Check protector



July 22, 1952 L. H. FENSTERMAKER CHECK PROTECTOR 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed June 16, 1947 VOUCHER CHECK 9 w Tow: July 22, 1952 L. H. FENSTERMAKER CHECK PROTECTOR 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed June 16, 1947 July 22, 1952 L. H. FENSTERMAkER CHECK PROTECTOR 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed June 16, 1947 July 22, 1952 L. H. FENSTERMAKER 2,604,040 CHECK PROTECTOR Filed June 16, 1947 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 member includes; a1 1;"arcuate"portion 24 on the outer surface of which-is provided type -25p'refe-rably representing digits zero to nine. The typecarrying members are individually settable by' means of finger-operated levers 26 that project. forwardly respectively through the vertical slots' I5 in the front cover or shield l4; The-'shaftz22 carries rigidly thereon a plurality of wdepending supports 21 spaced axially thereof and each having at its bottom a transverse type bar 28..lflfl ese. bars extend lengthwise of the shaft 22 and between their opposed ends. there are spaces to ,"accommodate respective groups of the type-car- "rying members 23. These bars carry the'usual printing characters for printing appropriate legends such as dollars andfcentsff Rearward extensionsof the type bars carry a transverse v shredder member 29 which is an element of mechanism forshreddingor perforating the check over the name of the payee. . The base It! carries at a point substantially mid- ;way between itsfront and-rear ends a transverse 1 'shaftSU on which; is mounted a pair of longitudinally extending rocker, arms 3|-3l These arms, as will appear subsequently, are connected together for movement as one and carry at their forward ends a;printing platen32 and a shred ,d ing or perforatingbar33. When the bars 32 and 33 are movedfby therockeri arms 3! from theposition shown in Fig. 2 to the position shown in Fig. 3, the platen 32 cooperates with the type .25; and type bars 2 8 to print the amount of the check and the shredder bar 33 cooperates with the transverse member 29 to perforate or shred the check overthename of the payee the check havi ng been inserted in the throat 2| between I the-pooperating par-ts just described. a Each type-carrying member 23 is provided with a serrated portion 34 of which the notches are engageable by respectivespring-pressed detent members 35 to maintain the typecharacters 25 exactly onthe printing line for cooperation with, theplaten bar 32, Deten-t members 35 are flat stampings of bell-crank shape and are urged into the notches of the serrations34 by respective springs 32 A transverse 'bar32 carried by the side plates l! supportsaplate 32 from which detent-carrying brackets 32 depend. . These brackets andthe detents 35 pivotally carried thereby: are individually adjustable; when screws 32 are loosened, to properly align the positions or. repose of.-the type 25 within the printing line. i The rocker arms 3|, and 31 extend rearwardly and each has its rear end disposed rearwardly of the throat 2|, or at a point, substantially between the side plate portions l6v that connect the base and the head H. At this point therear ends of the rocker'arms are connected by pivot pins 36 to respective lower links 31 and 31 of toggle mechanism also comprising upper links 38 and 38 The upper links 38 and 38* are pivoted on opposite end portions of a cross rod 39 connected between rear upper portions of the side plates [1 Saidupper and lower links are pivotfally connected by. a transverse pin 40 which also ,4. connects the toggle mechanism to forwardly extending operating links 4| and 4| therefor having their forward ends pivotally connected to pins 42 respectively carried by rockable plates 43 and 43 keyed to opposite end portions of a transverse rock shaft 44 having its opposite ends journalled in the side plates l1. This rock shaft 44 is manually rocked and is the operating shaft of the machine. Said rock shaft is disposed substantially midway et een- -the printing and shredding mechanism-and the rear end of the body. The rockable plate 43, Figs. 2 and 3, is in the form of a bell crank having first and second 'cra'nk'arms 45 and 43. This bell crank plate is part 'ofjclearing mechanism for the type segments 23, described in detail hereinafter. Inking means