Newspaper Holders Patents (Class 232/1C)
  • Patent number: 5593059
    Abstract: This weather-shielding protective newspaper delivery receptacle serves to completely enclose its contents and has no removable or hinged door for access to its interior. The receptacle consists essentially of a tapered elongated tube having its smaller end terminating in a solid immovable wall closure and having its large end terminating at a rim edge. The rim edge is equipped with a planar flexible wall permanently united about its perimeter to the rim edge. The wall has intersecting slits that form plural flaps extending from the perimeter to a central location of the flexible wall. The flaps are deformed inwardly as a newspaper is inserted into the tube and are deformed outwardly as a newspaper is removed from the tube through the flexible wall. The flaps are sufficiently resilient to return to a non-deformed state after deformation. The flexible wall is sloped so as to extend downwardly and underneath the uppermost portion of the rim edge during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Neilson
  • Patent number: 5465902
    Abstract: A multi-functional mailbox having a mail housing. The mail housing has a recessed flat bottom and an arched top. A mail housing lid is hingedly secured to the open first end of the mail housing. The device has a newspaper housing dimensioned to be received within a recessed bottom of the mail housing. A newspaper housing lid is hingedly secured to the newspaper housing. A sliding indicator means is secured within the newspaper housing lid. The sliding indicator means has a first position indicating the presence of mail and a second position indicating the absence of mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Terry E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 5433375
    Abstract: The receptacle is for receiving and retaining newspapers and the like and is removably attached to a door. A front panel of the receptacle has and opening in its upper section to receive delivered newspapers. The rear panel has an opening for retrieving the newspaper, but the opening abuts the door and cannot be accessed until the receptacle is removed from the door. A series of dentals on the rear panel extend into the receptacle to deter unauthorized removal of the paper. A flange is provided on the upper end of the receptacle to mount it no the upper edge of a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: F. Gordon Warrick
  • Patent number: 5409161
    Abstract: A paper caddy for a newspaper and similar article adapted to be mounted to a doorknob of a door is provided, which consists of a receptacle having a compartment for receiving and retaining the newspaper and similar article therein. A structure is for securing the receptacle to the doorknob of the door. The receptacle will hang down below the doorknob, to allow removal of the newspaper and similar article from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Calvin E. Haskett
  • Patent number: 5405077
    Abstract: A revolving newspaper organizer comprised of a hollow cylindrical container having a surrounding side wall. The surrounding side wall has an interior surface and an exterior surface. The surrounding side wall has a top edge and a bottom edge. The surrounding side wall has a rectangular opening formed therein. The hollow cylindrical container has a circular base. The circular base has a top side and a bottom side. An intermediate base is secured to the interior surface of the hollow cylindrical container. An aperture is formed through the intermediate base. An axle has a first end and a second end. The first end is secured through the aperture of the intermediate base. A circular top has a bottom side and a top side. A plurality of openings are through the bottom side and the top side. The bottom side is securely fastened to the second end of the axle. The bottom side has a circular recess in alignment with the top edge of the hollow cylindrical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Barron J. Damon
  • Patent number: 5366147
    Abstract: A delivery tube includes a body portion defining an interior space or cavity for receiving a first delivered item; a hanger having at least one position and being integrally molded in one piece with the body for receiving a second delivered item other than in the interior cavity or space; and a mount integrally formed in one piece with the body whereby the receptacle is mounted to a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Flashes Publishers, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Morgan, Jack E. Hendricks, Kurt Post
  • Patent number: 5255967
    Abstract: A coffee table with the added capacity to store daily newspapers after they have been read until they are bailed for recycling. The table is constructed with a drawer 15 divided into sections 16 which are sized to hold respective stacks of daily newspapers. The drawer sections 16 have bailing guides 29 attached to opposite section walls 28 to facilitate bailing of the newspaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Craig Williams
  • Patent number: 5180101
