Title:
Photo Frame Structure
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A photo frame structure includes a frame, an outer clipping layer and an inner clipping layer. The frame includes a viewing window at the front side of the frame and a plurality of side bars for enclosing the frame, a groove formed at an internal side of each side bar, and a sheet glass installed into the groove and attached onto the viewing window. The outer clipping layer is stacked with the frame and pivotally coupled to a lateral side of the frame, and another lateral side has a clasp module, and a containing space is concavely disposed on a lateral surface of the outer clipping layer for containing an inner clipping layer, and a lateral surface of the inner clipping layer corresponding to the outer clipping layer has a photo containing slot for containing several photos, so as to facilitate the change or storage of photos.



Inventors:
Chang, Wen-kan (Zhongli City, TW)
Application Number:
11/427760
Publication Date:
01/03/2008
Filing Date:
06/29/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G1/06
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Primary Examiner:
VERAA, CHRISTOPHER
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HDLS Patent & Trademark Services (CENTREVILLE, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A photo frame structure, comprising: a frame, including a viewing window disposed on a front side of the frame and a plurality of side bars for enclosing the frame, a groove jointly formed on an internal side of each side bar and a sheet glass installed in the groove and attached onto the viewing window; an outer clipping layer, stacked onto the frame and pivotally coupled to a lateral side of the frame, and having a clasp module disposed on another lateral side, and a containing space concavely disposed on a lateral side of the outer clipping layer; and an inner clipping layer, disposed in the containing space of the outer clipping layer and having a photo containing slot disposed on a lateral side corresponding to the outer clipping layer.

2. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the frame forms an opening at the top of the frame for inserting a photo from the opening.

3. The photo frame structure of claim 2, wherein the frame comprises an embedding groove disposed along edges of the opening and an embedding plate installed onto the embedding groove.

4. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the sheet glass includes a compressing block disposed separately at four corners of the sheet glass.

5. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the outer clipping layer includes a latch hole disposed at the containing space, and the inner clipping layer includes a latch button disposed at a position corresponding to the latch hole.

6. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the clasp module of the outer clipping layer comprises a clasp base and a clasp handle disposed separately on the same lateral side where the frame and the outer clipping layer are stacked with each other.

7. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the inner clipping layer is pivotally coupled onto the outer clipping layer.

8. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the inner clipping layer includes an elastic pressing member disposed on a lateral surface of the inner clipping layer corresponding to the frame.

9. The photo frame structure of claim 8, wherein the elastic pressing member is a sponge.

10. The photo frame structure of claim 1, wherein the inner clipping layer forms a poking gap at a lateral side of the inner clipping layer.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a photo frame structure, and more particularly to an improved photo frame structure with the function of storing several photos.

2. Description of Prior Art

In general, a photo is clipped by a frame for achieving the effects of erecting the photo on a desk and allowing viewers to view or appreciate the photo, but most of the past frames are provided for containing a single photo only, and users have to store other desirable photos in a photo album. It is quite common that a user cannot find or locate the photos when the user wants to change the photo in the frame, and thus causing inconvenience for the change of photos and users cannot store several photos in the photo frame in order to have a direct access or change of the photos at a later date, when users want to change photos.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the foregoing shortcomings of the prior art, the inventor of the present invention based on years of experience in the related industry to conduct experiments and modifications, and finally designed a feasible solution to overcome the shortcomings of the prior art.

Therefore, the present invention is to overcome the shortcomings of the prior art by providing an improved photo frame structure with the function of storing several photos. If a user wants to change the photo in the frame, the user can make the change directly, not only making the change convenient, but also improving the rate of changing photos to avoid a monotonous display of only one photo in the frame.

The present invention provides an improved photo frame structure comprising a frame, an outer clipping layer and an inner clipping layer. The frame includes a viewing window disposed at the front side of the frame and a plurality of side bars enclosing the frame, a groove jointly formed at an internal side of each side bar, and a sheet glass installed into the groove and attached onto the viewing window. The outer clipping layer is stacked with the frame and pivotally coupled to a lateral side of the frame, and another lateral side of the frame has a clasp module, and a containing space is concavely disposed on a lateral surface of the outer clipping layer for containing an inner clipping layer, and a lateral surface of the inner clipping layer corresponding to the outer clipping layer has a photo containing slot for containing several photos, so as to store and change photos.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The features of the invention believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself however may be best understood by reference to the following detailed description of the invention, which describes certain exemplary embodiments of the invention, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is an exploded view of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an illustrative view of an assembly of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an application of the invention; and

FIG. 4 is a schematic view of turning out an outer clipping layer of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The technical characteristics, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent in the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings. However, the drawings are provided for reference and illustration only and are not intended for limiting the scope of the invention.