for the type characters which happen to be set in the printing line is suspended by arms 48 and 48 pivotally supported 1 by axially aligned pins 41 1 (one being shown in Figs.v 2 and 3) respectively-.anchoredin the side plates i! above the segmentcarrying-rod 22. ' This inking means includes an ink tray 49 and inking rollers 51] constituting a unit detachably mounted on the lower ends of the arms 48. .Arms48 and 48 have extensions 5| which are respectively pivotally connected by pins 52 to rearw-ardly and slightly .d'ownwardly extending links 53 and 53 a The rear end of the link 53 is pivoted at 54 to a short arm 55 which is pivotally anchored to the proximate side plate I! bya pin 56. The pivot pin 54 serves further as means by which th links 53 and 55 are connectedto an actuating link '51, 1 the other end of which is carried by the pin V printing line. ' nism 31-38. that connects the link 4! to-the toggle mecha- Corresponding parts, designated by the same reference .eharacters plus the sufiix a, establish an operativeconnection between the rear end of the link 53 sand the toggle mechamsm. From the description- {sari it will be seen ."thatrocking of the main operating shaft 44 counterclockwise moves theplinks, 4! and 4| rearwardly to straighten; the toggle mechanism 31-38. This causes clockwise ;rocking of the rocker arms 31 and 31?; so that-the platen 32 and shredder bar; 33 are moved upwardly to cooperate with the type 25; typebar 28 and type bar extension 29 to print the amount in a check inserted in the throat 2| and further to shred or perforate that portion of the check on which the name of the payee is inscribed. When the parts are in their initial or, repose positions shown in Fig. 2 the arm 48 has carried the inking unit 49 750. into position to ink the'type 25 on the Whentherockshaft 44 is moved in the "counterclockwisedirection as aforesaid the, links 51 and 5'! aredrawn downwardly by rearward and downward movement of the pivot pin 40 of the toggle mechanism 313B. This movement results in. a clockwise'rocking of the short arms 55 and 55 whereupon the long forwardly extending links 53 and 53 are drawn rearwardly to effect a clockwiserocking of the arms 48 and 48, thus swinging the inking unit out of the path of the .upward moving platen 32. I The rockshaft 44 projects at one side of the head ll and has keyed or otherwise secured thereto one end of a manual operatin lever 58. A return spring 30? for the operating lever is distended between the'cros rod 22 and'a point of connection 60 with a' lower part of the plate '43} which is constrainedl for pivoting with. the main operating shaft 44. wh'en' 'the' -lever i's restantially'a'direetly upwardlyfro'm the axis' ofithe was' inclinedrearwaidlw *at' a "substantial angle *to the" vertical with the result that the initial movement 7 of 7 th*"1ever-* was "upwardly andthen forwardly sea downwardly. -Force-=eomponents T1 applied to those machines --'pursuant-' tothis ini- Y tialupward i'novement bf-thelever de'cre'ased the porting surface and" materially "cci'ntribritedi' to -th tendency of jthe"-mac hines"to twist about a "vertical axis; and this *tendehcyjwas"aggravated 3 "by the shortness of the base "of "those machines from front to back. These disadvantages'fare elir'ninat'ed accordingto the present-invention by 'the arrangement of the link "4| and togglenie'ohanism' 31 38 and'rockable me'rnb er F43" in such manner that theo'perating levef 58" may assume the initial position shown in Fig:- 2"j"( 'aan' expedient for shortening this "description" relerence is frequently made cinly'tdthe functions of parts, as links il, atthe onesideofthe machine," but -it should' be understood that there. is also the complemental function "of thefoompanionf parts, as 41 at thei'o'pposite side" "of "the" machine) "This re'siilt is duelargely to" the 'iricreasedi'length of the" body which permits 'th'e'nseof thel'oiiger link a 4 l. The increased? distance""between'the rock shaft 44-and' therearend of thebody further makesfit' practicable" to" dispose "the "'oonnectingpin M for the link 4'l"'so this lpiniis'snbshaft '44 when the operating" handle is in" its 'an angularly shapedflink '01:- i'co'nnectingielement 5 Jf-ing portion with -anarciiate slot whieltiorms a [position of "repose; ancifthisintfirniniakesit Dos- 4 -sible"to"1 *otate the "operatinghafidle less'fthan eo mcausing'the bell c'ra'nk arm ds aild'ithe link "'4 lto" approach their straight linei 'folee l'h ulti- {plying position'of Figl 3 iconeiirrntly witliflthe fplaten "and 'shr'edding'bar's arrivingattheir presstire reqniring p'ositi'o'ns' V 1 Resetting" mechanism is "provided; for i returning" "all fthe' type-carrying members" 2 3 to gro after each printing operation, unless suchmech- 'anis'mislocked "outin a'mannei' to-bepresently. ""set' forth. This feature is provided injlthe. machine to facilitat'acciiiate s'et-upfofr the. printing line for 'siic'zc'ssivechecks of -dififerent amounts; "or alternatively leaving the setupundisturbed when operating on a runjio f checks of equal amount. The. resetting or clearing *---mechanism off-"this fn'acliineiricludesa resettin element 'inthe' for I'of a ball 59 having a trans- "verseb1ght' and a "pair "of carve legs. Each le -1 ari mary track 64. The upper- 'er-"1d ot this slot is turne d :iaterany-to provide" a secondary track -65, A follower pin te m-the Tear-ward z-extension 6 I" ofthe res'ettinglc ail 5 9: is, slideable' Within the primary""and secondarytracks 64 -and 65. The link 63, being pivoted on the crank arm 46 by the pin 62,- is therefdreshiftable with respect :to the crank arm 46 eventhough movablethere- 7 1 with; and this movement i'or shifting of the 4 link 5 15- 63 relative to :the crank -arm 46r-is oontrolled iby engagement of the follower 6 B with the-primary -andsecondarytracksfl and 65. Link-6 3;-is urged to'- pivot counterclockwise about the pin: 62 .by a torsion .spring 61' wrappedz around such-:pim :and *having its opposite? j-e'nds respectively: engaging "the link Glandrock shaft44was shown in Eig; 3. --When the par-ts aredn the positions: shown: in Fig. 2; 'the--arc: of=the-primaryitrack 64minwc'i'des with a circledescribed about-the axis of the ipin'=60' a a center. w This'p'ermits -the pin' -EB- to be retracted'irom the .lupper end For the str65 to' "theii-lower "endithereofi when the bai1-59: is i-moved- T i upwardlyl from :the clearing position v shoWn by- "dot-'dash lines in Fig: 2 pursuant to -=manual resetting 0f ztheil tabs '26. Thenupper 1 iforward portion of the:link163risz-provided with a cam profile 61 defle'otable'bya'stud or pin 68 anchored inthe proximate i side walliof the" head I I I *as'the operatinghandle 58 'finally approaches 5 its respose positi'ontior: pivoting such link? to dis- -p1ace shoulder-11 61: front-beneath: the" bail "clearing pin 66' and thus placing the arcuateislot portion: '64'1iin registry-1- with ssaid clearing. lpinatm facilitate its movement itofthe lower endof- -'the 0 f slot portion 64 xpursuant'i to: iupward tmovement 'Iof the-bail 59. Y Mechanismiforfselectivelyilocking out ithe'ztype resetting mean inoludes a manuallyi operable oam69 pivoted in the pr'oximate sidewall otthe head 11. and operable byme'ans o'f a knob -lll pro- 2 jecting :outw'ardlyifrom the body kFig- 4) Counterclo'okwise' rotation ot-the earn- 69' is limited by a stop pin H carried by the proximate side l-wall of the head IL When-"in this-position, the "cam permits the spring li'l. to pivot ithe' link 63 for placing the s'houlder b'eneaththe resetting V. 'pinififi as shown in F-ig. 3 soa clearing *movo- 'ment: is "imparted to= the bail 59 when the operating handle is;rele'ased and returned "to its repose position of -Fig. 2. -When"-thecam 6 9 is pivcoted clockwise f-rom the Fig-Q 3 position its lobe H is placed in the path of the link 63"forre- "moving the shoulder 61 from beneaththeresetting pin so the slot-portion 64- WiIlsIide'idIy along "this pin and permit the -type*to==r'emain set'" while the operating handleis moved back to 1 its respose position. Thefb'asic'structure' of the machine'is' completed by a pluralityof transversely'st'ay rods "13 {which extend acrosSbetweenoppoSite side Walls of the body. Guide slots 15 extending alongoppositesides of-the -upper fiat face-of the base 10 'slideably receive stop tabs 74 projecting upwardly" from a triangular-stamping "I5 -beneath 'suchfa'ce. A reinforcing flange 1 6 "isupon the frontedgebf the stamping and a -do'wn-turned tab 16 "onits rear apex slidesin a stabilizing slgjtrili Fore and aft adj ustment of the tabsflfwhich arestop'szfor 5 the leadingedge bran-insertedinstrument is I the amount and the name of the payee. :1 