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Publication numberUS979221 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 20, 1910
Filing dateAug 29, 1910
Priority dateAug 29, 1910
Publication numberUS 979221 A, US 979221A, US-A-979221, US979221 A, US979221A
InventorsJohn P Tarr
Original AssigneeJohn P Tarr
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 979221 A
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979,221 Patented Dec. 20, 1910.




Application filed August 29, 1910.

T 0 all whom it may concern: 1 Be it known that I, Jorriv P. TARR, a citil zen of the United States, residing at Jingo, l in the county of Williamson and i itate of Tennessee. have invented certain new andl useful Improvements in Signs, and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the I same. I This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in signs and more particularly to the means for suspending or maintaining the sign in position within its frame. The present. invention has for its objects 1 among others to provide a sign and means for stretching the same as well as for holding the sign in shape and furnishing the be fastened to its I means whereby it may or myury to either frame without defacing the sign or the frame.

I provide a sign and means for stretching the same without the employment of nails or the like and in which the means do not mar or detract from the neat appearance 0 the sign when in position.

I provide for the extension of the retaining means to accommodate it to any length of sign and for sustaining the latter within the area of its frame whereby the sign is in a measure protected from injury or defacement.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter appear and the novel features thereof will be particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

The invention is clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, which, with the numerals of reference marked thereon, form a part of this specification, and in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of a sign embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a rear view thereof. Fig. 3 is a substantially central longitudinal section. Fig. i is a vertical section. Fig. 5 is a detail of the holding strip on the one set of wires.

Like numerals of reference indicate like parts throughout the different views.

Referring to the drawings, 1 designates a frame, in this instance shown as of rectangular outline, although it is to be understood Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 20, 1910.

Serial No. 579,441.

that this is not material, and this frame may be of wood or metal or a combination of materials and of a size and shape made requisite by the size and shape of the sign to be supported therein. In opposite end portions 2, 2 of this frame there are affixed suitable means, as screw eyes or the like 8, for the attachment of the wires now to be described. These wires are preferably of brass or copper or a material having sufficient flexibility so as to insure the proper tension. These wires are in two set-s or series, there being any desired number of wires in any set or series, in the present instance three being shown. The one set of wires 4 each having one end formed into a hook or the like 5 adapted to be engaged in the screw eyes or the like of the one end of the frame, the other ends of the wires being provided with loops or eyes or the like 6 for a purpose which will be hereinafter described. Each of these wires at a point more or less distant from their wide ends is aflixed to a member 7 extending transversely of the length of the wires and retained thereon in any suitable manner. This transverse member may be of any suitable material, preferably metal because of its durability and is of substantially the width of the sign, although the length of such member may vary. The other set of wires 8 are provided at one end with hooks or the like 9 to engage the screw eyes or the like in the adjacentend of the frame, the opposite ends of these wires being designed to be received within and engage the loops or eyes on the oppositely disposed wires. n these wires 8 is secured a member 10 disposed transversely of said wires and secured thereto in any convenient manner, the said transverse member being of any suitable material, preferably metal.

11 designates the sign. It may be of any suitable material, preferably metal, upon which may be painted or otherwise afliXed any suitable advertising matter. The opposite ends of the sign are bent backward upon themselves toward each other, as seen at 12, and within these bent-over portions are de signed to be received the transverse members which are secured to the wires. I

In practice, the wires have their hooked ends engaged with the screw eyes or anal0 gous devices on the ends of the frame, which sign, the

devices are disposed at substantially the n'iidwidth of the end pieces so that when the sign is in position, it will be practically confined within the thickness of the side and end members of the frame. After the hooked ends of the wires have been engaged in the screw eyes or analogous devices, 112W- ing first been passed through openings 13 in the bent-over portions of the ends of the opposite ends of the wires are extended toward each other and the free ends of the wires 8 passed through the eyes or loops 0 of the wires L, the transverse n1en1 bers being engaged within the bent-over portions 01 the ends of the sign and then the ends of the wires 8 are bent upon tlIGHlSGiVGS so as to put the two sets of wires under tension to stretch the sign and hold the same in a flat condition within the area of its frame. It will thus be seen that the sign is fastened to the frame without defacing it, and the transverse members, as well as the joined ends of the wires, are concealed from View.

Modifications in details may be resorted to within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit of the invention or sacrificing any of its a d vantages.

What is claimed as new is:

1. It gn of the class described comprising a fl'tti116 wires each having one end secured to the inner face of an end of the frame and the opposite ends of the wires adapted to he inter-engaged, and means on said wires for engagement with the ends of the sign.

2. A sell of the class described coinprising a frame, wires each having one end secured to the inner face of an end of the frame and the opposite ends adapted to be inter-engaged, blocks rounded on one edge, giving substantial snppert for the curved ends of said sign, and slidably mounted on said wires.

in testimony whereof I atiix in presence of two witnesses.


my signature lVitnesses:

B. J. RocHELLE, Mirr'rm ALLEN.

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Cooperative ClassificationG09F15/0025