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March 1, 1938.
Filed May 26, 1936
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March 1, 1938.
Filed May 26, 1936
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Patented Mar. 1, 1938
John J. Goyne, Scranton, Pa.
Application May 26, 1936, Serial No. 81,931
1 Claim. (01. 40-132)
The present invention relates to new and use
projects outwardly from the conical portion 4 to
ful improvements in tail lights for automobiles
facilitate connection with a conductor wire.
and has for its primary object to provide in a
unitary structure a tail light and illuminated ad
tions 6 and ‘I are provided in the casing l adja
cent the lamp 3, said partitions de?ning a ver
5 vertising sign.
Another very important object of the invention
is to provide a device of the aforementioned. char
acter embodying a novel construction, combina
tion and arrangement of parts through the
10 medium of which the tail light and the advertis
ing sign are illuminated by a single lamp.
Still another important object of the invention
is to provide a combined tail light and advertis
ing sign for automobiles embodying means for
15 illuminating the rear license plate.
Other objects of the invention are to provide
a tail light and advertising sign for automobiles
which will be comparatively simple in construc
tion, strong, durable, compact, attractive in ap
20 pearance and which may be manufactured at low
,All of the foregoing and still further objects
and advantages of the invention will become ap
parent from a study of the following speci?ca
5 tion, taken in connection with the accompany
ing drawings wherein like characters of reference
designate corresponding parts throughout the
several views and wherein:-—
Figure 1 is a View in front elevation of the in
30 vention, showing same mounted on the rear of
an automobile.
Figure 2 is a bottom plan view of the invention.
Figure 3 is a view in front elevation of the in
vention with the advertising matter omitted.
Figure 4 is a view in vertical longitudinal sec
tion, taken substantially on the line 4—4 of Fig
ure 2.
Figure 5 is a cross-sectional view taken sub
stantially on the line 5—5 of Figure 3, looking in
40 the direction indicated by the arrows.
Figure 6 is a cross-sectional view taken sub
stantially on the line 6—6 of Figure 3, looking
in the direction indicated by the arrows.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, it will
45 be seen that the embodiment of the invention
which has been illustrated comprises a casing l
of any suitable material. One end portion of the
casing l is substantially triangular, as at 2, and
50 mounted therein is an electric lamp 3. The por
tion 2 of the casing l is provided with a substan
tially conical back 4 in which the socket 5 for
the lamp 3 is mounted. This is shown to ad
vantage in Figures 2 and 5 of the drawings and
55 it will be observed that the socket member 5
Comparatively wide and narrow vertical parti
tically elongated opening 8 for the passage of
light from said lamp 3. The end wall 9 of the
casing l which is remote from the lamp 3 ex
tends diagonally and mounted thereon is a re
flector ill in the form of a mirror.
The front of the casing l is open and rabbet
ed, as at H, for the reception of a glass l2. The
glass I2 is secured in position by a retaining
frame l3 which is mounted on the casing I. One
end portion of the frame I3 is formed to provide 15
a plate M which extends over the substantially
triangular end portion 2 of said casing, said plate
14 having a circular opening l5 therein in which
a red lens I6 is mounted. Traversing the frame
13 is a bar I‘! which divides the- glass l2 into 20
upper and lower areas to receive advertising or
other matter, as at l8 (see Figure 1). In the rear
portion of the bottom of the casing l is an elon
gated window I9 for illuminating the rear license
plate 20 of the vehicle. In Figure 1 of the draw- 25
ings the automobile is designated generally by the
reference numeral 2|.
It is thought that the operation of the inven
tion will be readily apparent from a considera
tion of the foregoing. When the electric lamp 30
3 is energized in the usual manner, said lamp,
of course, illuminates the red tail light lens I6.
Also, light from the lamp 3 enters the main
compartment of the casing I for illuminating
the glass sign l2, some of this light passing 35
through the window l9 in a manner to illuminate
the rear license plate 20 of the automobile. How
ever, the brilliance of the light entering the main
compartment of the casing l is reduced by the
partitions 6 and ‘I. In this manner a compara- 4o
tively soft light is produced for the advertising
sign, said light being re?ected by the mirror or
re?ector ID. The interior of the casing l is suit
ably colored for the most satisfactory result. Any
suitable means may be provided for mounting 45
the device on the automobile. Also, of course,
any desired advertising or other matter may be
placed on the glass l2.
It is believed that the many advantages of a
tail light constructed in accordance with the 50
present invention will be readily understood and
although a preferred embodiment of the device is
as illustrated and described it is to be under
stood that changes in the details of construction
and in the combination and arrangement of parts 55
may be resorted to which will fall within the
scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed is:
A tail light of the class described for auto
mobiles comprising an elongated casing having
a substantially triangular end portion provided
with a rounded extremity corresponding to the
arc of a circle, an electric lamp mounted in the
rear wall of said end portion concentrically with
10 respect to the circle from which the arc is formed
and spaced from said rounded extremity to re
?ect light from the lamp in a direction toward
the opposite end of the casing, spaced partitions
in the casing de?ning a plurality of compart
ments, said partitions extending vertically in
wardly from the front and rear walls respectively
of the casing with their adjacent edges in spaced
relation to provide a vertical opening substan
tially equidistantly from the front and rear walls
of the casing for the passage of light from said
lamp into the other compartment, each of said
compartments having glass covered openings in
the front walls thereof and a re?ector in one end
of the casing at the side of the partitions opposite
from said lamp and arranged for directing rays
of light from the lamp to the opening in said
other compartment.
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