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US2390663A
US2390663A US44534242A US2390663A US 2390663 A US2390663 A US 2390663A US 44534242 A US44534242 A US 44534242A US 2390663 A US2390663 A US 2390663A
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Dec. 11, 1945. 1 ||y POLLARD 2,390,663 I EMBO S SED DI SPLAY Filed June l, 1942 ii H Patented Dec. 11, 1945 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE EMBOSSED DISPLAY John H. Pollard, Dallas, Tex.

Application June 1, 1942, Serial No. 445,342

(CI.y llll- 136) 4 Claims.

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in embossed displays.

One object of the invention is to provide an improved display which may be formed on open mesh fabric, such as ordinary screen wire or the like and which is so constructed that theV indicia, i. e., the letters, characters or symbols of said display are embossed or upset above the surface of the fabric or screen, whereby depth is imparted tosaid indicia and a clearly visible and attractive display is produced.

A particular object of the invention is to provide an improved display including embossed characters, the embossing not only facilitating the Vapplication of filler material to said embossing but making it possible to readily illuminate the display toV increase its advertising value.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved sign, of the' character described, havingaplastic or other material applied to the area of the wire mesh fabric immediately surrounding the embossed portions, whereby said material not only frames or outlines said embossed portions but also strengthens and reinforces the fabric.

A construction designed to carry out the invention will be hereinafter described together with other features of the invention.

The invention will be more readily understood from a reading of the following speciiication and by reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein an exam-ple of the invention is shown, and wherein:

Figure l is an isometric View of a section of wire mesh fabric on which the improved sign is formed,

Figure 2` is a transverse vertical sectional View,

illustrating a portion of the wire screen disposed between pressing or embossing plates',

Figure 3 isv a view similar to Figure 2 showing the pressing orl embossing plates moved into engagement with each other with the screenl therebetween.` to' emboss said! screen,

Figure 4 is an isometric view ofV a portionof the screen, illustrating a letter or characterl embossed therein,

Figure 5 is a transverse sectional view illustrating a pan having a ller material therein and showing the. embossed' portion of theA wire screen immersed therein,

Figurev 6 is an. isometric view'of thev embossed section after the filler material has been applied thereto and also after an outer coating has been applied to saidller' material,

Va plurality of recessesy l2.

Figure 7Y is anenlarged sectional View taken through the character illustrated in Figure 6,

Figure 8 is an isometric view of a screen door showing the central portion of the screen wire embossed in accordance with the invention and having asection or frame of plastic material surrounding the embossed section,v

Figure 9 is an enlarged section taken on the line 9 9 of Figure 8,

Figure 10 is a View similar to Figure 9 with the addition of' a small section of screen wire on the rear surface of the screen on which the sign is formed, whereby an illuminated sign may be provided, and

Figure 11 is a View similar to Figure 4 showing a modified method of embossing a particular character.

In the drawing, the numerall It designates a section of open wire mesh fabric, such as ordinary wire screen which is normally used in doors and windows. In forming the improved sign on a portion of the section I0, said section is placed upon the upper surface of a stationary embossing plate H (Figure 2)', which plate is formed with As is usual practice, the recesses I2 are shaped to conform to the letters, characters or other indicia which is to be included in the nished sign. A movable plate or ram I3. is provided with projections or enlargements i4 on its lower surface and' these projections are complementary to the recesses I2 in the stationary plate Il. After the section of screen wire is placed upon the stationary plate, the movable plate or ram I3 is moved downwardly as shown in Figure 3, whereby the portion of the screen wire in alinement with the recesses I2 of the stationary plate is pressed downwardly into the recesses and is stretched or distorted so as to conform to the shape of said recesses. Obviously, when the recesses are in the form of letters or characters, similar letters or characters are offset or embossed on the section l0 of the wire screen.

The letters', characters or other indicia which are formed in the Wire screen are subject to wide variation and may take any desired form, size or shape. VIn Figure 4 the letter B has been illustrated as offset or embossed in outline on the wire screen and obviously, the embossing raises that portion of the screen forming said letter beyond the plane o-f the remaining surface of the screen. After the embossing step is complete, the section of wire screen is yplaced over a receptacle or pan i5' which is relatively shallow and which may beV mounted. within a suitable support H3.

rial enters the interstices or openings in the em- I bossed portions of the wire screen IU so as to completely ll the same. The wire screen is then removed and the filler I1 is permitted to dry. If desired, the ller may be of a desired color and manifestly, provides an integral embossed letter` on the wire screen. It is pointed out that the ller material may be relatively thin in consistency and when disposed within the interstices of openings of the embossed portions of the screen fills the same. The letters or 'characters are of apparent thickness, this thickness being.' produced, not by the filler material, but by the fact that the entire letter is raisedY or projects beyond V the surface of the section l0. Although dipping has been found preferable for applying the ller to the offset or embossed portions of the screen, the invention is not to be limited toa dipping step for obviously, the filler may be applied by stencilling, spraying or in any other suitable manner.

