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Publication numberUS1425846 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 15, 1922
Filing dateJan 26, 1921
Priority dateJan 26, 1921
Publication numberUS 1425846 A, US 1425846A, US-A-1425846, US1425846 A, US1425846A
InventorsFranks George M
Original AssigneeFranks George M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Collapsible display stand
US 1425846 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


Patented Aug. 15, 1922?.


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Application filed January 26, 1921. Serial No. 440,030.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I,-GEORGE M. Future, a citizen of the United States, 'residin at St. Paul, in the county of Ramsey and tate of Minnesota, have invented a new and use ful Improvement in Collapsible Display Stands, 01' which the following is a spech 'fication.

hold the cards carrying the merchandise to One of the features of the invention is to arrange the merchandise on the cards so that a great number of parcels may be mounted on a card having a relatively small surface exposed.

arrange the parts so that the merchandise and cards carrying the same, together with the advertising matter associated with the merchandise. may be advantageously displayed without showing up the stand, which may be cheaply constructed. 3

In the drawings which form a part of this specification:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my invention with portions of the cards carrying the merchandise cut away to show the construction of the stand.

Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectional view of a portion of the stand shown in Fig. 1 taken form of the invention.

on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional detail "new of a portion. of the invention taken on line 3-3 ofFig. 2. p

Fig. 4 is a sectional'detail view taken on line 44 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 is a view of an alte'rnativeform of device for holding the merchandise.

Fig. 6 is a section taken on line 6- -6 of Fig. 7 is a perspective view of another at the corners.

Fig. 8 is a plan sectional view of a por-' tion of the modification of the invention shown in Fig. 7 drawn to a lar Fig. 9 is a fragmental vertical sectional view taken on line 9-9 of Fig. 8.

Fig. 10 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken -on-line 10'-10 of Fig. 9. v

My invention primarily consists of a base 20' preferably constructed of cast iron, or some other similar material, which will give 'it suflici'ent weight to hold the other part-s from tipping over. In the center of this base r scale.

Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Aug, 15, 1922, I

is screwed a vertical rod 21 which carries at its lower portion a rectangular frame 22 throu h which said rod .fpasses atits center. rame 22 comprises four. outer members 23, 24, 25 and 26 which are formed U-shaped in cross section as shown in Figs. 3 and and which are soldered together 4 These members have attached tothem cross bars 27 and 28 which are, preferably formed in the shape of channels to give stifi'ness and rigidity to the device and which cross eachother at the center where the rod 21 asses through the frame 22. Mounted on t e four corners of frame 22.are four uprights, 29 30, 31' and 32, each of which comprises two U-sliaped members 33 and 34 havin'gforked portions U-shaped members of the frames .22, 23, 24, 25 and :26" at their corners causing said uprights to remain supported on the same as best shown in'Fig. 1. A pair of diagonal cross bars" 36 and 37 is rovided which cross each other at the mi dle and which :are

Another f t f the i ti i 135 at the ends thereof which straddle'the' drilled at their inner section to permitrod 21' to pass through the same. These bars are soldered together at the center so as to form a rigid cross, and are preferablythe members 33 and 34 of each of the up-; rights 29, 30,. 31 and 32 nearthe upper ortions thereof. The entire device is intact by a nut 40 screwed upon the end of the rod 21 for clamping the diagonal bars 36 and37 down upon the standards 29, 30,

3'1 and 32 causing said standards to bearv upon the frame 22 which n turn is seated on the base 20.- When nut 40 has been Suficiently tightened up the entire stand becomes a r gid structure capable of suporting the merchandise to be displaye and fiat the entire stand may be demounted and same ma be readily torn oil from the card placed in a small parcel for shipping.

In Fig. 1, T have shown a part of the device on which the merchandise to be displayed and sold is attached. A. card 41 formed of stifi cardboard or other suitable material has pasted to it a number of bags or sacks 42 containing the merchandise to be displayed and sold. These bags are glued to the cardboard at their flaps 43 so that the without injuring the bag proper. These par- Gels are arranged to overlap each other so as to be able to mount a considerable number of parcels on a small card. Card 41 is of such a size as to slide in the grooves formed in the U shaped members 33 and 34 of the uprights 29, 30, 31 and 32 and U shaped members 23, 24, 25 and 26 of the frame 22. It will be noted that this form of the invention is adapted to receive four cards similar to the card 41. To prevent the card 41 from bulging, due to the weight of the parcels of merchandise 42 and pulling out of the grooved members 33 and 34, I employ a strip of metal 46 which slides in the members 33 and 34 together with the cardboard 41. This strip is held in place by friction and is so positioned as to not cover the printed matter on the upper portion 44 of the'card. Due to the mounting of the stand on base 20 .the entire device maybe rotated so as to expose any of the four cards bearing themerchandise tothe view of the observer. As soon as the merchandise or. one of the cards 41 has been sold, the card is removed andthrown away and a new card havin a full set of bags or sacks on it replaced In conjunction with the displaying of the merchandise on the cards 41 the bags 42 are arranged so as to leave a s ace 44at the top of the card in which a vertising matter relative to'the merchandise may be placed. In addition to this I make arrangements for placing a card 45 at the top of the stand which may contain advertising matter relative to the manufacturer and the entire line of goods displayed on the various cards. Card 45 'may he slipped into a groove cut in the top of rod 31 or secured to the same in any other suitable manner.

