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Publication numberUS1582487 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1926
Filing dateApr 28, 1924
Priority dateApr 28, 1924
Publication numberUS 1582487 A, US 1582487A, US-A-1582487, US1582487 A, US1582487A
InventorsShank Joseph H
Original AssigneeShank Joseph H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Gymnasium bed
US 1582487 A
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April 27 1926, 1,582,487

J. H. SHANK GYMNASIUM BED Filed April 28, 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 1- INVENTOR flax/M M ATTORNEY April 27 1926..

J. H. SHANK GYMNASIUM BED Filed April 28, 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 ATTORN EY 'i" hilf @FHQE.



Application filed April 28, 1924. Serial No. 709,409.-

To all "whom it may 00 22 061% Be it known that I, Josnrn H. SHANE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Dayton, in the county of Montgomery and State inf Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Gymnasium Beds, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates'to new and useful improvements in gymnasium beds, and more particularly to a knock-down bed that may be readily set up in a small space such as a room, to support various exercising devices.

It is one of the principal objects of my invention to provide for a small space such as a room in a hotel, dwelling or a like structure, a bed which carries various exercising devices such as stall bars, trapeze rings and a punching bag for the use of adults and children.

It is another object of my invention to provide a gymnasium bed between the head posts and the footposts of which stall bars may be secured, so that one may obtain the benefit of the exercise they afford while in the bed.

It'is another object of my invention to provide a gymnasium bed which supports such exercising means as a chinning bar and a punching bag, for use within the bed by children or outside of it by adults.

It is another object of my invention to mount in two tubular posts of the bed, pulley weights that may be easily removed and changed for those of the desired length and thickness, and which may be easily operated from within the bed or outside of it.

Still another object of my invention is to provide such a gymnasium bed which sup ports for use over the bed, an adjustable cross bar from which trapeze rings depend.

And still another object of my invention is to provide such a bed which is not only a gymnasium in itself, but which is simple in construction and which may be knocked down and set up with ease.

Other important and incidental objects will be brought out in the following specification, and particularly set forth in the subjoined claims.

In the accompanying drawings illustrating my invention, Figure 1 is a perspective iew of my gymnasium bed, showing a number of exercising devices supported thereby. iiigure is iongitudina, section View through the bed. Figure 3 is a longitudinal, sectional view taken through one of the bed posts, showing one of the exercising weights therein. Figure 4 is an elevational view of the end frame at the foot of my gymnasium bed when the latter is knocked down. F igure 5 is a plan view of the top frame of the bed. Figure 6 is a view of one of the side rails therefor. Figure 7 is a detail view of the punching bag. And Figure 8 is a detail view of the chinning bar.

Referring to the accompanying drawings for a detailed description of my invention, the numerals 1, 1 designate two tubular head posts and the numerals 2, 2 designate two tubular foot posts which together form the corner legs of the bed. Tightly fitted on the lower end of each bed post, is a bottom collar 3 and an upper collar 4. Each one of these collars is formed with a tubular boss 5 for a purpose to be hereinafter described. Secured to the bottom of each bed post is a caster 6.

The numerals 7, 7 designate two side rails which may be formed from angle bars, and from each end of which there projects downwardly a pin 8 for entrance into the tubular boss 5 on each one of the upper collars 4 for the purpose of demountably connecting the'head and foot posts of the bed together. Projecting downwardly in an inclined manner from the end portion of each side rail 7, is a bracing member 9 which has formed on its end a pin portion 10 for entrance into the tubular boss portion of each one of the bottom collars 3 on the posts. The side rails 7, 7, when connected to the posts as just described, provide a solid bed frame to receive and support a mattress frame and mattress of any suitable type.

The mattress frame illustrated in the drawings comprises side rails 11 and end rails 12 firmly joined together and upon which a spring structure such as the wire netting 13 is secured to support a mattress 14. Secured to the sides of the side rails 11 of the mattress frame are angle pieces 15 which project or hook over the side rails 7, 7 of the bed to removably support the mattress frame upon them.

Firmly secured upon the bed posts 1 and 2 above the collars 4, are collars 16 having inwardly facing tubular projections 17. The collars 16 on the head posts 1, 1 are arranged opposite each other at suitable t erticai distances apart, te support stall bars 18 whose ends are fitted into the tubular portions 17 ot the collars. The collars 16 on the loot posts 2 are likewise arranged to support a series oti stall bars 10. These stall bars are thus a ranged so that the occupaut of the bed can put his arms on one bar and his feet on an opposite bar to obtain the benefitot: the body exercise which they provide.

Firmly secured upon the bed posts 1 2 just below their tops, are collars L0 to support sleeves 21 that are tree to be slipped over the tops of said posts. Projecting inwardly from each sleeve 21, at right angles to each other, are tubular bosses 22 in which are titted the ends of top side bars 35 and top end bars Free to slide over each top side bar 23 is a collar 25. 'lhese two collars Q5. 95 support a trapeze bar 26 from which there depend two ropes 27, 27,

to each one of which there is connected a ring F28. This trapeze bar 26 is longitudinally adjustable to any desired position over the mattress 1 1 for use by the occupant of the bed.

