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Publication numberUS905468 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 1, 1908
Filing dateApr 16, 1908
Priority dateApr 16, 1908
Publication numberUS 905468 A, US 905468A, US-A-905468, US905468 A, US905468A
InventorsJohn P Shearer
Original AssigneeJohn P Shearer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electric sign.
US 905468 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)




905,468. l wem-,ed Dec. 1, 1908.

Amma' J. P. SHEARER.



Patented Dec. 1, 19m.

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Specification of Lettere Potent..

Appontlon filed April. 16, 19GB. Serial No. 427,522?.

Toh el@ whom 'it 'ri/wyconcern:

Beit known that I, JOHN P. Sammie, e citizen of the United States, and e resident "of Nyack, inthe county of Rockland and Stute of New York, have made sind invented,4

certain new end useful. Improvements in Electric Signs, ofwbiebithe following is e specification.

Myl invention relates-toon improvement in` electric siens, and more especially to thettype or kiiod 'thereof which is adapted for outdoor use, the' object being to 'construct n sign of this character in which the interior Wiring will be ninteotedfom Wet/er, thereby' nvoidin r ell den'ger of short circ-nits? or lenkf' sgejof e eetricity which might occur, should the Wiring or ismp sockets Wet.

Further olojiects of In invention are to vprovide s dev-ice Otbischorecter Wiiicli will be economical to construet; vvbioli will "be iight proof; which will permit of ready access to its interior, whereby the lamps may be clisnged when burned out, sind any ,re-

. 'pairs'to the Wiring or sockets may be quickly 3-3 of Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is e sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2. Fig. 5 is o erspeotive view of tbe top or upper section. ig. 6 is e'perspectlve view` of the lower l section corn rising the bottom end end members. Fig. is e sectional view token on the line 7-7 of Fig. 2.

Referring to the drawings, 8 indicates the casing ofthe sign which is preferably mede in tivo parts or sections 9 and i0, the

section 9 being the top or cover of the casing and the section 10 comprising the bottom and end portions thereof, said sections or parte being preferably formed from suitable sheet metal. The section 10 comprises the bottom member ll end the upwardly bent or turned end members l2 and l2, 'sli of said members being provided with inwardly ex tendin side portions 14 and l5, which are Patented Dee. i, 1908.

forme by bending the metal inward, and et the inner edges of said side portions, the.

'metal is bent backward and then outward upon itself to forni the grooves or channels 16 and. 17 with which the` panels 18 are adopted to beve sliding en agement, and by which they are supporte 1n position, as clearlyindicated in Figs. 2, 3 end 4. These panels mfifv be mede of glass or any other transparent or translucent matriel, or the may be mede of motel and provided -wit ont out portions protected or covered by or other suitable materiel throng which the light is. permitted'to pees. finit able openings ida orc provided in tbe bottom iii, whereby victor, which may creefinto the sign, is. permitted to escape there om and to provide for e cn'culetlon of au', and over these openings .aire placed caps or coverings 'i9 of any appropriate shape, which are re-v tained in place by solder-'or any other suitable means, sind which serve to prevent iight from escaping` tlironglii said openings.

The top or ripper section 9 is provided et its sides with inwardly extending side portions 2O provided with grooves or channels 21 similar in all respeetsto the side portions 14E and l5 and the grooves 16 and 17 formedon the iower section 10, end at its ends, seid-section is provided with downwardly extending flanges 22. penings 23 ere preferably formed in the top section 9 :for the purposes of ventilation, and covering seid openings is s suitable cover or cap 2li, preferably channel shaped, shown, and adjacent the ends of ssidcep and extending between the sides thereof are the end pieces or stops 25, this construction of cover and end stops, eiiectuollypreventing rain or snow from passing through the o nings 23 into 'the interior of the sign, en also re` venting the light from passing out. AW en the top section is placed in position nponf the bottom section the iianges 22 will engage the outer surfaces of the end membersA 1Q and the side portions 20 thereof will enfmge with the outer surface of the side mem rs 15, as shown in Figs. 2 and 7. The sections are secured or fastened together .in any suit able manner, as for examplf by'bolts or screws 26 passing through the registering I holes 27 and 28 formed in the side portions t 15 and 20, respectively, and engaging` nuts 2t), which may be secured to the inner sur- I faces of vthe side portions 15, as clearly l shown in Fig. 7. The grooves 21 will engage l the upper edges ot' the panelslS, as shown in F ig. 4. When it is desired to remove the l top section 9 for any reason, 1t 1s simply l l necessary to remove the screws 26, after which the top may be lifted oii', thus providing for quick and ready access to the interior oi the sign.

