US 25039 A
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UNITE STATES ATENT OFFC.
HORACE PARKHURST, OF DE KALB, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent No. 25,039, dated August 9i, 1859.
T o all wiom, it may concern:
Be it known that I, HORACE PARKHURST, of De Kalb, in the county of Dekalb and State of Illinois, have invented a new and Improved `Mode of Constructing Clothes Frames or Racks; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full and exact description.
rIhe nature of my invention consists in constructing my frames in such a manner that when closed they occupy less space in every direction than Stones patent clothes rack or any other patent known (excepting about two inches in height), so that they may be set away in the most compact form; also with no intervening posts to break the length of line, whereby they are enabled to hold the largesty articles fully spread out such as sheets, table cloths, &c.
To enable others skilled in the art to make and use my invention, I will proceed to describe its construction and operation.
Figure l is a perspective view Opened; Fig. Q, perspective View closed; Fig. 3, side view; Fig'. 4, end view.
I make the posts of any desired length and of the usual material hinged at the top to a head block as seen at A in the drawings. The rails B are constructed in two parts jointed at the middle by hinges and at the ends by loose screw joints, the ends of the upper one being hinged on the under side to the head blocks C, causing it to shut downward while the lower ones shut upward. They are thus folded within themselves occupying no more space in height than when open excepting an inch or two of the top rail seen at D, FiO'. 2.
It will be observed that this :trame may be made in length about twice its height without intervening posts, which gives it the advantage of great length of line and still when closed only occupies space equal to the thickness of the four posts and aile combined, as seen in Fig. 2. On the outside ot' the head block I tix a bent piece ot metal which serves as a fastening to keep the top rail from dropping down with its burden seen at E, Figs. l, 3 and 4 and turned down when closed as seen at E, Fig. 2.
F F are cords for holding clothes, &c.
Therefore what I claim is- The combination and arrangement of thc standards A the rails B the head blocks C the clasps E the cords F, substantially as and for the purpose specified.
litnesses J oHN CooLIGn, BnoNsoN H. Fox.