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Publication numberUS1481703 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 22, 1924
Filing dateDec 6, 1922
Priority dateDec 6, 1922
Publication numberUS 1481703 A, US 1481703A, US-A-1481703, US1481703 A, US1481703A
InventorsCharles Forbes Harry, Edward Sherrill Paul
Original AssigneeCharles Forbes Harry, Edward Sherrill Paul
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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application mea necember'e, 1922. serial No. 605,256.

To 'all t may concern: l Be it known that we, HARRY C. FORBES and 'PAUL E. SHERRILL, citizens of the\ -United States, and residents of Chlcago, in

the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Signs, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improvement in Signs, and mounting means therefor, and

-the object of the invention is to provide a Sign which may be advantageously utilized on automobiles and which prese-nts an attractive display highly adapted for advertising purposes.

` Another object is to provide a sign of this character which may be conveniently manufactured at a comparatively small cost from materials and with facilities ordinarily available and whichwhen in use is properly mounted and at the same time susceptible of necessary adjustment.

Other objects and advantages of the invention reslde incertain novel features of the construction, combination and arrangement of parts which will be hereinafter more full described and particularly pointed out in the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming part of this specification, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view, showing the sign mounted above the hood of an automobile;

Figure 2 is a view in longitudinal vertical section of the sign shown in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the sign, elements of the mounting means being omitted;

Figure k4: is a view in transverse vertical section on line 4 4 of Figure 2: l

Figure 5 is a detail perspective .view of i the front end plate;

Figure 6 is a fragmentary perspective view, illustrating the clamping member for the rear trunnion of the sign; and

Figure 7 is a detail perspective view of the front angle plate and its stud or trunnion.

Referring to the drawings wherein for the sake of illustration is shown the preferred embodiment of the invention, the numeral 1() designates a casing or sign box which includes a bottom wall 11, a top wall 12, transparent side walls 13 which preferably consists of panes of glass mounted in grooves 15 and 16 provided in the bottom wall 11 and top wall 12, respectively, and a front end Wall 17 and a rear end wall 18.

Ihe Contactin edges of the end walls and the top an bottom wall are mitered so as to be snu ly fitted or engaged with each other in assemly, as shown in Figure 2.

The front end wall 17 is preferably provided with a pair of vertically alined screw eyes 19 throu-h which a rod 20 passes. The rod extends through suitable openings provided therefor in the bottom wall 11 and in the top wall 12. The lower end of the rod 20 is headed, as at 21, and the upper end has a nut 22 threaded thereon and engaging the top wall 12. In this manner the front wall 17 may be secured in position with respect -to the top and bottom walls and a similar means may be employed for similarl securing the rear end wall 18 if de sire Preferably the end walls 17 and 18 are provided with vertical slots in which the ends of the slide Wall 13 are received. As shown in Figure 5 in conjunction with the front end wall 17 these Vertical slots are `designated at 23 and extend parallel to each other and adjacent and parallel to the vertical side edges of the wall.

Angle brackets, designated at 25 and 26, respectively `are also employed for securing the end walls to the bottom wall and Efor the purpose of mounting the/sign. The angle bracket 25 has a vertical leg or'pl'ate 27 secured by bolt-s and nuts, screws or other fastening means, designated at 28, to the front end wall 17, and this angle bracket 25 alsoincludes a horizontal leg or plate 29 secured by similar fastening means to the bottom wall 11 of the sign casing. It is to be noted at this point that the rod 20 not only extends through the bottom wall 11 but also through an opening provided in the horizontal leg '29- of the angle bracket 25, the head 21 of the rod 20 engaging the plate 29 of the angle bracket 25. A horizontally extending stud or trunnion, designated at 30` projects laterally from the vertical plate 27 of the bracket 25 and may be integrally formed therewith or otherwise rigidly con` nected thereto. This stud 30 has a reduced extension 31, the outer portion of which is threaded, as at 32, and the inner portion of which is smooth, as at 33. The reduced extension 31 in conjunction with the body portion of the stud defines or presents a shoulder 3.4 (see Figure 7).

