Transparent Holder Patents (Class 40/771)
  • Patent number: 9380892
    Abstract: A display case to preserve and display a postage stamp includes a bottom section, a mat board positioned on a top surface of the bottom section to mount a postage stamp, and a transparent archival film positioned on a top surface of the mat board to preserve and cover the postage stamp and compatible for archival contact with the postage stamp. The display case also includes a transparent protective sheet positioned on a top surface of the transparent archival film, and a top section having a window to display the postage stamp and coupled to the bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: James R. Kallinger
  • Patent number: 9223162
    Abstract: A display device having a flexured element. More particularly, the display device may incorporate a cover glass with one or more flexure bearing sections. The flexure bearing may permit the cover glass to flex and/or bend in response to stresses or strains while still maintaining contact with an attachment point. If the attachment points have different heights, for example, the cover glass may flex at the flexure bearing, thereby permitting the portion of the cover glass between the attachment points to maintain a relatively planar alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Laura M. DeForest, James M. Cuseo
  • Patent number: 9089229
    Abstract: Frame kits and frames are disclosed herein. In an example, a frame kit includes at least two frame legs. Each frame leg has two edges, where one of the two edges of each frame leg is to abut another of the two edges of an adjacent frame leg when a frame is constructed with the frame legs. Each frame leg includes a non-foamed polymer exterior wall; a hollow space defined by the non-foamed polymer exterior wall; and an expanded foam material positioned within the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francois K Pirayesh, Xiaoqi Zhou, David Edmondson, Alan M Jacques
  • Publication number: 20150027018
    Abstract: A protective certificate cover system and method of manufacture thereof is provided having a certificate or diploma, a protective cover having two panels, a cover aperture formed in one panel configured to be aligned with a printed name area on the certificate when the certificate is closed within the cover. An envelope has a viewing window so the printed name area is visible when the closed cover containing the certificate is inserted into the envelope. A transparent sleeve is provided permitting the envelope containing the cover to be shrink wrapped and sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Cayer
  • Publication number: 20150027017
    Abstract: The instant application discloses, among other things, a Flexible Picture Frame which may comprise a frame portion made of a flexible material, for example, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam, which is commonly known as “craft foam” or “fun foam.” The frame portion may have a viewing window cut in the shape of a rectangle, a circle, or any other shape. A glazing panel may sit behind the viewing window to protect the user's photograph from damage. The glazing panel may be made of any flexible material that is at least partially transparent, translucent, or sheer. The Flexible Picture Frame may have a backing mat comprised of the same flexible material as the frame. It may also include a fastening mechanism such as Velcro, for example, to attach the frame to the backing mat and enclose the glazing panel and photograph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Lyn Gregerson Gregerson
  • Patent number: 8936278
    Abstract: A system for affixing a printed image onto a book cover, comprising a sleeve having a front surface, a back surface and four edges. The sleeve includes a front layer having a transparent window region surrounded by an opaque mask region and a back layer joined to the front layer along at least two of the edges, wherein the back layer is not joined to the front layer along at least one of the edges thereby providing at least one open edge adapted to receive the printed image. Adhesive strips having peelable coverings are affixed onto the back surface of the sleeve along at least two of the edges. The opaque mask region is adapted to cover the edges of the printed image, and the adhesive strips are adapted to affix the sleeve onto the book cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard Salter, Mark Anthony Harris, Cheryl Lenhard, William N. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8745908
    Abstract: Index tab holders are movably mounted on top portions of file folders or data separation sheets to locate the tab holders in selected lateral locations without removing the tab holders from the file folders. Linear rails associated with the top portions of the file folders cooperate with ribs on the tab holders to mount and laterally guide the tab holders on the file folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Merrill Hansen
  • Patent number: 8365452
    Abstract: The display frame has a transparent front and back panel with friction clamps that interact to close the frame around a content, or has a transparent folded outer glazing that holds an inside assembly around a content. The frictional clamp and the folded outer glazing and inside assembly allow the frame to be opened and the content to be replaced. A hanging-bumper device protrudes from the back of the frame either as an integral component of the back panel, outer glazing, or inside assembly, or as a removable attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: United Visual Arts, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin A. Goldman
  • Patent number: 8241727
    Abstract: Decorated three-dimensional articles (64, 78, 82, 86) may be produced having wall structure (66-72) with distortion-free images (40a, 40b) appearing through the inner and outer surfaces of the wall structure (66-72). Preferably, a sheet of paper stock (38) is imprinted on both faces with mirror images (40a, 40b), and the stock (38) is applied to a light-transmitting substrate (44) so that the image (40b) appears through the substrate (44), thereby yielding a blank (50). A plurality of lines of weakness (54) are formed in the blank (50) by laser ablation extending through the image (40a) and stock (38), but not through the image (40b), in order to define spaced apart bend areas (56). The substrate (44) is then heated along the bend areas (56), and the blank (50) is formed about a mandrel (62). If desired, the formed blank (50) may be completed by addition of a base (74).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Barton Nelson, Inc.
