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Feb. 6, 1962
. Filed Ju1y'5, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Feb. 6, 1962
Filed July 5, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
mv CHI/05K J2..
United States Patent 0 " lC€
Patented Feb. 6, 1962
has an upper end extension portion 13 formed with verti
cal ?anges 14-—14 at its outer side which overlap with
John Chudek, Jr., 1256 State St., Bellingham, Wash.
Fiied July 5, 1960, Ser. No. 40,907
4 Claims. (Cl. 40-102)
the top end portions of ?anges 12-12 of the correspond
ing frame of and receive a hinge pin 15 horizontally
therethrough thus to provide for the swinging adjustment
of the two extension portions from positions in vertical
alignment with the frames 11-11 to position outwardly
and downwardly inclined therefrom, as shown at the left
This invention relates to improvements in rotary display
albums or racks for the easy showing of such things
as photographs, cards, pictures, drawings and the like.
tures, photographs or other objects to be viewed are se—
side in FIG. 2.
_ Also, it is shown, particularly in the perspective view
of FIG. 1, that the vertical end frames 11-11 are braced
It is a further object of the invention to provide a
novel means of support for the panels, that permits
display panel is formed at its opposite ends, adjacent its
More particularly it has reference to a rack in which an
assembly comprising a plurality of panels to which pic
by ?anges 17-17 that extend vertically between the hinge
cured for display, may be pivotally suspended for the
?anges, to terminate at their top ends ?ush with the top
easy viewing of the objects and which panels may be
successively swung from a viewing position at the front 15 edges of the frames 11-11. These ?anges 17 are in
tegral with or joined to the frames 11 and base plate
side of the assembly, over and to the back side of the
10 to give rigidity to the structure and each is formed
others of the group, thus to cause the panels to be brought
with a hand hold portion 17x for easy handling of the
successively to the front and into viewing position.
It is the principal object of this invention to provide
It is also shown that a web 18 extends between the
a display rack of the character above disclosed, that 20
end frames, and is joined thereto and to the base plate to
may be conveniently disposed upon a table or stand and
give additional rigidity to it.
wherein the panels of the assembly are individually sus
The display panels 20 are as shown in FIG. 7. All
pended in such manner as to be easily swung in vertical
are of the same size, and each is vertically suspended from
arcs from the front side to the back of the assembly.
their individual swinging movement from viewing posi
tion at the front of the assembly to the back thereof and
whereby their viewing order in the assembly will be
Still further objects of the invention reside in~the de
tails of construction of parts; in their relationship and in
the mode of use of the device as will hereinafter be de
In accomplishing these and other objects of the inven
tion, I have provided the improved details of construc
tion, the preferred forms of which are illustrated in the
the end frames as best shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. Each
‘ top edge with a projecting ear 21 and these are seated
in semi-circular seats ‘22-22 that are permanently ?xed
to the inside surfaces of the end frames 11-11 adjacent
their top edges, thus to hold the panels in suspension, as
in FIGS. 2 and 4, between the end frames. All panels
are of the same dimensions and can be suspended in a
group of from six to twelve. Pictures or photographs,
for display, may be applied to opposite faces of each
35 panel as in FIG. 1 and, in the normal use of the device,
the panels may be successively brought to viewing posi~
tion by swinging the outermost panel upwardly and over
the group, from the front side to the back side thereof,
accompanying drawings, wherein:
indicated by the circularly directed arrow 25 in FIG. 4.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a rotary rack or album
The ears 21 which support the panels individually in
embodying the features of the present invention therein. 40
the upwardly facing semi-circular seats are retained
FIG. 2 is a side view of the same.
FIG. 3 is a plan or top view of the rack.
FIG. 4 is a vertical section of the rack taken on line
4-4 in FIG. 2.
against displacement from panel supporting positions by
the complemental portions 22’ of the circular seat; these
parts being ?xed to the inside surfaces of the extension
FIG. 5 is an enlarged perspective view showing the 45 portions 13 of the side frames. It will be understood,
by reference to FIGS. 4 and 7, that the two semi-circular
divided panel supporting ring at one, end of the rack.
seat forming portions are separable along the horizontal
FIG. 6 is a fragmental perspective view illustrating the
plane of the top edges of the frame, when the upper semi
sliding latch for securing the hinged member of one of
circular portions are swung outwardly for the applica~
the panel hanger rings.
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of one of the display 50 tion to or removal of panels from the rack. When these
hinged parts are swung back to alignment with the end
frames, as in FIG. 2, they may be retained there by re!
