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Publication numberUS2594966 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 29, 1952
Filing dateAug 31, 1946
Priority dateAug 31, 1946
Publication numberUS 2594966 A, US 2594966A, US-A-2594966, US2594966 A, US2594966A
InventorsMckinney James R
Original AssigneeMckinney James R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothes hanger
US 2594966 A
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April 29, 1952 J. R. MCKINNEY CLOTHES HANGER 2 SHEETS-SI-IEET 1 Filed Aug. 31, 1946 April 29, 1952 J. R. M KINNEY 2,594,966

CLOTHES HANGER Filed Aug. 51, 1946 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 Fla. 3


MAW/9917M BY%%% Patented Apr. 29, 1952 UNITED STATES PAT E NT OFF ICE W 2,594,965 oLo'rHEs HANGER James R. McKinney, Cleveland, Ohio Application Augusta, 1946, Serial No. 694,263

My invention pertains toaclothes hanger, and more particularlyto a clotheshanger which is specially adapted to .hold trousers.

An object of myiinvention is to provide clothes.

hanger for suspending trousers from their belt loops.

Another object of my invention isto provide a.

hangerfor suspendinga pair of trousers. without folding them horizontally.

Stillanother object of my invention-is to pro.-

vide a new and novel; hanger for trousers where.-.

specification and the drawings wherein:

Figure 1 is an isometricview of one form of my invention,

Figure 2 is an isometric view of another form of my invention, particularly adapted for use with plastic materials, and v Figure 3is a partially brokenaway. isometric view of another form ofmy'invention.

My'in'vention, it its preferred form, isshown in Figure 1 wherein the reference-character- Ill indicates the usual form of wire coat or'olothes hanger. Asis well known, the customary manner of utilizing such a hanger is to-fold a pairof trousers longitudinally along the leg creases-and thento fold'the trousers horizontally in two just above the knee portion and to slip one half of the trousers through the loop formed by the hanger. It is well known by men unless the weight of the trousers is about equally distributed on opposite sides of the horizontal supporting bar II that the trousers are apt to slip off of the hanger. Also, unless the weight of the trousers is substantially centered at a point along the supporting rod H directly underneath the hook 12, the hanger will hang crookedly from a support and the trousers will be apt to slide sideways until they hit one or the other of the upwardly bent portions [3, M. This leads to unsightly wrinkles in the trousers. A further disadvantage of the ordinary hanger is that coins, keys, etc. are apt to fall out of the trouser pockets while the trousers are being folded horizontally and placed on the hanger.

By my invention I do away with folding a pair of trousers horizontally, slipping half of it through the loop formed by the hanger, and adjusting the weight of the trousers on the supporting rod ll so that the trousers do not slip off of the hanger or slip sideways into the upwardly bent portions l3, l4.

2 Claims. (01123 -85) 2 I provide a plurality of horizontally-extending arms, preferably four in number, 20, 2 I, 22-, and-23 connectedtothehorizontal supporting rod H of the hanger l0, 'andeach arm is 'adapted'to extend are commonly connected to trousers. The end portion of each of the four arms is bent slightly upwardly in order to prevent the loops from inadvertentlysliding ofi of the arms. Preferablythe fouriarms 20, 21,22 and 2-3, are connected to the horizontal 'rod ll of the hanger in one spotwelding'operation. This may-be done by shaping the arms as shown in Figure 1 with each two arms being formed of a single length of wire 26, 21 of about thesame sizeand strength as the wire from which the hlorizontalrod l l is made, and by'positioning-the three lengths of wire 26, ll, 2-! toether side-by-side in a jig which holds them tightly together as they are spot welding at two or more points, for example at points indicated by reference characters 30, 31, 32. When two lengths qfwireZfi, 21 areconnected to the hanger it is preferable, to have each length of, wire" to one side of the plane of the hanger In. This facilitates extending the, arms through the trouser beltloopsand when'th trousers are hung they are in a position where the, belt loops hang straight, thereby preventing the wrinkling of the -1 I have found thata .much more satisfactory product is provided when the wires 26 and 21 are secured to the horizontal supporting rod ll substantially at the center of the hanger rather than at one end or the other as the trousers are much less apt to slide oif of the hanger, and thinner wire material may be used without undue bending or sagging. Also, if the hanger should tip, as is apt to occur in carrying it, some of the trouser loops may slip further onto the hanger as the others slide off of it and the trousers will not fall to the ground. I have also found that the length of the wires 26, 21 which is secured to the supporting rod II should be approximately one-third or one-quarter of the total length thereof. This Stiffens the horizontal rod ll of the hanger l0 considerably, and prevents the ends of the arms 20, 2 l, 22 and 23 from bending downwardly under the weight of the trousers.