    Abstract: A newspaper box has a newspaper delivery indicating device comprising a flag, flap and hinge which pass through a slot in a top wall of a newspaper container. At least two additional holes are provided through which a pair of wire loops extend for supporting the hinge. The hinge is either a shaft extending perpendicular to a pair of arms from which the flag and flap extend, or a pair of holes in the flap itself. In operation, a newspaper inserted within the box drives the flap inwardly and cause the flag to rise. Preferably, the device is produced as a unitary structure to allow utilizing the invention as a low cost kit for retro-fitting to existing newspaper boxes. Utilizing such a device provides ease in indicating when a newspaper has been delivered while minimizing the cost of retro-fitting existing newspaper boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Christopher H. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5169062
    Abstract: A newspaper delivery tube and mounting bracket for protecting the newspaper from the elements. The newspaper tube has a mounting surface that keys to a mounting bracket without fasteners or tools. The mounting bracket has a vertical leg adapted to be fastened to a post and a horizontal leg that is self-mounted to the delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: The Steel City Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Baker
  • Patent number: 5150834
    Abstract: A newspaper delivery box is provided for attachment to or placement outside the door of a house or apartment. The box is provided with a hinged top having a one-way slot, a lock adapted to lock the lid to the main portion of the box and a tether adapted to secure the box to a door knob or the like behind the closed door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Inventor: Michael J. Bourke
  • Patent number: 5125570
    Abstract: A delivery box signal for use on mail and newspaper delivery boxes and the like. The spring urged pivoted platform within the box engages a control activation rod alternately displaying a signal bell within a directional viewing port extending below the delivery box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 5005761
    Abstract: The subject invention is a multiple access newspaper receptacle, which comprises, in general, a longitudinally extending housing with a corresponding internally disposed hollow chamber, having a dual entry access to said hollow chamber. First, there is a hinged door for entrance from the front of the box, with a second access door on back, or front of said newspaper tubular member. Each door is hinged to the tubular member and each door has integrally constructed therein a shaft member the ends of which are pivotally mounted into the tubular member, with one door being adapted to pivot from the bottom inside of the housing and the other door being adapted to be pivoted from the upper inside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: James E. Barber
  • Patent number: 5000380
    Abstract: A receptacle adapted to be mounted on the exterior of a mailbox for protection and retention of articles of mail comprising: a housing open at the bottom and of a generally triangular shape in cross-section having front and rear walls pivotally connected at their upper edges; sidewalls laterally depending from each edge of the front and sidewalls, the front and rear walls being biased to a first position, wherein the sidewalls depending from the front wall overlap the sidewalls depending from corresponding edges of the rear wall; and, projections depending interiorly laterally of the front and rear walls in resilient engagement for detachably securing an article of mail in suspended position within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Gustavo R. Barrios
  • Patent number: 4988039
    Abstract: A newspaper holder is provided and consists of a housing body having an open top for receiving a newspaper deposited therein. The housing body is mounted to an exterior surface of an entry door so that it will be between a screen/storm door and the entry door. The newspaper holder can be adjusted to accommodate various sized newspapers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Inventors: Christopher A. Jentsch, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4925090
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a newspaper delivery signaling apparatus consisting primarily of a hinge having a plate attached thereto and a signaling item which drops when the plate is moved by the insertion of a newspaper into a newspaper holder and which item hangs by a cord or like item to be viewed from a distance, thereby avoiding trips to the newspaper holder in inclement weather as well as repeated trips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventor: Harold R. Barrett
  • Patent number: 4923114
    Abstract: A newspaper delivery indicating device combined with a closure to protect the newspaper from the elements.An indicator flag is held in an upright visible position prior to newspaper delivery. The front of the flag may be used for name and address indicia to assist in correct delivery.When the newspaper is placed in the newspaper box, the trigger elements disengage, the signal flag drops over the open end of the newspaper box, closing the open end and protecting the newspaper from the weather.Delivery of the newspaper is indicated by the absence of the signal flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: John M. Fiske, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4905890
