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Publication numberUS1132366 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 16, 1915
Filing dateSep 18, 1914
Priority dateSep 18, 1914
Publication numberUS 1132366 A, US 1132366A, US-A-1132366, US1132366 A, US1132366A
InventorsMarcus Loewenthal
Original AssigneeMarcus Loewenthal
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1132366 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Mar. 16, 1915.

Application filed March 11, 1913, Serial No. 753,589. Renewed September 18, 1914. Serial No. 862,402.

To ally whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, MARCUS LOEWENTHAL, 'a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of New York, borough of Manhattan, in the county and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Picture-Frame, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

The present invention relates to improvements in picture frames, and more particularly to such as are adapted for framing pictorial novelties, such as post-cards, photographs and fancy prints.

An object of the invention is to provide a structure which may be bent or shaped to the desired form, said structure being constructed as an elongated article, arranged so that a number may be nested for transportation or storage.

l/Vith this object in view, the invention consists in shaping to an angular cross section, an elongated strip of suitable metal, a soft metal being preferred, one of the flanges composing the angular shape being cut away to provide V-shaped nicks to determine the bending lines for the strip.

A further object tobe served by the present invention is to provide a hanging member for the frame and contents thereof.

With this objectin View, one of the angular extensions of the strip is provided with a pierced tab suitably extended and arranged with reference to the center of the irame, to provide a hanging member there- One embodiment of the present invention is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective View of a frame constructed and arranged in accordance with the present invention; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of a frame strip from which a frame such as shown in Fig. 1, is shaped; Fig. 8 is a detail view, on an enlarged scale, showing fragments of the meeting ends of the frame strip when joined to form the frame; Fig. 4f is a detail view, on an enlarged scale and in perspective, showing the end fragments of the frame when constructed in accordance with a modified form of fastening device therefor; Fig. 5 is a similar view, showing a further modified form of fastening device; Fig. 6 is a detail view, on an enlarged scale and in cross section, the section being taken on the line 66 in Fig. 5, the sections forming the sides of the frame being shown as connected.

As seen in the drawings, and particularly in Fig. 2 thereof, a strip of relatively soft metal is stamped or pressed to form a blank having a frame edge flange 15 and frame face flanges 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20. The flanges 16 to 20 inclusive are each divided from those adjacent by a square angle nick 21. The flanges 17 and 19 form the bases of the opposite end sides of a rectangular oblong frame. The flange 18 forms the face of one of the short end sides. The opposite end side is formed by the flanges 16 and 20, which flanges are each a fragment of the full end side having a combined length equal to the flange 18. The flanges 16 and 20 are utilized to fasten or bind the frame together, and for this purpose the flange 20 is provided with an elongated slot 22, through which protrudes a tab 28. The tab 23 is preferably extended in the plane of the flange 16, and is therefore in line for insertion through the slot 22 when the flanges l6 and 20 are juxtaposed in assembled relation. A perforation formed in the tab 23 projects beyond the flange 20 toreceive a fastening member, which thereafter holds in locked relation said flanges 16 and 20 and the completed or assembled frame. The flange 15 is at suitable intervals provided with spurs 25-. These spurs are adapted for folding over on the glass, picture, or back therefor after the same is seated in the angle formed by the flange 15 with the flanges 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

With a strip such as seen in Fig. 2 of the drawings, the operation of assembling the same is as follows :The strip is bent on the flange 15 opposite each of the nicks 21, and at a right angle, so that the miters formed by the nicks 21 unite or abut to form a continuous face surrounding the square open center of the frame. The sections of the frame having the flanges 16 and 20 overlap to a degree which permits the insertion of the tab 23 through the slot 22. ,This position is that which is shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings, where it will be noted the spurs 25 are upstanding, being projected in the same plane with the frame edge flange 15. The glass, backing, and picture therefor, if such be provided, are now set into the square of the frame, the glass resting upon the inner surface of the face flanges 16, 17 18,

l9 and 20. Inthis position, the spurs 25 are bent over to rest or press upon the backing behind the picture, the same being then completely framed. The framed picture is now hung upon a suitable device, using for this purpose the tab 23, through the perforation 24': whereof the fastening device extends.

In Fig. l of the drawings, a slight modification in the formation of the frame strip over that shown in Fig. 2, is shown. The modification consists in providing midway of the flange 19 an auxiliary tab 26, having an orifice 27. The advantage of the double hanger thus provided is obvious. When it is desired to use, for hanging purposes, the tab 26, the tab 23 is turned backward, and serves then to hold in locked relation the flanges l6 and 20. When the tab 23 is used for hanging, and the frame is provided with the tab 26, then the tab 26 is folded over, as are the spurs 25, against the back of the picture.

In Fig. 4, a modified form of the sections having the flanges 16 and 20 is shown. In this form, a flange 28 is extended to the full length of the side of the frame, and is provided adjacent the free end with a vertical tab 29, which, when depressed as shown in Fig. 4, may be inserted through a slot 30 which is formed in a flange 31. The flange 31 is provided with the tab 23, which in this form of the frame extends through a slot 32 formed in the flange 28.

To assemble the modified form, the tab 23 is protruded through the slot and the tab 29 is extended through the slot 30. The tab 29 is then turned upon the flange 31., to lock said flange in structural relation to the flange 28.

In Figs. 5 and 6 of the drawings, a modification of the form shown in Fig. 4 is provided, the modification consisting in providing a tab 33, so arranged as to fold over the rear edge of the frame edge flange 15. To hold the parts more rigidly in position, a suitable punching tool to form the nick 34:, is employed, which ridges the interposed material, as seen best in Fig. 6 of the drawings, and prevents the lateral displacement of the sections or flanges.

While I have herein described and shown a preferred form of fastening device for the joined flange sections, and modifications thereof, it will, nevertheless, be understood that many means within the scope of the appended claims and not herein described or illustrated may be employed for joining the end sections of the frame strip, without altering the spirit of the present invention.

It will further be understood that while I have described the strip and frame constructed therefrom as made of metal, I may construct the same from cardboard, celluloid, or other suitable or available material.

Having thus described my invention, 1 claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent I 1. A picture frame, comprising an elongated strip bent transversely to form flanges perpendicularly disposed to each other, one of said flanges being severed at intervals to permit folding the strip on the other flange in line with the severed portions; means mounted on the unsevered flange bendable to a position substantially parallel with the sections of the severed flange; means for uniting the free ends of the end sections of said strip, one of said end sections having at the center thereof an elongated slot; and a perforated tab extending from the other end section for insertion through said slot, said tab having a perforation to receive a hanging device.

2. As an article of manufacture, a frame forming strip bent lengthwise to form a plurality of separated frame-face flanges and a continuous frame-edge flange, said frameedge flange being provided at suitable intervals with spurs extending in the same plane and adapted for bending into parallel relation with said frameface flanges, said frame-edge flange being further provided adjacent one end of said strip with a slot extending lengthwise of said strip, said frame-face flanges having ends inclined to form miter joints when drawn together; and a frame-hanging tab integrally formed with the frame-face flange adjacent the other end of said strip, said tab being adapt ed to extend through said slot to unite the ends of said strip when forming a frame.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.



Qopies of th is patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing; the Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. G.

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US4399625 *Dec 18, 1981Aug 23, 1983Langan Thomas RRoll-on picture frame
U.S. Classification40/712, 24/20.0EE, 40/780
Cooperative ClassificationA47G1/16