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March 1, 1938.
2,109,588
H. R‘. HOKE
DISPLAY
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Filed Oct. 8. 1936
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UNITED STATES
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DISPLAY BOOTH
Henry R. Hoke, Garden City, N. Y.
Application October 8, 1936, Serial No. 104,587
4 Claims. (Ci. 40-130)
This invention relates to display booths of the
general character employed in displaying various
products and articles of commerce to the trade
through or by the aid of such public functions
5
as trade conventions and exhibitions.
Functions of the above character are usually
housed in hotels and other public institutions,
from the management of which it is customary
for the exhibitors to lease not only booth space
1 O but also the booths themselves, in connection with
the latter of which charges are made to the
lessee for erecting the booths and conditioning
them to meet the needs and demands of the vari
ous exhibitors. Obviously the labor and other
items involved in erecting special booths pre
paratory to the holding of a convention or exhi
bition and in dismantling such booths upon con
clusion of the function represents a substantial
expense to all concerned parties and is otherwise
objectionable from varied viewpoints.
.
An important object of the present invention
is to overcome the various objections heretofore
encountered in connection with the matter of
satisfying the booth requirements of the exhib
itors at such trade functions as conventions and
exhibitions, and to that end I contemplate a uni
tary structure, wherein the component elements
are so standardized and are so related to each
other that they may be quickly assembled to
w produce a booth which is attractive in appear
ance, highly satisfactory from a utilitarian stand
point, easily disassembled and capable of being
packed for either storage or shipment in a rela
tively compact knocked-down condition with a
consequent saving of storage space when packed
away for future use, in situ, and with an equal
saving of space and a corresponding saving of
transportation charges when shipped from place
to place.
.
Other objects and advantagesof the invention
will become apparent from the following descrip
tion taken in connection with the accompanying
drawings, in which
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a display booth
embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse sectional view
taken on line 2-—2 _of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a similar view taken on line 3—3 of
Fig. 1;
.
Fig. 4 is a fragmental sectional view taken on
line 4-4 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 5 is a central vertical sectional view of
the component elements of one pillar showing
them in nested relation, and
55 Fig. 6 is a fragmental sectional view showing
in detail means for connecting adjacent pillar
units together in a superimposed relation.
The apparatus embodying the invention com
prises essentially a pair of substantially'identical
pillars S, a pair of tie rods 1 and 8 detachably CT!
connected to the pillars, a curtain-like back
ground element it suspended from the upper tie
rod and overlying the lower tie rod, a display panel
I! detachably suspended from the upper tie rod
and overlying’the lower tie rod, and a sign unit 10
92 detachably supported by the uppermost tie
rod in a position adjacent the upper end of the
display panel.
Considering particularly the pillars 6, it is to
be observed that each of them includesa plu
rality of cooperatively related pillar units i4, i5, '
and it which are graduated in size according to
the positions which they occupy in the pillar,
the largest being at the base of the pillar, the next
largest being at an intermediate position in the u
pillar, and the smallest being at the top of the
pillar. The several pillar units l4, l5, and I6»
are identical in that they each include a bottom
wall H, a front wall it and a pair of side walls
As to the lowermost and intermediate pillar
units, it will be observed that they are each pro
vided with a top wall 2| which terminates short
of the front wall l8 so as to provide a light-emit
ting opening ‘22, through which light rays may be
directed upwardly to produce a flood-light effect 13d
with relation to the front walls of the intcrme~
iate and uppermost pillar units, it being ob
served that'ample space is allowed between ad
jacent'front walls, as shown at 24, to permit un
obstructed passage of light for the purpose men- I;
tioned.
The light source, through the medium of which
the flood-light effect is produced, is represented
by a pair of electric lamps 25, one of which is
located in the lowermost pillar unit, and the
other of which is located in the intermediate
pillar unit, the lamps being permanently held by
suitable means in their respective positions and
partially housed by suitable guards26 attached
at opposite ends to adjacent front and top walls
i8 and 25. Although the uppermost pillar unit
it is provided with a top wall Zia, which corre
sponds to the top walls 2! of the remaining
pillar units, it lacks the primary function of the
top walls 21! and is included merely for the pur
pose of lending .a ?nished appearance to the pillar
in general.
