US 3693807 A
The present invention relates generally to improvements in stands for displaying articles for sale and more particularly to improvements in article display stands of the rotary type. Embodiments of the invention disclosed herein contemplate a horizontal display stand base and a novel post accommodating means associated therewith. Vertically disposed post means is fixed at its lower extremity to and extends upwardly from said accommodating means. An article display device is positioned above the base and is rotatable about the vertical axis of the post means, said device including a frame and a plurality of vertically spaced article display racks or panels supported by the frame.
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1451 Sept. 26, 1972 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 521,389 3/1931 Germany.....................248/44 Primary Examiner-Roy D. Frazier Assistant Examiner-Abraham Frankel Att0rney-Olson, Trexler, Wolters & Bushnell  ABSTRACT The present invention relates generally to improvements in stands for displaying articles for sale and more particularly to improvements in article display stands of the rotary type. Embodiments of the invention disclosed herein contemplate a horizontal display stand base and a novel post accommodating means associated therewith. Vertically disposed post means is fixed at its? lower extremity to and extends upwardly from said accommodating means. An article display DISPLAY STAND Inventor: Charles 0. Larson, Sterling, 111.
Dec. 28, 1970 52 us. (:1. .......................211/163, 211/78, 248/44 51 1111. c1...............................A471 s/02, A47f5/04  118111 of Search ....21 1/78, 77, 131, 163; 248/43, 248/40, 38,44; 287/20 R  References Cited UNITED'STATES PATENTS Jacobson United States Patent Larson  Assignee: Chas. 0. Larson Co., Sterling, Ill. 22 Filed:
 Appl.No.: 101,491
4 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures a one nun can? ca e000 0a: e 0000 device is positioned above the base and is rotatable about the vertical axis of the post means, said device including a frame and a plurality of vertically spaced article display racks or panels supported by the frame.
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274 4/1960 Mausolf....................... 461 10/1959 Coffeen a a 9 8 t 7 I DISPLAY STAND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved rotary type display stand as set forth above having a unique post accommodating means of extremely simple, yet sturdy, construction which greatly enhances the ease with which article display racks may be rotated about a vertical axis.
More specifically, the present invention contemplates an article display stand of novel construction which will withstand lateral forces to which the stand may be subjected when in use.
It is also an object of the present invention to provide a rotary type display stand of the type referred to above wherein article display racks are so disposed as to facilitate the ease with which a potential purchaser may view and select displayed articles.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view'of a rotary display stand of the type contemplated by the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the display stand shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a horizontal sectional view taken substantially along the line 33 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is an enlarged, vertical, sectional view taken substantially along the line 4-4 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of a rotary type display stand contemplated by the present invention; and,
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary, central, vertical, sectional view of the lower portion of the rotary display stand illustrated in FIG. 5.
DESCRIPTION or THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to the drawings more in detail wherein like numerals have been employed to designate similar parts throughout the various figures, it will be seen that one embodiment of a rotary type display stand contemplated by the present invention is designated generally by the numeral 10. The device 10 includes a plurality of vertically spaced article display panels or racks 12, each panel extending between vertical frame members 14, distributed uniformly about the axis of a vertical post 16. Each of the panels may comprise a strip of conventional perforated board apertured in the usual fashion to accommodate articles for display. The lower extremities of the vertical frame members 14 connect with complementary corners of a bottom mounting plate 18, and the upper extremities of said frame members are coupled with a corresponding upper plate member 20. The vertical frame members and panels or racks 12 combine to provide an article display device which is rotatable upon the vertical post 16. Suitable elements such as vertically spaced collars 22 and 24, cooperate with the plates .18 and 20, respectively to secure the article display device in proper position of elevation.
The lower extremity of the post 16 extends through and has a threaded coupling with a pair of post accommodating cup-like members 26 and 28. These post accommodating members 26 and 28, are secured in axial alignment against opposed surfaces of a base 30 through the agency of threaded bolts 32.
