AN ORNAMENTAL LIGHT COVER USED IN CONJUCTION WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRINGS FORMED FOR A CARDBORD BLANK WHICH IS FOLDED AND INTERLOCKED INTO A TRIANGULAR CONFIGURATION AND THEN PLACED OVER EACH LIGHT ON THE STRING, EACH COVER COMPRISING A PRINTED FRONT SURFACE BEARING A LETTER OR SYMBOL AND USED TO SPELL OUT A GREETING OR OTHER MESSAGES AS DESIRED BY THE USER. THEFRONT IS DARKLY PRINTED AND THE SYMBOL REMAINS BLANK SO THAT THE LIGHT WILL SHINE THROUGH.
R. L. BAUDER ORNAMENTAL LIGHT COVERING Nov. 9., 1971 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed April 22, 1968 ATTOE/l/VS Nov. 9, 1971 R. L. BAUDER 3,518,243
ORNAMENTAL LIGHT COVERING Filed April 22, 1968 2 SheetsSheet 2 United States Patent 3,618,243 ORNAMENTAL LIGHT COVERING Robert L. Bauder, 11664A Chandler, North Hollywood, Calif. 91601 Filed Apr. 22, 1968, Ser. No. 723,151 Int. Cl. G09f 13/04 U.S. Cl. 40-131 R 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Christmas tree light strings are generally utilized only during the Christmas season. The present invention allows these lights to be used for other festive occasions as decorations which will spell out a message or other greeting by placing a covering over the light bulb itself. These coverings carry on their front surface a single letter or like symbol and when used in conjunction with others can be used to spell out any desired message.
A search conducted on the art uncovered the following patents which were directed to light coverings for Advertising and Display Signs. Jaye, 2,736,974; Regester, 2,361,354; Zuckerman, 2,928,197; Pawelka, 2,871,- 598 and Kaufman, 2,269,589. Each of these patents, except Kaufman, 2,269,589, shows a blank which may be folded and a light placed therein or therewith to form a display sign. In Kaufman, a light is placed behind a greeting card. None of these references reveal a triangular covering to be placed over each light on a string of lights to spell out a single desired message. Further, these references do not disclose the use of interconnecting tabs and slots in the construction of the covering wherein the tabs are pushed through their respective mating slots and then folded back on themselves and placed through a mating slot on the same tab to form a secure lock.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is an elevation showing the ornamental covering disassembled.
FIG. 2 is an isometric elevation showing the ornamental covering assembled.
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional elevation taken through lines 3-3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a cross sectional elevation taken through lines 4-4 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is an elevation illustrating the use of the light covering in conjunction with a light string.
Referring now to FIG. 1 which illustrates the light covering in its unfolded configuration which may be manufactured as shown or may be contained in a card and later punched out prior to assembly. This basic card contains numerous scored lines and punched holes. In order to assemble the covering, the triangular top 9 is folded back and away from the front face 10 which bears the letter or symbol 11. The side portions 13 and 15 are then folded back toward the top 9 at scored lines 23 and 24. The tabs carried on the triangular top 3,618,243 Patented Nov. 9, 1971 ice 9 are folded at scoring lines 2, 3, 7 and 8a down and away from the triangular top 9. These tabs are then placed through slots 12 and 16 respectively. Tabs 1a and 6a are then ben-t back toward the triangular top piece 9 and tabs 1 and 6 are placed through locking slots 4 and 8 to form a secured lock.
The side pieces 13 and 15 now form a triangle. The tabs 15a and 20 are pressed into the inside of the triangular body of the covering. The remainder of the tab is pressed through slot 14 carried on side 13. This tab is further folded at scoring line 18 and folded back on itself to form a lock between tab 17, through slot 19 to form a securing lock between the side walls.
The now formed triangular body carries a slotted opening on its top piece 9 through which the Christmas tree or like bulb 21 is placed as FIGS. 2 and 3 illustrate.
A series of these coverings are made in the above manner and placed along the string of lights to spell out the desired message, a portion of which is illustrated by FIG. 5.
While the preferred embodiments have been shown and described, the invention is not to be construed as limited to the specific details disclosed herein, except as included in the following claim.
1. An ornamental light covering adapted to be placed over a string of lights to spell out greeting messages comprising a foldable blank comprising:
a triangular member having first, second, and third side edges;
said triangular member having a slot;
a rectangular front member having a top end and two side edges;
said front member having a translucent symbol thereon;
a pair of rectangular side members each having a top edge and two side edges;
said first side edge of said triangular member being connected to said top end of said rectangular front member;
a side edge of each rectangular side member being connected to a respective side edge of said front member;
said second and third side edges of said triangular member having second and third tabs connected respectively to said second and third side edges;
each of said rectangular side members having a slot parallel to, and adjacent, its top edge;
one of said rectangular side members having a side tab extending from the free side edge of said side member;
the other side member having a slot parallel to, and
adjacent its free edge.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,147,676 2/ 1939 Shoemaker 229-35 2,264,965 12/ 1941 Broderick 40-133 2,769,081 10/ 1956 Sinutko 240-10 T 576,266 2/ 1897 Green 40-13 1 1,075,565 10/1913 Harter et a1. 40-131 2,095,648 4/ 1936' Oftedahl 40-131 X 2,361,354 10/ 1944 Regester 40-131 ROBERT W. MICHELL, Primary Examiner L. R. OREMLAND, Assistant Examiner