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M. GREEN April 17, 1951 EXHIBITOR 3 Sheets-Sheetl Filed March 18, 1.946
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1%)" ziz Patented Apr. 17, 1951 UNITED STATES 'PAT OFFICE EXHIBITOR 1 Martin Green, Newark, N. J assign'or ofonev-half to Charles Handler,,Newark,.N. J Q
Application March 18, 1946, Serial-No. 655,053
. 1 This invention relates to improvements in exhibitors for displaying photographs, picture or other cardsor sheets, or like subjectmatter. The invention has for an object to provide. a novel exhibitor of the double reel and web or scroll type comprising a frame in which spaced reels, by which the web or scroll is supported, are rotatably mounted, and wherein the web or scroll comprises superposed plies of transparent flexible material, said plies being joined by suitably spaced and related sealed division portions adapted to subdivide the web or scroll into, a multiplicity of pockets intermediate said plies, said pockets being openat one or both longitudinal margins of the Web or scroll, and. said pockets being, adapted to receive and hold the subject matter to be exhibited. The invention has for another object to provide an, exhibitor as above characterized, wherein .the. frame, by which the spaced reels are supported, is also provided with an idler roller disposed above and intermediate said reels over which the web or scroll passes from one reel to the other, so as to provide angularly related ascending and descending exhibiting courses there- The invention has for a further object to provide an exhibitor as characterized, wherein the frame is hingedly supported in connection with a base, and, preferably, so as to be inclined to the perpendicular; said base being provided, if desired, with storage compartments beneath the frame, for storing unexhibited material; and the invention has for a still further object to provide a novel housing for the reception of the frame and its base, said housing having a transparent top structure, through which the web or scroll and its content may be viewed. a
Other objects of this invention, not at this time more particularly enumerated, will be understood from the following detailed description of the same.
An illustrative embodiment of the invention is shownin the accompanying drawings, in
taken on line 6--6'in Fig.5; and Fig. 7 is a transjournal portions -15 of said reels 2 verse sectional view of the same, taken on line 1-1 in Fig. 5. I I
Similar characters of reference are employed in the hereinabove described views, to indicate corresponding parts.
Referring to said drawings, the frame of the exhibitor comprises a front plate It and a back 7 [4 and 15, are reels [6; thesame being laterally spaced apart, so as to be respectively located adjacent to opposite sides of the frame. The IE project through and exteriorly of the back plate H of the frame. Affixed to the outer ends of said reel journal portions l5 are finger pieces l1, preferflexible material.
ably of transverse Wing form, by means of which said reels may be selectively rotatably rnanipulated.
- Rotatably mounted in and between the plates a scroll 22 to the reels It; it will be obvious however, that any other suitable means may be employed for such purpose.
The web or scroll 22 of the exhibitor is formed by superposed, plies 23 and 25 of transparent Said plies 23' and 2'4 are of selected continuous length and of a width but little less than the length of the reels It, whereby to extend substantially across the entire interior of, the frame between the front and back platesthereof. The meeting faces of said plies 23 and 24 are suitably adhered or sealed together at desired spaced intervals, whereby to provide division portions or joints adapted to subdivide the free space between said plies into pockets into which the photographs, cards or like subject matter may'be inserted and held so as to be visibly displayed through the outer face ply of the web or scroll. It will be obvious that the receiving and holding'pocket thus provided may the same comprise a longitudinally extending division portion or joint 25, and longitudinally spaced transverse division portions or joints 26, which extend across the web or scroll to intersect said longitudinal division portion or joint 25, thereby forming rows of receiving and holding pockets 21 opening respectively along opposite longitudinal margins of the web or scroll.
One end of the web or scroll 22 is clamped to one reel l6, and thereupon the web or scroll is wound upon'said reel, with the opposite end portion of the web or scroll extending therefrom upwardly to and over the idler roller I9, and thence downwardly to the opposite reel [6, to which its extremity is clamped. As thus arranged, the web or scroll, and the content thereof desired to be exhibited, may be caused to travel from the first mentioned reel to the last mentioned reel by manually rotating the latter. As so moved, the part of the web or scroll passing between the reels will form angularly disposed courses comprising an ascending course, moving from the feeding reel to the idler roller, and a descending course, moving from the idler roller to the take-up reel. By reason of the angularity of the displayed courses of the web or scroll, the ascending course will present its content in one direction, while the descending course will present its content in the opposite direction, thus permitting the exposed photographs or other exhibits, as moved along by the web or scroll, to be conveniently viewed by a number of observers gathered about the exhibitor.
After the web or scroll has been transferred from one reel to the other, its movement may be reversed by turning the empty reel so that the web or scroll will again be taken up thereby.
