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F. J. GANTNIEÉ
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Í2,406,286
AUTOMOBILE LICENSE PLATE
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Filed Nov. 3, 1944
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Aug.4 20, 1946.4
F, J, GANTNlER
2,406,286
AUTOMOBILE LICENSE PLATE
Filed Nov. 3, 1944
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Patented Aug. 20, 1946 ¿
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
AUTOMOBILE LICENSE PLATE
Frank J. Gantnier, Binghamton, N. Y., assignor of
one-half to Robert F. Gantnier, Binghamton,
N. Y.
Application November 3, 1944, Serial No. 561,724
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6 Claims.
(Cl. Llil-125)
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Figure 5 is an enlarged detailing view of a frag
mentary type taken approximately on the plane
of the line 5-5 of Figure 4, looking in the direc
This invention relates to certain new and use
ful improvements and structural refinements in
automobile license plates and tags, and the pri
mary object of the invention is to provide a reli
tion of the arrows.
able and adequate assemblage of parts combining 5
their functions in the provision of a standard or
conventional plate and an annual city and year
attachment therefor.
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For many years it has been the customary prac
tice oi city, State and other authorities to issue 10
new license tags and plates yearly. Thus, each
plate was self-sufficient for full licensing and
Figure 6 is a longitudinal sectional View through
the bodily removable attachment per se.
>Figure ’7 is a plan view of the insert or core
strip seen in the attachment appearing in Fig
ure 6.
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Figure 8 is a detail view of a retaining clip
forming a part of the complete structure,
Figure 9 is an enlarged cross section on the
plane of the line 9-9 of Figure 4.
identification purposes. Lately, for reasons well
known to the reader, it has become the practice
Referring now to the complete assemblage ina
to utilize clips and attachments and to use the 15 general way, the usual plate or tag-supporting
main plate from year to year. Clips and attach
bracket or fixture is indicated at I0 (see Figs.
ments have been constructed to denote, primarily,
2, 4 and 5). The regular or customary license
the change of the year.
plate I I is bolted thereon by strong steel or equiv
The purpose of the present invention is to pro
alent bolts I2 whosethreaded Shanks are longer
vide an attachment such as can be used with the 20 than usual in order to accommodate _the present
regulation tag or plate, said attachment serving
invention. Threaded on each shank is a special
the same purposes of makeshift clips and anal
conical nut I3 whose cylindrical body portion is
ogous auxiliary plates, the same embodying cer
provided with an endless groove forming a keyway
tain seemingly desirable, fool-proof and theft
which serves in a manner to be hereinafter de
proof characteristics, whereby to provide a more 25 scribed.
complete and finished assemblage possessed of
greater ornamentatio-n and utility.
More specifically, the renewable part of the at
tachment is adapted to be made from plastic,
Suitable washers are interposed, as at
I4, between the nut, bolt and plate II. Thus, it
will be seen that the plate II is bolted on the
bracket I0 by special bolts, special nuts and asso
ciated washers. Once the plate is applied, these
wood, or specially treated cardboard or other 30 parts I2, I3 and I4 remain constantly in place,
economical and readily available material, the
it being the thought that the plate I I is a lifetime
same having a disruptable panel or ,tear strip for
authorized removal when said part of the com
plete assemblage is to be replaced from year to
year.
Other features and advantages will become
more readily apparent from the following descrip
tion and the accompanying illustrative drawings.
proposition, lasting at least for the life of a car.
It is valso evident, in this connection, that the
owner of the car has a constant license number
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from year to year.
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.The auxiliary part or attachment is indicated
at I5, and, as before mentioned, may be made of
plastic, wood, some suitable composition, or even
waterproof cardboard. This is of general rec
ployed to designate like parts throughout the 40 tangular form and of a length less than the main
In the drawings, wherein like numerals are em
same:
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Figure l is a front elevational view of a conven
tag. In fact,` its end portions extend only slightly
beyond the bolt and nut mounts. This part I 5 is
provided with a bore which extends completely
equipped with the annually renewable city and
therethrough, the same being open at opposite
year attachment constructed in accordance with 45 ends and is made up of a main base or body por
the principles of this invention.
tion I6, and a disruptable, removable or tear strip
Figure 2 is a top edge view of the structure seen
»I'I, the latter having an extension I8 forming a
in Figure 1 with the detachable or disruptable
linger grip at one end, and also having longitu
panel being partly _torn oil.
