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Publication numberUS1260163 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 19, 1918
Filing dateMar 21, 1917
Priority dateMar 21, 1917
Publication numberUS 1260163 A, US 1260163A, US-A-1260163, US1260163 A, US1260163A
InventorsJohn Downie
Original AssigneeJohn Downie
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1260163 A
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Specification of Letters Eatent.

Fatented Mar. i9, MMS.

Application filed March 21, 1917. Serial No. 156,372.

To @ZZ whom t may concern.'

Be it known that 1, Jorim* owilin, a citizen of the United States, and resident of the city of Seattle, county of King, and State of lNashington, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Clothes- Raclrs, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to clothes driers and consists of a drier having its parts so connected with each other and a whole pivotally supported from a fixed body, that it may be folded into compact position and swung into position of storage.

The object of my invention is to provide a folding clothes drier so constructed that it may, when not in use, be compactly folded and placed within a recess provided for the same in the wall of a room, and whereby, when wanted, it may be swung out ofsaid recess and opened out into position of use,

My invention comprises certain novel features of construction and combinations of parts which will be described in the specification and then particularly defined by the claims. i

1n theV accompanying drawings 1 have shown my invention in the form of construction which is now most preferred by me.

Figure 1 is a side elevation of my device when removed from its cabinet and opened out into position of use.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the device in like position of parts except that the rack is therein shown by full lines, as swung into position parallel with the wall, and by dotted lines as extending outward perpendicular to the wall. l

Fig. 3 is a sectional elevation taken just within the outer standard or vertical frame, the direction of view being outwardly.

Fig. 4 is a side elevation of the same parts.

Fig. 5 is a horizontal section taken through the storage cabinet just above the clothes rack, the latter being folded and stored within the opening in the cabinet.

Fig. 6 is a section taken on the line 6-6 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 7 is a transverse sectional elevation taken through the inner half of the rack looking toward the inner end thereof.

Fig. 8 is a longitudinal sectioiii through the hand grip which is detachably securablo to the controlling chain.

Figs. 9 and 10 are, respectively, elevation and plan views of the type of hinge emframe member 1.

ployed for hinging the inner end of the rack to its cabinet.

Figs. 11 and 12 are side views from different view points of the fixture at the upper end of the controlling bar which connects the various clothes supporting bars.

While my rack might be employed to advantage without combining the same with a wall cabinet, it would in most cases be so employed and l have herein yshovm it as combined with a wall cabinet. Ordinarily the cabinet frame, herein indicated by the letter A, would be made as a complete inclosing frame, of a size to fit between adj a cent studs in a wall. rlhe rack proper comprises two vertical standards or frames i and 2, the frame l being hinged to one side of the cabinet frame A., while the frame 2 is adapted to be drawn out and form the post or supporting frame for the outer ends of the rack bars.

The inner post, or frame 1, is hinged by one edge to the casing or cabinet frame ifi, preferably by hinges which permit it to swing bodily toward the rear end of the receiving chamber or outwardly therefrom, as is shown respectively in Figs. 5 and l. A hinge which is suitable for securing this result, is shown in detail in Figs. 9 and Vl-O. This consists of the two leaves l() and 11, which are secured respectively upon the casing frame A and upon the post or inner These two are pivotally connected by means of an intermediate link l2.

rIwo bars 3 and 30 are pivoted upon the inner frame l respectively at the top and bottom thereofand in such manner that they may swing toward each other. The hinges 31, by which they are connected with the post or inner frame member l, permit the upper bar 3 to swing downwardly and the lower bar 30 to swing upwardly. These bars are so placed that they will not interfere with cach other as they swing toward each other. The outer or swinging ends of these bars 3 and 30, are providedeach with a roller 34, which roller is offset a short distance away from the bar, both lengthwise and transversely thereof, as is clearly shown in Fig. 4. These rollers may be mounted upon bent bars 32 which are secured to the bars 3 and 30, as by staples 33.

