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’REFLECTOR BUTTON S IGN
` Filed Sept. 7, 1944
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INVENTOR
MARION Q. ALW-:5
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2,413,538
Patented Dec. 31, 1946
y. UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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REFLECTOR BUTTON SIGN
Marion C. Almes, CuyahogaFalls, Ohio.
Application September 7, 1944;,_Serial No. 552,958y
f z claims. (ci. all-.130i
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The present invention relates to sig-ns and
more particularly to Va novel sign construction in
which the reñector members or surfaces cannot
be readily removed.
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Among the objects of v:the present construction
is the provision of a novel anchor platefor the
reflector members, >units or surfaces whereby the
are held safe .from pilfer..
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A; further object. of the ¿invention is thepro
vision of a novel letter, numeral, design or other 10
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tails, arrangements of parts, features and .con
structions, without departing from the spirit of
the invention.
In the drawing:
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Fig. V1 is a perspective View .of a sign involving
this invention..y
f Fig. 2 is a plan »viewl of an anchor plate used
in a letter “S” showing rivet holes and holes
through which reflector members will protrude.
Fig. 3 is a sideV elevation of a vreflector member.
Fig. 4 shows a reflector member -in position thev
suitable -insignia. constructed Aof ka substantially
View
being taken on line lI--fl> of'Fig. 2.
indestructible material having a longer .life and
Fig. 5 is a plan view `.of a letter “S” punched
able to withstand greater natural wear, shocks
from .a sheet of rubber.
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and abuse than such parts Vof signs now in use.
6 isa plan View .of a letter “S” punched
Another object of the presentinvention is the 15 »
from .a sheet of rubber and showing holes through
provision of a >novel, sign construction -in, which
which reflector members will protrude.
the reflecting units or ¿surfaces are rigidly and
Fig. FI is Athe assembly ofthe parts. show-n in
non-removably held in positionby. an' anchor
.- Figs. 2, 3,- .5 and .6 vand »showsv the .assembly as «it
plate embedded in the plastic rmaterial of; the
letters, numerals, designs orinsignia .of the sign. 20 will appear before being pressed .together by a
vulcanizing mold,
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In the 'preferred embodiment, `such plastic ,ma
Fig. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken on’ line
ter-ia] consists of rubber, rubber composition. or
8-8 of Fig. '1.
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other suitable composition capable of .being
.Referring to the drawing itwill‘beseen that in
molded as for example the commercial compo
25 one form the invention consists of a mounting
sition known as tenite.
plate. I0 which may be composed of metal, wood
» `Still another object of the _present invention.
or of any other suitable material sufliciently firm
is to provide a molded letter, numeral, »designV
and rigid to retain a rivet or bolt. Attached to
or Aother insignia with reflector Vmembers or-‘sur
the mounting plate lil are lettersV .I I., I2, I3 .and
faces, permanently held in an anchor plate mold
I4. .'I‘hese letters are molded rubber letters and
ed in «the letter, numeral, design or other Vin
in the. .disclosed embodiment the Vletter “S” .or
signia and rivet holes vpassing through the letter,
partis >described by way of illustrating .the in
numeral, design or other insigniagwhereby said
vention. In Fig.. 2 is shown the anchor plate I;.£s
letter, numeral, design or Aother insignia ¿maybe
which may be of >sixteen gauge sheet iron. or of
riveted to a mounting,
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I-Ieretofore in signs of- the .reflector type that
employed reflector memberssuch as >glass buttons
any other _suitable rigid material or Vmaterial that
will become. rigid as, for example, unvulcanized
hardv rubberV compound that will become hard
during .the vulcaniaation andmQldine process cf
the letter II which will be presently mentioned.
The anchor plate I5 has punched therein holes I8
have suffered very frequent damagevfrom un
authorized persons removing the reflector mem
bers often by the simple expedient of a pocket '
knife by which they lift or gouge the reflector 40 which are spaced apart and positioned so as to
member from its socket or seat. The extent of
this pilfering has grown until it presents a serious ,
properly locate reflector members to outline the
letter “5.” In each of the holes I6 in the anchor
plate I5 is placed >a reflecting member I'I. This
struction the reflector members or units cannot 45 reflector member is of glass having shoulders I8
and I9. The members I1 are projected into the
be removed without cutting through a bolt which
holes I6 so that the reflector surfaces face one
requires entirely too much effort to be practiced
way.
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for the reward >of obtaining a _few reilector
A rubber backing 2U shown in Fig. 5 is punched
members.
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The invention resides in the combination, con 50 from a, sheet of unvulcanized rubber compound
problem and expense to those who maintain re
ñector type signs. By reason of the present con
struction, and arrangements of parts illustrated
of approximately .250" thick.
