Street crossing sign
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v Dec. 22, 1936. w. F; ROGERS 2,065,097
STREET CROSS ING SIGN unimi Iiiiil N Filed Sept. 11, 1936 Mm /M w@ 5MM j J%f@xk Patented Dec. 22, 1936 ATENT OFFICE STREET CROSSING SIGN Walter F. Rogers, Chicago, Ill., assigner to Crown Stove Works, Cicero, Ill., a corporation of Illinois Application September 11, 1936, Serial No. 100,225
This invention relates to signs of the class used for the most part by municipalities at street intersections to designate the names or numbers of the streets.
Signs now in use of the general type to which the present invention relates usually comprise a support in the form of a post set in the ground, usually in the street parking, and sign plates attached crosswise to the post in directions parallel with the streets which they respectively designate. The sign plates themselves, which are sometimes of wood and sometimes of metal, are usually nailed or screwed to the post and bear the street designation on both sides of the plate so that the name or number of the street may be read either from the street or the sidewalk.
Owing to the cheap and more or less flimsy construction of such street designating signs quite generally heretofore used, the sign boards or plates themselves are quite vulnerable to damage of various sorts, such as breakage or distortion or displacement from their proper Apositions by high winds or mischievous hoodlums, rusting, staining and corrosion from the effects of wet weather, and other kinds of injury that partially or wholly destroy their usefulness.
The main'purpose or object of the present invention has been to provide a better street crossing sign than has heretofore been known, characterized by rugged construction, a high degree of rigidity and strength, and great durability. Another object has been to provide a street crossing sign having the above-named qualities that can be very cheaply made by casting and die press operations and hence sold at a low price; and a third object has been to provide an assembled structure wherein any one or 4 more of the sign plates may be very easily removed and replaced by substitutes whenever required.
Still other objects and attendant advantages of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art to which the invention relates from the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which I have illustrated an approved embodiment of the invention, and wherein- 50 Fig. 1 is a perspective elevation of a street crossing sign adapted for streets intersecting at right angles, and shown mounted on a vertical pole or post.
Fig. 2 is a detail elevation of the sign holder,
55 with the sign plates removed.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged cross section on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
In the drawing A designates a support in the form of a vertical pole or post. B designates as an entirety a cast metal sign holder, and C and D designate as entireties upper and lower pairs of sign plates that are removably mounted on and crosswise of the sign holder B.
'I'he sign holder B, which, as stated, is preferably a metal casting, is formed on its lower end with a socketed shank I0 of inverted cup shape adapted to iit down on the upper end of the support A and having a pair of oppositely disposed tapped bosses II to receive binding screws I2. Above the shank I0 the casting B has a pair of relatively superposed wide flat seat sections I3 and I4 disposed, in the present instance, at right angles to each other. On the opposite sides of the lower seat section I3 are upper and lower transverse ribs I5, and on the opposite sides of the upper seat section I4 are similar ribs I6. As shown in Fig. 2, each of the ribs has tapped holes I8 near its ends. The seat section I3 is also formed on its top edge with lateral flanges I9 that overhang the upper ribs 2- I5, and the seat section I4 is formed on its top edge with similar lateral flanges 2B.
The upper pair of sign plates C comprises two rectangular, flat sheet metal plates 2|, and the lower pair of sign plates D also comprises similar flat sheet metal plates 22. The four plates are all of identical construction, and the two plates of each pair carry on their outer sides numerals and/or letters designating the name of the street that parallels the sign plates. 35 The sign plates of both pairs lie across and in Contact with the transverse ribs of their respective seats, as clearly shown in Fig. 3, and are removably attached thereto by screws 23 that enter the tapped holes I8 of the ribs, and the 40 common spring washers 24. In this way, each sign plate is attached to its seat independently of its companion plate, so that it may be separately removed and replaced or substituted, when necessary. On the top and bottom edges of the several sign plates are integral inturned rectangular flanges 25 that overlie and underlie respectively the upper and lower ribs of the seats and, preferably, at their free edges contact the opposite sides of the plates. The several plates are also preferably formed on their ends with inturned rectangular flanges 26; the main purpose of the anges 25 and 26 being to stiften and reinforce the metal plates against warping or bending.
