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Publication numberUS1130844 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 9, 1915
Filing dateMar 28, 1914
Priority dateMar 28, 1914
Publication numberUS 1130844 A, US 1130844A, US-A-1130844, US1130844 A, US1130844A
InventorsFrederick W Ruby
Original AssigneeRuby Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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'Panted Mar.9,1915.

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Patented Mar.'9, 1915.

4 SHEETS-SHEET 4 @NTM sas! FREDERICK RUBY, OF JACKSON, IVIICHIIGrAN,l ASSIGNOR TO RUBY MANUFACTURING:

` COMPANY, OF JACKSON, MICHIGAN. i

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Specification of Letters 'Patent Application led January 8, 1910, Serial No. 537,046. Renewed March 28, :1914. Serial No. 828,097.

To all whom it may concern.' y

Be it known that I, F REDERIGK W. RUBY, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Jackson, county of Jackson, and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Signs, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates .to improvements in wall structures for signs or portable buildings.

The main' objects of this invention are: First, to provide an improved construction of .signs of the bill or sign lboard type in which the advertisements or signs can be prepared in a shop and easily and quickly set up or placed upon the supporting frame.

Second, to provide an improved sign in which the sign panels may be qulckly changed as may be desired. Third, to provide an improved sign of the sign or bill board type which is comparatively economical to produce and easily assembled, and one which is very strong and rigid when assembled. Fourth, to provide an improved sign of the sign or bill board type which is made up of a plurality of panels forming diiferent signs or advertisements, or parts of the same sign or advertisement, which when assembled has the appearance -of. a unitary structure. Fifth, to provide an improved wall structure which is made up of a plu-v rality of panels which can be prepared in the shop and easily and quickly set up. and a supporting frame, which, when assembled, has the appearance of a unitary structure.

Further objects, and objects relating to structural details, will definitely appear from the detailed description to follow.

I accomplish the objects of my invention by the devices and means described in the following speciiication.

The structure describedv constitutes one effective embodiment of my invention. Other embodiments would be readily devised by those skilled in the art.

The invention is clearly defined and pointi ed out in the claims.

Figure l is a perspective view of the. structure embodying the features of my invention, the panels beingshown without any slgn or advertisement thereon; Fig. 2 is a detail perspective view of the frame or supf patented Mar. e, i915.

F ig. 7 is a sectional view taken on aline corresponding to line 7 7 of Fig. 2; Fig; 8 is a detail rear perspective of one of the panels showing its" structural details; Fig. 9 isa detail section taken on a line corresponding to line' 9-9 of Fig. l; Fig. 10 is a detail section taken on a line corresponding to line 10e-l0 of Fig. l; Fig. 11 is a detail elevation showing the means for securing the panelsupon the supporting frame; Fig. 12 is a detail section taken on a line corresponding to line 12-12 of Fig. 11; Fig. 13 isa detail rear view of one of the panel frames; Fig. 14 is an enlarged detail perspective showing the steps of manufacture, the frame being laid upon the panel in position for the panel to be secured thereto; and Fig. 15 is a corresponding perspective showing the manner of folding the edges of the -panel over the frame and the arrangement ofthe joint pieces.

acters refer to similar parts throughout the several views, and the sectional views are taken looking in the .direction of.' the little arrows at the ends of the section lines.

Referring to the drawings, the panels 1 are formed of sheet metal and are provided with rectangular frames 2. These frames are formed of anglel iron, each frame being formed of the single piece, the ends being brought together and welded as at 3. (See. Fig. 13). These frames 2 are arranged with the angles 4L inwardly. The edges 5 of the panels are folded over the outer legs or arms y of the frame and secured thereon. This rigidly supports the panels so that they can l be handled without liability of their beingbent or distorted, and they are also very effectively and rigidly supported when assembled in the supporting frame. A further advantage of this method of securing the anels to the frameis that the buckle can be taken out of the panels as they are secured upon the panel frames.

.The panels are provided with projecting joint pieces 6 at ytheir top and sides. These joint pieces are angle shaped in cross section, as is clearly illustrated in the drawing, and arranged over the infolded edges of the panels with their angles in the angles of the panel frames, their rearwardly projecting arms being riveted to the rearwardly projecting armsof the frame and their outwardly projecting arms being riveted to the outwardly projecting arms of the frame, the rivets serving to secure the panels securely upon the frame. The rivets are shown at 7 in Fig. 8.

