I1. FBLDMANN, JR- & T. E. ORBGELIUS.
WING on LEAP FOR DISPLAY RACKS.
APPLIOATION'IILED APR. 6, 1912 v 1 104 4 6 Patented July 21, 1914.
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L. FBLDMANN, JR. & T- E. GR EOELIUS.
WING 0R LEAF FOR DISPLAY RACKS.
APPLICATION FILED APR. 6, 1912.
1 1 @4A86. Patented July 21, 1914.
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rH'E NORRIS PETERS 60.. PHUTO-LITHO,, H/ASHINGTON, D C.
ES PATENT OFFICE.
LOUIS FELDMANN, JR., AND THEODORE E. CRECELIUS, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AS SIGNOBS TO MULTIPLEX DISPLAY FIXTURE COMPANY, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, A
CORPORATION OF MISSOURI.
WING- OR LEAF FOR DISPLAY-RACKS.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that we, LOUIS FELDMANN, Jr, and THEODORE'E. CRECELIUS, citizens of the United States, residing at the city of St. Louis, State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in ings or Leaves for Display-Racks, of which the following is'a specification, ref erence being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof.
. This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in wings or leaves for display-racks or the like, the objects of our invention being to provide a wing or leaf of the kind stated which will be strong, durable, and rigid, one which may be easily constructed and the parts of which may be readily and quickly operatively assembled, one which will present a neat and finished appearance, and one which is particularly adapted to firmly support and attractively display on both its outer flat surfaces both light and heavy framed and unframed pictures or other articles of merchandise without the hooks or other fastening means for the pictures or other articles displayed on one-of its sides or surfaces engaging or interfering with the pictures or other articles displayed on the other side or surface thereof, and to improve generally upon wings or leaves for display-racks and the like.
lVith these objects in view, our invention resides in the provision of a wing having a substantially all metallic rigid frame; in the provision of a wing having a body-portion comprising or made up of a plurality of spaced apart parallel walls adapted to provide a strong substantial support especially adapted for the display of more or less heavy articles of merchandise on both its outer flat surfaces; in the provision of a wing having a body portion comprising a plurality of spaced apart parallel walls of wire mesh or other suitable reticulated material and a background or cover of burlap or other suitable fabric for each of said walls; in the provision in a wing or'leaf of the kind stated of a frame having means adapted to readily and quickly engage with and operatively hold and support the body-portion or walls of the wing for the display of articles of merchandise thereupon; and in the novel construction, arrangement, and combination of the several parts of our new wing or leaf,
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented July 21, 1914.
Application filed April 6, 1912. Serial No. 689,027.
all as will hereinafter be described and afterward pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings Figure 1 is an elevational view of a display-rack or supporting standard showing a plurality of our new wings or leaves operatively mounted and arranged thereupon; Fig. 2 is a sectional view approximately on the line 2-2, Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary detail sectional view of one of our new wings or leaves, a portion of the fabric background or cover for one of the inner metallic walls being broken away; Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view on approximately the line 44L, Fig. 3, the bills or prongs of the body-portion engaging-hooks being shown in their opened-out position for engagement with said body-portion; Fig. 5 is a detail sectional view on approximately the line 55, Fig. 3, the bills or prongs of the body-portion engaging-hooks being clenched or bent as in the finished wing; Fig. 6 is a detail sectional view of a slightly modified form of our new wing or leaf, the reticulated or wire mesh inner walls of the preferred form of our new wing not being shown; and Fig. 7 is a perspective view of one of the body-portion engaging-hooks.
