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Publication numberUS2112583 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 29, 1938
Filing dateOct 19, 1934
Priority dateOct 19, 1934
Publication numberUS 2112583 A, US 2112583A, US-A-2112583, US2112583 A, US2112583A
InventorsMcleish William S, Tucker Harry W
Original AssigneeMcleish William S, Tucker Harry W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ornamental display device
US 2112583 A
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March 29, 19318.

H, W. TUCKERl ET Al.

ORNAMENTAL DISPLAY DEVICE Filed Oct. 19, 1934 N VEN TORS hlm/wwwa MMM B Y M M 44" A TTORNEY Patented Mar. 29, 1938 UNITED STATES ii'lhlit'i OFFHCE Harry W. Tucker and William S. McLeish, New York, N. Y.

Application October 19, 1934, Serial No. 749,026

7 Claims.

This invention relates to ornamental display devices and is particularly adapted to the display of pictures, signs and similar articles.

An object of the invention is to provide an improved apparatus for displaying flat articles which will present an attractive appearance.

Another object is to provide an improved display apparatus which will be simple in construction and economical to manufacture.

Another object is to provide an improved display apparatus with which pictures, signs or the like may be easily assembled.

Another object is to provide an improved display apparatus in which objects lying in dierent planes may be displayed.

Other objects will hereinafter appear.

The invention will be better understood from the description of several practical embodiments thereof, illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which;

Figure l is a perspective View of one embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 is a central sectional view taken on line II-Il thereof;

Figure 3 is a View similar to Figure 2 showing another embodiment of the invention; n

Figures 4 and 5 are fragmentary views corresponding to the upper portion of Figure 2 but showing further modications of the apparatus;

Figure 6 is a perspective View of another embodiment;

Figure 7 is a sectional view taken on the line 'I-'I of Figure 6; and

Figure 8 is a view similar to Figure 7 of still another embodiment of the invention.

This application is a continuation of our copending application Serial No. 648,531 filed December 23, 1932, for Ornamental display devices, as to all subject matter common to both applications.

In Figures 1 and 2 a device is shown consisting of a base I which may be of wood, metal or other solid material, and is provided with two slots 2 and 3 extending downwardly from its upward 45 surface. These slots are adapted to receive the lower ends of sheets 4 and 5 which constitute the pictures, signs or the like, and which may be of paper, cardboard, Celluloid or any desired thin iexible material.

50 The slots converge upwardly, being disposed at a more acute angle than that which would be assumed by the sheets if these were allowed to remain in two planes with their upper edges abutting and their lower edges separated by the dis- 55 tance between the slots. 'Ihe sheets 4 and 5,

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therefore, press upon each other at or near their upper edges, bending themselves into slightly concave form which causes them' to be frictionally heid Within the slots.

A'strip Ei of thin flexible material, such as sheet 5 metal, Celluloid, or the like, has its lower end secured within the base I, as by a nail or tack 1. Its upper end is provided with a ring 8 or .other shaped piece, which may be secured to it in any desired manner as by adhesive, soldering, rivets 10 or the like, and serves as a handle by which the entire device may be picked up. The thickness of strip 5 is slight and serves to separate the sheets i and 5 only negligibly at the centralportions of their upper edges 'between which it passes. 15

Instead of two continuous sheets, it will be obvious that mats such as illustrated in our abovementioned copending application may 'be used and the term sheet will therefore be used to include both single integral sheets and compound sheets each comprising a mat, frame, cutout sheet, or the like.

In Figure 3 a device is illustrated having a base I I, substantially identical to the base of the first figure, provided with slots I 2 and I 3 and arranged to hold sheets I 4 and I5 which constitute the articles to be displayed. A central post or mast IG is provided having a reduced lower end Il' which is secured within a hole in the base by friction or adhesive or in any other desired manner. 'I'he upper end of the mast may be provided with a ring I 8. The post or mast I6 is rigid and serves to hold the sheets or cards I I and I5 in iiexed position, rather than permitting them to bear upon each other.

.Tn Figure 4 a mast 26 is shown as provided with an enlarged top 28, the juncture of the mast and the top forming shoulders 28a. and 28h, under which the upper edges of the sheets or cards 24 and 25 may be inserted, so that the post or mast 40 serves to hold these cards down within the slot of the base.

