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Publication numberUS1781277 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 11, 1930
Filing dateFeb 27, 1928
Priority dateFeb 27, 1928
Publication numberUS 1781277 A, US 1781277A, US-A-1781277, US1781277 A, US1781277A
InventorsGammeter Harry C
Original AssigneeGammeter Harry C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sign construction
US 1781277 A
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Nov. 11, 1930. H. c. GAMMETER SIGN CONSTRUCTION 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Feb. 27, 1928 x KQQ m 5% QB; KN

m n n w m 5 $3 EEfi 2 5 Nov. 11, 1930. H. c. GAMMETER SIGN CONSTRUCTION Filed Feb. 27, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 2' Patented Nov. 11, 1930 N ED, STATES "PATENT OFFICE;

HARRY c. GAMMETER, or cLEvEnAnn HEIGHTS, 01110 v outdoor f advertising Pl i g ah 35 SIGN CONSTRUCTION- Am-Lean a February 27, 1928. Serial no. 257,144.

L present invention, like that constituting the [subject matter of my cope nding applica tion Serial No.224,'5 10, filedOCtQb r 7, 1927, relates to signs thatare adapted for-use as deyices marlrers for parks and institutions, and "other similar displays 1 Like that of the former case, purpose of this invention is to the primary produce a device of the aboye'mentioned character that is artistic, neat and attractive of appearance and, therefore, not open to the objections urged against the ordinary (type of signboardsf e Another object is toj produce "devices of the foregoing nature having removablepanels on which the matterdto be displayed is painted or to which it is otherwise applied. Thisjconstruction permits the'signs to' be easilyandquibkly changed from time to time enables thesignbearing panels to be painted or btherwise'produced' in'la shop and taken ltof the display locations where they are pp e i the su p fi na tru u e and allowsthe" 'aine signsf'to be interchanged among severallocationsif desired. 7 j Qtherobjeots of the present invention are to provide a somewhatsimpler and correp nd ns las exp n v e 'n n e en. which, insoine'respects, especially as towind resistance,is moresubstantial and durable thanits P s l D iby natur e jwhi h h erection of the sign is facilitated, and the emexpeditedgj I M L d I The foregoing objects, 'With others hereinafterappeaning, are-attained in the construction'fillnstrated in "the accompanying drawingswhe'rein Fig. 1' is afront elevation, and 2 i ei'endj e bf s g s r u e incorporating the invention"; "Fig. T3 is an enl'arge'd, rragmemary, firorit eleyational View showing an" endportion of the panel and ad- 'jacent parts ofthe supporting structure;

:Figlisa section on he lines H ofFigsf. 1

andSQandFig. '5is asectfion on the line 5 5 1 F g- -1 T] l I y I p Q. 1T d e m se e r lly; pp g f truc-ture, and panels that are re- "mover-1y" sustained thereby.

The supporting structure consists of an upper-cross member 1 and a lower cross memher 2 that are supported by and between two pairs of uprights that are designated, respectively, 3 and. 4. ,Theuprigh-ts of each pair are parallel and are spaced apart a distance somewhat less than the diameter of the cross members 1 and 2, and where said members pass between theuprights of each pair, said uprights are notched, as shown ate, to accommodate the full diameter of the cross members. Where the cross members and uprights are thus interengaged with one another, they are prov i dedwith aligning holes for the accommodation of, bolts 6 towhich nuts are applied for drawingthe parts firmly together. This relatively simple construction provides a very substantial frame structure that iscapablejof withstanding high wind pressures. Theuprights 3 and i are preferablyset in cement bases .10; that serve the two purposes of lending rigidity to the structure and protecting jjthe uprights from decay inthe region ofthe ground line. The cement bases may ormay not extend entire lyito 'thetlower ends of the uprights. It

shouldbe explained that the cross members 11 and 2jand1the uprights 3 and 41 are preferably of wood and of the same diameter, thus makingit possible to construct all these parts from the same prepared material. a

At suitable points along the cross members 1and2 areyertical holes through which the body portions of hooks 12 are extended, and

nuts 13,;are applied to the threaded ends of the hooksabovethe cross member 1 and belowrthe' cross member 2. "Engaged with the hooks. 12that are located adjacentthe ends therewith have registering slots," designated 17, through which the hooks 12 are passed. Ledges'lfi are similarly connected to the front an rear sides of the lower ends of the straps ItandhaVe slots 19 for the reception of the corresponding lower hooks 12. A strap 20, similar to the straps 14, but minus the clips and ledges 18, have slots 21 that are engaged over the vertically spaced hooks 12 that are shown as located at substantially the longitudinal center of the structure.

The sign panels, designated generally by I the numeral 25,- are each constructed, according to the present embodiment ofthe'invention, as follows: To a rectangular wooden frame 26 is secured .themarginalportionof a metal sheet 27, on which the sign is painted or to which it is otherwise applied," and overlying said portion of the sheet is a finishing frame 28 that is composed of-top,-bottom and= end members that are mitered at the corners of the panel. The frame 26 may include intermediate vertical members shown :in dot? tedlinesin Fig. 1 and-designatedl26 and the metal sheet 27 may be tacked} thereto. It

is obvious that'the concealediframe-26may include any number and arrangement of cross members to which the sheet 27 may be attached for imparting stiffnesstoxthelatter and for-retaining it'in fiat-condition. The members of the finishing frame 28 may "be attached to the concealed frame 26 by screws,

nails or other "fastening means that pass through the edge portion of the sheet'27 The panels are gapplied to the supporting structure by engaging {their up er edges beneath the clips 15 and swinging them inwardly againstthe straps14and20 so as to dispose their lower edges on [the ledges 18.

