Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3275818 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 27, 1966
Filing dateAug 26, 1964
Priority dateAug 26, 1964
Publication numberUS 3275818 A, US 3275818A, US-A-3275818, US3275818 A, US3275818A
InventorsRobert G Campbell
Original AssigneeRobert G Campbell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display means
US 3275818 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Sept. 27, 1966 R. G. CAMPBELL 3,275,818

DISPLAY MEANS Filed Aug. 26. 1964 F 2 INVENTOR ROBERT G. CAMPBELL fi 16 BY ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,275,818 DISPLAY MEANS Robert G. Campbell, 4165 Greeliy St., Philadelphia, Pa. Filed Aug. 26, 1964, Ser. No. 392,133 4 Claims. (Cl. 240-) This invention relates to a display means. More particularly, it relates to a frame or mount suitable for the provision of a wide variety of displays or arrangements. The invention relates with more particularity to a set of mutually adjustable modular elements, each equipped with magnets. Other elements include co-operating magnetic parts, fastening means to removably assemble the modular means, and holding or clip means to hold lights or other devices on said frame or display mount.

A particular application of this invention lies in the provision of exterior house decorative lighting for the Christmas season or similar occasions. Other expedients have been proposed to deal with this problem. Such other expedients require relatively elaborate elements including spring elements, and rely on frictional engagements. Such previously known expedients are useful only for mounting the display in a jamb. That is, broadly speaking, they are useful only for mounting between opposed surfaces, whereas the present invention permits mounting both in a window or door jamb or on a fiat surface such as a wall, all of which may be broadly described as mounting surfaces.

It is an object of this invention means.

It is another object of this invention to provide an adjustable frame or mount for supporting lights or other devices, said frame or mount comprising a set of modular mutually adjustable elements, fastening means to hold said elements together in a fixed relationship, and magnetic means on said elements, together with magnetizable parts to which said magnets can adhere.

Other aims and objects of this invention are made apparent in the following specification and claims.

The invention is best understood in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference numerals refer to like parts and in which:

FIGURE 1 is an elevation view of the side of a house, partially fragmented, showing the display means in a window jamb,

FIGURE 2 is an exploded perspective view of two to provide a display 7 coacting modular elements of the means, and

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view, partially fragmented, showing a light held on one of the modular elements.

The structure of the modular elements is best shown in FIGURE 2. A modular element is an elongated member, with its body bent or otherwise formed to have a right angle extending longitudinally. Such elements are broadly and generally known in a wide art as angle irons. In this patent, modular element 11 and modular element 12 may both be described as rigid longitudinally right angled modular elements. Such elements are preferably unitary and may be made by bending a fiat strip of aluminum, plastic, or steel, for example, as shown. Preferably, each modular element 11 or 12 has a single longitudinal bend which divides the element into two legs of equal width. Preferably, the modular elements are initially made of sheet materal.

Each modular element 11 and 12 is provided with a single magnet 16. As shown in FIGURES 2 and 3, magnet 16 is preferably a small flat piece of magnetized material. The magnet 16 is fastened to one surface of one of the legs of the modular element. The surface to which magnet 16 is attached is one that faces away or outwardly from the right angle made by the legs. The magnets 16 may be of any suitable permanent magnet material, such as Alnico, for example. Magnet 16 may be attached to modular element 11 or modular element 12 by any convenient means, such as by the use of an adhesive.

The exploded assembly of two modular elements is generally designated 10 in FIGURE 2. Element 12 comprises, in addition to magnet 16, described above, a hole 12a extending through the same leg as that on which the magnet is mounted. Modular element 11 is identical to element 12 in all respects except that it is provided with a longitudinally elongated slot 11a through the same leg on which its magnet 16 is provided. Slot 11a and hole 12a may each be described as fastening apertures. Both modular elements 11 and 12 have their magnets 16 relatively close to one end thereof and their apertures 11a or 12a respectively close to the other end thereof.