Referring to the accompanying drawings, A designates the frame of our new wing or leaf. This frame A is made up of or comprises vertically-disposed members 1 and 2, preferably metallic tubing, and horizontally-disposed cross or connecting members 3 and 4t, likewise preferably metallic tubing,
said members 3 and 1 extending between members 1 and 2 at or adjacent their ends, as shown particularly in Fig. 2. These members 1, 2, 3, and 4 provide a substantially rectangular frame, and while said members or tubing may be firmly connected or secured together in any suitable manner or by any suitable means, yet we prefer to connect or secure the same together by means of suitable metallic cornerspieces or brackets 5, 6, 7 and 8, the said. members, in the manufacture of our new wing or leaf, being at their ends first softened and brought approximately to a red heat to receive said corner-pieces and then afterward cooled and shrunk thereupon. By the construction described, a rigid, strong, durable, and sub stantially all metallic unitary frame comparatively light in weight is provided for the support of the body-portion of our new wing. As shown particularly in Fig. 2, brackets or corner-pieces 5 and 6 are provided with outwardly extending portions 5 and 6, respectively, to provide pintles or trunnions for the wing, whereby the finished wing is adapted to be pivotally or swingably mounted in a suitable supporting-standard or rack S provided with alining upper and lower parallel cross members or bars S and S, respectively. Preferably pintle or trunnion 5 is somewhat longer than pintle o'r trunnion 6, pintle 6' being adapted to rest in a suitable recess or the like provided in said lower cross member or bar S of standard S and said pintle 5 being adapted to be inserted into and extend through a suitable perforation in up oer cross member or bar S, whereby the nished wing or leaf may be easily placed into or removed from operative position in said standard, as will be readily understood. Brazed, welded, or otherwise suitably fixed to said members 1, 2, 3, and 4 of frame A and arranged at suit able distances apart on the inner portion of the periphery thereof, are what might be called double-hook rigid members B for en gaging with the body-portion of the wing, as hereinafter more fully appearing. Each of said members B comprises a convexedly curved central portion 9 adapted to fit neatly upon the periphery of said frame members, as shown particularly in Figs. 4, 5, and 6, and hook-portions 10 and 11 extending inwardly from opposite ends of said portion 9 and lying normally substantially fiatwise, as shown in Fig. 5, approximately flush with the opposite surface planes of frame A, the bills or prongs 12 of said hookportions 10 and 11 being preferably pointed and being presented outwardly relatively to frame A. As manufactured, the bills or prongs 12 of hook-portions l0 and 11 of members B are opened out as shown particularly in Fig. 4 for receiving and engaging with the body-portion of the wing; after the engagement thereof with said body-portion of the wing, the said bills or prongs 12 of hook-portions 1.0 and 11 are clenched or bent inwardly into the position thereof shown particularly in Fig. 5 and firmly hold and clamp, as it might be said, the bodyportion of the wing within the area of and in operative position on frame A approximately flush with the opposite surface planes thereof. .As shown clearly in Figs.4-., 5, and 6, portions 9 of hook-members B are arranged substantially in the central plane of frame A with said hook-portions 10 and 11 extending inwardly on opposite sides of such central plane, and when in clenched position engaging with the wing body-portion, the bills or prongs of said hook-portions 10 and 11 also lie preferably within or approximately flush with the surface for said metallic walls 13 and 1 1 and a neat and attractive background for the articles displayed. The wire-netting or mesh of walls 13 andl is preferably of a wellknown form wherein the meshes are hexagonal in shape, yet any other suitable preferably light weight and comparatively strong wire-netting or mesh might be used. The said netting having been cut to the proper size to fit within and cover the area of frame A, the edges of the two sections forming said walls 13 and 14 are detachably engaged and secured at their edges by said hooks 10 and 11 and are thus firmly held spaced apart and supported on all four sides in parallel planes within and to frame A. Each of the cover or background sections 15 of burlap or other fabric is provided at its edges with narrow reinforcing strips 16 of metal or other suitable material, these strips 16 .being preferably held in place by folding the edge of the fabric over the strip and then sewing or otherwise suitably securing the folded edge of the fabric to the body and within the area thereof, as
shown particularly in Figs. 4, 5, and 6. hen the fabric sections 15 are to be positioned in a frame A having the said sections or walls 13 and 1 1 in position there upon, the reinforced edges of said fabric sections 15 are applied to the hooks 10 and 11 so that the opened-out prongs 12 thereof engage through the overturned or folded edges thereof and over said strips 16, the said strips 16 in the finished wing occupying positions beneath said pointed hook-ends 12, as shown particularly in Figs. 41 and 5. After the said walls 13 and 1A and cover sections 15 have been so engaged by said hooks, the pointed ends or prongs 12 thereof are clenched or bent inwardly (into the position shown particularly in Fig. 5) to hold said walls 18 and 1A and cover sections 15 firmly stretched in operative position within and across the area of frame A and, at the same time, slightly or somewhat within the side or surface planes thereof. As shown particularly in Figs. 4 and 5, strips 16 are preferably of such width relatively to the depth of said hooks 10 and 11 that, when positioned under said hooks, their outer edges extend slightly beyond the extremity of said pointed hook-ends 12; said strips thus preventsaid pointed hook-ends 12 extending or cutting through the outer surface of said covers 15 and, at the same time, hold said covers 15 beyond and completely over said hooks, thereby providing in the finished wing a neat appearance between the edges of the overlying fabric covers 15 and frame A.
Wings or leaves of our improved construction are to a large extent utilized for displaying pictures, both framed and unframed, and other articles of mechandise, said articles being supported and held thereon by means usually hooks, brads, or other suitable fastening means. And in so displaying said articles, the hooks, brads, or other fastening means therefor are inserted into and through the fabric covers 15 and are received by and firmly, but removably, engage with the walls 13 and 1 1, which provide strong, substantial supports for said articles, whether such articles be of more or less weight. And by supporting said walls 13 and 14: spaced apart as described within frame A, it will be seen that a space therebetween is provided so that the hooks or brads for supporting articles on one wall will not engage with or damage the articles displayed on the other wall and whereby also the display of articles at one point or place on the outer surface of one wall will in no way be interfered with by the hooks or brads supporting articles on the outer surface of the other wall. By employing a loosely woven fabric, such as burlap, for the outer wall sections or covers 15, a pleasing, attractive, and effective cover for each of said metallic sections and background for the articles displayed thereupon is provided, and one which will withstand considerable usage and wear. It will be observed too that not only new cover sections 15, but also new sections 13 and lt, may be easily placed in operative position in frame A whenever required.