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dinally spaced rectangular projections I9. These`
Figure 3 is a fragmentary elevational view 50 are seen in Figureô as socketed on their inner
showing the parts remaining after said panel is
sides to provide the clearance space for the shank
completely peeled off.
of the bolt, extended end portion of the nut, as
Figure 4 is a central longitudinal sectional view
seen in Figure 5. At the point of juncture be
of the complete assemblage seen in Figures 1
tween the extension I9 and the strip ID, there is
and 2.
55 an undercut groove 20 which serves as a pocket to
tional metal or equivalent license plate or tag
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accommodate one of the keying clips- 2l, as de
tailed in Figure 8. The clip is in the form of av
plate must be destroyed or damaged in removing `
split ring 22 of resilient or
cars from shifting licenses from one car to an
other. Fourth, there are many new types of 1i
cense plates that have many advantages, but are
it. Third, it will prevent people with two or more
uivalent wire having Y
its free ends 23 directed inwardly and fashioned
to serve as keepers, thesekeepers being fitted into
the keying grooves formed in the body portion of
the aforementioned nuts i3.
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not used’because they are too expensive. Only
one main plate is necessary for the life of the
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vehicle, and the annual auxiliary plate or at
An insertible and removable metal strip, this
being a permanent and re-usable part, is indi-v ` tachment can be made >of an inexpensiveV ma
cated at 24, and this slips into one end of the 'l0v terial. Fifth, the latter can be made of plastic,
bore in the attachment l5, as brought out to best l* 1
' advantage in Figure 6. vIt is provided Vin one end'` A
fiber, waterproof cardboard, or any cheap ma-v
-terial.`
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A'carefulY consideration ofthe foregoing de
with a lateral ñnger grip 25 to facilitate handling
and also provided at longitudinally? spaced points 'j ' v» scription> in Vconjunction with'the invention as il
with nut-receiving holes 25, these "snugly sur
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roundingthe nut, or nuts, as brought out in Fig
ure 5. It is to be mentionedV atthis time that y
lustrated inY the drawings will enable the reader
to obtain a clear understanding and impression
of the alleged features of merit and novelty suf-V
the bodyV portion I6 of the attachmentris pro-`
ficient to clarify the construction of the invention
vided with holes 26a which align with the *holes
26. The numerals 2l designate relatively thick 20
as hereinafter claimed. Y
rubber gaskets which are interposed and sur
round the bolt'and nut assemblage as well as the
washers, these serving as cushioning elements
rearrangement of parts may be resorted to in>
and preventing rattling of the parts.
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The'directions forV installation and use are as
follows: First-bolt the main license plate H to
the bracket Hl, this in the usual manner, using
` >the two `,bolts I2, lock washers Idand a special
assembling and clamping nuts I3. yBe sure to
center the main plate II and 'align the bolts so'
that the holes 26 in’Y theaforementioned metal
strip 24 Will slip over'the nuts before tightening.
Next, place the spring clips 2l in the'pockets 2E!
of the attachment I5, after which slide the metal
strip V2li into Ythe `bore or 'slot provided therefor, :
being careful to keep the spring clips between
said metal strip and the projections I9 against
which the spring clips rest. Then, place the
rubber gaskets 2l in the holes 26a to rest against
the bridging apertured portions of the metal strip i
24. Next, place the holes 25 over the nuts I3 and>`
pressîthe parts into place, being sure to press l
Minor changes in shape, size, materials and
actual practice so long as no departure is made
from the invention as claimed.
I claim:
l. In a structural assemblage ofthe class dc
scribed, in combination, a relatively stationary
supporting bracket, a license plate of a convenn
„tional type, bolts passing through» apertures in
the bracket and plate, said bolts having long
shanks extending outwardly, and clamping'and
attachment accommodation _nuts on the Shanks
of said bolts, said nuts being provided with`
marginal endless grooves serving as keyways to
accommodate special attac-hment--retaining keys.
and an attachment adapted
be mounted on
the license plate within the marginalbordeins
thereof, said attachment being provided with
expansible and contractible retaining keys having
portions to ñt into the keyways in said nuts.
2. In a structural assemblage of the class de
scribed, in combination, a bracket, a plate, bolts
extending through the bracket and plate, nuts
hard ~enough to engage the spring clips with the
onl said bolts, said nuts having retention grooves
keying grooves in the nuts I3.
