US 2084854 A
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June 22, 1937. E, MCCARTHY 2,084,854
CLOTHES DRIER Filed Feb. 28, 1935 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.
Ellen Ma Gariizy ATTORNEY.
June 22, 1937. E. MCCARTHY 2,084,854
CLOTHES DR IER Filed Feb. 28, 1935 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. Ellen MC. Carl-7 Q9. and,
Patented June 22, 1937 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE My invention relates to clothes driers and more particularly, but not necessarily, to a device of this character which is intended for babies and children's garments.
The usual practice is to hang garments on ropes or lines which are stretched across a room; or to hang them on the backs of chairs, the edges of bathtubs, the tops of radiators, etc. These modes of drying clothes are, moreover, usually carried out in haphazard fashion-they lend themselves to unsightliness and space which could be otherwise used for normal purposes is occupied with garments.
I aim to overcome these inherent disadvantages 5 by the provision of a collapsible table, the top of which is reticulated and the sides of which are equipped with various types of forms depending on the nature of the particular garment which it is desired to dry, these forms being so devised as to permit of their being placed either in a vertical position, when the drier is in use, or in a horizontal position, when the drier is not in use.
To the accomplishment of the recited objects and other co-ordinating therewith the preferred embodiment of my invention resides in the construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter 40 Referring more particularly to the drawings for a detailed description of my invention, the numeral 5 designates generally the top-of the drierwhich is shown as being rectangular in shape and comprising an outer frame 6 with side members 45 'i and end members 8 with a screen or other reticulated material 3 stretched between the side and end members of frame 6, and secured thereto by screws, as l0. These screws pass through the marginal edges of the screen and engage bars ii, 50 and in the case of the longitudinal side members of the frame 6, the outer edges i 2 of said bars are deflected downwardly to serve as guides for the end slides l3 and it. Each slide is constructed in a manner similar to that'oi' the top 5. that is to say, an enclosing frame i5 with-an intermediate screen it is provided, and in addition the longitudinal side members of each slide member constitute angle irons, the other depending portion ll of which rests and/or slides on the inwardly extending ledge i8 of the members I of 5 the main frame 6.
The depending portion l'i taken in conjunction with the angular structure of member I presents a housing I! therebetween. In this housing are mounted one or more forms as 20, preferably constructed from wire of a suitable gauge and shaped to accommodate different garments. Generally. in a structural sense, the lower extremities of each form are identical, i. e., each extremity 2i terminates in a hook 22 and a lug 23, as-best exhibited in Fig. 5 of the drawings. When the forms are in use they occupy a vertical position with the hook 22 extending through slot 24 of ledge i8 and lug 23 resting against the top of said ledge while the upper portion of the lower extremity projects through slot 25. The alternative position of a form is also illustrated in Fig. 5 in dotted lines where it will be seen that the form has been elevated until lug 23 engages the underside of member i, and while in this 120- 25 sition, the form is swung inwardly until it lies flat in parallelism with screen 3. In this way it will be seen that regardless of whether the form is in a vertical or a horizontal position there is no likelihood of the hook 22 or lug 23 catching in ones clothing or other eifects.
As before stated, essentially each form has the same characteristics, although the conformation may be varied. For example, upon reference to Fig. 1, it will be seen that form 26 is designed for a shirt; form 21 for a pair of mittens; form 28 for a pair of stockings, etc.
Also, if desired, a form may be mounted on either or both of end slides l3 and it, although for the purposes of 'clarity, I have only illus- 40 trated this adaptation with respect to slide l3 wherein the numeral 23 designates the particular form. This form is identical withthe other forms, excepting that at the lower portion of each extremity the wire is deflected as at 30 to provide for its overriding the main frame 6 when the slide is pushed all the way in.
The entire top 5 with all of its appurtenances is supported by cross end legs 3i and 32, and 33 and 34, with an intermediate brace rod 35. At
the top end of each' of legs 32 and 33 is a slot 38 which engages an extension 31.
When one wishes to knock down the drier, legs 32 and 33 are disengaged from the projection 31 and the two pairs of legs are folded upwardly under the top 5, as shown in Fig. 2, thereby producing a very compact arrangementcapable of being stored in minimum space.
The screen elements of the main top 5 and the slides l3 and M are adapted to receive blankets or the like, which may be laid out in flattened dried, following the contours 'of the different forms, are properly shaped, and only in exceptional cases require ironing. Then, too, the device in its entirety can be manufactured and sold at a very moderate cost.
In its broader aspects my invention comprises not only the various means shown and described but equivalent means for performing the recited functions. It is desired to reserve the right to effect such changes and modifications as may fairly come within the scope of the appended claims.
1. A clothes drier comprising a top, supports therefor, and an end slide telescopically movable with respect to said top, a clothes frame mounted on said slide, said frame being shiitably mounted at its base so as to lie flat against the top when the end of the slide is flush with the adjacent end of the top.
2. A clothes drier, comprising a top, supports therefor, a clothes frame carried by the top, and an end slide movable below the top, said frame having an ofiset near its base to permit the frame to be moved so as to lie flat against the top when the end of the slide is flush with the adjacent end of the top.
3. A clothes drier comprising a top and supports therefor, the opposite sides of the top having channels, clothes frames disposed along said sides, each of said frames having extremities which operate within said channels and are shiftable from the bottom to the top thereof or vice versa. in accordance with whether the frame is desired in a vertical or horizontal position with respect to said top.
4. A clothes drier comprising a top and supports therefor, one side of the top presenting a channel, a clothes frame carried by the top and having a hooked terminal which is shiftable from the botwith respect to the top.