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Publication numberUS1117880 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 17, 1914
Filing dateNov 18, 1913
Priority dateNov 18, 1913
Publication numberUS 1117880 A, US 1117880A, US-A-1117880, US1117880 A, US1117880A
InventorsFrank E Mcmillin
Original AssigneeHarry H Shults, Frank E Mcmillin
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mail-bag holder.
US 1117880 A
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Patented Nov. 17, 1914.


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Application filed November 18, 1913.

T0 aZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRANK E. MCMILLIN,

in mail bag holders, and particularly to a construction of holder on which the bag may be readily and quickly applied and through the medium of which the bag will be held fully distended for the reception of mail matter.

The main object of the invention resides in the provision of a mail bag holder with which the bag is connected and held by the usual draw string of the bag, the form of the holder maintaining the bag fully distended and automatically releasing the bag upon the loosening of the draw string, the full distension of the bag adapting it for the con venient reception of parcel post mail matter as well as other types of such matter.

A further object is the provision of a frame particularly constructed for the application thereto of a plurality of holders, whereby to support a number of mail bags in such convenient and accessible condition as to provide a practical structure for the purpose.

The invention in the preferred form of details will be described in the following specification, reference being had particularly to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a broken perspective view illustrating the improved holder and showing a mail bag in position thereon in dotted outline. Fig. 2 is an enlarged broken elevation showing one of the holders. Fig. 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Fig. 1. Fig. 4: is a broken elevation showing a slightly modified form of holder.

Referrin particularly to the accompanying drawings, the improved mail bag holder embodies a suitable supporting frame constructed with a View to properly elevating the bags and carrying the desired number. I have therefore shown a suitable type of frame, designed in this instance to receive six bags, though it is to be understood that by such illustration no limitation with respect to the specific structure of the frame,

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 17, 1914.

Serial No. 801,710.

or to its adaptation to a greater or less number of bags, is intended.

The frame illustrated is constructed mainly of pipe sections and couplings therefor, including a rectangular upper section 1, having side rods 2, end rods 3, and a longitudinal center rod 4, the latter being arranged between and parallel with the side rods. The upper section 1 of the frame is supported at a proper height from a suitable roller supported base (not shown), by corner uprights 5, the latter as well as the parts of the upper section 1, being connected into a substantial structure by couplings 6, of appropriate type.

The holders proper, in the preferred form, comprise bars 7 of a length approximating the maximum transverse dimension of the mail bag. The bars are designed for use on edge and are turned downwardly at the ends at S, the terminals thus presenting gradually curved portions with the extreme ends located inwardly of the maximum curved projection.

The holders are secured to the side rods 2 and the center rods L of the upper section of the frame, each bag holder including two oppositely located holding bars 7. Brackets 9 support the respective holding bars, each bracket including a strip partly encircling the frame rod and being secured thereto at 10, and a depending section to which the bars 7 are riveted or otherwise secured. In use with the side rods 2, the brackets are of the single type as shown, while on the center rod 4 the holders are of the double type, embodying two depending portions, as said center rod is designed to support two sets of holding bars 7, as will be apparent from Fig. 1.

By means of the brackets 9 the bars 7 are arranged in opposing pairs with their upper edges below and in spaced relation to the adjacent frame rod, the bars 7 extending longitudinally of the frame section.

The bags 11 are secured on the holders, each of which holders includes two parallel bars 7, by passing the mouth of the bag over the curved ends 8 of the particular pair of bars 7, and slightly contracting said bag mouth by the usual draw string 12. The bag is thus supported on the curved edges of the bar 7, and held distended by said bars, the arrangement presenting the maximum opening through the bag for the reception of the mail matter. When a bag is to be released from the holder, the draw string is simply loosened, whereupon the weight of the bag carries it off the curved ends of the bars, the peculiar curvature of said bars avoiding any obstruction to the release movement of the bag.

In Fig. at I have shown a slight modification, in that instead of a single bar 7, I use two shorter lengths of bar 13, the outer end 14 of which are curved as in the preferred form. The brackets 9 used with the modified form are so spaced on the frame rods as to maintain the curved ends of the two bars 13 spaced to correspond with the spacing of the curved ends of the single bar 7, whereby the effect and operation of the modified form is identical with that of the preferred form.-

The side rod 2 and the center rod 4c are preferably utilized as supports for card holders 15 of any desired type, in which holders cards indicative of the destination of the particular bag, or other desired information, may be temporarily held.

The improvement is particularly useful in permitting the convenient application and removal of mail bags and for holding such bags with widely distended mouths to facilitate the placing of the mail matter therein, being in this particular advantageous in the distribution of parcel post packages. The automatic release of the bags from the holders is particularly important as it insures a saving of time and labor and avoids any possibility of injury to the mail bag or its contents.

What is claimed is 1. A mail bag holder including separate opposite rigid bars having outwardly, downwardly and inwardly turned ends, said ends being free of projection to permit the bag margin to freely slide thereover.

2. In a mail bag holder, a plurality of separate spaced bars, each of said bars having on each end a bag receiver element formed by outwardly and downwardly curving the bar terminal, the outwardly and downwardly curved ends of all bars being free of projection to permit the bag margin to freely slide thereover, the extreme ends of the bar terminals being inwardly of the point of maximum curvature projection whereby to avoid bag engagement with said.

extreme ends.

3. A bag holder including a frame and opposite bars rigidly connected to and depending from said frame, said bars presenting rigid strips having their ends outwardly and downwardly curved and wholly free of projection, the bag being engaged over the ends of opposite bars to present an unobstructed bag opening between said bars.

In testimon whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.



Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,

' Washington, D. C.

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U.S. Classification211/12
Cooperative ClassificationB60R7/02, A47F13/085