The reduced extension 31 of the stud 30 After the stud 31 is introduced into the' opening 36 of the standard 37, as shown in Figure 2, a nut 42 is threaded on the portion 32 of the reduced extension of the stud and into engagement with the standard 37. This draws the shoulder 34 into engagement with the standard and in this manner longitudinal .displacement of .the sign box or casing is prevented.

The angle bracket 26 also includes a vertical leg or plate, designated at 45 and secured, as at 46, to the rear wall 18 of the sign casing, the horizontal plate of the bracket being designated at'47 and being secured, as at 48, to the bottoni wall 11 of the sign casing. A horizontal stud or trunnion 49 projects laterally from the plate 26 ot' the bracket and is of uniform diameter throughout its extent. Preferably the periphery of the trunnion 49 is smooth. This stud or trunnion 49 is received in a bearing or clamp 50 formed at the upper end of legs or supporting members 51 of which there are three. These legs extend down to and are secured upon the cowl of the automobile. The bearing 50 consists of two members 51 and 52, having upstanding apertured ears 53 and 54. A clamping bolt 55 extends through the alined apertures of the ears and by means of the nut threaded thereon may be utilized to draw the ears toward each other to clamp the members 51 and'52 on the trunnion 49 so as to hold the trunnion against rotation or so as to resist rotation thereof to the desired degree.

The bottom wall 11 of the sign box or casing is provided with a number of openings or apertures of a size to permit of the passage of electric bulbs 61. These electric bulbs 61 are releasably mounted in sockets 62 carried by a plate or carrier 63 pivot-ally connected as at 64 to the bottom wall of the casing and releasably held in closed position y a catch or other suitable fastening means, designated at 65. By releasing the catch 65 and swinging the plate away from the bottom of the casing the bulbs 61 are withdrawn from the casing, the opening 6o 4 permitting of the movement of the bulbs'.

This permits of ready replacement of the bulbs. Similarly whenthe plate 63 is swung toward the bottom wall the bulbs will pass through the opening 60 into the casing.

The transparent side walls 13 may carry any suitable indicia or advertising matter. Such indicia or advertising matter is attrae tively displayed and is illuminated from the A electric light bulbs 61. The mounting of the sign facilitates adjustment thereof so as to adapt the same for use upon various types of motor vehicles and the'sign may be swung over and out of the way when the hood is raised. Obviously the current may be supplied to the bulbs in any standard or convenient manner, the conductors or wires heilig led to the sockets through suitable openings provided therefor in the bottom wall.

l/Ve claim:

l. In a sign, a. sign casing and a mounting there-for including a shouldered stud at one end of said casing, a smooth trunnion at the opposite end of said casing, a standard coacting with the shouldered stud, a nut threaded on the stud and coacting with the standard for holding the sign box against. longitudinal displacement and a bracket having clamped bearings cooperating with the trunnion for holding the trunnion and the sign box against rotation.

2. In a sign, a sign box, angle plates fastened to thel ends of the sign box, a stud carried by one of said angle plates and hav-- ing a reduced extension and provided with a shoulder, a trunnion carried by the other of said angle plates, a. standard having means for supporting the same at its lower end, said standard also having an opening receiving the reduced extension of the stud, the shoulder ot the stud extending on one side of the standard, a nut threaded on the reduced extension and engaging the standard and coacting with the shoulder for holding the stud against longitudinal displacement and a bracket having a bearing coacting with a trunnion, said bearing being provided with means for holding the trunnion against rotation.

3. In a sign, a sign box including top and bottom walls, end walls and transparent side walls, the top and bottom walls and the end walls having grooves in which the transparent side walls are mounted, and means for securely holding an end wall in desired posit-ion with respect to the top and bot-toni walls including screw eyes carried by the end wall and vertically alined, a headed rod passing through the top and bottom walls and through said screw eyes and a nut having threaded engagement with the rod for holding the same in position.



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U.S. Classification40/591, 40/572
International ClassificationG09F21/04, G09F21/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F21/04
European ClassificationG09F21/04