US 3671004 A
A hanger for decorative sheet material such as posters, pictures, record covers and the like, comprises a channel member of generally U-shaped cross-section having a longitudinal opening or slot at one side thereof defined by inwardly bent, oppositely towards each other inclined tabs extending from the ends of the leg portions of the U-channel member which clamp the sheet material in between them or permit their engagement with a hook provided on the sheet material over a selected tab for support of the sheet material. Selectively, one side of the U-channel type hanger member maybe provided with pressure sensitive adhesive portions to secure the hanger member to a supporting surface such as a wall or the like.
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United States Patent Cram 1 June 20, 1972 54 HANGER FOR MATERIAL IN SHEET 2,823,004 2/1958 Melloh ..248/3ll x FORM 3,001,748 9/1961 Austin" 2,696,962 12/1954 Goss ..248/20l X  Inventor: Robert S. Cram, Detroit, Mich.
73 Assi ee: Desi Creations Inc. Detroit, Mich. fim'm'm-william Schultz 1 8n an Attorney-Cullen, Settle, Sloman & Cantor  Filed: Sept. 4, 1970 211 App]. m: 69,825 [571 ABSTRACT A hanger for decorative sheet material such as posters, pic tures, record covers and the like, comprises a channel member  U.S. Cl. ..248/467, 248/316 D, 2482/2/83], of generally ushaped ammo having a longitudinal  Int. Cl A47 opening or slot at one side thereof defined by inwardly bent, 5s FleldolSearch ..24s/201 316D 451,452 453 wads mndmg 'f 248/466 467 490 the ends of the leg portions of the U-channel member \VhlCh clamp the sheet material in between them or permit their engagement with a hook provided on the sheet material over a  References Cm selected tab for support of the sheet material. Selectively, one UNITED STATES PATENTS side of the U-channel type hanger member maybe provided with pressure sensitive adhesive portions to secure the hanger 3,350,045 10/ 1967 Mayer's ..248/467 X member to a supporting surface such as a W3 the mm 3,315,325 4/1967 C0mel1us.. ..24/67 R 3,552,702 l/l97l Springer ..248/3l6 D 1 Claim, 6 Drawingflgures HANGER FOR MATERIAL IN SHEET FORM BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to hanger structures and more in particular to hanger structures for substantially flat sheet materials.
In hanging substantially flat, decorative sheet materials such as pictures, posters, record covers, leaf calendars, charts or the like to a supporting surface, conventionally separate means are employed. One of the means is associated with the particular material to be hung and the other means generally comprises a supporting hook associated with the supporting surface, which is generally semi-permanently embedded in the supporting surface. This conventional arrangement of hanging flat sheet material from a likewise generally flat supporting surface, is objectionable in that first: the hanger means as sociated with the flat sheet material are usually permanently fastened thereto and distract from the general decorative appearance of the sheet material and, secondly: the supporting means associated with the supporting surface are generally damaging to the supporting surface by being embedded therein.
This conventional arrangement is further objectionable, in consequence of the above defined structure, in that selective relocation of the hung sheet material from one place to another is made more difficult, time consuming and as stated before, may be damaging to the supporting surface by having to relocate the semi-permanent supporting means from one location on the supporting surface to another.
Accordingly, the present invention provides an improved hanger means for flat sheet material which has no potion permanently fastened to either the supporting surface or to the supported sheet material. The improved hanger does not distract from the general decorative appearance of the sheet material but rather adds a decorative touch to the sheet material to be supported. Additionally, the hanger has easily applicable and selectively removable means for securement of the hangers to the supporting surface without causing damage to the supporting surface.
The present improved hanger structure comprises a longitudinal channel member generally of U-shaped cross-section which along one side provides a slot formed by inwardly and toward each other inclined resilient tab members integrally formed with and extending from the oppositeflanges of the channel member whereby the respective sheet material may be clamped within the channel member by insertion between the resilient tab members. If the decorative sheet material is provided along one or two opposite sides with integral hook means, which is often the case in such materials as posters and the like, the hook means may be conveniently hooked over a selected tab within the channel type hanger member.
One of the longitudinal flange portions of the hanger member is provided with one or more pressure sensitive adhesive portions by which the hanger members may be conveniently secured to a supporting surface and similarly conveniently removed therefrom for relocation.
Further advantages and distinct features of the present invention are set forth in the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment thereof with reference to the attached drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The accompanying drawings illustrate several preferred embodiments of the present invention, in which:
FIG. 1 is a front elevation of a sheet material supported and hung by means of the present improved hanger structure;
FIG. 2 is a vertical cross-section through the sheet material and hanger structure assembly illustrated in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a front elevation of another form of sheet material supported and hung by an alternate form of hanger structure;
FIG. 4 is a vertical cross-section through the sheet material and hanger structure assembly of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is an enlarged fractional cross-section through the Q improved hanger structure of the present invention and portions of the sheet material shown supported therein as seen along 5-5 in FIG. 1; and
FIG. 6 is a similarly enlarged fractional cross-section through the present improved hanger structure and another form of sheet material supported therein as seen along line 6 6 in FIG. 3.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT With reference to FIGS. 1 and 2 of the attached drawings, a decorative flat sheet material, such as a frameless picture, record cover or the like, is indicated by the numeral 10 and has an upper longitudinal margin 12 by which the sheet material 10 is supported within the present improved hanger structure 14.