    Inventor: Gunnard Nelson
  • Patent number: 8181377
    Abstract: A display device includes (a) a first mounting member containing a first film-mounting surface, wherein the first film-mounting surface demarcates a first opening in the first mounting member; (b) a second mounting member containing a second film-mounting surface, wherein the second film-mounting surface demarcates a second opening in the second mounting member; (c) a first elastomeric film mounted to the first film-mounting surface and extending across the first opening; (d) a second elastomeric film mounted to the second film-mounting surface and extending across the second opening; and (e) a chassis configured for supporting the first mounting member and the second mounting member. The first opening and the second opening are configured for oppositional alignment in the chassis, and the first elastomeric film and the second elastomeric film are configured to retain a display object in a region defined by an oppositional alignment of the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ADE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Lofgren, Matthew D. LeRoy
  • Patent number: 8104208
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate can be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which can be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A fastener extends from the rear surface for mounting the assembly to any of various objects, such as a tree, flower stem, a candle, a vase, a basket, a gift wrapping device, a container, a column, and furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura
  • Patent number: 8001713
    Abstract: An image support device has a support surface having a front face, a back surface, a bottom and a top. The support surface has secured thereto a visible light transmitting panel. The light transmitting panel preferably has a hinge towards the bottom of the support surface enabling a top of the light transmitting panel to be pulled away from the support surface in a non-destructive manner to create an opening behind the light transmitting panel. The opening behind the light transmitting panel is able to close and return to a closed position by elastic or spring tension to provide tension to an image placed behind the light transmitting panel. The top or the back of the support surface may have at least part of a wall connecting system attached thereto, or the opening may face away from a bottom of the device having a flat support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Helen Bair
  • Publication number: 20090265972
    Abstract: A novel sheet holder either with or without a board. The sheet holder comprises a base angle plate and a holding angle plate, connected by extension springs for toggling said holding angle plate between a closed position for holding said sheet and an open position for removing said sheet. Two pegs and a rubber block with groove are installed for increasing the number of held sheets and more securely holding the mounted sheets. The present sheet holding board can be rotatably mounted to the back of a picture frame with locking feature. The sheet holder without board can be applied for holding advertisement sheet for indoor and outdoor display. Novel art hanging and control system will raise and lock the art for display, and lower it to a reachable level for display change. This art may include an art sheet, 3D art, or a computer monitor showing advertisement message. For outdoor display, a clear vinyl cover can be employed for holding an art sheet and protect it from UV radiation, rain and wind damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Cherng Chang
  • Patent number: 7421810
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate may be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which may be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A pair of tack elements extending from the rear surface are provided for mounting the assembly to a cylindrical object such as a tree or a candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura
  • Patent number: 7412792
    Abstract: A mounting and framing apparatus and system are disclosed in which displayed items such as graphics, photographs, mattes, paintings or the like are positioned between multiple transparent plates of glass or plastic to impart a sense of depth thereto, clamping bars apply a compressive force to the transparent plates for holding the displayed items in place, and decorative members are provided for adding aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: George Hale
  • Patent number: 7313879
    Abstract: A protective holder for displaying a generally thin article includes a first member formed from a translucent material and a second member which is permanently attached to the first member to form a pocket open along one edge of at least one of the first member and the second member for receiving such generally thin article. A flap is hingedly attached to the edge of the first member and movable into a position internal to the pocket for securing such generally thin article, wherein a portion of such generally thin article is caged between the flap and the first member and is further movable into a position external to the pocket for one of insertion and removal of such generally thin article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Robin L. Ward
