US 1740899 A
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Dec. 34, 1 929. F, J, MOONEY 1,740,899
CLOTHES HANGER Filed March 19, 192'7 2 Sheets-Sheet l F. J. MOONEY CLOTHES HANGER Dec. 24, 1929.
Filed March 19, 1927 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Dec. 24, 1929 UNETE @FFIQE CLOTHES HANGER Application filed March 19, 1927.
This invention relates to improvements in hangers for drying washed clothes and other washed or wet articles.
The object of the invention is to provide a novel and etficient hanger which may be 1 easily and quickly opened, placed in position for use and adjusted and which may be easily and quickly taken down and stored away within a relatively small space when not in use.
The invention consists of the elements and the combinations of them hereinafter described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawings illustrating the invention,
Figure 1 is a top view of a clothes hanger open for use and showing one form of embodiment of my invention.
Figure 2 is a side view of the device shown in Fig. 1.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the clothes line clamping member shown in Figs. 1 and 2, and the parts carried thereby.
Figure 4 is a top view of the device showing a modified form thereof and showing opposite walls in section to which the device is applied.
Figure 5 is a side view of the device shown in Fig. 4, showing the walls in section.
Figure 6 is a perspective view of one of the supporting hooks shown in Figs. 4 and 5.
Referring to the drawings 2 and 3 designate two end bars which may be formed of wood or other suitable material.
The bars 2 and 3 are provided with holes or openings 4 and 5, respectively, which extend therethrough near the respective ends of the bars, as shown in the drawings.
The bars 2 and 3 are connected by a clothes line 6 which is threaded through the holes 4 and 5 and which is slidable therein. The clothes line 6 forms two laterally spaced members 7 which extend between the respective end portions of the bars 2 and 3 and which are connected outwardly of the bar 3 by a part 8 of the line which bears against the outer surface of the bar 3 and holds the line in fixed relation thereto when the side members 7 together are drawn taut from the bar 3. The side members 7 of the line 6 Serial No. 176.669.
terminate in end portions 9 outwardly of the bar 2, and these end portions may be of any suitable length to meet desired requirements. The distance between the bars 2 and 3 may be increased and the side members 7 lengthened by drawing the bar 2 away from the bar 3 and permitting the end portions 9 to slide through the holes 4; and the distance between tne bars 2 and 8 may be decreased and the side members 7 shortened by moving the bar 2 toward the bar 3 and drawing the side members 7 out through openings 4 and thereby lengthening the end portions 9 of the line 6.
Referring now to Figs. 1, 2 and 8, the bar 2 is provided with a clamping member or plate 10 arranged adjacent to the outer side of the bar and provided with spaced, parallel guiding pins 11 which project fixedly from the respective end portions of the member 10 and which are slidably fitted in openings extending through the bar 2 to guide the member 10 and permit it to be moved toward and from the bar 2. The clamping member 10 is also provided with a bolt 12 extending fixedly from the central portion thereof and through and beyond a hole in the bar 2 and slidable therein. The free end portion of the bolt 12 is threaded for the reception of a suitable nut 13.
The end portions 9 of the clothes line 6 extend from the holes 4 in the bar 2 over the guiding pins 11 and down between the bar 2 and the clamping member 10 on the respective sides of the bolt 12 and between the pins 11; and, after the line 6 has been adjusted with respect to the bars 2 and 3, the end portions 9 of the line are firmly secured to the bar 2 by and between the same and the clamping member 10 by screwing the nut 13 against one side of bar 2 and thereby drawing the member 10 toward the opposite side thereof. By screwing the nut 13 away from the bar 2, the line will be unclamped and freed to be moved to other positions of adjustment.
Formed on or secured to the clamping member 10 is a supporting bracket 14 having an outwardly extending portion 15 having'a hole. 16 therein and provided with a downwardly turned, bifurcated outer end portion 17, as clearly shown in the drawings.