In Figure 4, the character or letter B has been shown as offset or embossed in outline. However, 4 the recesses l2 in the stationary embossing plate Il may be changed so that the actual letter B may be embossed in its entirety, as shown in Figure l1, rather than merely in outline. Either method of embossing may be employed and the particular method used will depend primarily on the particular size of letterk or character desired in the finished sign.

When the iiller material which is utilized to lill the openings or interstices of the embossed character or letter is color ed,rthis may complete the sign for obviously an attractive raised letter having considerable apparent thickness is provided. Although the characters and letters have been referred to as embossedor raised, it is obvious that the sheet may be reversed so that the letters are actually recessed when viewed from the outer side of the sheet; in such event, the letters or characters are given considerable depth and obviously it is merely a matter of choice as I to whether the characters formed by the improved method are displayed as raised or recessed.

As explained, thevsign may be complete after the liller is applied but in many instances it may be desirable to apply an outer coating C of plastic or other suitable material to the embossed and filled portions of the sign. As illustrated in Figure 6, this outer coating is preferably shaped to conform to the particular letter and is applied to the filler material i1 which lls the interstices of the embossed character. This outer surface may be applied by stencilling, painting or otherwise and it might be preferable that the coating have substantial thickness, as is clearly shown in Figure '7. When the outer coating is used, it is preferable that said coating be maintained within the confines of the embossed portion, whereby a relatively thin margin of the material I'l isv visible around the outer coating so as t0 01.11?-

line the same, and thereby provide a more attractive display.

In some instances, as for example when a sign is to be applied to a large area, it may not be desirable to emboss or oiTset each character individually. In such case, a panel section 20 may be offset or embossed in the central portion of the wire screen 50a which is mounted in the door 2i (Figure 8) and this embossed panel may have its openings filled with the ller material l1, or if desired, the filler material may be omitted. Suitable characters 22 (Figure 9) may be applied to the upset or embossed panel section 20, regardless of whether or not the ller has been previously applied, the characters being applied by stenciling, brushing or by any other suitable means. The characters may be formed of plastic, paint or other material and obviously, since the panel is upset or embossed, the characters 22 thereon will be raised or upset from the remaining surface of the Wire screen Illa.

Where an enlarged panel such as shown at 20 in Figures 8 and 9 is formed in the wire screen it may be desirable to reinforce the screen surrounding the upset or embossed panel because the formation of said panel may render the screen more flexible than it would otherwise be. In such instance a border or frame of plastic material 23 may be applied to the wire screen lua in the area immediately surrounding the embossed or upset panel 20. This plastic may be applied in any suitable manner andif desired the frame or border may take any desired design and maybe extended to the longitudinal edges Y of the wire screen section la as indicated by the extension 24 (Figure 8).

The embossing of a portion or portions of the wire screen results in a, raised or recessed effect of the indicia or symbols which are employed in forming the sign. The ller material may be relatively thin and need only ll the openings or interstices of the embossed portions and said filler not only closes the interstices of the embossed portions but alsov provides a background on which an additional coating may be applied. As pointed out, the filler material could be omitted and a suitable material Vapplied directly to the embossed or offset portion of the wire screen, as is illustrated in Figures 8 and 9. It is v noted that the filler material could also be eliminated in the forms shown in Figures 4 and 8, where a character or letter is embossed in the wire screen and in such case, a suitable plastic or other material is applied to the embossed portion.

The embossing or upsetting of certain portions` of the screen wire not only lends itself to attractive and effective designs with a minimum amount of material but also makes it possible to form a cheap and inexpensive illuminated sign. This type of sign is illustrated in Figure 10 wherein the main screen section lllb is provided with a rectangular embossed or upset panel 20a.

the main screen section lllb and the embossed panel 3| of the auxiliary section 3U provides a housing for an electric lamp 32. The electrical current supply wire 33 may extend outwardly through an opening provided in the auxiliary section and may be secured to the rear side of the screen wire section lb. In this instance, a border 23a of suitable material may be applied to the sections Ib and 3D and Will surround the embossed or Olset panels 20a and 3l and this outline or border not only reinforces and adds rigidity to the screen wire but also serves to hide the lead-in wire 33, whereby said wire will not detract from the appearance of the sign. Of course, the panels 20a and 3| may, in addition to the transparent ller material 25, have suitable indicia or characters formed by an outer coating of material D, similar to the coating C shown in Figure 6.

