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April 17, 1962
3,030,057
T. M. WRIGHT
MOUNTINGS FOR PICTURE FRAMES OR THE LIKE
Filed. Feb. 24, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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INVENTOR.
THEODORE M. WRIGHT
BY
April 17, 1962
3,030,057
T. M. WRIGHT
MOUNTINGS FOR PICTURE FRAMES OR THE LIKE
Filed Feb. 24, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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INVENTOR.
THEODORE- M. WRIEHT
BY
United States Patent Oii?ce
Patented Apr. 17, 1952
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when used to stand a frame or a rack on a suitable sup
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MOUNTENGS FOR PECTURE
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port, can be adjusted to maintain the frame or rack at
any desired inclination relative to such support, and
which will ?rmly maintain the frame or rack at such
5 inclination.
Yet another object of the present invention is to pro
vide an improved picture frame mounting which affords
a substantial degree of adjustment of the frame when it
This invention relates to mountings for picture frames
is mounted on a wall so that the picture can be made to
or the like, and more particularly to mountings for either
hanging picture frames, display racks, etc. on wall mount 10 hang straight even though the mounting member may not
be accurately centered on the rear panel.
ed hooks or the like, or for standing the frames, display
It is also an object of‘ the present invention to provide
racks and other such devices on a table or similar article
an improved mounting as aforesaid which is simple, yet
of furniture.
sturdy in construction, which is inexpensive in cost and
Picture frames are customarily hung on wall mounted
OR THE LIKE
Theodore M. Wright, 934 Haddon Ave, Camden, NJ.
Filed Feb. 24, 1960, §er. No. 10,771
9 Claims. (til. 248-49)
hooks either by means of a ?exible cord secured to a pair
of eye screws attached to the back of the frame, or by
means of a metallic eye or loop which is staked or other
wise secured to the closure panel at the rear of the frame.
In the former case, vthe eye screws cause the frame to be
economical to produce, which readily lends itself to rapid
quantity production, and which is highly efficient in use.
In accordance with the present invention, I apply to
a suitable panel one or more mounting members made of
relatively stiff wire and similar in some respects to the
staple disclosed in my US. Patent No. 2,896,214, granted
tilted with respect to the wall, whereas it may be desired
July 28, 1959, but disposed and used in an entirely dif
to have the frame lie ?at against the Wall because of light—
ferent manner. Instead of applying the mounting mem
ing conditions or for other reasons. Moreover, where the
bers along an edge of the panel, as are the staples dis~
frame is tilted relative to the wall, dust accumulates on
closed in my aforesaid patent, I now apply these mount
the back panel, so that the frame must be dismounted and
the back panel thereof dusted every now and then if it is 25 ing members at one or more appropriate points Well
spaced from the edges of the panel. Each mounting
to be kept clean. In the latter case, the panels are usually
member has a loop portion which normally lies ?at against
made of cardboard, and the hanger loops or eyes have
the rear surface of the panel. From this loop portion,
been known to tear out easily from the panels.
Easel type frames are also known, these being provided
there extend a pair of generally parallel legs which lie
with a brace or prop which is usually pivotally mounted
on the frame closure panel at the rear of the frame.
against the rear panel surface and, at a suitable point
along their lengths, have a ?rst reverse bend therein. At
this ?rst reverse bend, the legs extend through the panel
to the front surface thereof. The legs then extend in
Such frames are designed for standing on a table or the
like; and in such frames, unless care is exercised, it is not
reverse direction against the front surface of the panel,
Furthermore, props or braces of this type are not suitable 35 and in opposed relation to the leg parts against the rear
uncommon for the pivoted prop to come loose also.
for hanging the frame on a wall, nor is the wall hanging
type suitable for mounting the frame on a table or other
surface of the panel, to a point near their ends Where
they have a second reverse bend. At this second bend,
the legs extend back through the panel from the front
similar support.
surface thereof to the rear surface again. In this respect,
The primary object of the present invention is to pro
vide an improved mounting or support for devices such 40 the application of the mounting members of the present
invention differs from the application of the staples of
as picture frames, display racks, and the like by means
my aforesaid patent, since this requires that the wire legs
of which such devices can either be hung on a wall or
be driven back through the panel a second time. The
set up to stand on a support such as an article of furni~
terminating portions of the legs are then clinched against
ture, a counter, a pedestal, or the like.
