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US2039922A
US2039922A US50586A US5058635A US2039922A US 2039922 A US2039922 A US 2039922A US 50586 A US50586 A US 50586A US 5058635 A US5058635 A US 5058635A US 2039922 A US2039922 A US 2039922A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
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l, May 5, 1936- c. P. NEATs ET'AL 2,039,922y
LAP TRAY Filed Nov. 19, 1955 W n M INVENTORS Patented May 5, 1936 UNITED STATES LAP TRAY
Clarence P. Neats, East Orange, and William W.
Calahan, South Orange, N. J. y
Application November 19, 1935,`seria1No. 50,586
2 Claims.
This invention relates to an improved lap tray, and has for an object to provide` a construction which will present a desired support for various articles and which may be rmly held on the knees of a person during the use of the tray.
Another object of the invention is to provide a lap tray having a supporting body and a foldable swinging knee engaging structure adapted to permit the knees to hold the tray properly in place.
A further object, more specifically, is to pro` vide a lap tray having a substantially at body with a folding swinging knee engaging member, the parts of the body being so formed as to perinit nesting of one tray in respect to the next adjacent tray with a minimum of lost space.
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a lap tray disclosing an embodiment of the invention;
Fig. 2 is a sectional view through Fig. 1 approximately on the line 22, a pair of knees being shown in dot and dash lines; and
Fig. 3 is a sectional view through Fig. 1 approximately on the line 3,3, the knee engaging member being folded and a second tray being shown in dot and dash lines.
Referring to thev accompanying drawing by numeral, I indicates a fiat support having an upstanding peripheral wall 2 which is preferably at a slight angle as shown in Fig. 2. The fiat support I with the wall 2 may be termed a lap board and when associated with the support 3 presenting the complete lap tray. The lap board consisting of members I and 2 may be made of comparatively thin sheet metal, wood or other material of any desired size, so as to be readily used on the lap of a person. The complete lap tray may be used in automobiles or in the home or other places to support various articles when a person is sitting down.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, the body I is provided with depressed portions Il and 5 which are depressed to a distance less than the height of the wall 2 so that a desired nesting may be secured when several are to be stored together. When using the device as means for supporting food, one or more cups of coffee or other liquid may be placed in the recesses or depressed portions 4 and 5 and other articles of food placed directly on the remaining part oi the body I. While only two depressions have been shown in the accompanying drawing, it will be evident that one might be used or more than two without departing from the spirit of the invention. These depressions are desirable or holding glasses or cups containing liquid whereby they are prevented from sliding over the surface of body I when the same is arranged at aslight angle.
On the under surface of the body near one edge are arranged the straps 6 and 1 into which the ends 8 and 9 of the support 3 rotatably fit. The support 3 may be made out of metal or other material in any desired shape or cross section, but preferably is made from round wire of a rather heavy gage as, for instance, wire of one-fourth of an inch in diameter. This wire is bent to form the journal members and 9 which merge into the side bars I0 and II which when in use extend almost in a vertical plane which are bent at the points I2 and I3 so as to form the inclined inner side bars I4 and I5. The bars I4and I5 are connected by a top section I5 whichrests on top of the knees or legs when the device is in use.
The slant of the inclined bars I4 and I5 are such that the legs may be given a tendency to move apart when the device is moved and thereby interlocked to a certain extent with the depending portions of the support 3. The depending portions of the support 3 consist on one side of bars I0, I2 and I4 and on the other side of bars II, I3 and I5. If the diameter of the Wire of which support 3 is made is one-fourth of an inch then the depressions 4 and 5 may be one-fourth of an inch or less, so that when the support 3 is folded flatwise against the bottom of the body l it will be slightly above the bottom of the depressions 4 and 5, which bottom is preferably on a level with the lowermost points of straps 6 and I when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. 2.
Where there are two or more lap trays of the kind described they may be nested as indicated in full and dotted lines in Fig. 3. It will be noted that the depressed portims 4 and 5, straps 6 and 'I and support 3 will all be positioned below the upper edge of wall 2 and part of the superposed tray also below the upper edge of wall 2. It will also be evident that the height of wall 2 may vary as may be desired and when varied so as to be lower the depressions 4 and 5 should be of less depth than the straps 6 and 'l and should extend downwardly to a less extent so as to permit ready nesting as shown in Fig. 3.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, all the parts are made of metal but, if desired, all the parts could be made of other material or part could be made of wood or other material and the remaining parts of metal. For instance, the body I with its wall 2 could be made of wood and the support 3 with straps 6 and 'I made of metal.
We claim:
1. A metallic lap tray formed with a at sheet metal body having a turned up periphery presenting an upstanding wall at the perimeter Vof the body and a depressed portion adapted to hold an article, said depressed portion extending below the bottom surface of said body, a` pair of hinge straps connected to said body near two of the edges, said hinge straps extending downwardly to approximately the lower surface of said depressed portion and a metallic support having journal members tting within said straps, said journal members merging into the spaced depending leg members and said leg members in turn merging into a connecting stiilening bar.
2. A lap tray formed with a iiat sheet body having a depression near one edge, they material forming said depression extending an appreciable distance below the lower surface of said body.
and a support hingedly connected with said body, said support including a rod bent at its ends to present journal members merging into leg engaging members, each of said vleg engaging members having a substantially straight section and a section inclined outwardly so that the lower end of said leg engaging members in a limited sense hook under the legs of a person using the tray, said support also having a bar extending from the top of the inclined section oi'v one leg engaging member to the top of the inclined section oi' the other leg engaging member so that the legs of a person using the tray will engage said bar and be spaced from said body, the material of said support being oi a thickness whereby the support may be swung against the bottom of said body and not extend below the material forming said depression.
CLARENCE P. NEATS.
WILLIAM W. CALAHAN.
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Cited By (19)

