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Publication numberUS1066319 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 1, 1913
Filing dateJul 8, 1911
Priority dateJul 8, 1911
Publication numberUS 1066319 A, US 1066319A, US-A-1066319, US1066319 A, US1066319A
InventorsWilliam E C Powell
Original AssigneeWilliam E C Powell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable tube.
US 1066319 A
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' W. E. G; POWELL.



Patented July 1, 1913.


W. E. 0. POWELL.


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Specification of Letters I'atent.

Patented July 1, 1913.

Application filed July 8, 1911. Serial No. 637,484.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, WILLIAM E. G. POWELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Albany, in the county of Albany and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Adjustable Tubes, of which the following is a specification.

The invention has for its general objects the adaptation of remnant tubes to the various widths of cloth, whereby, to eliminate the present expensive practice of providing tubes of various lengths, and to facilitate the removal of these tubes from rolls of cloth which are to be sold without the tubes.

Other objects will appear and be better understood from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which,

Figure 1 is a front elevation of the preferred form of my device. 'Fig. 2 is a detail longitudinal sectional end view of the same. Fig. 3 is a detail longitudinal section of a modified form. Fig. 4 is a similar view of a further modification. Fig. 5 is a detail perspective of one end of the tube showing one form of finger-hold for withdrawing the tube from a roll of cloth. Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 5 but showing a modified form of finger-hold. Fig. 7 is a view similar to Fig. 6 of a still further modified form of finger-hold. Fig. 8 is a perspective of a roll made up of cloth wound upon any of the forms of tubes shown in Figs. 1, 3, and 4c and the means for securing the cloth against unwinding. Fig. 9 is a view similar to Fig. 5 showing a modified form of means to prevent unwinding of the cloth. Figs. 10 and 11 are detail perspective end portions showing further modlfications of finger-holds.

The tube a comprises a core I). This core' may be of any. suitable material such as pasteboard as illustrated in Figs. 1 and i, in which figures it will be seen that. the core I) is in the form ofa hollow cylinder, or as shown in Figs. 2 and 3 the core 5 may be a solid cylinder of wood or analogous material.

In Figs. 1 and 2 the core 5 has a longitudinal slot 6 which receives a combined stop and guide 7 preferably of metal and ar ranged in angular relation to a body 8 which has prongs 9 and 10 embedded in a section 11 slidingly fitted on the core 5. The section '11 is preferably, though not necessarily, of pasteboard and fits nicely onto the core so as to be frictionally held in adjusted position. The combined stop and guide, by abutting the ends of the slot 6, limits the longitudinal movements in either direction, of the section 11 and by bearing on the sides of the slot prevents turning movement of the section 11 on the core 5'. The section 12 slides on the end of the core 5 opposite to the end provided with the section 11 and like the last named section is of a size to nicely receive the core so as'to be frictionally held in adjusted position thereon. With this construction it will be seen that when the tube forms part of a roll, such as illustrated in Figs. 8 and 9, it may be readily withdrawn therefrom in two sections. For instance, the section 11 and core 5 may be first drawn from the roll and through one end thereof, after which the section 12 may be withdrawn from the opposite end of the roll. It will be observed that the maximum pressure on the roll will be on the sections 11 and 12 since these are relatively larger in exterior diameters than the core 5 so that when the sections are positioned on the core as shown in Fig. 1, for instance, the middle portion of the roll will not press the exposed portion of the core 5, whereby, the section 11 and core may be readily withdrawn from the roll, at least such withdrawal will not remove the inner coil through one end of the roll, since one side portion of such coil bears on the section 12 and if thelatter and section 11 be pulled simultaneously neither side of the inner coil will project beyond either end of the roll after the tube has been withdrawn therefrom.

In the form illustrated in Fig. 3 the solid core 13 has a tubular section 14:, preferably of pasteboard, suitably secured thereto such as by a nail ortack 15 driven through the said section 14 and into the core, thesection 16 being sli-dingly fitted on that end of the core 13 opposite to the end provided with the section 14, the section 16 nicely fitting on to the core 13 so as to be frictionally held when adjusted thereon. What has been said of the merits of the structure illustrated in Fig. 1, may also .be takento apply to thatv shown in Fig. 3 and also in Fig. 4, wherein it will be seen that the hollow cylindrical core 17 is preferably, though not necessarily,

of pasteboard and has slidingly fitted 011 either end thereof, telescoping sections 18 and 19 which are frictionally held in ad justed positions on the core 17.

