Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1478619 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 25, 1923
Filing dateJul 11, 1922
Priority dateJul 11, 1922
Publication numberUS 1478619 A, US 1478619A, US-A-1478619, US1478619 A, US1478619A
InventorsElliott Henry D, Simons John T, Stoney Thomas P
Original AssigneeElliott Henry D, Simons John T, Stoney Thomas P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automobile storm curtain
US 1478619 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Dec. 25, 1923.


AUTOMOBILE STORM CURTAIN Filed vJuly 11, 1922 Illllllll lllllkll.

Patented Bec. 25, i923.

unirse W.. telh.




Application lefl July l1,

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that we, Jol-1N T. SiMoNs, HENRY D. ELLIOTT, and THOMAS l). SToNnY, citizens of the United States, and residents of Charleston, in the county of Charleston and State of South Carolina, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Automobile Storm Curtains, of which the following is a specification. n

This invention relates particularly to side curtains for automobiles and an object thereof is to provide such curtains that can be quickly attached to the frame of the automobile or detached therefrom, and which can be readily and easily moved to an inoperative position when not in use.

Another object of the invention is to provide means for carrying a plurality of curtains so that the curtains may be used separately or together as desired.

Another object is to so arrange the carrying frame that the curtains when not in use are carried in a longitudinal position by the side bar of the top frame.

Other objects will be apparent from the following detailed description and appended claims.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a side elevation of a part of an automobile with the curtains in their operative position. Y

Figure 2 is a side view on an enlarged scale of the attachment. and curtains in operative position. l

Figure 3 is a top plan view,partly in section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2.

Figure a is a vertical section of the device with kthe curtain carrying frame in operative position.

A part of the frame A of an automobile is shown, having a top B carried in the usual manner and attached at its sides to side bars C. Fastened to the side bar C is a pair of headed screws, bolts, pins or similar members 1 which are designed to support the attachment. A. metal bar or strip 2 having its central portion offset outwardly as shown in Figure 3, is provided with a pair of key hole slots 3, by which the bar 2 may be quickly placed upon the members 1 and as quickly removed therefrom. The upper portion of thev key hole slots 3 will be too small to permit the passage of the heads of the members 1, so that there is no danger of accidental displacei922. serial No. 574,142.

ment, but the whole device can be removed at any time by simply lifting the same slightly and then moving it outwardly.

The bar 3 may have an enlarged central portion 4 through which passes a holt 5. The metal frame which supports each curtain roller has an ear 6 which is substantially co-extensive with the enlarged portion 4t of the bar, and the bolt 5 passes through these ears and thusattaches the curtain roller frames to the bar 3. Each ear lits over the bolt 5 loosely enough to allow the frame to be turned on the bolt as a pivot.`

rhe two curtain roller frames are identical in most features, and as shown in Figure 4c, each consists of a vertical portion 10, top and bottom portions 11 and 12, eachy of which has its ends turned toward each other to lie substantially parallel with the portion 10, and the ear 6. Each frame may be made of sheet metal which facilitates its production.

rllhe upturned end 13 of the bottom 12 is provided with a slot 14: which cooperates with a button l5 carried by the side of the car to tasten the frame in operative position. This form of fastening device is merely illustrative, as any other equivalent form may be employed without departing from the spirit of the invention. Similar buttons 16 will be placed on the top to cooperate with the slots 1.4L to hold the curtain frames in their inoperative position. p

its inner edge one of the frames, here shown as the frame 8, has a shoulder formed as indicated at 17 in Figure 2 which will lap over the outside of the meeting edge of the frame 7. rlhis will act as a weather strip and tend to prevent dirt or moisture passing between the meeting edges of the two strips.

lf desired this overlapping portion might be made in a separa e strip and attached to one of the frames, but it is preferable to malte it integral with one frame as shown.

Each frame has a roller 9 mounted therein on'pintles 18 and 19. This is a spring roller of the usual or any desired type upon which the curtain may be wound when not in use. The curtains are of the usual type and have button holes that cooperate with the usual fastening buttons on the automobile as indicated at 2O when the curtains are unrolled for use.

Assuming the curtains to be in operative 7 and 8 Y" llO position as in Figure l, if it is Adesired to put them up, the fastenings 2O are released and the curtains rolled up on the rollers 9. The buttons l5 are turned to release the frames 7 and 8, and these frames are swung about the pivot 5, one towards the front and the other towards the rear as indicated by the dot and dash lines in Figure l, to a position where the fastenings 16 may engage the holes 14 and secure the frames in position so that they lie along the under side of the top longitudinally of the machine.

If it shouldbe desired to remove the attachment entirely, the curtains are rolled and the fastenings l5 released, whereupon the whole attachment may lbe lifted slightly and tal/ren off, the heads of the members l vpassing freely through the lower enlarged portions of the slots 3.

If so desired, either curtain may be used independently of the other, the one not in use remaining in its folded position along the top'. The'eXact place ofl attachment and specific form of curtains will vary with the type of machine to which the device is applied. Various changes may be made in size and proportions without depart-ing from the spirit of the invention, which is to be re`V garded as limited only by the scope of the appended claims.

' l/Ve claim as our invention:

l. A storm curtain attachment for automobiles, comprising aV member carried by the automobile top, frames pivoted to said member and independently movableV in opposite directions about a single pivot, means for holding the frames in raised or lowered position, a roller carried by each frame and a curtain on each roller.

.2. A storm curtain attachment for au` tomobiles, comprising a member having slots Y therein to detachably engage devices carried by the side bar of an automobile top,

Vframes pivoted to said member and'independently movable in opposite directions about a single pivot, meansl for holding the frames in an operative position extending' longitudinally of the top, meansffor holding the frames in operative position, a roller carried by each frame, and a curtain on each roller. Y Y

3. A storm Vcurtain attachment for'automobiles, comprising a member having means for quick detachable engagement With the side bar of an automobile top and having an enlarged porton, ay plurality of frames, anrear on eachfraine, a single pivot bolt engaging the ears and said enlarged portion and permitting' the frames to be swung in opposite directions independently and longitudinally of the automobile, and a curtain carried by each frame. Y

4. A storni curtain attachment for autoT mobiles, comprising a Vplurality of fra1nes,a

spring roller carried by eachl frame, a curtain carried by each roller, means for supf porting the frames to .turn -about a commonV frame, each frame mounted onthe support f to move independently to an inoperative position extending longitudinally of the machine or to a substantially vertical operative position, and means for maintaining the frames vseparately in either position as desired.v

In testimony whereof, we have hereunto Y subscribed our names.



Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5685354 *Aug 19, 1996Nov 11, 1997Sugil KimAutomatically retractable sun shade assembly
US8087443 *Jan 3, 2012Rite-Hite Holding CorporationRetractable safety barriers and methods of operating same
US8490668Nov 18, 2011Jul 23, 2013Rite-Hite Holding CorporationRetractable safety barriers and methods of operating same
US20090008042 *Jul 3, 2008Jan 8, 2009Snyder Ronald PRetractable safety barriers and methods of operating same
U.S. Classification296/142, 160/29, 160/122
International ClassificationB60J1/20
Cooperative ClassificationB60J7/085
European ClassificationB60J7/08B