US 1927997 A
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Sept. 26, 1933.. E. B. wEsToN SHOE RACK Filed Jan. 15, 1932 INVENTOR fan/,4K5 5 /s 70N BY A TTOR EYS.
j bers with a minimum Patented Sept. 2K6, '1933 The` present inventionrelates to storage andy display apparatus, and has particularv applica-I` tion to racks and stands for storing and display-v ing shoes or similarly shaped articles. f l 5 Among the objects of my present invention are to provide an inexpensivev storage and display rack or stand, which may be readily manufac- 1 tured or assembled from4 relatively few, readily available sheet metal or light weight metal meinbe conveniently shipped and storedin dismantled condition, in which conditionit will occupy little space, and may be handled, packaged andmerchandised; which may be readily assembled and dismantled by a store-keeper'or. householder, as withthe sole use of a screw-driver; which vwill readily serve as a shoe rackfor merchandising purposes, or storage rrack fon-the homegT-and `which-without modification-is readily. adapted to lIn one embodiment ofthe invention, the-.rack
or stand includes vertical side members,Y which* .The shoe-receiving or supporting members -ofv the rack consist of similar strips of metal,l bent into rectangles, the ends of which strips are preferably riveted; or' otherwise connected, together Yat one Vcorner'of said rectangles. Usually these rectangles are provided with relatively 1 short sides to be attached to saidinverted -U.mem bers: n i i .The lower edges of these short sides areA recessed and .the recessesso `formed, are arranged and spaced, preferably-adjacent the'corners of .thel rectangle, as to cooperate with, and t upon,
the sides of said inverted U-shapedmembers; 1 i. The screwand nut `members may be readily tightened, as with a screw-driver, to clamp the transverse rectangular members rmly in position and form a rigid assembly. On the `other hand, the screws may be readily loosened upon dismantling. In the drawing, which shows one embodiment of the present invention, l
Fig. 1 shows a top perspective'view of the rack assembled, s n e Fig. 2 shows a side sectional view upon the plane 2 2 of Fig. 1, and
Figs. 3 and 4 show, respectively, the side memf ber and the transverse `member of `the rack dismantled from the assembly of Fig. ,1.
.3j 1.9221997 Y l Edward B. Weston; Dayton, 0l1io;",Wellmore B" `v Turner and W; Cfr-.Clark exeeutors 'of said.. Edward B. Weston,deceased, 5 .i L ADDlicationJanuary'l l19,32. SerialNo, y
' '2 claims. (olsen-38)V of operations;-Which may l metal, whichare bent` intoy the-form', of-v a` support andl display shoes keither'for meriprffor women, Iof a wide Variety ofl shapes fandjsizes.
40 .the screw and nut arrangements connected with Y cased 01 decreased. t0 take @are Of'a' -transverse rectangular members 12.l jlhe lower ends, 13 .of the legs, 11- are-bent outwardly; and are" port for the rack. ,-i i
Viof iiat strips` of metal forstampingsfwhichhave fiiattenedat their-bottoms to Vform -a'nrmer sup-v, y
tangle," theends of; whichstripsfaraQyerlapped 'and riveted, or otherwise, attached."tpgetnher.,.at I r ns-` e '(Q-f their-lower edges adjacent the corners otk-theji'ecf4 Y 14.` The short sides 15 ofthe rectangular At verse Vmember are provided "with, recesses .1:1 on
tangle; These recesses' iit gover, j and coaoperate l with... thei F-27;V Y
.. In Figure 2 ,nut-screw clamping" arrangements 4 'l preferred arrangement of shoesupon the rack ,vof'thepresentfinvention with theheels'land y. l91projecting beyond'the backf-Qtthe rectangular member 12 and with the depressionsg() and 2,1 at .the-instep resting upon the,'topbfthefrectan- `and nut attachments' 17j-,27, above` the #correr 8,0k gulari member 12. The'toes`22,4 and 23-will 'then y.
spendingl :forward jserew and nut attachments 1'7 --2,7. Thisanglefpr v-slope of the rectangular` transverse andlsupporting members 12;mayf be Vvaried, as rmay also the number of, rectangular members `12 utilized,l the :spacingbetweenthe spacing betweenthe legs 1 1V Ottheside members'.
The heightof the side .members ll() 4maybe inf i .ly'verticaL thusvgreatly increasing the strength and rigidity of 4the combined structure, improv.-
ing its .appearance and decreasing the dirt and dust-collecting horiz'ontal ,surfaces. vIn, the case" of the rectangular.` members `12, thifswillalso en` able a relatively easybending operation,as well l the' shoe to be displayedorstored. l The shoe rack of the present-invention, is clean,
,as-resulting .in .a mere .Convenient weertfar sanitary, "convenient and saves space. '.It may be constructed vof-unl'ir'eakable bar steel andV nished infattractive colors, such as silver, gold,
. 905', g frontgand rearfof said members, and-also the n blue, lavender and rose. It is particularly Val- '.10
.V'uable in the vmodern home where it may be utilizedfor receiving adultsas well as the childrens shoes, and where its skeleton construction gives perfect ventilation, prolonging the lifev of the. shoes. It may be readily placed in anyconven ient position as, for example, near or against the wall, in the closet, on a shelf, or near the bed.
