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Publication numberUS1393665 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 11, 1921
Filing dateFeb 3, 1920
Priority dateFeb 3, 1920
Publication numberUS 1393665 A, US 1393665A, US-A-1393665, US1393665 A, US1393665A
InventorsClosson Clarence E
Original AssigneeClosson Clarence E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1393665 A
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Patented Oct. 11, 1921.


I .Z'nye/I/iafi Clarelzcelicbssoiu 0. E. CLOSSON. ADVERTISING CABINET. APPLICATION FILED FEB. s. 1920.

Patented Oct. 11, 1921'.


Clare/zeal). Clo-519022) UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

CLARENCE n. GLOSSON, or roTLA'rcmibArro.


Application filed February 3, 1920. Serial No. 355,900.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, CLARENCE CLossoN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Potlatch, in the county of Latah and State of Idaho, have invented. certain new and useful Improvements in Advertising-Gabinets, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improved advertising cabinetand has as one of its principal objects to provide a device of this character which may be employed as an automobile or other vehicle body whereby the vehicle may be driven about for exhibiting a sign displayed by the cabinet.

The invention has as a further object to provide a cabinet having apertured side walls and employing means in connection with said apertures whereby any desired apertures may be uncovered for forming sign letters.

A further object of the invention is to provide a cabinet which may, at night, be illuminated so that the light will shine through the uncovered apertures forming the sign letters and also wherein colored shutters will be provided for covering the apertures so that, in the day time, the apertures forming the letters will be distinguished by the color of the shutters.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a cabinet wherein the side walls thereof will be removable so that while one pair of side Walls is in use, another pair ma be made ready for use.

.nd the invention has as a still further object to provide in connection with the cabinet, side walls of slightly different construction whereby letter stencils may be employed upon the side walls.

Other and incidental objects will appear hereinafter.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a perspective view showing my improved advertising cabinet employed as the body of a motor truck of conventional Fig. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view looking at the inner side of one of the side walls of the cabinet and illustrating the mounting of the shutters thereon,

Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing one of the shutters and its socket in detail,

Fig. 1 is a fragmentary perspective view showing one of the doors at the rear of the cabinet swung open,

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 11, 1921.

Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional view taken through the cabinet.

In carrying the invention into effect, I employ a cabinet body 10. This cabinet body is preferably formed of sheet metal and may be of any preferred shape. However, in the drawings, I have shown the cabinet body constructed to form the body of a conventional type of motor truck, so that the truck may be driven about for exhibiting a sign or signs displayed by the cabinet. Nevertheless, the device may, as will be appreciated, be employed as a stationary cabinet. The side walls of the cabinet are, for convenience, indicated at 11, these side walls being detachably secured in position, .as paropposite sides of the cabinet and an intervening battery chamber 1 1. Normally closin these chambers at the rear end ofthe ca inet are doors 16. Thus, when desired, access may be readily had to said chambers. As brought out in Fig. 1, each of the side walls 11 of the cabinet is formed with an apertured area or field about which is an imperforate border. The apertures are indicated at 17. Mounted within each of the chambers 13 is a series of electric lamps 18 connected with one or more approved batteries 19 within the chamber 1 1. The lamps 18 of each series are, as particularly brought out in Fig. 5, disposed behind the border of the adjacent side wall of the cabinet so that light from said lamps will not shine directly through the apertures 17. The interior surfaces of the walls of the light chambers are preferably painted or otherwise coated white so that a minimum number of lamps will be required to properly illuminate the chambers. On the other hand, the exterior surfaces of the side walls 11 are preferably painted or otherwise coated black. The purpose of thus coating the exterior surfaces of the side walls will presently appear. L

Secured to the inner sides of the side walls '11 respectively adjacent each of the apertures 17 is, as particularly shown in Fig. 2, a socket or keeper 20 and supported by these sockets are shutters 21. The shutters may sockets for supporting the shutters to seat fiat against the inner faces of the side walls overlying the apertures for closing said apertures. Corresponding sides of the Shutters are preferably coated white while the opposite corresponding sides of the shutters are preferably coated black. The shutters are normally arranged with the black sides thereof presented outwardly. Consequently, as willbe clear, by reversing proper shutters so that their white sides will be presented outwardly, stencil letters may, as suggested in Fig. 1, be formed from each of the apertured fields in the side walls 11 and since the outer faces of said side walls are coated black, the white letters defined by the repurpose in coating the outer sides of the side walls black, therefore becomes apparent. In the manner indicated, not only letters may be defined from the apertured fields in the side walls but also any desiredadvertising device or word may be defined. 1 accordingly provide a cabinet wherein the signs thereof may be readily changed or varied and, if desired,'several sets of side walls may beemployed in connection with the cabinet so that while one pair of side walls is in use, the work of forming a sign upon another pair of side walls may progress coincidently. For displaying a sign at night the proper shutters defining the sign are, instead of being reversed, simply removed. Then,

when the lamps 18 are energized, the sign will be illuminated. 7

Having thus described the invention, What is claimed as new is:

1. An advertising cabinet having a wall provided with a plurality of aperturestherethrough, sockets in the inner side of the wall each immediately adjacent one of the aper tures, and a plurality of shutters each hav ing a shank reniovably and reversibly engaged in one of the sockets whereby the sockets will hold the shutters over the respectively adjacent openings, one face of each shutter being of the Same color as the outer side of the wall and the opposite face of the V shutter being of a contrasting color. versed shutters will be clearly visible. The

2. An advertising cabinet having a removable side wall provided with a many-apertured field, an imperforate border portion surrounding said field, the outer side'of said wall and the inside of the cabinet being in contrasting colors, shutters supported on the inner side ofthe wall each immediately adjacent one of the apertures in tlie wall to extend over said aperture, the shutters being selectively reversible and removable and, the two sides of the shuttersbeing in contrasting colors, and an illuminating media arranged within the cabinet behind the imperforate border portion of the removable wall.

' In'testnnony whereof I atlix my signature.


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U.S. Classification40/452, 40/579
International ClassificationG09F21/04, G09F21/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F21/04
European ClassificationG09F21/04