US 1987215 A
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Jan. 8, 1935. M. w. ROMIG MEANS FOR SECURING NAME PLATES AND THE LIKE Filed Oct. 14, 1932' FIG. I.
' INVENTOR: 117077775. 14 120/2419, BY
Patented Jan. 8, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT oFrlcE MEANS FOR SECURING NAME PLATES THE LIKE Morris W. Romig, Allentown, Pa., assignor to L. F. Grammes & Sons, Inc., Allentown, Pa, a corporation of Maryland Application October 14, 1932, Serial No. 637,679
' 2 Claims. (on. 40-20) ment over the patent supra, and it has for its main objects to attain the advantages of increased economy in the fabrication of name plate securing devices through simplification of the component parts and incidental elimination ofcertain assembling operations which were heretofore necessary and to render the application of the name plates to the radiators, easier and quicker of accomplishment.
Other objects and attendant advantages of this invention will be manifest from the detailed description following considered in connection with the accompanying drawing, wherein Fig. I is a fragmentary view showing an inset name plate fastened to the front of the radiator shell of an automobile by a securing means embodying the present improvements.
Fig. II is a sectional view taken as indicated by the arrows 11-11 in Fig. I.
Fig. III is a perspective -view of a locking member constituting a part of the securing means.
Fig. IV is a perspective view of the name plate featured in Figs. I and II, showing the rearward projection provided thereon for engagement by the locking member of Fig. III.
Figs. V and VI are views similar to Figs. I and 11 showing a modified form of my invention; and,
Fig. VII is a perspective view of the name plate featured in Figs. V and VI.
With more specific reference first to Figs. I and II of these illustrations, the numeral 10 designates the shell of an automobile radiator which has a square recess or depression 11 to receive, with a relatively close fit, an outwardly convexed name plate 12 of corresponding configuration. From Figs. II and III it will be observed that I have provided the name plate 12 centrally of its back with a rearward round-ended anchorage stud projection 13 preferably made from a soft metal like brass which is permanently secured to the name plate 12, preferably bysoldering or welding.
To cooperate with the stud projection 13 of the name plate 12, I provide a locking member which is indicated at 15 in Figs. I and II, and separately illustrated in Fig. III. As shown, this looking member 1515 in the form ofa flat elongate rectangular plate struck from relatively thin well tempered spring steel, with a pair of opposed punched out longitudinal tongues 16 whereof the ends are slightly notched as at 17, while the lengthwise dimension of said tongues is considerably greater than their width, for purposes presently explained.
In attaching thename plate 12, the locking member 15 is applied free of attachment to the back of the radiator shell 10 with the slit between its tongue 16 registering with an aperture 18 centrally of. the recess or depression 11 in said radiator shell. With the locking member 15 held firmly against the back of the radiator shell 10, the stud 13 of the name plate 12 is thrust through the aperture 18 until said plate is snugly lodged in the recess 11. Incident to the latter procedure the locking member 15 is bowed longitudinally outwards with its transverse ends immovably-impinging the back surface ofthe radiator shell 10, while its tongues 16 are forced apart and obliged to assume opposing lean-to positions at corresponding angles as shown in Fig. II, with their ends engaging the stud at opposite sides. The notching of the ends of the spring tongues 16 at 17 results in sharp spurs that bite into the shank 13. Any attempt made subsequently to remove the name plate 12 will be tenaciously resisted by the spring tongues 16 of the locking member 15 due to their counter inclination to outward pull of the stud 13 and result in forcing'of the spur ends of said tongues deeper into the softer metal of the stud 13. Any play or looseness tending to develop during attempted removal of the name plate 12 will obviously be compensated for or absorbed by the inherent springiness of the locking member 15 as a whole. It follows therefore that after'having once been secured, it is impossible to remove the name plate 12 without severe mutilation of it as well as of the radiator shell 10. If desired, the locking member 15 may be permanently attached to the back of the radiator by riveting or welding for greater security against shifting.
In themodification shown in Figs. V and VI, the name plate 12a is circular and placed against the frontal surface of the radiator shell 10a, which, in this instance, is not recessed. Accordingly, to prevent the name plate 12a from being rotated in an attempt to remove it after it has been once secured to the radiator, I provide the said plate with a flat vertically-elongate projection 130 which, as shown in Fig. VII, is afforded by an angle lug soldered or welded to the back of the name plate 12a at the center. For penertation by the lug projection 13a. the
radiator shell 10a is in this instance formed with a correspondingly configured vertically elongate aperture 18a. The locking member 15a is generally like the locking member 15 of the first described embodiment of my invention, with spring tongues 16a to engage the opposite flat sides of the projection 13a as shown in Fig. VI.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. The combination with a radiator shell, of a name plate or similar device having a central anchorage-projection oi relatively-softer material, said projection being of a cross-section corresponding with that of a receiving aperture therefor in the radiator shell and projecting thereinto, and an elongate rectangular securing member oi. thin spring metal having integrallyformed opposing longitudinal tongues, said senotches.
curing member being applied against the radiator shell rear face with the adjoining ends of its tongues registering centrally oi the aperture therein, said tongues being stressed from their normal positions by said projection into a converging relation and having their free ends biting into the material of the projection.
2. The combination of the preceding claim wherein the radiator shell is provided with a recess for reception of the name plate or similar device the lengthwise dimension of the securing member tongues is considerably longer than their width, and said tongues have their free ends formed with centrally-located opposing MORRIS wlnoma.