The supporting frame consists of uprights 8 formed of angle iron and horizontally dlsposed supporting members or stringers 9, also formed of angle iron. When these supportin members 9 are made of pieces or sections t ey are connected by channel shaped Joint pieces 10,` (see Fig..5) the ends of the pieces or sections being brought together to I Fig. 5).

form a butt joint and the joint pieces being secured thereon by means of bolts 11.

The horizontal and upright pieces are connected by means of the clips 12 which have pairs of oppositely disposed lug-like ears 13 forming channels to receive Athe members to be connected. These coupling or clip members 12 avoid the necessity of brace pieces for the members 8 and'9.

The members '8 and 9 are connected by means of the bolt's14 arranged therethrough and through the coupling or clip members 12. (See Fig. 4).

' The frame isl supported by props or braces 15 arranged at a suitable angle. The uprights and the braces are mounted on suitable bases 16 having foot portions 17 on their lower ends which makes them more rigid when set.

The bases ar'e provided with longitudinal slots 18 adjusted to receive the bolts 19 so that the uprights and their braces can be readily adjusted for the leveling lof the supporting frame without regard to the setting of the bases. i

The braces or props 15 are formed of angle iron, one arm of the angle iron being extended upwardly into an attaching strap 20 through which the attaching bolts 21 are arranged, as clearly appears in Fig. 6. This provides a simple and effective supporting frame.

To provide a means for quickly and securely attaching the panels to the supporting frame, I form support engaging mem- These slots 22 are bayonet slots,

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workman is at work. thereon.

bers, or fasteners, on the panel 4frames by means of slots 22 in the edges of the rearwardly projecting arms of the frames.

and are adapted .to receive `the forwardly projecting arms of the supporting members 9. Ihese'supporting' members are provided With retainers 23, the retainers pieces secured to the supporting members, forming ange-like projections thereon'. (See Figs. 2 and 7).

In placing the panels they are slippedv upon the. forwardly projectingarms of the supporting members 9 and moved along thereon until theattaching members of the panels are engaged with the retaining members of the supports.

`To retain the panels upon their supports I provide hook-like securing members 24 which are adapted to be engaged. in the holes 25 in the members 9. These holes are spaced so that any desired p'anel may be secured, although in practice itis only necessary to secure the end panels.

When the panels are erected upon the 4frame they form in effect a continuous sign or board.

The joint strips are arranged to interlap, as clearly appears in Figs. 9 and 10, so that tight joints are formed between the panels -which assists in securingthem in place and prevents their buckling orv otherwise getting out of alinement My improved sign when completed has the appearance of a unitary structure. 'The several panels are adapted to receive parts of a single advertisement,- or each panel may contain a single advertisement.

Advertisements vcan, be` placed upon the panels either in the form of bills, posters or the like, or they may be painted directly upon the panel. This work can be done in the shop and the panels set up or placed vupon the supporting frame, vas'desired.

being angle l as shown, j

I have illustrated and vdescribed my improved sign in the form preferred by me, as it is the form in which it has been embodied and in Which it is in use at the pres. ent time. I am, however, aware that it is capable of considerable variationin structural details withoutl departing from my invention, and I desire to be understood as claiming the same specifically in the form illustrated, as well as broadly within than scope of the appended claims. j I Having thus .described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: y

1. In a sign, the combination with a plurality of panels formed of ,sheet metal; frames for said panels formed of L-shaped angle iron, arranged on the sides of the panels with the angles inwardly withone arm projecting rearwardly; projecting joint pieces on the top and sides of said panels, said joint ,pieces ,being L-shaped Ain cross section an'd arranged in the angles of the frames for said panels formed of L-shaped 4 angle iron arranged with one of the arms projecting rearwardly, the rearwardly projecting arms of the frame irons having slots therein to provide support engaging members; supports for said panels having flange like engaging members adapted to be engaged in said slots in said panel frames whereby said panels are detachably supported on said supports; and hook-like retainers on said panels, said supports being provided withholes suitably spaced to receive said retainers.

