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22, 1938.
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w. A. COVENTRY
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2,112,070
DISPLAY STAND FOR TUY SOLDIERS OR OTHER MERCHANDISE
Filed Nov. 23, 1936
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INVENTOR.
41,14 ATTORNEY.
Patented Mar. 22, 1938
2,112,070:
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,112,070
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DISPLAY STAND FOR TOY SOLDIERS OR
OTHER MERCHANDISE
William A. Coventry, Lancaster Township, Lan
caster County,_Pa.,v assignor to Grey Iron Cast
ing Company, Mount Joy, Pa”. a corporation of
Pennsylvania
Application November 23, 1936, Serial No. 112,260‘
3 Claims. (01. 211-442)
The present invention relates to display devices sioned by accidental disturbance of the display
and more‘ particularly to a display device for ex
hibiting toy soldiers or other merchandise.
Department stores and other dealers endeavor
_ 5 to exhibit to prospective purchasers samples of
their merchandise in an eifective manner with
out waste of space. Many articles of merchandise
such as games may be exhibited by merely re
moving the cover of the containerin which they
10' are shipped and allowing the public: to view them
in the container. Large articles may be con
veniently viewed without the need of any par
ticular display device. Toy soldiers, clowns and
other relatively small toys may not be advanta
15' geously viewed when merely stood on a counter
top, as the counter space is: usually limited and
when such toys are placed close together, the toys
nearest the prospective customer will hide those
at the rear of the group. In addition, toys stood
in this manner upon a counter top are easily
knocked over. Various types of display devices
stand or of the toys thereon.
A still further object is to provide structural
features in the display device adapted to improve
the appearance and utility thereof and to make 5
the structure more rugged without increasing they
cost thereof.
Other and further objects of the invention will
be obvious upon an understanding of the illustra
tive embodiment about to be described, or willbe
indicated in the appended claims, and various
advantages not referred to herein will‘occur to one
skilled in the art upon employment of the inven
tion in practice.
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A preferred embodiment of the invention has
been chosen for purposes of illustration and de
scription and is shown in the accompanying
drawing, forming a part of the speci?cation,
wherein
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred em
bodiment of the invention;
have been devised for displaying merchandise,
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of one of the two
but none of them is entirely satisfactory. Their
de?ciencies are particularly objectionable when
9:,‘ used for displaying toy soldiers and other objects
which are di?icult to maintain in standing posi-
supporting members utilized for supporting a
tion.
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The present invention aims to overcome the
above and other similar difficulties by providing
1201. an inexpensive device adapted to display rows
of toy soldiers, clowns and other relatively small
toys in upright position, and further aims to pro
vide a display device which may be shipped in
?at position and may be quickly and easily
a?» erected, and which has novel structural features
enhancing its utility and appearance.
An object of the present invention is to provide
ane?ective display standfor toy soldiers,clowns
and other merchandise.
Another object of the invention is to provide
an inexpensive display stand for toy soldiers,
clowns and other similar small toys, which may
be readily manufactured.
Another object of the invention is to provide a
display stand which may be shipped flat and
which may be quickly erected to display position.
Another object of the invention is to provide a
display stand adapted to cooperate with a suitable
platform for exhibiting toy soldiers, clowns and
507 other articles, andadapted to be used in conjunc
tion with other similar display devices.
A further object of the invention is to- provide a
display device adapted to sup-port toy soldiers,
clowns and other.v similar articles in erect position
55:“ and to minimize disarrangement thereof occa
series of steps;
Fig. 3 is a' detailed fragmentary sectional View‘
along the line 3-3 of Fig. 1 illustrating the at
tachment of the: step member to they supporting
member;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional
view taken centrally of the platform and step 30
member along the line 4—-4 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 5 is a detailed perspective view of one
corner of the platform illustrating the construc
tion thereof; and
Fig. 6 is a side elevational view illustrating one‘
display device and platform used in conjunction
with another.
Referring again to the drawing, and more par
ticularly to Fig. 1 thereof, there is shown in
perspective, a preferred embodiment of the in
vention. Generally described, the construction
comprises a shelf part I supported at an angle of
about thirty degrees to the horizontal to pro
vide a series of shelves in stepped relation for
displaying toy soldiers and the‘ like. A suitable
platform 2 is attached to the upper end of the
shelf part to form a substantially horizontal con
tinuation thereof suitably supported by brackets,
as will be described in detail hereinafter.
In the preferred embodiment, the stairway 50
preferably comprises the shelf part proper, de
signated by the numeral '13, with a pair of sup
porting members. 5 at‘the respective sides: thereof,
which are held in position at a suitable angle.
The detailed constructionaof .the supporting mem-' 55.
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bers 5 is shown more particularly in Fig. 2
and comp-rises a strip of sheet metal folded longi
tudinally along substantially the middle thereof
to provide a vertical ?ange 6 and a lateral ?ange
‘I substantially at right angles to each other.