    Abstract: A closure for the open end of a tubular newspaper delivery receptacle is made largely from a flexible fabric sheet. A drawstring at the peripheral edge of the sheet draws the closure tightly against the end of the receptacle. An elastic member affixed to the sheet gathers the central region of the sheet into a series of ruffles surrounding and essentially closing access opening through the closure. A flap on the inside of the closure assists in closing the opening to the elements. The closure may include a hood projecting forwardly from the open end of the receptacle to further shield the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Inventors: Don G. Larsen, Julie A. Larsen, Connie Mallory
  • Patent number: 4901912
    Abstract: A mailbox charecterized by a tubular container having a flat back face adapted to rest against a door surrounded by a door jamb. The back face extends upwardly into a flat plate which hangs on a door knob. The container has an opening at one end which abuts against the door jamb for closing this one opening. The opening at the other end is provided with a unidirection gate for preventing withdrawal of letters and papers inside the container. Access to the inside of the container is reached when the door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Gaston O. Pinard
  • Patent number: 4896827
    Abstract: A novel mailbox is disclosed. The mailbox utilizes a sliding mail tray which slides out of the mailbox as the mailbox door is opened and is returned to the interior of the mailbox when the mailbox door is closed. The mailbox may also include an overhanging roof portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Inventor: George Economou
  • Patent number: 4801081
    Abstract: An open mouth receptacle adapted for mounting on a vertically disposed surface, such as a door or wall, is provided for receipt of articles, such as newspapers and packages, delivered to a residence. The receptacle is fabricated from flexible material and has its mouth bounded by facing strips of a relatively rigid and elastic material; the rigid strip assisting in the mounting of the receptacle and the elastic strip tending to normally retain the mouth of the receptacle in a closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Joseph P. Armenia
    Inventor: James C. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 4746062
    Abstract: A container for receiving and retaining newspapers and the like which is attached to the outside surface of a door. To receive singly folded newspapers downwardly inserted into it, the container has a slot opening in its upper horizontal surface. The container also comprises a drawer which is used to retain the newspaper in the device and to transport the newspaper to a side opening in the container for its removal. When the apartment door is closed, the drawer handle abuts the adjacent door jamb prohibiting the opening of the drawer. In order to open the drawer and withdraw the newspaper, the apartment door must be opened a sufficient distance to allow the drawer to be slid open clear of the door jamb. A hand restraining means is included in the container assembly to discourage a hand from being inserted into its top opening to remove its contents. The container is mounted to both vertical edges of a door adjacent to the door exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: Thomas Bartylla
  • Patent number: 4724998
    Abstract: A newspaper delivery receptacle to receive newspapers. The tube is securely attached to its support bracket by a wedge which may be inserted without tools. The support bracket is easily and securely mountable on either side of a support post. The tube opening is reinforced for long life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Kasper Wire Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Cliff A. Long, Ralph J. Ullman
  • Patent number: 4723702
    Abstract: Newspaper retaining closure used in combination with an open-ended newspaper delivery receptacle. The closure is pivoted in the upper portion of the receptacle near its open end; it has a length greater than the vertical distance from the pivot to the bottom of the receptacle and extends inwardly of the receptacle, whereby the closure is lifted as a newspaper is inserted but partly closes the open end of the receptacle after the newspaper is inserted. The frontal area of the closure is insufficient to allow it to be lifted inwardly by normal winds and drafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Travis B. Martin
  • Patent number: 4721244
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for signaling the delivery of mail, newspapers, or parcels in an enclosed receptacle that is open on at least one end, that end being the receiving opening for such deliveries, there being no closure for said opening. The principal application is for the commonly-used roadside newspaper delivery tube, the opening of which generally faces away from the residence so the presence of the newspaper is obscured from view by the resident for whom the newspaper is intended. The invention comprises a trigger element that blocks a portion of the delivery opening of the receptacle and a flag element that signals the delivery, these elements operatively slidably engaging one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventor: Rodney D. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 4660757