3. In a sign, the combination with a plurality of panels formed of sheet metal; frames for said panels'formed of L-shaped angle iron arranged with one of the arms projecting rearwardly, the rearwardly projecting arms of the frame irons having bayonet slots therein to provide support engaging members; angle iron supporting members for said panels arranged with one of their arms projecting forwardly and Hangelike panel engaging members secured on the forwardly projecting arms of said supporting -members to engage said slots in said panel frames; and hook-like retainers on said panels, said supporting members being provided with holes suitably spaced to receive said retainers.

4. In a sign, the combination with a plurality of panels formed of sheet -metal frames for said panels formed of L-shaped angle iron arranged with one of the arms projecting rearwardly, tl rearwardly projecting arms of the fran. irons having slots therein to provide support engaging members; angle iron supporting members for said panels arranged with one of their arms projecting forwardly, to engage said. slotsin y on said panels, said supporting members be ingproyidedfwithholes suitably spacedf'tof receive-said retainers. w

5, =,In!a.sign,-:thefcombination with a plurality of panels formed of sheet metal; frames for said panels formed of L-shaped angle iron,V arranged with the angles out-I wardly; proj ectingjoint strips for said panels, said jointstrips being angle shaped in cross section andrai-ranged in the angles of the), panel frames, the arms y of ithe joint piecesfbeingsecured to the corresponding arms of the panel frames, the meeting jointpieces beingjA-adapted ytoroverlap A when the' i panels are arranged edge to edge to close the joint between the panels and support the panels in alinement. V

l 6. In 'a sign, the combination with a plurality of panels formed of sheet metal; frames for said panels formed of L-shaped angle iron arranged with one of the arms projecting rearwardly, the rearwardly projecting arms ofthe frame irons having sup* port engaging members thereon; projecting joint strips for said panels, the meeting mav edges thereof being adapted to overlap when the panels are arranged edge to edgel to close the joint between the panels andsupport the panels in alinement; and supports for said panels having engaging members adapted to co-act with said engaging members of said panels. l

. 7. In a sign, the combination of a plurality o f sheet metal panels;frames for said panels having attaching members thereon; anda supporting frame comprising horizontally-disposed supporting bars, said attaching members being adapted tol be engaged with and moved longitudinally upon said supporting bars, said supporting bars being provided with coacting engaging members" with which said attaching members of said panels may be engaged by such longitudinal movement.

8. In a wall structure, the combination with a plurality of sheet metal panels, of frames for said panels formed o-f angle iron provided with rearwardly projecting arms, said rearwardly projecting arms being provided with bayonet slots, supports for Vsaid panels comprising horizontally disposed supporting bars provided with flanges adapted to engage in vsaid bayonet slots whereby said panel frames are held from movement except longitudinally of said.

horizontally disposed supporting bars, and retaining bolts connecting said horizontally disposed supporting bars and said panel frames and preventing the latter from longitudinal movement on the former, all coacting substantially as described for the purpose specified.

9. In a wall structure, the combination with a plurality of sheet metal panels, of frames for said panels formed of angle iron.

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supports for said panels comprising a plument upon said'supporting bars .a1l coast#l rality of horizontallydisposed supportingr ing substantially as described for the purbars', said panel frames being movable longipose specied. e 1 tudinally of said supporting bars and adapt- In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set 15 5 ved to engage therewith whereby al1 movemy hand and seal in the presence of two ment of said frame relative to said bars eX- Witnesses. cept longitudinally thereof is prevented, and retaining bolts extending longitudinally of said bars and connecting said supporting Witnesses:

i0 bars and said panel frames whereby said v `WESLEY SEARs,`

frames are held against longitudinal move- HERBERT G. MANLY.'

- 4 FRED. w. RUBY. y [La]

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2775833 *Jul 30, 1953Jan 1, 1957Butler Manufacturing CoSignboard structure
US2948976 *Jan 16, 1957Aug 16, 1960Miller Outdoor Advertising ProBillboard construction
US2968033 *Apr 22, 1957Jan 10, 1961Kreitzberg James SReflector
US3176418 *Jul 25, 1960Apr 6, 1965Ramseur Jr Vardry DSignboard apparatus and method of assembly
US5337502 *Nov 30, 1992Aug 16, 1994Hopkins Robert LPartitioned sign panel for billboards
Classifications
U.S. Classification40/624, 472/79
Cooperative ClassificationG09F15/0006