made. according. to the; type O check 1 checkyouchersheetjto hehandled-bythe machine Thejrockable membeiiA3 i5. Proyided with a pa r of: radially proie tin s op p rt 111 a d l8.whichiar r spe ive y eneese i h a t p 'fpinflaiwhen the; member 43,as sum es the positions shownin Figs, 2 and 3 the structure deline ating the arcuate' travel of the operating lever 58. I Thepin 19 is rigidlyearriedbya proximate side w o h i o vhe m ch ne-,5 Bee cause of-the depth of the throat 2|, the ? machinehereindisclosed-iscapable of handling all forms of checks or'check-voucher units. In cases wherea check writer is-used on'ordinary checks or checks withvou'che'rs attached thereto along the? short side-thereofl there is no problem, since a check of -either' of these types need be inserted in the throat'ofthe'maehine only sum? ciently far to enable'the printing and shredding 'means to operate in the properplace on such check. In this respect prior machines were fairlysatisfactoryr It is found; however, that various business houses make use of a check-. voucher unit or sheet of the type shown in Fig. 5, wherein the voucher is attached to the check "along the upper longitudinal side of-the check. The legends and information on the check and voucher appear in the order shown. A checkvoucher unit of this type isfound to facilitate typing thereon, since the voucher portion may be filled in. first and the check may be completed subsequently. In the use of this type of unit, the -- voucher and check remain attached until the voucher is detached by the payee of the check. Although such check-voucher sheet or unit pos- ,sesses several advantages from the standpoint of efficiency and desirability'in the writing thereof, it has been found impossible to protect suchchecks with check-protecting machines of the type heretofore known. The principal cause of this diificultyresults from the inability of such prior machines to handle the check-voucher sheet, since the relatively short or shallowthroat of such. machines couldlnot accommodate the voucher while the check was beingprinted and shredded.- l According to the present invention, the throat 2| is deeDprlong enough to receive'the check vouchersheet when such sheet is fed into the throat voucher, first. ,There is sufiicient room in i the throat so that the voucher may occupy the rearward portion of the throat while the -appro priate portion of the check is disposed in position to be protected by the printing and shredding 7 means. The member 15 n longitudinally slidable in the guides 16 a Opposite-sides ofthe, base H1. so that the distancebetween the stops and the printing andshredding mechanism corresponds I to the distance between the upper edge of the check and those spaces onthe check that receive T e operation of the printi a d s redd n cmechanism h s; bee g e i e th s s an detail above and-need .n tber e eat hwhe the. opera in :leY r. 5.8 i inqve rwa dlyh a dow w d y: to ,Q er te the t ifl n S r d e m hanism; he e" c urs a simulta e ap ati n o th re et g. mechanism, P Qvi that the resetting mechanism is not locked out of pera on b t e; cam. :5 Ass m n v t at t es n mep a ismh s, 1 9 c dj ut the, pa i s ti thaw n e tigate i F zhpro ied one .phase ;of their-movement to the positions shown ,in Fig, 3,- -and return inasecond phase of their movement to the positions of Fig.- 2. Y When the finger operated cOntr Lmembers-ZG for. the type-carrying members 23 are moved upwardly in the slots 15, they are always in the-path of the bight portion of the'resetting bail 5 9. When the e er t n ate .58 ked rw d r an d n- .walfdly,; crank arrnjlfi on the rock shaft swings .in a counterclockwise direction and carrie'slwith"it'thegresetting link 63.. During this downward movement of the link 63, the follower pm 616 on the extension 6| of the resetting bail 59 slides'along therearmost edge of the curved slot 64 until .theshoulder 61 passes beneath such pin whereupon thesp'ring 6] pivots the link 63 to a place the shoulder beneath such pin, When the operating lever 58;reaches the limit of its downward movement- (Fig. 3),-the link 63 simultaneously reaches its downward limit, and the shoulder willbe spaced downwardly from the follower 66. .When the operating lever is allowed to return to itsstarting position under the force of spring fill fthe toggle mechanism operates to