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Nov. 12, 1946.
Filed May 8, 1943
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Filed May 8, 1943
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Patented Nov. 12, 1946
Job Hutchinson, Great Neck, N. Y., assignorlto
Morris Pouzzner, Boston, Mass.
Application May 8, 1943',. Serial No. 486,197
5 Claims.
(C1. 40-84)
1 1 ‘
Referring now to Figs. 1 and 3, it will be ap
This invention relates to a display apparatus
or machine whereby a plurality of displays, such
as curtain or sheet signs and the like, containing
parent the apparatus or machine includes a cas
‘ advertising matter of various kinds, are severally . >
and. successively displayed and each for a pre
determined period of time.
ing' structure l0‘ consisting of two similar side
plates Ii which form the side walls, a top wall
12, ‘bottom wall vl3, ‘back wall I4 and front wall
It having a sight or window opening I16 therein.
The walls l2—l5' ‘are attached to the side plates
in any suitable manner.‘ A support or shelf 11
in the form of a channel is disposed horizontally
More particularly, the invention relates to a
display. apparatus or machine ofthe character
disclosed inUnited States Patents No. 2,190,426
of February 13, 1940, and No. 2,195,249 of March 10 between the side plates ‘H in spaced relation to
the top wall I2, and the opposite ends of the
26, 1940, granted to me.
shelf 1? are rigidlysecured to bosses on the plates
It is an object of the present invention to pro
H, as at 18. Another support or shelf 19 of
vide improvements in machines and devices of
construction is disposed horizontally be
the indicated character whereby various advan
tages in general construction and operation are 15 tween the plates “in spaced, relation to the bot
tom wall 13, and the opposite ends of the shelf
is are rigidly secured to bosses on the plates H,
Another object of. these. improvements is to
as at 20, and rest on ?anges 2| on the plates ll
simplify the general assembly, adjustments, and
to increase the display area by eliminating un
necessary parts.
A further object of the inventionisto provide
improvements whereby a sign unit may be re.
moved and replaced easily and quickly.
The driving power is derived by an electric
back geared motor 22 mounted on the shelf I9
near the left side of the casing. A driven shaft
23 is adjustably mounted on the shelf l9 beneath
. With these and other objects in view the in
the same by means as follows.
Lugs 25 depend
indicating how one sign member or sheet is, un
mission foroperating the mechanism which ef-
vention .consists of the provision, construction 25 from the shelf I!) in spaced relation. Bearing
elements 25 arepivotally connected at one end
andv operation of the parts hereinafter fully de
with the lugs 24 respectively, as at 26. A hanger
scribed and illustrated in the accompanying
21 for each bearing element 25 is adjustably con
drawings, in which
nected with the shelf _ l9, and its lower end is
Fig. 1 is a front view of an apparatusembody- ~ '
pivotally‘connected, as at 28 with a lug 29 inte
ing the features of the. invention, the front part
gral with-the element 25. The shaft 23 projects
of the casing being removed, and certain of the
through and is supported for rotation by the ele
sign units being omitted for the sake of clear
ments_25. Sprockets 3U vand 3! are fast on the
motor shaft and shaft 23 respectively. A‘ driving
. Fig. 2 is an enlarged sectional view taken ap
chain 32 encircles the sprockets 30 and 3!. The
proximately on the line 2-.—2 of. Fig. 1 and looking
openings to pass the chain 32. The
the direction indicated by the arrows, por
adjustably mounted with respect to the
tionsbeing broken away.
motor shaft by virtue of the hangers 21 and this
Fig. 3 is a vertical section showing the left side
enables the proper tension to be‘ placed on the
assembly togetherwith aplurality of sign units,
chain 32.~ The shaft 23 provides a power trans
there being one sign unit on its way up, thus
wound .to be displayed while another is being wre
wound out of display.
fects the movement in part of the sign units: 35
‘along a prescribed path for the intended purpose.
It is to be understood that any suitable number
Fig. 4 is an enlarged front view partly in sec
tion with ‘parts :broken away showing the driving 45 of units 35 may be used and in some of the views
of the drawing only a sufficient number of the
and. control mechanisms and one sign roller in
units are shown to make the operation clear.
