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July`12, 193.2.'
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H, L, WALTER
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DISPLAY
SPACER
Filed Aug. 2o, 1957 '
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2 sheets-sheet 1
July 12, 1938._
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H. L. WALTER
DISPLAY SPACER
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Patented `Iuly 12, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT rOFFICE
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DISPLAY SPACER
Harry L. Walter, University City, Mo., assignor to
Ely & Walker Dry Goods-Company, St. Louis,
Mo., a corporation oi’ Missouri
Application August 20, 1937, Serial No. 160,064
15 Claims. (Cl. 312-140.3)
‘This invention relates, in general, to store >rolled or otherwise suitably formed preferably
furniture and fixtures and is concerned more
particularly with partition equipment .for subdi
viding the top of a counter or table into a plu
rality of compartmentsfor display of merchan
dise.
My invention has for its primary object the
provision of new and improved counter-top sub
dividing means which is exceptionally economi
cal in construction, operation, and maintenance,
which provides an unusually rigid and firm par
tition mounting, which is unusually Well adapted
to `adjustment in a wide variety of partition
`positions for the provision of a large variety of
differently sized and shaped bins and trays,
«which is exceptionally close fitting and designed
to minimize the danger of partition breakage,
‘and’ which is otherwise exceptionally eiìcient in
`the performance of its stated functions.
And with the above‘and other objects in view,
my invention resides in the novel features of
formyconstruction, arrangement, and combina
tion of the several parts Ypresently described and
.pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings (2 sheets) ,
Figure lf‘is a perspective view of a counter-top
provided with partitioning means Yconstructed in
`accordance with and embodying my present in
vention;
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Figures 2 and 3 are fragmentary perspective
views of the ñxed or base elements of my present
‘ invention ;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of a movable ele
ment of my present invention;
5 is a fragmentary perspective View of
35 a Figure
selected partition arrangement,V showing in
more detail the operation of my present inven
tion; and
Figure 6 is a fragmentary vertical sectional
view of >my present invention, taken approxi
mately along the line 6_6, Figure l.
Referring now in more detail and by refer
ence characters to the drawings, which illustrate
‘a preferred embodiment of my present invention,
` A designates a counter or merchandise table
preferably of --rectilinear design and constructed
from a fiat strip of relatively rigid metal and
having a 'longitudinally extending U-shaped
ychannel »4 provided with a plurality of aligned
fcountersunk apertures or screw holes 5 disposed 1f;
in its fiat or bottom web portion 6 and further
being provided along one of its margins with a
plurality of spaced ñatwise extending preferably
rectangular flange elements "I, each flange ele
mentopposed
the
being along
edgeitsoftransverse
the nextedge
adjacent
spacediìange
from
element by a predetermined distance in the pro
vision of slots 8, and having its under face spaced
upwardly from the plane of the under face of
'the channel web 6, as best seen in Figure 2 and
for` purposes presently more fully appearing.
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Also `provided for disposition, either vremov
ably or permanently, flatwise upon the upper
face `of the counter sham `2, is a plurality of
`intermediate strips or base members 9 each being
`similarly rolled or otherwise fabricated from a
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thin substantially rigid metallic strip and hav
`ing Va central longitudinally extending U-shaped
channel IU provided with a plurality of aligned
countersunk apertures or holes Il disposed in its
flat> or bottom web portion I2 and being further
provided along each of its opposed margins with
a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of trans
versely aligned preferably rectangular ñanges I3,
the under faces of the flanges being spaced up- ,
`wardly from the plane of the under face of the
channel web I2, and the transverse edges of the
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flangesI being each spaced uniformly from each
other by> a predetermined distance in the pro
vision of slots I4. Thus both the flanges I3 and
the slots I4 are similar in size, shape, and ar
rangement to the flanges-'I and the slots 8 of the
end strip 3. The end »or terminal ñanges I3'
are provided with integrally formed extensions
I3”, the inwardly presented edges of which are ‘W
transversely spaced from each other so as to pro- 40
vide an end slot I4', all as best seen in Figure 3V
and for purposes presently more fully appear
ing.
`Provided for co-operation with the base strips ¿,545
"3,9, is a plurality of partition-supporting mem
`in any conventional manner. The table A is pro
bers I5 somewhat resembling in shape an in
vided with an upstanding‘marginal rim I dis -verted T and having a flat base I6 preferably
-posed around and co-operating with a table top integrally provided centrally of its upper face
or counter sham 2, as itis sometimes called, in with a perpendicularly upstanding sidewise pre
en the
provision `of a shallow upwardly presented sented U-shaped channelelement I'I. It should $50
recess or bin B.
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be. `'pointed `out in this connection that the trans
Provided for disposition, either removably or verse over-al1 Width :c of the upstanding channel
permanently, upon the upper face of the counter ‘element I‘I is equivalent to the width of the slots
-shamï-Z, is a` -pair of=end stripsor basermembersß -'8,:.,I4, I4’. Furthermore,,the-Widthy of the base
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I6 is preferably equal to the width of the flanges
1, I3, and the thickness of the base element is
substantially equal to the distance between the
under faces of the ñanges 1, I3, and the under
face of the web portions 6, I2, of the channels 4,
I, respectively, so that the partition-supporting
members I5 may be slid into any one of the
selected slots 8, I4, and under the adjacent por
tions of the flanges 1, I3.