I11 reference to the foregoing structures, it may be further stated that the length of the tube may be varied to suit the different widths of cloth whiohwillbe found very advantageous either when cloth is to-be wound on the tube for the purposes of display, orz-when a quantity of cloth is wound on the tube and'the whole to be sent to the customer. Heretofore-it has:- been necessary to provide tubes of=difierentlengths to conform to the standardwidths of cloth and the expense of providing these various tubes and moreover-the time wasted in selecting a tube of proper length commercially detracted-from these devices to no small extent.

In Fig. 5 I have shown a formof finger hold to be connected to either or both of the extensionsillustrated in F igs.- l, 3, and 4,- this finger-hold being herein shown to com-- prise a disk20 suitably secured to the inner surface of the section and having a centrally disposed flexible loop-22 to receive one of the digits of the operator in-the operation of withdrawing the tube as previously described. The modifiedformof finger-holdshown in Fig. 6- comprises a disk 23'having a central opening 24, for one finger of the operator when withdrawing the tube. In the modified form of-finger-hold shown in Fig. 7, a cross bar 24 extends transversely of the section and has a bowed middle portionportion vof the tube whilein Fig. 11 a la-t eral opening of a size sufficient to receive a finger, is formed in the wall of the tubeandadjacent to one end thereof.

In Fig; 8 I have shown a convenient means for securing 'a'remnant-or other'rol1' of-cloth, this securing means-being; preferably adapted when-the roll is made up-,for

shipping to the customer orit may-be .used: when theroll is made up for display =purposes. A flexible element such as a:cord 26;

is directed over the inner face ofi'a tag.;27'

which is "herein shown ashavingffmarked panels thereon for thenumber of yards in amen, the :price -per yard 'and.-the-.tota1=.. or; price not the a roll? The" .:cordisidiilectedr.

through openings 28 adjacent to the opposite ends of the tag. If desired, a pair of these devices may be employed and arranged adjacent to the opposite ends of the roll and secured by extending the flexible element 26 around the roll and tying the ends thereof asshown at 29, in which event it will be seen that when a remnant is thus made up and purchased as it stands the purchaser, upon delivery of the same will see that the remnant has been delivered just as it appeared when purchased. It will be further observed that with this construction the tag is securely held and will. notbecome readily detached when the roll to which it is secured, forms one-of a quantity of otherrolls arrangedpromiscuously on'a bargain counter.

In Fig. 9 I have shown another means for securing a roll against unwinding, .this. means comprising-a resilient band 30 havinga headed stud 31 adjacent to oneend thereof which is received by a longitudinal slot 32 formed adjacent to the opposite .end' of the band, one side of the saidslot having a series of key-hole slots 33 which receive'the shankof the stud 31 after 'the band'has been contracted around one end portion of the roll and the ends thereof moved laterally and relatively'to each other; A collar 34 slides on the end portion of: the band which carries the stud 31 and embracesthe extending end portion of the slottedend of the band when the ends thereof-are-interlocked as previously described.

Although- Ihave shown and described a preferred and several modifiedlforms of my device it is to be understood that-I am not;

to-be limitedto the specific description here. in given norto the-particular arrangement of the parts :as illustrated, since 'various changes will be made in the scope of the appended claims, withoutdeparting from the spirit or sacrificing: any of the advan-. tages 0f the. invention.

What I claim as new isz 1. A remnant tube comprising a core-haw ing a longitudinally extending: slotformed therein adjacent to one end'thereof, atubu lar extension slidably mounted upon oneend of the core and removable therefrom, a secondtubular-extension slidably fitted upon the opposite end of the core, and a combinedstop and guide carried by-said-lastnamed extension and disposed withinthe slot in said core whereby-the sliding move-: ment of said extension is limited "and. theextension. guided in its: path of movement; I

2. A remnant tube=comprisi-ng a core hav ing. a longitudinallyextending slot" formed therein adjacent to one end thereof, a tubu lar extension disposed upon. one: endof the core,- a second tubular extension slidably 1 disposed ilponithe.roppositezsendaof thee-colic, at

combined stop and guide carried by said In testimony whereof I aflixvmy signature lasti-nalmed extefisioli1 and disposed within in presence of two Witnesses.

sai s 01; to i e t e res ective extension in its path 0 movement ar id limit the slid- WILLIAM POWELL ing movement thereof and provided with an Witnesses:

angular body portion having prongs em- THOMAS G. GRADY, Jr.,

bedded in the respective extension. F. REGESTER MEGINNISS.

Gopies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. G.

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U.S. Classification242/578, 242/613.1, 242/607.1
Cooperative ClassificationB65H75/22