release the vplaten from impression relation with the-characters 25 in the printing line while the shoulder 61is moved upwardly into contact with the follower 66 preparatory to causing reset movement of thebail59. I Thus assurance is had that no reset movement is imparted to any of the .type segments lwhilethe platen is pressed againstltheir "typ'e characters. Eollowing abut- Y. m n of the shoulder 61 withlfthe follower =66, 'continuedjreturn movement of the operating handle. is a'cco'mpanied by additional upward movementiofthe shoulder 61 toeffect Counter- 7 clockwise rocking, of ,the resetting bail 59 and the return; of all set v operating members 26,to their zero positions. ,Of course, the bail will have no effect on-members 26 that-"are already injtheir initial or .zero positions. thejlink .63Qapf preaches the limit ofits upward movement, the upper. forward 'eorner 61 strikes ,the deflector studf68 to withdraw the secondary track 65.and shoulder 61? and place the' prim'a'ry track 64in endwise registry with the follower 66. This disposes the'trackfidfor receiving the follower pursuant to'upwar d movement of the bail bight .by ,upwardly moved members 26 in' the setup of a new printing line's 1 1;; The foregoing operation of. the resetting link 63 with respect to the follower '66 on the resetting bail 59 follows'from the fact that the position of 5 i the bail 59after its resetting operation is determined-by the Position of that type-carrying member'23 that is moved the greatest distance upwardly. In other words, the resetting bail, vhaving been moved to the position shown in broken lines in Fig. 2, is not automatically re- I turned tothe full line position shown in Fig. 2. The mechanism in this respect is considerably simplified and departs from known constructions ,bythe elimination of a return spring.v It is V T jfound that the automatic return of the resetting acoeo e necessary;sinceathe. resetting bail; -may be returnedtoanaplgropriate initial position by. being. 1 engagedsby whicheyen-gfingerroperated. members 26. are. moved upwardly: when the typeecarryingmembersv $.23 are-repositioned. for the writing of: subsequentchecks...:'lhe. arrangement; in the present. machine is. such that. no. additional ef. fort. is required-t; move the, resetting. bail 59. in- the. manner--aforesaid..: the.resetting mechanism may-be locked out so thatathe-resetting.bai159 does not change the po-. sitionsoi the-.type-carrying.members 23. Toaccomplishthis-iresultthecam 69 is. rotatedin av cloelnzvise. direction so .that the. longlobe thereon is-inr-position todengage the. lower. forward corner. of..the.-lin1c.63. as the linkismoved downwardly. to,..;the position-shown in;Fig. 3. Thev long lobe onthecam 69.- th.endeflects the .link.63 rearwardly. and -.preyents.-for.ward shifting. thereof. by. the. spring. 61.; and thus. precludes engagement, of, the. secondary;track.-65;with-the fol ow .66 On e resetting bail.59.. .As long asthecam 69 is in the position thusdescribed, theiollower, 66 .will travelidly inithedprimary.track 64 and the positionoi. Most Dartsloi the modification shown in Figs. 7 and-8 like. those. in',.the. first. embodiment and'lare identified. .by the same. respective reference... characters; Corresponding. parts. are designated the...,samle.. .rcspective 2. reference characters. ;pl .;hundred;fil for. example, .the. return spring for the operating lever .58'is.desig nated:..l 6.0.=.. insteacl .0116 05.. as in...the. first. embodi-. 101'; ting; on; the.- .type segments-;randssconcomitant: clockwise displacementotthebaikz. v I 1.".Ll t e swf m f The. increased-length or {th mee ing. mason tiontto accommodatingn moregefficient mechanism. and increased mechanical advantage in ithelinkq age foroperatingethe rockenarrns :3 l and-theinks. ing-roller; arms 48;,-p1;ovides;,also rfo r.- a @more ap propriate. dispositionot the resetting mechanism. I It is, to be notedthat. the; FIesettingIJink-B and; the connection thereof; to thesresetting bail; .59; and; cranky arm rile-on .the:.-rocka:ble;membe1:; ,43 is; positioned in- .the-.-space between the transverse shaft. 22- and;the;-rock,shaft 44 Thi-sis in. contra-.