It is apparent from FIGURE 2 that element 11 may be nested against or assembled with element 12by moving it along the broken line in that figure. Fastening apertures 11a and 12a will then register and fastening means may be provided through both of these apertures to hold elements 11 and 12 firmly together. A preferred fastening means includes a bolt having a wing head, shown at the right end of the broken line, a washer 15 and a nut 17. The elements may thus be fastened together to provide any desiredtotal length of the assembled elements within the limits afforded by the longitudinal extent of slot 11a.

With only the modular elements and fastening means described above, a complete display mount or frame assembly 10 may be provided as best shown in FIGURE 1. A jamb 50 surrounds a window in a Wall. It is desired to provide the display mount 10 around the entire jamb, that is providing a rectangular four-sided figure. It is only necessary to provide pairs of elements 11 and 12, and the entire display mount or assembly 10 around the entire jamb 50 may be thus completed. It is not necessary to provide any other element or means at the angles in the over-all mount 10 within jamb 50. It is not necess'ary to provide any direct means for fastening a given pair of elements 11 and 12 with any other pair.

A plurality of steel or iron buttons 53 are provided at spaced intervals around the entire outline of jamb 50. Each such button is affixed to the jamb in any convenient known way. A preferable way is by the use of an adhesive. The buttons 53 may be generalized by describing them as magnetizable parts. It is not necessary to exercise extreme care in the spacing of the buttons 53-. Provided that the spacing is somewhere between the spacing of magnets 16 on a pair of modular elements 11 and 12 when extended fully and contracted fully, the spacing of buttons 53 will be satisfactory. There is no limitation at all in the spacing between buttons 53 on surfaces at an angle to each other, as for example the two buttons 53 near the lower right corner of jamb 50 as shown in FIGURE 1. It is an easy matter to place these buttons with only a rough visual estimate of the spacing.

In assembling a complete display mount 10 in a jamb 50, the following steps are followed: The array of buttons 53 is provided, as described above. A pair of modular elements 11 and 12 are loosely and adjustably assembled and their magnets 16 are respectively placed against adjacent buttons 53. The fastening means on the pair of modular elements is then tightened. This process is repeated until the entire assembly 10 is completed.

As best shown in FIGURE 3, the assembly 10 is well suited for the arrangement of ornamental lights. 33 in base 32 and connected to a pair is provided. As shown in FIGURE 3, this lamp 33, base 32 and wires 31 is part of a plurality of such lamps as are well known and widely available as for Christmas decorations.

A plurality of holding means for clips 22 are provided.

These clips 22 are provided on the leg of element 11 other 3 than the leg on which magnets 16 is provided. The clips 22 are preferably generally U-shaped parts of elastic ma-,

terial, such as sheet steel. A back leg 22a of clip 22 fits over the back of the leg of modular element 11, as shown in FIGURE 3. On the front portion of clip 22 is,pro-' 22b which grips wire 31. Av

devices but, of course, other objects may be attached, such as for example tinsel. The clips 22 are shown and described herein only as typical holding means for fastening something to display mount10. It is understood that other holding means may be provided. As shown in FIG.- URE 2, there is a difference in the fastening apertures 11a and 12a. This requires the use of two different modular elements 11 and 12. It is possible to make all the fastening apertures as longitudinally elongated slots,:as in slot 11a on element 11. The advantage of such a structure is that only one type of longitudinally right angled modular element needs to be provided. A disadvantage is that it is somewhat harder to easily assemble the elements together with the fastening means.

When the assembly is removed, only the small inconspicuous buttons 53 remain. These buttons may be left in place permanently. It is even possible to paint over them without destroying the magnetic attraction.

Of course, if the jamb 50or other surface on which display mount 10 is to be-mounted is of magnetic material, it is possible :to dispense altogether with the buttons,53.'

However, the utility'of this invention is believed to be particularly applicable to thenonmagnetic walls and jambs which exist in most homes.

Another important aspect of this invention is that the assembly, 10 does not have to be assembled between op- 53 may all be posing wall faces. provided on a single If desired, the buttons surface, and the assembly and mounting may take place in precisely the same manner with the same results. It is also possible to assemble the pairs of modular elements as described above to form any desired shape or set of shapes that may be made of straight segments. Thus, for example, the word Xmas may be spelled out .on a flat wall. In such a case, the letter s would be approximated by a series of short segments. To make such a word, a plurality of buttons fixed to the wall to form the letters. that if more buttons 53 than required are used,,that is, if they are closer together than necessary, the assembly may still be made.

