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Feb. 1, 1938. w. J. SWEENEY _ 2,106,813 DISPLAY FIGURE ‘ Filed April 3, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet l i ' i l VENTOR WILL/AMd-S'WEENEY EE ‘ ‘ ; Wm Feb. 1, 1938. w. J. SWEENEY ' 2,106,818 DISPLAY FIGURE Filed April 3, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR WILL/AM cLSWEEA/EY ‘A 3.2 E ‘ 2,106,818 Patented Feb. 1, 1938 UNITED STATE? PATENT orrice 2,106,818 DISPLAY FIGURE 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 tion. 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 35 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 2 2,106,818 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 accomplished. 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~ ture. 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 1O 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. 25 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 wires. 35 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. WILLIAM J. SWEENEY.