US 1235225 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
V. H. MILLER.
DISPLAY RACK. APPLICATION FILED JAN-20.1915.
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Patented July 31, 1917.
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Patented July 31, 1917.
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Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented July 31, 1917.
Application filed January 20, 1915. Serial No. 3,344.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, VICTOR H. MILLER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Display-Racks, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.
This invention relates to display racks such as are used to exhibit articles to be sold, for example, magazines, newspapers, cards, etc. An object of the invention is to provide a simple, efficient display rack which shall be very convenient to use, and another object is to so construct the display rack that it may be cheaply manufactured and very readily assembled for use.
Other objects will become apparent in the following description, which refers to the drawings, and the essential characteristics are set forth in the claim.
Figure 1 is a side elevation of my display rack; Fig. 2 is a perspective view on an enlarged scale, showing the arrangement of the series of pockets or holding devices, the intermediate portion being broken away; Fig. 3 is a top plan of my display rack; Fig. 4 is a sectional plan of alower support taken on the line 4 -1 of Fig. 1; Fig. 5 is a sectional detail of the pivot for the upper support; Fig. 6 is a sectional detail of the lower end of one of the struts extending between the upper and lower supports and showing the means for adjustment.
Referring to the drawings by reference numerals, 10 indicates a vertical standard shown as comprising a pipe or tube securely mounted at its lower end in a pedestal 11 Rotatably carried on the upper end of the standard 10 is a support member 12 preferably comprising a spider-like casting, shown as having four sides 14, substantially forming a square. Between diagonal members 15 of the support 12, are formed cross members 16 carrying downward projections 17 forming a V-shaped cavity for receivng the angular sides of quarter round struts 18, extending to the lower support member 20. This support member is similar to the support member 12, and is provided at its center with a ring 21 engaging the tubular standard 10. The casting 20 has similar side members 23, also substantially forming a square, and is provided with upward extensions 24 forming V-shaped pockets, on cross members 22, to receive the lower ends of the struts l8.
Extending from each side member of the support 12 to the corresponding side member of the lower support 20, is aseries (or chain) of holders (or skeleton pockets) of the display rack. These holders preferably comprise connected skeleton pockets 28 forming in effect chains of holders extending between the supports. On each side member 14 isv provided a pair of upwardly hooked projections 25 disposed near the ends of the side member and adapted to receive hooks 27 of the holders. In the form shown, these holders are adapted to receive books or magazines, periodicals and other similar shaped articles.
The skeleton pockets may be formed each of a single length of wire having hooked ends 27 on each end of the wire. From the hooked ends the wire extends down-- wardly as at 30 and forwardly as at 31., and. upwardly at 32, forming two deep U-shaped supporting members substantially parallel to each other. From the upper ends of the forward legs of these U-shaped supports .32, the wire extends laterally as at 33, then rearwardly as at 34, forming two side members which are connected by an intermediate portion'35 of the wire. Thus any rectangular body, such as a book, magazine or card, may be supported on the portions 31 of the wire and held from moving backward or forward by the portions 30 and 32, and the article is prevented from moving sidewise by the members 34.
Any number of these holders may be connected one with the other in the form of a chain, by bringing the hooks 27 of one holder over the portions 31 of the next, and this chain or series may be carried by the upper and lower supports 12 by bringing the upper hooks over the hooked projections 25 of the upper support, and the lower holder of the chain is shown as held by L-shaped hooks 38 formed on the side members 23 of the lower casting. These hooks are so arranged that the outer arm of the hook turns downwardly somewhat as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. Now with the portions 31 of the lower support 28 hooked beneath the hooked projections 38, the chain is securely held in position, as shown in Fig. 1. To complete the rack, each of the corresponding sides of the upper and lower castings are connected by chains of holders as described.
The upwardly extending portions at the back of the pocket carrying the hooks 27 may so engage the transverse portions 31 of the pocket above, that the transverse member 35 of such lower pocket may also engage the bottom transverse portions of the pocket above, thereby positioning one pocket by the other.
The castings 12 and 20 may be moved apart at any time to tighten the chains of holders, by means of an adjustment pro vided at the upper and lower ends of each of the struts 18. This adjustment is illustrated in Figs. 4 and 6. As stated, the struts 18 are formed preferably of quarter round bars having their V-shaped sides eX- tending into pockets 17 and 24, and are drawn into tight engagement therewith by means of bolts 40, extending through a slot 42 in the upper portion of the V-shaped pocket member, and each provided with a nut 43. It will be noted that this slot allows for vertical movement of the casting with relation to the struts; that to tighten the chains or supports, it is only necessary to move the upper casting upwardly and again tighten it in place, or move the lower easting downwardly. In each case the bolt slides in its slot 42.
It is desirable to rotate the display rack, and, as stated, the lower casting has a rotatable engagement with the vertical standard. The upper; casting 12 is pivotally carried by the upper end of the standard, the casting having a central boss 45, having at its lower side a recess 46, adapted to receive the number of sides of these supports, and
I may vary the size of some of the rows of holders to receive different sizes and shapes of articles, without departing from the spirit of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
In a display rack, the combination of a series of pockets, a support for the upper pocket, each pocket comprising a single integral wire strip having a substantially horizontal member extended forwardly to form the sides of the pocket and then inwardly and downwardly, then backwardly, forming the bottom of the pocket, and upwardly, the upwardly extending members having thereon hooks adapted to engage the next pocket above in such position that the horizontal member may rest against and be positioned by the lower portion'of the pocket above.
In testimony whereof, I hereunto afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
V VICTOR H. MILLER.
JUSTIN W. MAGKLIN, ALBERT H. BATES.
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