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Feb. 1, 1938.
Filed April 3, 1937
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Feb. 1, 1938.
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Patented Feb. 1, 1938
William J. Sweeney, Belleville, N. J.
Application April 3, 1937, Serial No. 134,822
5 Claims.
The invention disclosed herein relates to dis
play ?gures for advertising, amusement and
(Cl. 40-126)
hingedly attached edge portions 11, which pro
other purposes.
Special objects of the invention are to produce
the balancing e?ect of a “tight rope” or “slack
wire” performer or to provide a dancing or jump
ing effect in ?gures use-d for display purposes and
to accomplish such ‘results in highly attractive
forms with relatively simple inexpensive struc
19 ture.
Further special objects are to provide display
apparatus of the character outlined in knock—
down shape, which can be packed and shipped
in compact form and be quickly and easily set
‘ up in a practical self-sustaining structure at the
point of display.
Additional objects and the novel features con
stituting the invention are set forth and will
appear in the course of the following speci?ca
The drawings accompanying and forming part
of the speci?cation illustrate di?erent practical
ject beyond the hinge line 15, crossing back of
the other section of the base, where they are
caught by extending through slots E8, in a se
curing tab 19, hingedly attached to said second
base section as indicated at Zil. Fig. 4 shows
how when the side strips ll’ are turned back from
the ?rst base piece and the ends of the same
are caught in the securing flap I9, on the back
of the other base piece the two portions of the
base will be held extended and the hinge con
nection between the two he braced and secured
relatively rigid.
The base, secured in the extended relation de
scribed is shown supported in a slightly backward
inclined relation by easel strips 2|, hingedly se
cured at 22, on the backs of the support or tower
portions i3, which are indicated as caught in the
rearwardly outstanding relation by flaps 23, hing
ing down from the base portions 22, in through
openings 24, in the easel props 2! and slotted to
engage over the edges of such props as shown at
embodiments of the invention, but it should be
understood that the structure may be modi?ed
and changed in various ways all within the true
intent and broad scope of the invention.
25, Figs. 2 and 3.
Fig. 1 is a front view of an embodiment of the
invention depicting a performer balanced on a
through receiving openings in the pairs of rear
wardly projecting lugs 27, at the back of the
supports l3, and angularly turned inner ends 30
28, meeting and entering a receiving socket 29,
“tight rope”.
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same.
Fig. 3 is a rear elevation.
Figs. 4 and 5 are broken detail views as taken
substantially on the planes of lines 4-4 and 5-—-5
respectively of Fig. 3.
Fig. 6 is a broken detail illustrating the con
nection of the wires with the supported ?gure.
Figs. '7 and 8 are front and edge views respec
tively of a second embodiment of the invention.
Fig. 9 is a broken plan View of the same.
The effect of a ?gure balanced on the wire
is attained in the construction illustrated by mak- ,_
ing the wire in two sections I211 and !2b, having
angularly turned outer ends 26, extending down
in the back of the ?gure.
The anchorage lugs‘ 21, for the ends of the
two piece wire are shown in Fig. 5, as hinged tabs
on the upper and lower ends of base pieces 30.
secured over the base portions 22, of the braces
or props 2!, perforated in vertical alignment to
take the downwardly extending ends 26 of the
Wire pieces. The socket 29, for the inner ends
as on substantially the plane of line l0—l0 of
of the wire pieces is shown as a downwardly
opening recess on the back of the leg of the ?gure
of a size to snugly receive the upwardly extending
Fig. 7.
The ?rst embodiment of the invention is repre
sentative of the ?gure of a “tight rope” performer
45 i i, balanced on a wire 12, extending between sup
end portions of the wire, thus locating the junc
ture of the two wire pieces behind the foot of
the ?gure, with the substantially horizontal por
tions in alignment and having the appearance at
Fig. 10 is an enlarge-d broken sectional detail
ports It.
This ?gure and supports may be made of flat
sheet material, such as suitable cardboard and
the whole be foldable, so that it may be readily
50 knocked down for shipment or set up for display.
In this particular illustration, the supports 13
are shown as connected by an intermediate por
tion ill, hingeable along a vertical line I5. Fixed
on the back of one of these relatively hinged
55 sections is shown a base piece It, Fig. 3, having
the front of a single continuous wire.
