De¢.31,1'946. ' MQMMES " '2,413,538 ’REFLECTOR BUTTON S IGN ` Filed Sept. 7, 1944 t ` A _Ill e@ /9 / /5 7 I . A . _ /7 \\\\\\\\|_ |\\\\\\\: /í , _ INVENTOR MARION Q. ALW-:5 ATTORN EY 2,413,538 Patented Dec. 31, 1946 y. UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE ' _ I v " Y .2,413,538 " REFLECTOR BUTTON SIGN Marion C. Almes, CuyahogaFalls, Ohio. Application September 7, 1944;,_Serial No. 552,958y f z claims. (ci. all-.130i 1 2 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. ' ~ , 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.. - ~ A; further object. of the ¿invention is thepro vision of a novel letter, numeral, design or other 10 . l tails, arrangements of parts, features and .con structions, without departing from the spirit of the invention. In the drawing: . 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. , 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, . 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. ’ 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, v ~ A 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. ». for the reward >of obtaining a _few reilector A rubber backing 2U shown in Fig. 5 is punched members. ` 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 '2,413,588 , 4 ` 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 I claim: 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. Y Y 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 45 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. . ` 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.