US 1587443 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented June 1, 1926.
warren srarns PATENT QFEECE.
ERNEST M. TEBWILLIGER, OF ROCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA.
' Application filed January This invention relates (,0 the class of signs of the type wherein a window is provided through which a lettered surface is viewable.
The primary object of this invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of an improved sign structure so constructed as to be absolutely water proof thereby protecting the interior indicia bearing surface from moisture and consequent damage.
Still another object of the invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of a water proof sign so constructed as to enable one to remove from the interior the indicia bearing board or card and cover glass associated therewith, without taking down the sign frame.
A final object of the invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of a sign structure of new and novel design, of strong and durable construction, and inexpensive to manufacture and set up.
The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification, with the understanding that the invention is not confined to any strict conformity with the showing of the drawing but may be changed and modified so long as such changes and modifications mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claim.
In the drawing Figure 1 shows the sign embodying this invention in front elevation.
Figure 2 is a view of the lower edge or bottom of said sign.
Figure 3 is a horizontal transverse section taken upon the line 33 of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a vertical transverse section taken upon the line 4-4 of Figure 1.
Figure 5 shows a detail of construction.
Figure 6 shows the form of blank from which the major portion of the sign structure is formed and,
Figure 7 shows another blank forming a part of the completed sign.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, wherein like numerals of refe ence indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views, the sign structure embodying this invention is indicated as a whole by the numeral 1. This sign casing is formed in two parts, a main body portion 2 and a minor 19, 1926. Serial No. 82,289.
portion 3. These portions 2 and 3 are shown in blank in Figures 6 and 7 and the portion 2 includes the back 4 and the portions 5, 6 and 7, respectively, from which the top and side walls of the signbody are forired in a manner as hereinafter described.
The parts 5 and 6 are bent inwardly along the lines 8 and 9 to position the portion lying between these lines 8 and 9 at ri ht angles with respect to the surface of the back 4 to set up the end walls 10 of the sign housing or casing.
The remaining part of the portions 5 and .6 is thus brought to a position overlying and parallel with the surface of the back 4 setting up the end flange portions 11.
The portion 7 is also bent along the lines 12 and 13 to position the portion lying between these lines at right angles to the sur-' face of the back 4 thus setting up the top 14 of the sign casing and at the same time positioning the remainder of this portion over and in parallel spaced relation to the surface of the back 4 settingup the upper flange 15. The edge portions 16 of the blanks, which are the ends of the top 14 and sides 10 of the casing are thus brought into abutting relation and soldered or otherwise secured together as are also the beveled edges 1'? whichare brought into abutting relation to form the connecting seam between the end flanges 11 at the points where they abut with the ends of the top flange 15 as shown in Figure 1.
The outer edge of each of the portions 5 and 6 and of the portion 7, is then bent inwardly along the lines 18 and 19, respectively, to set up the inwardly directed tongues 20 and 21. which, as is clearly seen in Figure 4, are at right angles to and directed toward the back 4 of the casing.
The lower edge of the blank 2 also has a portion of less length than the length of the back 4 bent inwardly along the line 22 to set up the forwardly directed tongue 23.
The blank 3 is, as shown, a relatively long narrow strip of material and is divided into three portions, namely, an upper, an intermediate and lower portion, the upper portion being of less length than the intermediate and lower portions and being bent at right angles to the face of the plate, along the line 24 to set up a tongue portion 25 which is of the same length as the tongue portion 20 and when the part 3 is in position in the assembled. casing, it is directed inwardly toward the back of the casing 4 in the manner shown in Figure 4. The intermediate portion constitutes the lower flange 26 of the casing and has its ends beveled as indicated at 27 to correspond with the beveled edges 17 of the flanges 11 and 15. This beveled end portion of the blank 3 overlies the square cut ends of the end flanges 11 and is secured thereto by soldering or other appropriate means.
The lower portion of the blank 3 is of a length equal to the overall length of the sign body and is bent inwardly at right angles to the inner face of the lower flange portion 26 or intermediate portion of the blank 3, to set up the lower tongue 28, the edges of which are opposed to the edge of and spaced from the lower tongue 23 carried by the back portion 4. The straight end edges 29' of this tongue 28 are secured to the lower edge of the end walls 10 of the casing.
Appropriate mountin ears such as those indicated by the numerals 30 may be secured to the back 4 of the sign body for mounting the sign upon a building or other support by inserting a nail or screw through the openings 31 formed in these ears.
\Vhen the sign is mounted in proper position', the space or opening 32 which extends throughout the lower edge of the sign casing, is directed downwardly and there may be inserted into the sign casing through this opening 32 a cover glass such as that indicated at 33 which will be positioned against the inwardly directed edges of the tongues 20, 21, and 25. There is then positioned behind this cover glass 33 an indicia bearing board 34 in which there is formed transversely of each end upon the outer face a groove 35 in which a rubber roll or other shock absorbing material 36 is adapted t be placed and this material 36 bears against the back of the cover glass 3 as is clearly shown in Figure 3 of the drawing thus holding the indicia bearing face of the board 34 out of contact with the glass 33.
After positioning the elements 33 and 34 as described, spring elements such as those indicated at 37 are then slipped in through the widened end portions of the slot 32 and positioned between the back of the board 34 and the inner face of the housing back 4, in which position they act to force the members 33 and 34 securely against the inturned edges of the tongue portions 20, 21 and 25 of the casing. The indicia bearing board is thus held securely in position behind the cover glass 33 and is plainly viewable through the opening provided between the flanges 11, 15 and 26.
As will be readily seen, no rain or moisture can enter this sign casing due to the compactness of its construction although at the same time the indicia bearing board 34 and cover glass therefor may be easily and quickly removed from the casing when desired.
From the foregoing description it will be readily seen that a unique sign has been provided which will be of strong durable construction and will also be inexpensive to manufacture and easily set up.
Having thus described my invention what I claim is In a sign of the character described, a casing body having a sight opening through one faceand an entrance slot formed in the bottom thereof, said sight opening haw ing a surrounding inwardly directed flange, a transparent cover lying against said flange behind said opening, an indicia bearing panel positioned behind said cover and having a groove formed transversely of each end in the face thereof, an elongated resilient roll positioned in each groove to space said cover and panel, and resilient members positioned between and bearing against the ba k of said panel and the back wall of the easing to hold the cover and panel assembly together, said assembly being placed into position through said entrance slot.
In testimony whereof, I affix my signature hereto.
ERNEST M. TERWILLIGER.