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R. G. HAMILTON 2,615,268
DOUBLE-FACED SIGN CONSTRUCTION Oct. 28, 1952 Filed ma zo, 1949 lNVENTOR [Flo/1A RD G. fih/wuon/ BY rgwj ATTOR EYS Patented Oct. 28, 1952 UNITED STATE 5 parent orricl:
DOUBLE-FACED SIGNi co strR ctrIoN Richard G. Hamilton, Westfield,*lVIass., assignor to Colonial Art 00. Inc., Westfield, Mass, a corporation of Massachusetts Application May 20, 1949, Serial No. 94,281
Another object of the invention is to provide a.
one piece sign plate with means for retaining interchangeable signs or plaques on each face thereof and to do so without detracting from the utility and attractive appearance of the same when viewed from either side.
A further object is to providea sign plate simp e in construction and economical in manufacture the advantages of Which will be readily seen 1 Claim. (01. 40-4 13) lll from the following disclosure of my invention in connection with the accompanying drawings in which Fig. 1 isa plan view of one face of'the sign, 7
showing details of construction;
Fig. 2 is a fragmentaryplan View of the reverse side with details of construction; 7
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the front sign face showing the arrangement of characters and plaques;
Fig. 4 is a view on line 4-4 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 5 is a View on line 55 of Fig. 1; and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary detail view showing a modification of construction.
The sign device comprises a fiat sheet of rela tively thin material such as sheet celluloid, stiff plastic material, cardboard, metal or the like to provide a plate member I on which are formed the means for attachment of bendable sign pieces such as plaques 2 and numerical characters 3. I
As shown by Figs. 1 and 4 the means for attachrnent of each numerical character consists of a pair of spaced portions 4 and 5 struck outwardly from the plane of the plate surface to one side thereof as to the left in Fig. 4 and upwardly as in Fig. 1.
Portions 4 and 5 are of a restricted 1 area and the adjacent sides thereof are slit to tiOn l5.
that the tabs will be held in the same against shifting lateral and longitudinal movement relative to the plate I. Portions 4 and 5 are of any given number as desired and, as shown, are ar.-
ranged in sets or pairs across the face of the plate member I. Interchangeable with the numerical characters may be provided a plaque 9 such as is shown by Fig. 3 for carrying suitable informa tion to supplement the numbers.
On the reverse side of plate member I are provided similar spaced portions of restricted area I struck outwardly of the plane of the plate surface. 1 These portions, I63 and II have adjacent edges slit as at I2 and I3. Preferably the s'ets or pairs of portions on the reverse side correspond innumber to those on the front of the sign, and each is arranged on member I in vertical alignment with a pair of portions 4 and 5. Portion It is directly above portion 4; and portion II is directly above portion 5.
- At the top of plate member I horizontally disposed sign pieces, as plaques 2, are attached in similar fashion to lie on the plate surface. Spaced portions I4 and I5 are struck outwardly of the plane of the plate surface to one side and portions I6 and I! are in raised position outwardly to the other side. The facing adjacent sides ofportion's I4 and I5 and corresponding sides of It and H are slit to receive in the openings thus provided the shouldered tabs I9 of plaques 2.
It is to be noted. however, that the raised portion I4 and its adjacent oppositely raised portion I6, and the raised portions I5 and I! are each arranged with a common side edge. That is, the front slit edge of portion I4 coincides with the rear edge of portion It, the front slit edge of portion I'I coincides with the rear edge of por- Portions l6 and I5 are thus provided with slits at the front and rear edges forming a strap rather than a pocket at one end of the retaining portions on each side of the plate I.
In this maner a one piece sign plate construction utilizing both surfaces may maintain a sign plaque 2 exactly centered on one side of the plate and a plaque 2 on the other side slightly displaced from a center position. It will readily be seen that the positioning may be compromised to have each closely approximating a central location.
Inthe modification of Fig. 6 a rectangular area of the plate member I may be also depressed out of the plane of the plate surface between the pair of front portions I l and I5 so as to outline the area of the body portion of a sign plaque. In
this way the surface of the plaque on the front plaque 2 to lie in substantially flat contact on the reverse surface.
As shown by Fig. 1 the plaque 2 is preferably arranged to overlie the upper pockets ID of sets of raised portions for the reverse side of the sign. Where provision is made for five characters the tabs of the two outside characters 3 will appear on each side of the plaque 2. number is provided none will appear. portions I I being relatively located above portions 5 are covered by the body portion of a character 3.
Where a, lesser The lower 7 Thus the appearance from one side of the sign pockets removably inserted in each pair of said as in Fig. 3 is substantially that of a single faced sign. In the view from the reverse side the numerals are located in a higher position with relation to the plate member and the tabs of characters which are of a contrasting color will appear in portions 5 as underscoring of the numerals (see Fig. 2).
By the novel arrangement of the numerical characters and sign plaques on the reverse side and theircorrelation with the same elements on I the front sign face the simplicity of construction is preserved with added utility and without sacrificing the attractive appearance.
Having disclosed my invention I claim:
A double faced sign comprising a flat plate member of sheet material having a pair of vertically aligned spaced portions, each of restricted area and struck outwardly from the plate surface to the same side thereof, said portions each having three closed edges and having facing edges slit to form facing offset pockets, a second pair of vertically aligned spaced portions of restricted area and of the same conformation struck outwardly from the plate surface to the other side thereof and having facing edges slit to form a second pair of facing spaced pockets, each of the latter being closely adjacent and below one of the first pair and in direct alignment therewith-with the two adjacent pockets on opposite sides of the plate facing in the same direction and forming ali'gned recessed areas 4 open to opposite sides of the plate, the surface spaces on the plate between the respective pairs of facing pockets being substantially in overlapping back to back relation, a set of horizontally aligned pocketportions comprising a pair of spaced portions struck outwardly from the upper section of the plate surface to one side of the plate above said vertically aligned-pockets and a pair of similarly spaced portions in horizontal alignment therewith struck outwardly to the opposite side of the plate with each of the latter pair being closely adjacent to one of said first horizontal pair, said horizontally disposed pairs on each plate side having vertical facing edges slit to form offset pockets, bendable sign pieces having shouldered retaining tabs of an area coextensive With said vertically aligned pockets and bendable sign pieces having retaining tabs inserted in each pair of said horizontally aligned pockets, each of the horizontal sign pieces being of rectangular formation and in back to back relation on the plate member with one overlying and concealing the uppermost pocket of the uppervpair of saidvertically spaced pockets and the other overlying and concealing the recessed area of said uppermost pocket at the other side of said plate.
RICHARD G. HAMILTON.
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