Compartment Patents (Class 232/24)
  • Patent number: 9811784
    Abstract: A pickup location that includes a control station and one or more storage compartment modules provides the ability for items to be ordered and delivered for pickup by a user without having to pack those items in a shipping package prior to shipping from a materials handling facility. Delivering items for pickup by a user without having to package the items prior to shipping, may provide a better experience for the customer, reduce waste in packaging material and a lower cost of delivering the ordered items to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Wan, Girish Lakshman, Piyush Gupta, Michael Mahesh Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 9759478
    Abstract: A locker assembly insert (10) for a cabinet (11) (shown in phantom). In this case the cabinet (11) is a two door cabinet having a first door (12) and a second door (13) (these doors are shown open in FIG. 4), The cabinet has a base (14) opposite sides (15) (and 16), a back (17) and a top (18). A central mullion (19) having a rear cover plate divides the cabinet (11) down the middle and the doors (12) and (13) close the cabinet. The locker assembly insert (10) in this case is applied to a two door cabinet and has a central support member (20) (which is put in place by first removing the rear cover plate behind the central mullion (19), the rear cover plate is tucked in behind the central support member (20) before assembly allowing it to be reused if the refrigerator is ever restored to its original condition), a pair of vertical side rails (21) and (22), a pair of bases (23) and (24), a pair of tops (25) and (26). This gives the basic door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: COLD RUSH REFRIGERATED LOCKERS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Dean Parkes
  • Patent number: 9733647
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for use in delivery of items to a storage unit. The storage unit can include one or several storage receptacles and a control unit that controls and monitors the status of the one or several storage receptacles. The storage unit may be included in a storage unit system that can include one or several storage units and a central control unit. The central control unit can communicate with the one or several storage units, and can receive status and availability updates from the one or several storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Nan K. McKenzie, William A. Tartal, Victoria K. Stephen, Michael J. Amato
  • Patent number: 9565960
    Abstract: Mailbox comprising at least two compartments, a first compartment for receiving letters and a second compartment for receiving packages, each compartment comprising a respective access door, first locking means being provided for locking the door of the first compartment and second locking means being provided for locking the door of the second compartment, wherein the arrangement is such that the unlocking of the door of the second compartment locked by the second locking means is made by the unlocking of the door of the first compartment locked by the first locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Noel Gerard
  • Patent number: 8919637
    Abstract: An unmanned parcel storage apparatus capable of dynamically allocating storage spaces and a method of using the unmanned parcel storage. A storage method of the unmanned parcel storage apparatus determines a position and a size of a desired storage space to be allocated. Based on the determination result, a moving unit adds or removes a partition to create the desired storage space, and moves a delivery item to the created storage space for the storage purpose. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently use a space in a storage unit and thereby store more number of delivery items in the same storage unit. In addition, the moving unit processes the allocation of storage spaces, and delivery, loading and discharging of the delivery items, and therefore the user's convenience of use can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Dong-Ho Kim, Jae-Gwan Song, Hyon-Gook Kim, Hoon Jung, Jong-Heung Park
  • Publication number: 20140144975
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interfitting elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: United States Postal Service, The
    Inventors: Ryszard K. Mikolajczyk, Taurris D. Baskerville
  • Publication number: 20130264381
    Abstract: An unmanned parcel storage apparatus capable of dynamically allocating storage spaces and a method of using the unmanned parcel storage. A storage method of the unmanned parcel storage apparatus determines a position and a size of a desired storage space to be allocated. Based on the determination result, a moving unit adds or removes a partition to create the desired storage space, and moves a delivery item to the created storage space for the storage purpose. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently use a space in a storage unit and thereby store more number of delivery items in the same storage unit. In addition, the moving unit processes the allocation of storage spaces, and delivery, loading and discharging of the delivery items, and therefore the user's convenience of use can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Dong-Ho Kim, Jae-Gwan Song, Hyon-Gook Kim, Hoon Jung, Jong-Heung Park
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120024942
    Abstract: A parcel box for receiving and keeping parcels in a theftproof manner has a box having a drawer which can be pulled out and pushed in, and a prevention mechanism that prevents unauthorized removal of parcel. The prevention mechanism has a platform for placing parcel, a blocking mechanism that blocks pulling out of the drawer from the box when parcel is placed on the platform, and an unblocking mechanism that unblocks the parcel box drawer. The platform has a first end and a second end situated opposite each other. The platform is swingable about a cross pivot axle fixed in the drawer. The first end of the platform is situated lower than the second end. The blocking mechanism has a blocking bracket and a stop. The blocking bracket has a first end and a second end situated opposite each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Skouboe
