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Publication numberUS2917853 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 22, 1959
Filing dateNov 12, 1957
Priority dateNov 12, 1957
Publication numberUS 2917853 A, US 2917853A, US-A-2917853, US2917853 A, US2917853A
InventorsMax W Lawsky
Original AssigneeMax W Lawsky
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Article reminiscent of special occasions
US 2917853 A
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Dec. 22, 1959 M. w. LAWSKY 2,917,853

ARTICLE REMINISCENT OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS Filed Nov, 12, 1957 III II III I'IIIIIII IN VEN TOR. flfap ZL/ wafy BY United States P 2,917,853 ARTICLE REMINISCENT or SPECiAL OCCASIONS Max W. Lawsky, Los Angeles, Calif. Application November 12, 1951, Serial No. 695,600

' 3 Claims. 01. 40-130 This invention relates to an article which isused as a symbol of remembrance regarding the deaths ofloved ones, and as a reminder of special occasions.

More specifically, the invention provides an article that may be placed in an appropriate place in the home or place of worship, and carries reminders which record the relationships of loved ones and the dates to be remembered pertaining to them and to special occasions.

This article is specially designed for, but not limited to, the use of people of the Jewish faith, because the Jews have a series of religious festivals and holy days, such as the Sabbath, when all places of business are closed, and including Passover, .Rosh Hashana, Yom 'Kippur, Sukkoth, etc. This article may also be used as a symbol and reminder of special occasions, such as the dedication of the gravestone one year after the death of a loved one, and also in regard to birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

The device also provides a place for a changeable symbol or picture of a loved one, and a light to illuminate the same, it being an object of the invention to provide a changeable element within the article which will identify a loved one, said element having the property of light and color transmission, and an additional changeable element on the outside of the article to identify the relationship of the loved one.

Another object of this invention is to provide, in comstructure with improved ventilating means to prevent over-.


An additional object of the invention is to provide, for reminding of deceased persons and past occurrences, an article of simple, practical and economical construction that may be assembled and disassembled without special tools or skilled labor.

With the foregoing and other objects in view, the invention resides in the arrangements and combinations of elements described and illustrated hereinafter, and then particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

Referring to the accompanying drawing, illustrative of a preferred embodiment of the invention,

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of an article embodying the invention.

Fig. 2 is a horizontal section on line 22 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a vertical section on line 3--3 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a vertical section on lines 4-4 of Figs. 2 and 3.

Fig. 5 is a horizontal section on line 5--5 of Fig. 6, the scale being enlarged and parts below the line of section being omitted.

Fig. 6 is a vertical section on line 6 -6 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 7 is a vertical section through the upper part of Fig. l.

r, 2,917,353 Patented Dec. 22, 1959 Fig. 8 is a partial elevation of the back of the device.

Fig. 9 is a perspective, detail view of an insert used within the device.

Fig. 10 is a perspective detail of the record strips used with the device.

Referring in detail to the drawing, the transparent base '10 is molded or otherwise formed, desirably out of plastic. This base is of a hollow, generally conical shape, being hexagonal in plan view, and having tiers, chambers or steps 12, 14 and 16, and ledges 18, 20 and 22.

Said top ledge 22 is provided with a central, hexagonally'shaped socket '23 (Fig. 6), having upright side walls and a bottom wall 25. As shown in Figs. 5 and 6, the step 14, in cross section, consists of walls 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31, said walls 26 and 27 being parallel as to their horizontal dimensions. Bores 33 in walls 28, 29, 30 and'31 are reinforced by internal wall projections 36. Rods 38 and 40 are mounted in said bores 33, and have fixed to them sleeves 42 and 44. The end portions of these rods project beyond the sides of the base and they have three headed ends 45, the fourth rod end being furnished with an operating knob 46.

Mounted on sleeves 42 and 44 is an endless belt 48 having printed on it a series of anniversary dates 49 visible one at a time through sight opening 14a and which may have special meaning with reference to a departed loved one, such as Mother, shown on belt 18 in Fig. 5. Knob 46 may be turned so that the next name and series of dates to be observed will be visible through the transparent base 10'.

A pedestal 52 of hexagonal cross section and made preferably of non-transparent plastic, except where matter to be read underlies its wall, is elsewhere painted with luminous paint, fits snugly and uprightly in socket 23. This pedestal is made in two parts 52a and 52b joined together along line 54 (see Fig. 6).

Formed on the upper part of pedestal 52 is a Star of David symbol having a front face 55 (Fig. 1), and a rear face 56, the two face portions being joined by a bolt 58 and nut 59. The back face, see Figs. 4 and 7, has a hexagonal opening 60 provided with a rabbet 62 for mounting a changeable insert 64 carrying a suitable illustration 65, see Fig. 8.

