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Publication numberUS3074193 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 22, 1963
Filing dateMar 13, 1962
Priority dateMar 13, 1962
Publication numberUS 3074193 A, US 3074193A, US-A-3074193, US3074193 A, US3074193A
InventorsMunson Phillip D
Original AssigneeMunson Phillip D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Magnetically supported interchangeable price tag holder
US 3074193 A
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F. D. MUNSON 3,074,193

EABLE PRICE TAG HOLDER Jan. 22, 1963 MAGNETICALLY SUPPORTED INTERCHANG Filed March 13, 1962 INVENTOR. /2/ ///,'0 D. M60780 3,674,193 Patented Jan. 22, 1953 3,074,193 MAGNETICALLY SUPPORTED INTERCHANGE- ABLE PRICE TAG HOLDER Phillip D. Manson, Box 44831 Hancock Station, Los Angeies, Calif. Filed Mar. 13, 1962, Ser. No. 179,298 1 Claim. (Cl. 40-5) This invention relates to price tag holders, and more tag holder which is especially suitable for use with commodities, such as groceries, or the like, wherein it is necessary to frequently change the selling price.

A main object to the invention is to provide a novel and improved price tag holder which is simple in contag elements therein in a conspicuous but readily changeable position.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved price tag holder for use with commodities, such as groceries, vegetables, or other produce, the holder being inexpensive to fabricate, being durable in con struction, being attractive in appearance, and being provided with supporting means which requires no hooks, nails, or other fasteners.

Further objects and advantages of the invention will FIGURE 2 is a vertical cross sectional view taken substantially on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 3 is a fragmentary elevational view, taken substantially on the line 33 of FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 4 is an enlarged horizontal cross sectional view taken substantially on the line 4-4 of FIGURE 3.

FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of a typical price tag element which may be employed in the holder illustrated in FIGURES 1 and 2.

Referring to the drawings, 11 generally designates an improved price tag holder constructed in accordance with the present invention. The holder 11 comprises a flat rigid main support 12 of any suitable material, such as sheet metal, plastic, or the like, the rigid body 12 being generally rectangular in shape and being formed with the vertically spaced, relatively shallow horizontal channels 13 and 14, said channels being provided at their top and bottom margins with integral spaced pairs of generally triangular retaining lugs 15, 16 and 17, 18, projecting towards each other and being adapted to overlie the top and bottom marginal portions of respective flexible tag elements, such as the tag elements 19 and 29, disposed in the channels 13 and 14.

As shown, the flexible tag elements 19 and 20 comprise elongated cards of suitable material, such as sheet plastic material, or the like, which are of substantial length, and which are somewhat wider than the width of the them in the channels it is necessary for them to be slightly bowed outwardly, as illustrated in FIGURE 2. Thus, tags 19 and 20 may be inserted in the respective channels 13 and 14 by flexing them sufficiently so that their edges may be engaged beneath the retaining lugs 15, 16, after which the tags are retained in the channels with their margins located beneath the retaining lugs 15, 16, and the tags are frictionally held by the spring action of the flexible tag members.

As shown in FIGURE 1, the tags carry respective indicia, such as the name of certain produce and the selling price therefor, the indicia being spaced so that it is located entirely between the marginal portions of the tags over which the retaining lugs 15 and 16 extend, so that said retaining lugs do not in any Way interfere with the reading of the indicia.

Sufficient space is provided beneath the retaining lugs so that auxiliary flexible cards may be inserted over an underlying flexible card 20 or 19 so as to modify the information on an underlying card. Thus, FIGURE 5 illustrates a typical auxiliary indicia card, shown at 30, which may be disposed in the lower channel 14 and arranged so that its top and bottom margins are engaged beneath a pair of retaining lugs 17 and 18, in the manner illustrated in dotted view in FIGURE 1, whereby to modify price information originally conveyed by the price tag holder 11. As will i e readily understood, the single-numeral card 30 may be placed in any appropriate position, so as to overlie a single numeral of the original price card 26, so as to change the meaning of said original price card in accordance with the change in price of the commodity with which the device is employed.

Designated at 32, 32 are respective permanent magnets which are secured to the top corner portions of the body 12, said permanent magnets being of generally rectangular shape and being secured in horizontal positions. The permanent magnets 32 are preferably formed with horizontal grooves 33, the grooves of the two magnets 32, 32 being in horizontal alignment. Thus, the device may be suspended from a Wire of magnetic material by engaging the wire in the grooves 33 of the permanent magnets 32, whereby the sign will be suspended and will be held in a conspicuous and easily readable position, for example, in a position over the produce with which it is associated. Alternatively, the price tag holder may be suspended from any object of magnetic material, for example, from the sheet metal ledge or molding 34 of a conventional store counter 35, or from any convenient iron or steel object, such as a steel beam or other structural member of magnetic material located adjacent the merchandise associated with the price tag holder.

The retaining lugs 17 may be formed in any suitable manner, or example, being struck outwardly from the sheet material of body 12 at the respective top and bottom margins of the channels 13 and 14.

While a specific embodiment of an improved price tag holder has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention except as defined by the scope of the appended claim.

What is claimed is:

A price tag holder comprising a vertical fiat rigid main support formed with a plurality of relatively shallow horizontal channels, adapted to receive respective flexible tag elements with their top and bottom edges engaging in corner portions of said channels, spaced retaining lugs References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Burton June 26, 1923 Vogel Mar. 22, 1932 Pratt Dec. 4, 1951 Morgan May 11, 1954 Mellor et al. Mar. 4, 1958

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U.S. Classification40/5, 40/618, 40/600
International ClassificationG09F3/20, G09F3/08
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/204, G09F3/20
European ClassificationG09F3/20, G09F3/20E