US 2877971 A
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March 17, 1959 A. sows-ram.
ARTICLE-SUPPORTING BRACKET Fi led Oct. 20. 1955 INVENTOR. Ara-mun GOLPSTElN v ArroRNE? ARTICLE-SUPPORTING BRACKET Arthur Goldstein, St. Louis County, Mo. Application October 20, 1955, Serial No. 541,742. 1 Claim. (Cl. 248-302) This invention relates to an article-supporting bracket, but more particularly to such a bracket that is primarily intended to be used in locations that are exposed to the winds, as in outside locations.
A principal object of my invention is to so construct such a bracket that when a poster, decoration or other suitable article or object that has a relatively large area exposed to the wind, is mounted thereon, the bracket will be especially well able to withstand such wind pressures without permitting the bracket to be bent out of shape or broken by the wind.
Another object of the invention is to so construct such a bracket so that it is adapted to be readily mounted to some supporting structure, and in which the article-supporting portion of the bracket will extend forwardly or outwardly from said supporting structure and into the path of the wind, for several feet or more so that a relatively high leverage force is exerted on the bracket by the wind.
An added object of my invention is to so construct such a bracket that it will include a base that may be mounted to lie substantially in a vertical plane on the supporting structure, the bracket including a one-piece article-supporting element that is made of wire and which is substantially immovably secured to said base that it will be maintained substantially rigid and able to readily withstand outdoor wind pressures of the magnitude that are considered likely to occur.
Many other objects and advantages of the invention herein shown and described will be obvious to those skilled in the invention, as will be apparent from the disclosures herein given.
To this end, my invention consists in the novel construction, arrangement and combination of parts herein shown and described, and the uses mentioned, as will be more clearly pointed out in the description that follows.
In the drawings, wherein like reference characters represent like or corresponding parts throughout the views,
Figure l is a front elevation view of the device, ready to be mounted to a vertical supporting structure; and
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the same, as viewed from the side.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, wherein I have illustrated a preferred embodiment of my invention, there is shown a bracket that is primarily intended to be secured to a suitable upright supporting wall or similar supporting structure, including utility poles or the like, preferably in some outdoor location, so that the bracket and any article or object mounted on the same will be exposed to wind forces.
Some of the articles intended to be carried by the bracket include, among other things, banners, placards, flags, decorations, etc., so as to attract the attention of passers-by.
The device or fixture may include a base that may be of one or more parts that lie in the same general plane, as for instance the pair of substantially parallel spaced- 2,877,971 Patented Mar. 17, 1959 their original shape and form after being mounted.
The article-supporting element itself is preferably formed of a single length of wire of strength and rigidity.
suitable for the purpose, as it is apparent that when a small article is to be supported on the same there will be less wind-pressure exerted thereon than if an article.
of. greater area were-so supported.
This length of wire is bent upon itself intermediate its length as at 3'to form-the approximately triangular form. shown, the pair of arms or legs 4 and 5 diverging rearwardly of said point or place of bend 3, to provide the length or size that will receive the intended article to be supported thereon. The pair of arms lie in a plane, and in this case, it is a vertical plane when the element is actually mounted upon the bars and positioned in place on the supporting structure outdoors. Further, it is to be noted that I prefer to have the lower arm extend substantially horizontally, while the upper arm extends at an angle to said lower arm.
The arms are intended in most instances to be at least several feet in length, so as to support a poster or other article of similar size (and indicated in dotted lines in Fig. 2) thereon and in many cases flatly superimposed thereon and in alignment with the arms. Obviously, when such large posters, placards, etc., are so mounted and placed in locations exposed to the outside winds, a considerable pressure is exerted on the hanger element, these posters being in many cases without perforations therethrough that might permit wind passage in some degree.
In order to properly reinforce the wire element so as to withstand the expected wind pressures without becoming deformed or actually breaking, each arm has a first portion of length commencing from the rearmost end of the arm bent transversely or horizontally to provide the portions 6 and 7 respectively, these portions 6 and 7 extending in mutually opposite directions and being fixedly or immovably secured to the bars (one such portion to one bar, and the other portion to the other bar), as by welds 8 or the like. As shown the portion 6 extends to the left, while the corresponding portion 7 extends to the right.
A second bend is made to provide the pair of wire length portions 9 and 10 respectively that extend substantially vertically, in mutually opposite directions, one such portion 10 extending downwardly to its terminus while the other portion 9 extends upwardly to the corresponding terminus. These vertically extending portions are each immovably secured to both bars in a manner similar to that given the portions 6 and 7, as by the welds 8. It is also to be mentioned that the successively bent portions 6-9 and 7-10 lie substantially in the same vertical plane.
When this bracket is mounted to a support so as to be in substantially the position indicated in the drawings, that is with the pair of arms in vertical alignment, and with the poster or other preferred article mounted thereon was to have a portion bridging across the said pair of arms, a relatively high intensity of wind will fail to bend the arms, inasmuch as they are properly reinforced both vertically and horizontally to resist the bending force.
An article supporting element of the class described, comprising upper and lower horizontally disposed wall engaging bars having a hanger element secured thereto, the said element consisting of an integral piece of wire return bent upon itself to provide a V-shaped article support having upper and lower arms lying in substantially In most cases said bars are made of metalstrips that are strong enough to remain rigid and maintain the same vertical plane, wherein the lower arm extends outwardly at a right angle to said lower bar and has the rearmost portion thereof bent to form two sections, one of said sections extending horizontally at a right angle to the said lower arm and engaging said lower bar along the entire length of said section, and the other ofsaid sections extending upwardly from the first section and spanning the distance between said bars with the upper end thereof secured to the upper bar, and wherein the upper arm of said hanger element is inclined upwardly from the outermost end of said article support to engage the upper bar, the rearmost end of said upper arm being bent similar to the rearmost end of the lower arm but in reverse directions whereby one of the rearmost sections of the upper arm engages along its entire length the upper bar and the other of said sections extends down wardly from the first section to span the space between if 77,97 r.
said bars and having the free end thereof attached to the lower bar. I
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