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Publication numberUS1673812 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 19, 1928
Filing dateApr 19, 1926
Priority dateApr 19, 1926
Publication numberUS 1673812 A, US 1673812A, US-A-1673812, US1673812 A, US1673812A
InventorsHarold Dunn George
Original AssigneeSweets Company Of America Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display rack
US 1673812 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 19, 1928. 1,673,812

} G. H. DUNN Filed April 19, 1926 4 sheds-sheet 1 June 19, 1928.

G. H. DUNN DI SPLAY RACK 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 ed Apr; 19, 1926 fiverzfor June 19, 1928.

G. H. DUNN DISPLAY RACK Filed April 19, 1926 4 Sheets-Shet June 19, 1928.

G. H. DUNN DISPLAY RACK F'led April 19, 1926 fig- 4 sheetsesheet 4 7 i H V Patented June 19', 1928.

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Application fled a ru 1a, 1926. Serial No. 102.8 3.,

This invention relates to display racks and particularly display racks for counter use.

adapted to hold vertical 'columns of packages of confections and sweetsyvhich are removed one at a time preferably from the bottom of the column. r

One of the objects of my invention 1s to provide a simple, economical, attractively made display rack of the above character made of sheet metal of the minimum number of parts.

Another'object of my invention is to provide a display rack of the above character made ofsheet metal parts constructed and arranged for simplicity and economy in manufacture and yet preserving a pleasing appearance to promote the vending of the confections mounted in the rac Another object of my invention resides 1n providing a display rack wholly of sheet metal and constructed so as toeliminate raw edges as far as possible in consonance wlth the simplicity of the manufacture of the rack.

Still another object of my invention resides in providing a display rack adapted for built up construction so that the unit racksmay be quickly assembled one to' the other to provide a rack of greater capaclty. Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description, which taken in connection with the accompanying drawings discloses a further embodiment thereof.

' Referring now to the drawings which form part of this specification and in which like reference characters indicate corresponding parts, v Figure 1 is a perspective view of my im-' proved rack, Fig. 2 is a front view thereof, 1 Fig. 3 is a side view thereof.

Fig. 4 is atop view of the rack, Fig. 5 is a section on line 5--5 of Fig. 3, Fig. 6 is a section on line 6-6 of Fig. 2,

. Fig. 7 is a section on line 7-7 of Fig. 6, Fig. 8 is a section on line 8-8 of Fig. 3. In general my improved rack comprises two similar end members of sheet metal 1 and 2 which in the present form are somewhat triangular in s ape with their apices uppermost andthe bases of the triangular shaped portions forming one of the members of the base of thereto as at 10 by means 1 and 2 with their basal flanges 4 'm display rack rests.

faces of the flan which these basal portions denoted as 3 in'the drawmgs' the displayrack. I These side pieces 1 and 2 v are formed with inwardly extending flanges 4 and 5. for constructional purposes as will be hereinafter. explained, and the rearmost edges of these triangular shaped pieces are turned inwardly as at 6 to avoid the resentation ofrough or raw' edges. The ase of my improved rack comprisesa' substantially Q cradle shaped sheet metal piece, see Fig. 3, which extends transversely-between the two triangular shaped side pieces .1 and 2, such cradle shaped piece comprisin a flat, horizontal portion 7 and two aterally bent flanges 8 and 9 the former of which extends upwardly, .as shown. in Fig. 3. of the drawings, and closes the bottom portion of the back between the two uprights 1 and 2.

This' cradle shaped piece has its flat, horizontal portion 7 overlying the'flan es 4 and 5 of the end pieces 1 and-2 and isriveted of which construction the cradle shaped memgzr with its basal portion 7 together with the t and 5 rovide a substantially broad base upon w ich In this connection it the forward, under sures 4 and 5 are provided with ed bumps or tits 11 upon rest. i The confections in the form of vertical tiers are adapted to beheld in upstanding,

will be noted that outwardly bunc 0 side members substantially incl ined,shallow trays 12 and Y 13, as ShQWIl'lIl Fig. 1. These trays are llkewise formed of sheet metal, each comprising a relatively long sheet of metal bent to provide upstanding flanges 14 and 15 and an upwardly extendin e flange which forms an outstanding shel upon which the lowermost piece of confection rests when the tier is in position in the tray. I This shelf 16 and its function are shown clearly in Fig. 30f the drawings. The front. edges of these side pieces are bent forwardl? to rovide inturned flanges 18 with our ed under edges as at 19. These opposed flanges 18 form guideways to prevent rolls of confection or other commodities from falling out .of the rack. It will be noted that these flanges 18 terminate short of the tray or shelf 16 equal to the thickness of one of the confection rolls or commodities so that said roll or commodity may be extracted forwardly from the bottom of the tier. For the purpose of facilitating the withdrawal of the lowermost commodity the shelf 16' maths adjoining sea fee 12 of the rack are cut'awa as at 19toprov1dea finger recess. Prefera ly the front ed e of as at 20 to avoid raw edges. Inasmuch as these the shelf'or tray 16 is curled backwar trays are of duplicate construction,'the fore.- going descriptlon of the one will suflice. The juncture of the shelf portions 16 and the side members 14 is formed by suitably slotting the bottoms of the shelf members 16 and passing tongues 21 formed on the bottom.

ends of the side members 14 therethrough, as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawin In addi-. tion the free ends; of theseshel members 20 are bent over the sides of the members 14 to firmly hold the seams together. This con struction is shown clearly in Fig.6 of the drawings, The outer side pieces 14 are riveted to the triangular side portions, as at 22, so that :the side. ieces and'trays are securel fastenedthroug but-their length.- In addition the trays are riveted to the front upstanding flange 9 of the cradle shaped portion by means of rivets 23 as indicated in Fig. 3 of theldrawings. If desired the two adgacentjside ions 14, as shown in Fig. 1, ma bejrijte together, as at 24.

