US 3209919 A
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ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,209,919 DISPLAYS Leon E. Hoogstoel, 1954 Village Road, Schenectady 9, N.Y. Filed May 18, 1964, Ser. No. 368,132 2 Claims. (Cl. 211-90) The present invention relates generally to a means for displaying or storing small articles and more particularly to such a means having particular utility for the storage of small tools and the like.
In recent years the advent of so-called perforated boards have given rise to their wide-spread use as display boards and tool storage boards. A variety of different types of hangers are available for insertion in the holes of the perforated board to suspend various items therefrom for display or storage purposes. These systems have generally depended on a vertical perforated board and have left much to be desired as to ease of useparticularly in re-hanging tools or the like when they were to be replaced on the board.
The present invention provides an improvement in display and storage methods using perforated boards as the support media and has as its principal object the overcoming of the above-mentioned defects of prior art methods.
Another object of the invention is the provision of storage means which can rapidly and easily be rearranged as desired to store items of varying dimensions.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a storage means which permits ready availability and ease of replacement of items stored, regardless of their configuration.
Additional objects, if not specifically set forth herein will be readily apparent to one skilled in the art from the following detailed description of the invention:
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a front view of a display panel made in accordance with the present invention.
FIGURE 2 is a side view of the panel of FIGURE 1 taken on section 22.
FIGURE 3 is a perspective View of one of the spacers which is shown in FIGURES 1 and 2.
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of a modified spacer element.
Generally, the present invention comprises a means for displaying tools or the like wherein a sheet of relatively rigid perforated board is inclined at an angle to the vertical of between 15 and 45 and wherein peg-mounted spacers of varying lengths are provided to compartmentalize the board as desired.
More specifically and referring now to the drawings, it will be seen from FIGURES 1 and 2 that the perforated board having a plurality of holes or perforations 11 therein is inclined at a substantial angle A to the vertical. A retainer strip 12 is preferably attached permanently to the base of board 10 as shown, extending out from said board 10 at an angle of 90. If desired, this strip 12 may be replaced by a movable spacer similar to the spacers 13 shown in the drawings. These spacers 13 are arranged at any point on the board, either vertically or horizontally or at an angle as the storage requirements may require. The spacers 13 have pins or pegs 14 affixed to the base of the strip 15 forming the body of spacer 13, said pegs being of a size to friction fit the holes or perforations 11 in board 10. As shown in the drawings, these 3,209,919 Patented Oct. 5, 1965 spacers are being used to hold tools of varying size and shape. Obviously many other articles may be similarly stored or displayed. FIGURE 3 illustrates the type of spacer 13 shown in FIGURES 1 and 2 in more detail. Many variations of this spacer may be made as desired. Obviously the length of the spacer can be varied as desired and instead of fixed pegs 14 as shown in FIGURE 3, the modification of FIGURE 4 may be used wherein pegs 14' have a serrated block 16 affixed to the top thereof of a size to snugly fit a serrated recess 17 extending the full length of strip 15' of the modified spacer 13'. This permits location of as many pins as desired at any point desired on the spacer 13'.
Preferably the spacers used as retaining elements in this invention are moulded plastic and are made as continuous or at least longer than their expected use length so that sections may be cut from the moulded strip of the length desired for use. These spacers permit storing of tools on edge, thus effecting maximum use of the available storage space.
In practice, a series of these boards such as 10 in FIG- URE 1 are usually suspended one partially above the next in a cascade pattern to provide a plurality of storage areas. In such instances the value of these boards as storage units becomes even more apparent since tools or other objects may be readily removed without any danger of interfering with tools above, below or to the sides of the selected one.
The angle of inclination of the board is critical in that if less than a 15 angle is used the object stored on the board may tend to fall forward and free of the board while if an angle of greater than 45 to the vertical is used, the space utilization becomes inefficient and the ability of the units to be stacked or cascaded one above the other is impaired.
Obviously, many variations and modifications can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention described herein so that only such limitations should be imposed as are contained in the appended claims.
1. In :a storage and display device having a perforated relatively rigid supporting member and a plurality of elongated strip members each having at least two pegs fitting the perforations in said rigid member, the improvement which comprises providing continuous peg holding means along one edge of said elongated strip member and mating means on said pegs selectively fitting into and engaging with said peg holding means at any position along the length of said strip member.
2. A device as in claim 1 wherein said peg holding means and said mating means on said pegs have corresponding and complementary serrations.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,698,467 1/29 Ashkenas 4631 X 2,100,421 11/37 Wupper.
2,504,765 4/ 50 Palmenberg 3l2l40.3 X 2,855,258 10/58 Moncier 312-1403 2,945,732 7/60 Edmonson 312-140.3 3,027,013 3/62 Tiaz 21 1--90 X 3,118,250 1/64 Harvey 211- X CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.