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Publication numberUS2325526 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 27, 1943
Filing dateJun 16, 1942
Priority dateJun 16, 1942
Publication numberUS 2325526 A, US 2325526A, US-A-2325526, US2325526 A, US2325526A
InventorsMajor Wayne H
Original AssigneeMajor Wayne H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Postman's umbrella attachment
US 2325526 A
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July 27, 1943. w. H. MAJOR POSTMANS UMBRELLA ATTACHMENT 2 Sheets-Shet 1 Filed Jul 19 16, 1942 anon-Mien,

2 Sheets-Sheet 2 July 27, 1943. w. H. MAJOR POSTMANS UMBRELLA ATTACHMENT Filed June 16, 1942 Patented July 27, 1943 NITED STAT rosrMANs UMBRELLA ATTAGHMENT 'Way'ne H. Major, Fortlvayiie, Ind. Application ms is, 1942,8erial its. 1229 1 claim. (or. 224-51) 7 I Thisinvention relates to article supports arm has specialreference' to a support for umbrellas carried by'postmen and' other persons making 7 house to house deliveries or" articles frombags suspended from the shoulder of the carrier.-

One important object ofthe invention 'is to provide anovel umbrella support detachabl-y attachable to a mail bag or the like' and arranged to support sin-umbrella in such manner as to leave both'of ones hands free to handle matter from the bag. A 1 i A second important'obj ect of the invention is to provide, in such a device, novel means whereby the height at which the umbrella extends above the bag may be regulated. 1 A third important object of the invention is to provide a novel arrangement of umbrella-carrier wherein'wind action tending lift the -u mbre'lia when openisresiliently'checked:

A fourthiimportant object 'of'the' invention is to provide a novel clampingarrangement roran innorella carrier so constructed thatth'e carrier is supported not only by themail bag but also by the shoulderstrap carrying 'such mailbag.

With an ordinary umbrellastrapped to a person or an article carried by such. person so'thatit cannot freely rotate the motion'ofi the persons body tends to set up a constant oscillatory movement of the umbrella canopyor'cover and this is so-mount an umbrellaforthe purpose set forth 7 that it will be freely rotatabjlejendthus permitted toyield to the-movements ofxa person in" walking and also to yield when struck againstan immovable object. V V 1" With the aboyeyand other objects in view, as presently will be apparent, the invention consists in general of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings a larger scale than Figure 1, the view illustrating the right side. i

3 is a section on the line 3-3 of Figure 1 but on the same scale as Figure 2} Figure 4 is a fragmentary elevation of the left side of the bag clamp used herein.

Figure 5- is a fragmentary section on the line 5-5 of Figural.

Figure 6 is a'se'ction on the line E5 of Figure 4. {Figure 7 is a section on the line L-T of Figure4. F-igure 8 is an enlarged view of the strap clamp herein. a 3 l herein shown the bag clamp forming the lower part of this invention is provided with two jaws, AandB. The jaw A lies on the outside of the bag next the body of the user and includes a lower or main portion is formed of wood orotlier suitable material and preferably rectangular in cross-section, the edges being rounded off.- This body is thus has a flat side I l which rests against the wearer and the lower end of this side curves outwardly as at 2 to meet the lower flat side portion l3 which engages the outer face of the mailbag M below the hero or lip H. The rounded end I2 eases the fit of the clamp'against the wearer and prevents the jaw Afrom causing pressure against the wearers lower ribs. Above the net side 6 tlie bo'd y H] has a flat" side l-l which engages against the hem H and the side Mis offset inwardly from the side 4.3 so as to provide an upwardly facing shoulder i5. This shoulder engages beneath the bottom edge of the hem'arid aidsin preventing the clamp from slipping upwardly and hecomiri'g disengaged "from the bag.

' 'Teethor other gripping dViC8S U10t shownrmay hold the against the lower portion 3 0 2 the and particularly pointed out in the appended g.