Our new wing, constructed as described, may be manufactured and made up quickly and at comparatively low cost and provides a strong and ready means for attractively displaying articles of merchandise of various kinds for the purpose of exhibition, sale, and the like. And it might be here stated that, by engaging the walls 13 and 14c with said hooks B as described, said members or walls 13 and 11 not only firmly support the articles displayed thereupon, but the full resiliency thereof is given play to .take up and absorb any jar due to, or arising on, an article (and especially a heavy article sup ported by a hook or brad) moving away from a wall and afterward knocking thereagainst when the wings are pivotally swung in the showing to a customer of the articles displayed on a series of wings operatively arranged in a standard S. Thus there is little, or no, liability of the articles displayed accidentally becoming displaced or falling from display position on our new wings.
As we have stated, the preferred form of our new wing provided with spaced apart parallel wire-mesh walls 18 and 1a and burlap covers 15 is more especially adapted for displaying articles more or less heavy in weight; for displaying articles comparatively light in weight, such as cards, unframed pictures, and the like, we may dispense with the wire-mesh walls or sections 13 and 14 and cover the area of frame A by, and secure within and to frame A, merely burlap or other suitable fabric walls 17 and 18, as shown particularly in Fig. 6, which are well adapted to firmly support and attractively display articles of the kind last mentioned. These walls 17 and 18, together with their reinforcing strips 19, are sub stantially similar to said sections 15 and are similarly operatively mounted and secured in position in frame A; but in this connection it might be stated that said strips 19 have a somewhat larger width than strips 16, so that when said strips 19 are in position under and engaging with said hooks 10 and 11, said walls 17 and 18 will likewise be neatly supported within the area of frame A and, at the same time, held spaced apart to provide a space therebetween for the hooks or brads used in displaying articles on both said walls.
We are aware that minor changes in the arrangement, construction, and combination of the several parts of our new wing or leaf may be made and substituted for those herein shown and described without departing from the nature and principle of our invention.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1. A wing or leaf for display racks comprising a frame, a series of hook-shaped engaging members arranged and disposed inwardly on said frame, and a wall section covering the area of said frame, said wall section having its edges reinforced and engaged by said members; substantially as described.
2. A wing or leaf for display-racks comprising a frame, a series of hook-shaped engaging members arranged and disposed inwardly on said frame, a section of reticulated metallic material engaged at its edges by said members and covering the area of said frame, and a section of fabric overlying and covering said section of reticulated material and having its edges reinforced and also engaged by said members; substan tially as described.
3. A wing or leaf for display-racks comprising a frame, a series of hook-shaped engaging members arranged and disposed in- Wardly on said frame, a section of reticulated metallic material engaged at its edges by said members and covering the area of said frame, and a section of fabric provided at its edges with a reinforcing strip overlying and covering said section of reticulated material, said fabric together ith its said strip being also engaged by said members; substantially as described.
4-. A Wing or leaf for display-racks comprising a frame, a series of hook-shaped engaging members arranged and disposed inwardly on said frame, a section of reticulated metallic material engaged at its edges by said members and covering the area of said frame, and a section of fabric provided at its edges with a reinforcing metallic strip overlying and covering said section of reticulated material and said members, said fabric together with its said strip being also engaged by said members; substantially as described.
5. A Wing or leaf for display-racks comprising a frame, a plurality of series of engaging hooks arranged thereon,'said series being disposed on opposite sides of the central plane of said frame, a plurality of parallel sections of reticulated metallic material covering the area of said frame, each of said sections being engaged at its edges by a series of said hooks, and a plurality of cover sections of fabric provided at their gaging hooks arranged thereon, said series being disposed onopposite sides of the con tral plane ofsaid frame, a plurality of sections of Wire-netting-covering the area of said frame, each of said sections being on gaged' at its edges by a series ofsaid hooks, and a plurality of cover sections of burlap provided at their edges with reinforcing strips of metallic material, each ofsaid burlap sections with its said metallic reinforcing strip being engagedby a series of said hooks and overlying said series of hooks and the section of Wire-netting. engaged thereb substantially as described.
In testimony whereof, We have signed our names to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.
LUUIS FELDMANN', JR. THEODORE E. CRECELIUS. l/Vitnesses:
EMIL MAYER, Z. D. PrNL-Us.
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