They may be held in this position by engaging bolts 30 through aligned holes in the panels and in the st'rapsl l. This provides a very simple method of applying'and removingthe Ypanels, it being only necessary to'remove the two bolts 30 to disconnect the panels from the supporting structure ln the present construction; the strap 20, devoid of clips andiledgesyconstitutes onlya wind brace, "and my reason for omitting the clips and ledges from this strap is-to aVoid-thea'ccuracy which would be'made necessary 'if the panels were to havethree points-of'bea-ring at'the topand at the bottom: Obviously the straps 14 are placed under-tension when the hooks 12'are drawn up by the nuts;13, as

otherwise said straps wouldbedoose 'and fail in their purpose as above set "forth,es-.

pecially as to their wind bracing function. Having thus described'my invention, what I claim is 1'. Ina device of" the character described, the combination of opposed supportsar- *ranged in vertically spacedrelation, a plurality of not less than three-elongated:elements sustained by andjtensioned between said supports, panel embracing clips immovably secured] to two of said elements adj acentfth'eir upperends, ledges having unobstructed top surfaces and likewise secured to said two elements a'dyaoentitheir lower ends, asign panel that is adapted to be placed flatwise against said elements with its upper edge embraced by said clips and its lower edge resting upon said ledges, and means for removably secur- -wiseengageinent="witlf theopposite sides of theelements withtheir upper edges embraced by the. aforesaid clips and their lower edges resting upon said'ledges, andmeansfor re.-' movably securing the panels to the elements;

I 3. Ina device of th'echaracter described, the combination 'of' opposed supports arranged in substantially vertically spacedrelation, hooks carried bysaid supports, those ofone support being opposed to those of the other, metallic straps sustained by and between the corresponding hooks of the two supports, and a sign panel removably secured 'to,

andin'flat'wise engagementwith, the straps.

' 4. In a device of the character described, the combination. of opposed; supports vargas ranged substantially in vertically spaced relation, ho'okscarried'by said supports, those of one support being opposed to those of the other, metallic straps sustained by and'between the corresponding hooks of the; two

supports,- clips carried by'certain of said straps adjacent oneysupport, ledges carried by certain of said straps adj ace'nt the other support, and a sign'panel adapted tobe placed in fiatlwise engagement-with the strapswith its upper edge fembraced by the clips and its ,lower edges bearing upon said. ld'ges, and means for detachably'securingl the panel in the position described.

'5'. Ina device of the fcharacter'described,

the combination of twosubstantially horizontal 1 supports that; are spaced apart vertically,

said supports having'transverse bores, those of one support beingapproximately in alignmentwith those of theother support,- ,hooks through the bores of the-upper support, similar hooks having their shanks vprojected downwardly through the boresoffthe lower support, a plurality of metallic straps each having aperturesin its ends engaged withthe correspondinghooks of the opposed supports,

having threaded v shanks extended upwardly nuts applied tothe shanksof the hooks. outwardly beyond said supports,.clips 'securedto the upper endsof'certain of said straps, ledges securedto the lower ends of certain ofsaid straps, a sign panel that is adapted. to he placedin flatwise engagement withthezst raps with its upper edge embraced'by said'clip's and its lower edge resting'upon said ledges, and

means for detachably securing the panel in place upon said ledges.

6. In a device of the character described, the combination of two substantially horizontal supports that are spaced apart vertically, said supports having transverse bores, those of one support being approximately in alignment with those of the other support, hooks having threaded shanks extended through the bores of the supports, the hooks of each support being arranged with their heads toward those of the other support, a plurality of metallic straps each having apertures in its ends that are engaged with the corresponding hooks of the opposed supports, nuts applied to the shanks of the hooks outwardly beyond said supports, clips secured to the opposite sides of the upper ends of certain of said straps, ledges secured to the opposite sides of the lower ends of certain of said straps, sign panels adapted to be placed in fiatwise engagement with the opposite sides of the straps with their upper edges embraced by said clips and their lower edges resting upon said ledges,

and means passing through the opposed panels and certain of said straps for detachably securing the panels in place upon said ledges.

7. In a device of the character described,

the combination of opposed pairs of uprights, cross members having their ends arranged between the uprights-of the opposed pairs, the uprights and cross members all being of substantially the same diameter and the uprights of each pair beingspaced a distance apart less than said diameter and notched to accommodate the cross members, means passing through the cross members and adjacent parts of the uprights for binding the uprights and cross members together, elongated elements supported by and between the cross members, and sign panels removably secured to, and in flatwise engagement with, the opposite sides of said elements.

' In testimony whereof, I hereunto afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification40/617, 40/607.11, 40/611.1
International ClassificationG09F15/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F15/0025
European ClassificationG09F15/00B4