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Publication numberUS2492311 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 27, 1949
Filing dateDec 20, 1946
Priority dateFeb 9, 1946
Publication numberUS 2492311 A, US 2492311A, US-A-2492311, US2492311 A, US2492311A
InventorsAntonio Moro
Original AssigneeAntonio Moro
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Announcement panel
US 2492311 A
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Dec. 27, 1949 A. MORO ANNOUNCEMENT PANEL.l

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ANNOUNCEMENT PANEL Filed Dec. 2o, 1946 2 sheets-sheet n U 10g@ l f-Sm A Patented Dec. 27, x1949 Application December 20, 1946;.Se'ri'al No. 717,542". ll'llalyFebruary9,"`I946` This invention relatesftovooniposite panels or composingsticks vfor *movable type letters', and. to type or letter-units fon useineonnection: therewith, for composingk panelsrior:` announcements, advertisements orfthel-ike".v This-composing. stick comprises -a chaseorifraxln'eformed?v by av plurality of proiile'df.barsfarrangedhorizontally and' parallel to oneA another, theibarsbeing of twok different profiles.: alternating with one another, one capable OreQ'eiVin'g and! retaining small movable plates designedtoiornr. the spaces between the suceessiveflinesfoi'i letteringiand the other designed to vaecon'imodatesmall;- plates-also movable, for supportingletters; lockedfinA position by the space-line plates;V While'fthe junctions.

between the various plates .forming what. may be described as amosaic' are' maskedsbycovering means.

One form of construction1of,` the finventionrisr illustrated merely by way ot4 example'airr: the ac' companying drawings in which:

Figure `l shows in front: elevation thelroompos-V ing stick as awhole,I withsome of the'little plates;

Figure 2 shows a eross'fs'ectionall: i elevation thereof on.y the line mL-ZwinFigum-el;

Figures 3, 4 andf'show-ffon 4a iargerescale-fa space-line plate in f rea-r elevation; i end: View rand cross-sectional elevationl respectively;

Figures 6, =7 andi' 8@ are-similari viewsaot a Aletter-- carrying plate;

Figures 9- andY I0"- showin` perspeotivethe two different kinds of proled' bars;

Figure 11i shows' a larger scale,-rirear'eleva tion, a terminal looking-plate iorftheseri'es of space-line plates; and

Figure 12 shows" across section:l thereof onthe line 42m-i256 in. Figurer-1.1:;l

The cha-se of 'the composing stick, asshown. in Figures l and 2',consists of azplu-ra tyoi proled bars of the forms4 A and B,wh areshown. on a larger scale in Figures-9 andi-I0.- respectively. rihe space-lineA barsf ofi tlievioriit-f-A; have? at the top a dovetail-shaped groovewl'garid atfxthe sides,r near the bottom,'twof-deepstraight grooves 2y op'- posite to one another; TIiefletteifTbars :B,on. the other hand, consist of' a-atportion-Sgawith two projecting rails 4 arrangedfparallelltoone another at a certain-distance :from the longitudinal edgesv of' the atbar, whioheis' provided'J-with apertures l in thearea -betweeri'theftwo- .rails '4. The bars B are: coupled to the lbarsAbyinserting: the lateral edgesofthe'bars-B the .opposite lateral grooves 2 the' anksofl-tne: barsfArito which the rails 4 are parallel, thus providing-ilona;

sideslof the bars' A; rIhe assembled device, which teri-rl-irrates'-atv the topl'a'nd-'bottomiby two bars ofl chaseisusually enclosedin` a trame 9;. 9', of wood for-'example having` atleast one oiv its side bars 9.'lremim/fable,` with a View tothe initial. mounting, inthe bars of the space-linefplat'esas will be morefreadily limderstood-ifrom what; follows.-

Tiie-little plates also are oitwofkindsK A and. B, andbesides being shown in-*lig-uresl` and 2, they-v are shown vin. detail :on -at largerl scale in Figuresflf, 4, an'd ini Figures 16,57, 81 respectively. These-plates are in generalmoulded under pressure from'k a. phenolic. and thermoplastic resin orroth'er 'suitable plasticr material; off; a: similar nature.;- The small reotangular platesfA", which. are the ones 1 that-.are to form: the line-spaces, arie adapted tofbe threaded .intothe .dovetail-shlaped groovefl'. inthe bars A bybeing, :slid in an axialV direction;A andiwithzthis;endinview they are provided-underneath with dovetaileshaped proies. tions.v lll;4 The little' rectangular plates-,BQ ontheI other hand, aref-the ones: that areto support the type;Y Hai andare adapted-to beappliedz'at upon f the; barsr B-;by'introducing the' tails l2' project-y ingifrom'their lower perimeters I2 into the grooves iii-'between the rails ii andthe flanks of the bars A; asxshown .in Figure. k2*. Thev plates A', on account of their dovetail engagement with the bars Apare securelyheld oir. the latter, and can only'bearemoved.byunthreading. them in an axial direction. The platesiB", on" the contrary, can be removed by simply lifting. them on. their supporting-1iseats.` Ricans-hereinafter described are however provided for locking plates of both kinds A3 and.y p'osition,..when" once ythe composing has' beencompleted;

