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Publication numberUS991867 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 9, 1911
Filing dateJul 1, 1910
Priority dateJul 1, 1910
Publication numberUS 991867 A, US 991867A, US-A-991867, US991867 A, US991867A
InventorsAndrew J Mathews
Original AssigneeAndrew J Mathews
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sign device.
US 991867 A
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' APPLIOATION FILED JULY 1, 1910. l I 991,867. Patented May 9, 1911.


` f ai M .By A @.m' @LLM/meng .UNITED sTATEs PATENT OFFICE.



Specication of Lettera Patent.

Appuoaun mea my i, i910. semi N6. 569,869.

To all 'whom' 'it may concern:

Be it known that I, ANDREW J. MATHEws,

4a citizen of the United States, and residing indicateor give the nainesA or numbers of streets, and the object thereof is to provide an improved device of this class which may also be used for other purposes; a further object being `to provide a sign device 4in which enameled boards are employed with improved means for holding said boards in position without the use of screws, bolts orl similar devices, whereby the enamel on the boards is broken or otherwise in'ured; and with these and other objects in view the ini vention consists of a device of the class specified, constructed as hereinafter described and claimed.

The invention is fully disclosed in the following s eciication, of which the accompanying rawing` forms a part, in which the separate (parts of my improvement are designate by suitable reference characters in each of the views, and in which:-

Figure l is a sectional side view of my improved si device; Fig, 2 a transverse section ont e line 2-2 of Fig". 1' Fig. 3 a vertical section on the line 3 3 of Fig. l; Figs. 4, 5 and 6 are views of blocks which I employ for separatingtwo or more sign boards arranged transversely of each other and for holding the same in proper osition.

In the practice of my invention, provide sign boards a, two of which are employed, in the form of construction shown, and these sign-boards are composed of two separate parts a2 of exible and elastic sheet metal, and the ends of which are connected by folding the end of one part over the end of the other as shown at as, and said boards,

or the separate parts thereof, are enameled in the usual manner and are provided with signs, the character of which will de end upon the use to which the device is app ied. In Figs.- 1 and 3 of the accompanying drawing, lI have shown at b an ordinary si post, the top of which is provided with a thread b, and in connecting the boards aI with the ost^b I employ a supplemental' post or ro c, the lower end of which is proadapted to be screwed onto the supplemental said supplemental post or rod 0 is provided, in the form of construction shown, with three blocks d, e and"f which are mounted thereon and which space the boards a and to the post band vided with a rthreadef socket piece c,

vsecurely hold them in position at righ` anglesto each other as clearly shown in the drawing.

The threaded socket piece azisprovided with an angular head c and the bottomV block d, as showirin Fig. 6, is provided in the under side thereof with a corresponding angular recess (Z2 adapted to receive said head c3. The block d is also provided in the top surface thereof with parallel recesses (Z3, the distance between which is equal to the thickness of the supplemental post'or rod c and, in practice, in assembling the parts of the sign proper, the block d is rod onto the head ca ofthe socket piece c2.

4 The bottom board a is then passed down over the supplemental post or rod c and the bottom ed es of the separate parts a2 of said board t in the recesses da, and said` ost or rod e, andiv latentenv May 9,1911.

A passed down over said supplemental post or block is provided on the top surface thereof I with transverse V`shaped beads d* which fit in corresponding recesses in the bottom edges of the parts a2 of the bottom board a, and these V-shaped beads d* are at right angles to the recesses d. The block e is provided in the bottom surface thereof with parellel grooves e2 inwhich the top edges of the parts a? of the bottom board a fit, and said block e` is provided in its u per surface with parallel grooves e? at rig t angles to the grooves e2. The to'p board a is then passed down over the supplemental post or rod c and the bottom edges of the separate parts a2 of said board rest in the grooves ea 1n the block e, arid said block is provided on its top surface and on the opposite sides thereof with transverse V-shaped ribs e*l gether. The top block f is provided on its opposite sides with downwardly directed lugs f2 which fit between the parts a2a of the top board a, and by means of this construction and of the construction of the blocks e and d, the boards a are securely bound together at right angles to each other, and also securely bound to the supplemental post or rod c and cannot move in any direction, and this, as will be seen, is accomplished Without the use of screws or bolts of any kind or class and without breaking, defacing or injuring the enameled surface of the boards a. My :invention is not limited to tlieexact construction or form of the blocks al, e and f herein shown and described, al1 that is necessary in this connection being to -so form said blocks, that the block cl will not turn on the socket piece c and the boards a when bound together in the manner described will not turn on said blocks or on the supplemental post or rod c, and changes in and modification of the construction herein described may be made, Within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the s irit of my invention or sacrificing its a vantages.

Having fully described my invention,

@einer what li claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

The herein described sign device, consisting of a rod provided at its lower end with a base piece, a plurality of sign boards, each of which is composed of two separate plates of iexible material havin recesses in their bottom edge and connecter? at their ends and passed down over said rod, a non-rotatable block placed on said rod and resting on said base piece, and on which the bottom board rests, a4k block placed on said rod between the said boards, a block placed on the top board and a threaded cap screwed on to the end of said rod and binding all of said parts together, said Ablocks beingr providedwith grooves to receive the top and bottom edges ot' the said boards and the bottom and middle blocks being provided with transverse ribs at right angles to said trroovcs and engaging said recesses.

l'ntestimony that l claim the foregoing as my invention l have signed my name in presence ot the subscribing witnesses this th day ot' June .1910. v



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Cooperative ClassificationG09F7/18