The outer post or frame 2 has secured to its inner surface two vertically placed bars 20, these being rabbeted uponthe corner next to the frame 2, so as to provide a channel 21, adapted to receive the roller 34 of one of these bars 3 and 30. These are shown clearly in F ig. 6, which also illustrates the relatively oEset position of the two bars 3 and 30, whereby said bars will not interfere with each other during the folding operation. n

vThe remainder of the bars which connect the two vertical `frames 1 and 2 are each made in two parts, 4, these being hinged by one end, each to its respective one of the frame members and by their other end to each other, as shown at 40. The hinging of these two sections to each other and to the frame members l and 2,` is such as will permit the central portion thereof to swing downward, or fold, when the frames 1 and 2 are brought closer together. Tol permit this latter action, the two rigid bars 3 and 30 which connect the two frame members 1 and 2, must have their outer ends swing toward each other.

- They should also be controlled in such manner that .the movement of the two'will be equal in amount, to thereby maintain perpendicularity of the outer frame or post 2. This may be done by connecting the two bars by means of a chain, or like flexible conductor 51, which passes over guide pulleys 5 placed at the upper andlower part of the frame 2. To operate these to insurethe beginning of the folding action, a second chain V52 may be applied, which is connected with the chain 51 or to one of the bars 3 or 30, yand which passes over additional guide ypulleys 50.

For convenience in applyingV a pull to this chain, a handle or grip 53 may be secured thereto. It may be desirable to have this handle grip adjustable in position along the chain. For this purpose I construct it as it is shown in detail in Fig. 8. This grip has a hole extending lengthwise through it, through which passes the chain 52. vIt also has a spring-held catch v54 pivoted near one end thereofand having a finger 55 which is adapted to enter one of the links of the chain.

The upper bar 30 has secured thereto yat the middle of its length a transverse bar or pin 43, Y which bar has pivotally secured thereto two or more vertical controlling bars v42. These bars are preferably provided with metal clips or tips 44, these having holes. 45 therein whichare inthe nature of slots to permit the slight movements of the pin 43 transversely of the bars 42. TheY vertical controlling lbars 42 are pivotally connected with the hinge 40 by which the two sections of the bars 4 are connected. In consequence, all of these bars move in unison.

A simple and effective manner of pivoting the bars 4 to the vertical frames 1 and 2 is clearly shown in Figs. 5 and 6. This consists of using pivot supports with removable wire nails with their head ends bent at right angles to the body and having their points secured in the wo-od. These points may, however, be made screw threaded, which would insure better holding in the wood. Y

What I claim as invention is: f

1. A clothes rack having a vertically extending frame at both front and rear, atop bar and a bottom bar pivoted to one of said frames and having sliding connection with the other, and intermediate bars each composed of two half-length parts Vpivotedto eachother .and to said vertical frames.

2. A clothes rack as defined in claim 1 having a tie member pivotally connecting the two-part bars and one of the full length bars to insure their swinging together. A

3. A clothes rack as vdefined in claim 1 having means connecting the swinging ends of its top 'and bottom bars to 'insure equal movements thereof Yin opposite directions.,

4. A clothes rack as in claim 1 in comb ination with an endless chain thereon carried by one of the vertical frames and secured to said top and bottom bars to insureV like movements tions.

5. A clothes rack lcomprisingvertical end framesfclothes supporting kbars composed therein in opposite direceach of two parts pivoted by an end, each to its respective end frame and by their other end to each other, av controlling bar pivotally connecting theV common pivots of` of said frames,` channeled bars mountedy uponthe other of'said frames, a rod carrying a roller secured to eachof said top and bottom bars at their swinging endsV at an angle to the axis of said bars` said'rollers being `adapted to be guided by said channeled bars, and intermediate bars each com-- posed of two half-length parts pivoted to each other and to said vertical frames.

Signed at Seattle, VVashingto'n,` thisi14th day of March, 1917.


Copies of this patentmaybe obtained for five cents each, by addressing the (tommissioner` 13j-1*'tents Washington, D. C.

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US4029211 *Feb 12, 1974Jun 14, 1977Marshall Mary LFolding clothes rack with stabilizing hinges and shoe supports
US4450971 *Oct 1, 1980May 29, 1984Messrs. Muse Mannequin Co., Ltd.Folding rack
US5711437 *Aug 30, 1996Jan 27, 1998Flickinger; Mark C.Swinging frame clothesline
US7461752 *Sep 15, 2006Dec 9, 2008Xuliang LiFoldable article support rack
US20070251907 *Sep 15, 2006Nov 1, 2007Xuliang LiFoldable Article Support Rack
U.S. Classification211/201, 211/104, 312/300, 211/1.3
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/13