US 2688303 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept. 7, 1954 R. J, LEANDER 2,688,303
BANNER DISPLAY Filed 001;. 20, 1950 FIG. I
INVENTOR: RUSSELL J. LEANDER BY ATT'Y Patented Sept. 7, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,688,303
BANNER DISPLAY Russell J. Leander, Chicago, 111., assignor to Chicago Show Printing Company, Chicago, 111., a corporation of Illinois 2 Claims.
This invention relates in general to a display made of sheet material in the form of a flag, pennant, or a banner, and is more particularly described as composed of flexible sheet material such as paper, cardboard, plastic, fiber, or other suitable material.
In making a banner of fabric, cardboard, or other similar material, it is diflicult to mount it upon a suspending wire or cord in a fully flexible manner which allows it to turn upon the cord without whipping the banner or causing it to rapidly deteriorate under the action of wind and weather.
'An important object of the present invention is to provide a banner made of flexible sheet material such as cardboard which will swing freely upon a suspending wire or cable without binding thereon and allowing a free movement of the banner, but still preventing adjacent banners from moving close together or accumulating upon a high or low portion of the suspension cable.
A further object of the invention is to provide a banner display in which the separate units thereof are suitably spaced apart but are not hampered in their individual turning movement.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide a display banner which may be made of flexible sheet material such as cardboard and waterproofed to prevent its deteriorization by the elements.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a display banner made of flexible sheet material having tubular mounting means adapted to hold it in a distended position, to prevent the banner display from folding or creasing, and to secure the tubular mounting means in place by the folding of the banner.
Other objects of the invention will appear in the specification and will be apparent from the accompanying drawings in which,
Fig. 1 represents a banner display comprising spaced units in accordance with this invention.
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary view partly broken away illustrating a banner and spacer as constructed in accordance with this invention.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged detail of the creasing of a banner for folding; and
Fig. 5 is a side elevation of the banner portion shown in Fig. 4.
If a banner display made of sheet material is mounted upon a flexible wire or cable, the necessary whipping movement of the cable will cause the mounted end of the banner to become broken or torn which will soon revent the banner from turning about the cable in a manner in which it is intended. It is also difficult to properly space display banners along a supporting cable and to maintain them in proper spaced relation without complicated fastening means which is not only unsightly, but also diflicult to apply and tends to increase the cost of the display as well as the mounting and supporting thereof.
The present inventionovercomes these objections by roviding a banner ll) of flexible sheet material which may be cardboard, fiber, plastic, or other suitable material and cut in the shape of a flag, pennant, or any other desired display form.
A piece of sheet material ofthe desired construction is preferably formed with a plurality of equally spaced parallel creases [2, all extending from the same side of the material so that when the material is folded upon itself at the creases in the direction thereof, they will define a substantially rectangular loop structure with the creases at the corners as shown more clearly in Fig. 3.
If one portion of the material such as a flap M is folded at the creases at one end of the banner, and this end is secured to the main portion of the banner by fastening devices such as staples I6 located adjacent the outer creased portions, the inwardly extending creased portions will grip the circular :tubular holder I8 of the proper diameter so that it will be held firmly in place within the folded end of the banner. By attaching the fastening means It closer toor further away from the fold lines, the gripping of the tubular holder I8 may be varied to a considerable extent depending upon the spacing of the scores, the material of the banner itself and the size of the tubular holder.
The tubular holder I8 is preferably composed of flexible plastic material which will bend to a limited extent but is of sufficient rigidity so that it will not flatten or be otherwise deformed under ordinary conditions. Thus the flexible tubular holder i8 is held firmly in place within the folded end of the banner but may be forcibly removed by pushing it at one end therefrom.
The tubular mounting member [8 adapts the banner to be mounted upon a cable 20 which is smaller in diameter than the inner diameter of the tubular member so that the banner will swing freely upon the cable at all times even though the cable is slightly curved upon a radius, the are of which may be observed in as short a length as the holder of the banner.
In order to suspend a number of banners in spaced apart condition upon the same cable, a number of spacers 22 of plastic or other material similar to that of the holder l8 may be interposed between adjacent banners which will held them clearly in spaced apart relation and each individually rotatable since the spacers act as washers between the banners and each banner is then free to rotate due to any wind or other condition which tends to move it relatively to the other.
With this construction, a new and improved banner construction is produced and if the banner is made of cardboard or any other material which is subject to the action of the elements, it may be painted or coated with a covering which is impervious to the action of the elements so that the banner will have a long life of usefulness. The mounting itself also contributes to the protection of the banner since it does not deteriorate at the mounting or due to its connection with the supporting cable. The whipping of any individual banner will not particularly affect the adjacent banners since it is supported from them by a spacer which prevents the movement of one banner from being communicated to another or adjacent ones.
Although a particular banner display has been thus described in some detail, it should be regarded as an illustration or example rather than as a limitation or restriction of the invention, since various changes in the construction, combination, and arrangement of the parts may be made Without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
1. A display banner of flexible resilient material having a plurality of parallel creases adapting it to be folded upon itself to form a closed loop, a resilient tubular holder to fit in the loop enclosed by the creased portions and engaged by inwardly extending folds of the creases to confine the holder in place, and means for securing the folded portions and the remainder of the banner together adjacent the creased portions thereof.
2. In a banner display, a supporting cable and a plurality of flexible tubular members upon the cable in adjacent end to end position, the internal diameter of the members being larger than the outside diameter of the cable allowing them to rotate freely and independently upon the cable, and display banners each comprising a sheet of flexible resilient material having a loop at one end comprising parallel adjacent creases adapting it to grip one of the tubular members by engagement of the inwardly extending portions of the creases when the creased portion is looped around the member, and means to attach the loop portion of the resilient material in engagement with the remaining body of the material to yieldingly grip the tubular member therein, the other tubular members operating as spacers between the banners.
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