From the above, it will be seen that a simple and economical sign for wire screen sections is provided. The desired indicia or characters are embossed in, or offset from the remainder of the screen wire itself and such embossing facilitates the application of a filler material because it permits the embossedv portions to be readily dipped in a suitable receptacle. Also, by embossing or distorting portions of the screen wire, a certain amount of rigidity is added to said screen wire which tends to reduce the stretching or distorting of the screen wire after it is in place. By embossing the characters or indicia, said indicia is given a raised or recessed effect, depending upon the disposition of the completed Sign, Without having to employ thick plastic material to build up offset letters. After the iiller material is applied, it is possible to add an outer or second coating to said filler material which provides a background for said coating and in this manner an attractive and multi-color display may be produced.

The foregoing description of the invention is explanatory thereof and various changes in the size, shape and materials, as well as in the details of the illustrated construction may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A display including, a section of ordinary wire screen having a portion thereof raised and upset to provide an integral embossed panel, translucent ller material lling the interstices of the embossed panel, display characters applied to the filler material on said panel, an auxiliary smaller section of screen wire secured to the rear surface of the wire screen and having an embossed panel formed therein, the panel in the auxiliary section being of substantially the same size as the embossed portion of the wire screen, whereby said panels are spaced from each other, a translucent filler material filling the interstices of the panel of the auxiliary section, illuminating means mounted in the space between the embossed panels whereby said panels are illuminated, and display characters applied to the filler material in the embossed panel of the auxiliary section whereby a double sign is v provided.

2. A display including, a section of ordinary wire screen having a portion thereof raised and upset to provide an integral embossed panel, translucent filler material lling the interstices of the embossed panel, display characters applied to the ller material on said panel, an auxiliary smaller section of screen wire secured to the rear surface of the wire screen and having an embossed panel formed therein, the panel in thelauxiliary section being of substantially the same size as the embossed portion of the wire screen, whereby said panels are spaced from each other, a translucent filler material filling the interstices of the panel of the auxiliary section of screen wire, and illuminating means mounted in the space between the embossed panels whereby said panels are illuminated.

3. A display including, a section of ordinary wire screen having a portion thereof raised and upset to provide an integral embossed panel, translucent ller material lling the interstices of the embossed panel, display characters applied to the filler material on said panel, an auxiliary smaller section of screen wire secured to the rear surface of the wire screen and having an embossed panel formed therein, the panel in the auxiliary section being of substantially the same size as the embossed portion of said Wire screen, whereby said panels are spaced from each other, a translucent filler material filling the interstices of the panel of the auxiliary section, and a border immediately surrounding the panels and applied to the sections for reinforcing the same.

4. A display including, a section of ordinary wire screen having a portion thereof raised and upset to provide an integral embossed panel, translucent filler material filling the interstices ofthe embossed panel, display characters applied to the Iiller material on said panel, an auX- iliary smaller section of screen wire secured to the rear surface of the wire screen and having an embossedpanel formed therein, the panel in the auxiliary section being of substantially the same size as the embossed portion of said Wire screen, whereby said panels are spaced from each other, and a translucent ller material filling the interstices of the panel of the auxiliary section.

JOHN H. POLLARD.

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US2659170A (en) * 1951-08-04 1953-11-17 Burdick Baron Company Advertising sign
US2659171A (en) * 1951-08-04 1953-11-17 Burdick Baron Company Advertising sign
US2729008A (en) * 1953-04-16 1956-01-03 Display Corp Luminous sign
US2842884A (en) * 1954-09-02 1958-07-15 Heinn Company Debossed printed book cover
US2938290A (en) * 1954-09-23 1960-05-31 Burdick Richard Advertising signs and methods of making same
US3063182A (en) * 1954-10-06 1962-11-13 William E Dowda Molded articles
US3119729A (en) * 1955-06-13 1964-01-28 Ljungbo Sven Olof Birger Camouflage net
US4005538A (en) * 1973-11-23 1977-02-01 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Internally illuminated retroreflective signs

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2659170A (en) * 1951-08-04 1953-11-17 Burdick Baron Company Advertising sign
US2659171A (en) * 1951-08-04 1953-11-17 Burdick Baron Company Advertising sign
US2729008A (en) * 1953-04-16 1956-01-03 Display Corp Luminous sign
US2842884A (en) * 1954-09-02 1958-07-15 Heinn Company Debossed printed book cover
US2938290A (en) * 1954-09-23 1960-05-31 Burdick Richard Advertising signs and methods of making same
US3063182A (en) * 1954-10-06 1962-11-13 William E Dowda Molded articles
US3119729A (en) * 1955-06-13 1964-01-28 Ljungbo Sven Olof Birger Camouflage net
US4005538A (en) * 1973-11-23 1977-02-01 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Internally illuminated retroreflective signs

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