The scope of the invention is to be determined by the.

appended claims and isnot to be limited by the foregoing p cifi ti n and d a which e il ustrat e.

53 would be af- It is also apparent it is desired to provide I claim:

1. A display means comprising a plurality of pairs of nested modular elements, adapted to 'be mounted on a mounting surface at leastpartially vertical, each said pair being disposed in a fixed relationship to other said pairs but unattached to any other said pair, each said pair comprising two modular elements,,each said element comprising an elongated rigid member having a longitudinal right angled lbend therein, said bend forming a first leg and, a second leg, each said leg having said right angle and an outer surface facing away from said right angle, a single magnet on;said outer face of said first leg close to one end of said element, a fastening aperture through said first leg close to the other end of said element, said elements of each said together with the inner leg surfaces of one said element against the outer leg surfaces of said other element and said first leg of one element over said first leg of said other element, said fastening apertures in'e-ach said element being registered with eachother, fastening means through said registered fastening apertures, each of said magnets on a said pair facing in the same direction and one of said fastening apertures in a said pair being a longitudinally elongated slot, said mounting material, said first legs of allisaid elements in all said pairs being against said mounting surface magnets contact said magnetic. material, and said second legs are of said elements of said pairs are providedwith removeable, adjustable holding means thereon to hold a -display.

2. A-display means as set forth in claim 1 wherein said holding means comprises a clips, each said clip gripping theinnerand outer faces, of

said outer leg of one said element, each said clip including a recurved extensionto grip a display. 3. A display means as set forth in display is a string of electric lights along a wire, and said wire is heldin said recurved extension of said clips.

4. A display means as set forth in'claim 3 wherein said mounting surface is a window: jamb and. wherein said magnetic material thereon is a plurality of magnetic buttons permanently afiixed tosaid jamb and, spaced so.that each said magnet on said display means touches and is and said elements are dis-- magnetically held to a button, posed on said jamb in successive end to end relationship;

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1 1,171,138 2/1916 Quagliano 248206-;X 2,743,353 4/1956 Nicholson et a1. 1-"... 24052.15, 2,783,367 1 2/1957 Locke. 240-522 X 2,864,096 12/1958 Garber 4149 2,991,036 7/ 1961 Morgan 248206 3,025,389 3/1962 Esch 240'10 3,098,611 7/1963 Connell 24010 NORTQN ANSHER, Primary Examiner,

an inner surface facing pair being nestedsurface includingmagnetic so that the said plurality of 1U-shaped elastic claim 2 wherein said