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2 for the exploded view and the illustrative view of an assembly of the present invention, an improved photo frame structure of the invention comprises a frame 1, an outer clipping layer 2 and an inner clipping layer 3.

The frame 1 includes three side bars 10 for enclosing the frame 1, and the side bars 10 jointly form a groove 100 disposed at the internal side of each side bar 10, and the frame 1 forms an opening 11 at the top of the frame 1 for inserting a photo 4 into the groove 100 from the opening 11, and the frame 1 has an embedding groove 110 disposed at the top of the frame 1 and along the edge of the opening 11, and an embedding plate 111 is placed onto the embedding groove 110 to seal the opening 11 at the top of the frame 1 in order to prevent the photo 4 from sliding out. Further, the frame 1 includes a viewing window 12 disposed at the front side of the frame 1, such that the image on the photo 4 can be viewed through the viewing window 12 as shown in FIG. 3, and a sheet glass 13 can be placed into the groove 100 and stacked with the photo 4, and each of the four corners of the sheet glass 13 has a compressing block 14 as shown in FIG. 2 for attaching the sheet glass 13 onto the viewing window 12 to protect the photo 4.

The outer clipping layer 2 is substantially in the same shape of the frame 1 and pivotally coupled to a lateral side of the frame 1, so that the outer clipping layer 2 can be turned, stacked with the frame 1 or spread open from the frame 1. The outer clipping layer 2 further includes a clasp module 5 disposed on another lateral side of the frame 1 as shown in FIG. 3, and the clasp module 5 includes a clasp base 50 and a clasp handle 51 disposed on the same lateral side and at the position where the frame 1 and the outer clipping layer 2 are stacked with each other, so as to attach the frame 1 and the outer clipping layer 2 closely with each other.

The present invention further comprises a containing space 20 concavely disposed on a lateral surface of the outer clipping layer 2 (which is an internal surface in this preferred embodiment of the present invention) for containing the inner clipping layer 3 into the containing space 20, and the inner clipping layer 3 not only can be placed directly into the containing space 20 of the outer clipping layer 2, but also is pivotally coupled to the outer clipping layer 2, such that the inner clipping layer 3 can be turned outward or stored in the containing space 20 of the outer clipping layer 2 as shown in FIG. 4. The inner clipping layer 3 includes a photo containing slot 30 disposed on a lateral surface of the inner clipping layer 3 corresponding to the outer clipping layer 2 for storing several photos 4′. In the meantime, the photo containing slot 30 can be hidden into the containing space 20 of the outer clipping layer 2 after the inner and outer clipping layers 3, 2 are stacked.

In addition, when the frame 1 and the outer clipping layer 2 are stacked, the inner clipping layer 3 includes an elastic pressing member 31 disposed on a corresponding lateral surface of the frame 1 as shown in FIG. 2. The elastic pressing member 31 could be a sponge for pressing the backside of the photo 4 to attach the photo 4 closely onto the sheet glass 13.

In FIG. 4, the inner clipping layer 3 forms a poking gap 32 at a lateral side of the inner clipping layer 3 for facilitating users to poke the inner clipping layer 32 in the containing space 20 out from the poking gap 32. The outer clipping layer 2 further includes a latch hole 200 disposed in the containing space 20, and the inner clipping layer 3 includes a latch button 33 corresponding to the latch hole 200, so as to achieve the effect of clasping the inner and outer clipping layers 3, 2 at the position where the inner and outer clipping layers 3, 2 are stacked with each other.

With the foregoing structural assembly, an improved photo frame structure in accordance with the present invention can be achieved.

In summation of the above description, the invention herein enhances the performance than the conventional structure and further complies with the patent application requirements.

The present invention are illustrated with reference to the preferred embodiment and not intended to limit the patent scope of the present invention. Various substitutions and modifications have suggested in the foregoing description, and other will occur to those of ordinary skill in the art. Therefore, all such substitutions and modifications are intended to be embraced within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.