It should be noted in this connection that the
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width of the strip-channels 4, IU, and the size
of the partition-supporting members I5 may
preferably, though not necessarily, be determined
by the thickness of the particular partition mem
15 bers which may be used, so that the partitions
may be snugly disposed in edgewise tight fitting
relationship therein.
In actual use, the end strips 3 are rigidly
mounted as by screws or other suitable attach
20 ment means flatwise upon the counter sham 2
adjacent the margins thereof, so that the flanges
1 extend inwardly toward the center of the sham
2. A suitable number. of margin posts I8 are
then rigidly mounted on the counter sham 2 in
25 the corners and in such intermediate positions as
may be desired for'supporting a plurality of mar
ginal partitions I9 preferably formed of plate
glass, as best seen in Figure 1, in which the down
wardly presented lengthwise edges of the end
partitions, as at a, will be disposed in close fitting
edgewise engagement in the channel 4 of the end
strip 3.
An intermediate strip 9 is then provided at each
of its end slots with a partition-supporting mem
sarily dismantling the entire counter arrange
ment.
It should be understood that changes and modi
ñcations in the form, construction, arrangement,
and combination of the several parts of the dis
play fixture may be made and substituted for
those herein shown and described without depart
ing from the nature and principle of my inven
tion.
Having thus described my invention, what I 10
claim and desire to secure by Letters-Patent is-1. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a base strip having a
longitudinal channel and a plurality of ñatwise
extending spaced ñanges, the under faces of which 15
are disposed in a plane spaced upwardly from
the plane of the under face of. the channel, and
means engageable with the ñanges having an up
wardly-presented socket for edgewise receiving
and supporting a selected partition.
2. A counter-display partition-support com
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prising in combination, a base strip having a
longitudinal channel and a plurality of flatwise
extending uniformly spaced flanges, the under
faces of which are disposed in a plane spaced up 25
wardly from the plane of the under face of. the
channel, and means engageable with the fianges
having an upwardly presented socket for edge
wise receiving and supporting a selected partition.
3. A counter-display partition-support com 30
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed parallel
strips each having a plurality of flatwise extend
ing spaced ilanges, and a pair of rigid walled
socket members each engageable with the flanges
I5 and is mounted flatwise upon the upper
.35 ber
face of the counter sham 2 in parallelism with,
of one of the strips and having an upwardly 35
presented recess for supportingly engaging a
and at any desired distance from, the end strip 3.
It will, of course, be apparent in this connection
that the length of the intermediate strip is such
as to fit snugly between the inner faces of the
two opposed marginal partitions I9 and is further
e. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed par
allel strips each having a plurality of flatwise 40
more so designed that the slots I4 thereof. will
be in longitudinal alignment with the correspond
ing slots 8 of the end strip 3. A suitable plate
partition member may then be disposed
".45 glass
transversely between the two partition-support
ing members I5’ with its downwardly presented
lengthwise edge snugly disposed in the channel
III. A pair of partition-supporting members I5”
may then be placed in opposed relationship in
a selected pair of aligned slots for rigidly receiv
ing and supporting an intermediate partition
panel 20, all as best seen in Figures 1 and 5.
Since the partition-supporting members I5 are
designed
to ñt under the flanges 1 and I1 of the
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end and intermediate strip members 3, 9, the
stresses imposed on the glass partition supported
thereby will be communicated directly to the
counter sham 2 rather than the strips 3 and 5,
60 thereby eliminating any wear or distortion there
of and more rigidly and effectively supporting the
partition. Furthermore, it will be noted that the
individual partitions are each supported both
along their lateral faces as well as their trans
verse edges by the partition-supporting elements
I5 and do not depend for rigidity upon frictional
contact between the respective edges and faces of
the partitions, thus eliminating any danger of
grinding or twisting one partition against the
other with resultant breakage. Furthermore, by
my present invention, I haveprovided partition
supporting means which is readily and quickly
adjustable and from which the partitions may be
conveniently and easily removed without neces
selected partition.
extending uniformly spaced transversely aligned
ñangcs, and a pair of rigid-walled socket members
each engageable with the iianges of one of the
strips and having an upwardly presented recess
for supportingly engaging
a selected
partition.
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5. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed par
allel strips each having a plurality of flatwise ex
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tending transversely aligned spaced flanges, and
a pair of upstanding rigid-walled socket members 50
each having a pair of outwardly extending flat
ears respectively engageable beneath consecutive
flanges of one of the strips and having an up
wardly presented recess for supportingly engag
ing a selected partition.