    Abstract: The subject invention is a dual access newspaper receptacle which is based, in general, on a longitudinal box member with a internal hollow chamber, wherein such chambered box has two entry accesses to the hollow chamber in box. One entranceway has a hinged door for insertion of newspapers or the like from the front of the box, with a second access door on either the sides, back, or front of mailbox for removing the contents from such box as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Assignee: James E. Barber
    Inventor: Robert R. Hicks
  • Patent number: 4627566
    Abstract: An integrally molded newspaper delivery tube comprising an open end receptacle for newspapers has a plurality of newspaper retaining flaps inwardly of the open end thereof for engaging and holding a newspaper positioned in the delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: The Steel City Corporation
    Inventor: C. Kenneth Fibus
  • Patent number: 4494690
    Abstract: A container, for newspapers or other articles, is arranged for mounting on an edge of a door, by means of, for example, an L-shaped clip. The container has a first opening through which an article can be inserted. The first opening is provided with a device for at least hindering removal of the articles. The device could be inwardly directed flanges around the first opening. A second opening is provided for removal of articles. It is closed when the door is closed and is opened when the door is opened to permit removal of articles from the container. The second opening can be provided on one edge of the container, so that it is closed by a doorjamb associated with the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Inventor: Emmanuel F. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 4454981
    Abstract: A mechanism to be inserted into a newspaper delivery box for indicating when a newspaper has been delivered having a newspaper contacting means attached to lever arm which transmits torque through pivot shaft to move lever arm to raise flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Halmasy, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4416414
    Abstract: This invention serves several functions in a utility manner. One of the utility functions is to provide a container for receiving mail in an enclosure which is expandable when the mail load is heavy in volume. The other associated utility functions are those normally present in the vicinity of a yard marker. The utility yard marker consists of a frame, an anchoring component, covering over the frame, securing arms for objects, and an enclosed storage area for winter weather products, as well as other associated functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Inventor: Allen T. Edgerton
  • Patent number: 4363439
    Abstract: A mail delivery signal device for detached, rural-type mailboxes wherein an elongated signal arm member, swingably secured along its lower end to a lower front portion of the mailbox so as to lean abuttingly thereagainst at its upper end, falls arcuately downwardly to project beyond the bottom or either side of the mailbox, selectively, upon the door being opened for the delivery of mail, thereby automatically notifying the recipient that mail has been delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventor: Harry Manian
  • Patent number: 4308989
    Abstract: A signal device for a newspaper delivery box includes a hinged actuator located within the box and in the path of movement of an inserted newspaper, and includes a latch portion which projects through an opening in the side wall of the newspaper box to releasably engage a gravity biased, pivotally connected signal flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventor: Richard R. Elsinger
  • Patent number: 4260090
    Abstract: A holder for documents, such as traffic parking violation citations includes a hollow elongated housing having a small opening therein to permit a rolled-up or folded-over document to be inserted therethrough and thus into the interior of the housing away from the small opening to trap the document within the housing. A door is swingably mounted over a larger opening in the housing for permitting access to the interior thereof to facilitate the removal of the document therefrom. A lock is provided for maintaining the door in its closed position so that the document or documents confined in the housing may be removed by authorized personnel only. A mounting device connected to the housing enables the holder to be attached fixedly to a surface of a vehicle. At least one fastening device secures fixedly the mounting device in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: James R. Gross
  • Patent number: 4181250
    Abstract: An inner door is pivotally mounted adjacent one of the sides of a newspaper tube in the newspaper tube at a predetermined distance from the open mouth thereof and is rotatable perpendicularly to the top and bottom of the tube. A spring-biased device abuts the inner door and urges it to its closed position perpendicular to the sides of the tube. An outer door is pivotally mounted adjacent the top of the newspaper tube adjacent the open mouth of the tube between the inner door and the open mouth and is rotatable perpendicularly to the sides of the tube. The outer door is restrained in its open position by a lip extending perpendicularly from an edge of the inner door adjacent and parallel to the top of the tube and extending toward the open mouth of the tube. The lip of the inner door abuts the outer surface of the outer door in the area of the top edge of the outer door when the inner door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Virdean N. Withrow