  • Patent number: 7604158
    Abstract: A multi-user mail box including a letter drop assembly which is susceptible to easy replacement by a delivery person without requiring substantial disassembly of the mail box. The letter drop assembly includes a slotted body held in inserted relation between cross-bars extending transverse to vertical frame members of an access door structure. The slotted body includes upper and lower open grooves oriented in opposing relation to the adjacent cross-bars. Retention pin elements are inserted axially into the grooves thereby holding the slotted body in place. The slotted body may be replaced by displacement of the retention pin elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Bommer Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bond
  • 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: 7360681
    Abstract: A mail receptacle system incorporating multiple individually accessible discrete storage compartments disposed within a frame structure with lockable user access doors disposed in mated hinging relation relative to the frame structure such that when the access doors are in a closed position, a male/female relation is established between portions of the doors and the frame structure. The access doors utilize a multi-piece construction wherein the hinging edges of the doors are displaceable from the door body thereby permitting the door body to be easily and readily replace in the event of damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Bommer Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Pittman, B. Stewart Jackson
  • Patent number: 7178716
    Abstract: A latch assembly of the type used on postal cluster units, such as central mailbox units including a latch assembly of multiple dual bold latch mechanisms for securing at multiple latch points a pair of center meeting hinged doors upon closure of the doors. The dual bolt latch mechanisms of the latch assembly are enclosed within the cabinet of the postal cluster unit and are operable by a single concealed handle to simultaneously unlatch the multiple latch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: 2B Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Teng-Long Yong
  • Patent number: 7068149
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating delivery and return service between a delivery party and a receiving party. These parties may or may not have pre-registered to use the locker system. The system has locker modules (35) and a system controller (10). The system controller (10) interfaces with the locker modules (35) via a network (30). Each of the locker modules (35) has locker units for depositing and retrieving the goods and a locker controller coupled to control the locker units. Together, the system controller (10) and the locker controller enable steps of the method by processing a user input that is received via a user input interface coupled to the system controller (10) and the locker controller. The user input is associated with the receiving party and provided by the delivery party. Thereafter, the system controller (10) generates a notification message having an identification code for transmitting to the receiving party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: First Cube Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Cheng Chin Lee, Hon Chew Lee
  • Patent number: 6933832
    Abstract: A system and method uses an appliance for delivery at a home or business when no one is home or without the need to disturb persons at the delivery site. The appliance is a locked storage container connected to remote computers such that access for particular delivery persons or companies is authorized when the owner of the appliance has placed an order. The appliance communicates, such as via the internet, with a remote delivery system computer having a scheduler that schedules deliveries during particular time intervals. Prior to scheduling the delivery, the delivery system computer compares the dimensions of the order with the available space within the appliance of the customer. After a delivery is made, the appliance communicates via the internet that the delivery has been made and the delivery system computer then charges or debits the customer's account for the cost associated with the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Noel Simms, John Simms
  • Patent number: 6749109
    Abstract: A system for protecting cluster mailboxes such as neighborhood delivery and collection box units (NDCBU's) and Cluster Box Units (CBU's)from vandalism or theft of the mail. A custom-fit protective gate is built and installed around the mail carrier access doors of a cluster mailbox. The protective gate is built to aesthetically blend in with the neighborhood environment and may include decorative accoutrements such as decorative screening. Further, the system provides a means to install USPTO locks thereby providing uniform access by mail carriers. Even further, the system provides for double nesting doors to access a flat wall unit collection box, such that users may have secured access to individual mailboxes and a mail person may have secured master access to all mailboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Richard D. Hill
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6592026
    Abstract: A biological safety mailbox made up of a housing, a securable lid, access ports providing access to the interior portion of the housing, and protective gloves that form a seal at the access port while allowing a user to manipulate the contents. A mounting bracket is also provided to permit the user to selectively remove the housing in order to permit a user to use the mailbox to open any mail inside while in a different location. A lock is further included to prevent unauthorized removal of the housing by locking the housing to the mounting bracket. A biological safety mailbox for commercial applications is also disclosed having a large housing partitioned into a plurality of hermetically sealed compartments, each compartment having a pair of glove access ports and an individual lid access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Vilardi