In Figure 5 the upper end of the post or mast 3S is below the upper edges of the sheets or cards 34 and 35, and so by them concealed from View, while serving to hold these sheets in the desired flexed position.

In Figures 6 and 'l a device having two posts or masts is illustrated. It has a base 4 I, in general 50 similar to the bases of figures previously described, slots 42 and 43 holding the lower ends of the sheets 44 and 45, while the two posts 46 are arranged near the ends of the base. They are shown in Figur-e 7 as having reduced ends 41 55 extending through apertures in the base and riveted over as indicated at 41a.

Each post has extending through it a slot 46a and in these slots are supported cards or pictures 49. The sheets 44 and 45 in this modification are made of transparent material or have apertures formed through them so that parts of sheets 49 may be seen. Obviously with transparent i sheets, opaque borders or the like may be provided, or it is possible to provide such sheets with colors or illustrated portions having some relation to the illustrations or the like on sheets 49, and serving in eiiect as a foreground while sheet 49 serves as a background.

The posts 4S may be made integral, as by being formed with a single piece of rod or the like having a looped portion 48 `which serves as a handle, or connected in any other desired manner.

In Figure 8 a post or mast 56 is illustrated having a plurality of notches 56a and 56h formed in it. The sheets or cards 54 and 55 bear upon the post as in the form above described, While inner sheets 59 are sprung into place with their edgesl in the notches and so frictionally held. Thel notches also permit the use of diierent sized sheets 59. A l y Posts of `the form illustrated in Figure 8 may `beused in pairs, as are the pairs 46, or singly,

as is post l B, and like the embodiment illustrated in Figure 6 or 7 these make possible the use of the outer sheets 54 and 55Vto serve as a frame by having transparent or cutout vcentral portions or to act as a foreground,

While We have described several illustrated embodiments of our invention in some particularity, obviously many others will readily occur to those skilled in this art, and We do not, therefore, limit ourselves to the precise details shown and describedbut claim as our invention all embodiments, variations and modiiications thereof coming Within the scope of the appended claims.

We claim:

l. A display device comprising a piece of flexible resilient material, a base provided with a slot adapted to receive the lower end of said sheet, a rigid post fixed to said base, the slot being of a depth a plurality of times its width and disposed at alesser angle to the base than would be assumed by the sheet if left free with its upper end touching the post and its lower end separated from the post bythe same distance as the slot is spaced therefrom, whereby thesheet is caused to iiex itself and bear against the post.

2. A display device comprising two sheets of iiexible resilient opaque material and a base provided with slots adapted to receive the lower ends of said sheets and disposed at a more obtuse angle than would be assumed by the sheets if left free with their upper ends touching each other,V

and their loWer ends separated by the same distance as the slots, whereby the sheets are caused to bear upon each other and mutually ex each other.

3. A display device comprising two sheets of flexible resilient material, supporting means common to both said sheets causing them to bear upon each other and mutually flex each other, and a handle connected to the supporting means and extending beyond the edge of the sheets remote therefrom.

4. A display device comprising a sheet of flexible resilient material and through portions of which an object there behind may be viewed, a supporting base, and a post secured to said base, the base receiving one end of the sheet and causing it to bear upon the post, the post having means for supporting a second sheet behind said first mentioned sheet yin a position to be viewed through the above referred to portions of the first mentioned sheet.

5. A display device comprising a sheet of flexible resilient material, a supporting base, and a post secured to said base, the base receiving one end of the sheet and causing vit to bear upon the post,.and the post having slots for supporting a second sheet behind said rst mentioned sheet.

6. A display device comprising a sheet of flexible resilient material, a supporting base, and a post secured to said base, the base receiving one end of the sheet and causing it to bear upon the post, and the post having notches for supporting a second sheet behind said first mentioned sheet.

'7. A display device comprising a sheet of flexible resilient material having portions through which an object behind the sheet may be viewed, a supporting base, and a plurality of posts secured to said base and arranged onopposite sides of said portions of the sheet, the base receiving one end of the sheet and causing it to bear upon the posts, the posts having means for supporting a second sheet behind rsaid' first mentioned sheet, said second sheet extending between said posts and being visible through said portions of the rst mentioned sheet.

HARRY W. TUCKER. WILLIAM S. MCLEISH.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/734, 40/745
International ClassificationG09F1/14, G09F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F1/14
European ClassificationG09F1/14