  • Patent number: 7305785
    Abstract: A shadow box scrapbook page adapted to hold and secure three-dimensional objects for storage and display. The page includes a binder portion having openings to receive standard rings or posts common to binders, and a frame device, having a front, back and side, top and bottom sections, defining a cavity. The front is generally transparent for the viewing of the stored objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: David R. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20070273253
    Abstract: A uniform display case for displaying a uniform and uniform decorations is disclosed. The uniform display case comprises a viewing pane seated within a frame and a display area visible through the viewing pane. In addition, at least a portion of the uniform is visible in the display area, wherein the portion of a uniform is mounted to a back panel, wherein the portion of the uniform is mounted so that portions of back, top and front of the uniform are visible in the display area and are in a plane which is substantially parallel to a vertical plane of the back panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory W. Fair
  • Patent number: 7270237
    Abstract: A document storage apparatus for safely storing photographs or other documents includes a first transparent sheet and a second sheet attached to the first transparent sheet along a water or air tight seal. The water or air tight seal defines a pocket between the first transparent sheet and the second sheet and that has an open end. A water or air tight adherent is disposed between the first transparent sheet and the second sheet and across the open end of the pocket, and is adapted to selectively adhere the first sheet to the second sheet to thereby allow the pocket to be sealed in a water or air tight fashion. An attachment section can be disposed along a side of the first and second sheet and can be adapted to mount the storage apparatus within a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Stanley T. Mandeltort
  • Patent number: 7234259
    Abstract: A three-dimensional page protector comprising a pocket defining a partially-enclosed space, where that pocket comprises a first length, a first width, a height, and a first side. The three-dimensional page protector further includes a longitudinal edge continuously attached to the first side of the pocket, where that longitudinal edge has the first length and a second width, where the first width is greater than said second width, and where the longitudinal edge is formed to include one or more through-bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Anna Jee Lee, Stephen D. Morey
  • Patent number: 7146756
    Abstract: A plurality of edges (106–110) of a transparent sheet (112) are adhered to a back (114) of a paper backing (116) to from a clear-front envelope (102). A support flap (104) is attached to the clear-front envelope (102) where the support flap (104) folds away from the clear-front envelope (102) at a fold line (126) and has an edge for resting a horizontal surface. A display item is secured between the paper backing (116) and the transparent sheet (112) and can be displayed in a landscape or portrait position. Postage indicia (1102) on the support flap (104) allows the display item to be mailed as a personalized postcard. Other indicia (1104) may further provide advertising or customize the display device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Ryan C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6865837
    Abstract: An album page for displaying articles, such as photographs, includes an intermediate, preferably opaque, sheet and a pair of outer sheets made from a transparent plastic material. Die cuts are provided in the immediate sheet at a plurality of locations, and the two outer sheets are adhered to one another at the locations defined by the die cuts. The preferred album page does not use adhesives to bond either outer sheet to the intermediate sheet, and the die cut/seal areas are arranged to permit display of rectangular objects in either horizontal or vertical positions. The invention features an arrangement, which insures that horizontally displayed objects are supported on both sides of the bottom edge thereof to enhance the overall aesthetics of the filled page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Intercraft Company
    Inventors: Paul Raymond Matteau, John P. Jordan, Paul Mylander
  • Patent number: 6854915
    Abstract: A binder for papers, photographs, or other sheet-like materials is provided with a cover having one or more window openings defined therein. A flat, transparent protective sheet is located in contact with the inside surface of the binder cover and a backing sheet overlies the protective sheet. The backing sheet is secured to the peripheral margin of the protective sheet, and elsewhere as required, to delineate at least one, and preferably a plurality of pockets. The pockets are formed between the backing sheet and the protective sheet. An elongated slit in defined through the backing sheet behind each pocket created. The peripheral edges of the backing sheet are permanently secured to the inside surface of the binder cover. Photographs or other flat display materials may be inserted into the pockets formed between the backing sheet and the protective sheet through the elongated slits. The pockets are delineated so that they are aligned with the window opening in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 6851556