It will be seen from the above description that the joint between the upper and lower sections ot' the casing is water tight, owing to the fact that the side members 20 and end flanges 22 of the top section extend outside and engage the outer surfaces of the sides 15 and end members 12, thereby rendering it impossible for water to work in between the sections. Should any water creep in between the panels 18 and the supporting grooves or channels, it will be led by said grooves or channels to the lower t part of the casing from which it will escape through the openings 1S;L in the bottom member 11.

Extending between the end portions l2 of the casing 8 is a removable socket-supporting bracket 30 carrying the lamp sockets 31 and lamps 32, and suitable connecting wires 33, which wires pass out of the casing through suitable bushings 34, located in one of the end members 12 and preferably formed of insulating material. Nhile the bracket 30 ma be removably supported within the casii g in any suitable manner, l have shown .it being provided with bent ends 35 adapted to engage the inner surfaces of the end members 12, with which it is held in engagement by means of screws or bolts 3G passing through registering openings in said end members and bent ends, and enga ging with nuts S7, as clearly shown in Fig. 2.

From the above description it will be understood that it' it is desired to remove the bracket 30 ,for any reason, it is simply necessary to first remove the top section t) in the manner hereinbefore described, and then' remove the bolts or screws 36 and nuts 3T, i after which lthe bracket 30 ma)7 be bodily withdrawn from the interior ot' the casing carrying with it, of course, thel sockets, lamps and interior wiring. The panels 1S may be withdrawn from or inserted within their supporting grooves or channels. after thpmtopsectionlias been removed, it' Ait is desired to change them or replace them l l t when they have become broken or damaged i in any way. l The sign may be supported by suitl able means, such as the straps 38 secured to I the en d members 12 in any suitable` manner,

' in Fig.

said straps being bent slightly outward in t5 order that the flange 2 2 may pass between the same and the end members 12, as shown Ot' course l do not wish to limita, to this form of support, as anyother form may be used in connection with my sign without in any way departing from the spirit of my invention.

Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is i 1. In a sign of the character described, a casing consisting of a top and bottom section each 'formed of a single piece of material, said bottom section comprising a bottom portion, with parallel sides having inturned edges fashioned with a groove or channel, and integral parallel ends with inwardlyturned sides whose edges are fashioned with grooves or channels; said top section comprising a top portion with integral sides and ends, said sides of the top section having inturned edges fashioned with grooves or channels, and the ends of the top section overlapping on the outside the corresponding ends of the bottom section; parallel panels having their edges itting the grooves or channels in the'top and bottom sections; and means for detachably uniting said sections.

2'. In a sign of the character described, a casing consisting of top and bottom sections each formed of a single piece of metal, said bottom section including a bottom member with tip-turnedI sides and parallel and equal ends with intuned sides; said top member including a topportion with downturned sides and ends, the upturned sides of the bottom and the inturned sides of the ends of the bottom section and the downturned sides of grooves or channels; said downturned edges turned and bent. to form grooves or channels; panels having edges fitting the said grooves or channels; said downward edges of the ends of the top section itting over the outside ot the ends of the bottom section; and means detach-ably uniting the top andy bottom sections.

3. ln a sign of the character described, a easing consisting ot top and bottom sections, said bottoni section having a bettom and end portions each provided with grooves or channels, and said top section having a top and ends and having grooves or channels coinciding with those in the bottom section, panels mounted insaid grooves, astenings detachably uniting the top and bottom section and permitting access lo the panelstrom the top o'l the casing, and a lamp supported in the casing. i v

4. In a sign of the character described, a casing'consisting of a top and bottom, said bottom section having a bottom portion and parallel ends; said top section being detach-k ably litted over the ends of the bottom section; anels mounted in the casingvv; a bar ntan in the county of New York and State of sertb e thcugh tin;J1 open tgp of the bottollln New York this 14 day of April, A. D. 1908.

section a lavn an es ttin a ainstt e' I sides of the botton secgtion; detgaclble fas- JOHN PORTER SHEARER' tenings for said bar; and a lamp support' Wtneses:

carried bythe bar. M; VAN NORTWICK,

Signed at New York borough of Manhat' PARKER COOK.

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Cooperative ClassificationY10S362/812, G09F13/04