US 2259272 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct. 414, 1941. M E. 5HQLK|N ETAL 2,259,272
SIGNBOARD Filed Feb. 1o, 1940 TW@ F1355, l WMS: a
JMZ/ZZZZM@ rnumbers which constitute the sign itself.
Patented Oct. 14, 1941 UNITED stares 'Pf-rfs-'NT Y oFFIcE' Murray E. shoikin, Newtonviue, Mass., and sam- Y nel L. Glckman, New York, N. Y.
Application Februaryl 10, 1940, Serial No. 318,286
e 2 Claims.A (Cl. 4in-.125)
This invention relates to a sign-board'of the type having .removable characters such as the letters of the alphabet and numerals by which the wording of a sign canbe changed at will.
It is an object of the invention to provide a sign-board which is adapted to catch the eye and direct the attention of observers to the sign itself. It is another object of the invention to provide a sign-board which has an ornamental appearance adapted to attract favorable attention. It is another object of the invention to provide a sign-board which can readily be assembled, which can be easily changed both as to the subject matter of .the sign `and also as to the ornamental appearance, and which is economical to manufacture.
For a more complete understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following description thereof and to the drawing of Which Fig. 1 is a perspective View of a sign-board embodying the invention.
Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the board itself together With a binding member for its side and bottom edges.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a mask adapted to be mounted against the face of the sign-board.
Fig. 4 is a removable binding member attachable to the top edge of the board shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a perspective View of a mask similar to that shown in Fig. 3 but having an ornamental aperture of different conguration.
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of a portion of the upper margin of the sign-board.
As shown in Fig. 1, the sign-board may include an outer rectangular frame il) having an opening covered by a sheet of glass I2 mounted on the frame in any desired manner. Behind the glass and Within the frame I Il is a board I4. This board may be of any suitable structure and is preferably provided on its obverse face with recesses distributed over this face and adapted to receive and hold characters such as letters and As indicated in Fig. 6, such recesses may be in the form of a series of transverse parallel slits I6, which makes possible the creation or formation of signs at various areas on the board. To provide a more effective resilient frictional grip on the characters which are mounted on the board, a sheet of flexible fabric I8 may be mounted on the obverse face of the board, portions of the fabric being tucked into the slits It as indicated.
According to the invention, a set of' masks is civ trated in Figs. 3 and 5. The mask 20`isprovidejd with an ornamental aperture 24 of arbitraryl con# tour and may also have additional apertures 26 and 28. The mask 22 has an ornamental aperture 30 differing in contour from the aperture 24. It is evident that other masks may be proL vided having a variety of ornamental apertures, each mask having a single aperture or a plurality of apertures as desired. Each aperture thus directs or focuses attention to such limited area of the obverse face of the board I4 as has received and holds the characters in the desired sign-conveying relationship. The masks are adapted to t against the obverse face of the board I4 and to be coextensive with this face. The masks are intended for use one at a time and may be selected at random or certain sizes and shapes of apertures may be employed for particular purposes, since it is possible, by virtue of the changeable locations or areas for the signs, to place or form them on the board so that they show through the apertures, as illustrated in Fig. 1.
In order to hold a mask against the face of the board I4, a binding member 3E is employed. This binding member covers the side and bottom edges of 'the board I4 and is provided with an nturned flange 38 spaced from the face of the board I4 so as to overlap the margins of a mask along the side and bottom edges thereof. The binding member 36 is preferably secured to the board I4 so that a mask can be slid into and out of position from the top of the board behind the flanges 38 along the side edges of the board. In order to lock the mask in place and to provide a finished appearance for the board if it is to be displayed apart from the frame Ill, a top binding member 4l! may be provided having a flange 42 adapted to overlap the upper margin of a mask which is in place against the face of the board I4. Suitable means may be provided for securing the top binding member 40 in position. For eX- ample, a screw 44 may project through a hole 46 in the top of the binding member for threaded engagement in an internally threaded socket element 46 which, as shown in Fig. 6, is preferably sunk flush in the tcp edge of the board I4. If the board is to be used in the frame I0, the top binding member 4G need not be employed as the upper member of the frame II] will lock lthe mask in position.
The frame I0 is a holder for the sign-board and may be suspended on a wall by any customary means or may be adapted to stand on the floor,
provided, two such masks 2U and 22 being il1us' 55 being supported in an upright position by suit- It is evident that various modifications and changes may be made in the specic embodiments Y Y of the invention herein shown and described without departing from the spirit or scope thereof as set forth in the following claims.
We claim: Y '1. A sign-board assembly comprising a board having one face thereof adapted to receive and hold characters for signs, a mask against said face having an ornamental aperture therethrough exposing such limited portion of said face as has received and holds such characters in sign-conveying relationship, a binding vmember secured to said board and covering the side and bottom edges thereof, said binding member having a ange overlapping adjacent margins of said mask, a top binding member covering the top edge of the board and overlapping the top margin of the mask, and means for releasably securing said top binding member in place, said securing means consisting of an internally threaded socket ele'- ment sunk into the top edge of the board and a screw extending through said top binding member and threaded into said socket element.
2. A sign-board assembly comprising a board having one face thereof adapted to receive and hold characters for signs, a mask on said face having an ornamental aperture therethrough eX- posing such limited portion of said face as has received said characters in sign-conveying relationship, means on said board overlapping marginal portions of said mask to hold the mask releasably in place, and a holder for said board. said holder including a frame defining an opening tted by said board, a sheet of glass secured to/said frame over said opening, and means for retaining. said board Within said opening behind said glass.
MURRAY E. .SHOLKIN.
SAMUEL L. GLICKMAN.