    Abstract: The invention discloses a display holder for securely holding and display a valuable collectible card comprising two panels connected along with a common hinge line or coupled together. The panel has a recessed portion having a suitable card-matchable dimension and a depth for receiving the card to be held, whereas a latchable extending member mounted on the panel is securely matched with a latching mechanism mounted within the cap recess of a holding cap to securely hold the card within the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventors: Dominic M. Valdez, Yolanda Valdez, Chihsiang Huon, Mei Li Huon
  • Patent number: 6827812
    Abstract: A framing device, used for displaying items such as photographs, certificates and the like, includes a translucent sheet-like material having an outward side and an inward side, both having a common continuous edge. An adhesive is applied along the inward side adjacent to the continuous edge in such a manner that a portion of such edge remains adhesive-free. A sheet of backing material has a first side and a second side and the first side of such foam is positionally secured by the adhesive and with respect to the translucent material. And a release liner is attached to the second side of the backing material. The adhesive-free portion of the edge and the sheet of backing material define a slot permitting insertion and removal of an item to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Carey P. Woods
  • Patent number: 6796066
    Abstract: A display device for displaying flat articles. The device includes a frame having a front side and a rear side. A transparent sheet is mounted to the frame at its front side. A planar mat having a plurality of cutouts in predefined shapes and at predefined positions is then positioned flatly against the transparent sheet. Thereafter, a planar article holder having a plurality of pockets wherein each pocket corresponds in shape and location to an associated cutout in the mat, is then positioned flatly against the planar mat. Each pocket is designed to hold one flat article for display. A planar backing is then mounted to the frame adjacent the rear side of the frame so that the mat and article holder are sandwiched in between the transparent sheet and the backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Frederic E. Champnella, II
  • Patent number: 6780273
    Abstract: The process for making a picture frame having printed border artwork on a transparent front panel with irregular outer and inner edges and having an attached rear panel having a picture frame folding stand therein. The process includes the printing of border art on a sheet of a material having a covered pressure sensitive adhesive backing and attaching it to the front panel. The front panel is then laser cut along the computer marked cut path to cut along the outside and inside edges of the printed border artwork while cutting a window therein. The cutout window is removed and a thin transparent polymer sheet is attached thereover. A picture frame back is cut with a foldout stand and is attached to the front panel to form the picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Publication number: 20040139643
    Abstract: A three-dimensional page protector comprising a pocket defining a partially-enclosed space, where that pocket comprises a first length, a first width, a height, and a first side. The three-dimensional page protector further includes a longitudinal edge continuously attached to the first side of the pocket, where that longitudinal edge has the first length and a second width, where the first width is greater than said second width, and where the longitudinal edge is formed to include one or more through-bores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Anna Jee Lee, Stephen D. Morey
  • Publication number: 20040128895
    Abstract: A display assembly having a base having a perimeter, the base has a first groove extending across the base in communication with and through to the perimeter, and at least a pair of second grooves extending transversely with respect to the first groove, and, at least one display element operatively arranged to be held in one of the first and/or second groove(s). A display assembly having a round (circular) base having a circumference, the base including at least three grooves extending diametrically across the base, wherein the grooves intersect one another at a common point, wherein at least one of the at least three grooves extend to the circumference of the base, and, at least one display element operatively arranged to be held in one of the at least three grooves. A display assembly having a rotatable base with intersecting grooves which extend through to a perimeter of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: Umbra Inc.
