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Publication numberUS1225195 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 8, 1917
Filing dateApr 24, 1916
Priority dateApr 24, 1916
Publication numberUS 1225195 A, US 1225195A, US-A-1225195, US1225195 A, US1225195A
InventorsFrank W Wanda
Original AssigneeFrank W Wanda
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1225195 A
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Patented May 8, 1917.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented May 8, 1917.

Application filed April 24, 1916. Serial No. 93,130.

To all whom it 'nmy (manor n:

Be it known that I, FRANK W. WANDA, a citizen of the United States, residing at ll'ladison, in the county of Somerset, in the State of Maine, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Picture-Frames, of which the following is a specification reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

The object of this invention is to provide a picture frame having combined therewith a chambered back in which may be hidden or stored jewelry, letters, or the like Valuables and my invention also includes specially convenient means, for removably securing the back-board proper in place behind the picture so that the picture may be readily removed or changed when desired.

My invention is clearly illustrated in the annexed drawings, Figure 1 being a front face view of a picture frame embodying my present improvement and Fig. 2 is a side or edge elevation of the same. Fig. 3 is a sectional view of said frame taken on the line 33 of Fig. 1. Fig. 1 is a rear side elevation of the picture frame proper with the chambered back section removed.

In these drawings the reference numeral 10 indicates a picture frame which is of ordinary appearance when viewed from its front side, said frame having a rectangular ledge 11 at its rear side which is inclosed by a loosely fitting, chambered, back section 12, the said chamber being of such depth that small. articles such as jewelry and the like may be hidden and stored therein. As here shown, the chambered back 12 is secured to the frame section 10 by means of clamps, Clasps, or clips 13 whereby the picture frame section and the chambered back section are removably connected with each other and are then in elfect a single structure. The

backboard 14 which holds the picture in place is itself secured in position by means of a plurality of screws 15 each of which is formed with an enlarged head which overlaps the edge of the back-board 14 as will be understood by reference to Figs. 3 and 4 of the drawings.

The described device is preferably! of such restricted thickness that the presence of the chamber in the back section would not ordinarily be suspected yet it provides a cavity or chamber in which a number of articles may be hidden for safe keeping.

The frame thus provided may be suspended on a wall by means of wire or cord in the usual manner or the back sections may be provided with a hinged easel support 16 by means of which the frame may be supported in an inclined position on a table or shelf.

In the manufacture of my improved frame, and chambered, back section, I preferably interpose a packing of paper or felt 17 between the separable parts in order to make the device as nearly dust-proof as is possible.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and wish to secure by Letters Patent is The combination with a frame having a ledge on its rear face extending entirely around the same, a backboard and means for securing said backboard to the ledge; of a box-like back applied to said frame to entirely cover said ledge and backboard, means for removably secu ring the box-like back to the frame and a packing interposed between the outer edges of the frame and said boxlike back, whereby to provide a dust proof connection.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. G.

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U.S. Classification40/722, 40/746, 40/790
International ClassificationB65D51/24
European ClassificationA47G1/12, B65D51/24F