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Publication numberUS2545313 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 13, 1951
Filing dateSep 3, 1947
Publication numberUS 2545313 A, US 2545313A, US-A-2545313, US2545313 A, US2545313A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Beautician s device for retaining a
US 2545313 A
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March 13, 1951 A. F. SAWYER 2,545,313 BEAUTICIANS DEVICE FOR RETAINING A HEAD IN A PREDETERMINED POSITION Filed Sept. 5, 1947 #X 4 5 z l 56 f 76 A 1775/7 a 5aw g/s'r INVENTOR.

Patented Mar. 13, 1951 This invention relates to resultant head support, more partied. ed to be used in beauty parlors and the like n connection with hair dryers and other beauticians treating devices.v

An object of the invention is toprovide a neck rest which provides a firm yet comfortable support for the neck with the resultant maintenance of the head in a predetermined position.

Another object of this invention is to provide a readily adjustable support for the neck and head embodying a minimum of parts.

Still another object of this invention is a support which induces the patron to relax or even to sleep while a treatment is in rogress.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a neck rest which may be quickly and easily placed in operation and adjusted to the patro'ns figure and to maintain the head in a predetermined position even should the patron fall asleep or otherwise be inclined to move the head.

In the extended use of beauty parlor equipment, it is well known many patrons become irritated and restless when forced to remain seated in a straightened position due to nerves or strained neck muscles. The device of this invention not only remedies these situations but due to the novel design of the support actually promotes relaxing even to the extent of inducing sleep.

Additionally, when used in conjunction with a dryer or other heat treatments, the patron's head is maintained against any contact with the hot metallic parts of the instruments employed.

Other objects and advantages of this invention relating to the arrangement, operation and function of the related elements of the structure, to

various details of construction, to combinations.

of parts and to economies of manufacture, will be apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following description and appended claim, reference being had to the accompanying'drawings forming a part of this specification wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts in the several views.

Referring to the drawings;

Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the invention herein illustrating a typical use thereof; 7

Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the device;

Fig. 3 is a plan view of the neck tion of the device; and

Fig. 4 is a view on the line IV-IV, Fig. 2.

The device includes a substantially rigid U- shaped frame memb r o p te ha i g mengaging poru If propor bu .og between the plate and a ieted by means of-screw 24.

The support section, 22 terminates at its lower end in plate portion 26 disposed between apair of ears 28 as a bifurcated terminus of a second prop or support section 30. Wing nut 32 coacting with bolt 34 passing through the ears 28 and plate portion 26 provides a readily operated clamp and joint between the support sections 22, 30 to adjust "the angularity therebetween and hence thetilt of the plate I0.

For a vertically adjustable mounting of this structure as to a suitable support such as a seat or chair 36, there is provided a clamp comprising a pair of plates 38, 4!! between which the section 30 may slide when the bolt 42 is loosened or which may be held in a predetermined height when the bolt 42 is tightened. Screws 44 serve to mount thisclamp on the selected support. The crosssectional shape of the prop sections are general T-shaped with a complementary groovein the member 38 resulting in strength, attractiveness and ease of operation.

Mounted on'the upper face of the plate It] is resilient pad 46. This pad 46 is of a suitable grade of sponge rubber or the like such as Air- Foam and can be welded or attached to the plate by a cement. adhesive or a heat operation.

This pad is generally symmetrical on each side of the center line l4, covering the upper surface of the arms or extensions I 2, the inner edges thereof and having a substantial extension 48 therebeyond and inwardly from the inner portion of the perimeter of the plate with terminal knobs or enlargements 50. This pad or cushion is also provided with a pair of swells or enlargements 52 intermediate the length of each extension l2 between the center line I4 and each terminus 50. These swells or protuberances bulge inwardly from the pad toward the center line.

From the showing herein, a patron 54 may move the neck and head rearwardly into this yoke or neck rest and even if the movement is more or less rapid, a full cushioning is efiected, the patron being protected against any contact with the rigid parts of the device. With the patron seated on the chair 36 and having the neck and head thrown backwardly into the sup"- port, the lower rear part of the head may rest on the central portio of the pad while the enlargements 52 exert a gentle pressure against the hollows in the nape of the neck, which pressure at these points is recognized as having a soothing effect conductive to relaxing even to sleep. These enlargements are so spaced and together with the structure adjustments may be positioned to accommodate a patron regardless of stature.

With the patron in a comfortable position, treating devices such as a hair dryer 55 maybe placed in operation in a fixed position as to the patron and the treatment consumated in a mini: mum of time as the patron refrains from unde sirable movement during the process.-

What is claimed and it is desired to secure by United States Letters Patent:

A head rest comprising a plate having its major face disposed in a plane providing a substantially fiat surface with its perimeter defining a U-shape for the plate, a resilient pad mounted on said surface and extending beyond and about the inner edge of the plates perimeter, the inner edge of said pad-configured to provide an intermediate enlargement in the plane of the major ,face between the center of said plate and each It is to be understood that the above detailed description of the present invention is intended to disclose an embodiment thereof tothoseskilled in the art, but that the invention is notto be construed as limited in its application to the details of construction and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, since the invention iscapable of being practiced: and carried out in various ways without departing from the spirit of the invention. The language used in the specification relating to" the operation and function of the elements of theinven-'- tion is employed for purposes of description, and it is not intended to limit the scope of the following claim beyond the requirements or the arrangement off-parts a support.

terminus thereof, said enlargements adapted to provide" increased pressure areas against the neck of a. person whose head is resting within and on said pad, and means for mounting said plate to ATHENA F. SAWYER.

REFERENCES CITED a The following references are of record in the llle of this patent: v

UNITED" STATES PATENTS Number Name Date- 242,380 Sharp May 31, 1881 522,563"! Hunt July 3,1894 1,008,456 Etterr' Nov. I4, 1911 2,028,979 Hihtzr Jan. 28, 1936

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Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2696873 *Jul 23, 1951Dec 14, 1954Eldon Heighway FrankHair drier supporting means for reclining chairs
US2765840 *Jan 10, 1955Oct 9, 1956Coachcraft LtdHeadrest
US3027193 *Jun 15, 1959Mar 27, 1962Densco IncHeadrest cushion
US5177820 *Oct 24, 1991Jan 12, 1993Isabella VaralloHairdressing head support
US5842239 *Feb 22, 1996Dec 1, 1998Eckelbarger; Scott B.Head and neck supporting device
U.S. Classification297/408, 4/523
International ClassificationA47C1/10, A61G15/00, A47C1/00, A61G15/12
Cooperative ClassificationA47C1/10, A61G15/125
European ClassificationA61G15/12B, A47C1/10