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Patented Jan. 7, 1919.





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To all whom it may concern:

fBe it known that I, JOHN D. ECONOMY, a subject of the King of Greece, residing at Philadelphiafln the county of Philadelphia and State ,of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Serving-Bars, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to serving bars for use inrestaurants, ice cream and soda water saloons, or other places where foods and beverages are sold and dispensed. Serving bars of the above mentioned type are usually made of a continuous length to accommodate a number of persons in standing or sitting positions. In view of the fact that these serving bars are made with a continuous front section of panel which extends from the top to the bottom, it is particularly inconvenientand uncomfortable to sit sufiicientlyclose tothe top of the bar to eat or drink with propriety. Further than this,

. it is practically impossible to keep the floor and parts surrounding the rear of these bars clean and dry in view ofthe unavoidable spilling and dropping of the beverages by the waiter.

One object of my invention is to provide a serving bar of such character as to permit a number of persons, to comfortably and conveniently eat and drink therefrom and at the same timee'ach person can be properlyfseated so as not to encroach upon the eagle space of other persons sitting at either S1 9. Another objectis to so construct my invention that the floor and the surrounding parts can be easily kept clean and dry.

A further object is to so construct my invention that it will be durable and will present, a pleasing andornamental appearance.

A still further object is to provide my invention with means whereby the .clerk or waiter can readily determine when a person has moved away from the bar so that the individual space previously occupied by that person can be cleaned and any empty dishes can be removed.

These objects, and other advantageous ends which will be described hereinafter, I attain in the following manner, reference being had to the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of my invention,

Specification of Letters Patent.

connected to the switch arm 17 and Patented J an. '2, 1919.

Application filed May 25, 1918. Serial No. 236,451.

' Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional elevation of my invention,

F 3 is a sectional elevation of an inclicator forming a part of my invention, and

' Fig. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of an electric switch which is operatively connected upon each of the chairs forming a part of my invention,

Referring to the drawings, 5 represents a serving table illustrated inthe form of a cabinet upon and in which the material to be dispensed and also the dispensing apparatus can be placed. A serving bar 6 comprises a row of hollow'posts 7 which are spaced apart and also spaced a sufiicient distance in front of the serving cabinet 5 to permit working room for a clerk or waiter, said space being indicated at 8 on the drawings.

Each of the hollow posts 7 is secured to the floor 9 and a chair 10 is secured to the floor and mounted in front of each of the posts. Each post forms a support for a rotatable circular table 11 and the posts are spaced apart sufiiciently to permit these tables 11 to be rotated independently of each other and so that they "do not touch. r

Small circular shelves 12 are rotatably supported by the posts 7 at positions above the tablesll and these shelves can-be used to support any articles desired, suchfor example as soda water suction straws, spoons, or the'like.

7 Each chair 10 has a rotatable seat 13 and in the present instance a back 14 is secured to the seat. Also, each of the chairs has a rod 15 secured thereto which depends through the chair standard 16 and: at its bottom has a switch arm 17 connected thereto. These arms, whenthe chair seats 13 are rotated, are adapted to engage and disengage forks 18.

Electric wires 19 and 20 are IGSPECfifVBlIS;

18 of each chair and'pa'ss'through and form a part of a'cable 21 whichis "conveniently positioned below the floor 9. This cable forms the main conductor of electricity and can be supplied with current from a generator or other source not illustrated. The wires 19 and 20 are connected in series with other wires 22 which extend upwardly through the respective posts 7 and at their top are connected with electric lamp bulbs 23. The wires 19, 20, and 22 are also in series with other wires contained in a cable 24 which is connected respectively of the casing 26 is divided into a number of partitions 26 so that one of the bulbs 25 is directly back of each of the numerals on the casing front.

W hen the chairs 10 are in position with I the backs in direct alinement with their respective posts, such for example as in the position shown in Fig. 2, the switch arms 17 will be in engagement with the forks 18 and an electric circuit will be completed through the lamps 23 of the posts and these lamps together with the lamps 25 will be illuminated so that when a person is sitting upon the chairs While in said position, the lamp at the top of the post will be lighted andthe lamp corresponding with that particular lamp and seat will be lighted to illuminatethe corresponding; numeral of the indicator. However, when a person vacates the seat 13 it is necessary to turn the seat in order for the person to leave the bar and in so doing the switch army 17 will be disengaged from the respective vfork 18 and the electric circuit will be broken and the lamp (in the post and the corresponding lamp inthe indicator will be extinguished thereby notifying the waiter that a. table has beenv vacated and he can immediately remeve the dishes therefrom.

On the other hand, when a person o'cc-lr' pies one of the chairs and moves it into the proper position,- the corresponding lamps on the post and indicator will be illuminated and the clerk can readily determine that a person is waiting and ready to be served.

By the illitminating arrangement above described, the clerk even though he has hisback to the serving bar is able to determine when one of the tables of the serving bar has been vacated or reoccupied,

As illustrated in Fig. 1, hollow columns 27 are located at either end of the serving bar and can be usedfor holding and dispensing paper drinking cups 28, or the like.

The several postsand columns, by being arrangedin a row and illuminated, present a Copies of this patent may be obtained for pleasing effect to the eye and an ornamental screen for the serving table or cabinet 5 when viewed from the front. These columns can be made of various materials, such as ornamented brass, onyx, or marble of various descriptions.

Plenty of knee room is {provided for persons sitting in front of the tables 11 and there is also suflicient distance between each of the chairs and tables 11 to permit a number of persons to eat or drink without being rendered uncomfortable.

a The front of the indicator casing can be made of glass in which all of the exposed portions, with the exception of the nu merals, can be made opaque and so that the numerals will be transparent 'or translucent.

While I have described my invention as taking a particular form, it will be understood that the various parts of my invention may be changed without departing from the spirit thereof, and hence I do not limit myself to 'the precise construction set forth, but consider that I am at liberty to make such changes and alterations as fairly come within the s'copeof the appended claim. 7

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letter Patent is:

The combination of a serving table; a floor; and a serving bar spaced 'in front of the serving table and consisting of a row of posts spaced apart andmoun-ted on the floor whereby a floor space is provided between each of the posts and'a passageway is provided between'the' row of posts and theserving table of sufiicien't width to permit anafttenda'nt to walk therethrough and to readily reach from the serving table to the bar, said serving bar including indi: vidual tables onemounted on each of said posts, said tables being positioned close together so that said bar willbe practically continuous, substantially asfdescribed.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses. ,k I,


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US4640033A (en) * 1985-02-15 1987-02-03 Bulger Ray P Illuminated child's tray
US20040037078A1 (en) * 2002-08-22 2004-02-26 Joy World, Inc. Display device
US20050246928A1 (en) * 2004-04-19 2005-11-10 Joy World, Inc. Illuminating display

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4640033A (en) * 1985-02-15 1987-02-03 Bulger Ray P Illuminated child's tray
US20040037078A1 (en) * 2002-08-22 2004-02-26 Joy World, Inc. Display device
US20050246928A1 (en) * 2004-04-19 2005-11-10 Joy World, Inc. Illuminating display

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