BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE: Applicant hereby incorporates herein by reference, any and all U.S. patents, U.S. patent applications, and other documents and printed matter cited or referred to in this application.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates generally to picture frames and more particularly to a scented picture frame with hanger.
DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART
The following art defines the present state of this field:
Shaffer, U.S. Des. Pat. No. 366,107 describes a combination picture frame and air freshener receptacle design.
Sprogis, U.S. Des. Pat. No. 400,717 describes a magnetic photo display apparatus design.
Lumbard, U.S. Pat. No. 3,877,165 describes a frame assembly for carrying display panels for advertising and other purposes including a pair of generally polygonal allochiral frames having means for carrying a display panel between them, an internal groove with an opening therein on the lower inner side of each of said frames and a connecting member having an intermediate portion and opposing ends shaped to fit said internal grooves and inserted.in said grooves with the intermediate portion extending through said opening to connect the lower part of said frames so as to permit pivoting of said frames around said connecting member to open and closed positions while retaining said frames in a predetermined relationship with one another and in contact with one another adjacent said connecting member when in said open position. The construction is preferably such that the pivotal movement of said frames is limited to a generally V-shaped open position. An improved type of snap lock clip is also provided to hold the frames together in the closed position and, if desired, to provide a means for hanging the frame assembly. A new and improved frame structure is also provided.
Swanson, U.S. Pat. No. 4,330,952 describes a pair of elongated upper and lower horizontal frame bars together with a pair of upstanding opposite side frame bars. The upstanding opposite side frame bars extend between and loosely end abutting the lower and upper surfaces of the corresponding end portions of the upper and lower frame bars and all of the bars include inner and outer sides with the inner sides having coplanar grooves formed therein and extending longitudinally thereof for receiving the corresponding marginal edges of a poster bound on its edges by the frame bars and with the poster member forming a keying element engaged in the slot of each frame bar and thus keying the bars together, each against lateral displacement relative to the other frame bars transversely of the plane of the associated poster. The opposite end portions of the upper and lower frame bars project outwardly of the outer sides of the upper and lower ends of the corresponding side frame bars and the end portions include upstanding bores formed therethrough immediately outwardly of the outer surfaces of the corresponding side frame bars. The opposite end of an elongated flexible tension member are threaded downwardly through the bores in the ends of the upper frame bar and also downwardly through the bores in the ends of the lower frame bar and are knotted through the last mentioned bores with the midportion of the tension member being upwardly displaceable from the upper frame bar and engageable with a suitable suspension member.
Spector, U.S. Pat. No. 4,814,212 describes a replaceable air freshener unit adapted to be adhered to an automobile window to suffuse the interior of the vehicle with a pleasing or stimulating aroma. The unit is constituted by a bipartite rectangular frame and a transparent film chip having artwork thereon, the film chip being mounted behind the back section of the frame. The rear surface of the chip is coated with a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive whereby the unit may be attached to the window at an appropriate site. The front section of the frame is impregnated with a volatile fragrance that is thematically related to the artwork and slowly released into the atmosphere. When the fragrance is exhausted, the unit may readily be detached from the window and replaced.
Shadwell, U.S. Pat. No. 4,947,565 describes a rectangular picture frame that can be opened and closed repeatedly for mounting and changing the picture to be displayed in the frame. The picture framing device is characterized by a rigid backing sheet, which is hinge mounted along one edge of the frame and releasabiy secured to the frame along its other three edges with adhesive tape. A triangular corner section of the backing sheet is removed to allow for lifting of the backing sheet—from a closed or seated position and swinging it about the hinged edge to provide access to the frame interior for inserting or changing pictures.
Hudson, U.S. Pat. No. 4,993,177 describes a frame to hold a photograph between a front wall and a back cover having an air freshener holder on the back of the back cover. The frame is arranged to be attached to a support that holds the air freshener exposed to the atmosphere.
Hiscock, U.S. Pat. No. 5,390,889 describes a poster clamp having a clam-shell clamp having an upper member and a lower member, the upper and lower members rotatable about a common hinge be tween open and closed positions, and when in the closed position a first clamp arm on the upper member overlaying a first clamp arm on the lower members, and when in the closed position a second clamp arm on the upper member, coplanar with the first clamp arm on the upper member, overlaying a second clamp arm on the lower member, the second clamp arm on the lower member coplanar with the first clamp arm on the lower member, the second clamp arms extending substantially at right angles to the first clamp arms, the first and second clamp arms having longitudinal outside edges, the hinge along the longitudinal outside edges of the first clamp arms, whereby when in the closed position the first and second arms of the upper member are in substantially parallel engagement with the first and second arms of the lower member to thereby releasably frictionally engage a sheet placed between the upper and lower members.
The prior art teaches air freshener supports, automobile air fresheners, poster frames, picture frame assemblies, frame clamps, and combination picture frames and air freshener receptacles, but does not teach a picture frame having hinge fold at a lower extremity, and a hanger enabled for holding the frame suspended from a support and holding the frame closed due to the frame's weight. The present invention fulfills these needs and provides further related advantages as described in the following summary.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention teaches certain benefits in construction and use which give rise to the objectives described below.
The present invention is a picture frame having a rear panel attached along its bottom edge to a front panel. The rear and front panels are therefore enabled for moving toward and away from each other in hinging motion about the bottom edge. The front panel provides an aperture for viewing a photo held against the rear panel. A hanger cord has opposing terminal cord ends fastened to the rear panel, and slidingly threaded through holes in the front panel. The central portion of the cord forms a loop for hanging the picture frame. The rear panel provides a means for gripping the photo such as tabs cut from the rear panel fabric, preferably a cardboard. A scenting agent is integral with at least one of the panels.
A primary objective of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and method of use of such apparatus that provides advantages not taught by the prior art.
Another objective is to provide such an invention capable of accepting a photo between a front and rear panels.
A further objective is to provide such an invention capable of holding the panels in adjacent positions by a cord hanger attached and threaded through the panels.
A still further objective is to provide such an invention capable of providing a fragrant scent.
Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following more detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which illustrate, by way of example, the principles of the invention.