' claim.

jaw If desired the gripping faces of both jaws A and Bym'ay'be roughened'like a file, teeth punched through like a grater or any other suitable gripping means may be employed to securely hold the bag between the gripping jaws. The

' top of the body I0 is fiat and from thi fiat top '18 at its upper end. This closure is fixed with relation to the housing and this may be done in a variety of ways. For instance, the closure may be integral with the side wall of the housing, it

may be welded or brazed in place or it may be held by a flange or by tabs turned inwardly over its upper face. The manner of holding the closure forms no part of the present invention and accordingly the several manners of securing the I same have not been illustrated. The opening in screw 22 is screwed through the sleeve wall to engage said shaft and secure the latter in adjusted position in the sleeve. In order to aiford access to the set-screw 22, the housing provided with. a window. or access opening 23 as best seen in Figure 4. The sleeve is normally held in the bottom of the housing by a coiled compression spring 24 which, at its lower end, surrounds the upper. end of the sleeve and engages on the flangezl. This spring 24 may be larger in diameterat its upper end, in order not to interfere with the shaft S as it enters the bore IS.- The upper end of theset collar Zil'may be beveled on the inside to provide a guide for the consists of a channel shaped lower part 25 and a tubular upper part 21, the latter forming; a handle or grip. The channel is positioned with its web 28 confronting the side portions [3 and of the jaw A and from this channel extend a pair of hinge ears 2!! which fit between the cars 25.. A pivot pin 36 extends through these ears and is suitably secured as by riveting the ends. A coiled torsion spring 3! surrounds the pin- 30 between the ears 2%! andone end of this spring extends into the tubular portion 2'! and presses against the front wall thereof. The other end of the spring 3| extends upwardly to engage between lugs 32 formed on the housing IT. This spring constantly urges the lower ends of the jaws A and B toward each other.

On the housing 11 is an eye 33 to which is connected one' end of a "chain or other flexible strand 34. A' shaft clip 35 is attached to the other end of this. chain. The clip 35 is preferably formed from a single length of wire of sufiicient temper to provide the necessary springiness. This wire is bent adjacent one end to provide a terminal portion 35 and a substantially. parallel portion 37 forming a lower strap engaging jaw. From the portion 31 the wire extends upwardly as I? isat 38 and is'bent to provide parallel portions 39 and 40 forming the upper strap engaging jaw and from the portion 40 the wire extends forwardly at 4| and then backwardly as at 42 to jaws A and B are grasped and pressed toward each other to open the bag clamp. The lower end of the jaw B is inserted in the bag close to the bag side and pressure on the upper jaw parts is "relaxed. This permits the bag to be firmly grasped. The strap clip is now forced onto the bag strap and the shaft of the umbrella swung to be gripped thereby. When in this position the umbrella shaft will be held close to the users body without the assistance of either hand. If a gust of wind catches beneath the umbrella and tends to lift it the spring will absorb the shock and the umbrella and clamp will not tear loose from the bag.

If it is found that the umbrella canopy is not at the proper height thedevice may be removed from the bag and the shaft turned until the setscrew is opposite the window whereupon a screwdriver is used to loosen the screw, the shaft moved upor down to suit the user and the screw again tightened.

v The bore [6 is preferably slanted in such a manner as to-incline the umbrella shaft rearwardly at its upper part so that it will lie close to the users body. It is also to be noted that the spring 24 is so shaped and mounted that it is held concentrically of the bore and thus will not interfere with the insertion of the umbrella shaft.

What is claimed as new is: J

In a postmans umbrella. carrier of the character described, a body having a bore extending downwardly from its upper end, a tubular housing telescopically and non-rotatably mounted on the upper end of the body,.said housing having an upper end closure provided with an opening substantially equal in size to and alined with said bore, an umbrella shaft projecting downward through. said opening and bore, a collar within said housing surrounding the shaft above said body, a set-screw securing the collar releasably in selected position on the shaft, said housing havinga lateral opening affording access to said set-screw, a flange extending circumferentially around the collar intermediate the ends of the collar, said set-screw being located below the flange, a coiled compression spring surrounding said shaft with one end bearing against the housing closure and its other end resting on said flange, and the end of the collar above the flange engaging in and centering the spring around the shaft.


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US2576624 *Sep 12, 1947Nov 27, 1951Abraham JacobsonRod holder
US3935874 *Dec 18, 1974Feb 3, 1976Helen CohenUmbrella assembly
US4688686 *Apr 2, 1986Aug 25, 1987Rev-A-Shelf, Inc.Vertically adjustable rotary shelf assembly
US20110062197 *Sep 15, 2010Mar 17, 2011Lydia CottrellHarness with attachable umbrella
U.S. Classification403/7, 224/186, 403/362, 24/328, 248/539
International ClassificationA45B11/02, A45B11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45B11/02
European ClassificationA45B11/02