US 1089996 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
F. V. WALKER.
SIGN 0R DISPLAY GARD. APPLIOATION FILED JUNE 7, 1912.
Patented Mar. 10, 1914.
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FREELVIAN VALENTINE WALKER, OF BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.
SIGN OR DISPLAY-CARD.
1,089,996 Specication of Letters Patent. Patgned B131; 1()7 1914- Application filed .Tune 7, 1912. Serial No. 702,305.
T all whom 'it may concern: structure for the purposes of the invention.
Be it known that I, FREEMAN V. IVALKER, Instead of the wire mesh body or substruca citizen of the United States, residing at turc 5, the latter may be composed of a Bluffton, in the county of Beaufort and sheet 6 of metal, wood or cardboard having State of South Carolina, have invented new perforations 7 formed therein at regular or 60 and useful Improvements in Signs or Dispredetermined intervals, as shown Lby Fig. play-Cards, of which the following is a 8. It will therefore be understood that the specification. body or substructure 5 or 6 may be of any This invention relates to a sign or display material, it being only necessary to use a 10 card adapted to be used in the ordinary way body having perfor-ations or openings 65 Aor as a transparency and comprises essentherein at regular distances apart or artially a perforate body of pasteboard, wood, ranged in regular order. Though not actuwire or metal presenting a plurality of holes ally necessary to the success of the improved and having thereover a normally imperfosign or display card, it is preferred that rate sheet of thin opaque paper or analthe openings or apertures in the body or sub- 70 ogous material. structure 5 or 6 be arranged in straight The object of the invention is to provide lines at angles to each other. Over the body simple and effective means for producing a or substructure as thus explained a covering sign in the form of letters or an indicating 8 1s applied and secured to at least one side illustration or advertising mattei', or to Conthereof, and said covering consists of a thin 75 struct a transparency design or face at. the sheet of opaque paper or analogous matewill of the user in such manner that light rial that may be punctured or wherein openor a colored backing may be exposed thereings may be formed in those portions therethrough and involving an organization that of extending over the openings of the body Vwill permit an extensive variation in letter or substructure 5 or G. A second inclosing 80 forms, ornamentations or devices by a simcovering 9, which may in like manner be a ple operation and at a comparatively small thin sheet of opaque paper or other readily expense. puncturable material, may be applied to and In the drawings: Figure 1 is an elevation, secured against the opposite side of the body partially broken away, of a device embodyor substructure, and in some instances this 85 'ing the features of the invention and showadditional covering 9 may be of a colored ing the manner of puncturing the same to paper or it may be a tinted or colored transform letters of the alphabet in spelling parent paper which will permit light to ass words and constructing signs. Fig. Q. is a therethrough and produce a pleasing eleet transverse vertical section on the line .Q -2, when the opposite or outer covering 8 is 90 Fig. l, showing portions of the covering punctured to form the sign or design desheets released. Fig. 3 is a View similar to sired to be presented by the improved de- Fig. l looking at the back portion of the vice. It is also intended that the sign or card or sign device and illustrating a modicard be used as a part of the transparency 40 ication. Fig. 4 is a transverse vertical secwherein a colored screen or other analogous 95 tion on the line le-4, Fig. 3. device may be disposed back of the card or The numeral 5, Fig. l, designates a body puncture device as common in transparency or substructure which is shown in this figstructures to produce an attractive appearure as composed of an open mesh wire ance and pleasing illumination. lVhen the fabric, and this fabric may be of any size coverings S and 9 are both of opaque mate- 100 and the meshes either large or small or of rial they are simultaneously punctured, or any dimensions between maximum and minithe openings forming the letters as at 10, mum size in accordance with the character see Fig. l, are produced in both coverings. of the letters or designs to be formed or of By this means a sign or display card of 0 the general proportions of the card or sign greater thickness is produced and such dou- 105 embodying the features of the invention. ble covering will give the sign or card The said body is cut from wire fabric havgreater durability. In securing the covering meshes of different dimensions as found ings 8 and 9 to the body or substructure 5, in the market and without requiring a parany suitable adhesive material may be used, 5ticular preparation of the body or subor in some instances the device as a whole 110 may be disposed in a frame after the manner of display signs and cards as now commonly constructed and whereby the opaque covering will be held in place against the perforate body or substructure. The body or substructure 6, as shown by Fig. 3, is also provided with a covering ll of thin opaque material, such as paper, and the same convenience in forming letters, ornamentations or designs generally is permissible by the structure shown by Figs. 3 and 4 as in the structure shown by Figs. l and 2.
It .will be understood that the opaque covering applied to the body or substructure in either form shown Will be normally imperfoi-ate or unbroken, and the openings in the body or substructure Will serve solely as the guide means for the punctures in producing letters, characters or designs in the sign or card, and in forming the punctures a pencil, pointed stick or metal punch may be used, each puncture being preferably located in the center of the wire mesh body or substructure 5, for instance, as sho-Wn by Fig. l, or made of equal size with the openings or apertures 7 in the sheet body or substructure G, as shown by Fig. 3. The. size of the openings punched in the opaque covering, however, will be controlled by the will of the operator or user of the improved device.
From the foregoing it Will be understood that it is the purpose of the invention to furnish a material for signs Which may be either in the form, of cards or in rolls and capable of being readily employed to produce a neat sign of any size. The mesh structure or arrangement of the body or the perorations in the latter serve as guide means in the formation of letters or designs and particularly provide a resistance to prevent tearing of the opaque covering or for preventing the said covering from being torn through from one opening to another in making the punctures in addition to the guide provided by the regular formation of the meshes or openings in the body to insure the easy production of the openings of equal size and proportion in the opaque covering.
lfhat is claimed is:
l. A blank for a sign or display device, comprising a perforate substructure, and a normally imperforate and unbroken opaque thin covering sheet of paper' applied and secured directly against the said perforated substructure and adapted to be punctured to form letters and design configurations, the substructure at its edges terminating coincidently with the edges of the covering.
2. A blank `for a sign or display device, comprising a perforate substructure composed of elements extending at right angles to each other, and a normally imperforate and unbroken opaque thin covering sheet of paper secured directly against and bearing upon the said substructure. and closely fitting into the perforations in the latter, the said covering sheet of paper adapted` to be punctured to form letters and designs, the substructure at its edges terminating 'coincidenti with the edges of ther covering.
3. A blank for a sign or display device, comprising a perforate substructure, and normally imperforate thin sheet paper coverings applied to opposite sides of the substructure and directly against the latter Without interposed layers of any material, the covering sheets being drawn taut on the substructure and closely fitting in the openings inthe latter and tightly bearing against the margins of the perfo-rations of the substructure, the thin sheet paper coverings being adapted to be punctured to form letters and designs, the substructure at its edges terminating coincidently with the edges of the covering.
ln testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in presence of two subscribing Witnesses.
FREEMAN VALENTINE WALKER.
lllitnesses Mrs. J. E. BENSON, JOHN FLAHIVE.
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