In place of the card 41 on which the bags of merchandise are mounted, l have indicated a device which is shown in Figs. 5 and 6. The body 47=ofthis device is constructed out'of sheet metalxand is of the same size as the card board 41 and operates in the memhers 33 and 34 similar to the other form of the invention. Instead of pasting o r luing the bags to the body portion 47- a number of hooks 48 are pressed out of the metal which eas es truding a 'short distance above the surface of the same. Each bag is formed with holes 49 punched in the flaps 43 thereof.

The bags ma be placed over these hooks, as indicated in hig. 5, and supported on member 47 as indicated. This form oi the invention has the advantage of not requiring new-cards every time the merchandise has been sold out and also in the fact that the hooks 48 may be filled from time to time so that the display is always complete.

Although my invention is best adapted to a rectangular form of. stand, still the same may be made hexa onal or octagonal if desired. In Fig. 8 l s ow another embodiment of my invention in the shape of a crosswitheight cards 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, and 57, mounted as shown Hi Fi 8, with their backs towards each other. his construction of the device is clearly indicatedin Fig. 9. At the top and bottom are formed bars or cross members 58 and 59 which are adapted to receive standards 60 at the ends of said bars. The said cross members are further adapted to receive other standards 61 which are positioned at the interior corners thereof. I The standards 60 are/formed of two,

members 62 and 63, soldered together in the same manner as in the'other form of the invention with the exception that'saidmembers are curved to bring the parts in the relation indicated in Fig. 8. At the bottom the cards rest in grooved stri s 64 whichare soldered to the crossed mem is 59 as. best shown in it ig. 1.0. The entire device is held together by a rod .65 screwed to a base 66 in a manner identical with the form of the inventionshown in Fig.1. I v

The advanta es of my invention aremanifest. The device can be constructed at a trivial cost and may serve. the combined purpose of displa in the goods sold and also forming a sultab e means for containing the merchandise; When the form of the invention employing the cards is used the, substitution of inferior merchandise on the cards is rendered impractical and the manufacturer is protected to acertain extent against the selling of goods other than his own under his name. The device can be made cheaply enough so that it may be given away and also may be constructed with enough space for advertising purposes. The nature of the device and the appearance make it such-that the vender of the merchandise will place it where the public can most readily see it, as the top of a show case. In addition to these advantages, compactability of the entire invention as well as the cards containing the merchandise attached thereto when the same is demounted make it suitable for shippingpurposes.

It will be noted that by securing the sacks or bags of merchandise. to the cards a their llfi flaps that a great number of such parcels may be mounted on a card of relatively small area by having the bags overlapped.

In accordance with the patent statutes I have described the principles of operation of my invention, together with the apparatus which I now consider to represent the best embodiment thereof, but I desire to have it understood that the construction shown is only illustrative and that the invention can be carried out by other means and applied to uses other than those above set forth within the scope of the following claims.

I claim:

1. A display device comprising a base, a

lower frame member having a rectangular grooved portion extending around the same and a pair of cross bars connected to said grooved portions, four uprights demountably positioned at the corners of said lower frame member, an upper frame member having a pair of cross bars engaging said uprights at their corners and a rod adapted to pass through said upper and lower frame members at their centers and screw into said base member to hold the device together.

2. A display device comprising a base, a lower frame member of rectangular shape, an upper frame member superimposed above said lower frame member, a plurality of uprights secured to said upper and lower frame members at the four corners thereof, card holding means secured to said uprights, means formed on said uprights and frame members for detachably mountin said uprights to said frame members an means cooperating between said frame members for holding said frame members and uprights in position upon said base.

3. A display device comprising a lower frame member having grooves extending around the same, standards each formed with two grooved members extending outwardly at right angles from each other and forkied legs formed on the end of said standards adapted to straddle the grooved portions of said frame member at its corners.

4. A display device comprising a support, standards mounted on said support having two grooved portions extending outwardly at right angles from each other, a brace extending diagonally across each of the grooved portions of said standards and tongues formed on said support adaptedto engage said brace between said brace and said grooved portions of the upright.

5. A display device comprising a lower rectangular frame member having grooves following the perimeter of the same, standards comprising a pairof metal strips folded over to form interior grooves and soldered together at their corners, legs formed on the ends of said members adapted to straddle the grooved portions of said frame at its corners and a seat formed at the end of said standards for engaging the upper surface of said frame member at its extreme corner.

6. A display device comprising a base, a lower frame member having card supporting means extending around the same, four uprights demountably positioned at the corners of said lower frame member, card guiding means mounted on said uprights, an upper frame member adapted to engage said uprights at their upper corners and a rod adapted to pass through said upper and lower frame members at their centers and screw into said base member to hold the device together. 7. A display device comprising a base, a hollow card supporting member consisting of a lower frame member, an upper frame member spaced from the same, a plurality of card supporting uprights, independently spaced from one another for holding said upper and lower frame members apart, and a single clamping device for forcing said upper and lower frame members towards each other to clamp said frame members upon said upri hts.


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U.S. Classification211/163, D06/679
International ClassificationA47F5/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/04
European ClassificationA47F5/04