US 2457486 A
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Dec. 28; 1948. K, R (,GRADY Y 2,457,486
GARMENT HANGER Filed July 19, 1946 llgllllmmmlll Patented Dec. 28, 1948 UNI-'TED 4STAT'llS-l PATENT OFFICE* Y j 2,457,486 GARMENT HANGER Kathleen R. OGrady, Chicago, Ill. Application July 19, 1946, Serial No. 684,702
This invention relates generally to garment hangers and it is more specifically directed to garment hangers particularly adapted to support womens garments having padded shoulders and large neck openings.
Many womens dresses and coats are of the type having padded shoulders andV rather. large neck: openings.'V Conventional types. of coat hangers are notoriouslyill adapted for supporting such garments. Unless considerable kcare is taken in placing such- ,1L-garments*r` upon the conventionalvcoat hanger, andthe hangers with such garments thereon are handledwith considerable care, the garment will readily slip oifito onesde or the other of the-hanger and fall to the floor.
When a garment has a small neck opening, it is not as likely t6 slipcompletely off from the hanger. But even so, the shoulder pads will not be properly supported and thedress` will hang unevenly. This is not only detrimental to the garment, but also gives a very untidy appearance.
I am aware that a large variety of garment hangers are available, but have not found a hanger among the many designs whichfis suitable for supporting womens garments. of the types having padded Vshouldersand large neck openings.
Accordingly, the object of lmy inventionn generally stated, is the lprovision `of an improved garment hanger capable of supporting and re taining thereon in proper position, without likelihood of slipping off, womens garments of the types having padded shoulders and large neck openings.
More specically, an important object of the invention is the provision of an improved form of garment hanger having end supports with upstanding flanges, and open centers, so as to receive and retain the shoulder pads of garments hung thereon.
Yet another important object of the invention is the provision of an improved form of garment hanger having end supports for garment shoulder pads which securely support such pads with a minimum surface thereof engaged, thereby allowing the air to have full access to a large portion of the areas of such pads.
Other objects of the invention will, in part, be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter.
For a more complete understanding of the nature and scope of my invention, reference may now be had to the following detailed description thereof taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure l is a side elevational view of a gar- "s claims. (C1. 223-92) '2 Y Y l ment hanger formingr one embodiment ofmthe invention, showing in broken outline a garment havingshoulder pads, having tlfierefrom; p
Figure 2 is a top plan view of the. garment hanger shown in Figure l; 7
Figure 3 is an end elevational view of the hanger shown in Figure 1; and 4 Y Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on line k4"--4 of Figure 2.
In the drawings, a garment hanger forming the preferred embodiment of myr invention,7is indicated generally at 5. I prefer to term` the hanger 5 as an integral, one-piece bod-y ,from a suitable plastic material. The hanger maybe molded from such plastics as: the acrylate resins; vinyl acetates; vinylidene chloride polymers and copolymers; polystyrene polymersgand polyethylene polymers. Other types ofpla ics materials may be used, andy other material such as Wood, metal and strong cardboard may-alsobe used However., imm the Standpeint Qi attraetiveness, non-breakability, availability, and. eit-y pense in manufacture, I prefer to use one of the plastics indicated above. Y The essential structural parts ot the hanger 5 are the transverse lsupport member orsection 6 and the two shoulder pad Supports l, extending in a horizontal plane from the `,opposite ends thereof. `It is also desirable toy previde. Suitable means for suspending the hanger 5, such as the conventional integrally formed hook 8.
The transverse support member 6 is preferably provided with an outwardly bowed or bulged portion l0 so as to provide a supporting surface on one side of the hanger 5 which simulates the shape of the base or lower portion of a human neck between the shoulders. The bulge il) thus provides, in combination with the shoulder pad supports 1, a complete support for garments of the class described.
The shoulder pad supports 1 carried on the opposite ends of the transverse support member or section 6, constitue the most important feature of the invention. In plan view, the outline of the supports 1 may be said to correspond to the shape of an acorn with the apex or pointed end attached to the support member 6. Although this is the preferred shape for the pad support '1, the advantages of the invention can also be obtained by having these parts in the form of other shapes, such as circular or elliptical. Desirably, the shoulder pad supports 1 may have a lengthof 4" and a width of 3".
The most significant features of the shoulder pad supports 1 are the flanges l I, which upstand Q place. When desired, the garment may around the peripheries thereof, and the large open areas l2 formed in the centers of the pads. At the outer ends of the supports 1, the height of the ange 1 is increased materially at I3 so as to provide greater endwise support for the shoulder pads of a garment hanging on the hanger 5. That is, the flanges i3 prevent the shoulder pads from slipping over the ends of the hanger,5. a Y A. .p l]
The shoulder pad'- supports l should extend 'or lie in a horizontal, or near horizontal plane, in contradistinction to being sloped downwardly, as in the conventional construction of coat hangers.
1. A garment Vhanger particularly adapted to support womens garments having padded shoulders, comprising in combination, a transverse support member, and ,enlarged shoulder pad supports extending from the opposite ends of said transverse support member, said shoulder pad supports lying generally in a horizontal planeY vand each ,having a relativelyv large central openingfsurrounded -by an vinwardly turned flange having anl vupwardly turned ange upstanding therearound for the greater part of the periphery "thereof, so as to retain garment shoulder pads therein.
The bottom of each of the shoulder padfsupiports 'l is preferably in the form of the inwardly turned flange is of such width relatively large opening I2.
When a garment is supported upon the hanger 'as tole'lve thelv 5, as indicated in broken outline in Figure l,"
the shoulderpads l5 of thegarment seat within the iian'geV i ll and sag into-the 'opei'iingsv i 2. Ihe yupstanding ends |31 catch underi the outer ends of the shoulder pad i5. 'The' neck ofthe gars ment iits around the bulgedf portion.' l@ as indi` cated at I6 in Figure'Ljwhile theA main'lportion of the garmenthangsdown'fromthe hanger 5 as indicated at Il. '7* I f It wm be seen that the combination yef lthe.
upstanding ange H and the central opening 'vl2` of each end l'ifs'erve to securely 4receive the shoulder pads Il 5; However; ,the retaining sur faces engagedmar'e relativelysmall"sojthat the pads are exposed for the greater part of their piration to be quicklyvaporizied.
With a hanger -o`f vconventional design, the
surface areas.' This permits any retained pers-v garment would tend to sl'ip'off to one side or the other of the lhangerQ-I-Iowevn--in the construc; tion shown, the-shoulder" pads lof the "garment are supported and lretained in' the supporting ends, therebyv retaining the entirev garment in be readily removed vfrom the hanger 5,]
Although I have shown and l'describedonly one specific embodiment of the`invention, itwill be, understoodthat it mayfbe"provided in otherl formss'o long as shoulder padend supports are provided having a relatively high upstanding flange and relatively large 'central opening.
2. yThe construction of claim 1 wherein said upwardly turned ange on each of said shoulder pad .supports is of substantialy greater height at the outer end thereof than at the sides thereof.
31A garment hanger particularly adapted to support womens garments having padded shoul` Iilhery thereof so as to retain garment shoulder pads therein." I y e I, v KATHLEEN R.l OGRADYY r rmrEmiNcEs oicrizn4 f The following ref/erencesvare of Vrecord in the le of thispatent:
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