  • Publication number: 20030127504
    Abstract: A system for protecting cluster mailboxes such as neighborhood delivery and collection box units (NDCBU's) and Cluster Box Units (CBU's)from vandalism or theft of the mail. A custom-fit protective gate is built and installed around the mail carrier access doors of a cluster mailbox. The protective gate is built to aesthetically blend in with the neighborhood environment and may include decorative accoutrements such as decorative screening. Further, the system provides a means to install USPTO locks thereby providing uniform access by mail carriers. Even further, the system provides for double nesting doors to access a flat wall unit collection box, such that users may have secured access to individual mailboxes and a mail person may have secured master access to all mailboxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Richard D. Hill
  • Patent number: 6375070
    Abstract: A postal delivery apparatus and method for delivering and removing parcels to residential and commercial customer is provided. The postal delivery apparatus preferably has a base including a bottom, a plurality of outer walls connected to and extending upwardly from the bottom, a substantially hollow portion positioned within inner confines of the outer walls so as to define an inner cavity, and an open upper end positioned for providing access to the inner cavity. At least one of the plurality of outer walls preferably includes a wall opening formed therein for inserting letter-type parcels through the wall opening into the inner cavity of the base. The wall opening preferably is sized and positioned for inhibiting access by a user to letter-type parcels positioned in the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: American Industrial Design Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Jack Snoke
  • Patent number: 6296181
    Abstract: An interlocking door seam provides a stronger seam for double doors, making them less subject to attack by prybars and the like. Particularly for central mail stations (CMS) and central box units (CBU), double doors present there are subject to attack by prybars and the like that force the locks and allow thieves to rifle the contents of the enclosed mail boxes. Attachment of interlocking door seam [of the present invention] to the first edge of the first double doors protects that first edge from prybar attacks. The adjoining edge of the second double door then releasably fits into a convex strip that protects the adjoining edge of the second double door, thereby protecting it from prybar attack. The interlocking door seam allows normal operation of the double doors while decreasing the risk to the central mail station of prybar attack at the seam between the double doors. Flanges present along the free edge of the convex strip provide easy engagement of that free edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Can-Am Marketing Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Dale Noblet, Stephen R. Packer
  • Patent number: 6247641
    Abstract: An interlocking door seam provides a stronger seam for double doors, making them less subject to attack by prybars and the like. Particularly for central mail stations (CMS) and central box units CBU, double doors present there are subject to attack by prybars and the like that force the locks and allow thieves to rifle the contents of the enclosed mail boxes. Attachment of interlocking door seam to the first edge of the first double doors protects that first edge from prybar attacks. The adjoining edge of the second double door then releasably fits into a convex strip that protects the adjoining edge of the second double door, thereby protecting it from prybar attack. The interlocking door seam allows normal operation of the double doors while decreasing the risk to the central mail station of prybar attack at the seam between the double doors. Flanges present along the free edge of the convex strip provide easy engagement of that free edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventors: C. Dale Noblet, Stephen R. Packer
  • Patent number: 6003761
    Abstract: A drive-up mail distribution, storage and pick-up assembly comprising a plurality of mail boxes, the boxes arranged in horizontal rows and vertical columns and retained in the assembly in an outer frame, each box defined by a central storage container bound at opposite ends by a lockable front door and rear access opening, the front doors of the boxes facing outward at heights above ground accessible from the window adjacent the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Glen E. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5820018
    Abstract: A mailbox system (10) for the delivery and retrieval of mail, is described. The mailbox system has a rack ladder system (12) within which is mounted mailboxes and parcel lockers (30). The back of the mailbox system is closed by back doors (46 and 48). The doors are mounted by hinges (50) to the rear face plates (42) of the rack ladder system. The doors have a locking system (52) which prevents the doors from being opened from the inside of the boxes or lockers and allows quick and easy access to all the boxes or lockers at the same time. The locking system has a top and bottom lock rod (54 and 56) and a handle assembly (60). When the handle (66) of the handle assembly is rotated, the rods move into and out of top and bottom lock brackets (78 and 80) to allow for locking and unlocking the doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: HSS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George F. Stacy
  • Patent number: 5820019
    Abstract: A cluster mailbox device that allows the box user to notify the mail carrier that the user's box contains outgoing mail or mail delivery instructions. The device has a fixed portion fastened to a box wall. A rotatable portion is pivotally attached to the fixed portion with a lever extending the length of the box so that the user may activate the device by applying a force to the lever, which raises the rotatable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Innovative Creations, Incorporation
