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Publication numberUS823459 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 12, 1906
Filing dateAug 10, 1905
Priority dateAug 10, 1905
Publication numberUS 823459 A, US 823459A, US-A-823459, US823459 A, US823459A
InventorsMark D Batchelder
Original AssigneeMark D Batchelder
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 823459 A
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Specification of LettersPatent.

Patented June 12, 1906.

Application filed August l0, 1905. Serial No. 273,606.

.To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, MARK D.-BATCHELDER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Peoria, in the county of Peoria and State of Illinois, have invented certain new anduseful This invention has reference to certain new and useful improvements 1n advertisingsigns, and relates particularly to that class of signs known as outside signs, ywhich are applied or attached to the tops or the roof of street-cars.

The object which I have in view is a streetcar sign that may be fixed or detachably secured to the roof of a street-car, consisting of a plate of any suitable size and of suitable material and connected with standardsv secured to the roof of the car, and, further, to a detachable hood made of waterproofpaper, canvas, or other suitable material which is adapted to be slippedover the sign referred to and on which may be printed. advertising matter, preferably dierent from that appearing on the signs secured to the car-roof.

The invention relates, further, to a hood adapted to contain suitable advertising matter on one or both of its outside faces and adapted to cover a sign fixed to the roof of street-cars, the said .hood being provided 'with means for securely'fasteningthe same ing drawings, forming a part of this specication, in which- Figure l is a perspective view representing a portion of the top ofa street-car to which is attached a sign adapted to contain anyy suitable advertising matter. Fig. 2 is an enlarged front elevation of the sign shown in Fig. 1, the same being covered with my improved detachable advertising-hood adapted to contain suitable advertising matter on .4 is an enlarged vertical section through the vertical section on the line of'Fig. 2. Fio.

sign shown in Fig. l, but taken on the line y y of Fig. 2 and omitting in the view the hood shown in Fig. 2. Fig. 5 is an enlarged sectional detail of a fastening device for the lower portion of the hood, wherein a paperfastening device is employed. Fig. 6 is an enlarged elevationof the lower portion of the hood, wherein the fastening device therefor is a strap .and buckle; and Fig. 7 shows the fastening device for the lower portion of the hood to be the usual snap fastening device.

.That the object of the present invention maybe the better understood attention is called to the fact that where outside signs are employed for use on the roof of street-cars they are usuallyixed so as to prevent their being readily interchanged and contain advertising matter which remains in view to the public from one day to the next, and even though f the sign has been made to be readily removed andreplaced the cost of interchanging and carrying in stock signs of this character would be very expensive and impracticable,

hence the improvement herein tol xed signs of the character used on theroof of streetcars and a hood of some suitable, durable, and cheap material containing suitable vadvertising matter and employed for temporarily covering the signs for short periods of time. As an illustration of the usefulness of these hoods we will suppose that a large mercantile firm has a contract for outside signs attached to the roof of street-cars for a long period of time. Usually the public will see a sign containing the same advertising matter lfor the period lduring whichV the contract of taching them tothe signs on the carsin a tion, they may be supplied in quantities with the advertising matter thereon and as often as desired and placed on the sign at a very one or both of its sides. Fig. 3 is an enlarged i small cost, andy in securing the same to pre- IOO vent their displacement or being dislodged by heavy winds the usual paper-fastenings may be employed, all of which will be further understood, or, if it is desired, these hoods may be made of canvas or some similar material, in which case it would be preferable to vary the Subj ect-matter of the advertising thereon and retain them for use at various times. With a canvas hood it might be preferable to employ a strap-and-buckle fastening device or the usual snap-fastener.

Referring to the drawings, 1 denotes a carbody having the usual roof 2. Shown attached to the roof of the car is a air of suitable tubular sockets or standar s 3, placed at a suitable 'distance apart. Adapted to have a telescopic connection With these sockets or standards 3 is seen the detachable rods 4, which may be retained in suitable positions in the sockets with respect to vertical 'movement by means of the threaded stems or bolts 5. The rods 4 for a suitable length are split, as at 6, and in these split portions of the rods is adapted to be seated and securely retained therein the opposite ends of a late 7, upon the face 8 of which it is adapte to print, stamp, or paint some suitable advertisement or other matter.

