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May 24, 1932. J BODE LAUNDRY RECEPTACLE A D THE LIKE Filed April 3, 1930 2 Sheets'-Shet 1 ay 1932- J. BODE LAUNDRY RECEPTACLE AND THE LIKE ZSheets-Sheet 2 Filed April 5, 1930 Ii g Patented May 24, 1932 ara JOI-IN Bonn, orenrcAeojrr-lrinois LAUNDRY BEoEP'racLn AND THE Like Application filed Apr ls,
This invention has to do with improvements in laundry receptacles and the like such asare used in homes, apartments, hotel rooms, etc; The features of vthe invention 16 have been devised with especial referenceto the needs and uses oflaundry receptacles and, the like, but it will presently appear that said;
features may also be used to. advantage in connection with receptacles for other purposes. Inasmuch as the device illustrated and described herein has been designed with especial reference to laundry receptacles I shall refer to theinvention in that connection, but in so doing I wish it distinctly understood that I do not thereby intend to limit myselfto such use, except as I may do so in the claims. I J
' One feature of the invention relates'to the provision of a completely self-contained de-- 29 vice which can be installed in: the wall of the house or apartment as aunit, and which device -when so installed ina .unit into which dust and dirt cannot easily find entrance except from the front or open side. Thatisto:
2 say, the device is so arranged t the P tion which'is set into the wall is completely boxed or enclosed at all points'back of the plaster or finish line or surface, so that there is no communicationbackwards into thein terior of the wall This will also effectively prevent the movement of air: and drafts from the interior of the wall through thelaundry receptacle-into the room or. hall "where the device is installed. Furthermore, this ardevice as a completeunit which can then be. set into place andplastered around when'the wall is finished, and without the need of special operations on the part of the contractor or builder. 1. a
Another feature of the invention relates to the provisioniof a device which is provided with an upwardly slidable front wall or closure, which when slid up serves to ex-v pose theinterior ofthe receptacle, and allows the" laundry contained therein to pass out from thelower end of =the'device and down onto the floor whereit may be gathered up to be removed. Inthis connectionI may state that the body of the device-islrelatively. deep rangement will make it possible to build the wardly from the wall in order toexpose the 1930. Serial No. 441,263.
measured in :the verticaldirection and is, also relativelythin or shallow measured in the front and back direction, so that it would be very difficult to reach down into the-cha1nberfrom the top thereof to remove the con 55 tained clothes. In fact, in some cases the depth is so great that the bottomvcannotibel' conveniently reached by a person having arms of ordinary length. According to the feature of the invention which is nowree 6t ferred to the front face or wall of the chamber is. made vertically slidable so that it can, be raised or slid-up when the clothes are to be removed, thereby exposing an opening of corresponding size at the bottom of the-dc- 65 vice, and the clothes will then either naturally slide out from said' opening. or mayjbe easily pulled out therethrough, since they will of course gravitate to the bottom of the device. L
Another feature in connection with'the foregoing is to provide an arrangement made of sheet metal having its edge portions refolded or reinforced, but at the same time to provide such an arrangement that there will not be any sharp edgesor parts presented atpo-ints where they would be likely to catch on the articles of clothing with the disastrous results naturally attendant there on. It is also a feature of the invention to make similarfprovision in the construction 7 of the housingor casing which encloses thereceptacle, especially in the lower or bottom portion of-such housing or casing where the clothes arelikely to come into contact therewith. J A further feature of the invention is to provide an arrangement in which thereis provided a receptacle which can be tilted fortop for the introduction ofthe clothes, and also in order to assist in causing the' clothes to settle down to'the openedlower end of the device when the front wall has been raised to expose the lower end for the removal of the clothes. In other words,'this feature has to do with the provision of an arrangement in which the advantages of the forward tilt ability are combined with theadvantages of ability to slide up or raise theifront wall of being in the raised or closed position and witli the slide in the lowered or closed position; i V
Figure 2 shows a view similar to that of Figure 1, with the exception that the recep taclehas been tilted forwardly to receive clothes or objects to be introduced therein, the front face being in the lowered or closed position; r r
Figure 3 shows a vertiealsection through the complete device, the receptacle being I shown in closed position by full lines, and
Ii" the line 4- 1 of Figure 3 looking in the di-- with the front faceo-r slide partiallyraised in dottedlines, and the receptacle being shown in its forwardlytilted position by means of dotted lines, the slide being in the closed position in such. forwardly, tilted position Figure 4 shows ahorizontal section on rection of the arrows;
Figure 5 shows a-detailed section through one of the slideconnect-ions'between the slide and the receptacle pro-per,being on enlarged scale as compared with the other figures; and
Figure 6 shows a detailed face View of the lower portion of the receptacle on enlarged scale, and it shows the form of pivotal connection between the receptacle proper and the housing, and by dotted lines it shows the manner in which one of the pivot pins can bewithdrawn to releasethe receptacle when needed.
