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Publication numberUS1450821 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 3, 1923
Filing dateJun 6, 1921
Priority dateJun 6, 1921
Publication numberUS 1450821 A, US 1450821A, US-A-1450821, US1450821 A, US1450821A
InventorsHenri Schutz Charles
Original AssigneeHenri Schutz Charles
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1450821 A
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Patented Apr. 3, 12923.,


Application fi1ed June G,

T0 all 107mm z't maj/ concewz. 7 Be it known that I, CHARLES HRNRI SCHUTZ, a citizen of the Republic 01 F1ance, residing at Paris, 9 Rue des Murie1s, in the Republic cf France, industrial, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Easels (for Which I have filed application in France dated Nov. 6, 1914; in Germany dated March 4, 1920; in England dated Jan. 10, 1921; in Spain dated Dec. 30, 1919), 0f Which the following is a specification.

This invention relates t0 improvcments in easels f01 holding photographs, miniatures and. the 1ike and Which usually comprise a support 01' frame adapted to receive the photograph 01 like objcct, and a f00t which is pivoted to the back 0'f the said fraxne According t0 n1y invention thc f0ot is so constructed and pivoted to the frame as t0 be easily removed from thc latter whereby the photograph may be inserted in ehe frame tlnough the back part thereof, and the said 1100t is so arranged that when vdisposed in place it Will also serve t0 maintain thc photograph in position in a reliable manner, and the latter will n0t require to be he1d in the frame by any special fixing device.

This result may be obtained firstly by providing an opening in the frame whose cdge is cut away at the back part in order 130 receive the photograph 01 1ike object after the manner of a frame whereby it is p1evented frorn leaving the said frame at the front portion thereof. Instead 013 using a continuous cu t away portiorp the edge 0f the opening may -be provided with a plurality 01' projecting portions, c1aws, catches, hooks 01 the like whereby the photograph ma v be held in the same manner. Secondly, the said f0ot is pivoted t0 the frame by tw0 articulations disposed at the same 1evel at the back 0f the frame and 011 either side 01 the opening, the upper pa1t cf the said foot being so disposed as t0 come in contact with the back of the photograph when the ease1 is set up in place. The said articulations a1e moreover constructed so as t0 be easily rc movable, f0r instance by means of an e1astic bending of the upper pa1t 0f the said foot whereby tbe articulated portions 01 the foot may be disengaged f1om the co-acting parts 0f the frame.

The following descriptiom together With the accompanying drawings shows a comstructional form of an ease1 according t0 my i1wention, it being understood that the form 1921 Se1ial N0. 475,565.

cf the said frame and of the foot, as well as the method dismountable articulation, may be modified as desired.

Figure 1 is a real elevation 0f the ease1. the frame being in the vertical osition and the f0ot obliquely raised.

F1gure 2 is a cross-section of the sanae.

F1gx 3 is a plan view of the easel viewed from the top.

a indicates the framework and Z) thc foot cf the ease1.

The framework is constituted by a frame 1 having a cut out portion 2 at the back part thereof and providad with the bearing ]ugs 3 secured to this frame. The latter majv alS0 comprise various parts attached thereta f01 purely decorative purposes.

Such parts together with the 1ugs 3, mav be forn1cd in a Single piece with the fram.

At the rear of the latter arg secured two cyelets 4 serving as bearing and having disposed therein the journals of the fobt b. This latter is constituted by a metal wire which is bent into a suitable shape according 10 a symmetrical disposition. The midd1e part 0f the said wire forms the base 5 of the foot, and the ends of the Wir@ are outwardl v bent in order to form the journals 6 engaging the eyelets 4 by reason 0]": the elasticit v of the wire. The two branches 0f the wire possess the straight portions 7 having slidab1e thereon a sliding member 0 for spacing the said branches apart.

Nhen the said sliding membcr is disposed at the upper part of the f0ot it prevents the journals fr0m approaching each otber and thus becoming disengaged from the eyelets 4. 011 the contrary, if the sliding membet is slid down t0 the bottom of the portions 7, the said journa1g may n0a be moved towards each other whereby they are disengaged fron1 the eye1ets 4, thus detaching che 100t from the frame WOIk.