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US2429498A (en) * 1944-01-22 1947-10-21 Maynard W Wells Appliance for chairs and the like
US2476620A (en) * 1946-02-06 1949-07-19 Lewis P Nichols Lapboard
US2596094A (en) * 1950-02-09 1952-05-13 Berman Edith Anne Self-elevated lap desk
US2640747A (en) * 1951-07-26 1953-06-02 Anthony M Golubich Lap table
US2697018A (en) * 1952-09-30 1954-12-14 Georgides George Zanos Lap tray with leg engaging means
US2704974A (en) * 1952-02-13 1955-03-29 Bucks County Entpr Inc Trays
US2877073A (en) * 1956-10-26 1959-03-10 Albert E Malmer Leveling means for a lap tray
US3187687A (en) * 1964-01-03 1965-06-08 Albert E Malmer Supporting devices for serving trays
US3504832A (en) * 1968-04-22 1970-04-07 Patrick Corvetti Food and drink serving tray
US5005702A (en) * 1990-02-09 1991-04-09 Davis Mark S Portable food/writing tray
US5176274A (en) * 1991-12-13 1993-01-05 Jenkins James H Leg supported tray
US5419265A (en) * 1993-04-29 1995-05-30 Zimmerman; Gerd Storage area placed on the dashboard of a motor vehicle
US5738257A (en) * 1994-10-20 1998-04-14 Equaliser Tackle Limited Fishing rod support
US5862933A (en) * 1997-10-06 1999-01-26 Neville; Boyd A. Portable lap tray
US6095058A (en) * 1999-02-05 2000-08-01 Earnhart; Stephen P. Lap beverage/cup holder with wings
US6290228B1 (en) 1999-05-11 2001-09-18 Mad Catz, Inc. Leg extensions for a lap-mounted computer game accessory
US6758518B2 (en) 1997-08-09 2004-07-06 Mhm Holdings Limited Vehicle seat
US20060144845A1 (en) * 2005-01-06 2006-07-06 Tavano Nikki A Beverage holder
US8176855B1 (en) 2008-12-02 2012-05-15 1 Mustard Seed, LLC Food and beverage tray

Cited By (19)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2429498A (en) * 1944-01-22 1947-10-21 Maynard W Wells Appliance for chairs and the like
US2476620A (en) * 1946-02-06 1949-07-19 Lewis P Nichols Lapboard
US2596094A (en) * 1950-02-09 1952-05-13 Berman Edith Anne Self-elevated lap desk
US2640747A (en) * 1951-07-26 1953-06-02 Anthony M Golubich Lap table
US2704974A (en) * 1952-02-13 1955-03-29 Bucks County Entpr Inc Trays
US2697018A (en) * 1952-09-30 1954-12-14 Georgides George Zanos Lap tray with leg engaging means
US2877073A (en) * 1956-10-26 1959-03-10 Albert E Malmer Leveling means for a lap tray
US3187687A (en) * 1964-01-03 1965-06-08 Albert E Malmer Supporting devices for serving trays
US3504832A (en) * 1968-04-22 1970-04-07 Patrick Corvetti Food and drink serving tray
US5005702A (en) * 1990-02-09 1991-04-09 Davis Mark S Portable food/writing tray
US5176274A (en) * 1991-12-13 1993-01-05 Jenkins James H Leg supported tray
US5419265A (en) * 1993-04-29 1995-05-30 Zimmerman; Gerd Storage area placed on the dashboard of a motor vehicle
US5738257A (en) * 1994-10-20 1998-04-14 Equaliser Tackle Limited Fishing rod support
US6758518B2 (en) 1997-08-09 2004-07-06 Mhm Holdings Limited Vehicle seat
US5862933A (en) * 1997-10-06 1999-01-26 Neville; Boyd A. Portable lap tray
US6095058A (en) * 1999-02-05 2000-08-01 Earnhart; Stephen P. Lap beverage/cup holder with wings
US6290228B1 (en) 1999-05-11 2001-09-18 Mad Catz, Inc. Leg extensions for a lap-mounted computer game accessory
US20060144845A1 (en) * 2005-01-06 2006-07-06 Tavano Nikki A Beverage holder
US8176855B1 (en) 2008-12-02 2012-05-15 1 Mustard Seed, LLC Food and beverage tray

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