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Publication numberUS2140224 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 13, 1938
Filing dateJan 4, 1938
Priority dateJan 4, 1938
Publication numberUS 2140224 A, US 2140224A, US-A-2140224, US2140224 A, US2140224A
InventorsGalgoczy Mikaly
Original AssigneeGalgoczy Mikaly
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Roller skate attachment
US 2140224 A
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M. GALGOCZY Dec. 13, 1938.

ROLLER SKATE ATTACHMENT Filed Jan. 4, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet l .4 tiorneys Dec. 13, 1938. GALGOCZY I 2,140,224

ROLLER SKATE ATTACHMENT FiledJepn. 4, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor Attorneys Patented Dec. 13, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE ROLLER SKATE ATTACHMENT Mikaly Galgoczy, Cleveland, Ohio Application January 4, 1938, Serial No. 183,359

6 Claims.

This invention relates to an especially designed and constructed accessory such as may be classified broadly as an attachment, the same being in the nature of a holder for a flashlight adapted to be attached to and suspended from a roller skate. Occasions and conditions arise when it is found desirable to have a source of illumination carried upon and movable with a roller skate While in use. For example, in skating exhibitions where scintillating lighted display is desired, foot and floor illumination is in order. Now, however, since tap dancing on skates has become a fad, it is also the vogue to enhance the efiect by illuminated display against darkened backgrounds and the like. It follows therefore, that the present invention relates to a hanger fixture or holder for a so-called self-contained lamp or flashlight, wherein the device is expressly perfected for suspension from the frame of the skate.

The provision of a depending detachable spotlight or so-called flashlight is of course, the jist of the inventive concept, though the particular novelty resides more specifically in the hanger bracket or means for accommodating and attaching the flashlight.

Other features and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following description and drawings.

In the drawings, wherein like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the views:

' Figure 1 is a side elevational view of the conventional roller skate with the improved flashlight accommodation and hanger device in place.

Figure 2 is a bottom plan view of the assemblage seen in Figure 1 with the dancing shoe omitted.

Figure 3 is a longitudinal sectional view on the plane of the line 3--3 of Figure 2.

Figures 4 and 5 are sectional views on the vertical and horizontal lines 4-4 and 55 respectively of Figure 3.

Figure 6 is what may be conveniently called a top plan view with the device detached from the skate and the flashlight removed therefrom.

Figure '7 is a perspective view of a spring retaining clip for the flashlight.

In the drawings, in Figures 1 and 2 the conventional roller skate is generally denoted by the numeral 8. Generally it embodies the customary plate or frame 9 and rollers or wheels Hi. It is unnecessary, however, to go into any detail concerning the construction of the skate for applicant, makes no claim thereto, except insofar as it relates broadly to the combination of a selfcontained source of illumination hung and depending therefrom at points between the front and rear wheels.

As before indicated, the source of illumination 5 in the instant case may of course be any suitable device, but it is here represented in the form of a spot type flashlight II. This is any conventional style and includes a handily located switch I2. The bulb itself is indicated at it and this is suspended in such a way as to flash the light rays downwardly between the front and rear sets of rollers. To accomplish this I employ a stirrup-like hanger bracket or fixture M. The flashlight is saddled in this and the fixture is hung or suspended from-the frame of the skate. As is evident, the bracket I4 is of general U-shaped form and its bight portion has an aperture [6 therein to accommodate the bulb l3. The vertical parallel side walls I! have their upper ends narrowed and formed into inturned retention hooks l8, these being resilient and adapted to snap over the longitudinal edges of the skate frame, as brought out to advantage in Figure 4.

The flashlight is held removably and against displacement in the stirrup through the instrumentality of a spring clip l9, this having bent ends hearing releasably against the adjacent side of the flashlight as brought out effectively in Figures 3 and 4. The retention clip is centrally riveted as at 2! to a lightweight filler and backing member 22 which is in turn attached to and maintained in place by an adapter plate 23. The part 23 has downturned ends riveted to'the parallel sides of the main hanger as shown in. Figure 4. The adapter plate also serves to support a complemental bracket 24, this having an upstanding end portion 25 apertured and screwthreaded to accommodate the shank 26 of the set-screw 21. The set-screw forms a stop element and exerts a thrust against the bendable upper end portion of the adjacent flange on the hanger. In other words, in order to maintain the hooked flanges in place, one cannot always depend on the inherent resiliency. This is due to the fact that the skates might vary in width and there may be times when it is necessary to take up the play. This play is adjusted "by the thrust screw 27 coacting with the lug 2% on the bracket 26. This is of course, an incidental feature but is nevertheless a safety device to facilitate securely maintaining the invention in place on the skate. The main idea however, is to provide a stirrup-like hanger to detachably connect with 2 arcaaac the skate, to utilize it to support a flashlight, and

to employ means in the hanger for releasably holding the flashlislit in place, whereby it is possible to remove the flashlight and replace the battery independent of removal oi the hanger device itself. Chie y, however, L am concerned with a hanger for a. flashlight where it is pos sible to securely maintain the flashlight on the roller skate while dmcing ormaneuvering in skating ring exhibitions and the like.

It is thought that the description taken in connection with the drawings will enable a clear understanding oi the invention to be had. Therefore, a more lengthy description is thought unnecessary While the preferred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described, it is to be understood that minor changes coming within the field of invention claimed may be resorted to if desired.

I claim:

1. In a construction of the class described, a roller skate comprising a frame embodying front and rear rollers, and a source of illumination supported on the frame between said front and rear rollers, and depending from said frame in a position to focus the light beam on the floor.

2. In aconstruction of the class described, in combination, a roller skate including a frame and front and rear supporting rollers, a flashlight, and a hanger constituting a holder, said hanger being constructed for detachable connection with the frame at a point between the front and rear rollers and being designed to dispose the light beams for flashing on the floor.

3. A skate attachment of the class described comprising a stirrup for supporting a flashlight, said stirrup being U-shaped in form and the bight portion thereof having a central aperture to expose the bulb of the flashlight, and means for detachably and adjustably connecting said stirrup with the frame of a conventional roller skate.

s. A roller skate attachment of the class described comprising a U-shaped stirruptoaccommodate a flashlight including an apertured bight portion and parallel attaching flange portions with the free ends of the flanges being formed into resilient retention hooks, an adapter plate between said flanges, a. clip thereon. to releasably engage the flashlight, and an adjustable connection between. the adapter plate and one of said flanges for flexing the same to facilitate adjustment and maintenance.

5. In a structure of the class described, a roller skate comprising a horizontally elongated frame provided on its bottom with conventional front and rear longitudinally spaced rollers, and a manually controllable self-contained source of illumination supported on the under side of said frame and located midway between the front and rear rollers and adapted to project light rays on the floor at approximate right angles to said frame.

6. In a structure of the class described, a roller slrate structure comprising a horizontally elongated foot plate provided on its bottom with iongitudinally spaced front and rear conventional rollers, a manually controllable detachable and repairable flashlight,and means for operatively attaching the flashlight to said plate at a point midway between the front and rear rollers to occupy a position beneath and parallel to the plate and to focus light rays on. the floor.


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U.S. Classification280/816, 362/103, 36/137, 362/396
International ClassificationA43B3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B1/0036
European ClassificationA43B1/00C10