US 2213376 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept. 3, 1940.
W. BAUER COMBINATION CLOTHES LINE AND CLOTHES PIN Filed Feb. 25, 1939 INVENTOR. M BA UER.
WILL/A ATTORNEY Patented Sept. 3, 1940 orrice COMBINATION CLOTHES LENE AND CLOTHES PIN William Bauer, Baldwin, N. Y.
Application February 25, 1939, Serial No. 258,366
This invention relates to improvements in means for hanging wet wash from clothes lines.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide an arrangement whereby the burden of supporting the wash is placed upon a supplementary line, while the usual clothes line is employed to move the wash along the supplementary line, thus preventing the breaking of the clothes line, which is a frequent occurrence with clothes lines now commonly in use, especially when heavy wash is suspended therefrom.
Another object of the invention is to provide an arrangement, which will prevent the wash from being swung over the clothes line in the event of a high wind.
In conjunction with the supplementary line and the usual clothes line there is employed, for carrying out this invention, a special form of clothes pin; characterized by being provided with a pair of clamping jaws for holding the wash, and clamp members for loosely embracing the supplementary line as one function, and for firmly grasping the clothes line as another.
In my preferred arrangement, a supplementary line is extended parallel with and beneath the usual clothes line, the lines being spaced apart a predetermined distance, so that the clamp members will engage with said lines as and for the purpose described.
In conjunction with the supplementary line, I may provide a rack for storage of the clothes pins of my invention, when the same are not in. use.
For securing the proper tension upon the clothes line, I may provide a turn buckle or the like.
The preferred embodiments of my invention are illustrated on the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a general view of the invention.
Figure 2 is a view of a turn buckle for tensioning the clothes line.
Figure 3 is a side View of a preferred form of the clothes pin, shown in closed position.
Figure 4 is a front elevational view of the clothes pin shown in Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a side elevational view of the clothes pin shown in Figure 3, but open to receive the wash and the clothes line.
Figure 6 is an elevational view of a device for storing the clothes pins of a modified form of construction.
Figure 7 is a sectional view taken on line l'! of Figure 6, and
Figure 8 is a partial View of the modified clothes pin shown in Figure 7, in operative position.
Referring in greater detail to the drawing, Figure 1 shows a pole l and the wall 2 of a house, between which is supported a clothes line forming two strands 3- -3 respectively, mounted on pulleys ii, carried on the hooks 5-.5 attached to hook plates 66 mounted respectively on the wall 2 and pole i. Stretched beneath said clothes line is a supplementary line 1, which may be a wire or rod, the ends of which are secured to hooks 88' by means such as loops, rings, etc.
lhe purpose of the hook plates is to maintain the hooks 5 and 8 as well as 5' and ii a proper distance from each other, which distance is determined by the spacing between the lower strand 3 of the clothes line and the supplementary line 'i in relation to the two clamping members A and B of the clothes pin.
The preferred form of my clothes pin is Y shaped and comprises a pair of hingedly connected members l0l!i, one part of which con- 20 stitutes jaws ll, internally corrugated as shown at l2, for clamping the Wash. The diverging arms l3l3 of the clothes pin are provided with a pair of clamping members l4 and I5 respectively, which are adapted to be opened when the arms Iii-l 3 are pressed together by the operator. The clamping member i5 is formed with two deeply curved portions 16 and ll, while the clamping member Hi is provided with two shallowly curved portions i8 and 99 respectively. The part of the clamping member l5 between the deeply curved portions l6 and ii is inwardly bent as shown at 2!) so as to abut or come into engagement with the medial portion 2i of the clamping member M so that, when the clamping members are closed as shown in Figure 3, the clamping members provide two conduits or loops, one above the other, thereby clamping tightly the line 3' and loosely embracing the supplementary or guide line I.
When the lines 3 and l are in the position shown in Figure 1, the clothes pin is applied to the lines by pressing together the arms l3+l3. This will cause the clamping members M and 5 to be spread apart, and the said members can then be placed in position over the lines so that, when the arms are released by the operator, the clamping members will engage the clothes line and the supplementary. line respectively.
The conduits or loops of the clamping members M and i5 of theclothes pin are of such dimensions, that the upper one will tightly clamp the lower strand 3 of the clothes line, while the lower one will loosely embrace the supplementary will move the clothes pin and wash, while the load of the wash is carried by the supplementary line.
In conjunction with the supplementary line i of the modification I may employ a member ii for storing or racking the clothes pins. This storing means comprises a tubular member 22 carried by a bracket attached to the wall of a house. The member 22 is made tubular so as to permit the passage therethrough of the end of the supplementary line 'i, the end of which is secured as by welding or other means to the threaded rod 24 having a nut at its free end for adjusting purposes, the racked and unused clothes pins resting against the lug 35. V
Figure 7 shows the modified form of clothes pin stored or racked on the tubular member 22. In this instance, the clamping members 25 and 26 of the clothes pin are provided at their upper ends with symmetrically curved portions Ti -42! which are adapted to grasp the clothes line 3. Intermediate the length of the clamping member 25 is a curved portion 28 which is adapted to accommodate the inwardly disposed loop portion 29 of the clamping member In the latter instance, the loop portion 28 constitutes the conduit for the supplementary line "a" well as for the tubular racking means. Figure 8 shows the clothes pin illustrated in Figure '7 with the clamping members spread apart as by pressing the members I"'i3 together.
When using the form of clothes pin illustrated in Figures 6, 7 and 8, the same will be permanently stored on the tubular member 22 when the apparatus is first set up, and it will be apparent that the pins may be readily slid from the tube to the supplementary line and vice versa.
In order to put the required tension upon the clothes line, a turn buckle 3%! or other means may be interposed (Figure 2).
It will be noted that, when the clothes pin carrying the wash is in operative position on the clothes and supplementary lines, it tends to prevent the wash from being blown over the line in the event of high wind. This is due to the opposition of the supplementary line to any turning movement about the line.
It is to be understood that the above is illustrative and descriptive of the preferred embodiments of the invention, and is not to be regarded as limitative to the specific details shown.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim is:
A clothes pin of Y shape comprising a pair of spring hinge clamping jaws for holding the Wash, and a pair of compressible arms, a clamping member secured to one of said arms, an unlike cooperative clamping member secured to the other of said arms, said clamping members being preformed to provide an upper and a lower conduit,
said clamping jaws and clamping members being normally closed by action of said hinge, but adapted to be spread apart by compressing the arms of said pin.