The frame is supported upon a base, preferably in a forwardly tilted or inclined position, whereby to facilitate observance of the exhibited subject matter by a group of observers gathered about the exhibitor. Preferably, said base is of hollow box-like form, comprising a bottom wall 28, a relatively high back wall 29, a comparatively low front wall SiL and side walls 3|. bottom margin of the frame back plate II is movably connected to the top margin of the base back wall 29, preferably by hinge connections 32. As so related to the base, the frame may be swung forward over the base until the lower tie-rods l2 come to rest upon the top margin of the base front wall 30, thereby supporting the frame in the preferred forwardly tilted or inclined position above mentioned. The interior of the base may be subdivided by partitions 33, whereby to provide compartments 34 therein, in which may be stored loose photographs, films, cards or the like, use of which may at times be desired for display by the exhibitor.
Since the frame is hingedly connected tothe rear of the base, it will be obvious that the frame may be swung rearwardly and ,dOWIlwardly behind the base, whereby to accessibly expose the reels and the web or scroll, so that exhibits may be inserted or removed from the latter at will, or the web or scroll detached from the reels subject to replacement by another web or scroll. r
The exhibitor, constructed substantially as above described, is capable of use for the in- The tended purpose without necessity for enclosing the same in a protective housing or casing. Preferably, however, it is desirable to enclose the same in a suitable housing or casing, whereby to prevent tampering with the web or scroll and its content, and so as to protect said web or scroll from dust, soiling, scratchin or other effects likely to impair the clear transparency thereof. The invention therefore comprehends the provision of suitable housing or casing means, which, in an illustrative form thereof as shown, comprises a rearwardly open housing body formed by a bottom or floor 35, side walls 36, and a front wall 31. Said housing body is closed at its top by a gabled hood-38 made of transparent material, such e. g. as glass or a transparent plastic material. The interior of said housing or casing is of cross-sectional shape and general internal conformation corresponding to the cross-sectional shape and general external conformation of the exhibitor frame and, base,'when the partsare disposed in normal operative relation. 'To assemble the exhibitor with the housin or casing, the former is inserted through the rearward open end of the latter until the frame back plate II and base back Wall 29 register in plane with the open rear end of the housing or casing, thereby closing the latter. When the exhibitor is thus enclosed within the housing or casing, owing to the gable formation of the transparent hood 38, the respective inclined sides of the latter will extend substantially parallel to the respective ascending and descending courses of the web or scroll 22 and contiguous thereto, so that the exhibited content of said courses may be easily viewed through said transparent sides of the hood 38.
' Having now described my invention, I claim:
1. An exhibitor for the purposes described comprising a frame formed by spaced apart front and back plates, said plates terminating in upper gable end portions, tie means extending between said plates, a transparent gabled hood conforming to and supported by the gable end portions of the frame plates for extension therebetween, a pair of rotatable reels journaled in and between the lower parts of said plates in spaced apart relation and an indlerroller journaled in and between peak parts of the gable end portions of said plates whereby to be disposed above and intermediate the reels, external end portions of said reels having means for rotatively actuating the same, a pocketed scroll of transparent material having its ends respectively secured to the respective reels whereby to extend in an ascending course from one reel to and over said idlerroller and thence in a descending course to the other reel, said courses respectively underlying the respective inclined sides of the transparent hood, a base to which the rear end of said frame is hingedly connected, said base being adapted to support said frame at a forwardlytilted angle, and a rearwardly open housing into which said base and frame assembly is removably'entered;
2. An exhibitor for the purposes described comprising a frame formed by spaced apart front and back plates, said plates terminating in upper gable end portions, tie means extending between said plates, a transparent gabled hood conforming to and supported by the gable end portions of the frame plates for extension therebetween, a pair of rotatable reels journaled in and between'the lower parts of said plates in spaced apart relation and an idler roller jourwardly open housing into which said base and nale'd in and between peak parts of the gable frame assembly is removably entered.
end portions of saidplates whereby to be dis- V MARTIN GREEN.
posed above and intermediate the reels, external end portions of said reels'havin means for r0- 5 REFERENCES CITED v tatively actuating the e, pocketed Scroll, The following references are of record in the of transparent'material having its ends respecfile of t t Lively secured to the respective reels whereby UNITED STATES PATENTS extend 1n an ascendmg course from one reel v to and over said idler roller and thence in a m Number Name Date descending course to the other reel, said courses ff Ju e 6, 1893 respectively underlying the respective inclined 1,055,337 Borroughs J1me 1913 sides of the transparent hood, a base to which 1, 9,5 8 Kjellerup Oct. 30, 1928 the rear end of said frame is hingedly con- 3 uncan May 14, 1929 nected, said base being adapted to support said 15 1,72 ,4 Hale Sept. 24, 1929 frame at a forwardly tilted angle, the base hav- FOREIGN PATENTS ing subdividing partitions within its interior to provide storage compartments beneath the scroll Number Country Date for non-displayed exhibit material, and a rear- 588'105 Germany 4 1933