These units 35 are identical in construction and
Fig. 5 .is a sectionalview taken on the line
operation and a description of one will suiiice for ‘
5—5 of Fig.4 showing the meansfor dogging or
all. A unit consists of a carrier 36 and a spring
temporarily holding a sign unit in its. up. position.
roller 31 on which is wound or rolled and from
Fig.6 is anenlarge‘d view of the left-hand ends
which is unwound or. unrolled a sign member,
of. two. carriers‘. of respective sign units with the
curtain or sheet 38. .The carrier 36 comprises a
sign :members or sheets partly unrolled'.
shaft'39 and bolsters 40 fasten the opposite ends
7‘ is‘ a sectional view taken "on ‘the line
65 respectively of the shaft. Each ‘bolster 40 carries
'I---‘Iv of Fig. 6.
a pair of guide rollers 4|, and has a lug 42 ex
tending radially with respect to the axis of the
shaft 39. Thus there are two lugs 42 for each
carrier 36 and the purpose thereof will be ex
plained hereinafter. The roller 31 is of the shade
roller type but without a ratchet and its spring
so that in timed accord the lugs 64 will engage
the carrier portions respectively of a sign unit
35 and cause the latter to move upwardly of the
casing I9 at the window l6 as indicated in Figs.
2 and 3. This operation is repeated on each sign
unit 35. The shelves l1 and I9 have openings to
pass the chains and their lugs.
43 serves for rewinding or rerolling the sign mem
ber thereon and is put under tension when the
In order to cause the display of the sign mem
sign member is unwound. The sign member in
ber or sheet_38 of each unit 35 by unrolling the
the form of a curtain, web or’sheet may be made 10 member, prior to the upward travel of the unit,
of any suitable translucent material, such for
the member or sheet 38 has a pull-rod 65 extend
instance, as stout paper, cloth, or other ?exible
ing through a tunnel on the outer end thereof.
sheet material on which may be imprinted or
The opposite ends of the rod 65 are threaded as
otherwise applied advertising matter of various
at 66 and each of said ends carries a thumb nut
kinds. The roller 31 is held against axial move-, 15 61 or the like. The ends of the pull-rod 65 are
ment by the bolsters 49 each of which provides a
received in notches 68 respectively of the lugs 42
cylindrical portion 44.
of the carrier 36 of the next preceding sign unit.
The sign units 35 have guided movement by
The nuts 61 When tightened against the lugs 42
virtue of a closed loop guideway 45 on each of
hold the rod 65 in place and the related sign
the side plates | l. Each guide way is formed by 20 member 38 connected for the unwinding or re
spaced parallel ?anges 46 integral with its plate
winding operation as may be the case. See Figs.
II to provide traction surfaces for the rollers 4|.
6 and 7.
The guideway consists of two straight runs 41
Attention is called to the fact that the provision
and 48 respectively joined by semi-circular ends
of the lugs 42, pull-rod 65 and nuts 61 for each
49 and 59 respectively. The two pairs of rollers 25 sign unit 35 enables a unit to be readily removed
4| of each carrier 36travel in the guideways 45
and replaced whenever desired, easily and quick
respectively and these rollers have a sufficient
ly. In this respect it is to be noted the nuts 61
clearance with respect to the ?anges 46 as not to
may be loosened and the rod 65 disengaged from
bind or cause the carriers to be hung.
the lugs 42. The unit 35 in its entirety then may
In order to move the sign units 35 successively 30 be canted or have one end raised slightly above
one at a time along the lower semi-circular end
the other end to remove the unit from the guide
50 of the guideway from the straight run 48 to
ways 45. A unit 35 may be replaced in a reverse
the front straight run 41, there is provided means
as follows. A worm 5| fast on the shaft 23
As each unit 35 is brought to its up position
meshes with a gear 52 fast on a stub shaft 53 35 it is temporarily held therein for a predetermined
supported for rotation by a bearing 54 secured to
period of time by a back-check means at each side
and depending from the shelf l9, there being a
of the opening l6. Said means consists of a pawl
collar 55 on the upper end of the shaft 53, which
or check member 69 pivotally mounted on the
in conjunction with the gear 52, hold the shaft
shaft 6| and kept in operative position by a collar
53 in place. A bevel gear 56 fast on the lower 40
10 ?xed on the shaft and the adjacent sprocket
end of the shaft 52 meshes with a larger bevel
62. A contractile coil spring ‘H has one end con
gear 57 fast on a shaft 58 horizontally disposed
below the shaft 23. The opposite ends of the
shaft 58 are journalled in bearings on the side
plates II respectively. The shaft 58 has its axis 45
disposed coincident with the center from which _
the semi-circular portion of the guideway is
struck. A pair of similar disks 59 are fast on the
shaft 58 in proximity to the plates ll. Each of
the disks has a plurality of notches 66 in the 50
periphery thereof, there being ten notches 60 in
the present instance in keeping with the size and
number of the sign units 35 used. The notches
69 in the disks 59 cooperate with the portions 44
of the carriers 36 as the units 35 are presented
by gravity one at a time from the guideway run
46 and transfer the units 35 to a point where
they are picked up one at a time by means pres
ently to be described.
The pick-up means comprises a shaft 6! ‘ad
justably mounted on the shelf | ‘I aboveLthe same v
by means similar to that which supports the
shaft 23; therefore, similar reference numerals
will be applied to corresponding parts. The lugs
nected with the lower end of the pawl 69, as at 12,
and the opposite end connected with a set screw
13' carried by a lug on the shelf [1. An upstand
ing stop 14 on the shelf |'| limits the movement
of the pawl 69 against the action of the spring ‘II
to its checking position as shown most clearly
in Fig. 5. The pawls or check members 69 coop
erate with the carrier portions 44 respectively of
each unit 35. As the unit moves upwardly the
portions 44 cam the pawls 69 against the action
of the springs ‘II to clear the same, after which,
under the reaction of the springs, the upper ends
of the pawls reengage the portions 44, thereby
checking the unit in the up position just as the
lugs 64 clear the same.
As each of the units 35 reaches its up position
it crowds the preceding units by reason of the
contact of the guide rollers 4|._ This causes the
units to traverse the upper curved ends 49 under
power transmitted by the chains 63 and their lugs
64 until the units 35 reach the down sides of said
ends 49, whereupon the units drop by gravity into
24 and parts 21 applied to shaft 6| are the reverse 65 the vertical runs 48 of the guideways.
From the foregoing, it will be obvious that the
of the ones applied to the shaft 23. Sprockets
slow rotation of the disks 59 causes the units 35
62 are fast on the shafts 23 and 6| and they are
to be presented successively one at a time to the
arranged in pairs, there being one pair at each
lugs 64 which move each unit upwardly until en
side of the sight opening l6 and in proximity to
gaged by the back-check means 69. As a unit
the guideways 45. A chain 63 encircles the
sprockets 62 of each pair. Each chain 63 has a
special link which is provided with a lug or abut
ment 64 having an anti-friction roller, as shown
in Figs. 2, 3 and 5. In each cycle of the chains
63 the disks 59 move one-tenth of a revolution,
70 35 is retained in its up position by the means 69,
a second unit is being moved upwardly by the
lugs 64, a third .unit will be held in its down posi
tion by the‘ disks 59 all directly behind the sight
opening I6a's indicatedin Fig. 3. Consequently,
the sign member 38 of said second unit willibe
rewound as the sign member 38 of said third. unit
is being unwound. Thus one sign member is be
outer end to detachably engage the last men
ing rewound as one is being unwound, and this
action takes place after a sign member has been
displayed for a predetermined period of time.
Attention is called to the fact that by adjust
ably mounting the shafts 23 and BI, the chains
63 will be kept adjusted to bring their lugs 64
around at the proper time and so keep the units
tioned sheet withsaid lugs, said means consist
ing of a pull rod on said outer end of the indi
cated sign sheet, the opposite ends of said rod
being threaded, clamping nuts on the threaded
rod ends respectively, said lugs having provision
to‘ receive the rod ends respectively, and said nuts
being clampingly engageable with said lugs.
3. In a sign display device in which sign units
caused to travel in a prescribed path to dis
35 moving periodically as required. Also the 10 are
the signs of said units successively, means to
chain 32 may be adjusted slightly if necessary.
move said sign units one at a time a predeter
The shelves l1 and I9 serve adequately for
mined distance, said means including a horizon
supporting re?ectors or mirrors 15 and also light
tal shaft; and back-check means including pawls
ing elements such as the ?uorescent tubes 16 in
operatively mounted on said shaft engageable
front of the re?ectors. Thus provision is made
with each sign unit presented thereto to tem
for illuminating the sign members or sheets 38
porarily hold it in the position it has been moved
as they are displayed. Any suitable source of
by said ?rst means.
voltage may be coupled to the lamps and motor.
4. In a sign display device in which sign units
I claim:
1. In a display sign, carriers having guided 20 are caused to travel in a prescribed path to dis
play the signs of said units successively, pick-up
movement and each having a spring actuated
means to move said sign units one at a time a
sign sheet roller operatively mounted thereon,
predetermined distance, said pick-up means in
spaced lugs on each carrier between which the
cluding a shaft and adjustable means support
outer end of the sign sheet on the next succeed
ing said shaft; and back-check means including
ing carrier may be disposed, and means on said
pawls pivotally mounted on said shaft engageable
outer end to detachably engage the last men
with each sign unit; presented thereto to tem
tioned sheet with said lugs, said means consist
porarily hold it in the position it has been moved
ing of a pull rod on said outer end of the indi
into by said pick-up means.
cated sign sheet, and clamping members on said
5. In a sign display device as set forth in claim
rod and engaged with said lugs.
3, wherein said back-check means also includes
2'. In a display sign, carriers having guided
stops to limit the movement of the pawls respec
movement and each having a spring actuated
tively to the checking position, and springs to
sign sheet roller operatively mounted thereon,
move said pawls respectively into the checking
spaced lugs on each carrier between which the
outer end of the sign sheet on the next succeed 35
ing carrier may be disposed, and means on said
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