontamination bag is equipped with an exit valve and an intake valve. Air from the interior of the bag may be sampled for contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces through an exit valve. A decontaminating agent may be introduced to the interior of the decontamination bag through the intake valve. The contents of the decontamination bag are thereby purified within the bag. After decontamination, the contents of the decontamination bag may be purged and fresh air may be reintroduced into the bag. The decontamination bag may then be opened in order to retrieve its contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Oscar Lee Avant
  • Publication number: 20030106929
    Abstract: A biohazard-isolating bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The biohazard-isolating bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the biohazard-isolating bag. Contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces are thereby contained within the bag and isolated from the environment exterior of the bag. The contents of the biohazard-isolating bag may be safely transported for further decontamination or processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas Day, Leland Ray Jones
  • Patent number: 6533167
    Abstract: A theft-preventative mailbox for holding various sizes of mail correspondence and mail parcels. The mailbox includes an elongate and internally hollowed body and an upwardly and forwardly angled mail inserting end including; a mail correspondence insertion slot at a generally upper end location of the elongated body. The body further includes a mail storage compartment, and the body is further fixedly anchored at a ground location so that at least a portion of the mail storage compartment extends below a surface of the ground location. An access door is defined within the mail box and permits the depositing of mail parcels into the storage compartment. A mail retrieval mechanisms permits retrieval of the mail correspondence and mail parcels deposited within the storage compartment. The mail retrieval mechanism includes the upwardly and forwardly angled mail inserting end being hingedly secured to the generally upper end location of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Shawky Hassan
  • Patent number: 6042001
    Abstract: A deposit-collecting and transporting security apparatus provides a deposit container arranged to be lockably mounted for receiving and collecting deposits from a depository outfeed apparatus. In order to remove the container for transport to a deposit processing facility, a container-closing lid panel is slid onto the container into position closing the confines thereof against access whereupon the lid panel is automatically locked in place against removal. Thus locked against removal, further slight sliding movement of the lid panel overrides and disengages a container mounting lock, thereby permitting the container to be removed from the depository for transport only after the lid panel has been installed and locked into operative position securing the confines of the container against access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Buzz L. Siler, Roger H. Pierce
  • Patent number: 5088644
    Abstract: A conduit member includes a forward first, second, and rear second section connected by a "U" shaped central section to transport a vehicle member between the forward and rear sections about a track utilizing a pulley system to effect reciprocation of the vehicle member within the conduit member. The vehicle member includes a bottom cavity for receiving newspapers therewithin aligned with a lower slot within a forward wall of the forward section. An upper mail cavity is mounted within the vehicle aligned with an upper door for receiving mail therewithin. A cam track mounted upon the vehicle effects reciprocation of an indicator flag within the forward section to provide visual indication of mail to be picked up by an associated mail carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: James Scott
  • Patent number: 4753385
    Abstract: Extendable trays for use in conventional rural route mailboxes for facilitating the placement and removal of mail with respect thereto wherein the trays are constructed utilizing scored or integrally hinged sheet material which is selectively folded into a generally flat or planar configuration or package for shipping or distribution and which is assembled by a postal customer so as to be of a size and configuration to be cooperatively and slidingly received within a particular mailbox. In one form of the invention, the sheet material may be selectively folded into a number of sizes so that trays of varying dimensions may be formed from the same sheet of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Benedict Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin S. Phipps, Joseph W. Arnett, William P. Thompson, Charles E. Benedict
  • Patent number: 4650113
    Abstract: A mailbox has the usual hinged door on the roadside end and a special hinged cover which normally closes a back access opening through which mail may be removed. The back access opening extends through the top, back end and both sides of the mailbox to facilitate access to the mail when the cover is open. The cover includes transparent panels on its back end and top so that the contents of the mailbox are visible from the end which faces the house but are not visible to passersby from the roadside end. The mail is received on a tilting floor panel which assumes an inclined orientation when the door is closed to make the mailbox contents visible from a considerable distance. The floor panel is transparent so that pieces of mail which may become lodged beneath it are visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Patrick T. Hunt
  • Patent number: 4646802
    Abstract: A hamper bag is removably-mounted by a supporting base defined by a pair of opposing scissor-linkages. The hamper bag includes a pair of rods inserted through its upper lip, which rods are used to hold the hamper bag open on the supporting base by extending the rod-members over dowel-members interconnecting the upper portions of the pair of scissor-linkages, such that the rods are overhung relative to the dowel-members. The upper portions of the slats forming the scissor-linkages serve to prevent the removal of the sides and, therefore, the bag without first moving the rods away and up from the dowel-members to clear the dowel-members. The hamper bag may be carried separately or together with the collapsed supporting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Worldsbest Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Basore, Susan Zander, Arthur Kiernan
  • Patent number: 4588154
    Abstract: A hamper bag and support for same are disclosed. The hamper bag is flexible, and is supported upon a pair of spaced-apart and parallel support shafts by a pair of support rods inserted in a pair of channels formed in the sides of the upper rim of the flexible bag. The support rods are of such a length that the ends of each support rod protrude outwardly from the ends of the upper rim, so that the protruding ends may rest upon portions of the parallel and spaced-apart support shafts. The pair of support rods are placed parallel to each other, where each support rod is supported at one end upon one end of one of the support shafts, and at the other end at the corresponding end of the other support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Worldsbest Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Basore
  • Patent number: 4363438
    Abstract: An improved mail box structure incorporating existing Postal Service mail boxes for facilitating collection of mail contents thereof in a dry condition even in stormy weather and is comprised of an existing mail box of the self standing type and having internally thereof a mailbag holding frame for holding the mailbag in open position for receiving mail deposited through the existing mail receiving pivotal door chute, baffles extending downwardly from the mail box wall toward the mailbag holding frame for deflecting all received mail into the open mailbag held on the mailbag holding frame which is carried on a horizontally disposed slide structure fixed to the side walls of the mail box and positioned for slidably moving the mailbag holding frame with the mailbag held thereon forwardly through the existing mail collection door opening when the mail collection door is in open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventor: Charlie Connor