US 3685184 A
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United States Patent Snyder, Jr.
[451 Aug. 22, 1972  DISPLAY DEVICE  Inventor: Harlan K. Snyder, Jr., River Forest,
 Assignee: Chicago Display Company, Melrose Park, Ill.
[22 Filed: July 31, 1970  Appl. No.: 60,026
52 us. (:1. ..40/12s u 51 1111. C1. .0091 7/00 58 Field of Search ..40 125, 125 11, 129 c, 138,
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 351,990 11/1886 Mansure ..40/125 H 1,505,046 8/1924 Lush ..40/125 11 1,989,781 2/1935 Zak ..40/l29 C 3,234,677 2/1966 McDaniel ..40/ l 29 C 3,287,840 11/1966 Keats ..40/1 38 3,392,467 7/ 1968 Hawes ..40/ l 29 C Primary Examiner-R0bert W. Michell Assistant Examiner-Wenceslao .l. Contreras Attorney-Hume, Clement, Hume and Lee 57 ABSTRACT A display device for exhibiting advertising material on an object, such as a gasoline pump, wherein there is provided a rectangular display frame for retaining the display material. A pair of supporting members are attached on opposite sides of the frame. An adjustable gripping assembly passing through openings in the supporting members grips the sides of the object so that the display frame is held in a stationary position.
7 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures DISPLAY DEVICE This invention relates to a display device for exhibiting advertising material and, more particularly, to a display device for exhibiting advertising material on a gasoline pump.
I-Ieretofore, devices for mounting display cards and similar advertising material on objects have either been difficult and inconvenient to affix to the supporting object, have not been adapted to stay securely thereon, or have not been adjustable for varying sized structures, such as gasoline pumps which are not of one standard size. Exemplary of prior art devices showing the previous problems encountered are the devices described in US. Pat. Nos. 3,208,173 and 3,392,467.
The present invention obviates the problems encountered in previous devices by providing a device'corngripping assembly is passed. The gripping assembly secures the frame to the top of the object and is adjustable to provide for mounting on structures of varying sizes. i
'FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a display device embodying the features of this invention mounted on the top of a gasoline pump;
FIG. 2 is a vertical view ofthe display device illustrated in FIG.'1;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the adjusting means of the display device illustrated inFlG. l; and
FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing a display device embodying a modification of the present invention.
Referring now to the drawings and more particularly to FIGS. 1 and 2, there is illustrated a display device for exhibiting advertising material on a supporting object embodying the features of the present invention and indicated generally by reference numeral 10. The display device 10 is mounted on, for purposes of illustration, a gasoline pump indicated generally by reference numeral 12, and includes advertising material 14 positioned within a frame 15. A pair of supporting members, indicated generally by reference numeral 16, are attached on opposite sides of the frame 15 and maintain the frame 15 above the pump 12. An adjustable gripping assembly 22 is positioned through openings 19 in the supporting members 16 and grips the opposing, vertical sides of the pump 12 so that the supporting members 16 and hence the frame 15 are held in a stationary position on the pump 12.
Considering now the display device 10 in moredetail, and referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, the display device 10 includes a rectangular frame 15, preferably of metal construction, retaining advertising material 14. The retention of the advertising material 14 may be accomplished by any convenient means that lends to easy insertion and removaLThe display frame 15 is supported above a gasoline pump 12 by supporting members 16. The gasoline pump 12 may be of the standard variety, which are not uniform in size. The supporting members 16 are L-shaped, having a vertical leg portion 18 and a foot portion 20 located at right anglesto each other. The foot portion 20 lies on the top surface of the pump 12 while the vertical leg portion 18 is attached byany suitable means to the vertical sides of the frame 15. Each of the leg portions 18 are preferably constructed to be triangular-shaped and each have an opening 19 located directly above the foot portion 20. The openings 19 permit the adjustable gripping assembly 22 to be positioned through each of the supporting members 16 and to lie across the top of the foot portions 20 while gripping opposing sides of the pump 12.
The adjustable gripping assembly 22 is comprised of strap members 24 and 26, each having an angle bracket 30 attached at one end. The strap members 24 and 26 described below in more detail, is supported on the free end of the strap member 26 and is constructed so that it will hold the strap members 24 and 26 in any desired position with respect to each other. The angle brackets 30 are L-shaped, each having'a gripping pad 32 hinged on one end. When the gripping assembly 22 is positioned on the pump 12, the angle brackets 30 pass through the openings 19 and lie across the foot portions 20. The gripping pads 32 firmly grip the opposing vertical sides of the pump 12. To aid the pads 32 maintain a stationary situation, the contacting face of each pad 32 has an adherent surface. The adherent surface is formed by coating the contacting face with any suitable adhesive or by affixing a rubber pad thereon. The strap members 24 and 26 are fixed in the proper position by the adjusting assembly 28 so that they are in tension and thus maintain a constant pull on the brackets 30 and, hence, the gripping pads 32. The adjusting assembly 28 can hold the strap members 24 and 26 in a variety of positions so that the brackets 30 can contract or expand in relationto each other, and thus may be positioned on pumps of varying sizes.
