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Publication numberUS2822631 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 11, 1958
Filing dateFeb 12, 1957
Priority dateFeb 12, 1957
Publication numberUS 2822631 A, US 2822631A, US-A-2822631, US2822631 A, US2822631A
InventorsLynch Gordon R
Original AssigneeLynch Gordon R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Changeable price tags and holder therefor
US 2822631 A
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Feb. 11, 1958 G. R. LYNCH 2,822,631 7 CHANGEABLE PRICE TAGS AND HOLDER THEREFOR Filed Feb. 12, 1957 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Gordon R. lynch.

INVENTOR.

BY Z0276, $1M.

Feb. 11, 1958' a. R. LYNCH CHANGEABLE PRICE TAGS AND HOLDER TH EREFOR 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb. 12, 1957 Gore 00 Lynch INVENTOR Jul. 2

Feb. 11, 1958 G. R. LYNCH 2,822,631

CHANGEABLE PRICE TAGS AND HOLDER THEREFOR Filed Feb. 12, 1957 5 Sheets-Sheet s Gore/0n lynch INVENTORQ BY wwug United CHANGEABLE PRICE TAGS AND HOLDER THEREFOR This-invention relates to an invention of changeable price-tags and holder therefor, such invention being Of the vtypepermitting selective price tag movement enablingthe positioning of any desired-price tag inidisplay position while the remaining price tags of a set thereof cooperate with the holder in maintaining such tag in position. i

It is aprimary object of this-invention to provide animproved :arrangement of price tag setsand holding means therefor whereby-the tag selected for display from aset thereof maybe easilyplaced in display position and .held therein by the other tags of the set'incooperation with the holding-means ,of such set.

It is a further object of this invention to provideflan .improveda rrangement of pricetag sets and holding means therefor in which the tags of a set other than the; one ondisplay are concealed from frontal view but in. which tes Patent all tags of the set areaccessible from the rearofthe set for selective interchangeability into and out of display position. a

;It is another object of this invention to provide .an ar rangement of price tag set and holding means therefor in which the tags behind the tag on display are urged forward by a resilient cushion to hold the tags forward of, the .tag on display firmly in 'cammed position .acces- .sible for manipulation fromthe rear of the holding means.

Other and additional objects of this invention consist of ,providing'arrangement of price tag set and 'holding means. therefor insuring speed of operation, positive tracking of tags in holding means, and the employment :of durable materials in tags and holding means construction.

Other and further objects will be apparent when.:.the specification herein is considered in connection with the drawings in which:

Big. 1 is a perspective view of a plurality :of the display .devices of this invention mountedon a produce bin to pricethe produce in the several sections of .the bin;

Fig. 2 is a front elevat-ional view of sucha device .illustrating the'function thereof;

Fig. 3 is a sectional side elevation througha device as shown in Figs. 1 and 2; v

Fig. 4 is a sectional plan view taken along, line -44 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a front elevation of a slide tag withrear tab shown before bending; and

tthezforwardzaface of tsuchrisupport.

2,822,531 Patented Feb. 11,1958

18 which upstands above the dividing Walls'12 and'side walls 12 to support a=display holder 19'rearwardly-of eachsection-or partitionll, each of such holdersbeing suspended from the support-18 by a pair of conventional .recurved straps tor =brackets ZO Which-catch over thetop surfaeeof'th. support :18 so that its holder 19 extends downwardlyitherefrom. iwith itsirear surface tobear upon I.-'As ibest shown in Fig. 2aeachi'displa'y holder-19 hasa plurality .eof :display window 21 :in :its iforwa'rd L closure ort-f'ront; 22, :preferablyzin horizontal alignment,' and such fronts 22 ;have :space thereabove .on which the name aiof -the Eproduct displayed ilIl :thezsecti'on I11 .therebelow may bezprintedioriotherwisesdisplayed.

- -.Below= thea'namei'ofzthe product onithe'frontiof ea'ch .holder,1a price "tag-. 23 may be seen, each ofgwhichihas printed,;or otherwise; displayed thereon some digit,fsy'mbol, or designation-124';employed as :employed in indicata ingitheed esignated price of a product. Additionally-fur- -.ther :designation, as those-which A are generally constantly .en iployed,imayi be plaeed on :the faceof the front 522; as at 25.

