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Publication numberUS1922900 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 15, 1933
Filing dateApr 25, 1932
Priority dateApr 25, 1932
Publication numberUS 1922900 A, US 1922900A, US-A-1922900, US1922900 A, US1922900A
InventorsLevi N Plante
Original AssigneeProgressive Tool & Die Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Holder for tags, etc.
US 1922900 A
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Aug. 15, 1933.

L. N. PLANTE 1,922,900


Filed April 25, 1932 Patented Aug. 15, 1933 v UNrri-z'o STAT s HOLDER FOR TAGS, ETC.

Levi N. Plante, Worcester, Mass, assignor to Progressrve Tool & Die Company, Incorporated, Worcester, Mass, a Corporation of Massachusetts Application April 25, 1932. Serial No. 607,257

3 Claims, (01. 40-11) This invention relates to a support of the vacuum cup type adapted to be held by the vacuum cup on a window and particularly on a windshield of an automobile or any other 5- desired place.

The principal objects of the invention are to provide such a support with means for holding a card or tag projecting upwardly or in any other desired direction and with a hook on the ID- opposite side on which an article or card can be hung; to provide a construction in which the means for supporting the two articles constitute a single element; to provide an improved way of holding the said element on the 1.5 vacuum cup and to provide means whereby the operation of the hook can be employed to open a spring grip for receiving the first mentioned card.

Other objects and advantages of the inven- 9 tion will appear hereinafter.

Reference is to be had tothe accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a. preferred embodiment of the invention shown as holding two articles and in position on a smooth surface; Fig. 2 is a central sectional view of the vacuum cup showing the holding element in elevation, and

Fig. 3 is a sectional view on the=line-33 of Fig. 2, showing how the wire holding element is supported by the vacuum cup. I

The supporting means for the device is shown in the form of a vacuum cup 10 adapted to be applied to any smooth surface in the usual Way.

' This cup has a head 11 of. solid rubber and un der this head is a neck 12 which is sunk inwardly to provide an annular groove for holding the other element of the device. The holding element consists of a wire holder 14; provided with an arcuate end 15 making considerably more than half a circle and located in theneck 12. Both sides of the wire will be in engagement with the soft rubber on account of the fact that this neck groove is sunk in so deeply. The groove around the vacuum cup under this head. is made narrower than the thickness of the wire so that the Wire will be held firmly in this groove. It is difficult to turn r it to a different position on the vacuum cup 0 and when once applied it is intended to be firmly fixed and not movable.

The wire member has a coil spring 16integral with it, preferably of two coils but it could be made of any desired number, above one. Down from the end of the last coil extends an arm 17 of the same piece of wire and at the bottom it is provided with a hook 18. On this hook can be hung a card or other article havinga hole through it for receiving the hook.

The spring has two coils, at least at the top,

and the hook extends from the outer one. By bending the hook in, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2, these coils are separated from each other so that a card 20 at the top can be inserted as indicated. When the hook is released from this pressure the coils of the spring pinch the bottom of the card firmly and hold it in position until it is released by the flexing in of the hook 18 again. This hook, although having an abrupt square end, will be pressed against the base of r the vacuum cup if it is pressed in too far and no. damage will be done. The hook is shown as supporting a card 21 below.

Although I have illustrated and described only one form of the invention I am aware of the fact that modifications can be made therein by any person skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention as expressed in the claims. Therefore, I do not Wish to be limited in this respect but what I do claim is:--

1. As an article of manufacture, a holder for displaying an article comprising means by which it can be attached to a surface, a wire fixedly supported at one end by said means and projecting upwardly therefrom, said wire having a coiled spring comprising at least two coils of wire at the top in planes substantially parallel to said surface and spaced above said surface, and an arm projecting from one coil of said spring diametrically across said means and spaced therefrom to provide a free end by which the spring can be opened to facilitate application or removal of a thin object between the coils of the spring.

2. As an article of manufacture, a holder for more than one article comprising a vacuum cup for securing it to a vertical surface, said cup 'having a head with an annular neck under the which the coils of the said spring can be opened 9 to facilitate the removal or insertion of a card or the like.

3. As an article of manufacture, a holder for more than one article comprising a vacuum cup for securing it to a vertical surface, said cup be: ing composed entirely of soft rubber having a solid head with an annular neck under the head and a supporting member consisting of a single piece of wire of the same size throughout having an arcuate portion at one end adapted to be

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U.S. Classification40/659, 24/550, 24/305, 248/205.5
International ClassificationG09F3/08
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/08
European ClassificationG09F3/08