Figure 2 is an isometric view of a hanger embodying my invention and which is made of plastic material instead of wire. Because the plastic arms 35, 36, 31, and 38 are considerably thicker and consequently stiffer than the corresponding wire arms it is not necessary that they join the supporting rod 39 over any considerable portion of their length. As will be seen from the drawing the plastic arms are thicker at the center than at the ends, thereby providing strength and stiffness without too much weight. It is also desirable to have the ends of the arms 35, 36, 31, and 38 taper to a small size so that they can readily be inserted in the trouser loops. A notch 40 is provided near the end of each arm to prevent the trouser belt loops from sliding off of the arms. Preferably the hanger shown in Figure 2 is made in one piece although this is not necessary as the hanger portion may be formed in one operation and the two arm pieces formed in separate operations after which the three pieces can be cemented together in one simple operation.

Figure 3 is a fragmentary view showing the supporting bar II of an ordinary coat hanger to which the bar 4| has been attached by spotwelding at the points 30, 32. The bar 4| is shaped much like the bars 26, 21 in Figure 1 but it is connected to the supporting bar ll in such a position that it is substantially directly underneath the supporting bar and it is parallel to the supporting bar ll throughout almost of its entire length. As is shown in the figure the ends of the arms 42, 43 turn slightly upwardly in order to keep the belt loops 25 of the trousers 44 from inadvertently sliding oflE. An advantage to the hanger shown in Figure 3 over those shown in Figures 1 and 2 is that it occupies much less lateral space on a clothes rack and thus is of more value to tailors and the like who have to hang a large number of trousers in a small space. Because there is only one arm extending in each of two directions it is necessary to hang the trouser loops from each side of the trousers over the same arm. This is easily done however, as most belt loops can extend above the top edge or waistline of the trousers, as is shown in Figure 3.

It is also within the scope of my invention to make a plastic hanger along the lines of the wire hanger shown in Figure 3, i. e., a hanger having only two horizontally extending arms connected to the supporting rod of the hanger and positioned directly underneath it. In view of Figures 2 and 3 it is not believed to be necessary to illustrate and describe this embodiment in detail.

While I have described my invention with a certain degree of particularity, it is to be understood that it is only by way of example and that changes may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention.

I claim as my invention:

1. In a clothes hanger having a hook for suspending the hanger and a horizontal rod connected to said hook by a pair of supports connected to opposite ends of said horizontal rod forming two coat supporting portions, said horizontal rod extending substantially straight from one of said supports to the other, and bar means comprising a, center portion and two substantially straight end portions or arms, said center portion of said bar means being connected to the said horizontal rod substantially at the center thereof and said arms being spaced away from and to the side of said horizontal rod and lying substantially parallel thereto forming a plurality of arms for receiving and holding trouser belt loops.

2. In a clothes hanger having a hook for suspending the hanger and a horizontal rod connected to said hook by a pair of supports connected to opposite ends of said horizontal rod,

said horizontal rod extending substantially straight from one of said supports to the other; a first bar and a second bar each comprising a center portion and two arm portions, the said center portion of each said bar being connected to the said horizontal rod substantially at the center of said rod, said two arm portions of each said first and second bars being spaced away from said rod on opposite sides thereof and lying substantially parallel to said rod forming four arms for receiving and holding trouser belt loops.


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US20060213790 *Apr 3, 2004Sep 28, 2006Sang-Yup LeeCoat hanger shopping bag
U.S. Classification223/88
International ClassificationA47G25/00, A47G25/50
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/50
European ClassificationA47G25/50