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Inasmuch as the transverse (depth) dimen
sions of the several pillar units M, 15, and iii
progressively decrease, it will be appreciated that 55
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when they are assembled as shown in Fig. 1 the
collars 42 and 34 carried on the inner walls of
pillar of which they form parts will present a
stepped appearance at its front, which adds to
the attractiveness of the design in its entirety;
the respective pillar units l6 and I4, and that
and since the side walls 20 of the intermediate
pillar unit l5‘ are so spaced from each other as
to snugly ?t intermediate the walls 2i! of the
pillar unit I4, as is also true of the side walls 29
of the pillar unit l 6 with respect to the side walls
23 of the pillar unit IS, the pillar will present a
stepped appearance also at each side thereof,
which, although less pronounced than the stepped
presentation at the front thereof, is su?iciently
prominent to add to the general appearance and
attractiveness of the design.
In order that the pillar units l4, l5, and it
may be interlocked together and held in a rigid
relation there are provided, as between the pillar
units l4 and I5 and the pillar units i5 and i8,
apair of locking units 21, the details of one of
which are shown most clearly in Fig. 6. Each of
these locking units includes a locking plate 28
these collars are provided with thumb screws 45
which are adapted to be run down into clamping
engagement with the tie rods. From the fore
going, it will be understood that the tie rods '1
and 8 not only maintain the pillars 6 in a. de?nite
spaced relation to each other but so tie the pillars
together as to lend rigidity to the entire struc
ture when assembled as shown in Fig. 1.
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As to the curtain-like background element l0,
it may be constructed of any suitable fabric or
similar material, capable of lending a pleasing
appearance and an appropriate color contrast
with respect to the other elements of the assem
bly when viewed from the front thereof. The
background element is suspended from the tie
rod 1 in the manner of an ordinary curtain, ex
tends substantially to the ?oor line, and over
lies the tie rod 8 which is located somewhat for
wardly of a vertical plane passing through the tie
rod 1. It is to be observed that due to ‘the fact
having an elongated slot 39 formed therein. that the tie rod 8 is located somewhat forwardly
These locking plates are suitably connected, as > of the tie rod 1, the background element ‘Ill is
supported in part by the tie rod 8 and will be 25
25 by bolts 3|, to the bottom wall ll of the respec
tive pillar units {5 and 20 with their openings held throughout the major portion of its length
39 vdisposed in registration with lug-receiving at a slight angle with respect to the vertical so
pockets 32 with which the respective bottom walls as to conform to the inclination of the display
panel H which is also suspended from the tie
l? are provided. Each of the locking units 2‘?
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further includes an anchor plate 34, to which is rod "I and overlies the tie rod 8.
As shown most clearly in Figs. 1 and 3, the
suitably connected a locking lug 35, having a
laterally extending toe portion 35. The anchor suspension means for the display panel H com
prises a pair of hooks 49, which are adapted to
plates 34 are suitably connected, as by bolts 3?,
be detachably connected to the tie rod 1, and the
to the top walls H of the respective pillar units
shank portions of which are suitably connected
35 Ill and I5, and are disposed in such positions
thereon that their associated lugs 35 are adapted to the rear face of the upper margin of the dis
play panel ii and are offset, as shown at '48, to
to pass through the elongated slots 38 of the
locking plates 28 and enter the lug-receiving an extent corresponding to the thickness of the
display panel. As to the major shank-length of
pockets 32 formed in the bottom walls ll of the
the hooks 1%, it will be noted that they are dis
pillar units l5 and I6. From the foregoing, it
posed at a slight angle to the face of the display
will be understood that when one pillar unit is
panel ‘I l and are adapted to assume vertical posi
superimposed on another, as for example the
tions when the panel is suspended, as shown in
pillar unit I5 on the pillar unit M, such units
may be effectively locked together by so shifting Figs. 1 and'3. It is to be observed that, inasmuch
as the display panel H overlies the tie rod 8 and
45 the uppermost unit that the locking-lug toe por—
is in turn partially supported thereby, it will, by
tion 36 will assume an effective locking position
reason ‘of its own weight, so impinge on the
with relation to its cooperatively associated look
ing plate 28, as shown in Fig. 6. By the aid of background element at a point where it overlies
the locking units 21 just described, the pillar units the tie rod as to maintain the background element
in a relatively taut condition throughout the
50 l4, I5, and i6 may be not only quickly inter
major portion of its length.
