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Publication numberUS1677318 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 17, 1928
Filing dateJan 2, 1926
Priority dateJan 2, 1926
Publication numberUS 1677318 A, US 1677318A, US-A-1677318, US1677318 A, US1677318A
InventorsAlexander Harry S
Original AssigneeTater Flakes Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display device
US 1677318 A
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July 17, 1928. 1,677,318

H. s. ALEXANDER DISPLAY DEVICE Filed Jan. 2. 1926 73 r/// .3 ,f1.3 a /3 i 22 Patented July 17, 1928.




Application led January v2, 1926. Serial No. 78,761.

The present invention relates to a display device.

My display device is particularly adaptable for merchandising confections, nuts, and other food products commonly sold in packages, although its use need not be limited to goods of this sort. y

The devices now in use generally comprise a metalframework which is usually provided with means for securing thereto the cards bearing 4the package goods to be sold. `Such devices are not only cumbersome, but they are also expensive and relatively difficult to manufacture. l

I provide a structure, the outstanding features of which are its simplicity and low manufacturing cost. My device comprises a box-shaped support member, the sides of which are provided with a plurality of openings. Adapted t0 cooperate with these openings are suitable laps which are formed integral with the cards bearing the goods to be sold. I also provide locking means for holding 4the cards securely to the support so that they will not be pulled off when packages are removed therefrom.

The above and other novel features of the invention will be set forth more fully in the following specification when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings.

In the drawings Fig. 1 is an isometric view device of my invention;

Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a development of the box-shaped support member;

Fig. 4 is a development of the end pieces for the support member; and

Fig. 5 is a front View of the mounting board or card to which the packages containing goods to be sold are secured.

In the preferred form of my invention, I provide a box-shaped support member which is generally designated in the drawings by of vak display the numeral 10. The developed view of this I member illustrated in Fig. 3, shows it as having four sides. However, I wish it understood that it may have any number of sides and that four have been employed simply to show the manner of constructing and using my invention. These sides are'designated by the numeral 11 and are generally rectangular in form. Each one of them is provided witha plurality ofl slots,l invthis.v

case live in each side, 12, which'are preferably spaced equally from each other. From the description which follows, it will be seen that .any number of slots may be used, and that these may be separated at various distances from one another. The support member 10 may be made of liber, cardboard. or other material of a similar nature. The sides 11 are formed by bending thecard- `board along the dotted lines 13. A lap 14 which may be either secured to the adjacent side by means of glue or suitable clips,serves to hold the sides intheir folded position.`

The upper and lower ends of the support member '10,r are covered byvmeans of suitable end Vpieces 15. Each end piece isprovided with laps 16 by means of which it is fastened to the sides 11. Centrally disposed in each end piece 15 are openings 17. Av

metal eyelet 18 is permanently fastened in each opening 17 and serves as a bearing member for the shaft 19 on which thev supwhich the eyelet in the bottom end piece is adapted to rest. Hence, it will be observed that this structure permits 'free 'rotatable movement of the support member 10 about the shaft 19. I 'Y Adapt-ed to lit over the outer surface of each side 11 are the mounting boards or card 22, These may also be made of fiber, cardboard, or the like. Each mounting board is provided witha plurality of V- shaped laps or tongues, in this case ve in number. Starting with the lap 23 at the top of the card shown in Fig. 5, it will be noted that each of the succeeding laps 24, 25, 26 and 27, is longer than the preceding one. The width across thetop of each of the laps 23, 24, 25 andy 26, is the same.` These laps port 10 is mounted. The shaft 19 is threadl,


are formed by simply cutting out the edges This lap is set over to one side and has a portion cut away therefrom so as to form an opening 28 in the card 22. This leaves a jo 29 in the lap 27, the purposeof which will be hereinafter explained. The length of the lap 27 is also greater than any one of the preceding laps. The spacing, however, between it and the preceding lapis the same as it is between the other laps.

To illustrate one feature of my invention, let us suppose that each lap is of the same eneral structure, except that every lap is onge-r than the preceding one, as shown.

- Now, i the lap 27 is brought into cooperation with the lower slot in one of thev side members 11, the remaining laps, with the possible exception of the lap adjacent the lap 2.7, will still be free of the slots 12. Now, as the card! 22 is brought closerto the side 11, an which it is to be mounted, the remaining'laps will engage with their respeo tive slots. The purpose, therefore, of making each succeeding lap longer than the preceding one, is to permit easy mounting of the card on the member 10. However, I find that if no means were provided for holding the card in place, once it is placed on the member 1 0, that removal of one of the packages secured to the card would also cause the cardto be pulled out of engagement with the mounting member. T o avoid this, I provide a locking means on one of the laps. In f this case,y the locking means is shown in connection with the lap 27'. When this lap is inserted into its cooperating slot- 12, the jog 29 thereof will engage with the upper edge of the slot 12. Now, if the car is pulled upward, as is done when a package` isremoved therefrom, it will be impossible to move it away from the side with which it is in contact. The only Way this can be done is by freeing the portion 29 from theupper edge of the slot l2.

From the foregoing, it'will be seen that the invention is not limited to the use of five slots in each side and a corresponding number of V-sh-a-ped laps on each mounting board, as any number of slots and V-shaped laps cooperating therewith may be used. Nor is it necessary to have V-shaped laps, or laps of any other shape, which have been formed out of the mounting board itself. Separate lapsv may be used and these may beglued or otherwise fastened to the: mounting board in any desirable manner. i

1. yIn a device of the character described,

a vertical supportof sheet material provided with a plurality off horizontal slots'arranged in a vertical series, and a mounting hoard having a plurality of tonguesextending therefrom and engaging through said slots,

one of said tongues having an element normally disposed beneath the upper Wall of its cooperating slot and eoacting therewith to prevent casualremoval of the board from the support.

2.` In a device ofl the character described,jk

a vertical supporty of sheet material provided with a plurality of aligned horizontal slots arranged in a vertical series, and a mounting having a plurality of tongues extending therefrom and engaging through said'slots, one of said tongues being disposed out of alignment With the other tongues and having its upper portion shaped to provide an elfeg ment disposed for engagement beneath the adjacent corner portion of the top Wall of its cooperating slot.

In witness whereof, I hereunto subscribe my naine this 30th day of DecembenflQQ.



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U.S. Classification211/58, 211/163
International ClassificationA47F5/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/0884
European ClassificationA47F5/08G