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Patented Jan. 18, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE F. Grammes & Sons, Inc.,
Allentown, Pa., a
corporation of Maryland Application May 27,
The emblems or signs to which this invention relates are especially adapted for use on automobiles, but they are obviously capable of other uses. Such emblems or signs are usually provided with special attachment means whereby l this forms no part of my present invention it they may be made fast to a suitable supporting bracket or to another badge or plate which may be carried by a vehicle. It is the purpose of my present invention to provide the emblem or sign with a supplemental plate or extension on which letters, figures or designs may be displayed; as for example, so that the owner of a vehicle, in addition to a club emblem or sign, may display his initials in juxtaposition to the sign, but this is only by way of example and not of restriction.
My invention provides a simple and effective device whereby the emblem or sign is securely attached to a supporting bracket or other suitable support, and also provides a sufficient display surface for the display of plates bearing letters, figures or designs.
In the accompanying drawing, Fig. I shows in full elevation a sign or emblem, with means for attaching it to its support, and with provision of such a display surface.
Fig. II is a vertical section of the same along the lines 11-11 of Fig. I; and,
Fig. III is a horizontal section of said display surface along the lines IIIIII of Fig. I.
In the drawing, l is a sign or emblem. As
need not be here described. 2 is a backing and supporting plate, preferably of metal, to which the sign or emblem is attached, preferably as by 3 5 rivets I 5. The lower end of this backing plate projects below the sign or emblem and is shaped so as to provide an embo sgrr irgji and an attachment slot 4. 5 is a support to which the backing 2 is to be attached. As shown it is the upper part of the official number plate of an automobile, but it may be any suitable supporting bracket. 6 is the attaching screw passing through a suitable aperture in the support 5 and also through the slotted aperture 4 of the plate 2. By tightening the nut 1 upon this screw the backing 2 is secured in proper relation to the part 5, in aid of which it may be positioned so that the embossment 3 fits over the upper edge of the plate 5, thus assisting in holding the parts in their adjusted position. The backing 2 may be strengthened by one or more vertical corrugations I0.
1936, Serial No. 81,976
The other end of the backing 2 projegtsfor a sufficient distance from the sign or/einblem to provide a display surface. 9. This surface 9 is cut and bent to form parallel slideways H, H capable of receiving plates l2, preferably of such size that several of them may be received between the slideways. At each side of the slideways thus provided the surface is cut and bent to form spring risers l3, I3 sprung out so that the plates l2 are readily slid into their slideway by depression of the risers, but when in place are held by the risers against removal by mutual engagement with the confronting outer edges of said plates, and after insertion can only be removed by manual pressure subsequently applied to said risers. Upon the plates l2 may be formed or imprinted letters, figures or devices as desired. In usual practice these plates l2 are supplied with the letters of the alphabet. It is then an attractive feature of my invention that the purchaser or user of the emblem or sign I to which the backing 2 is attached may put his initials (or any other combination of letters or devices desired) within the slideways I I, H so that they are displayed along with said sign or emblem.
While I have shown the display surface 9 as a part of the backing 2 which projects above the sign or emblem I, yet obviously this surface may be formed integral with the sign or emblem, as also the means for attachment instead of forming part of the backing may be formed integrally with the sign.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. The combination with a sign or emblem of the type described of a unitary backing support having projections therebeyond in opposed directions, one of the projections embodying an embossment and an attachment slot, the other projection having parallel slideways for the reception of movable display elements, and relativelyintervening spring risers at the ends of said slideways for engagement by the outer confronting edges of the movable display elements.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a backing support for signs or emblems of the type described consisting of an elongate plate embodying an embossment and attachment slot proximate one end, and parallel slideways in the other end of the support with relatively-intervening spring risers at the ends of said slideways, for the purpose specified.
FRED WEINDEL, JR.