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Publication numberUS1239033 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 4, 1917
Filing dateJan 21, 1914
Priority dateJan 21, 1914
Publication numberUS 1239033 A, US 1239033A, US-A-1239033, US1239033 A, US1239033A
InventorsHarry Y Norwood
Original AssigneeHarry Y Norwood
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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l @899033, e Patented Sept. 4, 1917.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Sept. 4L, i917.

Application led January 21, 1914. Serial No. 813,486.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, HARRY Y. Nonivoon, ot'V Rochester, inthe county of Monroe and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Signs; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full7 clear, and exact description ot the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part ot this specification, and to the reference-inimerals marked thereon.

My invention relates to signs, and it has :for its object'to provide a novel construction applicable to signs that are exposed in the open. The purpose of my invention is to aiord a construction that will operate in a manner so as to quickly attract attention, by having a movable part that cooperates to complete a ligure orpicture, `and thus call attention to the advertising matter to be displayed. Still an additional purpose contemplated in my improvement lies in so constructing the parts that the rst cost of the sign will be the only expense incurred, its subsequent operation being entirely automatic, and not in any manner dependent upon artificial power. To these and other ends the invention consists in certain improvements and combinations of parts all as will be hereinafter more fully described, the novel features being pointed out in the claim at the end of the specification.

In the drawings:

Figure l is a front elevation of a sign constructed in accordance with my invention, and

Fig. lu is a vertical sectional view of the same;

Fig. 2 is a front elevation of a slightly modified form, and

Fig. 2a is a side elevation of the same;

Fig. 3 is a front elevation of another application of the form shown in Figs. 1 and la, and

Fig. 3b1 is a side elevation of the construction shown in Fig. 3;

Fig. 4 is a front elevation of still another embodiment of the construction, and Fig. 4a is a plan view of the same.

Similar reference numerals in the several gures indicate the saine parts.

The invention is susceptible of various applications, an instance -of which is found in the large, prominently displayed sign boards that are placed in fields or other open spaces along the length of a railroad track, 4and where a great many of such signs are employed, especially in undeveloped parts of the country, it becomes more or less impracticable to supply artificial power for operating any movable parts thereof. At the same time, it is especially desirable to have some means for attracting attention other than the conventional stationary sign which has gone into such extensive use that it no longer serves its purpose as eiiiciently as was originally contemplated. Vith these conditions in mind, I have devised a sign which may comprise the figure of a person, or animal7 an object or scene, having as an essential part thereoi:l a movable portion or object which when actuated carries out the effect of the picture in a natural or life-like manner, and thereby makes the sign stand out prominently so that the attention of the ob,- server is called to it quickly.

In Figs. l and 1a in which is shown one application of my improvement, A designates a stationary back or support carrying the picture or gure of a man at A2. The head of the man is adapted to move relatively to the body portion, and to this end I provide an object portion A3, which embodies the figure of the head, and is so positioned relatively to the stationary part of the iigure as to impart a natural effect. The object portion A3 is connected to or carries a vane, and in the present instance, it is secured on a bracket A4, which is journaled on the bearing A5, and has a downwardly extending arm A, to which is attached the vane A7. The vane A7 is arranged at right angles to the stationary back A, being disposed in the path of the wind or air cur rents, and adapted to oscillate back and forth as the wind velocity varies. As the vane A7 is actuated, the object portion A3 is moved correspondingly, traveling in a plane parallel to the plane of the stationary back, and thus creating the effect of a man nodding his head.

The invention may be carried out in different ways, and in Figs. 2 and 2a the same principle is applied to a slightly different construction. In this form, B is the stationary back bearing the gure of a man, and B2 is the object portion representing one arm of the man, the hand carrying a suitable tool, and as the arm moves back and forth it conveys the impression of the man wielding the tool. The object portion B2 is carried on a shaft which is'suitably j ournaled llOO in the stationary back, and has fixed thereon at its opposite end a casting B3. Bt'is a Weight mounted on the rod Bf" carried by said casting, and B6 is a vane secured to the upper portion of the casting. Fig. 2a shows the normal position of the parts, the Weight serving to hold the vane in the upper position shown, and this construction is preferable Where the Wind velocity is likely to be greater and more variable, as the Weight B4 has a tendency to balance the vane, and to impart more or less regularity to its movements.

Another modification of the construction appears in Figs. 3 and 3aL in which the stationary back C has represented thereon a ing D2 and the object portion D3 comprises a face or the like adapted to be alternately moved into and out of alinement With the opening in the stationary back. The object portion is suitably journaled on a bearing carried by the stationary back, and carries a vane D4, and a Weight D5 Which balances and controls the movements of the object portion When the vane is rocked.

I claim as my invention:

In a movable sign, the combination With a stationary back having a ligure represented thereon, of a pivotally mounted object portion forming a part of said gure, and a vane connected With'the object portion and arranged in rear of the stationary back, said vane acting to balance the object portion and lying normally in an upright or vertical position to be ,acted upon by air currents` and to move freely in opposite directions from said vertical position and effecting a corresponding oscillation of the object portion. 4 Y


'Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents leach, by addressing the Gommission'erof Iiatentsi Washington, D. C. l

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US4132412 *Sep 27, 1976Jan 2, 1979Birdsall John DGame board with pivotal planar member
US4865574 *Mar 31, 1987Sep 12, 1989Zokeisha Publications, Ltd.Amusement and instructional device
US6301814 *Aug 11, 1999Oct 16, 2001Smithkline Beecham CorporationDisplay for a flexible head toothbrush
U.S. Classification40/422, 40/421, 446/152
Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/22