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Dec. 12, 1939. H. A. HART DISPLAY DEVICE Filed Aug. 5, 1939 QWMM ATTORNEYS.
rare-sea nee. 12, 1939 I f JUNETED STATES PATENT ()FFIQE.
DISPLAY DEVICE Henry A. Hart, Bayside, N. Y. Application ,August 5, 1939, Serial No. 288,525 2 Claims. (o1. 40-16031 This invention relates to a display device which may be employed in the form of a gift card, ad vertising card or shadow box.
An object of the invention is to form a design cover with a transparent portion therein and some powdered substance between the background and the transparent portion so that when the card is held in varying'positions, a portion of the powdered substance will adhere to the embossed portions giving theappeara nce of snow etc., on the whole card. 1
Various other objects and advantages will be apparent as the nature of the invention is more fully disclosed. v
Although the novel features which are believed to be characteristic of this invention f will be pointed out more particularly in the claims appended hereto, the invention itself may be better understood by referring to the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which a particular embodiment thereof has been set'forth for purposes of il ustration.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a plan View with the cover partly broken away, showing the sand or powdered glass at the bottom.
Fig. 2 is a sectional View of the device showing the embossed features takenon the line 22 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the completed article showing the sand sifted over the entire design to give the appearance of a snow storm.
In the embodiment shown, the device is constructed with a backing, made preferably of cardi board, 4. Secured to the cardboard dis a backing 5 made preferably of a paper or similar material having a velvety or velour finish or a somewhat roughened finish to make the particles of powdered glass adhere thereto. The paper 5 is em bossed as at 43. These embossed portions thus form the outline of a house, trees, and a fence, shown in Figs. 1 and 3. A mat I of paper or cardboard, preferably thicker than the background having the embossed portions thereon and surrounding the design, is pasted or otherwise secured to the backing 4. A covert having an opening 9 slightly smaller than the design shown, is pasted around the design. Secured by paste or otherwise on the under side of the cover 8 is a sheet-of transparent material H3, preferably cellophane or mica. A quantity of powdered glass or sand or some dry powdered material H 1 by hand or inverted. When it is shaken and laid fiat it hasthe appearance shown in Fig. 3, which represents a snow storm. When held perpendicularly the sand or, ground glass ll falls down and the skyis clear or substantially clear and some of the sand or glass remains on the embossed por- V tions which catch it, giving the appearance of boughs of a tree, 52, as shown in Fig. 3. If shaken very hard on the bottom the major part of the snow on the ground-as shown in Fig. 1 and on the sand'or glass falls down, leaving some particles on the background, which is preferably made of black paper, giving the appearance of stars.
. It will be understood that variouseffects can be obtainedaccording to the position in which the device is held. It is of course understood that the inventionis not limited to the particular design shown in Figs. land 3, for a great variety o1 designs may be made. i
It will be apparent from the foregoing that the invention consists essentially of a backing having an embossed design thereon, a cover having a transparent portion and some powdered material between the backing and the transparent portion ofv the cover which material can be shaken into difierentpositions to give widely varying effects.
While the invention has been shown as applied to a particular use, it is to beunderstood that it is not to be limited thereto, but may be applied to various uses as will be readily apparent to a person skilled in the art and the device is only to be limited in accordance with the following claims when interpreted in View of the prior art..
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1. In a device of the kind described, a backing, a covering on said backing formed of paper having adhering characteristics, designs embossed on said paper, a mat surrounding the design, a cover secured to said mat, a transparent member slightly smaller than the mat' and secured to the cover and a powdered material between the transparentmember and the embossed design.
2. In a'device of the kind described, a backing 'made preferably of cardboard, avelourlike'paper covering said cardboard, embossed designs on the velour paper, a mat surrounding thedesign portions, acover pasted over the at, anopening in said cover slightly smaller than the embossed design portion, a transparent member in said cover'and ground glass between the design portion and the cover whereby varying effects may be'produced by moving the entire device.