The free edge of each of these ?anges is prefer
ably folded inwardly, as shown at 8 and 9, and
?attened against the ?ange to provide a folded
edge which eliminates rust and sharp projections.
In addition, these inturned edges cooperate with
the step or shelf portion, as will be described
hereinafter. The lower ends of the supporting
members 5 may have their upper corners removed,
as indicated at l0, and apertures H and I2 may
15 be provided in the vertical ?ange at the lower and
upper ends, _respectively, for attaching supports
therefor.
The shelf or display portion 4 is preferably
made from a sheet of decorated or coated metal
20 bent to provide a series of substantially horizon
tal shelves I 4, spaced one above another and con
nected by substantially vertical riser portions I5
when this part is mounted upon the supports and
held in inclined position.
The shelf part 4 is preferably mounted upon
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and secured to the supporting side members 5,
as shown more particularly in Fig. 3. The lateral
or supporting ?anges ‘I of the supporting mem
bers 5 extend under the sides of the step portion
4 and the vertical ?anges 6 bear against and
close the ends of the shelves. The inturned edge
9 on the lateral ?ange ‘l bears against the lower
apices l6 of the step portions to support it in
position. The step portion may be secured to
the supporting members in any suitable manner,
but preferably several of the lower apices are
welded to the lateral ?anges '! of the supporting
members intermediate the inturned edge and the
vertical ?anges 6. By so doing, there is a resilient
40 action tending to hold the inturned edge 9 ?rmly
against the shelf portion, which increases the
rigidity of the construction. Preferably, the in
turned edges 8 on the vertical ?ange member are
directly above the upper apices of the shelf por
tions, substantially concealing the side edges of
the member 4. Any other suitable means may be
utilized, if desired, for securing the supports to
the shelf member.
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Simple and effective means for supporting the
step member 4 and supporting members 5 in in
clined position may be provided by utilizing a
strip of metal I8 having a horizontal middle por
tion adapted to rest on a counter or other support
with upstanding end portions [9 having aper
tures 20 therein adapted to register with the aper
tures i2 in the supporting members 5 and be
secured thereto by a bolt or other attaching
means. Suitable apertures 20 are provided at
the lower portions adapted to be similarly at
60 tached to supporting members 2| which may be
formed from metal strips with apertures at their
respective ends. The apertures in the upset ends
of the members 2! register with the apertures I I
in the supporting members and are secured
65 thereto in any suitable manner to hold the dis
play in rigid position. The inclination of the
step member is determined by the relative
lengths of the supporting members 5, l9 and 2|.
The structure described above provides a series
70 of shelves one above another in stepped relation
upper row, they may be placed on every other
shelf instead of on each shelf. Considerable
difficulty is encountered in maintaining small ob
jects in upright position due to jars, movement
of the display and accidental engagement with
the toys. To increase substantially the stability
of the toys and to minimize the above difficulty,
the shelf portions I4 herein are inclined slightly
with respect to the horizontal when in set up
position so that the toys are tilted backwardly
slightly. The amount of the inclination may
depend, in some measure, on the type of object
to be displayed, but with toy soldiers of the type
illustrated herein, an inclination of approxi
mately eight degrees has been found to be very
effective. To cooperate with the shelf portions,
the vertical portions [5 lean forwardly over the
lower shelf portion some nine or ten degrees,
depending on the type of article displayed. When
toy soldiers are placed on the shelves preferably 20
they are permitted to rest against the upper apex
of the respective shelves with the heel of the
soldier substantially against the vertical portion.
In this way, the feet are ?rmly on the shelf por
tion and the back of the legs rests against the 25
apex of the riser portion and supports the articles
more ?rmly in position. Preferably, the lower
end of the shelf part ends in a shelf with the free
edge folded downwardly and backwardly to give
it a smooth folded edge.
The upper end of the 30
shelf part preferably ends in a vertical portion
likewise having its end folded as shown at 24, to
present a folded edge.
While the parts described above present an
effective display, the preferred embodiment of the
invention contemplates the provision of a suitable
platform 2 secured to the upper end of the display.
The platform may be of any suitable construction
but, preferably, comprises a sheet of metal bent
downwardly at its front end, as shown at 25, and
upwardly at its rear end, as shown at 26, with
the edges folded throughout the four sides to
eliminate projections and minimize the oppor
tunity for rust. The ?anges 25 and 26 are pref
erably at an acute angle to the base part, as
shown more particularly in Fig. 4, with the down
wardly extending ?ange extending over and
mating with the upwardly extending vertical por
tion on the member 4. The upwardly extending
?ange is at an acute angle substantially similar to
the angle of the step portions in the member 4.
