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Publication numberUS2016333 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 8, 1935
Filing dateMay 2, 1935
Priority dateMay 2, 1935
Publication numberUS 2016333 A, US 2016333A, US-A-2016333, US2016333 A, US2016333A
InventorsLeeds Myron P
Original AssigneeEmeloid Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reflector device
US 2016333 A
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Oct. 8, 1935. M. P. LEEDS REFUECTOR DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed May 2, 1955 s. n E E L P. N o R. vl M 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR ITTORNEY Ffh/Ron R LEE-4353 Oct. 8, 1935. M. P. LEI-:Ds

REFLECTOR DEVICE Filed May 2, 1935 Patenteds Oct. 8, 1935 PATENT oFFlcE REFLECTOR DEVICE Myron P. Leeds, Newark Company, Arlington,

New Jersey N. J., assignor to Emeloid N. J., a corporation of Application May 2,1935, Serial No. 19,442

4 Claims.

This invention relates to novelties and more particularly to a reflector devicek particularly adapted for use as an auxiliary tail light or rear signal .for motor vehicles.

An object of the invention is to provide a reflector device for motor vehiclesv which is constructed so' that it may be manufactured with a minimum number of operations and with a minimum amount of waste material, thereby J permitting the production of the articles at low cost.

Another object of the invention is to providey a reflector device which is attractive in appearance, will readily lend itself to advertising display, and one which, While light in weight, -is strong and durable.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a bumperette for motor vehicles which has a reflector device of the approved type forming this invention, embodied therein.

With these and other objects in view, as may appear from the accompanying specification, the invention consists of various features of construction and combination of parts, which will be irst described in connection with the accompanying drawings, showing a reector device embodyingthe invention, and the featuresforming the invention will be specically pointed out in the claims.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a front elevation of the improved reector device,

Figure 2 is a longitudinal section taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1,

Figure 3 is a detail view partly in side elevation and partly in section of the rcarrying body of the device.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary rear elevation of the reflector device. Figure 5 is a view illustrating the manner of forming a reiiector and a conning ring which are utilized in the construction of the reflector device.

Figure 6 is a view of a motor vehicle bumper showing the improved bumperettes appliedthereto.

Figure 7 is a vertical section taken on the line 'I-l of Figure 6.

Figure 8 is a front View of a fragment of a bumperette having the reflector and colored plate removed.

Figure 9 is a view of a binder ring employed to bind the reector and colored plates in the bumperettes.

Referring more particularly to the drawings,

suitable color may be the improved'reilector device comprises the carrying body I which is stamped from a single piece of sheet material and comprises the disc main body 2 and theattaching extension 3.- The main body 2 is dished as clearly shown in 3 to 5 provide a central indentation which received therein the reflector 4. Placed against the outer side or surface of the reflector 4 is a transparent disc 5 which preferably is made of red sheet Celluloid, although any suitable material of any 10 employed without departing from vthe spirit of the present invention.

In Figure 1 of the drawings the transparent disc 5 is shown as having an opaque band 6 extending there across, which opaque band has a transparent legend indicated at l therein so that the letters, figures, or the like of the legend I stand out distinctly and their appearance is enhanced by the reflector 4 which is behind them. It is to be understood that while in Figure 1 of the drawingsthe name of a city is shown as the legend, any suitable wording or indicia or illustration may be placed on the transparent disc 5 without departing from the spirit of the present invention. I t is desirable to have the letters of the legend orthe characters of an advertisement transparent and defined by suitable opaque outlining or background so as .to cause the descriptive or illustrative matter to be brought out more distinctly by the reflector but the invention is not to be limited to this par- Vticular construction as it may be desirable to make the legend or advertising matter opaque. The reflector 4 and the transparent disk 5 are held in place, with the reflector in the dished portion of the body 2 and the transparent disc 5 in engagementjwith the annular rim 8 surrounding the dished portion by a confining ring 9. In