' The face of the wall is shown at 7 Thereis provideda box or housing, generally of sheet metal, and designated in its entirety by the numeral 8; It includes a back sheet 9, and an, encircling sheet which provides the sides 10 and 11, and the top and'bottom portions 1:2 and 13. Preferably these sides and top and bottom portions are ,flared outwardly at the front face of the device so as to estab-' lish face flanges which sea-t against the plaster face and serve to give the device a more complete or finished appearance when installed. These arethe flanges 14. It will be noted that when the box like casing or hous ing is installed in thewall it is completely sealed all around its periphery, and furthermore, that it establishes an enclosed structure which is closed all over its back face so that there are left no openings through into the room'o r hall, and through which which dirt and dustmight find their way drafts might 'fiow.
The receptacle is designated in its entirety by the numeral 15. 'It includes a backwall 16, bottom 17, and sides 18 and 19. The back and sides'may be fo rmed from a single sheet of metal, andthe bottom may then be attached thereto byfolding, welding, or other suitable operations. The top of the receptacle is left openas shown in Figure 2' in particular. 7
The front edge of the bottom 17 of the re cep'tacle is: folded backwardly as shown. in Figure 3 in particular on an angle so that.
Y the extreme edge thereof comes into close contact with the bottom face of the-bottom of the receptacle, and thus there is provided an arrangenientin which theextreme'edge of the metal-is not only so brought into con-V tact with the large face of the sheet itself,-
but also the point of such contact is removed to a position where the possibility of catch-l ing the cloth of the clothes is reduced to a minimum. This back fold is designated by the numeral 18.
There is a slide 19 which serves to'enclose the front ofthe'receptacle. This slide com prises a sheet of metal. 'Its bottom edge is folded up against the interior face of the slide as shown at 20 in'Figure 3, such fold be-.
ing formed in: a manner similar to the folding of the front edge of the bottom 17 already referred to; This fold 20 is presentedat the interior face of the front slide, so as to avoid the objectionable" appearance whiclrit would otherwisepresent to the front of the: device,
but owing to the fact that the extreme edge of the fold 20 is brought into close contact with the face of the sheet itself, the danger of snagging clothes etc, is reduced to a minimum.
r The sides edges of the slide, and the front edges of the side walls 18 and'19 of the'recep; tacle are folded outwardly and then reversed as shown in. the detail of Figure 5. This produces. the interlocking folds which serve to effectively retain the slide in place on the front of the receptacle,--while at the. same time permitting the slide to be easily slid up and down with respect to the receptacle. Such interlocking sliding connection is des 'ignated by the numeral 21. Examination of Figures 1 and 2 shows'that these interlocking sliding connections are not objectionable in:
appearance, and in fact'they serve to give the edges of the slide amore orv less finished ap pearance.
The top of. the slide is folded inwardly at right anglesas bestshown in FigureBandis thenreverse folded 'so as to provide a hori- V zontal flange 22. This servesto provide a" horizontal member which can'be' easily taken hold of. and gripped to raise the slidewhen so desired. This flange 22 extends the entire width of the slide so thatvit can be easily taken hold of from almost any position'of the" user adjacent. to the receptacle. It will be noted from Figure 3 in particular that when the slide is in the fully lowered position its lower edge rests against the front edge of the bottom 17 of the receptacle. Such support is made possible by reason of the fact that the bottom edge of the slide is folded backwardly to establish the fold 20, which therefore lies to the rear of the face of the sheet from which the slide is made.
The upper edges of the back and side Walls of the receptacle, designated 16, 18 and 19 respectively, are folded downwardly on folds similar to those shown at 18 and 20, and already referred to. These are the folds 23, 24.- and 25, best shown in Figures 3 and 2. These folds serve to eliminate sharp edges at the upper end of the receptacle, and thereby reduce the possibility of the clothes being snagged thereon. Furthermore, due to the fact that these folds establish top faces as best shown in Figure 2 the appearance of the receptacle is greatly improved, and the danger of the user injuring his or her hands thereon is eliminated.
