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Publication numberUS3486262 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 30, 1969
Filing dateFeb 19, 1968
Priority dateFeb 19, 1968
Publication numberUS 3486262 A, US 3486262A, US-A-3486262, US3486262 A, US3486262A
InventorsGregoire Resta S
Original AssigneeGregoire Eng & Dev Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Post sign
US 3486262 A
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Dec. 30, 1969 R. s GREGOIRE 3,486,262


BY MZQZK ATTORNEY United States Patent Olfiee 3,486,262 Patented Dec. 30, 1969 US. Cl. 40-445 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The present invention comprises a weatherproof sheet having a vertical fold centrally thereof to form a V shape in horizontal cross-section, and a horizontal tongue having an arrow head cut out of said sheet and extending therefrom at its base near one side edge of the sheet to its arrow head which is spaced substantially one third of the width of said sheet from the other side edge thereof, said arrow head being adapted to engage the stem end of a T slot in said sheet near said other side edge thereof to hold said V shape from spreading, said sheet having openings near its opposite side edges for receiving the ends of a tie line passed around the back of a post or tree to mount said sign thereon.

The object of this invention is to make a durable and inexpensive weatherproof sign for posting notices that will be fully visible from a wide angle of approach directrons.

Another object is to provide simple attaching tie means for this sign readily adaptable for firmly mounting it on any size of post or tree trunk without penetrating any part thereof.

Other and more specific objects will become apparent in the following detailed description of one form of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a layout of the sign, and

FIGS. 2, 3 and 4 are plan views of this sign mounted on tree trunks of different sizes, which are shown in section.

It has been customary to mount signs on tree trunks, telephone poles and other post-like supports for displaying notices intended for the passerby to warn him about restrictions against trespassing on private property or other dangers, or to give him pertinent information or directions, etc. Examples of such notices are: fishing and hunting restrictions, trespassing notices for motorists or pedestrians, warnings of dangerous areas, seasonal flood warnings, etc.

The posters used at present are usually tacked to the posts or tree trunks, and are of more or less permeable materials which are not very durable, especially inclement weather, and cannot be relied on without frequent checking and replacement.

These posters are normally sold without any attaching means, but are sometimes provided with perforations therein for engagement by strings or wires or other attachment means that may be used in connection therewith, but when mounted on a post or tree trunk these signs conform to the contour of the post or trunk and extend at least part way therearound. Thus they are difficult to read even at close range, because of the necessity to pass partly around them to see the whole sign.

These difliculties are overcome in the present invention because the twin message surfaces of the present post sign do not follow the contour of the supporting post, but are maintained in substantially fiat conditions along the legs of the V shape in which the sign is mounted on the post, the legs being connected by a tongue portion cut out from the sheet which does substantially conform to the shape of the post when the sign is mounted thereon. Thus the notice on each leg of the V is fully visible to all observers approaching it from a wide range of directions, amounting to substantially more than coextensively about both legs.

The novel sign may be made, as shown in the drawing, from a rectangular sheet 10 of substantially stiff weatherproof material, such as waxed cardboard paper or some suitable inexpensive plastic material. This sheet is creased at 12 for folding it in a V shape as shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, and the arrow head 14 of the tongue 16 which is cut out of the sheet, is passed through the top of the T slot 18 and the tongue pulled into the end on the stem portion of the T so as to hold the V shape from spreading. The sign may then be mounted on a post or tree trunk 20 by passing a tie line 22 around the back of post or tree trunk 20 on which the sign is to be fixed and threading the ends of the tie line through the openings 24 near the corresponding side edges of the sign which is placed against the front of the trunk as shown. These ends may then be pulled up tight through these openings for full frictional interengagement to hold the sign firmly in place.

The tie line may be any suitable string or ribbon and may be made of a material similar to said sheet. The ends may be doubled back through one or more of the openings at the corresponding side edges of the sheet to provide more frictional resistance against loosening of their interengagement to provide a firmer mounting.

The tongue 16 may have additional pairs of arrowheadlike shoulders 14' spaced along its length to enable the locking of the V shape in narrower leg spacing relations in order to adapt it to smaller sizes of supporting posts or trunks 20.

Although the illustration in the drawing shows a NO TRESPASSING sign on the outer faces of the legs of the V-shaped sheet, this notice may be of any other type warning or information.

The notices may be inscribed in any desired manner, by printing or otherwise. Different messages may be inscribed on the opposite faces of the sheet, for alternate use by inversion of the V.

Many other obvious modifications may be made in the form and arrangement of parts of this post sign without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A post Sign comprising a sheet of stiff material creased vertically for folding into a V shape, and having a notice inscribed on the face of each leg of the V,

a horizontal-tongue in the form of an arrow having a head and being cut out of said sheet and extending from its base near one side edge of said sheet across substantially half the width of said sheet to its head,

a T slot in said sheet near its other side edge adapted to receive said arrow head for interlocking in the stem of said T slot to hold said V shape from spreading, and

openings near the opposite side edges of said sheet adapted to receive the ends of a tie line for mounting said folded sheet on a post or tree trunk.

2. A post sign as defined in claim 1,

said stilf material being a weatherproof material, and

a tie line comprising a ribbon of a similar material for mounting said folded sheet on a post or tree trunk.

3 l 4 3. A post sign as defined in claim 2, References Cited saitdrstlilfi material being a waterproof cardboard rna- UNITED STATES PATENTS e 1 v 4. A post sign as defined in claim 1, 1,592,196 7/1926 Ganz 40 1;i 4 1 Said arrow, T Slot d Openings being horizontally 5 2 55 1 d bt t' 'd bt m d e a 8 an lally m1 y 6 Ween e p an 3,327,415 6/1967 Pearson 40 m bottom edges of said sheet. 5. A post sign as defined in claim 4,

said sheet being substantially rectangular. EUGENE CAPOZIO Primary Exammer 6. A post sign as defined in claim 4, 10 W. J. CONTRERAS, Assistant Examiner there being a plurality of said openings near each of said side edges for threading said tie line therethrough X-R.

for frictional interengagement therein to tie said side 124-1 edges together around said post or tree trunk.

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US8084115Nov 28, 2007Dec 27, 2011Lanzi Christopher HRemovable sheathing apparatus and method
US20090136775 *Nov 28, 2007May 28, 2009Lanzi Christopher HRemovable sheathing apparatus and method
US20090139441 *Dec 4, 2007Jun 4, 2009Neil BaroneWrap around banner
U.S. Classification40/607.3, 40/607.12
International ClassificationG09F7/18
Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/18
European ClassificationG09F7/18