US 2521411 A
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Sept. 5, 1950 ROSENBERG EI'AL PICTURE FRAME Filed Dec. 1, 1948 //v VEN was George Rosenberg Lows .Spzlselman TTORNEY i atenteci Sept. i956 iisfitati'oe'fie siter 1, insistent-1st; r 2 Claims: (01. i -I56) iii'ular y t dz otrie 'oked trite-asap tine -tii act hob I diivfi into" prtij'cfinitr Such support-engaging whtitiifi use I1d hence the cost of supplying: the device is frequently wasted. E en if the device is used to hang a picturesees not the frame to be hung in other than-= a; single pgsitierr subject to tilting and determined by thelooaticm ofi-ther support-engaging member.
the eli ilii iiation of separate or distinct suppett engagtsg d vices and theutilmfiih of the odie:- parts themselves to perform -the functions of suchdevices. v I
The invention further contemplates the provisionof one or more supper receiving slotslocarried at seieted points-of the "dges of and extending thrdugh the backmgplate" and designed to receive the free end of a fixed support, whereby the support directly engages or hooks behind the inner edge of the rear flange of the frame.
The invention further contemplates the provision in a frame of the usual type of a slotted backing plate to permit a supporting member to pass into a space provided therefor, into contact with the frame rim, whereby properly to suspend the frame and the picture therein.
The various objects of the invention will be clear from the description which follows and from the drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a rear elevational view of a picture frame to which the invention has been applied and showing particularly the novel backing plate.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the slotted backing plate.
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v'eiyare tareagn part designed to enter the space it! (Fig. 5) directly in front of the rear flange l5, which space would have been filled by the edge of the backing plate had not the slot 11 or 11a been made in said edge. The closed inner end of the slot is preferably rounded as at IE to avoid weakening the backing plate. The length of the slot is preferably greater than the width of the flange l5 to expose the inner part of the slot for access to a supporting member from the rear of the frame.
As shown in Fig. 5, to hang the picture frame, the head 20 of the brad 2| extending from a wall or similar surface is inserted into the inner end of the selected slot I! or IIa whereafter the frame is permitted to drop on to the brad and brad 20 thereby enters the space 18 and the weight of the frame is transmitted through the edge 22 of the flange 15 to the brad upon which the frame is thereby suspended.
The slot being at the middle of the edge of the frame, the frame is properly balanced, hangs straight and does not tilt. The frame rim I0 is usually made of metal, wood or the like relatively rigid material amply able to withstand the weight of the'entire frame thereon, thereby providing a rigid structure, there being no separate support-engaging element to pull out of the frame under stress. head on the supporting member, the more of Obviously, the larger the the head projects upwardly and enters the space l8 and the less chance there is of the frame slipping oif the member. In Fig. 3, therefore, a hook 23 of suitable length is illustrated, having a portion to be fastened to the wall 24. By selecting the slot I! or Ila, the picture may be hung either with the shorter edge or the longer edge uppermost as desired to correspond to the position of the picture in the frame rim. 7
By securing a suitable folding easel 25 to the backing sheet [3 and bevelling the free end edge of the easel as shown in Fig. 1, the frame may be made to stand on a horizontal surface with either the long or the short edge thereof uppermost, in which case, the provision of the slots I! and Na saves the cost of the additional support-engaging element now customarily used on frames of the type here involved to adapt them to be hung.
It will be seen that we have provided a simple and inexpensive means permitting a picture frame to be hung in a selected position wherein it is automatically balanced, untilted, and with the required edge uppermost and that the invention is well adapted for the purposes intended. While a certain specific embodiment of the invention has herein been shown and described, it is obvious that various changes may be made therein within the spirit of the invention defined in the appended claims. I
1. In a pictureframe assembly, a rectangular rigid metallic rim, each side but one of the rim comprising a front flange, a rear flange in rearward spaced relation to the front flange and a connecting flange of approximately the width of the rear flange joining the front and rear flanges, said one side of the 'rim having a front flange but omitting the rear flange to permit the insertion of picture-holding members into the rim and between the front and rear flanges of the other sides, a glass constituting one of the pictureholding members removably arranged between the front and rear flanges of the rim and of substantially the same length and width as that of the rim, a compressible cardboard backing sheet of sufficient thickness to press a picture against the glass and to press the glass against the front flange and inserted between the glass and the rear flange, said sheet being self-held frictionally in contact with and in front of the rear flange on three sides of the rim removably to fill the space inwardly of the connecting flange and rearwardly of the glass, said backing sheet having an elongated slot therein of. greater length than the width of the rear flange and extending inwardly from an edge of the sheet at a mid-point of and perpendicular to said edge whereby a portion of said slot is exposed inwardly of the inner edge of the rear flange and the remainder of the slot is concealed in front of the rear flange, the rear flange being imperforate at the slot.
2. In a picture frame assembly, a rigid rim having, a front flange, a rear flange in rearward spaced relation to the front flange and a connecting flange joining the outer peripheries of the front and rear flanges, and a compressible backing sheet removably positioned against the front face of the rear flange and being of substantially the same overall length and width as that of the rim, said sheet being arranged with the marginal portions thereof within the rim and between the front and rear flanges, said sheet having an e1ongated slot therein of greater length than the width of the rear flange and extending inwardly from an edge of the sheet at a mid-point of said edge, that part of the slot at the marginal portion of the sheet being normally in front of and concealed and obstructed by the rear flange, and
i the remainder of the slot extending inwardly past the inner edge of the rear flange and being exposed and accessible from the rear of the rim, the rear flange being imperforat at the slot and the inner edge of the rear flange at said slot being adapted to rest by gravity on a support arranged in the slot thereby to suspend the picture frame assembly. I
GEORGE ROSENBERG. j
LOUIS SPISELMAN. i
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