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Publication numberUS1418144 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 30, 1922
Filing dateAug 29, 1921
Priority dateAug 29, 1921
Publication numberUS 1418144 A, US 1418144A, US-A-1418144, US1418144 A, US1418144A
InventorsFetters Charles A
Original AssigneeFetters Charles A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reversible sign
US 1418144 A
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1,41 8,1441. Patented May 30,1922.

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Application filed August 29, 1921.

To all whom t may concern.' j

Be it known that CHARLES A. Fnrrnns, a citizen of the United States, residing at Washington, in the District of Columbia, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in Reversible Signs, of which the fol* lowing is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.

The invention relates to reversible signs of the type particularly adapted for use in confectionery stores and other places where ice cream or other articles are sold, the names of which articles are displayed on a sign comprising a plurality of members, which members are reversed to ,present a blank surface when the particular article is out of stock, or not on sale at that particular' time.

A further object is to provide a hanging sign formedfrom a plurality of pivotally connected sign sections, the adjacent edges ofv each sign section at a point centrally thereof being held in a U-shaped member said U-shaped members being pivoted together and provided with registering lugs and depressions which engage each other when the sign sections are in the same vertical plane, thereby holding said sections against pivotal movement, and at the same time allowing the sign sections to be pivoted in a horizontal plane when desired.

With the above and other objects in view the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts, as hereinafter set forth, shown in the drawings, described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.

In the 'drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the sign.

Figure 2 is a longitudinal vertical section through one of the connecting members between the sign sections.

Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken on line 3 3 of Figure 1.

Referring to the drawings, the numeral 1 designates a sign section which may have the name of a manufacturer or any other advertising matter desired thereon. The sign section 1 is preferably supported by a string 2 which may pass over a hook 3 or over any other suitable support. Depending Speccation of Letters Patent. Patented May, 30, 1922.

Serial No. 496,366.

from the sign section 1 is a series of pivotally connected slgn sections 4, which sections are adapted to be reversed to the positions shown in Figure 1 when the particular article is out of stock. At the present time signs are used which comprise a series of slides in av board, or suspended sign which as a matter of necessity are so connected together that it is essential that the sign as a whole be placed against a wall to maintain the sign sections in their relative position. To overcome this difficulty, each sign section 5 is pivotally connected to the adjacent sign section by means of the U-shaped clamping members 6 which are clamped on the adjacent edges of the sign sections. The U-shaped members 6 are pivotally connected together by means of a rivet 7 said rivets of the U-shaped members between each sign section 5 being in vertical alignment with each other so that the sign sections may be reversed when the particular article which is on display on the front side of the sign is out of stock. The upper U-shaped members 6 are provided with struck out lugs 8, which lugs when the sign sections are in the same vertical plane, spring into the depressions 9 in the lower Ushap ed members 6, thereby holding the sign sections 5 and the sign section 1 in the same vertical plane and obviating the necessity of suspendin the sign so that it will en gage a wall or te like for preventing displacement or pivotal action of the sign sec tions incident to the wind blowing against the same or other causes. It will be seen that the sign may be suspended from any place and that when a particular article is out of stock, it will only be necessary for the operator to pivot the particular sign section so that its blank or rear side will be eX- posed to the front, thereby advising customers exactly what articles are in stock and allowing them to make their selection from the sign.

The sign sections 1 and 5 arepreferably made from heavy cardboard and the U- shaped member 6 from sheet metal, thereby allowing a cheap sign to be put out and at the same time, a sign which will allow the printing thereon of ornamental designs.

The invention having been set forth what is claimed as new and useful is A sign comprising a plurality of sign sections, said sections being connectedv together by pivotally connected Unshaped members, lneanswhereby the sign sections Will be the pivotal points of the U-Sliaped members maintained in 'the same v etical plane after being in vertical alignment with each other a pivotal action of any of the sign sections. 10 and located substantially centrally 0f the Intestimony whereof I hereunto affix my 5 sign section, lugs 'and vclepessions carried signature'.

by the pvotally connected U-shapeol inembers, said lugs and depressions ornng CHARLES A. FETTERS.

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U.S. Classification40/617
International ClassificationG09F7/22, G09F7/18
Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/22
European ClassificationG09F7/22