rectangularp'latesiAl and B are of such dimensions that when the composition has been nishedthey are incontact with one another endv izo-fend 'along their adjacent edges, and form a sort"oiirnosaicg` The'vjunctions'between the varionselements AB/of thisvmo'saicgand between these elementsfandthe. framerS;` 9', are masked byprovi'din'g. the :external: plane surface of' these:

elements.' with projecting.' bosses, .inthe form for instance. of.' little di's'osf: I4; uniformly distributed' oventhe. said-surface. Some: ofthesebosses over-` harig; eertai-'rredges oilthe contours of.' theY elements,

gitudinal grooves t3betwmsltheafails#and the 66" beyondfwhicnthey protect; sonas tof :superpose themselves on the surface of the adjacent elements, thus masking the junction lines, While at the same time they lock the elements in position. Thus each element A, along the edge adjacent to a companion element or to the frame 9', and along its parallel edges perpendicular to the first one, is provided with bosses I4 overhanging the said edges, as shown in Figures 1, 3, 4 and 5. Each element B on the other hand is provided along only one of its edges adjacent to another element B with bosses I4, as shown in Figures 1, 6, 7 and 8. Thanks to this arrangement each element B' is locked in its place by the projecting bosses I4 of the adjacent elements A. and also by the bosses I4" of the adjacent element B, which prevent it rising from the plane of the chase, while at the same time leaving it free to slide axially along the grooves I3.

At the end of each row of space-line plates A is ranged a special terminal locking plate A", shown in detail on :a larger scale in Figures 11 and 12. This locking plate A", which is not provided underneath with the dovetail-shaped projections I of the plates A', but merely with alignment projections 10, is not engaged by axial sliding in the dovetail-shaped groove I of the bars A, but is applied flat thereto on these bars, as the plates B' are applied to the bars B. The plate Al is provided at the rear with a revolving bolt l5, with its end I5 bevelled, rigid with a disc I6 rotatably mounted in the body of the plate and adapted to be controlled from the outside by means of a key. The locking plate A presses upon the bar A at the end of the row of plates A while the bolt l5 is in the position marked in dotted lines in Figure 11. Then, upon rotating the disc i6 through 90 degrees, the bolt l5 is carried into the position shown in full lines in Figures 11 and 12. The ends I5' of the bolt then engage in the dovetail-shaped groove I in the bar A, and the plate A remains locked in place, together with all the plates A in the line.

The type characters Il, which may also be made of a phenolic and thermoplastic resin or other plastic material, are xed at upon the bosses I4 of the plates B by means of shanks ll with which the type characters are provided at the back. These Shanks H', threaded into holes 14 provided in each plate in correspondence with the bosses I4, are then up-set or riveted over hot at their ends, thus forming a retaining head 11.

It is not essential that the plates B should all be of the same breadth. Thus for example for the letter I and for the numeral 1 a minimum breadth is suincient, but for M or W" a much greater breadth is required, and for other letters and numerals an intermediate breadth. All this will be clear from Figure 1.

To eiect the composition, and bearing in mind that the space-line plates A' always remain in position on the chase, all that is necessary is to remove the terminal locking plates A", shown in Figures 11 and 12, in order to provide a clear space for applying, one at a time, plates B' with the type characters relating thereto, then sliding them axially along the bars B until they completely fill all the lines. When the composing has been completed, the plates A" are replaced, and the entire mosaic remains locked. If it is desired to remove or change one or more of the type characters of the composition, rst the locking plates A" of the space-lines adjacent to the line in question are removed, and then the plates A and also the plates B are displaced by sliding them towards the right so as to isolate the plate '4 B' bearing the type character to be changed, for instance the N in Figure 1. When the removal and substitution have been effected the entire assembly of plates is closed up again, and the plates A are replaced.

With the device described above it is possible to set up announcement or advertisement panels which can be changed or adjourned as required, and which present an agreeable appearance, with great clearness and legibility.

It Will be readily understood that the invention is not restricted to the particular arrangements hereinbefore described and illustrated, but that modifications may be made therein without going outside the ambit of the invention.

I claim:

l. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal profiled space-line bars, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, some of the bars being formed with grooves in their upper and lower edges in which the lower and upper edges of other bars engage, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the lettercarrying bars rand to be locked in position by the space-line plates, characters such as letters attached to the letter plates, and means for masking the joints between the various plates.

2. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal proled space-line bars, each of the space-line bars being formed with a horizontal groove of dovetailshaped cross section in its front surface, and with grooves in its upper and lower edges, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, each of the space-line plates being formed with dovetail-shaped projections on the back, adapted to be slid endwise into the dovetail-shaped grooves in the space-line bars, a plurality of parallelhorizontal profiled lettercarrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, the edges of theletter-carrying bars engaging in the upper and lower grooves of the spaceline bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the letter-carrying bars and to be locked in position by the space-line plates and characters such as letters attached to the letter plates.

3. A composite announcement panel, comprising a plurality of parallel horizontal profiled space-line bars, each formed with grooves in its upper and lower edges, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, the lower and upper edges of the letter-carrying bars engaging in the upper and lower grooves of the space-line bars, two horizontal rails on the front of each letter-carrying bar, leaving a substantial plane area between them, but spaced so far from the upper and lower edges of the bar that when these edges are engaged in the grooves of the space-line bars a groove-like space is left between each of the said rails and the adjacent edge surface of the space-line bar, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the spaceline bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the letter-carrying bars and to be locked in position by the space-line plates, projections on the rear of the letter plates adapted to be engaged in the said groove-like spaces, and characters such as letters attached to the letter plates.

4. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal profiledA space-line bars, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, some of the bars being formed with grooves in their upper and lower edges in which the lower and upper edges of other bars engage, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the lettercarrying bars, characters such as letters attached to the letter plates, and bosses uniformly distributed over the front surfaces of the space-line plates and of the letter plates, some of these bosses extending beyond the edges of the said plates so as to overlap the edges of adjacent plates, thus masking the junctions between the plates and locking the yplates together.

5. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal proled space-line bars, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternately with the space-line bars, some of the bars being formed with grooves in their upper and lower edges in which the lower and upper edges of other bars engage, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the lettercarrying bars, characters such as letters attached to the letter plates, bosses on the front surfaces of the space-line plates, extending beyond the upper and lower edges and one vertical edge of each plate so as to overlap the edges of the letter plates above and below them and the adjacent edge of one companion space-line plate, and bosses on the front surfaces of the letter plates, extending beyond one vertical edge of each plate so as to overlap the adjacent edge of one companion letter plate.

6. A composite announcement panel as claimed in claim 4, wherein the bosses are in the form of discs.

7. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal proled space-line bars, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, some of the bars being formed with grooves in their upper and lower edges in which the lower and upper edges or other bars engage, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the lettercarrying bars and to be locked in position by the space-line plates, characters such as letters attached to the letter plates, terminal plates each adapted to be applied flat to a space-line bar, and anchoring means for releasably securing the terminal plate in position at the end of the space-line bar, and thus locking the spaceline plates already mounted thereon.

8. A composite announcement panel, comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal proled space-line bars, each of the space-line bars being formed with a horizontal groove of dovetailshaped cross section in its front surface, and with grooves in its upper and lower edges, spaceline plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, each of the space-line plates being formed with dovetail-shaped projections on the back, adapted to be slid endwise into the dovetail-shaped grooves in the space-line bars, terminal plates each adapted to be applied flat to a space-line bar, movable dovetail-shaped anchoring means releasably engaging in the dovetail-shaped groove of a space line bar for securing the terminal plate in position at the end of the space-line bar, and thus locking the spaceline plates already mounted thereon, a plurality of parallel horizontal proled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, the edges of the letter-carrying bars engaging in the upper and lower grooves of the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the letter-carrying bars and to be locked in position by the space-line plates, and characters such as letters attached to the letter plates.

9. A composite announcement panel comprising: a plurality of parallel horizontal proled space-line bars, a plurality of parallel horizontal profiled letter-carrying bars alternating with the space-line bars, some of the bars being formed with grooves in their upper and lower edges in which the lower and upper edges of other bars engage, space-line plates adapted to be removably mounted on the space-line bars, letter plates adapted to be removably mounted on the lettercarrying bars and to be locked in position by the space-line plates, characters such as letters, and projections on the rear of the characters, each of the letter plates being formed with apertures to accommodate the projections at the rear of the characters, and each character being rmly secured to a letter plate by inserting its projections in the said apertures and forming rivet-like heads on the projections.

ANTONIO MORO.

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US3146732 *May 7, 1962Sep 1, 1964Wolf & VinePromotional display frame
US3230652 *May 1, 1963Jan 25, 1966Phelps Dodge Aluminum ProductsSignboard
US7412791Dec 20, 2004Aug 19, 2008Lsi Industries, Inc.Adjustable menu panel
Classifications
U.S. Classification40/618
International ClassificationG09F7/02
Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/02
European ClassificationG09F7/02