From the foregoing it will be observed that the sign board or plate designating each street consists of two companion plates that are spaced from each other laterally, so that rain does not collect between them and create rusting. The described construction of double sign plates also renders the entire name thereon visible, with no part thereof interrupted or obscured by the holder itself, thus substantially contributing to the visibility and legibility of the name, as compared with known constructions wherein a single plate is used with the name on both sides thereof, and the plate is attached to one side of its holder or carrier.
The attachment of each plate to its holder at four widely spaced points very securely holds the plate against bending and tilting strains, and the latter are further opposed by the to-p anges E9 and 20 of the two seat sections that directly overlie the top edges of the plates.
Since the holder member B is a casting, the sign plates themselves are readily out and shaped in a ldie press, and the attaching screws are stock articles of merchandise, the total manufacturing cost of the article is extremely low, so that the entire structure can be inexpensively made and sold. At the same time, the structure is very strong, rigid and rugged, and not liable to injury or defacement by the usual causes of such injury.
'Ihe sheet metal sign plates themselves are, in preferred practice, treated to several coats of vitreous enamel, so that they are practically weather proof and ofgreat durability.
Structural modications may be resorted to without departing from the substance of the invention as defined in the following claims.
I claim: f
1. A street crossing sign, comprising an upright sign holder adapted to be mounted at its `lower end on a support and formed with a plurality of relatively superposed wide flat seat sections disposed at an angle to each other, and a corresponding plurality of pairs of sign plates, the plates of each pair being mounted in parallel relation on opposite sides respectively of one of said seat sections.
2. A street crossing sign, comprising an upright sign holder adapted to be mounted at its lower end on a support and formed with a plurality of relatively superposed wide flat seat sections disposed at an angle to each other, each of said seat sections having spaced ribs on each of its opposite sides, and a corresponding plurality of pairs of sign plates, the plates of each pair being attached to the ribs of one of said seat sections on opposite sides respectively thereof.
3. A street crossing sign, comprising an upand lower ribs respectively.
right sign holder adapted to be mounted at its lower end on a support and formed with a plurality of relatively superposed wide flat seat sections disposed at an angle t0 each other, each of said seat sections having integral spaced ribs on each of its opposite sides, a corresponding -plurality of pairs of sign plates, the plates of each pair lying in contact with 'the ribs of one of said seat sections on opposite sidesvvrespectively thereof, and screws attaching said plates to said ribs.
4. A street crossing sign, comprising an upright sign holder adapted to be mounted at its lower end on a support and formed with a plurality of relatively superposed wide flat seat sections disposed at an angle to each other, each of said seat sections having upper and lower transverse ribs on each of its opposite sides, and a corresponding plurality of pairs of sign plates formed with inturned flanges on their top and bottom edges, the plates of each pair being vattached to the ribs of one of said seat sections on opposite sides respectively thereof with their top and bottom flanges overlying and underlying said upper 5. A street crossing sign, comprising an upright sign holder adapted to be mounted at its lower end on a. support and formed with a plurality of relatively superposed wide at seat sections disposed at an angle to each other, each of f said seat sections having parallel upper and lower transverse ribs on each of its opposite sides, a corresponding plurality of pairs of sign plates formed with rectangular inturned flanges on ltheir top and bottom edges, the plates of each pair being removably attached to the ribs of one of said seat sections` on opposite sides respectively thereof with their top and bottom flanges overlying and underlying said upper and lower ribs respectively and with the free edges of said anges in contact with the sides of said seat section, and lateral flanges on the top edge of each of said seat sections overlying the top flanges of said sign plates.
6. In a street crossing sign of the class de-