.Each .holder .1 9 comprises primarily a housing"-'2.6 which, .inradditionto the front 22..includes; a top 277 and bottom;- 28- extending horizontally from the, top and :bot-

tom respe'ctively;ofthewfront22. :For; each set 1410f tags 23 a rear access window or slot 29 is provided rin .the .rear.;plate .or closure #30 -of :the housing 26-and such .sldt QisHverticaIly. spaced .from .the {display window 21;;in

nearer-me set of tags,23, A resilient means -asagsponge ,r ibber cushion iil, v is fprovided ,justaforward of thesrear 1 plate '30. 1 .such cushion 31 is .ofnwidth indicated in fiig. .4 land, solid .in construction .to. :the rear of 1the,.display window 21, but the cushion .ha's a.s'lot..'32.- .ininc-upper part thereof, of width'indicatedby..ihe phantomllines33 in such figure, and coextensive in -elevation.' with .theslot 29 to the rear thereof in the,plate 30.. f v Eorwardly of the.cusliion 31, apusher orbackin late '34 'isprovide'dhaving-a slot 35 thereinas indicated by the phantom lines'iifi iniEig. 4, and coextensivefimlevation with the slot 32 'in-the. cushiori 31, and with theislot 29in the rear plate '31).v Itis this plate "34. which is air geld forwardly ;by .the rubber cushion '31 against the rearrnost :tagl'23 to (urge it'fo'rwardly againsta rearwardlyfextending' cam.surface 37fwhichi forms partfofa spacing retained member'orbody 38 which provides thiejtracks "or Fig. .6 is a rear elevation of a device with rear elements 15 to a comparatively low forward wall or dashboard 16, all of the described .walls beingconnected to a botretaininggrooves for the various sets '14iof tag's zii Asbest shown "in Fig, 4, such retainer 38 has recesses 43 thereincoextensive with-the windows 21' andtthe retaineif further provides recesses or 'track 'sp'aces 39. offreo- -tangular cross-section" rearwardly of the .front windows 21; Additionally, as best shown in Fig. 3, the rear-surfaceof the -front plate part 40 of there tainer 38 'is of a camnied contourbeginning at 41 immediately iabove each window 21"a'nd receding to ;a point 4 2 above which the inner surface of'the front plate 40--extends vertically upward, the plate atthis p'ar't being' aboutih'alf as thick asthelpar t thereof tbere'below. i I e As -shown iri- Fi'g. 3; :the tabs 5 45 extend 're'ar-war'dly be hind the rear closure 30 'but it is not ne'cessary that they eXtend' asfar as 'sho'wn, andin practice they' would ew tend behind 'the p'la'te '30 for-only a limited distance. Then =thei ibra'cke'ts or: straps 20, not shown in Fig; i 3, but which support :the holders19, are :of such shapei'and c011 struction .as to?:spaceiith e top ith'ere of laway' from lith'e bin part 18 so that only the lower, inneri'corneriiof theahol'der touchesithe; sup'port118, and'thus'sthe itabs 45: are ispaced fromzthei'support' f Y I Ihe oushion 31 constantly; urges the plate; 3,4,- forward and this platein turn :urges the tags behind the :WllldOWS forwardly so that the. display .tag contacts the loweareap;

lower part of the upper tags forward so that the lower forward face of the forwardmost upper tag is in contact with the cam surface at48. j This forwardly acting pressure on the upper tags urges the uppermost tab of the uppermost tag into contact with the plate 34 at the top of the slot 35, the tags and their tabs to the rear thereof interfitting as shown in Fig. 3.

within the housing to extend througha rearward access Each tag 23 has a wide lower part 44 having a designa- 7 ion or digit 24 thereon, as shown in Fig. 5, and a smaller part or tab 45 extending centrally from the upper edge of said part 44, and such tab also has the same designation or digit 2.4 thereon. The tags 23 are of a bendable material so that the tabs 45 thereon maybe bent at substantially right angles to the base parts 44, as shown in Fig. 4. Then the tags 23 are placed in sequence, as in numerical sequence, in accordance with the designations or digits thereon, and are then divided into upper and lower portions so as to place the desired tag before the display window. It then results that the tab of the display tag is the uppermost of the lower portion of tags, with successive tags placed rearwardly thereof with their tabs thereunder, so that the rearmost tag has its tab lowermost. In this manner, selection of the tag to be displayed for visibility through the windows 21, 43 is -made by thus dividing the tags 23 so that the tab 45' for the tag selected for display is uppermost of the tags 23 behind the windows 21, 43, to thus indicate to the operator that the designation 24 visible through the windows 21, 43 corresponds with the designation on the tab 45.

