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Publication numberUS1731272 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 15, 1929
Filing dateAug 6, 1928
Priority dateAug 6, 1928
Publication numberUS 1731272 A, US 1731272A, US-A-1731272, US1731272 A, US1731272A
InventorsSchrenkeisen William C
Original AssigneeHill Laundry Equipment Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe drier
US 1731272 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Get. 15, 1929.


This invention relates to a device for drying shoes.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a simple and convenient means for supporting wet shoes and supplying them with a current of hot air inside for the purpose of drying them. It is to be used chiefly in golf clubs and quarters where the players come in with their shoes wet and they'have m to be dried artificially to keep them in shape,

but it is capable of general use for this purpose and for drying other hollow articles.

Other objects of the invention are to pro vide a construction for the above mentioned purposes in which the shoes are held supported at an angle with the toe uppermost and the heat is introduced into the shoes through the supporting means so that the current of heated air will pass upwardly into the toe and back downwardly and out through the top of the shoe that is located below at this time; to provide a casing for supporting the individual shoe driers which constitutes the means for receiving the heat from a heating duct and directing it efficient- 1y into the interior of the individual supports, and to provide improvements in the general combination and arrangement of the parts for accomplishing the above 0b- 'ects.

1 Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings in which Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a shoe drier constructed in accordance with this inven tion, partly in section;

Fig. 2 is an end view of the same;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view on enlarged scale on the-line 33 of Fig. 1; i

Fig. 4 is a plan of one of the shoe supports, and

Fig. 5 is a sectional view of the support through the center of the pipe.

I have shown the invention in a form in which the frame consists of a pair of end legs having lugs supporting shelves 11 extending across under them, on which the wet or dried shoes can be supported, and provided with a top 12 secured to the lugs. On this to is supported a casing 13 which extends substantially throughout the length of the frame and is provided with a duct 14 located therein and provided with an electric heating unit 15.

At the end, on the top 12, is supported a blower 16, the outlet of which is connected with the inlet of the duct 14. This duct is of considerable less height than the casing 13 and extends preferably more than half way along it horizontally and is mounted on. a plate 17 riveted to the bottom of the easing13. On account of this construction, the currents of air coming into the duct 14 are heated and flow out at the open end of the duct and will then be deflected back as indi cated by the arrows in Fig. 1, along the whole length of the casing 13 at its top.

This casing is provided with a plurality of perforations down into which from the top extend pipes or conduits 20. Each one is fastened to the casing 13 by a nut 21 or the like. I have provided these conduits of two elevations and alternating in position as indicated in Fig. 1 so that the shoes may be. placed on it conveniently and more shoes can be accommodated in a given length than would be the case if these were all the same height. Except for their height they are all the same.

Each conduit is provided with a pair of arms 22 and 23 extending forwardly and backtherefrom which may be formed integrally with the conduit 20 These are each provided with a rest 24 at the end, these rests both being alike and being of an arc shape and raised from the arms 22 and 23.

In this Way the shoe, as shown in Fig. 5, rests on the raised portions of the arc-shaped supports 24, thus allowing for circulation of the air through all parts of the shoe and not preventing any part of the inside of the shoe from circulation of air around it.

The air is discharged up the conduits 20. The arm 22 extends higher than the arm 23 andthe toe part of the shoe is supported by the former, therefore the shoe is located at an incline. The airpasses upwardly when it comes in fresh and directly into contact with the part of the sole at the instep poif.

tion, then up to the toe portion, where it neoessarlly 1S forced'back aga n, and comes down around the inside of the shoe in a course which enables it to extract moisture from the heel portion on the way out.

This constitutes an cflicient means for drying shoes for the general purpose above mentioned and is capable of use with high and low shoes, rubbers, and in fact other hollow articles. The shoes are kept in shape while they are being dried and the direction of the currents of air into the toe parts of the shoes is assured. The heating unit of the duct and blower are both controlled by one switch,

preferably, so that both are turned off or on at the same time.

Although I have illustrated and described only a single form of the invention I am' aware of the fact that modifications can be made therein by any person skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the inven tion as expressed in the claims. v

Therefore, I do not wish to be limited to all the details of construction herein shown and described, but what I do claim is 1. In a drier, the combination of a series of holders for hollow articles, each holder comprising a hollow conduit open at the top and bottom, a casing on which said conduits are mounted, a duct in the casing extending along it, means for blowing the air through the duct and out its open end into the casing and thereby forcing it through said conduits and means for heating the air in said duct.

2. In va shoe drier, the combination of a series of holders for shoes, each holder com prising a hollow conduit open at the top and bottom, a casing in the top of which said conduits are mounted, the conduits being arranged in two series, tall and short, alternating, said casing being arranged horizontally and the conduits vertically, a duct in the bottom of the casing extending along it, a blower connected with the duct for blowing the air through the duct and out its open end into the casing and thereby forcing it up through said conduits, and means for heating the air in said duct.

8. In adrier, the combination with'a casing forming a duct along the bottom thereof, said duct extending from one end of the casing to a point near the center thereof and being open at its inner end, a blower for blowing air into the duct at the opposite end, a heating unit for the duct, whereby the blower will blow the hot air out of the end of the duct into the casing toward the extreme end thereof and then back again along the top, and a sores of hollow conduits mounted on said casing extending up from the top thereof to deliver the heated air into the articles carried by said conduits.

4;. In a shoe drier, the combination with a horizontal casing forming a horizontal duct along the bottom thereof, said duct extending from one end of the casing to a ports mounted on said casingand comprising hollow tubes extending up from the top thereof to deliver the heated air into the shoes carried by them, said supports being arranged to support the shoes on a slant with their toes higher than the heels.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature.



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US2443695 *Mar 20, 1947Jun 22, 1948Russell Charles LDrier for footwear
US2444195 *Feb 5, 1947Jun 29, 1948Gruver George FBoot drying apparatus
US2565455 *Oct 29, 1947Aug 21, 1951Miller Catherine FApparatus for drying and powdering surgeons' rubber gloves
US3798788 *Jun 5, 1972Mar 26, 1974Kuntz DBoot and glove drying apparatus
US4733480 *Mar 9, 1987Mar 29, 1988Toby HutchinsDryer for gas masks and the like
US5987773 *Jul 27, 1998Nov 23, 1999Lipscy; Gordon E.Foot and hand apparel dryer cabinet assembly
US8186075 *May 31, 2007May 29, 2012Joel BeckettForced air flow electric shoe dryer
U.S. Classification34/104, 12/123
International ClassificationA47L23/20, A47L23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47L23/20, A47L23/205
European ClassificationA47L23/20B, A47L23/20