The adjusting assembly 28, as seen in FIG. 3, is exemplary of suitable adjustment means and comprises a U-shaped bracket 35 secured to one end of the strap member 26. A bolt 36 is rotatably supported between the legs of the U-shaped bracket 35 by a pin 37. Thus, the bolt 36 is rotatable through a arc so that it may be situated in either a vertical or a horizontal position. While the adjustable gripping assembly 22 is initially being positioned on the pump 12, the bolt 36 is in a vertical position so as to allow the strap member 24 to fit in the bracket 35 between the strap member 26 and the bolt'36. Once the adjustable gripping assembly 22 has been positioned on the pump 12 and the strap members 24 and 26 have been adjusted to their desired positions, the bolt 36 is rotated to the horizontal position so that the threads on the bolt 36 mesh with slots 25 perforated in the strap member 24. The bolt 36 is fitted to a socket device, which not shown in the drawings, that allows the bolt 36 to rotate about its major axis. Thus, when contact is made between the strap member 24 and the bolt 36 is turned as might be done with an ordinary screw driver, the strap members 24 and 26 will move in a linear direction. Thus, the strap members 24 and 26 can be adjusted once the adjusting assembly 28 is positioned on the pump 12 so as to pull the gripping pads 32 securely against the vertical sides of the pump 12.
To position the display device on the gasoline pump 12, the foot portions 20 are first placed 'on the top of the pump 12. The strap member 24 is positioned through the opening 19 in one of the vertical leg portions 18 while the strap member 26 is positioned through the opening 19 in the other vertical leg portion 18. The strap 24 is positioned into the adjusting assembly 28 with the bolt 36 in a vertical position. The strap members 24 and 26 are pushed together until the angle brackets 30 are in the openings 19 lying over the foot portions 20 and the gripping pads 32 are in contact with the vertical sides of the pump 12. The bolt 36 is rotated to a horizontal position where contact is made with the slots 25 in the strap member 24. The bolt 36 is.
turned until the gripping pads 32 are firmly pulled into the vertical sides of the pump 12. The adjusting assembly 28 will hold the strap members 24 and 26 in a stationary position.
In a second embodiment of the invention, illustrated in F IG. 3, the display frame 42 is modified to have a slot 44 cut into and along the entire length of its top member. Advertising material 40, being supported from a round rod 46, can be positioned in the display frame 42 through the slot 44. The round rod 46 lies in the slot 44 and allows the display material 40 to swing within the frame 42 when subjected to wind forces.
It will be understood that changes may be made in the detail of construction, arrangement and operation without departing from the spirit of the invention, especially as defined in the following claims.
1. A display device for exhibiting advertising material on an object comprising:
a. a frame for supporting said advertising material;
b. a pair of L-shaped supporting members attached to said frame, each of said supporting members having a vertical leg portion and a foot portion, said leg portions each having an opening therein;
c. an adjustable gripping assembly for gripping sides of said object and for releasably holding said supporting members in a stationary position said gripping assembly passing across the top of said object and through each of said openings.
2. The display device of claim 1 wherein said advertising material is hinged at the top of said frame so as to swing freely.
3. The display device of claim 1 wherein said gripping assembly comprises first and second strap members, each of said strap members having gripping means fastened at one end adapted to grip the sides of said object.
4. The display device of claim 3 wherein said gripping means comprises gripping pads.
5. The display device of claim 3 wherein said gripping assembly includes adjusting means to move said first and second strap members andto move said gripping pads against said object.
6. A display device for exhibiting advertising material on an object comprising:
.afra efo su rtin said advertisin aterial' a pair 0 su B rtm members attlil frame, each of said supporting members being L- shaped and having a vertical leg portion and a foot portion, said leg portion having an opening therein; and
c. an adjustable gripping assembly comprising first and second strap members each having gripping pads attached to one end, said pads adapted to grip the sides of said object, said gripping assembly further comprising adjusting means to move said first and second strap members and to move said gripping pads against the sides of said object, said gripping assembly passing through each of said openings to releasably hold said supporting members in a stationary position.
7. The display device of claim 6 wherein said advertising material is hinged at the top so as to swing freely.
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