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Publication numberUS2048300 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 21, 1936
Filing dateFeb 29, 1936
Priority dateFeb 29, 1936
Publication numberUS 2048300 A, US 2048300A, US-A-2048300, US2048300 A, US2048300A
InventorsFrank P Showers
Original AssigneeFrank P Showers
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothesline tightener
US 2048300 A
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July 21, 1936. F. P. SHOWERS 2,048,300

CLOTHESLINE T IGH'IENER Filed Feb. 29, 1956 Invenlor Frank/Pasha wer's I g A llqmey;

Patented July 21, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1' Claim.

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in clothes lines and more particularly to a novel device whereby clothes line can be easily and conveniently tightened to remove slack therefrom.

The principal object of the present invention is to provide a simple device of low cost which can be installed in a clothes line conveniently and which will require but a small space in the line.

Other important objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent to the reader of the following specification.

In the drawing:

The single view is a perspective view of the tightener with a clothes line attached to one end thereof.

Referring to the drawing wherein like numerals designate like parts, it can be seen that numeral 5 represents a clothes line and numeral 6 generally refers to the tightener.

This tightener consists of the elongated plate I of metal, wood or some other similar cheap material which at one corner of one end is provided with an opening 8 to which the line 5 is secured as at 9. I

The intermediate portion of the plate I is provided with another opening I0 through which the other end of a line can be disposed and knotted (not shown in the drawing).

The end portion of the plate I at which the opening 8 is located is provided with an elongated slot I I which starting at a converges inwardly to form a wedge shaped notch I2. The opposite end of the plate I is provided with a plurality of inwardly disposed V-shaped notches or slots I3.

With this tightener installed in a clothes line, the same can be rotated and the line wound 5 around the intermediate portion of the plate by disposing the line through the notches I2 and I3 and suitably looping the line over any one of the legs defined by these notches.

The device is intended for tightening and con- 10 necting any kind of rope, clothes line, wire, cord, twine, string, or other flexible strips or ligatures. The device can be made of aluminum, iron, wood or any kind of material that is strong enough for the purpose.

While the foregoing specification sets forth the invention in specific terms, it is to be understood that numerous changes in the shape, size and materials may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as 20 claimed hereinafter.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as'new is:

A tightener for clothes lines comprising an elongated plate provided with an opening at its 25 intermediate portion, said plate being provided with a second opening at one end of the plate, and wedge shaped notches extending inwardly toward the intermediate portions of the plate from the end portion thereof. 3


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U.S. Classification242/407, 24/910, 242/388, 24/130, 242/613.3
International ClassificationD06F53/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F53/00, Y10S24/91
European ClassificationD06F53/00