US 2509059 A
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May 23, 1950 H. HIRSCHHORN CHANGEABLE DISPLAY DEVICE Filed May 12, 1948 l I" I llllilllll INVENTOR.
H/L MER H/RSCHHOR/V A TTORNEV Patented May 23, 1950 CHAN GEABLE DISPLAY DEVICE.
Hilmer Hirschhorn, Hillside, N. J., assignor to Snyder & Black, New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application May 12, 1948, Serial No. 26,582
My invention relates particularly to advertising devices suitable for instance for use in restaurants, diners, drug stores and other places where changeable signs are used.
The main object is to provide a simple, attractive device having a number of slats or plates, one or more of which is reversible so that the visible advertising or other indicia may be changed.
In its preferred form the invention consists of a main top plate from which are suspended a number of plates or slats which are readily reversible independently of each other.
Fig. 1 is a front view of a device involving one form of my invention, parts being broken away.
Fig. 2 is an edge view of the same, parts being broken away.
Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view on the plane of the line 33 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary detail view of one end of one of the plates.
The top plate l0 may be formed of any suitable material and its fiat surface would ordinarily bear advertising matter or other indicia. From this top plate are suspended a number of slats or plates such as ll, l2, l3 and M by means of endless flexible tapes I5. The tapes are looped at their upper ends as indicated at l6 by means of split sleeves ll of sheet metal surrounding and tightly gripping the reaches of the tape together. The top plate is notched as indicated at l8 forming reduced end portions with the loops I6 passing around such ends. Similar loops IE] but smaller in length are formed along the tapes at spaced intervals by the sleeves I l and pass loosely around the notched and reduced ends 20 of the slats for supporting said slats.
It will be noted that the metal sleeves H extend into and between the notched ends of the slats thereby serving as rigid spacers between the slats. It will also be noted that the loops l9 are only as long as the height of the reduced notched portions of the slats so that the slats are prevented from becoming accidentally displaced yet the loops are sufficiently long and flex- I ible to permit each slat to be manually rotated within the loops in order to reverse the surface portions thereof when desired.
The top plate l0 may have a hinged flap 2| fastened to its rear surface, which flap may be perforated to receive a string 22 for fastening the device to the wall or other supporting surface.
It will be seen that the individual slats are readily reversible within the loops of the tapes and between the upper and lower spacer sleeves. The slats will ordinarily bear suitable illustrations and/or wording on both surfaces but only one surface with the indicia thereon will be exposed to view when the device or sign is hung on a support. Different indicia however may be presented to view by merely turning the slat in its supporting loops in order to bring the reverse surface to view. This affords a flexibility that is very advantageous especially in restaurants, for example, when it is desired to change the menu.
The device as a whole is flat and flexible and is readily mounted on a wall or other supporting surface. It is durable in use and may be collapsed or folded into compact form for storage and shipping.
1. A display device comprising a top supporting plate, flexible tapes supported by the ends of said plate, individually reversible plates carried by said tapes and separate spacer members connected to the tapes between the reversible plates.
2. A hanging display device comprising a number of two-faced plates each having its ends notched, flexible tapes looped around the notched ends of the plates and spacing sleeves secured to the tapes between the adjacent looped portions, each plate being individually and manually reversible independently of the other plates while its notch-ed ends are in the looped portions.
3. A reversible Sign comprising a top supporting plate, endless flexible tapes supended from both ends of said plate, sleeve members surrounding said tapes at spaced intervals therealong forming spaced loops in the tapes for rotatably supporting slats.
4. A reversible sign comprising a top supporting plate, endless flexible tapes suspended from both ends of said plate, sleeve members surrounding said tapes at spaced intervals therealong forming spaced loops in the tapes and twofaced slats rotatably mounted in said loops.
5. A reversible display sign comprising a top supporting plate, having notched ends, endless flexible tapes suspended from the notched ends of said plates, rigid sleeve members surrounding said tapes at spaced intervals therealong and forming spaced loops in said tapes and two-faced slats having ends, the notched ends of said slats being rotatably supported in said loops whereby the slats may be individually rotated to reverse the faces thereof.
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