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EE @,w e. QSQUIER COMBINED SOUND AND LIGHT DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS Filed Aug. 4, 1935 INVENTOR Georg 55 BY fin/ ga ATTORNEYS Patented Apr. 30, 1935 ll? 5.1a
COIVIBINED SOUND AND LIGHT DESTRKBUT- 'ING APPARATUS George Owen S uier, Washington, D. 6.
Application August 4, 1933, Serial No. 683,589
This invention relates in general to a fixture providing both for sound and light reproduction.
An important object of this invention is to provide a radio reproducing apparatus of a form which is highly efficient and practical, while satisfying the requirements of decorative qualities when used either within the home or out of doors.
An important object of this invention is to pro-' from the following disclosure are secured by means of this invention.
This invention resides substantially in the com.- bination, construction, arrangement and relative location of parts, all as will be more fully pointed out hereinafter.
Refelring to the drawing:
Figure 1 is an elevational view of one form of the device for distributing both sound and light;
Fig. 2 is a diagrammatic, circuit illustration of the manner of connecting the different parts of the apparatus;
Fig. 3 is an elevational View of a modified form of device for distributing sound only;
Fig. 4 is a diagrammatic circuit arrangement of the mechanism of the device of Fig. 3.
A major object of this invention is to produce a sound producing and light distributing fixture which has all the practicability of a modern radio receiving set and of lighting fixtures which, at the same time, is endowed with qualities of beauty and decorative value.
In enhancing the decorative qualities of fixtures of this type, the motif has been borrowed from nature. It has been discovered by actual experience that the Easter lily, because of its beautiful proportions and natural shape, may be employed both for its beautifying effect and. for its natural quality as a light reflector or sound director. A purpose of this invention is, therefore, to work into a practical and useful radio receiving set and light fixture the Easter lily. The manner in which this is accomplished will best be appreciated by an itemized consideration of the attached drawing.
A suitably shaped container 1 which may simulate a fiowerpot or vase is provided with short standards 3 on the top thereof, on which rests a tray 2, suitably shaped and proportioned to provide a container for earth in which vines may be planted which may be trailed around the container to hide its true nature. The container is preferably provided around the bottom and top with openings through which a good circulation of air may be secured. The container is preferably closed at its topto keep out moisture and 5 dirt and the hire, and has mounted therein, as diagrammatically illustrated at d, any suitable and adaptable form of receiving radio set. If desired, this set may be capable of receiving either long or short waves or both. Suitably supported 1 within the container is the antenna 5 which may be of the open circuit resonance coil type, Well, known in the art.
One terminal of the antenna is connected to the radio receiving. set which is normally of the 15 type which will operate separately without grounding. At 6 is diagrammatically illustrated a sound reproducing device such as a cone loud speaker which is positioned below a large, central opening in the top of the container which is 20 provided with a tubular extension I l raised above the top of the container to keep out moisture and dirt. The upper end of the extension H is open and terminates short of the under surface of the tray 2 so that the issuing sound waves 25 may be nicely distributed in all directions. At l is indicated diagrammatically, the usual dial window for aid in tuning the apparatus which is employed by the control knobs indicated at 8. At 9 is a plug receptacle by means of which the apparatus may be connected to any suitable current source such as the ordinary house lighting circuit. At it is illustrated an on and off switch which, by means of the circuit illustrated in r Figure 2, controls both the operation of the radio receiving apparatus and the lights. At i2 are illustrated the Easter lily stems which are mounted in a suitable socket in the tray 2 and which support the Easter lily flowers it, all of which may be artificially made in a number of well known ways. Mounted in the base of the flowers are lamp receiving sockets which have the switches i l and which support the electric light bulbs l5. The wires of these lights run down through the stems of the flowers and into the container for connection to the circuit.
The circuit is illustrated inFigure 2. The terminals of the receptacle 9 are indicated at 9, and the switch is indicated at ill. The power wires extend to the receiving set 5 and to the lamps l5 which are connected in parallel and in series with switches l4. When the switches i i are closed the single switch it will close on and oif the radio set and the like. The lights may be individually controlled independently of the receiving set by the switches I4. This apparatus is adapted for use, either in the home or in the garden, or at any outdoor locality. When controlling vines are growing in the tray 2, the entire cabinet structure may be hidden with a very pleasing result when the apparatus is in operation.
The modification of Figures 3 and 4 varies in that sound reproducing devices 6 are mounted in the lily flowers so that the sound issues from the flowers themselves. In other respects the apparatus is the same with the exception that the switch i0 is shown as a single pole switch for controlling the radio receiving set.
The lily while adding to the decorative efiect of the device, also has the important practical feature or" being so shaped as to provide an ideal light reflector and sound director. When lights are used the effect is very pleasing and the fact that the sound reproducing device is inconspicuous greatly enhances the efiect of the entire fixture.
From the above description it will be apparent that I have embodied certain principles of construction and operation in one form of structure for purposes of illustration, recognizing, however, that those skilled in the art may readily vary the feature of this invention without departure from the scope thereof. I do not therefore desire to be strictly limited to the disclosure as given for purposes of illustration, but rather to the scope of the appended claim.
What I seek to secure by United States Letters Patent is:
A fixture as described comprising a substantially closed container, having a radio receiving set therein, an antenna mounted in said container 5