9 denotes a hood adapted to conform substantially to the height and length of the plate 7 referred to when contained inthe standards 3, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. This hood is closed on both ends and at the top and is open at the bottom, as at 10, to adapt the same to be slipped over the plate 7 and the standard supporting the same, as seen in Figs. 2 and 3. One of the sides of this hood has an extension or flap 11 with a reinforced portion 12, this iiap adapted when the ood has been secured over the plate 7 to be turned inwardly and upwardly and secured to the opposite side or wall of the hood at points beneath the lower edge of the plate 7.

In Figs. 3 and 5 the securing means for the flap of one wall of the hood to the opposite wall thereof is a fastener 13 of the usual paper-fastener type, which consists of a head and the pron s 14, the latter being adapted to be inserte through the front wall of the hood beneath the lower edge of the plate 7 and through the opposite Wall of the hood and reinforced portion 12 of the flap 11 and the ends ofthe prongs spread apart and bent down, substantially as seen in Figs. 3 and 5 of the drawings.

In Fig. 6 to the iiap 11 at suitable points is secured straps 15., which are adapted to engage buckles 16 of the wall of the hood, as shown. In Fig. 7 an ordinary form of snap fastening device is shown, which, together with the fastenin device shown in Fig. 6, represent two modified forms to that shown in Figs. 2, 3, and 5.

The hood, as illustrated in Fig. 2, is represented as one made of waterproof paper, hence the paper-fastening device for the same, which is preferred. In Figs. 6 and 7 the fastening devices there shown would be employed on hoods made of canvas or some suitable material.

Employing a fastening device for a waterproof-paper hood substantially as seen in ig. 2, the hood may be very quickly and easily attached or removed from the sign or the plate 7 thereof and as many fastening devices as is needed may be used.

With the construction of the plate 7 and the support therefor as I have shown it such plates, together with the rods 4, to which they are attached, may be easily removed from the sockets 3 and other plates substituted, if desired.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is

1. In a street-car sign, in combination, a car-roof, a plate attached to the said roof, an advertising-hood adapted to be slipped over said plate, and means for securing the hood on said plate.

2. In a street-car sign, in combination, a car-roof, standards carried by said roof, a plate supported on said standards, and an advertising-hood adapted to be slipped over and inclosing the said plate and standards.

3. A street-car sign, consisting of a plate for containing suitable advertising matter and adapted to be supported on the roof of a car, a hood for containing. suitable advertising matter and adapted for inclosing the said plate, one wall of said hood having a flap adapted to be secured to the opposite wall of the hood at the lower edge of said plate, and l means for securing the Hap to the wall of the hood as specified.

4. In a device of the class described, the combination of a pair of tubular sockets adapted to be secured to the roof of a car, standards detachably and adjustably supported in said sockets, a plate adapted to contain advertisin matter attached to said standards, and a ood for containing suitable advertising matter on one of its faces, adapted to have a detachable relation with the said plate and its supporting-standards.

5. In a device of the class described, the combination of an outside sign adapted to be attached to the roof of street-cars, an advertising-hood having opposite walls closed on their ends and top, and open on the lower edge to adapt the same to be slipped over the sign aforesaid, and means for detachably securing the said hood on said sign.

6. In a device of the class described, the combination of an outside sign adapted to be attached to the roof of street-cars, an adver- IOO IIO


tsng-hood having opposite Walls closed on In testimony Whereof I afX my signature teir endds andhtop, and (per on he lowlr n presence of two Witnesses. e ge to a apt t e same to e s ippe over t e sign aforesaid, one of said Walls having a de- MARK D' BATOHELDER' 5 pending Hap adapted to be closed over the Witnesses:

open end of the hood and secured to the op- LoUrsE M. ADAMS, poste Wall thereof, for the purpose specied. CHAs. W. LA PORTE.

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Cooperative ClassificationG09F21/04