locked and held in an assembled relation but
As to the sign unit l2, it is to be observed that
may be also quickly disconnected from one an
it is detachably connected to and suspended from
other, as for example, when it is desired to knock
down the structure preparatory to packing, and the tie rod ": by a pair of hooks, one of which is
shown in Fig. 4 and there indicated by the nu
55 storing or shipping,
nieral 49 and both of which are suitably connected
In order that the lamps 25 may be connected
to a source of current, such as a house-lighting
to the unit at the rear thereof so that the unit
system, they are equipped with suitable conduc
tors (electric cords) 31, 38, and 40, the ?rst two
will engage the display-panel hooks 13B and be
held thereby against turning from a vertical posi
60 of which are associated with the lamp 25 of the
tion in a counter-clockwise direction, as viewed
in Figs. 2 to 4. In order that any desired display,
pillar unit M and the last mentioned one of which
is associated with the lamp of the pillar unit l5,
there being provided a detachable connector 4!
by which the conductors 38 and 40 may be readily
65 connected to and disconnected from each other
such as the exhibitor’s name or the name of his
product, may be conspicuously presented, the
sign unit ‘i2 may be formed with a front panel
Ell adapted to accommodate such indicia as may
when assembling and disassembling the pillar
units.
be desired, it being understood that the front
The pillars 6 are tied together in a. de?nite
structed in any suitable manner to'enable a
source of light, not shown, to be effectively em
spaced relation by the tie rods 1 and B, opposite
ends of the former of which project through the
inner side walls 20 of the pillar units It‘ and oppo
site ends of the latter of which project through
the inner side walls 20 of the pillar units i4. As
to the tie rods 7 and 8, it is to be observed that
their opposite ends are accommodated within
panel may be of any suitable material or ‘con
ployed, when housed within the sign unit, to
illuminate the sign~unit display. It will be un
derstood that such source of {light may also be
effectively employed to illuminate the display
panel H, which, by reasonof the ‘fact that ‘it ‘is
inclined, as ‘hereinbefore explained, will ‘directly
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receive sufficient downwardly directed light from
the interior of the sign unit to render such dis
play as may be carried thereon pronouncedly
visible to an observer from the front of the dis
play.
panels arranged side-by-side in a spaced relation
and of such dimensions as to collectively present
the required display surface because of the
attractiveness that is presented by such an
arrangement over the appearance of a single
From the foregoing description it will be ap
preciated that the panel units l4, l5, and iii are
such that they, when knocked-down, may be
nested one within another as illustrated in Fig. 5,
display panel of relatively extremely large di
mensions.
What is claimed is:
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1. In a display booth, a plurality of groups of
10 the nesting arrangement being such that only a ‘ pillar units, the pillar units ofeach group being 10
comparatively small space is required for storage
or shipment. In order that the pillar unit I5
may be held against undue displacement when
nested within the pillar unit M, the side walls 20
15 of the latter unit are provided with a pair of sup
ported strips 5i against which the front wall is
of the pillar unit I5 is adapted to abut, and be
tween such side walls there is provided a trans
versely disposed strip 52‘ which is so located as to
20 prevent the nested pillar units from shifting
longitudinally with respect to each other. Simi
larly, the pillar unit I 5 is provided with a pair of
supporting strips 54 and a transversely disposed
strip 55 which serve to prevent the nested pillar
units 15 and I6 from becoming unduly displaced
with relation to each other, as explained in con
nection with the pillar units l4 and I5.
Although the pillar units are adapted to assume
a relatively compact relation when nested, it is
30 obvious that ample room is available between
such nested units to accommodate the electrical
wiring expedients 31, 38, 4B, and M, as when
the conductor (electric cord) 31 is disconnected
from a lighting circuit and the conductors (elec
tric cords) 38 and 4B are disconnected from each
other.
so proportionally dimensioned with reference to
each other as to facilitate their being arranged in
a nested relation and adapted to assume end-to
end positions when out of nested relation so as
to form a plurality of pillars corresponding in 15
number to the number of said groups of pillar
units, means for anchoring said pillars to each
other in a spaced relation and including a pair
of tie rods detachably connected to said pillars,
one of said rods being disposed below the other 20
tie rod and slightly to the front of the vertical
plane thereof, a curtain-like background ele-‘
ment suspended from the upper tie rod, and a
display panel detachably suspended from the
upper tie rod and disposed intermediate said pil 25
lars in a. contiguous relation to said curtain-like
background element and overlying the lower tie
rod.
