US 3552702 A
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United States Patent  SIGN HOLDER  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,033,734 3/1936 Oakley 160/369 248/496 2,463,110 3/1949 Johnson 72] Inventor Edward M. Springer 2,558,058 6/1951 Nelson 248/224 1 Chicago, Ill. 2,972.201 2/1961 Niedermayer 40/1 1X [21 l Primary Examiner-Roy D. Frazier 3% P e t d J 5 1 Assistant Examiner-l. Franklin Foss 222 g' Attorney-Davis, Lucas, Brewer & Brugman Chicago, III.
a corporation of lllinok ABSTRACT: Sign holder comprising bracket with vertical leg attachable with screws to supporting structure and horizontal leg with vertical post upstanding therefrom and spaced from vertical leg,. and base of extruded aluminum having bore slidably engaging vertical leg and grooved to clear heads of SIGN HOLDER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION I. Field ofthe Invention This invention relates generally to signs, and more particularly to thin signs, such as those made from laminates of plastics or the like, and novel means for holding and supporting the same.
2. Description of the Prior Art Signs made of relatively thin strips of metal or plastic, such as Formica, laminated Bakelite, or Lucite," have been fastened flat to doors or walls, provided with a permanently attached base or pedestal for desks or counters, and hung perpendicularly to a wall dependingly from an angle bracket. The hanging signs may display the desired indicia on one or both sides and are visible over a much greater range than flatmounted signs with the same indicia. However, they swing freely, are relatively insecure, and are not readily removable and replaceable.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention comprises novel base means firmly attachable to such relatively thin signs solely by frictionally engaging opposite sides of the sign and having'a sign edge-engaging surface for insuring proper angular alignment of the sign relative thereto. The invention also includes bracket means comprising a vertical leg attachable to the wall by screws and a horizontal leg carrying an upstanding post spaced from the vertical leg, with the base means having a bore slidably mountable on the post, and an inner end slidably engaging the vertical leg of the bracket and groove to clear the heads of the screws, whereby the sign and its base means are firmly mountable on the wall-mounted bracket means and readily removable therefrom for replacement purposes.
IN THE DRAWING:
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERREDEMBODIMENT Reference numeral 11 indicates in general a relatively thin sign made in well-known manner froma strip of metal or plastic, such as Formica," laminated'Bakelite, or Lucite," one or both of the opposed sides=l2 of which are provided with engraved or otherwise formed indicia 13 which it is desired to display. The inner end of the sign 1] terminates in a vertical end or edge 14 (FIG. 4) extending at right angles to and between the front and rear sides 12.
Base means, preferably in the form of an aluminum extrusion and indicated generally by reference numeral 15, is provided for frictional engagement with the sign 11 and comprises a main body portion 16 having a bore 17 extending vertically therethrough. The outer vertical edge portion of the main body 16 is channeled to define spaced arms 18 which terminate in opposing'vertical flanges l9 spaced from each other slightly less than the thickness of the sign 1] between its sides 12 for frictionally engaging those opposed sides 12 when the sign ll is forced therebetween to alone retain the base thereon. The channeling of the outer vertical edge portion of the main body 16 of the base also is such as to define a vertical rib 21 extending outwardly from the main body between the arms 18 to define an outer surface 22 for abutting engagement with the end edge 14 of the sign 11 to insure proper alignment of the sign and its base 15 when assembled, as in FIGS. 1, 2, 4 and 5. a
, A bracket, indicated generally by reference numeral 23, for mounting the sign I] and its base 15 on a wall, or any other desired vertical surface, is providedwhich comprises a vertical leg 24 having apertures for receiving screws 25 for attaching the bracket to the wall, and a horizontal leg 26. Upstanding from the horizontal leg 26 in spaced parallel relation to the leg 24 is a post 27 of a diameter to slidably engage in the bore 17 of the base 15, the upper end of the post being chamfered to facilitate mounting of the base thereon. The axis of the post 27 is spaced from the outer surface of the vertical leg 24 the same distance as the axis of the bore 17 is spaced from the inner end surface of the main body 16 of the bracket I5, as best seen in FIG. 4, so that these surfaces slidably engage each other to facilitate mounting of the base 15 on the bracket 23 and engagement of the post 27 in the bore Hand to insure against tipping, twisting or swinging of the sign relative to the bracket when mounted thereon, as in FIGS. I, 2 and 4.
Since the heads of the screws 25 normally extend beyond the base-engaging surface of the bracket leg 24, the inner end of the base 15 is grooved vertically, as indicated at 28, to provide clearance for the screw headsduring sliding assembly of the sign l1 and its base 15 onto the bracket 23 and separation thereof, as to their positions of FIG. 5,
From the above it will be appreciated that the sign II is rigidly secured solely by friction to the base 15, with engagement of its inner edge 14 with theedge-abutting surface 22 of the base assuring proper alignment-of the sign on the base. These two members 11 and 15 thus constitute a unitary assemblage which may very readily be slidable assembled on a wallmounted bracket 23 to provide a firm and substantially rigid support for the sign in outstanding relationship to the wall. At the same time, the relationship between the sign base 15 and the bracket 23 is such that the sign is readily removable from the bracket for repositioning on another bracket or replacement purposes.
l. A holder for a relatively thin sign having parallel opposed front and rear surfaces and an edge extending normally therebetween, comprising a basechanneled to define arms spaced from each other to receive said sign and frictionally engage said opposed surfaces to alone retain said base thereon and a surface disposed between said arms for abutting engagement with said edge to insure proper. alignment of said sign on said base, a bracket having a vertical legattachable toa wall, a
horizontal leg, and a vertical post upstanding therefrom in spaced relation to said vertical leg, said base having a bore for slidably receiving said post to mount said sign on'said bracket.
2. A sign holder according to claim 1, wherein said base is provided'with an inner end spaced from and parallel to said bore to slidably engage the vertical leg of said bracket when mounted thereon.
3. A sign holder according to claim 2', wherein said bracket is attachable to a wall by screws with heads engaging said vertical leg,-and said inner end of said'base is grooved vertically to clear the heads of said screws during relative sliding movements of said base and said bracket.
4. A holder for a relatively thinsign having parallel opposed defined by a verticalrib extending outwardly from said 'main' body portion intermediate said arms;
5. In a sign holder according to claim 4, a bracket having a vertical post upstanding therefrom, said main body portion of said base having a bore for slidably-receivingsaid post.
from said bore to slidably engage said vertical leg when said base is mounted on said bracket.