A series of small air outlet holes 66 follows the out lines of hexagonal opening 60 within rabbet 62 and an inturned hexagonal flange 68 has arcuate notches 70 and encompasses the series of holes 66. Small triangular flanges 72 extend inwardly from the casing wall, see Figs. 3 and 4, and have arcuate notches 74 opposite to notches 70.

The front face 55 has a similar hexagonal opening 60a (see Fig. 7), surrounded by a flange 74a for mounting changeable insert 76. Flanges 68a and 72a, see Fig. 2, are mated, and flanges 72 and 72x mate each other.

All the aforesaid flanges which are said to be mated are mated in the sense that they are located directly opposite each other and close to each other, a hereinafter described Lucite wafer occupying the slight space between the mated flanges.

Flanges 68b and 72b have arcuate notches 70b and 74b for mounting on the horizontal wall they provide a small,- lurninous colored electric light bulb 78 opposite to inserts 64 and 76. Wire 79 extends down within pedestal 52 from said light bulb and out a slot 80 to a source of current.

A panel 77 on front face 55, Fig. 1, has mounted therein a strip 79x bearing a printed word identifying the relationship of the departed to those remaining. Fig. 10 shows a series of such strips 79x with intervening score lines 79a to facilitate removing same.

A water thin Lucite strip 82 is clamped between the front face 55 and back face 56, said front face having a co-extensive rabbet 57 to receive the edge portion of said strip as shown in Fig. 7. Said strip 82 has a similar configuration to said faces 55 and 56, with cut-outs 83 and 84, mating with hexagonal openings 60, 60a and holes 75. The strip 82 bears print identifying the loved one. The Lucite material absorbs colored light from bulb 78 and emits it from its edges. The spacious central cut-out 84 in the strip 82 is occupied by the globular portion of the bulb 78, and a marginal cut-out 84a extends upwardly from the lower edge of the strip to said cut-out 84 to accommodate the neck of the bulb. Owing to the upper part of the device being vertically split downwardly from the top along its mid-width, provision is made for inserting between the parts formed by the split sa-id Lucite strip 82, which conforms in size and shape to the star shaped portion of the device. When the nut is applied to the bolt 58 in the upper part of the structure, said wafer is securely clamped in place, with the matter which is inscribed upon it visibly displayed. A hole 58a is provided in the upper part of the wafer for the bolt 58.

It is evident that if the bulb 78 were to be left burning for a great length of time without ventilation therearound the air between front and back faces 55 and 56 would become overheated, with deleterious effects upon the inserts 64 and 76 and injury to the structure in general. Therefore, as shown in Figs. 2, 3 and 4, a stream of cool air is admitted, which constantly enters the holes 75, passes through the underlying air passages, and cools the space adjacent bulb 78. The heated air will then pass through outlet holes 66. Thus the interior of the device will be constantly cooled.

Referring to additional structural details, in Fig. 6 the lowest casing tier 12 is shown containing amL'sic box 85 furnished with a control knob 86, and the uppermost casing tier 16 'is provided with an opening 87 to'receive coins 88 which rest upon a floor 89.

. Vertical, nut carrying bolts 90 and 91 secure the casing tiers to each other, the music box 85 being suspended by the latter bolts.

Before the side walls of the symbol are bolted together in assembling the'device, the inserts 64 and 76 (see Fig. 7), are snugly fitted within the rabbets provided for them,

and the wafer 82 is placed within the rabbet 57 provided for it in the front wall of the symbol.

It is to be understood that this invention includes all such changes and modifications in the arrangements and combinations of parts as come within the scope of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. In a device of the kind described, a base, a pedestal upstanding therefrom, a hollow, symbolical figure carried by said pedestal, said figure comprising two upstanding side walls each with an inwardly deflected marginal portion directed toward that of the other, a wafer having visible matter inscribed upon it and having a marginal portion which is clamped between said deflected marginal wall portions, said wafer having a spacious cut-out throughout its central portion, and an electric lampbulb supported by the device with its'globular portion within said cut-out to illuminate the surrounding portion of the wafer.

2. The structure recited in claim 1, and a horizontal wall carried by the device subjacent tothe mounted wafer, said wall having through itan opening vertically below said cut-out in said wafer, said wafer having extending upwardly from its lower edge a marginal cut-out communicating with its central cut-out, and said lamp bulb having a neck portion supported in said opening in said wall and extending upwardly through said-marginal cut-out in said wafer.

3. The subject matter of 'claim 2, and said wall being formed by opposed flange portions of the device.

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U.S. Classification40/541, D11/157, 40/124.5, 362/807, D11/122, 428/11
International ClassificationA47G33/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47G33/02, Y10S362/807
European ClassificationA47G33/02