Referring more in detail to the drawings:
leasable sliding latch members in the form of flat plates
First, it is to be understood that racks of this char
30 that are vertically slidable in guides 31 between the
acter may be made in various sizes, to accommodate dis
play panels of various dimensions and for various articles 55 hinges into and from pockets 32 in the upper ends of the
side frames, as shown in sectional detail in FIG. 2. Lugs
to be put on display. However, in a present preferred
33 are formed on these slides near their top edges for
form, the rack is approximately two feet long and two
their easy adjustment.
feet high and is constructed of plastic materials but not
Pictures, cards or photographs may be ?xed ?atly to
necessarily so,
the faces of the panels by any suitable means such as
In FIG. 1, the rack is shown to comprise a ?at, hori 60 corner
tabs, tacks or the like.
zontally disposed base plate 10 on which opposite end
devices provide for the quick easy and satisfactory
frames 11-11 are rigidly ?xed in parallel vertically
showing of objects, and also provide for showing them
spaced relationship. Each end frame is like the other
in a predetermined sequence so long as the panel remains
and they are disposed on plate 10 in positions trans
in the same order.
versely thereof. It is seen in FIG. 2,, that each of these
To replace or change panels 20, it is only required
frames has a width across its lower end corresponding to
that the slides 30 be pulled up out of the pockets 32 and
the transverse width of plate 10 and tapers slightly toward
the parts 13 be swung to outer positions, thus to per.
its upper end. Each frame has a pair of laterally spaced
mit the panels to be lifted out,
?anges 12-12 ?xed to the outside of its upper end por
What I claim as new is:
tion and these terminate at their upper ends ?ush with
1. A display rack of the character described eompris~
the horizontal top edge of the frame. Also, each frame
ing a frame structure including a base plate with two
comprising a handle portion and having its upper end por—
tion horizontally divided therefrom and a hinge attach
ing said upper end portion to its lower portion for out»
ward swinging adjustment, annular hangers ?xed to the in
side faces of said end frames and diametrically separa
ble along the plane of the hinge axes of said upper end
laterally spaced, vertical end frames ?xed rigidly thereon
and held in ?xed spacing thereby, paired annular hangers
?xed to the inside faces of said end frames in horizontal
axil alignment, and a plurality of display panels dis’
posed between'said laterally spaced end frames in face
o face relationship; each panel having a supporting car
at each of its opposite ends and adjacent its top edge
projecting into the corresponding annular hanger for
portions and a pack of rectangular display panels of like
size disposed between said end frames and suspended at
swinging suspension of the panel; said panels being adapt
their ends from said hangers; each panel having suspend
moval of the suspending ears of said panels from the
ed to be individually swung from one side of the pack, 10 ing ears extended, from its opposite ends adjacent its top
edge, into said annular hangers as applied to said end
over the same and to the opposite side thereof; said later
to rest in the seats provided by the lower di
ally spaced end frames being of equal height and each
visional portions thereof, permitting the panels to be
comprises an upper end portion that is hinged to the
swung individually from one side of the pack of panels to
lower portion for outward swinging and wherein said
other side in either direction, and a latch means
annular'panel hangers are diametrically horizontally die 15 associated
with each hinged section ‘and adjustable to one
vided for separation of the parts thereof; the lower por
position for holding it and that part of the annular hanger
tions of the annular hangers being ?xed to the lower por'
that is attached thereto in hanger closing relationship, or
tions of said end frames and the upper portions of said
to be adjusted in the other direction to permit the hinged
annular hangers being ?xed to the hinged upper end
sections to be outwardly displaced to permit the seating
portions of said end frames to swing outwardly there 20 of or the unseating of the said panel ears from the
with to‘ open the annular hangers for reception or re
4. The device of claim 3 wherein the latch means com—
seats‘ provided by the lower halves of the hangers.
prises a plate that is mounted for up and down sliding
movement on the hinged section of the side frame and
the lower sections of the side frames are slotted to
2. The display rack of claim 1 wherein a latching means
is associated with each of said end frames for retaining
the hinged parts of the frames normally in alignment and
the two portions of the annular hangers in closed rela
tionship; said latching means being manually movable for
releasing the hingedv sections for opening the annular
receive the lower end portions of said slides therein for
locking the hinged sections in normal positions.
References Cited in the ?le of-this patent
3. A display rack of the character described compris
ing a frame structure having ahorizontal supporting base
with laterally spaced end frames fixed rigidly and vertically
thereto and held in fixed spacing thereby; each end ‘frame
Beckwith ____________ __ June 25, 1901
Leeland ______________ __ July 5, 1904
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