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Publication numberUS2517072 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 1, 1950
Filing dateAug 23, 1946
Priority dateAug 23, 1946
Publication numberUS 2517072 A, US 2517072A, US-A-2517072, US2517072 A, US2517072A
InventorsZimmer Robert L
Original AssigneeZimmer Robert L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Garment hanger supporting means
US 2517072 A
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Aug. 1, 1950 R. L. ZIMMER GARMENT HANGER SUPPORTING MEANS Filed Aug. 2:5, "194a INVENTOR- fiaber'f Ln Z l'rnmer HTTORNEY Patented Aug. 1, 1950 UNITED {PATENT OFFICE l' g,51':, j;,2;J 1 I GARMENT HANGER S'qgP ORTI NG MEANS Robert L. ZimmerJS iouXCity, Iowa 4 Application August as, rare, serial N 692,527

j supporting means usable in: automobiles.

' 1 An object of my inventionis to provide a garament hanger supporting, means which lis fcompletely enclosed when not in use thereby presenting no protruding portions.

A further object of my invention is to provide a garment hanger supporting means which is incorporated with the existing ceiling braces of automobile vehicles.

A further object of my invention is to provide an easily operable opening and closing arrange-- ment for providing access to the garment hanger supporting means, or for closing the same.

A further object of my invention is to provide a garment hanger supporting means of the above characteristics which can accommodate several garments, and which will be positioned in a remote portion of the vehicle.

With these and other objects in view, my invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of the various parts of my device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a sectional view of Figure 2 taken along the lines l-l thereof,

Figure 2 is a bottom view of Figure 1,

Figure 3 is a sectional detail taken along the lines 3-3 of Figure 1,

Figure 4 is a slight modification, and

Figure 5 is a general view of the hanger supporting means looking toward the front seat of an automobile.

My invention contemplates the provision of a convenient garment hanger supporting means, which can be incorporated together with the standard arched braces of an automobile top, and to provide a closure arrangement in the fabric of the automobile top whereby such closure can be operated for providing access to the garment hanger supporting means, or for closing the same when not in use.

I have used the character It] to designate the top wall of an automobile, the invention herein pertaining more specifically to the sedan type of automobile, and I have further used the character 5 l to designate generally the trim material which trim material is either secured to the top braces, or is secured in any other suitable manner directly adjacently thereto. I have further used the character i 2 to designate the standard arched braces which are attached at l3 to the top l0,

Claims. (c1; unfairv p Y such braces in many cases being channel shaped as shownin- Figure 3. i

To form the hanger supporting means of my @invention I provide an inwardly punched or pressed pair of openings at [4 at either side of the; member ll2, the openings l4 being formed by virtue of theinwardly pressed portions l5 which terminate at I6, the portions !5 being arcuate, and including the small depressed notches ll at spaced intervals. The openings I4 need not be of too great a length, inasmuch as they will accommodate several garments.

The fabric ll directly below the channel I2 is slit through a substantial length thereof corresponding to the length or slightly greater of the garment hanger, and attached at either side of the slit are the standard inter-locking engaging members l8 which provide the mechanical type of fastener known as the slide fastener with the hand grasping member l9 providing means for closing or opening the slide fastener.

The device itself is preferably located at the rear left hand inner corner of the vehicle and i is spaced a slight distance from the rear left hand door as shown more clearly in Figure 5, so that the driver of the automobile will have a clear vision to the left, right and left and right rear, inasmuch as the driver is located in the front seat, the rear of the front seat being indicated by the character 20 in Figure 5.

It will now be seen that the fabric H completely encloses the device when not in use by virtue of the slide fastener arrangement, thereby presenting no extending parts, and if desired, a small flap of material can be placed over the slide fastener itself.

For longer trips when it is desired to transport garments, the handle 29 of the slide fastener arrangement is pulled toward the left as viewed in Figure 2 which opens the fabric ll immediately below the hanger supporting means, and allowing access thereto, and the garments are hung by means of the usual coat hangers indicated generally by the character 2| with the arcuate hooks 22 thereof being placed through the openings 14 and Within the notches H. In this manner the garments are securely supported, without wrinkling etc. and in spaced relation to each other.

Figure 4 illustrates a slight modification wherein the bracing members are of a slightly different type comprising the pressed together strips 23 secured at 24 to the top ID, such strips including the side openings 25 and notches 26.

It will be noted that the garment hanger supporting means of my arrangement can be readit ily fabricated from any one of the braces used in the automobile, my invention also contemplating other similar types of supporting strips.

It will now be seen that I have provided the various advantages mentioned in the objects of my invention with further advantages being readily apparent.

Some changes may .be made in the construction and arrangement of the parts of my invention without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claims any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included ,within their scope.

I claim as my invention:

1. In combination with a top wall bracing arch of an automobile having trim material underlying and concealin said top wall and arch, an elongated opening pressed out of said arch to provide means for entrance of garment hanger hooks therein, a mechanical fastener of the slide fastener type attached to slit portions of the trim material of the automobile top, said mechanical fastener being directly adjacent to said garment hanger hook receiving opening.

2. In combination with a top wall bracing arch of an automobile having trim material underlying and concealing said top wall and arch, an elongated opening pressed out of said arch to provide means for entrance of garment hanger hooks therein, a mechanical fastener of the slide fastener type attached'to slit portions of the trim material of the automobile top, said mechanical fastener being [directly adjacent to said arment hanger hook receiving opening, said opening having notches therein for the reception of said hooks.

ROBERT L. ZIMMER.

REFERENCES CITED "The following references are of record in the file :of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,820,064 Green Aug. 25, 1931 2,236,428 Haas Mar. 25, 1941 2,253,423 Fellers et a1. Aug. 19, 1941

Patent Citations
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US1820064 *Jan 9, 1926Aug 25, 1931Budd Edward G Mfg CoMeans for attaching upholstery
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Referenced by
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US2699263 *Sep 27, 1950Jan 11, 1955Ore Carl VClothes hanger rack
US2993602 *Sep 23, 1959Jul 25, 1961Zeman James RHanger bar
US3319853 *Oct 23, 1965May 16, 1967Virgil Wigington TomAutomobile clothes rack
US5176304 *Dec 5, 1991Jan 5, 1993Palmer Barbara AClothing bar apparatus
US5226569 *Nov 21, 1991Jul 13, 1993Prince CorporationRetractable garment rod
Classifications
U.S. Classification296/37.7, 206/291, 211/113, 224/313, 211/123
International ClassificationB60R7/00, B60R7/10
Cooperative ClassificationB60R7/10
European ClassificationB60R7/10