    Inventor: Chantal Marie Josee Trudel
  • Patent number: 6692806
    Abstract: A device, used for holding and displaying items such as photographs, certificates, compact discs and the like, includes a coversheet having an outward side and an inward side and an edge. A foam sheet material has front and back sides with the front side being connected with respect to the coversheet such that the device includes an entry portion to a pocket for holding the item. The back side of such foam clings to a display surface in a removable and replaceable manner. A backing material may be positioned between the foam sheet material and the coversheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Carey P. Woods
  • Patent number: 6682247
    Abstract: The cover of a binder or album is provided with a coating which is receptive to inks which are water based, solvent based or gel based, and which is substantially water-fast after the ink has dried. A coated transparent or translucent sheet may be provided on the front cover of the binder to form a pocket so that visual material inserted in the pocket may be traced, and so that the cover may be personalized. The coating may include finely divided porous particulates and a binder which includes as a component a water soluble polymer. The coating may be applied to backpacks, zippered binders, and pencil pouches, and to the transparent sheet material overlying photographs mounted in a photo album. Personalized writing or designs may be written or drawn onto the coated products using ink pens of virtually any type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennsion Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur G. Castillo, Norman Yamamoto, Chitto R. Sarkar, Christine Kay Landis, Frank Yen-Jer Shih, Zhisong Huang
  • Patent number: 6594934
    Abstract: A display apparatus is suitable for displaying a photograph (4) in such a way as to confer a 3-D effect. The apparatus optionally using a transparent carrier (7) locates the photographs (4) as a concavely curved image using edgewise compressing channels (5). The 3-D effect is enhanced by the convex framing (2) of the photograph (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Wing Hang Wong
  • Patent number: 6574896
    Abstract: A picture frame is constituted of a flat front glass plate and a rear frame back that is secured to the glass plate by double-sided tape. A border is screen printed onto the back surface of the glass so that it surrounds and defines a clear viewing area in which the picture is to be mounted. A design is printed on the glass in register with the border area so that the design and border are visible to a person observing the framed picture. The design can be on the front of the glass or on the back surface beneath the printed border, or designs may be printed in both places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: David Howell
  • Patent number: 6453592
    Abstract: A holder for holding and displaying coins and souvenirs, includes a front panel and a back panel secured together to hinge about a common axis along a common edge, and an inner panel pivotally secured to hinge about a common axis along a common edge of the back panel, a mounting face on the inside surface of each of the front and back panels, and a mounting face on opposite faces of the inner panel, or on loose sheets that can be added or removed, such as a three ring binder, each mounting face is formed with a plurality of vertically spaced rectangular surfaces, each rectangular surface having a pair of laterally disposed mounting positions for receiving and mounting a coin or souvenir, each mounting position defined by a planar surface bound by an upper and a lower groove, and a transparent retaining sheet covering each of the mounting positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventors: David B. Pliler, Matthew A. Stevens
  • Patent number: 6402878
    Abstract: A process for making a picture frame includes the step of printing border art and registration marks on a piece of sheet material, such as paper, and marking a laser cut path on the printed sheet of material and then zone coating an adhesive onto the sheet material over the printed artwork. The process includes attaching the sheet material to a transparent polymer sheet, cutting the printed sheet material along the marked cut path to form a cutout in the printed sheet and removing the cutout portion of the printed sheet material which does not have adhesive applied thereto. The transparent polymer sheet is heated and folded to form a backing for the picture frame. The process can also utilize a zone coating of ultraviolet activated adhesive applied over the printed artwork, then passing the polymer sheet having the printed sheet attached thereto through a pair of rollers for removing air bubbles and directing ultraviolet light through the polymer sheet onto the adhesive to activate the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Patent number: 6395125
    Abstract: A process for making a picture frame includes the step of printing border art and registration marks on a piece of transparent sheet material, such as vinyl or polycarbonate plastic sheet material, while leaving a center window portion transparent. Then making a laser cut path in a computer digital file for the printed transparent sheet material for cutting the outside path of the border art and then coating an adhesive onto the transparent sheet material to cover the printed artwork and transparent center window. The process includes attaching the transparent sheet material having the printed border surrounding a transparent center window onto a transparent polymer picture frame member, cutting the transparent sheet of material along the computer stored cutout path on the outer edge of the border art to form an outer border on the transparent material and transparent picture frame member. The transparent polymer sheet is heated and folded to form a backing for the picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Patent number: 6379765
    Abstract: A framing device, used for displaying items such as photographs, certificates and the like, includes a translucent sheet-like material having an outward side and an inward side, both having a common continuous edge. An adhesive is applied along the inward side adjacent to the continuous edge in such a manner that a portion of such edge remains adhesive-free. A sheet of backing material has a first side and a second side and the first side of such foam is positionally secured by the adhesive and with respect to the translucent material. And a release liner is attached to the second side of the backing material. The adhesive-free portion of the edge and the sheet of backing material define a slot permitting insertion and removal of an item to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Carey P. Woods