The bracket 14 is constructed to be detach ably engaged with a supporting hook 18 I having a horizontal portion 19 provided with an upturned end portion 20. In applying the bracket 14: to the hook18, the bracket is lowered so that its bifurcated end portion 17 will straddle the horizontal portion 19 of the hook as the upturned end portion 20 enters the opening 16 in the bracket. The bracket 14 will then rest upon the hook 18 and the bifurcated portion 17 of the bracket, engaging the horizontal portion 19 of the hook, will prevent the bracket 1 1 and bar 2 from turning about the axis of the upturned end portion of the hook.
The outer portion of the bar 3 has a bracket 21 secured thereto by means of suitable screws 22. This bracket 21 has an outwardly extending portion 23 having a hole 2% therein and provided with a downwardly turned, bifurcated outer end portion 25 both like the similar parts of the bracket 14; and the bracket 21 is constructed to be applied to a hook 26 like the hook 18 to which the bracket 14 is applied for the purpose of supporting the bracket 21 and therewith the bar 3 as the bracket 14 and the bar 2 are sup ported by the hook 18.
The hooks 18 and 26, as herein illustrated, are like the hooks provided on the upper end portions of spaced clothes line poles commonly found in the yards of dwelling houses, and
the brackets 1a and 21 are designed to be applied to such and similar hooks.
In applying the brackets 1 1 and 21 to two spaced hooks, the bracket 21 is first applied to its hook, and then the bracket let is applied to its hook after first drawing the bar 2 away from the bar 3 to lengthen the side members 7 of the clothes line if they are not sufficiently long for the space between the two a. hooks. 'After the brackets have been applied to the hooks, the end portions 9 of the clothes line below the clamping member 10 are drawn downwardly by hand thereby drawing the side members 7 through the holes 1 in the bar 2 until the side members 7 have been drawn taut between the bars 2 and 3. The nut 13 is then tightened against the bar 2 to clamp the end portions 9 of the line to the bar 2 and thereby retain the side members 7 in their taut condition. The device is now ready'for use and the clothes or other articles maybe hung upon the side members 7 of the clothes line in the usual manner.
Referring now to Figs. 4, 5 and 6 and the modification of the device there illustrated, I provide the bar 2 with a clamping' member 27 for the clothes line which functions like the clamping member 10, and I provide the member 27 with a supporting bracket 28 which is constructed to form an opening 29,
oblong in horizontal cross section. between. it and the member 28; and I provide the bar 3 with a bracket 30 constructed to form an opening 31 between it and the bar 3 like the opening 29.
The openings 29 and 31 are formed to r ceive hooks like the hooks 32 shown in the drawings. These hooks are designed for in terior use to be'secured to opposite walls or doors of a kitchen, laundry or other room. b
Each hook 32 is formed of sheet metal and it comprises a body portion 33 and an outwardly extending portion 34; having an upturned free end portion 35. The body portion 33 is provided with holes 06 for the reception of screws 37 by means of which the hooks may be secured to walls; and the upturned end portion 35 of each hook is also provided with a hole 38 larger than and opposite to the lower hole 36 to permit the entire screw 37 to g be passed through the end portion 35 when it is inserted into the lower hole 36 in the body portion 33 of the hook.
- l/Vhen twohooks 32 have been secured to opposite walls 39, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5 the'brackets 28 and 30 may be applied to the hooks 32 by lowering the brackets over the hooks so that the upturned ends 35 thereof will enter the openings 29 and 31 in the brackets after which the hooks 32 will snpport the brackets 28 and 30 and bars 2 and 3. Otherwise the device shown in 4, 5 and 6 operates the same as the device shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3.
I claim as my invention ZJI 1. In a clothes hanger, two end bars, laterally spaced clothes line members connectlng said bars, a supporting bracket connected to one bar and havlng an outwardly extending portion having a hole therein and 2. In a clothes hanger, an end bar. laterally spaced clothes lines connected to thebar, a second end bar having holes in the end portions thereof through which said lines QX- tend, a clamping member adapted to clamp the clothes lines between it and parts of said second end bar spaced from the holes therein. said clothes lines being slidable through said holes for adjustment and extending therefrom to and between said clamping member and said parts, and means to force the clamping member toward said second end bar to clamp the lines between them.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.
FRANCES J. MDQNEY.