US 1805327 A
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J. T. CARR May 12, 1931.
Filed Sept. 24, 1950 |NVENTOR efO/UZ Cal'l' ATTORNEYS WITNESSES Patented May 12, 1931 JOHN T. CAR-R, OF TRENTQN, NEW JERSEY SIGN Application filed September 24, 1936.
This invention relates to signs, display devices, and the like, the object being to provide an improved construction which is inexpensive and yet one which will present 5 a desirable sign having transparent or opaque letters as may be desired.
Another object of the invention is to provide a sign wherein the background is of coated wire mesh with auxiliary coatings 10 presenting a background and outline for letters and, if desired, a filler for the letters.
A further object, more specifically, is to provide a sign formed of wire mesh having a flexible transparent coating presenting a body, and a backing coating of paint on one side with a letter or sign outlined on the opposite side.
In the accompanying drawings- Figure 1 is a front View of a wire mesh;
Figure 2 is a sectional view through Figure l on the line 22, the same being on a large scale;
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 1 but showlng the wire mesh coated with a flexible T15 transparent coating;
Figure 4 is a sectional view through Fig ure 3 on the line 44, the same being on a large scale;
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 3 but showing a background applied to the coated wire mesh of Figure 3 with certain parts left uncoated whereby a word is disclosed;
Figure 6 is a sectional view through Figure 5 on the line 66, the same being on a large scale;
Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 5 but showing an outline coating for the letters;
Figure 8 is a sectional view through Figure 7 on the line 8-8, the same being on a large scale;
Figure 9 is a view similar to Figure 7 but showing the outline of the letters filled in with a reflecting paint or other coating;
Figure 10 is a sectional view through Figure 9 on the line 1010, the same being on a large scale.
Referring to the accompanyin drawings by numerals, 1 indicates the desired wire mesh, this mesh as shown in Figures 3 and a as being provided with a coating or filler Serial No. 484,173.
2 of flexible transparent material, which may be the commercial celloglass or any suitable cellulose produce as, for instance, cellulose acetate or regenerated cellulose. The coating should be waterproof and flexible to an appreciable extent so that when the wire mesh is bent the coating will not crack. On the coating 2 there is provided a backing 3 which may be any desired paint, said backing covering the entire coating or tiller 2 except at certain places 4: whereby letters or other configurations are formed, as shown in Figure 5.
The sign may be used when finished as shown in Figures 5 and 6, but preferably in order to make the sign stand out prominently there is provided an outline 5 of paint or other material, said outline being on the opposite side of the filler 2 to the backing or coating 3. The outline 5 is only on the front of the sign, thereby giving a finished appearance to the sign. This arrangement of sign is very desirable where a light is arranged at the back of the sign and shines through the letters. The light cannot shine through the backing 3 or the outline 5 but may readily shinethrough the openings in the backing and in the outline and through the filling 2.
Under some circumstances it is desirable to arrange the sign so that light playing on the sign will increase its visibility. In signs for roads a" suitable filling 6 is provided which when illuminated by the headlights of an automobile will reflect silver or other color according to circumstances.
In this way a desirable result is secured without the cost of maintaining a light in the back of the sign. In signs for advertising purposes on delivery trucks or elsewhere the arrangement shown in Figures 7 and 8 is preferable, as the light can shine directly through the sign member, said light being deflected by a mirror or other means in a well known manner.
By providing a wire mesh 1 and a filler 2 any one can make a satisfactory sign merely by following the longitudinal and transverse wires to form the letters, as clearly shown in Figure 4. For an ordinary transparent surface as, for instance, a piece of glass, this cannot be done and considerable skill is necessary to produce a satisfactory sign.
Although the sign is intended to be used as signs for highways it may be readily used in many places without departing from the spirit of the invention.
I claim- 1. A sign including a wire mesh base, a flexible transparent waterproof filling for said base, a coating for said filling, said coatmg covering the filling except at the points where a display member is to be illustrated, and an outline coating at the opposite side of said filling. said outline coating extending around the outline of said display member.
2. A sign comprising a wire mesh base, a flexible transparent filling carried by said base, a coating arranged on one surface of said filling, said coating covering the entire I) filling except at certain points, which points n'estmt letters, and an outline c i ating of paint on the opposite side of said filling to the first mentioned coating, said outline coating presenting an aperture for said letters.
3. A sign including a wire mesh base, a flexible transparent filling, means on one surface presenting an outline of a letter, and means on the other surface presenting a coating for all of said other surface except for said letter.
4;. A sign including a wire mesh base, a flexible transparent filler for said base, an outline coating on one surface of said base, said outline coating presenting the outline of a. letter, a filling material arranged within said outline, and a coating on the opposite surface to said filling material, said coating covering said opposite surface except opposite said filling material.
5. A sign including a wire mesh base, a flexible coating for said base, means on one surface of said coating for forming an outline or configuration, and means presenting a coating at the opposite side of said base, said means covering said opposite side except the part opposite said configuration.
JOHN T. CARR.