Freely movable in the upper part oti each foot post .2, is an elongated c vlindrical weight 39 secured to a cord 30. Jonrnalcd in a bearing- 31 mounted in the top part of each foot post 2, is a pulley 32 over which its respective cord passes. The upper wall of each foot post is preterabl notched to permit its pulle to freely project through it in a direction to allow the cord 30 that 35 passes over the pulley to be brought down over another pulley 3 in a block 1% adjustabty secured bv a sui able me ns FCtfl t as a wire ring to one or th lower 2 bars 19. Fach cord 30 then passes u wardly to a pulle 36 in a hlocl: 37 s cured to one hook end of a bar 38. the latter being adjustabl; secu-ed to a desired stall bar 19 by means of wire rings 3;. Secured to the outer ends of the cords S0 46 after they pass over the pulleys Elli. are

t iaupgles 40 which 1na v be grii iped from inside the bed. or outside ot it. to draw the weights 29 upwardlv in the foot: posts 2, 2. (See Figures 1 and 3.) The pulleys 33 and 50 36 are so connected to the stall bars that: the may be readily turned to permit the weights to be pulled up and let down from a position within the bed. A child, :t'or instance. m

or outside ot it.

desire to operate the pullew weights 't rom a position witl'iin the bed. while an adult may desire to e;- ercisc with them from a position near the bed. The tact that the weights are contained within the bed post's, co nser es space and permits them to be readily TNDOYOCL and changed, when desired. lVhile I have shown these veigghts as being within th toot posts 9;. 2, they may be placer, within the head posts 1. 1 it desired.

05 For the purpose (it ohtaining a chinning exercise from inside or outside ot the l-wl l have provided a xiiln-iautiall-r tiaf, metal strip it having its upper end turned to form a hook 4; which may he applied to one ol' he top stall bars. with its lower part in q'e neu with the stall bar hcncath. for

support on either side ot s id l 1! outv-Jardl v iron: the st 21 two tubular portions i i. -l-"l into \xxii a; titted the ends ot a U z-lnipcd ch in a. i This churning devi e ma be readi y rcu d to change its position iron: in' to outs de, and vice ve a. or t'rom a lower to a ither level, or trom a high 4 to a lov-rer one as when used l v within the bed.

For the purpose (I=.ESl!}')1Hi1tlllj a punch ng bag t? for use from within or without the bed. I employ the followi suii'port in; The numeral -16 dc lets a metal nilar to the strip l-l having an upper hoot; end it? .tor application to a s all Projecting outwardly from the upper. ou er part oi the strin aid is a tubular iinminr 49 in which is titted the inner end ot' a horizoi'ttal rod 19. Fecnred to the outer end of the rod 49 is a hub 50 to which there connected :1 number of do vnwar ll v' curved radial arms l that support at their outer ends a ring 52. These arms and rings lorm together a frame for the punching bag 15. which is suspended from a cord that. is connected at its upper end to the hub portion of said frame.

Formed in the lower part of the metal strip i6 is a hole through which the threaded end of a hook 5-1: is adapted to proim-t. lVhc-n the strip is hooked over an nppe tall bar, its lower end may be firmly s cured to the stall bar below it h the hook it which carries on its threaded end a .flilg nut 55 which will press the lower end of said strip tightly against lower stall bar. By taking oil the wing nut .17 so that the hook 5 1' may be removed from the lower stall bar, the position of the punching-lin; supporting strip -i-t3 ma be changed in the same manner that the chinning-har supporting strip -11 is changed. It is thus possil'ile to so place the. punchirug-hag 'lIlUZit) that. the bag; 45 1na v be punched iloiii a dcsircd height within the bed or ontsid of it.

lt' will now be seen that l hare provided a linocledown bed which ma be easily ,w-t up tor use as a gymnasium within a r om or other small s ace. The QIItl't inn devices are lirn'ilv. compacth and adjuitah ported. and manv of then ma he opa said :at d from either within or outside oi. the bed Having described mvdnveutimr. 1 claim: 1. A gvmnasim'n bed comprising head and foot corner posts, bottom side rails connecting said posts, stall bars secured between the head corner posts and between the [out corner posts, outwardl projecting body suspending devices secured to the top stall bars and braced against the lower stall bars, and bracing bars removably connected between the bottom ends of the corner posts and the end portions of the side rails.

2. A gymnasium bed comprising head and foot corner posts, side rails connecting the head and foot posts, a pair of cross bars secured between the corner posts at one end of the bed, a supporting member having a hook end adapted to fit over the top bar, with its lower end braced against the lower bar, and an exercising device secured to said supporting member.

3, A gymnasium bed comprising head and foot corner posts, side rails connecting the head and foot posts, the corner posts at one end of the bed being tubular, a bars connected between the tubular posts, a weight vertically movable in the upper end of each tubular post, a cord attached to each weight, a pulley mounted in the upper end of each tubular post, over which its respective cord passes, and pulleys secured to the cross bars to receive said cords to enable them to be pulled from inside the bed frame, or outside of it. i

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 26th day of April, 1924.


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U.S. Classification482/130, 5/658, 482/87, 5/662
International ClassificationA63B17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2210/04, A63B2208/12, A63B17/00
European ClassificationA63B17/00