  • Patent number: 4146171
    Abstract: A newspaper delivery box adapted to support and attach a mailbox thereto has a support insert provided therein to lift a newspaper contained in the box away from the bottom of the box to thereby protect the newspaper from water contained thereon. Optionally, at least one divider is provided in the box to retain a plurality of newspapers within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Inventor: Joel W. Hodge
  • Patent number: 4138055
    Abstract: Periodical holder consisting of a diaphragm having cuts to divide it into a plurality of flexible fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1979
    Inventor: Howard M. Harrison
  • Patent number: 4114800
    Abstract: A newspaper support for a newspaper delivery tube is provided which comprises a wedge surface having a length greater than one-half the length of the tube. The support may be molded directly in the bottom of the tube, or may be provided with a clamp for insertion into an existing delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: Joel W. Hodge
  • Patent number: 4105180
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting a newspaper delivery box or the like to a support structure comprises an elongated rectangular base having a single corrugation formed therein, the corrugation having means for mounting the bracket to the support structure. Preferably, means are provided for bracing the bracket to the support structure and an arm is provided to supply additional support to a box mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Inventor: Joel W. Hodge
  • Patent number: 4066208
    Abstract: A newspaper holding receptacle is arranged to be disposed on the floor at or alongside the outside lower margin of a closed door of an apartment. The receptacle has a laterally disposed bracket so arranged that it can be attached to, and detached from, the lower end of the door readily while the door is open, but cannot be detached while the door is closed. The receptacle has a restricted entry opening through which a newspaper can be inserted easily while the receptacle is attached to the closed door, but cannot be withdrawn readily. The restriction of the entry passage is effected by an element which also functions for detachably connecting the bracket and receptacle in assembled relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Inventor: Norman A. Jones
  • Patent number: 4026461
    Abstract: A newspaper support is provided which comprises a horizontally corrugated wedge of about one-half the length of a newspaper delivery tube and at least one-half the interior width thereof. The support possesses a reversely turned forward clamp portion to engage the lower front edge of the tube and at least one drainage hole at each trough of the corrugated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventor: Joel W. Hodge
  • Patent number: 4007870
    Abstract: A signal for mounting upon a conventional newspaper delivery box, comprising a molded flap-hinge-clamp unit for releasably clamping upon the upper edge of the open forward end of the box with the flap arranged within and blocking the box opening. The flap pivots upwardly upon insertion of a newspaper within the box. A signal flag is connected to the flap and has a body portion arranged above and roughly parallel to the upper surface of the box so that when the flap pivots upwardly, the flag swings into an upright signalling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1977
    Assignee: Roy A. Hankis
    Inventor: John L. Hankis
  • Patent number: 4002291
    Abstract: An insert bracket is provided for insertion into a newspaper tube of one-piece elongated, generally cross-section, hollow body construction, open at one end and closed at the other, which insert comprises three descending legs connected at the top, two of which are opposing legs which follow generally the interior contours of the tube terminating at about the lower interior sides of the tube, and the third lying flat against the rear of the tube; from the connection of the legs is attached a spring steel newspaper support member which first descends to about the middle of the tube then forms a wide ascending arch nearly to the top of the tube terminating near the front of the tube in a reverse bend to act as a finger hold to lower the clip when placing a newspaper between the insert bracket and the inside top of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Inventor: Joel W. Hodge
  • Patent number: 3960316
    Abstract: A visual indicator for boxes in which printed matter -- such as newspapers or periodicals -- are delivered. An indicator flag is normally concealed underneath the box, and drops to a visible position when a plate in the front of the box is impinged by the insertion of the printed matter. The flag and the plate have a latching relation to re-set the indicator after the box contents have been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1976
    Inventor: Hubert H. Echterling