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Publication numberUS1458420 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 12, 1923
Filing dateNov 4, 1922
Priority dateNov 4, 1922
Publication numberUS 1458420 A, US 1458420A, US-A-1458420, US1458420 A, US1458420A
InventorsHarry T Keel
Original AssigneeHarry T Keel
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Winding reel
US 1458420 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 112, 1923. I 1,458,432


Patented June 12, 1923. I



Application filed November 4, 1922. Serial No. 599,137.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HARRY T. Kenn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chester, in the county of Delaware and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and.

useful Winding Reel, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to winding reels and it has more particular reference to reels for winding up clothes lines and the like promptly and neatly, the primary object had in view being to provide a winding reel of the type referred to which will evenly coil up a line quickly thereon without any bulges or unsightly protrusions.

Another object of my invention is to pro vide a winding reel that is very effective in use, simple in construction, and cheap to manufacture.

A further object of this invention is the provision of a winding reel that is readily adjustable for the coiling or winding up thereon of lines of different length or diametric size.

With the foregoing and other objects in view as will be apparent from the following description, my invention consists in the novel features of construction, combinations and arrangements of parts hereinafter fully described and more specifically defined by the appended claims.

In the further disclosure of the invention reference is to be had to the accompanying sheet of explanatory drawings constituting a part of. this specification, and in which like characters of reference designate the same or corresponding parts in all the views.

Figure 1 is a broken plan view of my novel winding reel with a portion of a line wound thereon, said line being indicated by dot-and-dash lines.

Figure 2 is a side View of the preceding figure.

Figure 3 is a detail plan of a keeper hereinafter more fully described; and

Figure 4: is a side view looking to the left hand of Figure 3.

Referring more particularly to the drawings the numerals 5, 6 designate a pair of rectangular cross section parallel bars conveniently made of wood or other suitable light and durable material, and said bars 5, 6 have their inner end parts opposedly cut away or tapered at 7, to aid in winding a long line as hereafter explained. 8, 9 are cross bars, preferably wooden rounds, the former of which is secured at one end by a sprig or nail 10 in a hole 11 of like diameter provided for the purpose in the bar 6 while its free end 12 is a slidable fit through a hole 13 in the bar 5. Similarly the cross bar 9 is retained by a sprig or nail 14 in a hole 15 in the bar 5, while its free end 16 is a sliding fit through a hole 17 in the bar 6. An examination of the drawings will establish the fact that the, aforesaid free ends 12, 16 constitute hand-holds by means of which the reel can be operated or rotated for winding up a line.

In order to provide a simple means whereby the aforesaid parallel bars 5, 6 may be adjusted in space relation, I provide each of the cross bars 8, 9 with a series of equally spaced grooves or kerfs 18, with which cooperate hooks 19 appropriately pivoted on the outer faces of the aforesaid bars 5, 6 by means of wood screws or the like 20. Thus it will be clearly apparent to those acquainted with the art that by unlatching the hooks 19 the parallel bars 5, 6 may be easily varied in parallel spaced relation, and relocked securely at the requisite adjustment by relatching the hooks 19. This feature I deem of value in that it renders my novel winding reel easily adaptable for lines of different length and diametric size.

In some instances the hooks 19 may be dispensed with and the parallel bars 5, 6 maintained in rigid spaced relation by springs or nails 21, as will be readily un derstood by those conversant with the art.

A metal keeper 22 of appropriate dimensions is secured centrally of the inner face of one of the aforesaid parallel bars5 for eXample-by means of nails or screws 23 passed through holes 24 in the flanges 25 thereof. Now it will be perfectly obvious that if one end of a line 26 is passed through this keeper 22 and knotted at 27 it can e easily wound upon the cross bars 8, 9 without creating any bulges in that the inner or attached end of said line is securely retained out of the winding path when the device is in use.

The aforesaid winding reel will be found especially adapted for clotheslines, and in use the operator will, when stringing a line, firstly attach the free end of the line 26 to a post or other stationary fixture whereupon said line can be unwound by the user detail c'hangesas Well as other usages, and

grasping the free ends or handholds l2, 16 i n 1his or her hands and rotating "the declockwise direction. After stringing the line 26 properly it will be easily seen that the device is not disconnected therefrom due to the connection of said line into the keeper 22. In taking down {the line the operation of the reel is reversed and it Will be understood that a sufficient tension can be, ex-

"erted thereon to snugly rewind the line on the reel, While the-cut away or tapered ends "7 Will aidin guiding the line into position d/Vhile there has been shown and described a preferred form of theinvention, .it will be obviousthe same is susceptible of minor :the right is accordingly hereby reserved to make such variations as fairly lie' Within the scope of the appended claims;

" "Having described my invention What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1s: 7 o I v 1'.'A"W1n d1ng reel comprising a, frame consistingof a pair of parallel bars and a palr of cross bars, said cross bars each having an end'projecting beyond one of said parallelbars, said projecting ends having a plurality or spaced notches, and hooks pivoted on the parallel bars and adapted to v engage said notches whereby the parallel" --relation1to the cross bars. vice With a crank like movement 1n a contrabars may be secured in adjustable spaced '2. A Winding reel comprising a frame consisting of a pair of parallel bars and a palr of cross bars, said cross bars each having an end progecting beyond one of said parallel bars, and means secured to said parallel bars and cooperating with means on'the cross "bars Wherebythe parallel bars may be releasably held inadjusted spaced relation. V

3. A Winding reel embodying a frame including a pair. of rectangularcross-section parallel bars having their 'inne r ends opposedly inclined outwards, a. pair ofround sectlon cross bars lntersec'tlng and maintaining the aforesaid parallel bars in spaced relation, one of said cross bars projecting at one side and the other at the opposedfside of said frame to provide hand holds, equallyspaced notches'in the 'hand 'holdsiand c0- operative pivoted hooks on the outer faces of the parallel bars 'forvarying thedistance between said parallel bars While retaining the same and the crossbfars inse cure relation, and a keeper-mounted centrally on the inner face of one parallelbar for receiving the knotted end of a line.

Signed at Chester, county: of Delaware and State of Pennsylvania, of October, 1922. a 1 y o a TIARRY T,

this 25th day I

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4123012 *May 12, 1977Oct 31, 1978Hough W ColtonCord holder
U.S. Classification242/395, 242/608, 242/607.2, 242/407
International ClassificationB65H75/40
Cooperative ClassificationB65H2402/412, B65H75/406
European ClassificationB65H75/40B