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US1741748A
US1741748A US183167A US18316727A US1741748A US 1741748 A US1741748 A US 1741748A US 183167 A US183167 A US 183167A US 18316727 A US18316727 A US 18316727A US 1741748 A US1741748 A US 1741748A
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    • G02BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
    • G02B6/00Light guides
    • G02B6/0001Light guides specially adapted for lighting devices or systems
    • G02B6/0011Light guides specially adapted for lighting devices or systems the light guides being planar or of plate-like form
    • G02B6/0081Mechanical or electrical aspects of the light guide and light source in the lighting device peculiar to the adaptation to planar light guides, e.g. concerning packaging
    • G02B6/0086Positioning aspects
    • G02B6/0091Positioning aspects of the light source relative to the light guide
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    • G09EDUCATION; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
    • G09FDISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS
    • G09F13/00Illuminated signs; Luminous advertising
    • G09F13/18Edge-illuminated signs
    • G09F2013/184Information to display
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    • G09EDUCATION; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
    • G09FDISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS
    • G09F13/00Illuminated signs; Luminous advertising
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    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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    • Y10STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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Dec.3l, 1929. HRWHITE 1,741,748
ILLUMINATED S IGN Filed April 12. 192
gwuemto i @7 f [a attolweq I Patented Dec. 31, 1929 PATENT OFFICE I HARRY F. WHITE, F FRESNO, CALIFORNIA ILLUMINATED SIGN Application filed April 12,
This invention relates to display devices, such as signs, and provides an arrangement adapted to be illuminated in progression and darkened instantly, the parts as they become illuminated remaining lighted until the whole sign is displayed when the light is out off to permit the instant darkening of the sign.
In accordance with the invention a light controlling member is provided and formed with a light emitting opening which progressively decreases in width and has its forward edge stepped and its rear edge straight, whereby the sign is progressively lighted and remains illuminated until fully displayed 5 when it is darkened by the instant cutting off of the light.
While the drawing illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention, it is to be understood that in adapting the means to meet specific needs and requirements, the design may be varied and such other changes in the minor details of construction may be resorted to within the scope of the invention as claimed, without departing from the spirit thereof. 7
For a full understanding of the invention and the merits thereof, reference is to be had to the following description and the drawing hereto attached, in which,
Figure 1 is a front view of an illuminated sign embodying the invention, the housing being in section;
Figure 2 is a vertical, transverse sectional view on the line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a detail perspective view of two transparent elements and the interposed light obstructing strips, the parts beingseparated.
Corresponding and like parts are referred to in the following description and designated -in the several views of the drawings by like reference characters.
The numeral 10 designates a housing in which is located a filament lamp 11 and a light controlling member 12 which is in the nature of a cylinder or drum. The housing 1927. Serial No. 188,187.
10 is formed in a side with a slot'13, and a flange 14 surrounds the slots 13 and projects outwardly from the housing in line with the slot. A plurality of glass plates 15 are fitted within the space circumscribed by the flangeto 14 and, in consequence, present an edge to the slot 13, whereby to receive the rays of light projected through the slot from the lamp 11. The glass plates or transparent elements 15 bear parts of the data comprising the sign to be displayed. Since the light is admitted to the elements 15 in progression, it is necessary to interpose light obstructing strips 16 between each two ad] acent elements to prevent'the light being transmitted from one element to the other. In the preferable arrangement the data is cut into a surface of the elements 15, so as to become illuminated by the rays of light when projected into the elements from an edge thereof. Each of theelements 15 bears a part of the sign as a whole, and when the sign consists of a word, each element 15 bears a letter of such word. Obviously, if the sign consists of a phrase or sentence each of the elements 15 will bear a word or part of the matter to be displayed as a whole.
The lightcontrolling member 12' is'formed in a side with an Opening 17 which is wide at one end andconstricted at its opposite end, said opening progressively decreasing in width throughout its length and having its forward edge stepped and its rear edge straight, as indicated most clearly in Figure 1 of the drawing. That portion of the opening 17 in line with the transparent element 15 bearing the letter S is of a length approximating the width of said element, and the portions of the opening in line with the other elements 15 are of a length corresponding to the width of the respective elements, thereby restricting the light to the several signbearing elements. The light controlling member 12 is adapted to have a slow movement imparted thereto and since said member consists of a cylinder or drum it has a rotary movement imparted thereto, and for this purpose a pulley 18 fitted to the projecting end of a journal is ada ted to be connected to a suitable source 0 power, not shown. As the cylinder or drum is rotated the Wide end of sign is darkened by the cutting off of the light. This occurs the instant the opening 17 clears the light emitting slot 13. The duration of exposure of the sign depends upon the Width of the opening 17, as will be readily appreciated, and this is modified by the speed at which the light controlling member 12 is driven.
The lamp 11 is of the straight line filament type, and current is supplied thereto from a suitable source by means of a contact mechanism 19, it being assumed that the lamp is mounted to rotate with the cylinder or drum 12.
Of course any type of lamp may be employed and when stationary the necessity for a contact mechanism, as at 19, will'not exist. The drum 12 will be provided with other openings 17 which are narrow and of uniform width to flash the sign off and on. When desired a color screen may be interposed between the sign and the source of light to change the color. It is observed that the sign may be changed by replacing the elements 15 by others bearing different letters or matter to be displayed.
Having thus described the invention, I claim:
An illuminated sign comprising a hollow housing adapted to rest upon a support, the upper portion of said housing being formed with a longitudinally extending slot, longitudinally extending flanges carried by said housing and projecting upwardly therefrom in spaced relation to opposite sides of the slot transparent sign bearing elements above said housing having their lower portion fitting between said flanges and resting upon the housing in covering relation to the slot, opaque strips disposed between said elements, a. support in said housing extending transversely in spaced relation to one end, a lamp socket journaled in said support axially 'of the housing, a lamp carried by said socket and extending longitudinally of the housing, a drum extending longitudinally in said housing and disposed about said lamp with one end engaged with said socket and rotatable about the same, a shaft extending from the other end of said drum and journaled in the
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Cited By (17)

