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Feb; 12 1924. 1,483,622
W. K. VOORHEES STREET SIGN Filed Jan. a, 1923 gwuentoz WaZtar if. Voarhazs,
Patented Feb. 12, 1924.
WALTER K. VOOR-HEES, OF GEDAR FALLS, IOWA, ASSIGNOR TO STANDARD MANUFAC- TUBING COMPANY, OF CEDAR FALLS, IOWA.
Application filed January 8, 1923.
T all whom. it may concern:
Be it known that I, IVALTER K. Voonrrnns, a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident ofCedar Falls, Blackhawk County, Iowa, have invented certain new and'useful Improvements in Street Signs, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in street signs, and the object of my improvement is to supply for use at intersections of streets or highways of any kind, combined street indicating signs which are so mounted as to be relatively adjustable, and which are so fashioned and shaped as to be lasting, inexpensive, and easy to assemble and disassemble.
This object I have accomplished by the means which are hereinafter described and claimed, and which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my improved street signs as used at the intersection of two streets. and Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof, with the dotted lines showing an adjusted position of the upper sign.
Street signs of the kind mentioned, are usually made of wood or other material which is subject to the corrosive action of the elements, and which dov not last long in service, but have to-be frequently renewed. lVhere signs of this class are used where opposite sides of the sign must display an inscription, signs on separate boards or plates placed back to back have been employed, in which case the installation is expensive, has numerous joints or crevices, hence are not permanent.
In my improved signs, each sign. is a single plate such as is shown at either 1 or 11, made of aluminum or any other durable and relatively inexpensive substance, and has the inscription or name of the street 12 duplicated on the opposite faces of the sign. Preferably, each face of the sign is sunken within a raised circumferential rim, and the lettering also raised above this sunken face, whereby the weight of the sign is lessened, and the inscription is in such relief against its background as to be plainly visible for a considerable distance or at small angles of approach, the face of the inscription thus Serial No. 611,359.
being differentially distinguishable visually from the display face of the sign.
The numeral 8 denotes a tubular post on which is secured by a riveted cross-pin 7 a tubular cap 6 having a diminished top terminating with a closure part 5 of disk shape.
- The lower sign 1 has in its vertical median line at top and bottom like flanged disks 9 and 2 respectively both having arcuate slot-s 3 concentric therewith, and the lower disk 2 is supported upon the fixed discoidal top 5 of the standard 68 coincidently, the top disk 5 of the standard having like slots to register with the slots 3 in the disk 2 above it. the said registering slots to secure the disks together, and as shown by the dotted lines in Fig. 2, the bolts when their nuts (not shown) are loosened may permit relative partial rotation of the disk 2 on the disk 5, to adiustably vary the direction of the sign 1. The same construction is found in the upper sign 11, except that when but two superposed signs are used as in ordinary practice a bottom disk 10 only need be a part of the upper sign, this disk being like the others and similarly adjustable upon the disk 9 to position the sign 11 at a desired angle to the lower sign 1 as shown in Fig. 2. This permits of arranging the'signs rela- M- Em Bolts 4 are passed through tively to each other to be placed at street intersections which are at different angles to each other than a right angle.
It will be observed that each sign is a single plate, but double-faced and crosses the axis of the supporting standard centrally. and as the discoidal bearing-plates 2-5 and 10-9 are in relatively large bearing contact, the installation is very rigid, with simplest means of connection.
It is to be understood, that slight modifications of the structures shown are nevertheless covered by my invention, and that any suitable kind of supporting means may be used, such as a bracket from a building or otherwise to support the lowermost sign. It should especially be noted, that when these double-faced signs are crossed, as shown, the street names thereon may be seen by persons approaching them, in either of four directions.
Having described my invention, What I one sign in a desired position of relative claimas new, and desire to secure by Lethorizontal rotatable adjustment on the other ters Patent, is: sign.
superposed signs having on their abutting Signed at Waterloo, Iowa, this 7 th day of edges flattened bearing extensions provided December, 1922.
with arcuate concentric slots, and securing devices in said slots to adjustably secure WALTER K. VOORHEES.