The track spaces 39 behind and above each window 43 are of rectangular cross-section and slightly wider than the tags 44, plate 34, and cushion 31, and the'operative space for one set 14 of tags is divided from the adjacent space by division members 51 which extend rearwardly from the plate 40 to contact the rear plate or closure 30, and to thus space the rear closure 30 from slot for accessibility for external selective manipulation, a cam in the inner forward part of said housing adjacent said window and spaced between said window and said slot to guide said slides into and out of display position, and means including resiliently urging means in said housing rearwardly of said window and slide display position for maintaining slide, display position and slide position with relation to said slot.

2. An arrangement of price tags in a set and a holding means therefor in which said holding means includes a housing having a forward display window and a rearward access window vertically spaced from said forward window, a set of display tags in which a portion including an outermost tag positionable for observation through said display window may be positioned to the rear of said display window and in which a portion less at least I the rearward display tag of a set may be positioned for- 20 ward of said access window, positioning means including said display tag thereof into positioning engagement with a resilient cushion urging said first portion forward and the'rearmost tag of said second portion, cam means provided forward of said portions for cooperating in holding said second portion tags in position andfor guiding the interchange of tags between said portions, and means on each tag accessible and visible upon manipulation through said rearward window whereby said tags may be selectively interchanged between said portions.

3. A price tag display device comprising a windowed housing, a plurality of price tags selectively slidably movable therein from display positions registering with a window to concealed positions, a rearward access slot in said housing whereby said tags are accessible for selective manipulation, means including resiliently urging means -in said housing rearwardly of said window and said display position to urge said tags forwardly, and guide means surface increases from the high point to the full surface to lowermost position.

A device as herein described is specially well adapted for employment in large grocery stores, for example,

of the arch. Also the surface of the plate 40 is curved as shown at 52 so that the bottom of a tag maybe guided where it is the practice to display food items, as in bins, i

with the prices for each item designated by display. Since such prices change from time to time, it is of great advantage to have a price tag display device in which prices may be changed with positive accuracy and with rapidity, the structures of the invention being fabricated of a durable material, as plastic, which undergoes inappreciable wear in service. 7

Broadly, the invention, covers a device comprising changeable price tags and holding means therefor, and such invention is not limited to the typical embodiments of structures herein disclosed, but various other embodiments, modifications, and disclosures are likewise included, as such may fall within the broad spirit of the invention and within the broad scope of interpretation claimed and merited for the appended. claims.

What is claimed is:

. 1. A price tag display device comprising a windowed housing, a plurality of slides provided with price designating characters mounted within said housing, said slides being selectively slidably movable from display positions registering with a window to concealed positions in the inner forward part of said housing adjacent said window to guide said tags into and out of display position and-to hold said tags in position in cooperation with said resiliently urging means.

4. A price tag display device comprising a housing having a front display window and vertically spaced therefrom a rear access slot, a plurality of price tags selectively slidably movable in said housing from display positions registering with said window to concealed positions, means including resiliently urging means in said housing rearwardly of said window to urge said tags forwardly, and cam and guide means in the inner forward part of said housing to guide said tags as manipulated through said access slot in guiding said tags into and out of display position and to cooperate with said resiliently urging means to hold said tags in position.

5. A price tag display comprising a holder having a forward display window and a rearward access slotvertically spaced therefrom, price tag sets in grooves provided in said holder, and a resilient cushion in each groove rearwardly of each set to urge said tags forwardly, and cam guide'means provided on the forward inner side of said housing to guide said tags into and out of display position in-front of said window as manipulated through said access slot and to cooperate with said resiliently urging'm'eans to hold said tags in selected position.

, 6. A price tag display comprising aholder having a forwarddisplay window and a rearward access slot vertically spaced therefrom, price tag sets in grooves pro vided'in saidholder, .ineans rearwardly of each set to urge said tags forwardly, and cam guide means provided No references cited.--

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US3228131 *Feb 25, 1964Jan 11, 1966Heck Richard LIndicator device for a shelf
US4660309 *Nov 6, 1985Apr 28, 1987Trans-World Manufacturing Corp.Changeable character display device
US5348485 *Apr 12, 1993Sep 20, 1994Electronic Retailing Systems Int'l Inc.Electronic price display system with vertical rail
US5473832 *Oct 23, 1992Dec 12, 1995Electronic Retailing Information Systems Int'l Inc.Non-slidable display label
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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/5, 40/491
International ClassificationG09F3/08, G09F3/20
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/202
European ClassificationG09F3/20C