For this backing -
blank I prefer a soft rubber compound of about
the
consistency of a pneumatic automobile tire
are shown therein two embodiments, it is to be
tread
stock. This strip or blank 20 is placed over
understood that the same is susceptible of modi
ñcation and change and comprehends other de 55 the back of the reflector members I6 as they are
in the accompanying drawing, and while there
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in position in their anchor plate I5. As will be
seen by referring to Fig. 7 the edges of the back
ing strip 20 extend beyond the edges of the
anchor plate I5.
A facing strip or blank 2|' shown in Fig. 6 is
punched out of a strip of unvulcanized rubber
of approximately .125” thick.
It is preferred
blocking access to the reflector members through
the rubber backing 20.
It will be obvious to those familiar with the
_ art that applicant’s invention may be modified
by forming strip 2| without the holes 22 and
then assemble the members 20, 2| and 22 as
shown in Fig. 7 but without the reflector I'I.
that the rubber compound in this strip 2| to be
In this modification the mold on either the top
the same as that described for backing strip 2G.
or bottom will carry pins having shoulders cor
Strip 2| has formed in it holes 22 lwhich are so 10 responding to the shoulders I8 'andr I9 of the
spaced and arranged as t0 ilt over that part nf
reflector I‘I 4which pins will form a reflector re
the reflector members |'I Which extend through
ceiving hole through the symbol. The sign will
the anchor plate I5. By referring to Fig. ’7 it >then be assembled by placing the reflectors in
will be seen that the edges of facing strip v2| ex
position in the holes so formed in the symbol
tend beyond the edges of the anchor plate I5 15 and the symbol bolted or otherwise fastened to
and that the Ibacking strip 20 and the facing strip
its mounting plate with the back of the symbol
2| are approximately the same Width andthat 1 Vresting against the mounting plate and the re
the anchor plate I5 is sandwiched between them.
ilector end of the symbol projecting through the
By reference to Figures 6 and 7 it will be seen f face of the symbol.
that the holes I6 in the anchor plate I5 are not 20
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large enough to permit the anchor plate to pass
1. A sign comprising a rigid mounting plate,
over the shoulder I8 of the reflector member I‘I.
at least one symbol permanently attached to said
Referring again to Fig. 2 rivet holes 23 eX
mounting plate, said symbol consisting of a rigid
tend through the anchor plate.
anchor plate having holes spaced apart therein
The molding of the letter II or “S” is done in 25 at predetermined positions, said holes defining
the usual manner of molding rubber goods and
the shape of the symbol, a reflector member posi
a detailed description of the vulcanizing mold
tioned in each of said holes through said symbol,
and method of vulcanizing is considered unneces
said reflectors having shoulders too large to pass
sary. The lid or top of the mold has formedin
through said anchor plate, a rubber backing and
it recesses to receive the reflector face of the 30 facing molded and vulcanized about said anchor
reflector member I‘I and these faces act as align
plate with holes formed through said facing at
ing means to locate the anchor plate in the mold
each hole in the anchor plate, said symbol
cavity. The lid of the mold carries pins which
`being attached to the mounting plate with said
pierce through the facing strip 2| passing through
shoulders of the reflectorsV mounted therein in
thek holes 23 in the anchor plate and through 35 Contact with said rigid anchor plate and with
the backing strip 20 to form rivet holes 24. After
the end of the reflectors protruding beyond the
molding and vulcanization the letter -|I or “S”
surface of the said rubber facing.
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is removed from the mold when it Wil1 be found
` 2. A sign comprising a mounting plate, a rigid
to present a neat attractive appearance the parts Y
nchor plate having the general outline of a
2| and 20 being vulcanized firmly together en 40 symbol to be displayed, a facing and backing
tirely surrounding and covering the anchor plate
about the anchor plate, said anchor plate and
l5. The reflector surfaces of the reflector mem
facing having aligned holes therethrough adapted
bers I‘I extend above the face of the letter “S”
to receive reflector members therein, said holes
thus exposing the member I'I to the light of re
defining the shape of said symbol, reflector mem
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fleeting purposes.
bers having shoulders too large to pass through
The member II is attached to the mountin
said holes in the anchor plate, said reflector
plate I0 by means of rivets 25. .
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In similar manner the members I2, I3 and
I4 are made and used.
It will now be seen that the reflector units ,I‘I
cannot be lifted from their positionin the sign
as the letter, numeral, design or other insignia
is riveted to the mounting plate and the rivet
passes through the rigid anchor plate I5 Which
in turn anchors the reflector member I_I securely
in position the reflector members shoulder I8
being too large to pass through the hole I6 in
the anchor plate and the mounting plate I 0
members projecting through said holes in said
anchor plate, theanchor plate having at least
one attachment hole therethrough adapted -to
receive a bolt-like attachment member, - said
anchor plate with its facing and backing, reflector'
member andmounting plate being permanently
fastened together by attachment means extending
through said attachment hole and mounting plateA
55 with exposed ends of said reflector members eX
tending beyond the surface of said facing. f
» MARION
AIJVIES.
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