US 1499891 A
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Patent Julyl, 1924..
Application filed July 14,1923. serial No. 651,534.
To all 'whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, SIDNEY A. S'ronnR, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New York, State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Display Devices, of which the following is a full, clear, concise, and exact description.
This .invention relates to display devices and more particularly to display cards for show window advertising and like purposes 'and its object is a multiplane display card which ycan be folded into compact form for shipment and which can be set up for display with a minimum expenditure of time and effort.
The invention in its preferred form comprises two sheets of cardboard or the like which are glued or otherwise fastened together at their ends but which are left unattached at their central portions, these portions being scored in such a way as to permit one sheet to be folded back and the other sheet to be folded forward to form respectively the background and the proscenium of a miniature stage setting. The front or proscenium sheet is preferably arranged with a cut-out portion so scored as to permit it to be folded back into a plane intermediate the background and proscenium planes, and cut out extensions thereon which automatically insure the proper spacing of the three planes with respect to one another and reinforce the device when set up.
Another feature of the invention is the proportional arrangement of the various parts and the scoring in such a way that the complete display card, even though made of heavy stock, can be folded into a size practically one third that of the extended size thus permitting it to be packed easily with merchandise or mailed without danger of damage. v v
The invention will be more readily understood and other novel features thereof will appear from a 'consideration of the following detailed descriptiontaken with the accompanying vdrawings in which Fi re 1 shows the display card of this invention set up in display position; Figure 2 shows in detail the methodof cutting out and scoring the front sheet to provide an intermediate plane and to automatically insure the proper spacing of the three planes, while Figure 3 shows the display card foldedfor shipment.
In the drawings 1 and 2 are two sheets of cardboard or other suitable material which are glued or otherwise fastened together at their marginal portions 3, 4, and 5, 6 respectively. Sheet 1 is scored along the lines 7, 8, 9` and 10, and sheet 2 isscored along the lines 11,12, 13, and 14, the scoring at 8 and 9 being the reverse of thatv at 7 and 10 and the scoring at 12 and 13 being the reverse of that at 11 and 14 so that when the marginal glued portions 3-5 and 4-6 are moved towards each other the display will collapse into the form shown in Figure 3. In 'this folded condition ity will be noted that the display occupies only about one third the space that it occupies in its extended condition, this feature being of veryfgreat importance from-a shipping standpoint.
4 The display is easily extended for exhibition purposes by grasping the marginal or wing portion 3 5 with one hand and the wing 4-6 with the other hand and pulling the two wings apart. When so extended the central portion of sheet 1, because of,
the system of scoring, naturally assumes the position of the background and the sheet 2 assumes the position of the proscenium'of ai miniature stage setting. The proper spacing between the background and the proscenium planes is effected by means of two triangular pieces 15 and 16 (Fig. 2) which are partially cut from 'the front sheet 2 as shown by the solid linesy and which are scored for bending along the lines 17, 18 and 19, 20 respectively. For greater rigidity and to add further to the utility and attractiveness of thedisplay the triangular pieces 15 and 16 are joined by a section 21` which folds back along the scoring 22 to form a miniature floor or platform which may, if desired, be used as a support for the merchandise being advertised. Arising from the back edge of the platform 21 and integral therewith is a cut-out 23 which may be of any desired form to illustrate persons, objects or scenes. of the line of scoring 24 may `be bent up at -right angles to the platform 21 and will l,
thus'occupy a plane intermediate the background -and proscenium planes.
It will be understood that before the sheets 1 and 2 are glued together they are suitably The cut-out 23 by virtue i printed, lithographed or otherwise adorned with the desired illustrations and legends and the sheet 2 is cut out to give the desired silhouette. Owing to the extreme rigidity of the structure it is possible to construct the display of this invention from much lighter stock than would otherwise be necessary in display devices of this general type. This not only reduces shipping weight but makes for economy of manufacture.
While the utility of the display as an advertising medium has been emphasized it is obvious that this device is capable of a. va.- riety of other uses such as toy theatre settin s and the like.
he invention claimed is:
1. A collapsible display device in the form of a miniature stage setting comprising two sheets of cardboard or the like placed one on the other and united at their lateral edges to form two stii'ened wings, the unattached central portions of said sheets being scored at a plurality of points so as to fold away from each other and t0 overlie said Wing portions on opposite sides thereof when said device is collapsed.
2. A collapsible display device in the form of a miniature stage setting comprising two sheets of cardboard or the like placed one on the other and united at their lateral edges to form two stiened wings, the unattached central portions of said sheets being scored so as to fold away from each other to form background and proscenium planes respecvto form two stiiiened wings,
reageer tively and means integral with one of said sheets for insuring the. proper relative location ot said planes.
3. A collapsible displayl device in the form ot' a miniature stage setting comprising two sheets of card board or the like placed one on the other and united at their lateral edges to form two stiiened wings, the unattached central portions of said sheets being scored so as to fold away from each other to form background and proscenium planes respectively and a cut out portion integral with one of said sheets and scored so as to fold into a plane intermediate said background and prosceniunl planes.
4. A collapsible display device in the form of a miniature stage setting comprising two sheets of cardboard or the like placed one on the other and united at their lateral edges the unattached central portions of said sheets being scored so as to told away from each other to form background and proscenium planes respectively and a cut out portion integral with the sheet forming said proscenium plane and scored so as to fold into a plane intermediate the background and proscenium planes, said cut out portion having extensions thereon to insure the proper relative location. of said planes and to brace said, display against collapse.
In witness whereof, l hereunto subscribe my .name this 12th day of July, A. D. 1923.
SIDNEY A. STORER.