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J.COLUCCL FOLDING PICTURE. APPLICATION FILED FEB. 23, 1916.
1, 182,977. I Patented May 9, 1916.
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J OSEPH COLUCCI, OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK.
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Patented May 9, 191%.
Application filed February 23, 1916. Serial No. 80,040.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, JOSEPH CoLUooI, a citizen of the United States, residing at Buffalo, in the county of Erie and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Folding Pictures, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a folding picture which is more particularly designed for use as an advertising novelty and its object is to produce a picture for this purpose having a part which moves into different positions upon opening or closing the leaves of the same and which also permits of using the portraits of different persons in connection with the picture.
In the accompanying drawings: Figurel is a perspective view of a folding picture embodying my invention and showing the same in a fully opened position. Fig. 2 is a similar view showing the nearly fully closed position. Fig. 3 is an outside view of the picture fully folded. Fig. 4 is a transverse section thereof taken on line 4-4, Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a longitudinal section taken on the correspondingly numbered line in Fig. 3. 7
Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
In its general construction this folding picture comprises two leaves 1 and 2which have their inner longitudinal edges connected by a hinge joint 3 so that the same may be folded or closed and unfolded or opened like a book. A plait adapted to be folded and unfolded is associated with these leaves so as to practically form parts thereof which plait in this instance comprises two triangular plies 4, 5 having their two inner opposing vertical edges connected by a hinge joint 6, and their upper corresponding inclined edges connected by hinge joints 7 with the 'inner lower corners of said leaves while their correspond ing lower horizontal edges are free and in line with the lower edges of said leaves in the unfolded position of theparts.
One of the pliesof the plait, for instance the left hand ply, as shown in the drawings, is provided with a wing or extension 8 which is adapted to project downwardly from the free edge of the ply 4 and laterally across the joint betweensaid plies to a point opporelatively to one another.
site the free edge of the other ply 5 but not connected with the latter.
The inner sides of the'leaves, plies and the wing may be provided with any suitable representation of a person, flower or mechanism so that upon folding and unfolding the leaves, plies and wing the severalparts of this representation wfill appear to move For instance as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the front'faces or inner sides of the leaves, plies and wing bear the representation of a man holding a hat in his right hand, the body of the same being depicted partly on the leaves and plies, the arm formed on the left plies and part of the wing and the hand and hat being represented on the extremity of the wing or extension.
Upon opening and closing this folding picture the arm, hat and hand will be moved toward and from the head and body of the person in imitation of a salute. As the two leaves and plies are unfolded the wing is moved downwardly into a position in which the same and the leaves and plies are in the same plane, as shown in Fig. 1, at which time the wing projects from one ply across the joint between the plies and to a point below the free edge of the other ply. Upon folding the leaves and plies the wing is moved upwardly and inwardly between the leaves together with the plies of the plait so that no part of the plies and wing project laterally beyond the edges of the leaves, as shown in Fig. 2, where the plies and wings are not liable to be injured and permits of readily sending the same through the mails.
The outer side of the front leaf 1, is preferably provided adjacent to the plait with the representation of a corner on this leaf folded back, as shown at 9, thus accounting for the adjacent corner of the leaf 1 which is turned inwardly in the form of the ply 3.
In order to permit of changing the portrait of the person represented in the picture that leaf containing the head portion .of the picture is provided with a pocket and this portrait exposed throughthe exhibiting opening 11 so as to harmonize and make a complete picture with the parts permanently represented on the leaves, plies and wing.
The pictures of different customers or friends may by this means be displayed and thereby enhance the novelty of the advertisement.
It is, of course, obvious that instead of a hat some other article may be represented on the wing, for instance, a bouquet of flowers or a box of cigars which have the appearance of being presented to a guest upon opening the picture.
For convenience in mailing these folding pictures, particularly when used for advertising purposes, the corresponding upper and longitudinal edges of the two leaves other than those connected by the hinge joint 3 may be secured together by cement to prevent the leaves from opening during transportation and to facilitate opening of the folded picture, lines of perforations 13 are formed on the leaves inwardly of the cement connected parts thereof whereby the latter may be readily torn 0E preparatory to opening the folded picture.
I claim as my invention:
1.- A folding picture comprising two leaves which are connected at corresponding longitudinal edges to permit the same to swing flatwise toward and from each other, an accordion plait having two triangularshaped plies which have twoopposing edges connected with each other and two other corresponding edges connected with two inner corners of said leaves respectively while the remainlng corresponding edges are free, sald plait being adapted to fold inwardly leaves which are connected at corresponding longitudinal edges to permit the same to swing flatwise toward and from each other, an accordion plait having two triangularshaped plies which have two opposing edges connected with each other and two other corresponding edges connected with two inner corners of said leaves respectively while the remaining corresponding edges are free, said plait being adapted to fold inwardly between said leaves upon closing the latter together and to unfold outwardly upon opening or swinging apart said leaves, and a wing or extension arranged on the free edge of one ply of said plait and projecting across the joint between said plies and opposite free edge of the other ply but disconnected from the latter, said wing or extension being adapted to move between the leaves upon closing the latter and to move outwardly into the same plane as said leaves upon opening the latter one of said leaves being provided with a pocket for the reception of a picture and an opening in the inner vwall of said pocket through which the picture is visible upon opening said leaves.
' JOSEPH COLUCCI.