    Inventor: Peter M. Spitale
  • Patent number: 5573178
    Abstract: A mail, newspaper and parcel delivery system (10) for receiving postal service mail delivered, and to be delivered, by a governmental postal authority and for receiving direct delivery items and packages. The delivery system (10) includes a postal service mail receptacle (26) for receiving postal service mail, and a housing (12) defining a mail receptacle compartment (24) for receiving and housing the postal service mail receptacle (26). The housing (12) also defines a direct delivery compartment (58) for receiving direct delivery items and a package delivery compartment (76) for receiving large packages. In one embodiment the delivery system (10') includes an incoming mail receptacle (26') and an outgoing mail receptacle (98), both housed in the mail receptacle compartment (24').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas C. Worden
  • Patent number: 5564624
    Abstract: A mail organizer including a cabinet having a bottom wall, a pair of opposed side walls coupled to and extended upwards from the bottom wall, a curved top wall integral with an upper extent of each side wall, and a back wall connected between the side walls, the top wall, and the bottom wall to define a hollow compartment; a sequential arrangement of mail bins disposed within a central extent of the compartment and secured to the cabinet and with each bin used for holding a selected individual's mail; and a first drawer, a second drawer, and a third drawer positioned in a stacked arrangement that fills an upper portion of the compartment above the mail bins, and a fourth drawer and a fifth drawer positioned in a stacked arrangement that fills a lower portion of the compartment below the mail bins, each drawer further having a slot formed thereon sized to allow deposition of mail and papers within the associated drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: Amos Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5562332
    Abstract: A lobby table (10) for use in a post office lobby is described. The lobby table has lockable boxes (14) which are mounted together and spaced apart by front and back horizontal spacers (64 and 66). A counter top (12) is mounted on the uppermost horizontal row of lockable boxes and is supported by the underlying lockable boxes. The lockable boxes have a top wall (14A), a bottom wall (14B) and two sidewalls (14C) which form a front opening (14D) which allows access to the interior of the lockable box. The perimeter of the front opening is surrounded by a frame (30) formed by a top frame member (32), a bottom frame member (34), a right frame member (36) and a left frame member (38). The lockable box can also be provided with a central wall and a center frame member (42) in order to provide right and left small boxes (24 and 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: HSS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George F. Stacy
  • Patent number: 5560693
    Abstract: A wall mounted filing cabinet comprised of a cabinet having a plurality of openings formed through a front surface thereof. The cabinet is securable to a wall. The device contains a plurality of bins. The number of bins corresponds to the number of openings formed in the cabinet. Each of the bins is configured to be received within a corresponding opening. Each bin has a U-shaped handle secured to a front surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventors: Curtis D. Musser, Theodore C. Musser
  • 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: 5407127
    Abstract: A mail and parcel delivery system (10) for receiving postal service mail delivered, and to be delivered, by a governmental postal authority and for receiving direct delivery items and packages. The delivery system (10) includes a postal service mail receptacle (26) for receiving postal service mail, and a housing (12) defining a mail receptacle compartment (24) for receiving and housing the postal service mail receptacle (26). The housing (12) also defines a direct delivery compartment (58) for receiving direct delivery items and a package delivery compartment (76) for receiving large packages. In one embodiment the delivery system (10') includes an incoming mail receptacle (26') and an outgoing mail receptacle (98), both housed in the mail receptacle compartment (24').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas C. Worden
  • 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: 5351883
    Abstract: The invention comprises a mail access section sufficiently dimensioned for receiving and supporting letters and packages for pickup and delivery by a mail carrier. A mail containment section supports the access section above the ground and receives the mail which is inserted through the access section. The combined length of the access section and containment section are selected so that someone cannot reach through the access section down into the mail containment section. However, the access section is appropriately dimensioned so that mail can be easily placed or tossed into the containment portion. In a alternative embodiment of the invention, a slidable table is located within the access section to provide additional storage space for outgoing packages allowing the structure to operate as a normal, non-security mailbox. In addition, a multi-user security mailbox is described that can be used for multiple residences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: John Pachl
  • Patent number: 5337953
    Abstract: A durable plastic mailbox for receiving mail has a removable inner container thus permitting the container to be removed from the exterior casing to empty the mail at another location. The mailbox has attachment grooves on one side and top that can engage with attachment ribs on the other side and bottom thus permitting a plurality of mailboxes to be stacked together. The mailbox has an exterior casing, substantially oblong in shape with an open front, and an inner container that fits within the exterior casing and is pivotable about internal protrusions from end walls of the casing, and is removable from the casing. A locking system retains the inner container in an upright position within the exterior casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Wilfried Haest