  • Patent number: 6298592
    Abstract: A display device for displaying sheet-like materials from opposite sides of the device comprises two planar panels. Each of the panels are made of a transparent material, and the two panels are hinged together along respective, corresponding side edges thereof. The panels can thus be moved from a first position in which the panels lie substantially side-by-side to a second position in which the panels pivot about a hinge axis of the hinged sides of the panels to fan apart in a manner similar to adjacent pages of a book. Strips of hook and pile attachment materials are adhered to facing edges of the panels so that when the panels are in their first position, the strips of hook and pile attachment materials engage each other along the mutually respective side edges of the panels to firmly hold the panels in their side-by-side, overlying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Siegfried E Baier
  • Patent number: 6295750
    Abstract: A card display system of the present device includes a transparent first shell part and a transparent second shell part. The first shell part has a perimeter that includes a flange that extends outwardly of the inner surface of the first shell part. The second shell part has a perimeter that is sized to matingly engage the flange of the first shell part. The inner surface of the second shell part includes a card holding depression positioned within the perimeter of the second shell part. A transparent card holding sleeve having substantially the same dimensions as the card holding depression is positionable within the card holding depression. The first and second shell parts are sealed together to encase a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Beckett Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Harwell, James D. Hitt, Grant S. Sandground
  • Patent number: 6266907
    Abstract: An album page for displaying articles, such as photographs, includes an intermediate, preferably opaque, sheet and a pair of outer sheets made from a transparent plastic material. Die cuts are provided in the immediate sheet at a plurality of locations, and the two outer sheets are adhered to one another at the locations defined by the die cuts. The preferred album page does not use adhesives to bond either outer sheet to the intermediate sheet, and the die cut/seal areas are arranged to permit display of rectangular objects in either horizontal or vertical positions. The invention features an arrangement, which insures that horizontally displayed objects are supported on both sides of the bottom edge thereof to enhance the overall aesthetics of the filled page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Intercraft Company
    Inventors: Paul Raymond Matteau, John P. Jordan, Paul Mylander
  • Patent number: 6216379
    Abstract: A device is provided for filing a developed X-ray film such as a developed dental X-ray film. The filing device is formed of a transparent sheet. The transparent sheet has scale marks applied thereon, and is arranged such that a particular site, such as a tooth, in the X-ray film can be diagnosed using the scale marks. The filing device makes it possible to determine with precision and ease the size, relative position or the like of the particular site without removal of the X-ray film from the filing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: NIX Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6205693
    Abstract: A holder for holding and displaying coins and souvenirs, has a front panel and a back panel secured together to hinge about a common axis along a common edge, and an inner panel pivotally secured to hinge about a common axis along a common edge of the back panel, a mounting face on the inside surface of each of the front and back panels, and a mounting face on opposite faces of the inner panel, or on loose sheets that can be added or removed, such as a three ring binder, each mounting face is formed with a plurality of vertically spaced rectangular surfaces, each rectangular surface having a pair of laterally disposed mounting positions for receiving and mounting a coin or souvenir, each mounting position defined by a planar surface bound by an upper and a lower groove, and a transparent retaining sheet covering each of the mounting positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventors: David B. Pliler, Matthew A. Stevens
  • Patent number: 6151823
    Abstract: A protective tag holder for receiving, protecting and retaining a tag in its original condition. The protective tag holder includes a first piece of material having an edge extending therearound, the edge forming a shape substantially matching a shape of the tag to be protected and a second piece of material having an edge extending therearound, the edge forming a shape substantially similar to the shape of the first piece of material. The second piece of material also includes a tab extending from at least a portion of the edge. A seal is formed between at least a portion of the edge of the first piece of material and the edge of the second piece of material forming a pocket therebetween. The seal extends around a portion of the edge of the second piece of material opposite the tab to thereby form an entrance to the pocket, the entrance having a size large enough to insert the tag therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Anita Gregory-Gillman
  • Patent number: 6099928
    Abstract: A transparency mat card comprising a mat with a window and a transparency mounted in the window using a weak, removable glue applied to portions of a glue border so that the transparency can be detached intact from the mat card. A picture or other visual pattern is preferably printed or otherwise marked on the transparency, preferably on the rear surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jock Fai Chee
  • Patent number: 6061943
    Abstract: A flexible photo album has a flexible front cover, a flexible back cover and a plurality of pages disposed between the front and back covers. Each page has a front section and a back section coupled together by a fabric seam to form a pouch for holding photographs or other substantially flat objects. A portion of at least the front or back sections of the page is substantially transparent to allow the object within the pouch to be viewed through the front or back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Noel Joanna, Inc.