The lower end of the receptacle is pivoted or hinged to the front edge of the bottom of the housing. Such result is produced by attaching companion eyes or sockets 26 and 27 to the lower end of the receptacle and to the front edge of the bottom of the housing, respectively. Pins such as 28 are then passed through these egos to complete the hinged connections. T ese pins can be easily removed when the receptacle is to be removed from the housing.
If desired, a knob or handle 29 can be placed on the upper portion of the front face of the receptacle so that the receptacle can be easily pulled forwards when its upper end is to be exposed. There is provided a shelf 30 which extends across the upper portion. of the housing immediately above the top of the receptacle when the latter is in the upright position. This shelf comprises a sheet of metal which is the full width of the housing, and reaches forwards beyond the front edge of the housing an amount slightly greater than the projection of the receptacle therebeyond. The front edge of this shelf is turned downwardly as shown at 31 to establish a flange; and the rear'upper edge of the receptacle is provided with one or more upwardly extending pins or lugs 32 (see Figure 3 in particular), which engage against the said flange when the receptacle is tilted forwards. These lugs serve to limit the forward tilting movement and hold the receptacle in the open position.
Peferably the slide is perforated with perforations on an attractive design as best shown in Figures 1 and 2, such perforations serving to effectively ventilate the interior of the receptacle and prevent it from becoming foul. Similar perforations may also be provided in the back wall or face of the receptacle so as to allow a complete througlf movement of the ventilating air. I r 1 It will be evident that the use of a slidable front wall for the receptacle bearsra peculiar relationship to the forward tiltability of said receptacle, since, by tilting the receptacle forwards, and at the same time raising the slide, the clothes are caused to rest against the lower front portionof the receptacle so that the raising of the slide allows them to move naturally outwards onto the floor, or lnto the hands of the user. Nevertheless, the
slide can be raised when the receptacle is in the closed position, or with a very slight amount of forward tilt to allow the upper edge of the: slide to pass the shelf, inlwhich case the clothes may-be easily reached and pulled out of the lower end of the receptacle. While I have herein shown and described only a single embodiment of the features of my present invention, still I do not intend to limit myself thereto-except as I may do so in the claims. v
I claim; v
1. In a device of the class described, the
combination of a housing comprising a box like structure open on its front face and closed on its back, top, bottom andsides, and provided with an outwardly extending encircling flange adapted -to seat at the plas ter line of the" wall, and a receptacle for clothes and the like working in said housing,
said receptacle comprising a box like structure includinga back, bottom, and sides, to-
gether with a front wall slidably connected receptacle to be til-ted forwardly with respect to the housing, and means for limiting the tilting movement aforesaid, substantially as described.
2. In a device of the class described, the combination of a housing comprising a box likestructure open on its front face and closed on its back, top, bottom and sides, and provided with an outwardly extending lbs encircling flange adapted to seat. at the plaster line of the wall, and a receptacle for clothes and the like working in said housing, said receptacle comprising a box like structure including a back, bottom and sides, together with a front wall slidably connected to the front edges of the side aforesaid to permit up and down sliding of. said front wall with respect to the receptacle, the botit tom edge of the slidable front wall being inturned t0 overlie the front-edge of the bottom of the receptacle and serve as a stop for downward movement of the front wall when lowered to close the front of the receptacle, and a hinged connection between the bottom of the receptacle and the front edge of V the botoln of the housing permitting the receptacle to be tilted forwardly with respect 1 to the housing, substantially as described.
1' 3. In a device 'o-fthe class described, the
combination of a housing comprising a box like structure open on its front face and closed on. its back, top, bottom and sides, and provided with an outwardly extending encircling flange adapted to seat at the plas ter lineof the wall, and a receptacle for clothes and the like working, in'said housing,
said receptacle comprising a box like structure Including a back, bottom and sides and being open on its entire front face, together with a unitary front wall slidably connected 'to the front edges of the sides aforesaid to permit up and down sliding of said front wall with respect to the receptacle to expose the bottom portion of the front face and give access thereto, and a hinged connection between: the bottom of the receptacle and the front edge of the bottom of the housing permitting" the receptacle to be tilted forwardly with respect to the housing, sub stantially as described.
I JOHN BODE, k