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Jan. 27, 1959 A. s. MARTIN ETAL SIGN SUPPORTING BRACKET Filed Aug. 25. 1955 INVENTOR. Andrewflflariin 2 James EMcfiYeagr V12 BY ATTORNEY UniteStates Patent "i j SIGN SUPPORTING BRACKET Andrew S. Martin and James E. McCleary, Salem, Ohio 7 Application August 23, 1955, Serial No. 530,056
2 Claims. (Cl. 248324) This invention relates to a sign supporting bracket and more particularly to a bracket which may be attached to an overhead wire or cable and act to suspend a sign therebelow.
The principal object of the invention is the provision of a sign supporting bracket by means of which a sign 'may be positioned above a roadway on a supporting cable regardless of the angle or inclination of the cable with.
respect to the roadway. v
A further object of the invention is the provision of a sign supporting bracket of simple and economic manufacture capable of being readily adjusted to locate a sign supported thereby crosswise of a street or roadway.
A still further object of the invention is the provision of a sign supporting bracket incorporating universally adjustable means permitting the bracket to be attached to an overhead wire or cable running at any inclination or any angle to a roadway therebeneath so that a sign supported from the bracket will be at right angles to the roadway.
The sign supporting bracket disclosed herein is particularly suitable for use in supporting highway and street directional signs above a street or roadway. The bracket makes it possible to position such signs from available overhead wires or cables which may or may not run transversely of the roadway or at an angle parallel with the surface of the roadway. For example, one-way street direction signs, caution signs, etc., may be mounted at various places above a roadway or street through the use of the bracket with each of the signs being uniformly positioned transversely of the roadway despite the positioning of the supporting cable or the inclination thereof.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, theinvention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being the intention to cover all changes and modifications of the example of the invention herein chosen for purposes of the disclosure, which do not constitute departures from the function and scope of the invention.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the sign supporting bracket showing a portion ofa supporting wire or cable and a portion of a sign.
Figure 2 is a top plan view of the sign supporting bracket with parts broken away.
Figure 3 is a side elevation of the sign supporting bracket with parts broken away.
Figure 4 is an enlarged plan view of a portion of the sign supporting bracket shown in Figures 2 and 3 of the drawings.
By referring to the drawings and Figure 1 in particular, it will be seen that a sign is supported on an overhead wire or cable 11 through the medium of a sign support- 2,870,985 Patented Jan. 27, 1959 2 ing bracket comprising a body member 12having a central opening 13 through which a bolt and nut assembly is positioned. The bolt and nut assembly 14 is also positioned through an inverted semi-U-shaped member 15,
the arms of which extend outwardly and downwardly from the central section thereof through which the bolt and nut assemblies 14 are positioned.
The ends of the. arms of the semi-U-shaped member 15 are twisted a quarter turn and lie on a common vertical plane in spaced relation to one another. The vertical plane corresponds to the back of the sign 10 to which the ends of the arms of the semi-U-shaped member 15 are attached as by bolt and nut assemblies 16--16.
The body member 12 is provided with a pair of oppositely disposed arcuate slots 17-17 through which secondary bolt and nut assemblies 18--18 are positioned. The secondary bolt and nut assemblies also engage the intermediate portion of the semi-U-shaped member 15 heretofore referred to.
It will thus be seen that when the bolt and nut asssemblies 14 and 18 are tightened, the body member 12 is secured to the body member 15 in fixed position which may be varied due to the oppositely disposed arcuate slots 17--17 through which the bolt and nut assemblies 18-18. are positioned.
An L-shaped arm 19 is also secured to the body member 12 by means of the bolt and nut assembly 14 and by rivets 20-20. An extension 21 of the arm 19 is movably secured thereto by a bolt and nut assembly 22 and an upper end of the extension 21 is provided with vertically spaced apertures through which the ends of a U-bolt 23 are positioned, as best shown in Figures 2 and 3 of the drawings. A fitting 24, which is provided with spaced apertures, is also engaged on the U-bolt 23 adjacent the intermediate portion thereof and with the I U-bolt 23 forms means for engaging the cable wire 11 when nuts 25 on the threaded ends of the U-bolt 23 are tightened. The fitting 24 is provided with a rib 26 which engages the cable or wire 11 and thus tight frictional engagement is obtained thereon.
It will be observed that the angle of the wire or cable 11 with respect to the desired positioning of the sign It) may be matched by the movement of the body member 12 and any inclination of the wire or cable 11 may be matched by tilting the extension21 of the arm 19 so that it lies at a right angle to the axis of the wire or cable 11. In such position, tightening of the various nut and bolt assemblies 14, 18 and 22 will secure the, bracket in proper position for mounting the sign 10 and tightening of the nuts 25 will secure the bracket to the wire or cable 11 while tightening of the bolt and nut assemblies 16 will secure it to the sign.
The device thus makes possible the quick and easy installation of overhead signs from existing wires or cables regardless of their angular positioning with respect to the desired location of the sign, etc.
It will thus be seen that the several objects of the invention have been met by the sign supporting bracket disclosed herein.
Having thus described our invention, what We claim is:
1. A sign supporting bracket comprising a flat rectangular body member having a central opening therein and a pair of outwardly bowed oppositely disposed arcuate slots therein located one on either side of said central opening, fasteners positioned one in said opening and one in each of said slots, an inverted U-shaped member secured intermediate its needs to said fasteners beneath said body member and comprising means for suspending a sign attached thereto, an L-shaped arm secured to said body member, an extension movably secured to the upper portion of said L-shaped arm and a clamp 'comprisingan apertured fitting having a U-bolt engaged therein positioned on said extension and comprising means for attaching said sign supporting bracket to a wire.
1 2. Thesign supporting bracket set forth in claiml and wherein 'the ends of the inverted U-shaped member are twisted ninety-degrees to the plane of the remainder of the member and are apertured.
References Cited in thefile of this'patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Ramsey et a1. Sept. 22, 1931