    Inventor: Shirley D. Pepys
  • Patent number: 6052933
    Abstract: A picture framing system is disclosed for mounting, displaying and protecting a photograph or work of art on a vertical surface of ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, or a non-metallic surface without using nails. The picture framing system includes a sleeve or pocket-type photograph holder which can be used with various styles of mats and picture frames for mounting, displaying, and protecting the photograph against the flat vertical surface, such as a refrigerator door or dining room wall. The picture framing system includes a flexible sheet having an adhesive front surface for attachment to the photograph holder and a magnetized rear surface for permitting the attachment of either type of photograph holder to a ferrous metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: David B. Lytle
  • Patent number: 6039495
    Abstract: A storage page for a three-ring binder or the like has a plurality of three-dimensional cavities for storing and displaying three-dimensional objects. The storage page is constructed of a clear plastic material sufficiently rigid to maintain its shape. In a preferred embodiment, the three-dimensional cavities are defined by raised sections in the front sheet of the storage page, the raised sections generally defined by a planar wall parallel to the front sheet, and one or more walls normal thereto to form a three-dimensional pocket. The back sheet of the storage page includes identically shaped and mating indentations that cooperate with the three-dimensional pockets of the front sheet of the storage page to define the three-dimensional cavity. An opaque matte may be sandwiched between the front and back sheets of the storage page, the matte being used for backing or contrast, and also in a writing surface for labeling and other indicia the contents of the individual three-dimensional cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Kallman Corporation
    Inventors: Julie G. Zimmerman, Alex W. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 6022111
    Abstract: A transparency assembly including two generally transparent sheets, a transparent imageable sheet and a transparent protective sheet. The imageable sheet has a first major surface, a second major surface, and a plurality of side edges. The protective sheet is hingedly coupled to the imageable sheet by a full rotation hinge. The protective sheet has a first folded position where the protective sheet overlays at least a portion of the first major surface of the imageable sheet and a second folded position where the protective sheet overlays at least a portion of the second major surface of the imageable sheet. One or more flaps hingedly couple to one of the transparent sheets. The flap has a folded position and an unfolded position. In the folded position, the flap overlays at least a portion of the imageable sheet. In the unfolded position, the flap extends generally coplanarly alongside the imageable sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Joseph C. Carls
  • Patent number: 5979097
    Abstract: A display device, kit, system and method is provided which utilizes an item holder in combination with an angled frame to provide a protective, aesthetically pleasing, versatile display of one or more items such as trading cards, sports cards, racing cards, photographs, greeting cards, prints, and the like. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, the display device includes a substantially rectangular, transparent, trading card holder attached to the back surface of an angled frame, a primary mat adapted to be placed adjacent one surface of the frame and to serve as a mat in association with the front of the trading card being viewed through the frame, and a secondary mat adapted to be placed adjacent one surface of the item holder and to serve as a mat in association with the back side of the trading card being viewed through the item holder. In accordance with another example, the display device further includes a sound emitting device attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Danny E. Moore
  • Patent number: RE45475
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate can be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which can be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A fastener extends from the rear surface for mounting the assembly to any of various objects, such as a tree, flower stem, a candle, a vase, a basket, a gift wrapping device, a container, a column, and furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura