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Oct. l5, 1940. w.. A. ROBINSON V COMBINED SIGN AND PRICE CARD HOLDER Filed Sept. 20, 1939 GRH @Hoa/mm2,
`Patented Oct. 15, 1.940 y i y -uNiTEDN "STATES PATENT OFFICE COMBINED SIGN AND PRICE CARD HOLDER AWilliam A. Robinson, Washington, D. C.
Application September 20, 1939, SerialNo. 295,824
' 6 claims. V(orio-11) This invention relates to signs and price card coact with the upper part of the frame to hold a 'i holders and, among other objects, aims to proprice tag or the like. To do this, the sign is placed. vide an` improved portable sign adapted to carry in the hand with the face shown in Fig.. 1 upperapermanent advertisement and having means remost. The upper central portion 22 of the-.sign
5 leasab-ly to hold a price-tag or card to indicate may then be. sprung away from the frame with the price of the merchandise on which the sign is the lthumb of the same hand. to space it from displayed. l the bail 2| when the lower edge of the card Il Other aims and advantages of the invention bearing suitable indicia may be inserted between will appear in `the speciiication, when considered the free portion `22 of the sign and the bail 2 Iv and r()` in connection with` the accompanying drawing, corner portions 20 of the frame. When the pres- LU' wherein: sure of the thumb is` released,the free portion 22'* Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a sign embodying of the sign springs back to its'normal position, the invention and showing a price tag carried firmly gripping the lower edge of the card against thereby; the bare portion of the frame. They may then Y Fig. 2 is a rear elevationv of the sign shown in be used as a unit to .advertise a particular brand 15 Fig. 1, the tag being omitted; of goods as well as indicate its price. It is ob- Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the sign shown in vious, however, that the price tag need not indi- Fig. 2; cate the price of the merchandise named on the Fig. 4 is an enlarged vertical sectional view sign but will represent the price of Whatever taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 1; and merchandise the sign is placed in or on as it is 20 Fig. 5 is an enlarged horizontal sectional View contemplated that the signs will be distributed by taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 1. an advertiser to merchants who, of course, will Referring particularly to the drawing, the preuse them to carry price tags for vario-us merchanferred embodiment of the invention is there dise. 25 shown as comprising a reinforced resilient sheet It is to be noted vthat the prongs I9 may have metal sign I0 having provision releasably to hold pointed ends as shown, so that they may be readi- `a price tag or card II. While the sign may be ly stuck in vegetables, fruit, pasteboard or wooden made in various shapes, it is preferably of trapeboxes and the like to hold the sign in upright or lzoidal form as shown, having a relatively wide in a readable position. Also, the prongs may be` `horizontal upper edge I2 and a relatively narrow inserted and held between adjacent cans' or bot- 30 lower edge I3. The upwardly diverging sides are tles. As both sides of the sign are made to apconnected to the upper edge by curved corners pear substantiallythe same, they may have the I4 cut on relatively large radii. same indicia and the price tag or card likewise The sign member is reinforced by a staplemay be marked on both sides so that it will be shaped wire frame I5 of the same general contour immaterial which side is displayed. The adver- 35 ias the sign. `The side edges of the sign below tisement may be applied byenamelling or other the curved upper corners I4 are normally extendpermanent process. Both the sheet metal sign ed beyond the frame and they are crimped or and the wire frame are preferably made of stainbent around the side arms I6 of the frame, as inless steel to prevent rusting or corrosion; hence,
dicated atll. The side arms I6 extend below the the devices Yshould last indenitely. They may 40 bottom edge of the sign portion and are bent be manufactured at low cost and provide a very slightly away from each other as at I8 to provide inexpensive means of advertising. supporting legs or prongs I9. The upper portion What is claimed is: v ofthe frame has curved corner portions 20 and a 1. A sign comprising, in combination, a subhorizontal bail portion 2l, the axes of said porstantially staple-shaped wire frame having an 45 tions being substantially co-extensive with the upper bail member and depending side `arms preadjacent edges of the sign. As the crimped edges senting spaced prongs on their lower ends to sup- I1 of the sign are conned between the bent porport the frame; a resilient sheet metal sign setions I8 and the curved portion 2|] of the frame, cured at its side edges to the side arms, said sign the sign and frame cannot shift relative to each having a iree upper portion overlying the upper 50 other thereby forminga rigid structure. portions of the side arms and the bail member, The upper portion 22 of the sign above the whereby a card or price tag may be releasably crimped edges is not connected to the frame alheld between said free portion and the adjacent though it is normally in contact with or closely portions of the side arms and said bail. .u adjacent to one side of the frame so that it may 2. A combined advertising sign and price card 5f holder comprising, in combination, an upright sheet metal member having advertising indicia on at least one side, an inverted U-shaped wire frame member having its side arms secured to the major portion of the side edges of the sheet metal member; said member having its top and upper corner portions normally lying closely adjacent to the bail and the corner portions of the frame, whereby a card or price tag may be gripped therebetween; and means at the lower end of the frame to support the frame in upright position.
3. A sign comprising, in combination, an inverted U-shaped wire frame having an upper bail portion and side arms; a resilient sheet metal sign member of the same general shape as the upper portion of the frame and having portions of its side edges crimped on the side arms of the frame, the upper end and corner portions of said sign member being free of said frame but lying closely adjacent to one side thereof togrip and releasably hold a card between the upper ends and corner portions of said sign member and frame.
`4. A- sign comprising, in combination, an inverted U-shaped wire frame having an upper bail portion and side arms; a resilient sheet metal sign member of the same general shape as the upper portion of the frame and having portions of its side edges crimped to the side arms of the frame, the upper and corner portions of said sign member being free of said frame but lying closely adjacent to one side thereof to grip and releasably hold a card between the upper end and corner portions of said sign member and frame, said side arms extending below the lower edge of said sign and having sharpened lower ends.
5. A sign and card holder comprising, in combination, a resilient sheet metal sign member adapted to carry advertising indicia, a wire reinforcing frame having a portion co-extensive with sign member secured to the major portion of the sign margin; said sign member having a portion thereof free from and biased against an adjacent portion of the frame releasably to grip a card therebetween; and prong means on the frame to support it in upright position.
6. A sign and card holder comprising, in combination, a trapezoidal shaped resilient sheet metal sign member having its widest edge uppermost; a reinforcing wire frame of the same general shape as the upper portion of the sign, saidsign member having its side edges secured to the side arms of the frame, the upper portion of said sign being free from and biased against the adjacent portion of said frame releasably to grip a card therebetween; and sharpened legs formed on the lower end of the frame and extending below the lower edge of the sign member.
WILLIAM A. ROBINSON.