  • Patent number: 5207377
    Abstract: A ground-mounted upright mailbox is provided for receiving and storing therein postal material such as letters and variously-sized packages. The mailbox includes a lower mailbox portion which further defines an inner storage compartment, an upper mailbox portion attached to the lower mailbox portion, and a mounting pipe for securing the mailbox into the ground. A laterally deformable lower bellows member is integrally attached to the mailbox subjacent the lower mailbox portion, the lower bellows member allows the mailbox to laterally deflect from its normal upright position when the mailbox is struck by a physical object. Furthermore, the lower bellows member maintains the mailbox in its deflected position until the mailbox is manually righted. In an alternate embodiment, the upright mailbox is secured to the ground by a plurality of mounting pipes. Each mounting pipe includes a flexible, deformable bellows member protruding from one end and which is adapted for attachment to the lower mailbox portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventor: Frederick R. Brecht
  • Patent number: 5143284
    Abstract: A security mailbox, to be used to securely and inconspicuously hold incoming mail while providing an accessible means for a mailman to pick up outgoing mail. The mailbox includes a readily accessible lower compartment and a locked upper compartment, accessible for mail delivery by a flapped opening and having a lockable back door, which are separated and defined by an angled dividing wall that remains substantially hidden when the lower compartment is accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: Abelardo Socarras
  • Patent number: 4953327
    Abstract: A facility specifically structured to define a plurality of "mini-offices" each of which includes a compartmented area or space accessible from a common access area to selected, authorized individuals or proprietors of individual ones of such mini-offices and further wherein each of the compartmented areas has a secondary, at least partial access, for restricted "official" personnel such as a mail carrier for the delivery of mail thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Inventor: Alija Cohodar
  • Patent number: 4865248
    Abstract: A post office locker allows for delivery and safe storage until pickup of packages in one or more storage compartments each fitted with an access door provided with a custodian lock under the sole control of a mailman and an access lock adapted to be operated for access door opening purposes by a key supplied by the mailman to an intended recipient of a package. The access lock features an improved latch device arranged to cooperate with the custodian lock for defining two separate latch positions in which the custodian lock is constrained against rotation towards its door locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: American Locker Group Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas A. Barth
  • Patent number: 4726512
    Abstract: A lock is adapted for use within a box, container or fastening wherein the lock makes the box, container or fastening freely openable for a first opening, but locked after once opened and reclosed. The lock shown in a preferred embodiment is adapted to fit within a standard rural mailbox of the type approved for use by the U.S. Postal Service wherein an inner lock box is formed within the standard mailbox by a front hinged plate operable in conjunction with movement of the front door of the mailbox and a curved top releaseable by complete closure of the mailbox door wherein such inner lock box front plate and top remain in the completely spread and open position when the mailbox is first opened (presumably by the mailman) and wherein the inner lock box front plate and top are in the closed and locked position upon the second opening of the mailbox such that a key is required to re-open the inner lock box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Inventor: Clemens White
  • Patent number: 4557416
    Abstract: A multiple-unit mailbox apparatus comprising a number of parallel hinge door assemblies, a plurality of tubular mail receptacles and an outer support structure including a front panel which supports the receptacles and the hinge door assemblies at its front surface. The outer support structure also includes interconnected top, bottom and side panels including a back panel. The front panel has a plurality of container openings in which the mail receptacles are supported in spaced relationship from each other so that the receptacles can receive mail inserted therethrough. Each hinge door assembly includes a hinge rod fixedly mounted at its opposite ends to top and bottom weather strip portions of the front panel. Each hinge rod extends through intermediate strip portions of the front panel which are positioned between adjacent container openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: Benedict J. Stahl
    Inventors: Benedict J. Stahl, Thomas L. Hierman
  • Patent number: 4416413
    Abstract: A post office locker for use in the delivery of both letters and packages to tenants of a multiple tenant building or the like, wherein packages are stored in appropriately sized storage cabinets to which access may be gained by intended recipients by use of access keys placed by a mailman in the letter boxes of such recipients. Each cabinet is fitted with a latch mechanism permitting recipients to return doors of cabinets from which packages have been removed to locked condition in a manner providing for the "capture" of the access keys until removed by a mailman for subsequent use. Preferably, the doors are fitted with return mechanisms providing for locking of such doors automatically upon return thereof into closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Assignee: American Locker Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Chester
  • Patent number: 4361271
