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Publication numberUS1465839 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 21, 1923
Filing dateAug 3, 1922
Priority dateAug 3, 1922
Publication numberUS 1465839 A, US 1465839A, US-A-1465839, US1465839 A, US1465839A
InventorsThomas J Carroll
Original AssigneeThomas J Carroll
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1465839 A
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Aug. 21, 1923. 1,465,839

' .T. J. CARROLL FRAME Original Filed Aug. 5, 1922 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Z1 Jc zrroll v wmgzllill WITNESS: I

ATTORNEY I T. J. CARROLL FRAME Original Fi g. 5, 1922 2 Sheets-Sheet Z INVENTOR ATTORNEY Patented Aug. 21, 1923.

name srirafs THOMAS J". GARROLL,


FRAME Application filed August 3 1922'.

lowing is a specification.

The present invention relates to novelties, and hasappliicatiorr toa picture frame which is provided with a plurality of p1-v-- oted members normally arranged to'conceal the picture supported by the frame from view, together withmeansfor shifting these pivoted members simultaneously to expose the picture.

The nature and advantages of the invention will be better understood when the following detailed description is read in connection with the accompanying drawings, the invention residing in the construction, combination, and arrangement of parts as claimed.

In the drawings forming part of this application, like numerals of reference indi-. cate similar parts in the severalviews, and wherein Figure 1 is a View in elevation of the novelty forming the subject matter of the invention, showing the normal position of the pivoted members.

Figure 2 is a similar View, showing the adjusted position of said members to expose the picture.

Figure 3 is a sectional view through the device.

Figure 4: is a vertical sectional view.

Referring to the drawings in detail, 10 indicates a casing which may vary in size and configuration, and also be constructed from any suitable material without departing from the spirit of the invention, and this casing is adapted for use in the capacity of a picture frame, inasmuch as a picture (not shown) is adapted to be arranged upon one side of the casing. The picture is held behind the annular flange 11, which is positioned immediately at the rear of the shutters and clearly illustrated in Figure 4. Arranged on this particular side of the casing is a plurality of shifting members 12, which in their normal position unitedly define a figure simulating a star, in which position of said members, the picture, 11' is concealed from view. Means to be presently described is employed toshift these members 12 simultaneously, from the position illus Serial-No. 57955171. Renewed June 15,.1'923i picture 11'. Before describingthe means just referred to, I desire to have it undo-r stood that the novelty may be of; such size as to be pinned upon the person of the owner as a novelty, and for which purpose, the casing is provided with a suitable pin. 13 However, the device may also be used for domestic use, in which event the casing. 10 is provided with a loop la'for suspending the casing from a suitable support But either the loop or pin are used, and not both on the one device. Arranged within the casing and connecting the opposed sides thereof, is a shaft 15 on which is loosely mounted a sleeve 16, and this sleeve is passed centrally, through a disk 17, which it supports for partial rotation in either direc tion. Arranged within the casing 10 is a circumferential series of pins 18, these pins being journaled in the opposed sides of the casing and projecting beyond the latter to provide a. support or pivot for the members 12 above referred to. The intermediate portion of each pin is offset to provide a loop 19, and these loops are connected to the outer extremities of links 20, the corresponding inner extremities of the latter being suitably connected with the disk 17. Two

of such links ar indicated at 21. The casing is provided with a slot 21 through which projects the manipulating members 22 and 23 respectively, which control the partial rotation of the disk17 for the purpose mentioned. The member 23 is stationary, being secured to one side of the casing 10, while the member 22 is pivoted as at 24 and has its inner end connected with the disk 17 by means of a link 25. Manifestly, when the member 22 is moved in the direction of the member 23, the disk is rotated in one direction, thus imparting movement to the members 12 in the manner described, shifting these members to the position illustrated in Figure 2 to expose'thepicture 11. A coiled spring 26 has one end connected to the fixed member 25 and its opposite end connected to the movable member 22, so that'this member is moved in the manner just described against the influence of the spring 26, and

consequently, when themember 22 is released, the spring functions to return it to normal position. The device is especially advantageous for use as an advertising medium for theaters or the like, and when used in this capacity, the casing 10 is made in proper size; consistent with such use, for one side of the casing to be utilized to support a picture not shown of one or more stars appearing at the theaters.

While it is believed that from the foregoing description, the nature and advantages of the invention will be readily ap-- comprising a casing adapted to support a p1cture,a plurality of members movably mounted on said casing and normally arranged to conceal the picture from View, a disk arranged within the casing for partial rotation, means for connecting the disk with the respective members to simultaneously shift the latter to a position whereby the picture is exposed, and means for controlling the movements of the disk for the purpose stated.

2. A deviceof the character described comprising a. casing adapted to support a picture a plurality of pins ournaledwithin the casing, a disk arranged Within the.

casing for partial rotation in either direction, links connecting the disk with said pins to oscillate the latter, a plurality of members supported by said pins exteriorly of the casing-and normally arranged to conceal the picture from view, means for controlling the movements of said disk, and said pins operating to shift the said members to a position toexpose the picture incldent to the movement otthe disk in one di- H rection. p In testimony whereof I affix my signa ture.


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US5806219 *Feb 7, 1997Sep 15, 1998Feingold; Norman S.Display device
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U.S. Classification40/486
International ClassificationG09F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/00
European ClassificationG09F7/00