More particularly, it is an object of the present inven 45 the panel rear surface, preferably across some suitable
portions of the mounting member, to thereby ?rmly affix
tion to provide an improved mounting as aforesaid which,
the mounting member to the panel.
while readily attachable to a panel, such as closure panel
The loop portion may be made relatively either short
at the rear of a picture frame, or the base of a display
or long to suit particular requirements. If used to hang
rack, will not come loose therefrom easily even under
50 a picture frame on a wall, for example, the loop portion
conditions of rough handling and use.
can be made fairly short. To hang the frame, one need
Another object of the present invention is to provide an
merely bend the loop portion away slightly from the panel
improved'mounting as aforesaid which has such strength
rear surface, whereupon the loop can be placed on a Wall
mounted hook or nail. The frame then will lie fairly flat
readily and safely support picture frames and racks of 55 against the wall. If lighting conditions are such as to
produce glare, or of it is desired to tilt the frame to face
relatively large size and weight.
downwardly, it is merely necessary to bend the loop into
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
the desired angular relation with the panel surface until
vide an improved mounting as above set forth which
and which can be secured to the rear panel of the frame
or to the base of a display rack so ?rmly that it will
the desired effect is obtained. Display racks provided
readily lends itself to application to a panel concurrently
with the manufacture of the mounting member, thereby 60 with similar mountings according to the present invention
and having a supporting ?ange along the bottom edge
minimizing the steps necessary to provide a picture frame,
thereof can be hung on walls in salons, museums, exhibits,
for example, that is ready for either hanging on a wall
and the like for receiving pictures, photographs, paintings,
or standing on a support.
,
and other works of art. In any case, the loop portion
A further object of the present invention is to provide 65 may also be provided with a minor, terminating loop at
an improved picture frame mounting as above set forth
its end or hanging terminus according to a modi?ed form
which, when used to hang the frame on a wall, can be
of the invention. This minor loop portion serves to insure
arranged to cause the frame either to lie substantially ?at
proper centering of a wall mounted frame or rack.
against the wall, or to be tilted relative to the wall, as
If the loop portion is made relatively long, it can be
may be desired.
70 bent away from the panel rear surface through an angle
of more than 90 degrees. Thereupon, the loop portion
Still a further object of the present invention is to pro
becomes a prop to provide an easel type of mounting
vide an improved mounting as above set forth which,
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panel back to the rear surface thereof. After passing
back through the panel 3, at the bends 23, the legs 15
terminate in clinching terminals 25 which are clinched
support. Since the mounting member is made of rela
over their respective shoulders 13 and against the rear
tively stiff wire, the loop will not only remain in the
surface of the panel. Thus, the wire members 7 are
position to which it is bent, but will ?rmly support picture
?rmly af?xed to the panel 3.
frames or the like of substantial weight. Here, again, to
The leg parts 19 and 21 are set ?rmly against the panel.
change the angle of inclination of the picture frame or
Normally (that is, when the mounting members are ?rst
the rack panel, as the case may be, it is a simple matter
applied to the panel), the loop portion 11 of each mount
to merely bend the prop constituted by the loop portion
one way or the other relative to its panel.