In assembling, the side U-nembers are provided with the nut and screw attachments and side members l1(3,fwl1ich members may be A1'7--2'7. The transverse supporting members 12 are then assembled with such side members, fitting therecesses 16 over the shanks of the screws 27 inside of Vthenuts 17. A screw-driver may be thenvreadily applied -to the slottedheads of the *screwsto clamp together the -sides 15 and the U-membersvl,l the nuts being preferably placed sufficiently close to the longer vsideso the rectangular member 12 as tobe prevented from turning.` A. Y
In one .preferred embodiment. of assembly, one upright frame .is'placed in vertical position, andthe notches in one'of the shelves are fitted onto the'shoes in -theframe between the vnuts and the frame. Thereupon thescrews aretightened with a small screw-driver, thus clamping one of the side vmembers and one of the rectangular f frames firmly togethen' After this the notches onv ther other side of said rectangular frameV or shelf are fitted ontothe screws of the opposite upright frame, `and these screws are thentightened.- The upper shelves then `maybe successive; 1y fitted onto their screw -connections and tightened in position.
The rack maybe similarly dismantledby application'of a screw-driver'to the slotted heads of- Athe screws, the dismantled rack consistingof theV two' relatively iiatf transverse members 12,
conveniently tiedorjwrappedtogether for merchandising, storage'or shipment.'
lIt will be noted thatjthe rack consists of .but
l two metal forms, the transverse members Y12 and the side members 10 being respectively' inmr terchangeable.
YAs Vshown Ain Figure 3, the rack arrangement may be conveniently modified rso that theV rear leg may be split as indicated at 60, in which arrangement the upper rear bolt and nut 'arrangement 1'1--2'7,l will serve both fas a rpivot to' permit'theV leg. to be swung into position 61 or 62. Upon shipping or packing-the rear leg is con- .veniently swung toward the front leg 11 so that theprojecting ends 13 will not be of greater lwidth than the distance'between the longitudinal front and rear members of the rectangular frames 12. This will. enable much more convenient packaging. kOn the otherhand, the rear leg may be moved away from the front leg 11 if itis desired to use a rectangular shelf 12 upon thev bottom of the rack, which will have a greater spacing between lthefront and rear long'itudinal members than the upper rectangular framef Ineither case, the upper rearfbolt and nut arrangement 1'7-27 convenientlyV serves to clamp rthe swinging leg to Vthe side member 10 in any desired position.
In shipping, the various rack members. 10 and 12 whendismantled, are conveniently placed between sheets of corrugated lpacking in which lformed of a single' are connected vtogether along one'of the longiby and from the side members, Ythe frame members may .'be lifted out of position and the rack collapsed ving a single striprofmetal the bolts and nuts are embedded.4 "rhum-111prevent said bolts and nuts from scratching o1' marring the various component elementsof the rack. ToY prevent the nuts 17 from :falling 'or-'A being screwed off, the ends of the bolts are preferably burred.
' While I have illustrated fandfdescribed'rapre-4., ferred embodimentv ofY my invention,l I` Vdo not rwish to be understood as limiting myself tothe specific construction shown except as YI may be limited by the process of appended claims.
What is claimed iszl; A shoe storage vraclrcomprising inverted U- f shaped side upright members, eachA comprising a single strip of metal bent into an inverted J-shaped piece and a rear leg member, which is detachable andpivotally connected by a nut and bolt attachment to the short legof the J-piece,
" whereby upon looseningl said attachment the rearand front vlegs may be collapsed together for. convenience in shipping and also comprising supporting frame members of rectangular shape with spaced longitudinal bars and end bars, each metal strip, the ends of which nut andbolt attachments corresponding to said Y recesses, whereby upon loosening of said bolt and' nut-attachments, without detachmentY ftliereot for storage and shipment, with`l the bolt and nut attachment permanently connectedto' upright members ready to be tightened upon reassembly.
2. A shoe storage rack comprising. ,inverted U-shaped side upright members, each compris.-
J-shaped piece and arear leg member, which is bent into an inverted detachable and pivotally connected by a nut y' and bolt attachinentuto the short leg of the' J- piece, whereupon upon lloosening said attachment the rear and front'legs'may be collapsed together for convenience'in shipping,.and also comprising intermediate shoe-supporting frame members, each frame member consisting of a pair of '.hori? izontal bars removably secured at their opposite ends to said upright 'membera the rearbar of each frame member 'mounted in a plane above that of its companion front bar and the-*two bars being spaced apart a distance sufficient to support shoes arranged transverselythereof and inclined downwardly from'heel'to Atoe withgthe heel of each shoe behind the rear ofxthe toe resting upon the front bar,` and means for detachably' connectingfthe frame vmembers tothe uprights whereby the structure maybe knocked down and closely packed for shipment.
- EDWARD Bll WESTON.