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2. In a display booth, a plurality of groups of
pillar units, the pillar units of each group being 30
so proportionally dimensioned with reference to
each other as to facilitate their being arranged
in a nested relation and adapted to assume end
to-end positions when out of nested relation so
as to form a plurality of pillars corresponding in 35
number to the number of said groups of pillar
Aside from the fact that the nesting arrange ' units, means for anchoring said pillars to each
ment of the pillar units 1 4, l5, and I6 is such that other in a spaced relation and including a pair
only a comparatively small space is required for
40 storing or shipping such units, it is to be observed
that the remaining elements entering into the
structure as a whole, namely, the tie rods 1 and
8, the curtain-like background element Ill, the
panel board H and sign unit l2, are such that
- they may also be stored or packed for shipment
of tie rods detachably connected to said pillars,
one of said rods being disposed below the other 40
tie rod and slightly to the front of. the vertical
plane thereof, a curtain-like background element
suspended from the upper tie rod and overlying
the lower tie rod and positioned intermediate said
pillars, and a display panel detachably suspended
in a relatively small space. The advantages, to
be derived from the conservation of space, both
from the upper tie rod and disposed intermediate ,
with respect to the pillar units and the remaining
tain-like background element and overlying the
elements entering into the structure as a whole,
become especially pronounced when a large
number of the booths are to be stored or packed
for shipment, as will be readily appreciated when
it is taken into account that many pillars (rep
resented by groups of nested pillar units) may be
packed or crated together, as is also true of the
tie rods, the curtain-like background elements,
the panel boards and the sign units.
From the foregoing it will be appreciated that
by the use of the present invention the several
objects sought to be attained may be realized
with pronounced advantage over present-da
practice.
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Although only one form of the invention is
herein shown and described, it Will be understood
- that various changes may be made without de
parting from the spirit of the invention or the
scope of the following claims, as for example
various tie rods 7 and 8, curtain-like background
elements iii, display panels H and sign units l2
of different standardized lengths, widths and
other dimensions may be employed to meet vary
ing requirements, but as to display panels in par
ticular it may be Well to point out that in cases
where a large display panel area is required
75 preference is to be given to a plurality of. display
said pillars in a contiguous relation to said cur
lower tie rod.
3. In a display booth, a plurality of groups of
pillar units, the pillar units of each group being
so proportionally dimensioned with reference to
each other as to facilitate their being arranged
in a nested relation and adapted to assume end
to-endpositions when out of nested relation so
as to form a plurality of pillars corresponding in
number to the number of said groups of. pillar
‘units, means for anchoring said pillars to each
other in a spaced relation and including a tie
rod detachably connected to said pillars, a cur 60
tain-like background element suspended from
said tie rod and positioned intermediate said
pillars, a display panel disposed intermediate said
pillars in a contiguous relation to said curtain
like background element, a pair of hook-like
members connected to the upper margin of said
display panel and adapted to be detachably sup
ported by said tie rod whereby said display panel
is detachably suspended therefrom, and a sign 70
unit detachably suspended from said tie rod and
adapted to rest against said hook-like members
whereby it is maintained in a de?nite position
with relation to said display panel.
ll. In a display booth, a plurality of groups of 75
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pillar units, each pillar unit including a front
wall and the pillar units of each group being so
proportionally dimensioned with reference to
each other as to facilitate their being arranged
each adjacent pair of pillar units in pillar-form
ing positions being disposed in offset positions
with respect to each other and thus providing
therebetween a light opening, illuminating means
in a nested relation and adapted to assume end
for supplying ?ood-light illumination by way of .
to-end pillar-forming positions and to be sup
said light openings to the front surface of the
front wall of the supported pillar units, and
means for anchoring said pillars to each other
in a spaced relation.
HENRY R. HOKE.
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ported one on another in such positions when out
of nested relation so as to form a plurality of
pillars corresponding in number to the number
10 of said groups of pillar units, the front walls of
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