formed therein, an attachment bearing the city
and year insignia, said attachment being adapted
There may be a
slight .back pressure from the rubber gaskets,
these'being inserted for that purpose and also to
prevent rattling.V
f To' change the'license plate from one year to
anotheigall that is necessary is to catch hold of
the finger ’pieceV i8 Vand to exert a ripping. or tear
ing action thereon to disrupt and “peel out” the
panel or tear strip Il'.- This can be done easily
because‘this strip is either made thin for that
purpose or scored along its‘longitudinal edges, as
indicated at 28 (see Fig. Q) . When this tear strip 55
Il is completely removed, it will expose the spring
clips and they can then be removed. rI‘he main
plate is left in place, which means that it is not
necessary to loosen or move the bolts out of aligm*
ment. VAll parts but l5 are re~used. It might 60
be added that if 24 is considered as a part. of
I5, it is not to be construed as such, for it being
a permanent metal part, it can be used over, if
desired. All that the car user needs to obtain
is the part I5 minus the insertible and removable
strip 24, if he already has one from the previous
l year.V The installation of the next year attach-'
to be replaced Yfrom year to year and being pro
vided at opposite ends with bolt and nut accom
modation holes, said holes being adapted to
accommodate spring clips, spring clips mount‘d
in said holes and having portions adapted to ce
snapped into the grooves in saidnuts.
3. ln a structural assemblage of the class de
scribed, in combination, a bracket, a plate, bolts
extending
on said bolts,
through
said nuts
the having
bracketretention
and plate,
grooves
formed therein, an attachment bearing the city
and year insignia, said attachinentbeim adapted
to be replaced from year to year and being pro
vided at opposite ends with bolil and nut accom
modation holes, said holes being adapted toac~
cominodate spring clips, spring clips mounted
in said holes and having portions adapted to be
snapped into the grooves in said nuts, said attach,
ment also including a removable metal strip hai-*
strip
ing holes
beingtoheld
snugly
in place
embrace
by said
the spring
nuts, said
clips. '
4. An attachment for a conventional license
plate adapted to contain and display changeable
city and year insignia for use in association with
tion.
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70 license numbers carried by the plate compris~
ing a body constructed from light weight readily
` This `invention has many advantages. First,
disposable and inexpensive stock, said body being
the license number Vis not changed each lyear,
provided at opposite ends with bolt and nut
makingit easier to remember. Second, it makes
accommodation holes, a readily removable tear
stealing the platedi?ñcult, if not impossible, as
vthe bolts are concealed in such a way that the 75 strip on the face thereof having outstandingV pro
ment plate is accomplished by following the in
structions already given for the initial installa
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jections socketed, with the sockets in alignmen
with said bolt and nut holes, said body also hav
ing a longitudinal centrally arranged bore ex
tending longitudinally therethrough, and a re
movable metal strip insertable into said bore, said
strip being provided adjacent opposite ends with
nut embracing holes in alignment with the bolt
and nut holes in said body.
5, A permanent fool-proof and theft-prooi"identification plate with an auxiliary indication
attachment for an automobile or the like com- v
prising, in combination, a standard license plate
capable of being permanently fastened to a con»
ventional plate supporting bracket, bolts with
associated washers and conical nuts, said nuts
each having a cylindrical body portion provided
With an endless groove serving as a keyway to
accommodate special attachment retaining keys,
Wardly and fashioned to serve as keepers adapted
to snap into the keying grooves in said nuts, said
main base portion having at one end a lateral
ñnger-grip and being provided at longitudinally
spaced points with bolt and nut-receiving holes
snugly surrounding said nuts, the body portion
of the said auxiliary attachment being provided
with bolt and nut holes in alignment with the
said bolt and nut-receiving holes, all the said
elements in associated mechanical combination
keeping the bolts concealed in such a Way that
the license plate cannot be removed without con
siderahle damage to it, rendering it unusable.
6. An attachment for a conventional license
plate adapted to contain and display changeable
city and year insignia for use and association
with license numbers carried by the plates corn«
prising a body constructed from lightweight
readily disposable and inexpensive stock, said
an auxiliary attachment indicating the change»
able data on the said permanent plate-like annual 20 body being provided at its-opposite ends with
bolt and nut accommodation holes,` a readily re
and location changes, Said auxiliary atatchment
movable tear strip on the face thereof having outcomprising a main base portion and a disruptable
standing projections provided with sockets in
tear strip, the latter provided with an extenu
sion forming a iin-ger-grip and with longitudinally
alignment with said bolt and nut holes, said body
also having a longitudinal centrally arranged
spaced hollow projections corresponding in num
bore extending longitudinally therethrough, this
ber with the number of said bolts, said auxiliary
to accommodate a removable metal strip proattachment being provided with bolt holes ex~
vided at opposite ends with nut embracing holes
tending therethrough, said hollow projections
in alignment with the bolt and nut holes in the
providing clearance pockets for the Shanks of
bolts and for the extended portions of the 30 body.
said nuts, keying clips, each clip being in the form
of a split ring having its free ends directed in
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FRANK J. GANTNIER»
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