10 ing member is also disposed against the rear surface of
the panel. To enable the picture frame to be mounted
The novel features of my present invention, as to its
on a wall mounted support, such as a picture hook 27,
organization, the method of applying it, and the manner
it is merely necessary to bend the loop portion 11 away
of using it, as well as additional objects and advantages
from the panel 3 slightly. This provides clearance for
thereof, will be better understood from the following
description of several embodiments thereof, when read in 15 engaging the loop portion 11 around the hook. The tilt
of the picture frame relative to the wall can be varied
connection with the accompanying drawings in which—
at will by merely bending the loop 11 away from the panel
FIGURE 1 is a rear perspective view of a picture frame
3 to the desired extent. If it is desired to have the frame
provided with two mounting members according to the
1 lie substantially ?at against the wall, then it is neces
present invention, one for mounting the frame vertically,
sary to bend the loop 11 only enough to provide su?icient
and the other for mounting the frame horizontally,
clearance to permit the loop to embrace the hook. To
FIGURE 2 is a fragmentary, sectional view taken along
mount the frame 1 with its long dimension extending verti
the line 2-—2 of FIGURE 1,
cally, the mounting member 7 adjacent one of the short
FIGURE 3 is a front elevation of the frame of FIG
edges of the panel is employed, as in FIGURE 3; and to
URE 1 showing the frame hung with its long dimension
vertically by means of one of the mounting members on 25 mount the frame with its long dimension extending hori
zontally, the mounting member adjacent one of the longer
the rear closure panel thereof,
edges of the panel is employed, as in FIGURE 4.
FIGURE 4 is a view similar to FIGURE 3 but show
In FIGURES 5 to 7, there is shown a display rack
ing the frame hung with its long dimension horizontally
having a base 31 with a ?ange or ledge 33 thereon and a
by means of the other mounting member on the rear
closure panel,
30 groove 35 in which a panel 37 is disposed. To the panel
37 is a?ixed a wire mounting member 39 generally similar
FIGURE 5 is a rear elevation of a display rack pro
to the mounting members 7 of FIGURES [I and 2. How
vided with a somewhat different form of mounting mem
ever, in the mounting member 39, the loop portion 41 is
ber in accordance with the present invention,
made relatively long and the closed end 43 of the loop
FIGURE 6 is a side elevation of the rack of FIGURE
5 and showing how the loop of the mounting member 35 41, instead of being curved, as in FIGURES l and 2, is
formed along a straight line. With this modi?cation of
may be adjusted to provide an easel type of mounting,
mounting member, the rack may be hung on a wall sup
FIGURE 7 is a front elevation of the display rack of
ported hook in a manner similar to that described with
FIGURE 5 with the panel cover partly broken away,
reference to the mounting members 7, the ?at or straight
and
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary, rear elevation of a panel 40 terminal portion 43 of the loop 41 permitting the rack to
be adjusted laterally so as to be properly centered for
provided with a modi?ed form of mounting member ac
hanging. Should it be desired to stand the rack on a table
cording to the present invention.
or other support 45, then the elongated loop portion 41
Referring, now, more particularly to FIGURES 1 and
can be bent away from the panel through any desired
2, there is shown a picture frame 1 having a rear closure
angle to become a prop or brace against which the rack
panel or chipboard 3 which is held in place by nails or
will lean. The greater the angle through which the loop
the like 5. Secured to the panel 3 in a manner shortly
prop is bent, the more nearly vertical will the rack panel
to be set forth are two mounting members 7. It will
stand. Thus, for example, if it is desired to display a
be noted that both of the mounting members 7 are spaced
picture, a painting, a photograph or the like 47, the loop
from the edges of the panel 3, one being disposed mid
way between the two side edges of the panel and spaced 50 prop 41 might be bent through about 135 degrees to
approximately the solid line position of FIGURE 6.
somewhat from the top edge thereof, and the other one
On the other hand, if the rack is to be used to display
being disposed midway between the top and the bottom
a case of jewelry, for example, then the loop prop need
edges of the panel 3 and spaced somewhat from the
be bent through only a slight angle (say about 20 or 30
right hand edge thereof as seen in FIGURE 1.
