US 1815673 A
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July 21, 1931. M, w, KELLEY 1,815,673
DRYING RACK Filed May 23, 1930 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 July 21, 1931. M. w. KELLEY 1,315,673
DRYING RACK Filed May 25, 1930 Sheets-Sheet 2 22 E ly: Z.
M. W. KELLEY July 21, 1931.
DRYING RACK Filed May '23, 1950 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 Patented July 21, 1931 PATENT OFFICE KILTON W. KELLEY, OF AUSTIN, TEXAS DRYING RACK Application filed Kay 23,
This invention relates to a rack designed primarily for use in drying garments and is particularly useful for drying outfits such as worn by football players, baseball players,
and other athletes.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide a rack on which all of the articles of apparel to be dried can be placed so as to be kept grouped together during the drying operation.
Another object is to provide a structure of this character which is simple and compact in construction and can be made at low cost, it having all necessary strength to support the heavy load to which it would be subjected while in use.
With the foregoing and other ob ectsm view, which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts, and 1n the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the accompanying drawings the preferred forms of the invention have been shown.
In said drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the rac showing articles suspended therefrom for drying. 4
Figure 2 is a front elevation of a modified structure.
Figure 3 is a front elevation of another form of the device. 7
Figure 4 is a front elevation on a reduced scale of another modification.
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4, showing another form of rack.
Figure 6 is a detail view of one of the clips. I Referring to the figures by characters of reference 1 designates a bar of any suitable proportions in the center portion of which is arranged a stem 2 of heavy wire the lower end of which projects below the bar and is provided .7ith an eye 3, while the upper end 1930. Serial No. 455,110.
has a hook 4 for engaging a supporting struc ture indicated at S.
Loosely engaging the eye 3 is an eye 5 provided at the upper end of a short stem 6 extending from a hook 7 which is thus sus- 51?- pended below the bar.
Arran ed along the bottom of the bar at desired distances apart are eyes 8 each of which is connected by a link 9 to an elongated strip 10 the lower end of which constitutes one jaw 11 of a clip. The other jaw of the clip is in the form of a spring-controlled lever 12. As shown particularly in Figure 6 the spring 13 serves to hold the jaws of the clip normally pressed together.
In practice the hook 4 is placed in engagement with asupporting structure S. The several articles of apparel worn by the athlete are then suspended from different clips, the heavier articles such as the shoes and trousers being supported by the hook 7. When the articles are thus held they will be spaced apart'so that air can circulate readily through and between them. At the same time, the articles belonging to one athlete will all be grouped together so that they can be readily located after they have been dried.
Instead of forming the rack of wood with metal fasteners depending therefrom, as shown in Figure 1, it can be made entirely of 00 metal as illustrated in Figure 2. In this figure a single length of wire is bent to provide a support engagin hook 14 from which is extended a downwar ly inclined side member15 bent to provide an intermediate eye 16 and a bottom eye 17. From this latter eye 17 the wire is extended laterally and bent to provide a series of depending eyes 18 and a pair of upstanding eyes 19. A terminal eye 20 corresponding with the eye 17 serves as a connection between the transverse portion of the wire and a second side member 21 which converges upwardly toward the member 15 and hook 14 and terminates in atwisted portion 22 forming a part of the stem of hook 1 1. Member 21 has an intermediate eye 23 similar to the eye 16.
Cross brace wires 24 connect eyes 23 and 16 to eyes 19 and connecting links 25 connect these eyes 19 to the eyes 23 and 16 as shown. m9
Thus the triangular frame defined by the wire is properly braced to support the load to which it is subjected while in use.
Each of the eyes 17 18, and 20, except the one at the center of the rack, is adapted to be engaged by a link 26 which serves to connect it to a clip 27, similar to the one shown in Figure 6. The intermediate eye 18 is engaged by an eye 28 at the upper end of a stem 29 extending from a hook 30.
Instead of reinforcing the device by means of crossed wires as in Figure 2, and making a frame out of a continuous wire, a structure can be produced as .in Figure 3, wherein the support engaging hook 31 is formed of; wire the stem 32 of which is provided with" downwardly diverging arms 33 which terminate in hooks 34. These arms are tapped by the edge portions 35 of a substantially triangular plate 36 formed of sheet metal, said edge portions converging upwardly and being fitted snugly about the arms 33. The lower edge portion of plate 36 is wrapped about a bottom wire 37 having terminal hooks 38.
Formed in the plate 36 adjacent to the lower edge portion thereof are apertures 39. The central aperture receives a hook 40 provided at the upper end of a stem '41 which merges into a loop 42 the lower portion of which is contracted as at 43 to constitute a clip for engaging a fabric or the like. A hook 44 can be connected by a link 45 to plate 36 by extending the link through another one of the apertures 39. The remaining apertures can receive links 46 which are adapted to connect clip 47 to the plate, these clips being the same as the one illustrated in Figure 6.
In this form of a device the hooks 34 and 38 can be utilized for supporting articles in addition to the clip 47, hook 44, and loop 42.
In Figure 4 a wooden bar 48 has been shown with the ends of a wire yoke 49 extending thereinto and anchored, this yoke having an integral hook 50.
Instead of extending the ends of the yoke through the bar the yoke can be pivotally connected thereto by means of eyes 51 at the ends of the yoke 52 as shown in Figure 5.
All of the structures herein described are adapted to support difi'erent articles of ap parel all grouped together so that the apparel belonging to one athlete will all be suspended from one rack.
\Vhat is claimed is:
1. A drying rack includinga support engaging hook, diverging side members integral therewith, a cross member, said side members and cross member having terminal hooks for engaging garment supports, and a plate closing the space between the members and fixedly connected to all of the members, said plate having apertures, for receiving apparel supporting devices.
2. A drying rack including'a hook, a substantially triangular wire structure carried side members and a bottom member, means integral therewith and extending outwardly from the lower angles of the structure for V thereby including" downwardly diverging,