-. stop of the trays are closed by means of a cap' jwhich extends as a single piece 25 entirely'acrom the to of both trays. This piece is provided wit a front downwardly extending flange 26=having an inturned edge 27 and in addition-is provided with lateral =ears. 28Twhich overlap the side p'iecesl and 2 and also thelsides 14: and/15 of the trays, all

being riveted together as at 29. In addition there is provide an upstanding sheet metal piece or plate 30, riveted as at 31 to the back of the trays. This u standing member forms a means for provi ing advertising indicia or the like.

The trian lar side members of my rack -are provide with means whereby they may be connectedtogether in unit manner to similar display racks whereby the capacity of the rack may be increased in breadth. In. the present inventionthis is-accomplished by providing suitable bayonet shaped slots '31 Y and 32. on one of th e side members and suitguideflanges.1.8,the-commo ity is prevented" able corres ondin'glgy placed lugs 33' on the.

opposite si e mem The completed rack, suitably decorated, forms a most pleasin display rack for this type of confection w erein the entire stock of confections to be sold is presented at once to the eye and in such a manner that the commodities may be removed one at a time merely by inserting the finger under the lowermost piece of confection and withdrawing it from the vertical tier. In addition,by

reason of the overhanging top or hood 25, the

rack is more or less protected from dust and dirt.v 'At the same time, b reason of the sides in from fallingputiof the rack until vactually withdrawn. v. y I

One of the features of my inve'ntion reproviding' the background 12 and 13 of'eac of the trays with suitable advertising indicia arranged in lines thereon as,

for instance, at 34, so that as each confection is withdrawn from .the tier a fresh advertising indicia heretoforecovered by the uppermost confection will be uncovered during the lowering of. the tier of commodities. At the bottom of the tier is placed an indicia enjoining thedealer to refill the rack. This constitutes a -very ingenious method pf, advertising.

It is .thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be-understood from the foregoing description, and

it will be apparent that various changes may be-made in the form,- construction and, ar- 9 rangement of the arts without departing from the spirit an. scope of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages,.

the form hereinbefore described beingmere- .to the upstanding flanges of said trays in a manner so that the basal portions ofsaid triangular end pieces provide bottom supports for the display rack, acradle shaped piece transversely disposed between said end pieces, said end pieces. having inturned flanges folding over said cradle shaped piece e lateral upstanding and riveted thereto, said cradle shaped piece" having a rearwardly positioned upstanding flange closing the lower rear space between said side piecesand said cradle shaped piece having a forwardly extending flange. bent upwardly and riveted to the frontal faces of said trays, and a cap member extending continuously over the open .top ends of said trays to close the same, said cap member having a downwardly extending flange ex-.

tending 'over the u per open face of. said trays, said cap mem er having laterally extending ears overlapping said end members and the upstanding ends of such trays and riveted together.

2. A device of the class describedcom rising two trays formed of sheetmetal and nt to provide laterally. upstanding flanges each formed with inturned flanges terminatshort oflthe extreme ends of the'trays to provide filling and discharge apertures, the bottom of said trays having outwardly extending flanges forming ledges for supflanges of said trays, a basal member transversely disposed between said side members and riveted to inturned flanges formed on said side members, a top for said trays com prising a single piece of sheet metal extending thereaoross and riveted to said end members, one of said end members being formed with bayonet slots and the opposite end member being formed with cooperating lugs whereby each display unit may be assembled to a similar displayunit to increase the ca pacity of the rack.

3. A sheet metal display rack for packages and the like consisting of the combination of a plurality of inclined shallow trays arranged side by side, triangular side members secured to the outer sides of the trays and forming a supporting base, a base member uniting said side members, and a top member having a rear flange arranged behind the upper ends of said trays and having end flanges united with said side members, said trays having forwardly extending bottom flanges and side flanges partly overlying the trays, which side flanges terminate below said top and above said bottom flanges to form entrances and exits for charging and removing goods from said trays.

4. A sheet metal display rack for ackages and the like consisting of the com ination of a plurality of inclined shallow trays arranged side by side, triangular side members secured to the outer sides of the trays and forming a supporting base, a base member uniting said side members, and a top member having a rear flange arranged behind the upper ends of said trays and hav ing end flanges united with'said side members, said trays having forwardly extending bottom flanges and side flanges partly overlying the trays, which side flanges terminate below said top and above said bottom flanges to form entrances and exits for charging and removing goods from said trays, and means for attaching similar'racks at either side of said display rack.


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U.S. Classification312/42, 312/107, 211/59.2
International ClassificationA47F3/024, A47F1/00, A47F3/00, A47F1/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47F1/08
European ClassificationA47F1/08