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Publication numberUS1261363 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 2, 1918
Filing dateSep 23, 1916
Priority dateSep 23, 1916
Publication numberUS 1261363 A, US 1261363A, US-A-1261363, US1261363 A, US1261363A
InventorsJoseph R Crist
Original AssigneeJoseph R Crist
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1261363 A
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1,261,363. Patented Apr. 2, 1918.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. 2, 191% Application filed September 28. 1916. Serial No. raises.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JOSEPH R. CRIST, a citizen of the United States, residing at Hardwick, in the county of Rock and State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Clothes-Racks, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to garment racks, and aims primarily to provide a portable clothes stand capable of being conveniently carried in a trunk, satchel or suit case.

A further object of the invention is to provide a stand of this character which has its trunk or body portion formed of a plurality .of sections arranged in such manner as to permit of folding or collapsing the device so as to occupy but a small amount of space. Furthermore, the invention aims to provide improved means for detachably connecting rack members and legs to the said body so that the collapsed stand will 'form a compact bundle free of projecting elements. A still further object is to provide a device of this character which may be manufactured at extremely lowcost, which may be quickly set up. or collapsed, and which is equipped with improved locking means for holding the trunk portion of the device rigid when set up.

With these objects in view, together with others which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the novelformation, combination and arrangement of parts, all as will be described more fully hereinafter, illustrated in the drawings, and particularly pointed out in the claims.

In the drawings Figure 1 is a side elevation of a clothes stand or rack constructed in accordance with the invention, the view showing the same in set up position,

Fig. 2 is an enlarged side elevation of the top portion of the trunk with one of the clothes arms removed,

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary side elevation of one end of one of the clothes arms,

Fig. 4 is a side elevation of a portion of the bottom section of the trunk, and illustrating a socket for securing one of the supporting legs thereto,

Fig. 5 is a side-elevation showing one end of one of the legs, and

Fig. 6 is a perspective view showingthe clothes rack infolded or collapsed state.

Referrin now more particularly to the drawings, indicates the bottom or base section ofthe stand, and 8 the to section, while 9 and 10 represent respectively the intermediate sections. These sections may be formed either of wood or metal, and are preferably of small dimension in cross section. The various sections of the trunk portion of the rack are of equal length, and are hinged to each other as at 11 in successive order. The hinges l1 connect the adjacent ends of the sections in such manner as will permit of the trunk of the device being folded into the shape illustrated in Fig. 6 of the drawings. Hooks 12 are arranged-upon the various sections to hold the same rigidly when the device is in adjusted or set up position, the said hooks being adapted for engagement with the studs 13 on the adjacent section end.

To form a suitable base for the device when extended, and to preventthe stand becoming readily rendered top heavy or unbalanced, legs 1 1 are provided. These legs are relatively short in length, and are each provided at their ends with beveled faces so as to fit flush against the side of the lowermost section of the stand and upon a floor surface when propped against the trunk. I preferably provide four of these legs, one for each of the four faces of the bottom section. The bottom section has its various sides cut away and covered with metallic plates 15, the said plates having formed therein keyhole'slots 16, for the reception of heads 17 formed upon and projecting outwardly from certain of the beveled faces of the leg ends. The arrangement is such that when the legs are properly attached to the base section, the

weight of the rack will force the base downjecting outwardly from the extremities of the rack arms 21. The arrangement issuch that the weight of the arms forces the heads downwardly into the restricted portions of the, keyhole slots, whereby accidental dehole slots 19 therein, to receive heads 20 prov cent ends of the said sections,

tachment of the arms is prevented. Obviously, the arms may be readily removed when it is desired that the device be collapsed.

From the foregoing it is apparent that I have provided an extremely simple and yet thoroughly practical clothes stand, and one which, when not in use, will occupy but a small amount of space. The device may be very conveniently carried in a trunk or hand grip, and will be readily available at all times for traveling persons.

While the above is a description of the preferred embodiment of the invention, it is apparent that various changes may be made in the various details of the construction, if desired, without departing from the spirit of the invention or exceeding the scope of the claims.

What is claimed is 1. A clothes rack comprising a body formed of a plurality of sections rectangular in cross section, hinges connecting the adjathe outer sections being hinged to their adjacent sections so as toswing in the same direction, and the intermediate sections being hinged together at their adjacent ends so as to swing in directions at right angles to the direction of movement of the said outer sections.

2. A clothes rack com-prising a body formed of a plurality of sections rectangular in cross section, hinges connecting the adjacent ends of the said" sections the outer sections being hinged to their adjacent sections so as to swing in the same direction, the intermediate sections being hinged to-' gether so as to swing at right angles to the direction of movement of the said outer sections, the. various sections, being of equal length, and hooks on certain of said sections for holding the same engaged with the next adjacent sections.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature in presence of two witnesses.



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U.S. Classification248/165, 248/222.41
Cooperative ClassificationF16M11/00