- distinction .to: known constructions: inwhich- :cor responding; 1. though dissimilan, mechanism 11 is crowded--;abot 1t.;the; axiszofi theyshaft thatv carries. the-rtypeecarrying-:rnembers-iwhichzratheriundee. sirable ccnstruction -resultsrirom-the closeecrowd ing of the. printing. mechanism shaft. and-1operat- 9= 1 ing-1eveI=:rUQ '$ha-ft.3; Otherdesirablecharacteristicszot the: inventions: as embodied in: the. l-preferredriorm herein: disei 1 1. A check protector,-;comprising; ja :body:;i ne. eluding an elongated fore and aft extendin'gzbase; with: an-elongated :upper:faceqextendingdengthe ;.;,wi se;;of saidrbase; and a:headndisposedrabove:the;' base iin ;-venticallysispaced-a relation :atherleto; the; space betweenl theebasexand head;.proyidinglsanz; ment. Theiprincipalachangeisiinomissioniof.the- 4oonecting the base-and.head-togethenatiheir rear rrameemounted studna 8; andsubstituting. a pins; 201. on .tIieresetJbaiL' the. meansiondeflect-l ing the link I63.;toL\car1y.-. tlie. .shouldei; I6I. from. under. the pin .1 66i-'while..the operating. handle is in .its repose..position, Fig. 6. Itwilllbe assumed bera63. toward-.the; repose positions During this clockwiservmoyementpf ..-the.-member. 63.1.-the. link I63 will be projected generally endwise upwardly whilexthe.shoulderrlfil approaches the pin I66 on the extension I6l of the reset bail. Spring 61 causes the backsideiof1thesecondary track I65 to slide. againstthe pin follower; [66 at thistime. Meanwhile the link 4 rwm be operating the toggle mechanism (as 31 48 of the firstembodiment) for withdrawing the platenwt'rtim impression rereaches. thepinJ 6.6 .andcommence's? reset;mov.e5-.- mentiofzthmbailJ 5.9. the.printing;characterst.wi1l beereleasedsand resettable.withoutlikelihood. of; "tween said ftoggleimechanism. nd'the 0' erat ends leavingthe 'throat -"open at its rron't and sides; printing me'ans disposed partly in '-the base" and partly the head and located near-the'front of the; throat; type changin g mechanisin associ ated with theprinting' meansand carried by e. 1 that the. operating handle; hasbeen ,moved. to the z operated. position-of.-16ig.-; -.'Z. ,Upon lease. of .the. handled-t .will bemovedclockwise .-up wardly by the lspliing'lja6 lie-together with -theymemheadnear the-frontof the throat? anpperating lever carried by-=the= head on L a transverse axis spaced rearwardly 0f-the-type-changingmecha% nism and substantiall-y i centrally "-p'osition-ed -b'e'- f ctweenthe front andreanencls of thebasei type eadthe spacei-bet ween the type'fchanging rnechanism"and- -f the -operating '-lever axis --and- -operativelyiassoaf resetting I means" positioned; in 'th ciated; with 'the' typerchanging 'mechanism' and, fefi e le e a rock r mtdisposed .lo'ni" gitudinally in thehase. anfd. 'hayin 'iits"fro t'gendj. operably connepted with the printing'mansfand f itsrearend ginproximity. to' theflrearencl of the. f elongatedthroat';f.anq"meansbperativelyiconnect I lation with the printing line.:of. set printing-3 (ingthje 'op'eraiting"lever.androckrarin, saidcohe I chanactgrs sq' timei thecshoulderil 61 I Q I I a Q sti gmea i'includine ror etmuitip a gle-mechanis'mrerably connected with said, rockeiilarm, i and. .a f orce=rnultip lyingi linkageg'operab connected ,.b,- lever. 2. A check protector, comprising? a'body including an elongated fore and aft extending base with an elongated upper face extending lengthwise of the base, and a head disposed above the base in vertically spaced relation thereto, the space between the base and head providing an elongated horizontal throat generally coextensive with said upper face of the base; means condownwardly thereinto pursuant to manual resetnecfing h bas nd he d together at their rear ends leaving the throat open at its front and sides; printing means including a platen mounted on the base and changeable type mounted on the head near the front of the throat; typechanging'mechanism associated with the printing means and carriedby the head near the front of the throat; an operating lever for the printing means carried by the head on a transverse axis spaced. rear'wardly of the changeable type and substantially centrally positioned betweenthe front and rear ends of the body; typeresetting means positioned in the head in the space between the type-changing mechanism and the operating lever axis and operatively associated with the type-changing mechanism and the operating lever; a rocker arm disposed longitudinally in the base and having its front end serving as the mount