Bizarre Microsoft patent: Clear box that's a reading stand and book holder

Holder For Storing And Supporting Articles - Figure 2

Figure 2 shows the holder with the lid in an open position, and a book resting on the lid "at an angle that is convenient for the reader." This drawing was also used on the first page of the patent application.

Image taken from U.S. Patent 4,588,074 - Digitized by Google

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