The hanger structure 14 is comprised of a longitudinal, rectangular channel member having a generally U-shaped cross-section as seen in FIG. 2 and more in detail in FIG. 5. The hanger 14 comprises opposite longitudinal side flanges 16 and 18, respectively, integrally connected to a transverse bridge portion 20 to form a U-channel configuration.
Withmore particular reference to FIG. 5, the free ends of the longitudinal side flanges 16 and 18 of the hanger 14 are each provided with a longitudinally substantially flexible tab portions 22 and 24, respectively, which may be formed integrally with the lower ends of the side flanges 16 and 18 by any known manufacturing process. The longitudinal tab members 22 and 24, respectively, are bent inwardly into the U- channel between the side flanges 16 and 18 and extend in a converging direction towards each other.
In order to hang the sheet material 10 which, as mentioned, may be a record cover or the like, the upper margin'l2 of the sheet material is inserted between the tab members 22-24 into the U-channel of the hanger l4 and is retained therein by means of the flexibility of the tab members 22-24 which exert an opposite retaining force against the sides of the margin 12 of the sheet material, sufficient to retain the sheet material in a free hanging position in the U-channel type hanger 14. I
The hanger 14 may be made from any suitable, preferably lightweight, material such 'as sheet metal or from a suitable synthetic material such as nylon, perlon, Teflon or the like and may be colored or ornamented for decorative purpose to similate a frame, adding to the aesthetic appearance of the sheet material 10.
In one form of the embodiment in FIG. 1 and 2, for hanging the sheet material 10 onto a supporting surface, such as a wall, a wire hanger 26 is provided of a shape generally resembling a wire cloth hanger having its longitudinal base portion extending through the U-channel type hanger 14 to abut underneath the transverse bridge portion 20 thereof. The opposite, toward each other converging leg portions of the wire hanger 26 extend into another U-channel hanger member 14a of substantially shorter dimension. The short hanger member 14a is disposed in reverse position to the primary sheet material hanger 14 and is provided along one of its side flanges with pressure sensitive adhesive portion 28 adapted for attachment to the supporting surface (not shown). It will be understood, that the intermediate wire hanger 26 and supporting hanger may be omitted and the adhesive portion 28 may be provided directly on the sheet material supporting hanger 14 for direct attachment to a supporting surface, as will be described In the embodiments of FIGS. 3 and 4, a pair of the present improved U-type hanger member 14 is utilized to support the upper and lower margins of a sheet material 30, which in this instance, may be of a relatively soft, foldable material such as used for posters, single sheet calenders, charts and the like. These sheet materials usually have a stiffening flange provided along their upper and lower edges made of sheet metal or the like which, in the embodiments in FIGS. 3,4 and 6 is utilized to retain the flexible sheet material 30 in the hanger member 14.
As seen in FlG. 6, the upper stiffening flange 32 of the sheet improved hanger-structure for flat sheet material to be supmaterial 30 is slightly bent outwardly so that, when the upper margin of the sheet material 30 is inserted in the U-channel type hanger 14, the stiffening flange 30 will hook over one of the longitudinal tab members 22 or 24, respectively, as shown,
to thereby retain the sheet material 30 in a supporting downwardly depending position in the U-channel type hanger 14. In order to prevent crinkling or curling of the flexible sheet material 30, the lower margin of the sheet material, which is likewise provided with a stiffening flange 32, is similarly supported within another U-channel type hanger member 14 disposed in opposite direction to the upper hanger member 14, as seen in FIG. 4.
To support the sheet material 30 in a depending position i .from a supporting surface, one longitudinal side flange 16 or 18, respectively, of the hanger member 14 is provided with a plurality of pressure sensitive adhesive portions 28 to attach the hanger member to the respective supporting surface (not shown). Conversely, the sheet material 30 may be hung in the fashion illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2.
The provision of the lower hanger member 14 for the flexible sheet material 30 is provided to add sufficient weight and stability to the sheet material 30 so that, when the sheet ported from a supporting surface whichv is constructed such as not to damage the sheet material in hanging and which adds a decorative touch to the sheet material when applied thereto.
The present improved hanger structure issuch as to permit easy relocation of the sheet material from one supporting surface to another without damage to the supporting surface and permits separation of the sheet material from the hanger for interchange with another sheet material.
The present improved hanger structure is particularly adaptable for all types of sheet materials, decorative or otherwise, which are not initially provided with integral hanging means. 1
Although the present invention has been described by means of a preferred embodiment, various changes in detail and material of the structure may be made without departing from the spirit and essential characteristic of the invention as indicated by the scope in the appended claims.
7 1. A poster hanger for supporting and suspending a poster comprising:
an elongated substantially rigid channel-shaped member having a uniform cross sectional configuration in the form retaining flantgaeis also functionin .to define an upwardly extending re mng lip adapte to interlock wrth a downwardly bent flange extending along the length of a poster top edge to thereby create an interlocking retention of the poster flange behind said lip which normally prevents the poster from being removed from the hanger except by longitudinally withdrawing it the full length of the hanger.