A flange 34 of the post accommodating member 26 and a corresponding flange 36 of the post accommodating member 28 are internally threaded to accommodate the lower threaded extremity '38 of the vertical post 16. When the two cup-like members 26 and 28 are clamped against the opposed surfaces of the base 30, as clearly shown in FIG. 4, said members cooperate to maintain the post 16 in vertical relation with respect to said base. In order to provide sufficient space to accommodate the cup-like member 28, a plurality of circumferentially disposed blocks 40 are employed to elevate the base 30.
To contribute additional stability to the post 16, a plurality of equally spaced, inclined strut devices 42 are employed. In the disclosed embodiment these struts 42 are in the nature of tum buckles, the length of which is adjustable. The lower extremities of the longitudinally adjustable struts 42 are secured to the base" 30 by suitable fasteners or screw members 44, and the upper extremities of the struts are suitably secured to the post 16. Thus, through the agency of the struts 42 and the internally threaded cup-like members 26 and 28, the post 16 is secured firmly in its upright vertical position and the article display'device may be freely rotated with respect to said post.
Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6, wherein a modified form of display stand is shown, it will be seen that this stand is designated generally by the numeral 10a. The previously described stand 10 incorporates an article display device which when viewed in plan is substantially triangular. Vertical frame members 14a and display racks, or panels 12a of the stand 10a, when viewed in plan define a substantially square shape. Thus when viewed in plan both embodiments are substantially polygonal in shape.
Particular attention is directed to the fact that a post 16a,-of the display stand 10a, is quite limited in axial extent. The upper extremity of the stub shaft or post 16a is telescopically associated with a bearing member 46, secured within a cross frame member 48. The frame members 14a are secured at their lower extremities to horizontally disposed frame sections 50, and a plurality of equally spaced circumferentially disposed guide rollers 52 or casters are supported along the underside of the horizontal frame sections 50. Thus the weight of the frame members and the display racks supported thereby, is assumed by the rollers 52. The rollers 52 rest upon a base member 30a similar to the previously described base member 30. Equally distributed blocks 40a serve to support the base 30a in elevated position and thereby provide sufficient space for accommodating the lower cup-like member 28a. The lower cup-like member 28a and its companion upper member 26a are structurally identical with the previously described members 26 and 28. Each of the members 26a and 28a are internally threaded to accommodate the threaded lower extremity of the post 16a. The casters 52a perform the function of the previously described turn buckles 42 in lending lateral stability to the frame members and racks supported thereby.
From the foregoing it will be apparent that the present invention contemplates a structurally simple yet sturdy article display stand of novel design in which the article display device may be conveniently rotated. In one form the article display device is rotatably supported by a post extending from the base to the top of the device, and in another form the display device rotates about the stub shaft and is supported in upright position by a plurality of rollers or casters. In both forms, articles displayed upon the tacks or panels are readily visible to the potential buyer. It is desirable to have the article supporting racks spaced vertically a sufficient amount so as to present an unobstructed view from one side of the article display device to the other side thereof at all times.
l. A rotary type article display stand including a horizontal display stand base, post accommodating means positioned centrally of said base, said post accommodating means including a pair of like cupshaped members each having a peripheral mounting flange, one of the flanges engaging the upper surface of said horizontal base and the other flange engaging the under surface of said base, fastener means extending through said flanges and into said base for securing said cup members in fixed axial alignment upon said base, means for elevating said base sufficiently to provide a space for accommodating the lower cup-shaped member, vertically disposed post means fixed at its lower extremity to and extending upwardly from said cup-shaped members, and an article display device positioned above said base and rotatable about the vertical axis of said post means, vertically disposed upright frame members uniformly spaced from and uniformly distributed circumferentially about said post means, and a plurality of vertically spaced multi-perforated mounting strips extending between and supported by adjacent frame members for supporting and displaying articles for sale.
2. A rotary type article display stand, as set forth in claim 1, wherein the multi-perforated mounting strips extending between adjacent upright frame members present a substantially triangular shape when viewed in plan.
3. A rotary type article display stand, as set forth in claim 1, wherein a plurality of turnbuckles serve as struts extending between-said base and post means for maintaining said post means in vertical position.
4. A rotary type article display stand, as set forth in claim 1, wherein said upright frame members are longitudinally recessed to accommodate extremities of said multi-perforated mounting strips.