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1171138 *Jul 31, 1914Feb 8, 1916Vito A QuaglianoWindow-screen.
US2743353 *Dec 27, 1951Apr 24, 1956American Can CoPortable light attachable to freight cars
US2783367 *Sep 20, 1955Feb 26, 1957Locke Donald CLamp mount for automotive vehicles
US2864096 *Mar 26, 1957Dec 16, 1958Henry M GarberCurtain positioning means
US2991036 *Jan 11, 1960Jul 4, 1961Morgan James RussellMagnetic box holding bracket
US3025389 *Jul 1, 1960Mar 13, 1962Harry F EschDecorative display light fixture
US3098611 *Apr 21, 1961Jul 23, 1963George W ConnellIlluminated decorative frame
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3341699 *Nov 10, 1966Sep 12, 1967Harry J SomermeyerLight assembly for attachment to a gutter
US3446953 *Feb 11, 1966May 27, 1969Thomas MylonasElectrical window decoration
US3541322 *Mar 3, 1969Nov 17, 1970Roy L BennettSupports for light arrangements and the like
US3569691 *Jul 23, 1968Mar 9, 1971Robert F TracyAssembly for lights
US4025205 *Dec 1, 1975May 24, 1977Harding Development CompanyPaint roller support for paint tray
US4244014 *Dec 4, 1978Jan 6, 1981Walter A. RossLight mounting tapes
US4335422 *Jul 23, 1980Jun 15, 1982Walter A. RossElastic light mounting tapes
US4521835 *May 17, 1983Jun 4, 1985Gulf & WesternFlexible elongated lighting system
US4597033 *Dec 31, 1984Jun 24, 1986Gulf & Western Manufacturing Co.Flexible elongated lighting system
US4795121 *Sep 4, 1987Jan 3, 1989Charles ComitoWindow frame light hanger
US4852832 *Aug 31, 1988Aug 1, 1989Delaney John HDecorative light strip holder
US4995181 *Aug 22, 1989Feb 26, 1991Wolf Hugh MLuminous display frame and kit
US5036447 *Jun 29, 1990Jul 30, 1991Handi-Pac, Inc.Light stake
US5056747 *Jul 20, 1990Oct 15, 1991Kireta Andrew GBiasable bracket device for mounting a decorative light in multiple locations
US5141192 *Feb 3, 1989Aug 25, 1992Adams Mfg.Apparatus for hanging cords from a gutter or the like
US5361192 *Dec 15, 1993Nov 1, 1994Lai Chi ShihDecorative lamp shade and Christmas lamp assembly
US5441224 *Aug 1, 1994Aug 15, 1995Ludwig; Douglas P.Retainer and method for attaching wiring to objects
US5518214 *Jul 15, 1994May 21, 1996Spencer; Michael A.Fastening means for lighting
US5580160 *Dec 13, 1995Dec 3, 1996William J. SchulerOrnament light frame
US5700083 *Nov 25, 1996Dec 23, 1997Boechel; Thomas E.Device for displaying electric lamps
US5813751 *Jan 15, 1997Sep 29, 1998Shaffer; Robert G.Device for permanent installation of christmas lighting
US5848838 *May 15, 1997Dec 15, 1998Presta; MikeGlass mounted light holding strip
US6155523 *Nov 2, 1998Dec 5, 2000Magnafix Inc.Magnetic base holder
US6231210 *Dec 15, 1999May 15, 2001General Electric CompanFixed frame configured string set
US6817736 *Jun 28, 2002Nov 16, 2004Wardell PorterWindow frame for lights
US7926777Aug 14, 2007Apr 19, 2011Koesema Jr John BApparatus for affixing decorations to homes
US8101127 *Feb 14, 2008Jan 24, 2012Ultravation, Inc.Fluid disinfection apparatus
US8459606Jul 26, 2010Jun 11, 2013Tony GasparDisplay magnetic hanger system
US20040129846 *Jan 2, 2003Jul 8, 2004Adams William E.Apparatus for hanging decorative lights from a rail or gutter
US20050077122 *Oct 14, 2003Apr 14, 2005Harris Bruce V.Clip on electronic lining wear sensor
US20080138254 *Feb 14, 2008Jun 12, 2008Ultravation, Inc.Fluid disinfection apparatus
US20090010012 *Jul 2, 2007Jan 8, 2009George M BrentMethods and systems of attaching a deocrative light mounting device
US20090045310 *Aug 14, 2007Feb 19, 2009Koesema Jr John BApparatus for affixing decorations to homes
US20090193692 *Feb 1, 2008Aug 6, 2009Timothy LipczynskiFrame for Displaying Holiday or Seasonal Decorations
US20090201685 *Apr 16, 2009Aug 13, 2009Michael Brent GeorgeMethods and systems of attaching a decorative light mounting device
US20130188357 *Mar 8, 2013Jul 25, 2013The Sloan Company, Inc. Dba SloanledChannel letter lighting system using high output white light emitting diodes
U.S. Classification362/249.1, 248/206.5, 248/208, 24/336
International ClassificationF21S2/00, G09F13/00, F21V21/096, F21S4/00
Cooperative ClassificationF21W2121/004, G09F13/00, F21S2/005, F21S4/003, F21V21/096
European ClassificationG09F13/00, F21S4/00L, F21S2/00A, F21V21/096