The platform 2 may be secured in position by
means of the brackets 21 comprising strips of
metal with apertures at their respective ends, the
aperture at the lower end being adapted to regis
ter with and be secured to the bolt and aperture
20 of the part I9, the upper end being ?anged at
an angle, as shown at 28, to fit against the bottom
of the platform and with the apertures therein
registering with the apertures 29 in the plat
form and secured thereto by suitable bolts or
other means. The length of the brackets 21 is
preferably such as to incline the platform down
wardly, the inclination being substantially the
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same as that of the shelves or shelf portions. In
this way, toy soldiers may be placed in a row
against the ?ange 26 in the same way that they
are placed on the shelves and will be supported
and held in upright position in a similar manner
by the forwardly extending ?ange 26.
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somewhat similar to a stairway. Toys such as
toy soldiers may be placed on these shelves in
upright position and will be visible as an entirety.
If the toys should be sui?ciently tall for one row
In Fig. 6, two of the display devices are shown
placed in end to end relation to form a continu
to obscure the lower portions of an adjoining
may be supported on a block or other stand.
ously ascending display device of twice the height
of a normal display. The second display device
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desired, additional display stands may be placed
in ascending relation behind those illustrated in
Fig. 6. In addition, a number of display stands
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2. In a display stand the combination of a dis
play part formed from a sheet of, material bent
to provide a series of shelves in stepped relation
may be placed side by side to provide a wider dis
connected by riser portions, supporting members
play. While the display stand has been shown at the ends of said shelf portions each formed by
in the drawing with the detachable platform at— a strip of metal folded longitudinally to provide
tached thereto, it is to be understood that this supporting and vertically extending ?anges with
may be dispensed with in any desired instance.
the longitudinal edges thereof bent back upon the
It will be seen that the present invention pro
?anges to provide folded edges, said bentback
10 vides an inexpensive display device adapted to portion on one ?ange being in engagement with 10
support toy soldiers, clowns or other merchan
the bottom of said display part, said folded edge
dise in display position and to minimize dis
on the other ?ange being directly above the
arrangement thereof due to shocks, jars or to apices formed by the shelves and riser portions,
movement of the display device. The device may and means for connecting the bottom portion of
be shipped in ?at position, minimizing the space said supporting members to said shelf part inter
occupied, and may be quickly and easily assem V mediate the vertical ?ange and said folded edge
bled by the purchaser. In addition, a detachable on the supporting ?ange to hold the folded edge
platform may be used in conjunction withthe on the supporting ?ange firmly against the bot- 7
display to provide a large exhibit and, if desired, tom of the display part. 7
several of the displays may be utilized in con
3. In a display stand the combination of a dis
junction with each other for a similar purpose.
play part formed from a sheet of material bent
As various changes may be made in the form, to provide a series of shelves in stepped relation
construction and arrangement of the parts connected by riser portions, said riser portions
herein without departing from the spirit and and shelf portions being at an acute angle with
scope of the invention and without sacri?cing any respect to each other to form stabilizing means
of its advantages, it is to be understood that all for the articles to be displayed thereon, support
matter herein is to be interpreted as illustrative
ing members at the ends of said shelf, portions
and not in a limiting sense.'
each formed by a strip of metal folded longitudi
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
nally to provide supporting and vertically extend
1. In a display stand the combination of a dis
play part formed from a sheet of material bent
to provide a series of shelves in stepped relation
connected by riser portions, said riser portions
and shelf portions being at an acute angle with
35 respect to each other to form stabilizing means
for the articles to be displayed thereon, support
ing members at the ends of said shelf portions
each formed by a strip of metal folded longitudi
nally to provide supporting and vertically extend
ing flanges with the longitudinal edges thereof
bent back upon the ?anges to provide folded
edges, said bent back portion on one ?ange being
in engagement with the bottom of said display
part, said folded edge on the other ?ange being
u. in directly above the apioes formed by the shelves
and riser portions, and means for connecting the
bottom portion of said supporting members to
said shelf part intermediate thervertical ?ange
and said folded edge on the supporting ?ange to
50 hold the folded edge on the supporting ?ange
?rmly against the bottom of the display part,
ing ?anges with the longitudinal edges thereof ,
bent back upon the ?anges to provide folded
edges, said bent back portion on one ?ange being
in engagement with the bottom of said display
part, said folded edge on the other ?ange being
directly above the apices formed by the shelves
and riser portions, means for connecting the bot
tom portion of said supporting members to said
shelf part intermediate the vertical ?ange and
said folded edge on the supporting ?ange to hold
the folded edge on the supporting ?ange firmly 40
against the bottom of. the shelf part, a pair of
supports for holding in raised position the upper
ends of said supporting members and said display
part, and a pair of members connected to the
lower ends of said pair of supports and to the 45
lower ends of said supporting members to hold
said display part in inclined position and to pro~
vide a unitary structure which may be placed on
any horizontal support.
WILLIAM A. COVENTRY.
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