US 1849361 A
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March 15, 1932. w Hv BRETT 1,849,361
METAL 5 IGN Filed April 27, 1951 4 E J INVENTOR.
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Patented Mar. 15, 1932 UNITED STATES WILLIAM H. BRETT, or SHAKER HEIGHTS, onio, ASSI GNOR 'ro THE rnonuc'rsg COMPANY, or CLEVELAND, 01110, A CORPORATION oromo METAL j s ren 7 Application filed April 27,
analogous articles to complementary supporting elements such as walls, posts, etc.
Heretofore it has been customary when securingmetallic signs and panels to a sup porting wall, to simply insert fastening means such as screws, bolts, or clamps, through appropriate holes drilled through the exposed surface of the sign. The obvious result of such a construction is that in the first place protrusion of the fastening means from the face of the display or panel surface becomes unsightly and, secondly,-there are the disadvantages incident to the additional drilling of holes, installation of clamps, etc. It is the general object and nature of the present invention to overcome such disadvan tages found to exist in the prior art, and to provide a unique and convenient form of canstruction for such metal sign boards. It is a further object to provide a simple form of securing means which is adapted to engage with an inwardly inclined flange upon the back of the sign so that the display surface 7 shall remain unobstructed, resulting in an unusually neat and attractive appearance. To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, said invention, then, consists of the means hereinafter fully described and more particularly pointed out in the claims.
The annexed drawings and the following description set forth indetail certain mechanism embodying the invention, such disclosed means constituting, however, but one of various mechanical forms in which the principle of the invention may be used."
In said annexed drawings:
Fig. 1 is an elevational front view of one form of construction embodying the principle of my invention; Fig. 2 is an elevational rear view of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken upon the line 33 of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the marginal'securing clamp employed in the sign board construction illustrated in Figs. 1 to 3 inclusive; Fig. 5 is a section taken upon the line 5-5 of Fig. 2; Fig. 6 is a front elevational view partly 1931. Serial No. 538,208.
in-secti on'illustrative of alternative forms marginal securing clamps; Figs. 7 and 8 are fragmentary sections taken Q substantially upon the lines 7-7, and 8'8, respectively*of Fig 6. r
Directing attention more particularlyto Figs. 1 to 5 inclusive, there is provided the flat display surface 1 bordered around its perimeter by the slightly raised portion2.
Such a raised border portion 2 serves to impart the properties of additional rigidity'and 1 strength to the display panel 1; The mar-' gins13 are bent intoa plane normal to that of thedisplay surface'l. Flanges :4 are in turn bent upon the margins3. .In order to secure the display. panel to a suitable post 5 having an uppermost flattened portion 6,
there are provided the metallic securing clampsT. Thesecurin clamps 7 have the diagonally transversely bent portions 8 which I are adapted to bear against the back surface of the sign panell; The lateral edge. 10 of the securing clamp? in turn engages the interior side of the marginal flange 4. Approf priate fastening means such as bolts or rivets 9 may then be employedto secure the clamp in position upon the flattened portion 6 of the supporting post 5. In order to facilitate therapid erection of the above described type of sign, there may be provided upon the lowermost portion of the post 5',ithe spindle and spiral ground bit 12.
W hen it is desirous to secure the metallic sign board to a flat wall surface, I provide the alternative forms of securing clamps 'illus trated in Figs. 6 to 8 inclusive; Oneformof clamp consists of the flat body portion 16 havingthe reversely bent clip 17 which is adapted to engage with the marginal flange l." Suitable fasteners 18 such as woodscrews, bolts or nails, may be used toattach the clamps 16 to the supporting wall. a
When an exceptionally neat appearinginstallation is desired, there is provided the type of clip illustrated in the lower right hand fragment of F 6 and in the sectional Fig. 8.
Such form of securingclamps consists of the flat body portion 19 having the slightly raised marginal portions 20 which are adapted to engage with and secure the marginal flanges 4 of the metallic sign 1. The fastening means 18 are inserted through the body portion 19 and are positioned interiorly of the'outside edges of the sign.
a It will thus be seen that the latter form of construction provides securing clamps which do not mar, injure or scratch the display surface of the sign; and which are adapted to rigidly secure the sign against horizontal or vertical movement. V i
7 Other modes of applying the principle of my invention may be employed instead of gards the mechanism herein disclosed, provlded the means stated by any of the following claims or the equivalent of such stated means beremployed. v
I therefore particularly point out and distinctly claim as my invention 20 1. A metal sign comprising in combination, an outer: display wall, margins on said wall, flanges on said margins parallel to said wall, and securing clamps between said flanges and said wall, there being'bent portions on. said 5 clamps extendingin a plane normal to the plane of said wall, said bent portions having a Width substantially equal to that of said margins. 4
2. A metal sign comprising in combination,
. so an outer display wall, margins on said wall,
flanges on said margins parallel to said wall,
' and securing clamps between said flanges and said Wall, there being bent portions on said clamps extending in a plane normal to the plane of said wall, said bent portions having a Width substantially equal to that of said margins and being angularlyinclined with respect tov said margins.
3. A metal sign comprising in combination,
40 an outer display wall, inwardly turned margins thereon, flanges on said margins parallel to said wall, and means for securing said sign to a supporting element comprising a plurality of clamps having flat portions and bent portions, said flat portions engaging said flanges and said supporting element and said bent portions extending from said flat portions to said wall.
V 4. A metal sign comprising in combination,
an outer display Wall, inwardly turned mar gins thereon, flanges on said margins parallel to'said wall, and means for securing said sign to a supporting element comprising a plurality of clamps having flat portions and bent .55 portions, said flat portions engaging said flanges and said supporting element and said bent portions extending from said flat portions to said wall, said bent portions having 7 a width slightly less than that of said margins Signed by me-this 24th day of April, 1931. 7 WILLIAM H. BRETT.
the one explained, change being made as re-