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Publication numberUS1094709 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 28, 1914
Filing dateMar 24, 1913
Priority dateMar 24, 1913
Publication numberUS 1094709 A, US 1094709A, US-A-1094709, US1094709 A, US1094709A
InventorsWilliam T Faucett
Original AssigneeWilliam T Faucett
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Advertising device.
US 1094709 A
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1 ,O94,709, Patented Apr. 28, 1914.





To all In/10m it may concern Be it known that I, WILLIAM T. FAUcn'r'r, av citizen of the United States, residing at Des Moines, in the county of Polk and State of Iowa, have invented a certain new and useful Advertising Device, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to that form of advertising device known as a business directory and has for its object to provide a device made up in the form of a rectangular frame designed to be placed on a wall in a conspicuous place and provided at its central portion with mirrors and arranged with removable and interchangeable auxiliary frames positioned between the mirrors and the outside frame, the auxiliary frames being designed to receive advertising cards or the like.

A further object is to provide means in connection with the auxiliary frames for dividing the spaces therein to thereby accemmodate cards of v rying lengths; and also to provide means whereby the auxiliary frames are held in position, said means being so arranged as to be practically invisible from the front of the device.

My invention consists in certain details, in the construction, arrangement and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 shows a front elevation of my advertising device, one of the auxiliary frames therein being removed and shown in perspective. Fig. 2 shows a central, longitudinal edge view of a portion of my device, and Fig. 3 shows a sectional view taken on the line 33 of Jig. 1.

Referring in detail to the accompanying drawings, it will be seen that I have used the reference numeral 10 to indicate the outside or wall frame which may be arranged in rectangular form and preferably provided with hooks 11 for hanging wraps thereon. The frame is provided with a solid back 12 and centrally arranged within the frame are mirrors 13 carried in frames 14; and spaced apart equidistant from the adjacent sides and ends of the exterior frame and from each other. The central frames 14 which carry the mirrors are secured perma nently to the back 12 by means of screws 15 or the like. Interposed between the outside Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed March 24, 1913.

Patented Apr. 28, 121 1. Serial No. 756,606.

frame and the central frame are a plurality of auxiliary frames 16 all indentical in size so as to be readily interchangeable. Each of these frames 16 is provided with a glass front 17 against which an advertising card 18 is designed to be placed.

The advertising card may extend the entire length of the frame or, if desired, se eral cards may be placed in each frame and for this purpose I have provided a number of T-shaped strips 19 designed to be placed against the glass 17 between the adjacent ends of the cards in each frame. These strips will serve to divide the spaces within the frame and to hold the cards therein in proper positions. For keeping the cards tightly against the glass front, cardboard or picture backing 20 is employed. Each of the cardboards will of course be of a size and shape to correspond with the advertising card it is designed to hold in place. Flat metal springs 21 are pivoted to the sides and ends of each of the frames and arranged to exert an inward pressure to thereby hold the cardboards in proper position. Obviously the springs are only useful when the frames are being removed or replaced as in practice the springs are small and con structed of very thin metal and therefore the back portion 12 of the exterior frame will in reality bear against tl e cardboards when the parts are assembled. For removably securing the auxiliary frames in place, I employ on the exterior frame adjacent to each of the auxiliary frames, two outwardly curved lugs 22. On the side of each auxiliary frame, adjacent to these lugs corresponding openings 23 are provided and when fitting the auxiliary frames in posi tion the lugs 22 will enter the openings 23 and serve to hold that side of the frame in position. In the case of the vertical auxiliary frame at the middle of my device, as shown in Fig. 1, the lugs 22 are not secured to the exterior frame but to the central frame of either one of the mirrors. On the side of each frame, opposite that side provided with the openings, a spring metal catch 24: is centrally arranged. This catch has an outwardly bulging curve which, when the auxiliary frame is in position, engages the adjacent portion of the central frames. Near the outward end of the catch, an opening 25 is provided and a lug 26, secured to the central frame, is positioned in line with said opening and arranged to enter the Cit opening; when the catch is in normal position. The portion of the auxiliary frame nearest; the outer end of the catch is cut away, as shown at 27, so that the end of the catch may he moved sufficient distance to disengage the lug 26 when it is desired to remove he auxiliary frame.

In the operation of my device, a frame of desired size and carrying one or more cei 'rally arranged mirrors is placed in a vertical or horizontal posi ion on a, wall in cuous place. 'ifhe requisite numi i iliary frames is then provided, and "he-seshould all be of the same size in that they may be interchanged. Tie t czmtaining the adyertising; matter beng; at hand the next operation is to arrange the cards within the auxiliary frames and where uuniber o'l' eards are provided for each l1 line, the T-slnped strips are fitted against the glass front in position between the adjacent ends of the :ards. The backare then fitted over the cards and the V nee moved to position for holding the in place. The auxiliary frame is "ted against the outside frame with entering the openings Then winning the free end of the auxiliary inwardly the catch 2% will engage the t and thereby be moved inwardly until enters the .ip-ening 25. The catch spring outwardly and thus the he held securely in its closed posih i the construction of my device the frame i of a size to accommodate one or oi the central frames, and ol i'iously meralion in ea :h -ase will. be the same.

1 e interclianpealiile feature of the auxilaud the means for ren'iorably seframes in position are among the important iuli'antages offered by my I claim as my invention: 1. in a device of the class described, an outer trame inner frames spaced apart therefrom, a plurality of auxiliary ames designed to be placed between the outer and inner frames, the outer frame and auxiliary frames being provided with lugs and with openings for receiving said lugs, the inner and auxiliary frames being provided with :oacting lugs and spring catch devices so arranged. that when the auxiliary frames are placed in position the first named lugs enter said openii'lgs and the second named lugs are automatically engaged by said spring catch devices.

.2. in a device of the class d scribed an outer frame designed to be placed adjacent to a wall, a solid bacl: sicured thereto a second frame ar 'aneed within said outer f atom and spaced apart the r: irom at all. points a plur .lity of smaller frames designed to he placed between said first and second frames for engaging the edges of :ards or the lilce placed l'JPtVfCdH said smaller and said the class described, the frame, a plurality o lier aim o'; aux liary frames so ie of which are interposed betw on said outer and said inner frames" others being interposed between said. inner frames. said outer frame being provided with l l adjin'ent to all the auxiliary frames excepi l 3 betwe n the successive inner frames, saic inner frames being prorided, with all raiity of lugs said auxiliary frame; bei 5 formed with a plurality of one side to receive certain of with catch deriecs on. their other ngag'ing others of said lugs on the inner fran'ics.

D i ifoines, Eowa, Bil-arch 1S, 1913.

WILLIAM FAUCET. ll'itnesses openings on 1 Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of ratents, Washington, TB. (1.

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U.S. Classification40/729, 40/732, 40/735, 40/489
Cooperative ClassificationA47G1/065