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y 1932- D. c. MEYER ET AL 1,859,594
DRYING RACK Filed March 11. 1929 Patented May 24, 1932 UNITED "STATES PATENT OFFICE DICK C. MEYER AND JAMES B. OLSEN, O! MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN name BACK Application filed March 11, 1929. Serial No. 346,045.
Our invention refers to drying racks for home use, and particularly for use in small apartments or rooming houses where space is a prime factor.
Heretofore, in hotels, rooming houses, and small apartments, it has been the practice of the occupant to wash out light weight intimatewearing apparel such as hosiery, handkerchiefs, etc., and to dry the same by fiattening out, while wet such articles one window or other highly polished convenient surface, which custom frequently results in damage, and also, articles so drying present an unsightly appearance Our invention, therefore, has for its object to provide a simple, economical, light and compact portable rack which can be readily secured to a glass or other highly polished surface by adhesion due to the use of vacuum cups in combination with arm braces or the device may be screwed to a convenient surface, where conditions warrant, by the use of the arm braces wholly, and, under such conditions, the brackets can be conveniently located over a radiator or the like, if desired.
With the above objects in view, the invention consists in certain peculiarities of construction and combination of parts, as will be fully set forth hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, and subsequently claimed.
In the drawings, Figure 1 represents a sectional elevation of a bracket embodying the features of our invention, the section being indicated by the line 11 of Figure 2;
' Figure 2 is a plan view of the same; and
Figure 3 is a detail view of the foot portion of the bracket.
Referring by characters to the drawings, 11 represent end brackets provided with a plurality of recesses 1 into which are fitted and secured by welding, rack bars 2, the same being secured to the under face of the brackets so as to eliminate obstructions upon the upper face thereof, whereby articles will not be liable to snag into obstructions.
The bars, as indicated in the drawings, may each carry any type of convenient clothes pin, the clothes pin 3 shown, being of a standard spring clip type. The inner ends of the arms are provided with downwardly extending legs 4, which legs are inwardly oifset, as best shown in Figure 1, and terminating with apertured feet 5, the said feet constituting braces for the rack as a whole.
The arms 4, near their base, have secured thereto, soft rubber vacuum cups 6 by bolts 7, and the lips 6 will flatten out to effect a partial vacuum and in such flattened out position, the said lips will be in approximate alignment with the inner face of the feet, whereby rigidity of the rack is obtained, and the feet which serve as braces in conjunction with the grip of the cups, will thus render the rack more rigid in connection with the surface of the glass, so as to support the load of articles that may be placed upon the rack bars. I
It will be understood that the weight of these articles, under normal conditions, is quite negligible.
When it is desired to position the rack on a surface where it is not practical to use a vacuum cup, the said bracket legs may be rigidly secured to the surface by screws which will pass through the apertured feet 5.
While we have shown one simple application of our invention, it is understood that we may vary the structural features of it within the knowledge of a skilled mechanic.
Referring particularly to Figure 3, attention is directed to the fact that the through hole aperture is of a key hole type. Hence, after screws have been fitted in a wall for the reception of the bracket, the same can readily be disconnected therefrom by lifting the bracket and thereafter the said bracket can be attached to the window or glass by the vacuum cup connection. 9
A portable rack including end brackets, said end brackets having supporting arms and depending legs, the lower ends of said legs being offset rearwardly, Vacuum cups secured to the legs above the offset portions substantially at the juncture of the legs with the arms, said ofi'set portions engaging a surface below the vacuum cups and having keyhole slots therein for the reception of .wal
anchor pins, whereb the offset portions form sup orts and where y the engagement of the ls of the slots with the anc or pins prevent downward slippage of the cups, whereby the vacuum will not be broken.
In testimony that we claim the foregoing We have hereunto set our hands at Milwaukee, in the county of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin.
DICK C. MEYER. JAMES B. OLSEN.