p the manufacture of the signals or reflector devices the confining ring 9 and the reflector 4 are 40 cut from asingle piece of sheet metal which 'preferably has one side finished to vprovide a bright reflecting surface. The reflector is made from the disc which is cut fromthe center of the ring 9 during the forming of the ring as 45 shown in Figure 5 of the drawings and if it is so desired, at thetime of cutting the reector disc 4 and the ring 9 from the sheet metal the reector disc may be pressed to provide the substantially pyramidical depressions I0 formed in its surface which provide the plurality of angu- 4 clear the attaching extension 3. The attaching extension 3 extends radially from the dished disc body 2 and has an elongated opening. I6 formed therein by means of which the reflector device may be attached to a motor vehicle or any other suitable object. The attaching extension 3 has the portion I1 thereof pressed forwardly in the opposite direction tov the' dishing 3' of the body 2 for the purpose of reinforcing and strengthening the attaching extension. A11 of the corners formed by the pressing outwardly Vof the portion I1 are rounded as indicated at I8 so as to prevent sharp corners and provide reinforcement or strengthening of the extension 3. The upper edge of the pressed out portion I1`l is curved asindicated at I9 so as to4 snugly ilt against the adjacent portion of the confining ring 9. This curved edge I9 has a tendency also to strengthen the extension 3 through the dissipation of stresses through the extension in other than straight lines and bias to any graining of the material of which the extension is made.

The extension I1 is rlush with -the outer surface of the confining ring 9.

In Figures 6 to 9 inclusive, a modified form of the invention is shown whereon the reflector device is embodied in bumperettes for motor vehicles.

The bumperette 30 replaces the'carrying body I of the preferred vform of the inventionand it has a dished portion 3I` formed therein in which the reflector plate 32 is positioned. A transparent colored plate 33 which may be of celluloid or any other suitable material, is placed over the reflector plate 32 and both theA reflector plate 32` and the colored plate 33 are held in place in the dished portion 3I of the bumperette 30 by the binder ring 34. The binder ring 34 corresponds to the binder ring 9 of the preferred construction and the reflector 32 is made from the center of a disc which is cut away to form the ring 34.

As clearly shown in Figure 8 of the drawings, the bumperette 30 is provided with a plurality of arcuate slots 35 through which the tongues or portions 36 of the binder ring 34 extend. The tongues or portions 36 are crimped over the back of the bumperette and the edge portion 31 of the ring 34 is crimped over the edge of the colored plate 33 as clearly shown in Figure 7 for holding the various parts connected. l

While inthe drawings no lettering or illustrative matter is shown on the colored transparent plate in Figures 6 to 9 inclusive, it is to be understood that any suitable lettering, illustra.-`

tion or indicia may be placed on this plate'without departing from the spirit of the invention.

It will be understood that the invention is not to be limited to the specific construction or arrangement of parts shown but that they may be 5 widely modiedfwithin the invention dened by the claims.

What is claimed is: I A

1. As a new article of manufacture, a reector device comprising a dished carrying body having 10 an attaching extension formed thereon, a reflector in saiddished body, a transparent indicia. carrying plate over said reflector, and a confining ring crimped about the edges of said carrying body and said transparent plate.

2. As a new article of manufacture, a reflector device comprising a dished central carrying body having an attaching extension formed thereon, said attaching extension having a portion thereof pressed outwardly oppositely to the dishing of 20 the body to strengthen the extension, a reilecto'r in said dished body, a transparent yindicia carrying plate over said reflector, and a confining ring crimped about the edges of said carrying body and said indicia carrying plate.

3. As a new article of manufacture, a reflector device comprising a dished central carrying body having an attaching extension formed thereon, said attaching extension having a portion thereof pressed outwardly oppositely to the dishing of 30 the body to strengthen the extension, a reflector in said dished body, a transparent indicia carrying plate over said reiiector, and a connning ringV crimped about the edges of said carrying body and said indicia carrying plate, the outer 35 surface ofsaid outwardly pressed portion being flush with the outer surface of said conning ring and having its edge adjacent to the ring curved to conform to the curvature of the ring'.

4. As a new article of manufacture, a bumper- ,10 ette for motor vehicles, including a body for attachment to a motor vehicle bumper, said body having a dished. portion formed therein, a reflector plate in said dished portion and a colored transparent plate over said reflector, said body 45 provided with a Vplurality of slots about said dished portion, and a conilning ring having portions inserted through said slots, and crimped against the back of the body, said confining ring the edge of said transparent 50 also crimped over plate for holding the transparent plate and re- MYRON P.LEEDS

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US5073005 *May 2, 1988Dec 17, 1991Hubbs Machine & ManufacturingRetro-reflective photogrammetric target
US7698826Jan 28, 2008Apr 20, 2010Hubbs Machine & Manufacturing Co.Refurbishable retro-reflective photogrammetric target
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U.S. Classification40/615, 359/547, 359/548
International ClassificationB60Q1/30
Cooperative ClassificationB60Q1/30
European ClassificationB60Q1/30