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6. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed par
allel strips each having a plurality of flatwise ex
tending spaced flanges, and a pair of laterally
aligned rigid walled socket members having a 60
transverse width substantially equal to the dis- ‘
tance between the opposed edges of consecutive
flanges for fitting snugly therebetween, each of
said socket members being engageable with the
flanges of one of the strips vand having an up
wardly presented recess for supportingly engag
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ing a selected partition disposed transversely be
tween the socket members.
"1. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed paral l70
lel strips each having- a longitudinally extending
channel and a plurality of outwardly extending
spaced marginal ñanges disposed in a plane above
the plane of the channel bottom, upstanding
means disposed at each channel end having an
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inwardly and upwardly presented socket in align
ment with‘the channel for supportingly receiving
a selected partition in lengthwise marginal en
gagement in the channel, and a pair of upstand
6 ing socket members disposed in transverse align
ment respectively between consecutive flanges of
said strips and having bottom faces in the same
plane as the channel bottom of said strip for sup
porting an intermediate partition with its bot-
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wise on the bin-bottom and having a plurality
of flatwise extending spaced flanges positioned
parallel to and spaced from the bin-bottom, and
means co-operatively engageable between the
flanges and the bin-bottom and having an up
wardly presented socket for edgewise receiving
and supporting a selected partition.
12. A display counter comprising, in combina
tion, a shallow upwardly presented bin, a counter
tom edge in the plane of the bottom edge of the . sham disposed flatwise in the bin, a series of par
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selected partition.
allel aligned base strips mounted ilatwise on the
8. A counter-display partition-support com
upper face of the sham and having a plurality
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed paral
of flatwise extending spaced ilanges positioned
' lel strips each having a longitudinally extending parallel to and spaced upwardly from the sham,
channel and a plurality of outwardly extending and means co-operatively engageable between
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spaced marginal flanges, upstanding means dis
the flanges and the sham and having upwardly
posed at each channel-end having an inwardly presented sockets for edgewise receiving and sup
and upwardly presented socket in alignment with porting opposite ends of a selected partition.
the channel for supportingly receiving a selected
13. A display counter comprising, in combina
partition in lengthwise marginal engagement in tion, a shallow upwardly presented bin, a counter
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the channel, and means engageable with the sham disposed flatwise in the bin, a series of par
ilanges having an upwardly presented socket for allel aligned base strips mounted ñatwise on the
edgewise receiving and supporting a second se
upper face of the sham and having a plurality of
lected partition.
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9. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed paral
lel strips each having a longitudinally extending
channel and a plurality of outwardly extending
spaced marginal flanges, upstanding means dis
30 posed at each channel end having an inwardly
and upwardly presented socket in alignment with
the channel for supportingly receiving aV selected
partition in lengthwise marginal engagement in
the channel, and a pair of laterally aligned socket
members each engageable with the flanges of
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one of the strips and having an upwardly pre
sented recess for supportingly engaging a sec
ond selected partition disposed transversely be
40
tween the socket members.
10. A counter-display partition-support corn
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed paral
lel strips each having a longitudinally extending
channel and a plurality of outwardly extending
spaced marginal flanges,v said flanges having
their under faces spaced upwardly from the
plane of the under face of the channel portion,
upstanding means disposed at each channel end
having an inwardly and upwardly presented
socket in alignment with the channel for sup
50 portingly receiving a selected partition in length
wise marginal engagement in the channel, and
means engageable with the iianges having lat
erally extended flat base flanges for snug-fitting
disposition beneath the ñanges, said means fur
55 ther having an upwardly presented socket for
edgewise receiving and supporting a second se
lected partition.
11. A display counter comprising, in combina
tion, aV shallow upwardly presented flat bottomed
60 bin, a series of aligned base strips mounted flat
flatwise extending spaced flanges positioned par
allel to and spaced upwardly from the sham, and 25
means co-operatively engageable between a ,pair
of adjacent selected ñanges and the sham and
having upwardly extending socket members for
edgewise receiving and supporting opposite ends
of a selected partition, said socket member being 30
exteriorly sized for snug fitting engagement be
tween the opposed transverse margins of the se
‘ lected flanges.
14. In a device for supporting a plurality of
display-partitioning means in adjoining relation 35
ship, a display-partition supporting base-rail
having an upwardly presented longitudinal chan
nel sized for edgewise receiving a selected display
partition and having a plurality of outwardly ex
tending uniformly spaced marginal ñanges
adapted to receive and support intermediate dis 40
play-partitioning means in edgewise abutting an
gularly disposed relation to the selected partition.
15. A counter-display partition-support com
prising, in combination, a pair of opposed paral
lel strips each having a plurality of outwardly 45
extending spaced marginal ñanges, said iianges
having their under faces spaced upwardly from
the plane of the under face of the strip, and
means engageable with the flanges of one strip
and having laterally extended flat base-ñanges 50
for snug ñtting position beneath the flanges, said
means further having an upwardly presented
socket and being in transverse alignment with a
similar corresponding means likewise engageable
with the flanges of the other strip for edgewise 65
receiving and supporting therebetween a selected
partition.
HARRY L. WALTER.
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