degrees) whereupon the panel 37 will be disposed fairly
Each mounting member 7 is made of a length of stiff
horizontally. If described, an ornamental covering 49
wire, such as piano wire, for example, and is formed
may be applied over the front surface of the panel 37 to
with a hairpin or substantially reverse bend 9 midway
hide the front leg parts of the mounting member 39
between its ends to provide a loop portion 11. At the
from view.
open end of the loop portion 11, the sides of this loop
portion are formed with outwardly diverging shoulders 60 In FIGURE 8 is shown another modi?cation of the
invention wherein the loop portion 11 is similar to that of
13. Beyond these shoulders, each member 7 has a pair
FIGURES l and 2 but is formed to provide a major loop
of spaced, generally parallel legs 15. Each leg 15 has a
11a and a minor loop 11b at the closed end or terminus
?rst reverse bend 17 therein to provide a ?rst leg part 19.
of the major loop. The minor loop 11b serves to insure
The loop portion 11, the shoulders 13, and the leg parts
19 are all disposed in a common plane against the rear 65 proper hanging of a picture frame, rack, or the like when
the mounting member is properly centered on the panel 3.
surface of the panel 3, as best seen in FIGURE 2.
From the foregoing description, it will be apparent that
At the bends 17, the legs 15 extend through the panel
I have provided an improved mounting for picture frames,
.3 to the front surface of the panel where each leg has
display racks, and the like, the mounting of the present
a reversely extending leg part 21. The parts 21 lie in
a common plane against the front surface of the panel 3 70 invention permitting either hanging of such devices on
a wall or placing them in a leaning position on a suitable
and preferably, but not necessarily, in opposed relation to
support, as in the case of an easel. Although I have shown
the respective ?rst parts 19 of the legs 15. At the end
and described several embodiments of the invention, it
of their respective second parts 21, the legs 15 have a
will undoubtedly be apparent to those skilled in the art
second reverse bend 23 where they again extend through
the panel 3, this time from the front surface of the 75 that many other modi?cations, as well as changes in those
for supporting the frame, rack, panel, or the like on a
table or other suitable support at a desired angle to such
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described herein, are possible within the spirit of the
present invention. I therefore desire that the foregoing
respective said second parts extending through said panel
shall be taken merely as illustrative and not in a limiting
sense.
I claim as my invention:
1. A mounting device for a picture frame or the like
having a panel, said device comprising the combination
from said front panel surface back to said rear panel
surface, and said legs each also having a terminating
portion clinched over their respective said shoulders and
against said rear panel surface whereby said length of
wire is af?xed to said panel.
5. A mounting device according to claim 4 character
ized in that said loop portion comprises a major loop and
a minor loop, said minor loop being at the terminus of
with said panel of a wire member having a substantially
reverse bend along its length to provide a loop portion
which normally lies substantially against one surface of 10 said major loop.
said panel and provides a loop for mounting said frame
6. An article of manufacture comprising a panel mem
or the like .on a support, said member having a pair of
ber for use with a device to be supported and a mounting
member on said panel member providing means for
ing a ?rst part lying in a common plane against said one
mounting said panel member on a support, said mounting
surface, said legs each also having a ?rst reverse bend 15 member comprising a length of wire having a substantial
therein at the ends of their respective said ?rst parts there
1y reverse bend therein intermediate its ends to provide
spaced legs beyond said loop portion, said legs each hav
of extending through said panel and a second part beyond
a loop portion which normally lies substantially against
said last named bend, said second parts lying in a com—
one surface of said panel member and provides a loop for
mon plane against the opposite surface of said panel, said
mounting said panel member on a support, said loop por
legs each also having a second bend beyond their respec 20 tion including a pair of diverging shoulders at the end of
tive said second parts extending through said panel from
said loop, said length of wire having a pair of spaced,
said opposite surface thereof back to said one surface of
generally parallel legs extending beyond said shoulders,
said panel, and said legs each also having a terminating
said legs each having a ?rst part lying in a common plane
portion clinched against said one panel surface whereby
with said loop portion against said one surface, said legs
said member is ai?xed to said panel.
