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Publication numberUS2178751 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 7, 1939
Filing dateApr 28, 1938
Priority dateApr 28, 1938
Publication numberUS 2178751 A, US 2178751A, US-A-2178751, US2178751 A, US2178751A
InventorsChester W Glasgow
Original AssigneeMargaret Esther Glasgow, Arthur F Jackson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Swinging sign
US 2178751 A
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Nov. 7, 1939.


' c. w. GLASGOW 2,178,751

Patented Nov. 7, 1939 UNITED STATES TENT OFFICE SWINGING SIGN Application April 28, 1938, Serial No. 204,829

2 Claims.

This invention relates to swingable signs and particularly to signs such as are adapted for use along the side of a street or other driveway. The sign is so supported that if it is struck by a vehicle it will swing to one side and will automatically return to its outstretched position after the vehicle has passed.

An object is to provide a sign structure of this character which is of simple construction and which is strong and sturdy and inexpensive and into Patent No. 2,147,890 granted February 21,

Other objects, advantages, and meritorious features of the invention will more fully appear from the following description, appended claims, and accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is a fragmentary elevation of a structure embodying my invention showing the sign panel as it would be normally positioned,

Fig. 2 is a side elevation of a structure embodying my invention partly broken away to show the interior of the working parts,

Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view through the upper pivot portion taken at right angles to the View in Fig. 1 and showing a portion of the device in elevation, and

Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view taken on line 4-4 of Fig, 3.

In the embodiment of the invention illustrated I provide a bracket which is adapted to be secured to a post, wall, or the like by screws indicated as Ill and which bracket comprises a back portion l2 and a lower end portion I4, which lower end portion is apertured to receive a pivot rod therethrough. The bracket is provided with an upper end portion in the form of a cap or cylindrical element 16 which is open at the bottom and closed at the top and which forms the upper pivot aperture.

The side panel is indicated as l8 and it is provided with an ofiset pivot rod or element 20 spaced from its end by arms 22. The lower end of the rod 20 forms the lower pivot and is received through the aperture in the lower end portion of the bracket. The upper end of the wall forms the upper pivot as hereinafter described.

The pivot rod 20 terminates at its upper end in a cylindrical portion 24 which is received within the cap i6. Such cylindrical portion is rotatable within this cap and is also axially slidable for the required distance within the cap to permit free swinging movement of the sign panel.

This cylindrical portion is cut away as shown in Figs. 2, 3 and 4 of the drawing providing a circular cam trackway 26 of the general shape illustrated in such figures. The cylindrical portion is so formed that it closes the opening into the cap below such trackway and above such trackway. It has a portion 28 which closes the opening into the cap and forms what might be termed a plate, though shown as an integral part of the portion 24. This trackway is so formed as to permit the sign to be swung through an arc of approximately 180, that is to each side of its normal outstretched position shown in Fig. 1.

The bracket element is provided with a supporting pin 39. This pin is here shown as threaded entirely through the wall of the cap as illustrated in Figs. 1 and 3. It projects into the interior of the cap. The end which projects into the interior of the cap rests underneath the trackway so that the pin slidably supports the pivot element 29 for rotatable movement within the cap and causes such pivot element to rise and fall as it slides over the pin. The pin is so formed that it is countersunk within the bracket back.

It will be seen that the contacting surfaces of the pin and trackway are protected from exposure to the weather or becoming fouled with dirt. This would be substantially true even if the portion 28 were omitted because of the inverted position of the trackway.

What I claim is:

1. A sign structure comprising a bracket having a back provided with spaced apart aligned upper and lower end portions, said lower end portion having a pivot aperture, said upper end portion being in the form-of a cylindrical cap open at the bottom and closed at the top, a sign panel having upperand lower pivot portions, said lower pivot portion receivable within the pivot aperture of the lower end portion of the bracket, said upper pivot portion terminating in a cylindrical enlargement having a diameter to be snugly receivable within and rotatably and axially slidably disposed within said cap, said cylindrical enlargement cut away providing a circular cam trackway, a supporting pin carried by the Wall of the cap projecting interiorly thereof underneath said trackway for slidable movement of the trackway thereover upon the swinging of the sign panel, said cylindrical enlargement having a portion below said cam trackway closing the open end of the cap therebelow and below said supporting pin.

2. A sign structure comprising a bracket having a back provided with spaced apart upper and lower end portions, said upper end portion being in the form of a hollow cylindrical cap open at the bottom and closed at the top, said lower end portion being provided with an aperture in axial alignment with said cylindrical cap, a sign panel having a pivot rod supported spaced from one end thereof, the lower end of said pivot rod being received within the aperture in the lower end of the bracket, the upper end of said pivot rod being provided with a cylindrical portion of a diameter enlarged over that of the rod, said cylindrical portion being snugly rotatably and axially slidably received within said cap, said cylindrical portion having an unbroken base which closes the open end of the cap and being cut away above the base and. below its top surface to provide a circular cam trackway, said cap provided with a part projecting radially interiorly thereof engaging underneath said cam trackway of the cylindrical portion,


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U.S. Classification248/289.31, 248/900, 40/607.11, 40/606.15
International ClassificationG09F7/22
Cooperative ClassificationY10S248/90, G09F7/22
European ClassificationG09F7/22