The anchorage of .the angled outer ends of
the wire pieces prevents them from turning and
the anchorage of the ?gure on the upturned in
ner ends of the wire pieces secures this ?gure in
an upstanding relation, appearing as balanced
on a length of supporting wire. The resiliency
of the wire causes apparent balancing and back
and forth swinging movements of the ?gure with 55
vibrations, producing a life-like similitude of a
tight rope performer’s actions. The torsional or
twisting movements of the wire pieces may be
governed or controlled to an extent by the mate
rial, size and temper of the wire and by the
weight and height of the ?gure, so that various
desired back and forth swaying effects may be
The wire anchorage lugs 21, are shown as held
in their extended positions by having the ends of
the same projected through slots 3|, in the braces
or props 2i. The base construction described
and arranged to suspend the ?gure in a “?oating”
relation in front of the background or base struc~
The invention may be carried out in a great
many ways and the claims should be interpreted
accordingly, the terms employed being used in a
descriptive rather than in a limiting sense, except
as possible limitations may be imposed by the
state of the prior art.
What is claimed is:
1. In display apparatus, a ?gure having a
downwardly opening socket on the back of the
folds substantially ?at yet may be quickly set up
in ?rmly supporting relation. After being so set
same, spaced supports having upwardly opening
may be passed down through the openings pro
vided for them in the anchorage lugs 21, and the
having upwardly angled ends engaged in said
downwardly opening socket of the ?gure and
downwardly angled ends entered in said upwardly
15 up, the downwardly angled ends of the wire pieces
?gure be mounted by simply forcing the socket
portion ?rmly down over the abutted upwardly
20 angled inner ends 28, of the wire pieces. In this
assembled relation, the parts are all ?rmly con
nected and .well braced, but the wire pieces are
left in a more or less tensioned springy condition,
subject to the slightest vibration to set the ?gure
moving in simulation of a balancing act.
In the second illustration of the invention, a
?gure I Ia, such as representative of an animal, is
resiliently supported on a wire I2c, in a position
suggesting a dancing or jumping action over a
background or support I3a.
In this particular construction, a single piece
of Wire I20 is employed, having a downwardly
angled lower end I211, entered in a pocket 32, on
the back of the support, said wire extending from
this bent lower end rearwardly, upwardly and
forwardly in a wide loop and terminating in an
upwardly projecting angled end I2e, engaged in
a pocket 33, on the back of the ?gure.
The wire
in this case is tensioned by the weight of the ?gure
and with su?iciently resilient wire, a wide sustain
ing loop and the proper weight of ?gure, corn
paratively slight vibrations will cause ‘the ?gure
to dance or jump over the face of the background,
which in the case of an animal may represent a
45 ?eld, possibly with a fence over which the animal
may appear to jump. This construction may well
be used to provide the illusion of a ?gure suspend
ed in air, such as an adagio dancer at the top of
her leap, etc. The wire, where it is exposed, as it
is in the ?rst form of the invention, may be col
ored the same as the background, making it in
visible or less noticeable. In the second form of
the invention, the wire may be entirely concealed
sockets on the back of the same and wire pieces
opening sockets on the support.
2. In display apparatus, supporting wire hav
ing downwardly angled ends and upwardly angled
intermediate portions, a support having spaced
parts receiving said downwardly angled ends and
a ?gure resiliently supported on the wire and
having a socket receiving said upwardly angled
intermediate portions of said supporting wire.
3. Apparatus for providing the illusion of a
?gure balancing on a wire, comprising spaced
supports, wires having angled ends held in said
spaced supports and extending in alignment
toward each other across the space between said 30
supports, the adjacent ends of said aligned wires
being angled and a ?gure engaged over said last
mentioned angled ends, forming a connection be
tween and concealing said angled ends of the
4. Display apparatus, comprising an upstand
ing support, a wire having an angled end engaged
in the ‘back of said support and extending rear
wardly therefrom in a wide loop projecting up
wardly and forwardly toward the front of the 40
support and a ?gure engaged on the upper end of
said wire over the face of said support.
5. Display apparatus, comprising an upstanding
support, a wire having an angled end engaged in
the back of said support and extending rearward 45
ly therefrom in a wide loop projecting upwardly
and forwardly toward the front of the support, a
?gure engaged on the upper end of said wire over
the face of said support, the upper end of said
Wire being angled and said ?gure having a socket 50
?tting said angled end.
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