    Abstract: A kit for a traditional rural mail box into which mail is usually delivered through an opening in the front of the box, to convert such a mail box into one having two separate compartments, one of which is secured by a lock and into which mail may be placed through a slot and the other of which is open in the usual way, for reception of newspapers, periodicals and other mail whose contents is not of such value as to require secure delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Inventors: Jay L. Hester, Irving P. Banks
  • Patent number: 4356956
    Abstract: A mail message unit of multi compartment type for commercial use; including an elongated case divided into a row of compartments by partitions therebetween, an individually locked, pivotable front door for each compartment, and an elongated, single top cover hinged in an inclined position across a top of the case; the cover being multi-slotted for placement of mail in any of the compartments, and being transparent so as to allow observation therethrough into the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1982
    Inventor: Walter D. Long
  • Patent number: 4333603
    Abstract: A mailbox is provided with a lockable letter-mail compartment within in the form of a rectangular box having at least four sides and a hinged door with a key operated mechanism for locking it in the closed position, secured to the floor, side or roof of a mailbox for use in motorized delivery routes, or in the form of a shelf secured between side walls of the mailbox and a hinged door with a lock. The compartment has a slot for receiving letter mail without opening the door of the compartment. The slot is preferably in the locked door of the compartment. The height of the lockable compartment is sufficient to permit mail to be extracted through the hinged door, but of a height significantly less than the height of the mailbox to permit mail other than letters to be placed in the mailbox outside of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Raymond A. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4290548
    Abstract: A high security mailbox for multiple family dwellings is provided with sliding doors opening to individual compartments. The doors slide in a channel between a one piece face plate and retaining means which are welded to the mailbox housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Elm Window Co.
    Inventor: Norbert J. Denhart
  • Patent number: 4161274
    Abstract: A door panel for covering the open side of a mail box having a series of individual mail receiving compartments, comprising: a peripheral frame and a grid structure consisting of interlocked horizontal and vertical channel members; a first interlocked channel member has an opening and slots defining a pair of oppositely disposed wall projecting portions while a second interlocked channel member has a pair of slots extending from the free edge of its walls to define oppositely disposed tongues; during assembly of the door panel, the tongues are deformingly bent inwardly in the channel of the first channel members to provide a positive interlock between both channel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1979
    Assignee: Accessories Manufacturers, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allan T. Bishop, Maurice Wytruk
  • Patent number: 4148432
    Abstract: A mail box gang apparatus which utilizes the construction of a mail box as an inherent structural component of the gang to achieve uniformity in mail box appearance, greater strength and permanency. The appartus may include two horizontal rows of mail boxes mounted one upon the other, the boxes being affixed to one another at both the upper and lower portions to form an integral beam type structure of substantial strength. To facilitate such ganging in the manner described, the mail boxes are modified to include a new flagging system which advises the mail man of the presence of outgoing mail. This flag system affixed to the door of the box includes a panel which is merely rotated to disclose a flag indication and is automatically reset upon opening of the box. In the preferred embodiment, the mail box door is modified to facilitate mounting of the flag and includes a novel latch device together with a pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Assignee: Jackes-Evans Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Alexander M. Cornwell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4121758
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatus for facilitating the removal of mail from a mailbox, particularly the relatively small individual mailbox units which comprise large banks or clusters of such units in post offices, apartment buildings, office buildings, and the like. In one basic embodiment of the invention, a movable bar-like slide disposed within the confines of the mailbox unit is fitted with a handle at the anterior end thereof so that the slide may be readily grasped and withdrawn from the mailbox unit. A lateral bar-like scoop member formed on the posterior end of the slide engages mail in the mailbox unit and withdraws the mail from the unit on forward movement of the slide. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the movable slide is disposed on the floor of a box-like insert or liner which is fitted into the mailbox unit, the movable slide being adapted to move within a groove formed in said floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Inventor: Emerson Bonner
  • Patent number: 3995924
    Abstract: An automatic clothes sorter adapted for use with a standard clothes hamper, whereby the interior of the hamper is divided into four equal-sized, removable, bag compartments of a durable material for receiving soiled clothing, the clothing being sorted and disposed -- as desired -- according to color, type, etc., within the designated compartments. The clothes sorter comprises a plurality of bags, forming the compartments, said bags having eyelets secured therein to receive eye hooks which are mounted to the top peripheral opening of the clothes hamper and to a central support stand, wherein the stand includes a telescoping center post, adjustable for various heights, and an adjustable base member which is centrally positioned within the clothes hamper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Inventor: Charlotte B. Jones