for the platen and its rear end in proximity to the rear end of the elongated throat; force multiplying toggle mechanism at the rear end of the body and operably axis of the operating lever and being swingable into a position substantially on a line extending between the axis of the operating lever and the pivoted connection of the link with the toggle mechanism incident to unbuckling the toggle mechanism. n 3. A check protector, comprising: a body having an elongated fore and aft extending base with a flat upper face, and a head spaced above the base and secured to the base at only the rear end thereof, the space between the head and base providing an elongated throat open at its front and sides; printing means carried by the body near the front of the throat; and means for operating the printing means, including a rock shaft carried by the body for rocking about an axis transversely of the base and positioned to the rear of the printing means and substantially centrally between the front and rear ends of the body, a rocker arm disposed longitudinally in the base and operably connected with said printing means, toggle means at the rear of the body and unbucklable to operate said rocker arm, a crank connected to the rock shaft and depending substantially directly below the axis thereof, a link operably connected between the crank and the toggle mechanism, and an operating lever fast on the shaft and extending in a reposing position substantially directly vertically upwardly from the shaft when the. toggle mechanism is buckled, the crank, link and toggle mechanism being so constructed and arranged as to swing the connection between the crank and link into a position substantially onto a line extending 4. In a check protector having a body print- 1 ing mechanism including type-carrying members individually settable about a common axis'transversely of the body, and means for operat ng the printing mechanism including a rockable operating member oscillatable between a position of repose and an operated position, the combination with the type-carrying members of a type-resetting bail havinga bight and a pair of legs positioned in the body with the legs pivoted on'a transverse axis and with the bight arranged to engage the type-carrying'fmembers, whereby the bight may sweep through an are about the pivot; axis of the legs to reset the type-carrying mem bers to their initial positions; means providing a crank arm swingablebythe aforesaid operating member; a pin on one leg of the bail and sweepable through an arcuate path attendant to movement of the bight through its arc; a link pivoted to the crank arm and having means engaging the pin including a long arcuate primary track and an angularly related relatively shorter secondary track, means for holding said link to dispose the arcuate track thereof coincident with the arcuate path of said pin while the rockable operating member is in its position of repose whereby the bail can retractively sweep without moving the link, said arcuate track accommodating movement of the link relatively to the pin pursuant to an initial phase of movement of the operating member from the repose position towardthe operated position; and means for shifting the link about its pivot on the crank arm for switching the pin to the secondary track during a succeeding phase of suchoperating member" movement whereby reverse movement of the link by the crank arm will effect type-resetting movement of the bail. 5. Theinvention set forthin claim 4, in which: 1 adjustable means is provided for engaging the link to prevent shifting of the link with respect. to the crank arm and thereby precluding switching of the pin tothe secondary track. 6. The invention set forth in claim 4, in which: said ,means for holding, the link in the po sition placing the arcuate trackcoincident with the arcuate path of the pin'is operable to engage the link after predetermined reverse movement thereof with the pin in the'second trackfor reshifting the link to reestablish coincidence of 7 said arcuate track with the path of said 'pin. LLOYD 'H. FENSTERMAKER. Number Name 1 r 1,608,199 Boydston et a1. Nov. 23,1926 2,118,871 Thompson ..May 31, 1938 2,231,237 Welter' Feb. 11, 1941 2,329,646. Payne 7 Sept. 14, 1948: are of record in, the V



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