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Publication numberUS662089 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 20, 1900
Filing dateAug 27, 1900
Priority dateAug 27, 1900
Publication numberUS 662089 A, US 662089A, US-A-662089, US662089 A, US662089A
InventorsJoseph A Pettey
Original AssigneeJoseph A Pettey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display device.
US 662089 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Patented Nov. 20, I900.



(Application filed Aug. 27, 1900.)

(No Model.)

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 662,089, dated November 20, 1900.

Application filed August 27, 1900. berial No- 28,207. (No model.)

To all whmn it may concern.-

Be it known that I, JOSEPH A. PETTEY, a citizen of the United States,residing at Searcy, in the county of White and State of Arkansas, have invented a new and useful Display Device, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to display devices, and has for its objects to provide an improved device for suspending shirts, handkerchiefs, hosiery, and such light articles, to conveniently display the latter in stores and other places, and to normally support the articles in an elevated position out of the way of clerks and customers and at the same time arranged to be drawn down ward, so that the clerk may conveniently remove any of the articles from the device. It is furthermore designed to arrange the device so that it may be conveniently turned in all directions and to provide the same with an improved pricesign which is mounted to travel in a vertical direction and opposite to the movement of the suspended articles of merchandise, so as to attract the attention of customers.

With these and other objects in view the present invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter more fully described, shown in the accompanying drawings, and particularly pointed out in the appended claims, it being understood that changes in the form, proportion, size, and minor details may be made within the scope of the claims without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.

In the drawings, Figure l is a front elevation of a display device constructed and arranged in accordance with the present invention. Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view thereof.

Corresponding parts in both figures of the drawings are designated by like characters of reference.

Referring to the drawings, 1 designates an upperhorizontal cross-bar which forms a suspending-bracket for the device and is provided with an upstanding swiveled bolt or similar fastening 2, which is designed to be set into the ceiling of a store-room. A suitable spacing-block 3 is fitted to this swiveled fastening, so as to space the bar from the ceiling, and thus permit of the free turning of the bar upon the fastening. Pendent from the opposite ends of this cross-bar are the opposite guide-pulleys 4, through each of which is run the intermediate portion of asuspending-cord 5.

Located a suitable distance below the upper cross-bar is a similar cross-bar 6, the opposite ends of which are provided with the upstanding fastening devices 7, preferably screw-eyes, to which are secured the corresponding ends of the respective suspendingcords.

A sign-board 8 normally rests upon the up per side of the lower cross-bar 6 and has its upper edge connected to the corresponding opposite ends of the suspending-cords by means of the upstanding fastening devices 9, r

rising from the upper corners of the board. This board is of a length to fit between the opposite suspending-cords and has its opposite end edges provided with the guide-eyes 10, which slidably receive those portions of the respective cords which are connected to the lower cross-bar. It will now be apparent that the sign-board forms a weight to draw the cross-bar 6 upwardly and against the lower edge of the board, so that the entire device may be elevated out of the way, and that by pulling downwardly upon the lower cross-bar the sign will be elevated, the guideeyes traveling upwardly upon the suspendingcords, and thereby preventing the board from swinging about. To facilitate the drawing downward of the lower cross-bar, a pendent cord or suitable handle 11 is secured thereto.

Located adjacent to the under side of the lower cross-bar 6 is a hollow rod 12, which is connected to the cross-bar by means of suitable screw-eye fastenings 13, carried by the cross-bar, the opposite ends of the rod being open for the reception of the telescopic rods 14. Slidable longitudinally upon each of the rod-sections is a plurality of spring-clasps 15, each of which is provided with a suspendinghook 16 to slidably embrace the rod. The purpose of these clasps or fastening devices is to suspend the articles of merchandise from the device.

From the foregoing description it will be understood that the device is shown in its normal position in Fig. l of the drawings, the articles of merchandise being elevated over the heads, and thereby out of the way of clerks and customers. When it is desired to remove any of the articles carried by the device or to more closely inspect such articles, the cord or handle 11 is pulled downwardly, thereby drawing the lower cross-bar downwardly until the articles are in convenient reach and also raising the sign-board, which bears the price of the articles and other advertising matter, as may be desired. Immediately upon the release of the handle II the additional weight of the sign-hoard over the lower cross-bar will cause the sign to travel down Wardly,and thereby draw the lower crossbar upwardly. By this means the sign board is caused to travel upwardly and downwardly, so as to attract the attention of such customers as may be in sight of the device. By means of the intermediate swiveled suspending connection of the upper cross-bar the-entire device may be conveniently turned laterally in opposite directions, so as to bring the articles of merchandise into convenient position and also into the proper light for examing said articles.

It will be understood that advertising mat ter may be placed upon opposite sides of the sign-board preferably by means of a removable card 17, which hasits edges held beneath the heads of headed fastenings 18, fixedly carried by the front and rear faces of the signboard, whereby the device may be employed to display a great variety of different classes of merchandise.

By means of the telescopic suspending-rod the capacity of the device may be convenient ly varied apcording to circumstances, and the terminal rod-sections may be run in, so as to accommodate the device to a corner of a room or other small space.

What is claimed is--- 1. In a display device, an upper support, having opposite guides, opposite suspendingcords having their intermediate portions pass-- iug loosely through the respective guides, at

cross-bar connected to the corresponding ends of the opposite cords, and having means for suspending the articles to be displayed therefrom, and a balance-weight normally resting upon the cross-bar, located between the cords, connected to the corresponding opposite ends of the cords, and having opposite guides loosely receiving those port-ions of the cord which areconuerted to the crossbar.

2. In adisplay device, an upper supporting cross-bar, having an intermediate swiveled fastening device, and guides located at opposite sides of the fastening device, opposite cords having theirintermediate portions passing loosely through the respective guides, a

lower cross bar connected-to corresponding ends of the cords, and provided with means for suspending the articles to be displayed therefrom, and weight connected to the other correspondipg ends of the cords and normally resting upon the lower cross-bar.

In a display device, an upper support, having opposite guides, opposite suspendingcords passing loosely through the respective guides, a cross-bar connected to corresponding ends ofthecords, and a weight connected to the opposite corresponding ends of the cords, normally resting upon the cross-bar, and provided with guide-eyes projecting outwardly from the opposite end edges and loosely receiving the respective portions of the cords which are connected to the crossbar. I

4. In a display device, a lower horizontal telescopic rod, having means for suspending ,the articles to be displayed therefrom, an upper balance-weight, a suspending-cord having its opposite ends connected to the rod and the weight respectively, and a supportinggnide loosely receiving the intermediate portion of the cord and located above the weight and the rod, the latter being located in the path and fortning a stop for the weight.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/743