US 1181829 A
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i To all whom it may concern:
Beit known that I, Anson E. Bowen, a
' citizen of the United States residing at Hudson, in the, county of Columbia and State of New York, have invented certain .new and useful Improvements in Hampers;
and I do hereby declare the following to be lid use the same.
a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and This invention relates to folding hampers, andone of the principal objects of the-invention is to provide'ahamper of light construction which can be utilized for containing parcel post packages or for.other goods and which can befreturned in flat and folded condition th'us occupying but little space.
. Another object of the lnvention is to provide a'fh'amper comprising a folding frame covered,:.with canvas or other suitable material and provided with a rigid board or bottom tolhold the device extended, and said board being ,foldable up against one of the sides when not required for use, and the frameheing foldable centrally and longitudinally-and provided with straps for holding the cover in place and for holding the hamper folded. I
'These and other objects may be attained ,by means of the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a hampcr, made in accordance with this invention and shown in closed condition, Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the frame of the hamper in folded'condition, the cover being. removed,
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the frame of the hamper in opened out condition, Fig. 4: is a detail view of one of the staples, Fig. 5 is an'edge View ofthe frame and base board hinged to one of the side members and adapted to be folded against the bottom or side of the frame, and Fig. 6 is a detail view of one of the pivoted straps for holding the cover in place and for holding the hamper in. collapsed or folded condition.
-Referring tothe drawings, the numerals 1 designate the longitudinal bottom rods. and 2 are the upper rods of the frame. These rods are pivotally connected to corner pdsts 3 and l. The ends of the rods are flattened as shown in Fig. 3. Theend bars 5 at the.
top and bottom of the frame are pivotally mounted at their outer ends upon the ends of the cornea posts 4 and their inner ends are Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented May a, rare.
Application filed. August 13, 1914. Serial No. 856,640.
connected together and pivoted to the centI'ELllY'dISPOSBCl upright rods 6. Hinged to one'of the longitudinal rods '1 by means of a. metal strap 7 near each end is a board 8 ora ion.-
' ANSQ/N 1E. BOWER, 0F HUMOR, NE'W'YORK.
which conforms substantially to the rectan- The top or cover 13, also of canvas or.
other suitable fabric is provided with a tubular portion to fit over one 'of the rods 2, and saidcove'r being piovided with downturned rectangular flanges 14 provided with a SGI'IBS, of openings through which extend the staples 15. ,The staples 15 are secured to-the covering 11 by means of base plates 16 and 17, one upon each side of the material of the cover. At the center of the covering 11 is a staple 18 bent at right angle to the staples 15. Straps 19 are pivoted at the back of the hamper /in line with the top or cover 13 on rivets 20 extending through the canvas material 11 and through suitable washers :21 and The staples 15 and 18 extend through slots in the top or cover 13. The straps 19. extend around through the staples and are connected to the front staple 18, as shown in Fig. 1. An address card holder 18. is attached to the staple 18 after the straps 19 have been connected therewith. At the back the straps 19 are each provided with a suitable buckle 23 connected to the straps 19 by means of a short billet 24:. "When the hamper is folded, thestraps 19 extend around transversely for holding the parts together flat, and the pivots 20 permit this movement of the straps 19, the buckle 23 carried by the straps 19 at a point adjacent the pivotal point being adapted to receive into the slot when the member is in a folded position.
The manner of folding the hampermay be briefly described as follows: The bottom board 8 is released by unbuckling the straps 10 from the buckles awhich are secured to straps pivoted to the upper portion of the cover and doubling the board 8 against the back of the hamper.
are then pushed inward and the top and The end members bottom bars 1 and2 fold inward as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing. The top or cover 13- is first removed or' disconnected by withdrawing the straps 19 from the staples 15. When the, hamper is collapsed or folded together, thestraps 19 are turned at right angles upon the pivots 20 to extend around the folded hamper.-.
i From the foregoing it Will be obvious that a hamper made in accordance with this invent-ion 1S slmple in'construction, can be used to advantage in carrying parcel post packages orfor shipping goods to be re-v turned in folded condition.
Various changes may be made in the details of construction Without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the claims.
hat is claimed is z the top and bottom connected, to corner posts and end members pivoted to the corner posts and to separate centrally disposed uprights, a fabric covering for the body or saidhamper, and a top or cover connect ed to one of the longitudinal bars, a series of staples secured to the fabric covering and ex- A'ha'm'per made up. of metal rods attop and bottom rods, corner posts to which said rods are pivoted, end members pivoted to the corner posts, central upright rods to which said end members are connected, :1 hinged bottom wall', a fabric covering, a plurality of staples connected to said covering, a top or cover, straps pivoted to the back of a hamper to extend through said staples, said straps adapted to be withdrawn and turned at right angles for holding the collapsed hamper in a folded position, said staples ofthe covering extending through the cover when assembled.
3. A folding hamper comprising a frame composed of metal rods, corner posts to which said rods are pivoted, end members pivoted to said posts, central vertical rods to which theend members are pivoted, a fabric cover for the body of the hamper, a plurality of staples secured tothe fabric cover, a top for said hamper, said top provided at its front edges with aplurality of openings adapted to receive the staples therethrough, straps pivoted to the back of the hamper to extend through said staples, said straps adapted to be Withdrawn and turned at right afigles for holding the col lapsed hamper in a folded position.
In testimony whereof I affix, my signature in presence oftwo witnesses.
ANSON E. BOVVER. Witnesses:
Anennrrus B. MILLE JAMES J. BRENNAN.
Gopies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner 01 Eatenta. Washington, D. 0.