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Jul 10, 1945 LUGER 2,379,975
CLOTHES DRYING RACK Filed March 1, 1944 Patented July 10, 1945 I 2,379,9 75 I ono'rnns DRYLINGRACK Kenneth E. Luger, Minneapolis, Minn. Application March 1,1944, Serial No. 524,513 1 I eclaims. (or. 211- 99 This invention relates to aclothesdrlling rack structure. The invention is acter adapted to be supported on a 'wall or the like, and a primarypbject thereof is the provision of a rack which is capable of being readily more particularlyconcerned with a clothes drying rackstructure of the char:
adjusted to an operativeclothes' supporting position or to an inoperative non-obstructin posi tion. l
A further object of the invention is the provision of a clothesdrying rack adjustable to operative and inoperative positions andwhich in the operative position is retained against dis" placement by the weight thereof. 1
A still further object of the invention is the provision of a clothes drying rack which is high- 1y simple in constructionjeflicient in operation and which is capable of manufacture at relatively low cost. A I I For a more completeunderstandingof the nature and objects of the invention, reference will be had to the accompanying drawing, where- Figure l is a perspective view of a clothes drying rack structurein accordance with one embodiment of the invention;
back member l0 with its rearuend inspaced ver-, tical alinerhent with the rear end of branch "12.
The-end walls of the channel branches are semicylindrical as indicated in Fig. 2 for a purpose later to appear.
The rack R includes oppositeend bars IE which receive I and support a plurality of cylindrical rungs I1, I8, and I8 whose ends, and particularly I the ends of rungs i il a ndlfi, project beyond the outer faces of thebars.
As indicated inr'ig. 2 the branch ehannn I4 isconcentric with the center of the cylindrical end wall of branch channel I2 and the radius of the center line of the branch channel I4 is equal to the distance between the axes of rungs ill and I9; whereby .upon displacing the rack R rearwardly with respect to the bracketB, rung l9 willrest in .the] closediend of branch channel I2 which forms] a pivot forswinging movement of the rack. from a horizontal toa, depending vertical position with rung I8movin g down wardlyin the branch channel I I.
Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view in the plane of line 2--2 of Fig. 1 and" also showing the rack in dotted lines, being moved to inoperative position; i
Fig. 3 is a fragmental horizontal section in the plane oi line 3-3of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is a sectional. v ew similar to Fig 2,
disclosing a modified embodiment of the invenl tion; 1
Fig. 5 is afragmental perspective view of a shelf adapted for substitution for the rack in Figsrlto, H I I I Referring now in-detail tothedrawing; the
rackstructure comprisesabracket Band a rack K R; The bracket B is adapted- 'for rigid attachment to a wall, dooror the "like and comprises an elongatedback member III and end members II which projectyforwardly of the back n emberjatright angles thereto.
Each'of the end members II is provided with upwardly-arched branchchahnel ISuntil; it rests a multi-branch channel opening through the in-,
ner side thereof, the.channel including ;a hori zontal branch I2 paralleling the upper and lower edges of the end rnembenanupwardly arched branch I3 in continuation of the forward end of branch I2, and adownwardly arched branch I4 extending from the junction of branches I2- and I3 and extending rearwardly toward the I In Fig. 2 the rack R is shown in solid lines in horizontal operative position and wherein-rung I9 rests in the branch channel I2 forwardly of the closed endthereof, whilerun I8 rests in the I forward closed end ofbranch channel I3. The branch channel I3 being archedupwardly avoids J inadvertent sliding .of'the rack rearwardly but when it is desired to shift the rack toan .inoperative position, the front edge thereof is raised while pushing the rack rearwardly until rung I9 engagesthefclosed end of branch channel I2 and rung I 8 is alined with branch channel I4 at its junction with branchbhanneljs I2 and I3, whereupon the rackwillfall to an inoperative vertically depending position with rungs I8 and I9 resting in the closed ends of branch channels I 4 and I2 respectively. 1
When. it is again desired to restorethe rack R to operative horizontal position, it is grasped bybthe foremost rung IT and. swung upwardly until rung I8 engages the top wall of the junction of the channel brancheswhereupon the rack is pulled forwardlywith rung I8 riding through the in theclosed end thereof, at which time the; rack will be. in horizontal position with rung I9 dise L posed outwardly of-the closed end oi branch channel I2 and the hump formed by the lower wall of branch channel I3 will prevent rearward movement of the rack without liftingthe front edge thereof, and accordingly the rack in ordinary use will remain in its horizontal operative position. I
to that of Figs. 1, 2 and 3 but differs therefronr in that the branch channels If! and I4 merge into each other through an upwardly arched portion I3, there being in this form no branch channel forwardly of the branch channel I l.
