US 1207154 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
R. ALW. FOX.
APPLICATION FILED JAN. 17. 1916.
Patented Dec. 5, 1916.
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ROSALIE A. W; FOX, OF SEATTLE. WASHINGTON.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Dec. 5, 1916.
Application filed January 17, 1916. Serial No. 72,377.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, RosALrn A. W. Fox, a citizen of the United States, residing at Seattle, in the county of King and State of Washington have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Supporting Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to improvements in devices for supporting articles about the person in a convenient manner, and has for a rear view of the same. Fig. 3 is a top plan view of the frame shown in open condition. Fig. 4 is a cross sectional view through the frame showing one of the hanger members in front elevation. Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical cross-section through the frame. Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of the end of one of the frame members illustrating a method of locking the hanger members from leaving the trackway.
Referring to said views, the reference numerals 5 and 6 indicate, respectively, two cooperating frame members which are hinged together at their rear ends, as at 7, and
adapted to be releasably secured together at their front ends, as will be presently explained, to afford a continuous frame adapted to be worn about the body under the arms from which articles can be conveniently and adjustably suspended, as will be hereinafter more fully described. Said frame is provided with suitably disposed loops 8 or equivalent devices, to which straps 9 are secured, which are worn over the shoulders or in any convenient manner. Said straps may be provided with buckles, not shown, whereby the frame may be raised or. .l-owered at will to adjust its height to the desires of the operator. Said frame is 'desirab1y formed of sheet metal with a continuous in terior chamber 10. Said frame, in crosssection, is desirably of considerably greater vertical height than in its transverse dimensions affording a belt-like structure which will not readily be deflected or twisted under relatively heavy weights to incommode the wearer. The side walls 11 of said frame are substantially parallel and are spaced apart by spacing pins 12. The bottom wall of said frame is formed substantially .at right angles to said side walls and is formed with a continuous medial slot 13 affording a continuous ledge or trackway 14 upon either side.
The frame members 5 and 6, when joined together at their opposite ends, may desirably conform substantially to an ellipse or to a form which best accommodates itself to the configuration of the body. The front ends 15 and 16, respectively, of said members 5 and 6, are adapted to be secured together so that in front as well as in the rear at the joint 7, the slot 13 and trackways lt are continuous. The form of front connection illustrated includes side plates 17 secured upon either side of the end 16 by means of rivets 18, which plates project to receive therebetween the frame end 15 and aline the sam with the frame end 16. A spring snap 19 is provided upon the frame end 16 which is formed with a pin 20 adapted to engage in a hole 21 of the frame end 15 to secure the ends in locked engagement.
Hanger-members of any suitable form may be utilized. Those illustrated herewith consist in a duplex roller 22 adapted to track on the ledges 14, and a swivel hanger 23 suspended therefrom. Said hanger includes a spring hook 24 adapted to receive and safely retain packages and other articles engaged therewith. Said hanger-members are inserted into the trackways through the opened frame ends 15 and 16 and thereupon may be adjusted anywhere about the frame and shifted from time to time as the wearer may determine, to balance the weights or for any other reason.
The manner of utilizing the device is believed to be obvious from inspection of Figs. 1 and 2. A device that may be employed to prevent the hanger from leaving the trackways when the frame ends 15 and 16 may be separated is indicated in Figs. 5 and 6, wherein arms 25 are pivoted at 26 and adapted to be swung across the slot 13 and abutted against a lug 27, whereupon said arm 25 will be held by frictional engagei 'What Iclaim is:
1. In supporting apparatus, a rigid frame adapted to be worn about the body of a pers0n,.and means tosupport the frame about .said .body, .said frame having a trackway formed therein, and hanger-members adapt- .ed ato' be retained in said -trackway.
, .2. :Insupporting apparatus,-a rigideframe .adaptedto be worn about the body of a person, and means to support the frame about saidjbody, said frame having .a continuous Itrackway formed therein, and hanger-members-associated with said trackway and mov- Table ,to any desired position therein.
.3. 'In supporting apparatus, a pair of hinged hollow frame-members adapted to 'be positioned about the body of a person-to afford .a continuous chamber therein, said frame having a slot formed therein, a ledge associated with saidslot to support a plurality of .hangeremembers, said'hanger-mem- ,bers, and meanspto suspend said frame from i said. body.
4.1'Insupporting apparatus, a hinged hollow "frame, adapted to be positioned about vthebody of a person, said frame having a continuous chamber .andan open slot in its lower portion afiording a trackway upon Copies of'thi s patent may be obtainedlfor each side thereof, a plurality of hangermembers supported upon said trackways and movable to any position about said frame, and means to suspend said frame from said body.
5. In supporting apparatus, a pair of opposed frame-members hingedly connected at one of their ends and detachably connected at their other ends to afford a continuous frame-structure adapted to be worn about the body of a person, means to support the frame about said body, said frame whenin operative condition affording a continuous trackway,-and devices adjustably retained in saidtrack-Way for the attachment and support of various articles.
'6. In supporting apparatus, a frame formed of two members hinged at one of their ends and provided with releasable connect1ons at their opposite ends, said frame having va continuous interior chamber and a slot in its lower wall provided with trackways upon each side thereof, hanger-members extending through said slot and movable upon said trackways toany position about said frame, means to prevent the removal of said hangermembers when said frame-members are separated.
Signed atSeattle, Washington, this th day of December, 1915.
ROSALIE A. YV. FOX.
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