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A. mix/ELL 2,223,308
DISPLAY DEVICE Filed July 20, 1939 2 Sheets-Sheet l Inventor By @Mm I A itorneys A. ROVELL DISPLAY DEVICE Nov. 26, 1940.
Filed July 20, 1939 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor Aiiomeys Patented Nov. 26, 1940 I PATENT OFFICE 2,223,308 DISPLAY DEVIOE Alfred Rovell, Richmond, Va., assignor, by mesne assignments, to Rovell Manufacturing Corporation, Richmond, Va., a corporation of Virginia Application July 20, 1939, Serial No. 285,602
The present invention relates to display devices, for pictures, photographs, display cards and the like and has for its primary object to'provide a display element holding device rockably mounted on a horizontally extending transversely rounded supporting member and in which the holding element has friction gripping engagement with the support whereby to secure the parts in a rockably adjusted position. I
A further object of the invention is to provide upstanding channel-shaped posts for the holding member adapted to receive the edge portions of the picture, card, or the like in a manner to permit the convenient removal and replacement of said picture.
A further object is to provide a picture holder of this character of simple and practical construction, which is neat and attractive in appearance, relatively inexpensive to manufacture and otherwise well adapted for the purposes for which the same is intended.
Further objects and advantages reside in the details of construction as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming part hereof,
wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout and in which: l v
Figure 1 is front elevational view of one embodiment of my invention.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially on a line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a top plan view. 7
Figure 4 is a front elevational view of one of the posts.
Figure 5 is a fragmentary top plan view of the friction gripping bottom portion of the display supporting member showing the openings therein for the lugs of the post.
Figure 6 is a front elevational view of a modifi ed form of the invention.
Figure '7 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially on a line '|1 of Figure 6.
Figure 8 is a top plan view of the modification. Figure 9 is an end elevational view thereof, and Figure 10 is a longitudinal sectional view through the base.
Referring now to the drawings in detail and with particular reference to Figures 1 to 5 inclusive the numeral 5 denotes the base of the display holder which is formed of thin sheet metal and has an intermediate portion rolled to provide a horizontally extending tubular member 6 which is rounded in cross-section and protrudes above the surface of the base. The longitudinal edge portions of the base are rolled under as shown at 1 to provide opposed channels 8 within which is fitted a reinforcing plate 9 underlying the base 5.
Seated on the tubularmember is the channelshaped bottom portion Ill of the holder for the 5 display element, the side walls of the channel member being converging as shown in Figure 2 of the drawings to provide friction gripping engagement with the tubular member 6. The upper surface of the inverted channel member is 10 provided with a plurality of openings ll, adjacent each end thereof, and adapted to receive the lugs 12 formed on the bottom edge of upstanding posts 13.
The posts are formed of sheet metal bent along 15 a medial line to provide a double thickness of the material, the free edges of the material being spaced apart to provide an upstanding channel I4, the channel of the respective posts being opposed and adapted to receive the edge portions 20 of the picture, which in the present form is shown as comprising a double sheet of glass l5 between which the picture I6 is positioned.
In the form of the invention illustrated in Figures 6 to 10, inclusive, the base is shown at H, 25 which may be of a suitable ornamental form, as shown, and spaced horizontally above the base is a horizontal bar l8, rounded in cross-section, the ends of the bar having polygonal or other ornamental heads l9 secured to the base by 30 screws or the like 20. The channel-shaped display element supporting member is shown at 2| having its converging edges in friction gripping relation with the rod to secure the same in rockably adjusted position thereon. The posts 22 in 35 this form of the invention are illustrated as of longitudinally split tubular form having the lugs 23 on their lower ends inserted through the bottom portion of the rockable member and upset as shown in Figure '7.
It will be apparent from the foregoing that the picture or other display element may be retained in position in the posts and displayed in a suitably inclined position and maintained in r such position by reason of the frictional engage- 45 ment of the channel-shaped holding member.
It is believed the details of construction of the device will be readily understood from the foregoing without further detailed explanation.
What is claimed as new is: 50
1. A display device comprising a base, a stationary elongated transversely rounded member embodying a supporting structure at each end adapted to support the member in an elevated horizontal position on the base and a display 55 spaced horizontal position above the base and a display element supporting member including an elongated bottom portion of channel shape in cross-section and rockably mounted on the intermediate portion of said first-named member with the walls of said channel member in friction gripping engagement with said first-named member, said first named member being spaced above the base and adapted to permit free swinging movement'of the channel-shaped bottom portion of 10 the display element supporting member from a vertical to a horizontal position.