25 each also having a ?rst reverse bend therein at the ends
2. A mounting device for a picture frame or the like
of their respective said ?rst parts thereof extending through
having a panel, said device comprising the combination
said panel member and a second part beyond said last
with said panel of a wire member having a substantially
reverse bend along its length to provide a loop portion
which normally lies substantially against one surface of
said panel and provides a loop for mounting said frame
named bend, said second parts lying in a common plane
against the opposite surface of said panel member, said
legs each also having a second bend beyond their respec
tive said second parts extending through said panel mem
or the like on a support, said loop portion including a pair
ber from said opposite surface thereof back to said one
of diverging shoulders at the end of said loop, said mem
surface of said panel member, and said legs each also
having a terminal portion clinched over their respective
ber having a pair of spaced, generally parallel legs extend
ing beyond said shoulders, said legs each having a ?rst 35 said shoulders and against said one panel member sur
part lying in a common plane with said loop portion
face whereby said length of wire is a?ixed to said panel
against said one surface, said legs each also having a ?rst
reverse bend therein at the ends of their respective said
member.
7. An article of manufacture according to claim 6
?rst parts thereof extending through said panel and a
wherein said loop portion is disposed entirely within the
second part beyond said last named bend, said second 40 con?nes of the periphery of said panel member.
parts lying in a common plane against the opposite surface
8. An article of manufacture according to claim 6
of said panel, said legs each also having a second bend
wherein said loop portion is disposed entirely within the
beyond their respective said second parts extending
con?nes of the periphery of said panel member, and
through said panel from said opposite surface thereof
wherein said loop extends from said shoulder toward an
back to said one surface of said panel, and said legs each 45 edge of said panel, said loop terminating at a point spaced
from said edge.
also having a terminating portion clinched over their
respective said shoulders and against said one panel sur—
9. A hanger assembly for use in supporting framed
face whereby said member is af?xed to said panel.
pictures and the like comprising, in combination, a chip‘
‘3. A mounting device as set forth in claim 2 character
board, a substantially U-shaped wire hanger having a
ized in that said second leg parts are disposed in opposed 50 central crown portion and a pair of substantially parallel
relation to their respective said ?rst leg parts.
leg portions, a ?rst reversely bent section in each of said
4. A mounting device for a picture frame or the like
leg portions, each of said ?rst reversely bent portions
having a panel, said device comprising the combination
projected inwardly through said chipboard, and a second
with said panel of a length of stiff wire having a substan~
reversely bent section in each of said leg portions, each
tially reverse bend therein intermediate its ends to pro 55 of said second reversely bent sections projected outwardly
vide a loop portion which normally lies substantially
through said chipboard in proximity to said substantially
against the rear surface of said panel and provides a loop
parallel leg portions and approximately at the midpoint
for mounting said frame or the like on a support, said
thereof, each of said second reversely bent sections over
loop portion including a pair of‘diverging shoulders at
lying its respective leg portion so that said hanger is
the end of said loop, said length of wire having a pair of 60 securely anchored to said chipboard and is contained
spaced, generally parallel legs extending beyond said
entirely within the area de?ned by said chipboard.
shoulders, said legs each having a ?rst part lying in a
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
common plane with said loop portion against said rear
panel surface, said legs each also having a ?rst reverse
UNITED STATES PATENTS
bend therein at the ends of their respective said ?rst parts 65
906,127
Graninger _____________ .._ Dec. 8, 1908
thereof extending through said panel and a second part
966,093
Hilgert _______________ __ Aug. 2, 1910
beyond said last named bend, said second parts lying in a
1,635,900
Obiols _______________ .._ July 12, 1927
common plane against the front surface of said panel,
1,881,371
Gilbert _______________ __ Oct. 4, 1932
said legs each also having a second bend beyond their
2,521,411
Rosenberg _____________ .._ Sept. 5, 1950
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