US 3809785 A
A color selector device has a plurality of drums each mounted for rotation on a substantially horizontal axis and each having a weight fixedly mounted therein to position the drum in a predetermined rotational position and to return the drum to said position from a different rotational position. Each drum carries a plurality of different color indicators on its outer periphery. A mirror is mounted above the drum.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent [191 Calabrese et al.
COLOR SELECTOR DEVICE Inventors: Anthony J. Calabrese, Malvern;
' Wayne J. Stettler; Jan Marie Zwiren, both of Philadelphia, all of Pa.
Menley & James Laboratories, Ltd., Philadelphia, Pa.
Filed: Apr. 9, 1973 Appl. No.: 349,032
us. or 35/28.3, 35/59, 35/77,
' 40/774 Int. Cl. G09f 11/02 Field of Search 35/28.3, 55, 58,59, 74, 35/77; 40/51, 77.4, 77.8; 46/155, 207; 248/364 References Cited UNITEDSTATES PATENTS 1/1893 McDonald .Q. 35/74 UX [451 May 7, 1974 1,587,739 6/1926 Williams t 46/207 2,323,157 6/1943- Senesac .L I 40/77.4 2,462,606 2/1949 Brodeur 35/59 2,641,853 6/1953 Helding.... 35/28.3
. 1/1963 Tinsley 35/59 Primary Examiner-Harland S. Skogquist Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Smith, Harding, Earley & I
Follmer ABSTRACT A color selector device has a plurality of drums each mounted for rotation on a substantially horizontal axis and each having a weight fixedly mounted therein to position the drum in a predetermined rotational position and to return the drum to said position from a different rotational position. Each drum carries a plurality of different color indicators on its outer periphery.
A mirror is mounted above the drum.
4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures 1 COLOR SELECTOR DEVICE BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Color selection for any particular product provides a problem of presenting various colors in a position where they can be seen conveniently by the viewer. This presents a particular difiiculty to the sellers of cosmetic preparations who have limited space in which to present the colors available. This invention solves the problem by providing rotating drums carrying color indicators and always returning to the same rotational position which permits the viewer to see at the commencement of his selection operation the designation of the product to which the color indicator is applied.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a front elevation of a color selector device DETAILED DESCRIPTION A color selector device 2 in accordance with the invention has a hollovl base 4. Standards 6 and 8 respectively pass through openings 10 and 12 in base 4 and are welded as indicated at 14 and 16 respectively to the bottom 18 of base 4. Standards 6 and 8 in turn are welded to a frame member 22 which supports a panel 24 which can be used, for example, for advertising.
A pair of standards 26 and 28 are secured to base 4 by machine screws as indicated at 30. As best seen in FIG. 3, a fixed shaft 32 is secured by a pressed fit into opening 34 in standard 26 and by a pressed fit to bearing 36. Bearing 36 in turn is secured by a pressed fit to the interior of hub 38 of drum 40. Drum 40 is molded from a synthetic resin such as, for example, polyvinyl chloride, phenolic, polyester acrylic or alkyd resin. Other materials such as metals may be used, the drum being first formed into two halves and secured together along the line indicated at 42, either by sonic welding or by an adhesive. A metal weight 46 of, for example, lead or steel, is fixedly secured within drum 40 between wall 48 and drum periphery 50. A plurality of lipstick simulators 52 each being of a different color from the other are secured, for example, by an adhesive, to the periphery 50 of drum 40 in an are extending clockwise in standard 6 and as shown in FIGSJI and 3 supports a second weighted drum 40 mounted on a bearing 38 and differing only from the first described drum 40 in the product designation indicated at ,62 and the coloring of the lipsticksimulators 52. Shaft 32 is secured by a pressed fit to the bearing 38 of the second drum 40.
Two additional weighted drums 40 are similarly mounted on a second fixed shaft 32 which is secured by a pressed fit in standard 28 and in standard 8. The innermost drum 40 of the last mentioned pair of drums has printed thereon the writing lipstick C at 66 and color indicators 52 of different colors. The outermost drum 40 of this pair carries imprinted thereon colorbrush at 68 and has imprinted thereon strips 70 of different colors.
OPERATION In operation, the customerobserves the drums 40 to first determine which drum relates to the'product the customer is interested in. Assuming'this to. be lipstick A, the customer places his hand on the right end drum 40 as viewed in FIG. 1 and rotates it clockwise and counterclockwise as viewed in FIG. 2 in order to rotate the various lipstick'color indicators 52 to a position where they can be readily seen in order to facilitate selection of thedesired color. After the color is selected, the customer releases the drum and weight 46 rotates the drum to restore it to its original position shown in FIG. 4 .where the printing lipstick A at 54 is again clearly in view. Afterhaving selected the desired color, the customer may then ask the sales person for a sample to actually try out. The operation of the other drums 40 is'the' same.
It will be understood that the above described embodiment is by way of illustration and is not intended to be limiting.
1. A color selector device comprising:
a drum mounted for rotation on a substantially horizontal axis, a weight fixedly mounted in said drum to position the drum in a predetermined rotational position and to I return the drum to said position from a different rotational position, a plurality of different color indicators spaced on the periphery of the drum.
2. A device in accordance with claim 1 having means indicating the product to which the color indicators apply on the periphery of the drum.
3. A color selector device in accordance with 2 having a plurality of said drums. I
4. A color selector device in accordance with claim 2 having lipstick replicas on the l l claim perimeter of the drum.