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US2461532A (en) * 1945-09-25 1949-02-15 John C Dixon Edge lighting unit
US2514599A (en) * 1948-02-09 1950-07-11 Charles L Dwinell Illuminated advertising device
US2579824A (en) * 1949-07-11 1951-12-25 Thurman W Horn Oil testing chart and holder therefor
US2619752A (en) * 1947-02-20 1952-12-02 Henry E Rhoads Illuminated display
US2623313A (en) * 1948-06-14 1952-12-30 Paul E Fuchs Edge illuminated sign
US2639528A (en) * 1947-10-02 1953-05-26 Raymond B Ochsner Display device
US2676425A (en) * 1951-06-22 1954-04-27 Lionel Corp Crossing gate for toy railroads
US2688813A (en) * 1949-09-22 1954-09-14 James H Hart Animated illuminated sign
US2832256A (en) * 1953-12-03 1958-04-29 Ralph T Gardner Synchrotester case
US3131496A (en) * 1958-05-31 1964-05-05 Annemarie Grub Illuminated panel
US3402493A (en) * 1965-09-13 1968-09-24 Gen Electric Luminous display device
WO1990004132A1 (en) * 1988-10-07 1990-04-19 Gulton Industries, Inc. Illuminating system
US4996632A (en) * 1988-10-07 1991-02-26 Gulton Industries, Inc. Multi-color illuminating system
US5219217A (en) * 1988-10-07 1993-06-15 Gulton Industries, Inc. Illuminating system
US5832642A (en) * 1997-01-07 1998-11-10 Dalton; Thomas K. Illuminated address sign
US20040170013A1 (en) * 2003-02-27 2004-09-02 Smythe Vernon Bradford Light emitting diode address number sign
US20050239581A1 (en) * 2004-04-23 2005-10-27 Naylor Roger A Sr Illuminated display

Cited By (18)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2461532A (en) * 1945-09-25 1949-02-15 John C Dixon Edge lighting unit
US2619752A (en) * 1947-02-20 1952-12-02 Henry E Rhoads Illuminated display
US2639528A (en) * 1947-10-02 1953-05-26 Raymond B Ochsner Display device
US2514599A (en) * 1948-02-09 1950-07-11 Charles L Dwinell Illuminated advertising device
US2623313A (en) * 1948-06-14 1952-12-30 Paul E Fuchs Edge illuminated sign
US2579824A (en) * 1949-07-11 1951-12-25 Thurman W Horn Oil testing chart and holder therefor
US2688813A (en) * 1949-09-22 1954-09-14 James H Hart Animated illuminated sign
US2676425A (en) * 1951-06-22 1954-04-27 Lionel Corp Crossing gate for toy railroads
US2832256A (en) * 1953-12-03 1958-04-29 Ralph T Gardner Synchrotester case
US3131496A (en) * 1958-05-31 1964-05-05 Annemarie Grub Illuminated panel
US3402493A (en) * 1965-09-13 1968-09-24 Gen Electric Luminous display device
WO1990004132A1 (en) * 1988-10-07 1990-04-19 Gulton Industries, Inc. Illuminating system
US4996632A (en) * 1988-10-07 1991-02-26 Gulton Industries, Inc. Multi-color illuminating system
US5016143A (en) * 1988-10-07 1991-05-14 Gulton Industries, Inc. Illuminating system
US5219217A (en) * 1988-10-07 1993-06-15 Gulton Industries, Inc. Illuminating system
US5832642A (en) * 1997-01-07 1998-11-10 Dalton; Thomas K. Illuminated address sign
US20040170013A1 (en) * 2003-02-27 2004-09-02 Smythe Vernon Bradford Light emitting diode address number sign
US20050239581A1 (en) * 2004-04-23 2005-10-27 Naylor Roger A Sr Illuminated display

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