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p 1950 E. s. SUBLETTE 2,521,100
GARMENT DRIER Filed Oct. 28, 1947 a B 5 I Patented Sept. 5, 1950 UNITED srArEs FATE NT om n GARMENT DRIER Edith s. Sublette, Nitro, w, var-j A ucationoettberzs,194,1, Serial No. 782,636"
My invention relates to garment driers, and more particularly to garment driers as are adapted for the drying of woolens, such as sweaters or the like. Such garments are customarily dried by being laid horizontally over towels or the like, and the drying thereof takes considerable time in view of the fact that only one surface of the garment to be dried is normally exposed to the air. However, it is not feasible to hang the garments of the sweater or knitted type from hangers whereby they are exposed to the air from all sides for the reason that the hanging of such damp garments causes them to stretch out of shape, whereby they lose their original appearance. Also, if such garments are prevented from stretching out of shape by the use of comparatively expensive stretcher frames, the owner is required to have a diiferent form of frame for each type of garment to be dried, thereby multiplying the expense of laundering knitted garments.
With the foregoing in view, an object of my invention is to provide an improved garment drier for garments of the knitted o crocheted type.
A further object is to provide an improved garment drier which will accommodate a garment of any type and which will be effective to retard shrinking o loss of shape of the garment while the same is being dried, but which does not require any adjustment for any particular type of garment.
A further object is to provide a garment drier of the type last described which includes opposed sections, each being formed with a plurality of finely spaced apertures therethrough, said sections being adapted to be clamped together with at least one garment supported flatly therebetween.
Other objects and advantages reside in the particular structure of the invention, combination and arrangement of the several parts thereof, and will be readily understood by those skilled in the art upon reference to the attached drawings in connection with the following specification, wherein the invention is shown, described and claimed.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a plan view of a preferred form of the invention showing a garment applied thereto and with the parts in an inoperative position;
Figure 2 is a like view showing the parts in the operative position;
Figure 3 is an end elevation of the drier in the operative position and with parts broken away and shown in transverse vertical section.
1 Claim. (01. 223-69) In the drawings, wherein like reference characters have been used to designate like parts, l0 and II designate substantially identical frame sections, adjacent edges of which are connected together in any suitable mannerfas bythe interengaging hinge portions l2 and I3. Any suitable means, such as the pin [4, may be extended through the hinge portions l2 and I3 to connect the parts together. One of the sections [0 or I I is formed to provide a supporting device, such as the hook [5, for hanging the drier from a support. In like manner, one of the sections ID or H is formed to provide a pair of clips 5 which are pivoted to such section, as at l6, for swinging movement in the plane of the sections. The free end of each of the clips 16 is provided with a depending flange I! which is adapted to overlie the free edge of the opposite section, Figures 2 and 3, to maintain said sections in superposed clamped relation.
Each of the sections Ill and II has supported thereon in any suitable manner, not shown, a sheet [8 of relatively flexible sheet material. The sheets I8 are formed preferably of a reticulated fabric material, as shown, such as window screening fabric, but in any event are formed to provide a plurality of relatively large and finelyspaced apertures whereby to provide a free circulation of air through all parts of the sheet.
The frame sections Ill and H, together with the sheets l8, provide frame sections, and the parts thereof, including the hinge portions l2, l3 and M, are preferably made of non-corrosive material, such as plastic, wood or non-corrosive metal. Obviously, also, the sheets I8 may be of fabric material if desired.
In like manner, it may be desirable to dispense with the hinge means I2, is and I 4 and substitute therefor means such as the clips [6, whereby to render the sections readily separable from each other.
The operation of the device is readily apparent from a contemplation of Figures 1 and 2. In brief, at least one garment!!! is laid upon one of the sheets l8 and the section mounting the other sheet I8 is then superposed upon the garment-supporting section, whereby the sheets l8 clamp the garment therebetween. The assembly comprising the sections is then suspended by the member [5 from a suitable support, whereby air is permitted to circulate through both screens Also, by virtue of the clamping of the garment between the two sections, minute portions of the garment are gripped in the apertures through the screens I8, whereby the garment is held in its proper shape, even though the garment is suspended in a vertical position. Likewise, the gripping of the garment by the sheets [8 retards shrinking of the garment to a large degree. At
the same time, the garment suffers no ill effect from being pressed between the apertured sheets l8, as knitted or crocheted garments will readily reassume their normal shape upon being released from the drier by virtue of the inherent elasticity of such garments.
While I have shown and described what is now thought to be the preferred embodimentof the invention, it is to be understood that the same is susceptible of other forms and expressions.
Consequently, I do not limit myself to the me,-
cise structure shown and described hereinabove except as hereinafter claimed.
A garment dryer comprising, opposed companm frames larger: than the garment to receive the garment therein, a flexible open. mesh vensite ends of the. frames for-holdingthem closed and" clamping the flexible open mesh ventilating fabric sections against the garment, and suspension means secured to one frame at its top.
EDITH S. SUBLET'IE.
REFERENCES CITED The following: references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 106,288 Runyon Aug. 9, 1870 913,148 McNulty Feb. 23,- 1909 McKinney Oct. 8, 1935