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Publication numberUS1135484 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 13, 1915
Filing dateOct 10, 1913
Priority dateOct 10, 1913
Publication numberUS 1135484 A, US 1135484A, US-A-1135484, US1135484 A, US1135484A
InventorsSiegfried Adler
Original AssigneeCommon Sense Novelty Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display device.
US 1135484 A
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Patented Apr. 13, 1915.







Specification 'of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. f3, MM5.

To all 107mm it may concern Be it known that Snerni'nn ADLER, a citizen of the United States, residing 'at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of lfllinois, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Display Devices, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to displayA devices such as collapsible signs or placards sometimes called shadow box signs 5, and the object of the invention is to so construct a device of this character as to make it practicable to ship the sign in knocked down condition. i

As a result of my invention, the entire device may be laid out flat, and may be readily set up upon reaching the merchant who is to display it.

In the best form all of the parts are permanently connected together so that they cannot become separated from each other during shipment nor partsA Vof the devicelost. Furthermore, by having the partsall permanently fastened together the device is more durable and the set up state more apt to remain undisturbed.

l accomplish my objects by the construction shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a front face view of the device as it appears when in use. Fig. 2 is a rear view of the parts in the state shown in Fig. l. Fragments of the frame are broken away at the internal margin for better indicating the interfitting construction. Fig. 3 is a rear View showing the parts knocked down ready for shipment. Fig. 4 is a central vertical sectional view of the device in condition of use. Fig. 5 is a similar sectional view but shows the device in knocked down condition.

Similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout the several views.

rFhe frame, unich has a rectangular' central opening la consists of cardboard, wood, wood fiber or any other suitable material. The internal edges of the frame surrounding the central opening thereof are provided with pockets 2 on three sides of the opening. A simple and preferred construction of these pockets is clearly shown in Figs. 2 and 4, the pockets in this instance being formed by securing a backing 3 to the rear surface of the frame and leaving the inner edges freefor the purpose of receiving underneath them the wings 4 which are located at the marginal edges of the side wall a-ps 5. The inner edges of the backing preferably terminate short 'of the inner edges of the frame thereby rendering the backing invisible from the front of the frame. rlhe sign matter is drawn or print= ed upon a plaque 6, or on material fastened thereto, which is of the same configuration but slightly smaller, in dimensions than the central opening of the frame. The side wall flaps 5 are flexibly connected to the Vplaque and are mitered atltlie ends as shown in Fig. 8 s'o that they may be movable independently of reach other and may contact each other end to end when the device is set up. rlthe wing 4 which is the marginal wing upon one of the flaps is glued or otherwise permanently fastened to the back of the frame along one side of the central opening, thus holding the plaque and `its flaps permanently connected to the frame.

My device is particularly useful for manufacturers who furnish their agents, jobbers or retailers with signs for advertising the goods. In such cases the manufacturer ships the sign flat as shown in Figs. 8 and 5. When in this condition, the device takes up a minimum amount of space and is in conn venient form for shipment. when the merchant who is going to display the sign receives it, he slips the wings 4 into the marginal recesses or pockets in the frame-a thing easily accomplished and causing the plaque to be thrown to a plane behind the plane of the frame and the flaps to meet each other end to end to thereby form a complete closure at the sides. Then thus set up, the sign has an attractive appearance, giving the effect of weight and substance and being pleasing to the eye. .as the frame and plaque are permanently fastened together, there is no danger of the parts becoming detached during shipment and the manufacturer has the assurance that the number of frames will always match the number of plaques, for the two part-s are united during the manufacture of the device itself.

It will be noted that my device is compact for shipment and attractive when set up, and simple in construction.

Having thus described my invention, what l claim/as newand desire to secure by Letters Patent, is: I

l. A device of the character described comprising aframe having a rectangular central opening, a plaque for exposure through said opening, and marginal flaps on said plaque, said frame having recesses adjacent to certain of the sides of said opening for receiving the outer edges of the flaps, the overall dimension from the outer edge of one flap to the outer edge of the opposite iap when the flaps are in the plane of the plaque being greater than the corresponding distance` between the recesses which receive the outer edges of said flaps, and the dimension of the plaqueffrom the point where one of said flaps is joined to it to the point where the opposite one of saidv flaps is joined toit being less than the corresponding distance between the recesses which receive the edges ot said flaps7 whereby when the edges of said flaps are in place in said recesses, the flaps are thrown at an angle to the plane of the frame.

2. A collapsible sign, comprising a frame having a rectangular central opening with recesses along three sides of the internal margin thereof, a rectangular plaque bearing the sign matte-r, three marginal flaps on said plaque adapted to enter into said recesses, the overall dimension from the edge of one of said liaps to the edge of the opposite iiap when the flaps are in the plane of the plaque being greater than the corresponding distance between the two recesses which receive the edges of said flaps, and an additional marginal iiap on said plaque permanently secured to the back of the frame, all of said flaps being hinged to the plaque independently of each other, and the iiaps being beveled at the ends substantially as described.

3. A collapsible sign comprising a llat frame having a rectangular central opening, a plaque slightly smaller than the opening` in the frame, side walls adapted to hold the plaque parallel to and behind the plane of the frame, said walls being flexibly connected to the edges ofthe plaque and beveled at theends whereby they may touch end to end when the sign is set up, said fra me having pockets at the internal marginal edges for removably holding the margins of the side walls.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name in the presence of two witnesses.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, .'D. C.

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US5396724 *Sep 14, 1993Mar 14, 1995Joyce GangewerShield assembly for highway signs
U.S. Classification40/610
Cooperative ClassificationG09F15/0062