The rack R is shown in operative horizontal position with rung it seated in the closed end of branch channel l2 and the rung Ill seated in the same branch forwardly of its closed end and adjacent the upwardly arched portion I3.
When it is desired to move the rack to an inoperative and unobstructing position it is raised at its forward edge and pulled forwardly until rung I 3 enters the arcuate branch channel It at which time rung is will be at the position indicated in dotted lines and will remain in such position as a pivot, while rung it moves downwardly into engagement with the closed end of branch channel It and with the rack in suspended vertical or inoperative position.
. In either embodiment, the rack is maintained in horizontal operative position by engagement with the ends of rungs I 8 and l 9 in a substantially horizontal channel with one rung seated in a c1oseol=end of the channel, and to move the rack to inoperative position in either case its front edge is raised and the rack moved bodily with respect to the bracket for entry of one of the rungs in an arcuate slot having its center in the first slot and with the latter rung engaging the closed end of the arcuate slot in vertical alinement with the other rung when the rack is completely in inoperative position.
Thus as indicated in Fig. the rack R may be replaced by a shelf S having trunnions l8 and IS corresponding to the channel engaging ends of the run'gs I8 and I9. In either case the struce ture comprising a, bracket and a support, with cooperating means on the bracket and support for facilitating alternate movement of the support to horizontal operative position and vertical inoperative position on the bracket.
Having nus disclosed my invention in the preferred embodiments thereof, what I claim as new and desire to secure by U. S. Letters Patent 1. A clothes drying rack structure comprising a bracket having a pair of horizontally spaced parallel end members having channels in their adjacent walls, and a relatively flat rack disposed between the end members and having a pair of spaced extensions at each end thereof projecting into the respective channel, each channel comprising a. substantially horizontal portion having a semi-cylindrical closed end and an arcuate branch extending downwardly from the horizontal portion in concentric relation to an axial point therein and having a closed semicylindrical end in vertical alinement with a point adjacent one end of the horizontal portion, the horizontal portion being of a length greater than the distance between said pair of extensions for supporting same and the rack in horizontal operative position with one of said extensions seated in said semi-cylindrical closed-end, and said ex-- tensions being slidable in said horizontal portion for entry of one thereof into said arcuale branch and with the other thereof providing a pivot for swinging movement of the rack to a depending vertical and inoperative position.
2. A clothes drying rack structure comprising a bracket having a pair of horizontally spaced parallel end members having channels in their -adjacent walls, each channel comprising a horizontal branch having a semi-cylindrical closed end, an arcuate branch extending downwardly from the opposite end of the horizontal branch having a semi-cylindrical closed end in vertical "alinement with the closed end of the horizontal branch and being concentric to the center of the semi-cylindrical closed end of the horizontal branch, and a branch extending from the junction of the first two branches and having a semicylindrical closed end in horizontal alinement with the semi-cylindrical closed end of the horizontal branch, and a rack having a pairof extensions at each end thereof projecting into the respective channel, one of the extensions seating in the closed end of the last named branch and the other extension resting in the horizontal branch for supporting the rack in horizontal operative position and both of said extensions being slidable in their respective'branches for entry of the first named extension into thearcuate branch and movement of the second named extension into the first named closed end for swinging movement of the rack to vertical inoperative position.
3. The structure according to claim 2 wherein said last branch channel is upwardly arched to maintain the first named extension in the closed end thereofunder the weight of the rack.
4. The structure according to claim 2 wherein said rack comprises a pair of end bars adjacent said end members and a plurality of spaced parallel rungs secured to and-extending between the bars, apair of said rungs extending through and beyond the bars in the provision of said extensions. I i
5. A clothes drying rack structure comprising a bracket having a pair of horizontally spaced parallel end members having channels in their adjacent walls, and-a rack having a pair of spaced extensions at each end thereof projecting into the respective channels, each channel comprising a horizontal branch having a closed end, and an arcuate branch extending downwardly from the horizontal branch concentric with a median point therein and having aclosed end therebelow, the horizontal branch being of a with an upwardly arched portion atthe junction of thehorizontal and arcuate branches for retaining the rack in operative position under the weight thereof.
KENNETH E. LUGER.