The photograph miniature 0r like object may then be disposed in the frame 1 as We1l as a rigid back p1ate (Z serving to receive the pressure of the foot b after this latter has been secured in position. It is anderstood that the use of the said plate is optional. In order to exert the required pres surc, the upper part of the foot is preferably shaped as indicated in the drawings, und chiefly in Fig. 3, the two branches of the foot being laterally bent into the shape of a very obtuse-angled V, whose apex is forwardly situated and bears in an elastic with reference to the framework.

Consecmently in this constructional form, the special configuration ol' the elastic metal wi1e composing the foot will produce several effects a1; the san1e time; lt procluces the engagement o1 the jou'rnals 6 in the eyelets 4, it presses the photograph into its frame ancl also maintains the foot at the desirecl inclination with reference to tl1e framework. The elastic pressure cf the wire in the o'rifices 0f the slicling member also aids in maintaining the latter in the upper position.

Although the herein clescribecl construction is aclvantageous by 'rcason of its greatsimplicity, it is of course unclerstoocl that without cleparting f'1'0m the principles of this invention, the shape an(l construction cf the foot may be moclifiecl, f01 instance b v forrning the same in a greate1 nun1ber cf arts, 01' the arrangement 0tf the framework o1 the method 0f articulation may bc varied, proviclecl the foot may be reaclily clisengaged f10m tl1e frarne W01k.

I claim:

l. An easel f01 holcling .photographs comprisinga frame adaptecl to reCeive a photograph introducecl from the back o'f the frame, a rigid back Plate aclaptecl to serve as a support fo'r the saicl photograph, a foot pivotecl t0 the back cf the saicl framc ancl adapted t0 hold the frame ancl press against the saicl plate, eyelets placecl at both sides cf theframe, journals upon ehe foot aclaptecl. to rotate in the saicl eylets ancl serVe as the pivotihg axis oi the saicl f0ot, the saicl f0ot beihg engageable with saicl back plate ab tWo points, one above ancl the other beneath the plane 0f its oscillat-ion axis.

2. An easel for holcling photographs comprising a frame aclaptecl to receive a hoto-i graph introclucecl fronr1 the back 015 the frame, a rigid back plate aclaptecl t0 serve as a support t0 the saicl photograph, a foot pivotecl t0 the back of the saicl frame anal aclaptecl to hold the frame ancl press against the saicl back plate, eyelets at both sicles of the frame, journals upon the foot aclaptecl to pivot in the saicl eyelets anal serve as the pivoting axis 0f the saicl f0ot, the foot being formecl 0'f a metallic wire shapecl to form two st1aight branches securecl t0 the saicl journals, a sliding member sliclable upon the two branches, the tW0 b'ranches betlng resilient ancl having a tenclency t0 appmach each other ancl the slicling member being aclapted to prevent the two branches from moving towarcls e acl1 other when placecl ne-ar the oscillation axis 01 the foot.

3. An easel for holding photographs comprising a frame aclaptecl t0 receive a photo graph introclucecl frorri the back of the frame, a back plate fitting into saicl frame from the back ancl adaptecl t0 supp0rt a hotograph in the frame, bearii1gs at opposite sicles cf saicl frame, ancl a supportinclucling a base ortion, resilient arms ex-;.

tencling fro1n saicl base portion ancl movable towarcls ancl away from each othcr, saicl arme extencling above the plane cf saicl 0u1= nals and being then bent clownwarclly, the clownturnecl portions being then bent 130 extencl outwarclly ancl upwarclly 'f01 fitting into saicl journals ancl pivotally. mounting the support in a plane intermecliate the plane cf the upper ancl lower ende of the downturnecl portions of said arme, ancl a slicle movable longituclinally upon said arms for controlling movement 0f the ar m's towarcls ancl away from each other.

In testimony, that I claim the foregoing as .my invention I have signecl my name in presence of a subscribing Witness.



Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2550926 *Mar 20, 1946May 1, 1951Herz Vladimir WFrame supporting device
US2630992 *Nov 18, 1947Mar 10, 1953Seelman John JEasel type picture frame
US5255457 *Nov 8, 1991Oct 26, 1993Erik LipsonFigurine picture frame
U.S. Classification40/749, 248/451, 40/799
International ClassificationA47G1/00, A47G1/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47G1/143
European ClassificationA47G1/14B2