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May 6, 1952 R. N. HANsoN CLOTHES DRYING RACK Filed sept. 27, 194e Patented May 6, 1952 UNITED STAT-Es PATENT oFFlcE CLOTHES DRYING RACK Raymond N. Hanson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Application September 27, 1948, Serial No. 51,331
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My invention relates to a novel small-scale rack for suspending articles of clothing and the like for purpose of drying the same, and has for its primary objective the provision of such a device which may be readily secured to and de tached from the opposite ends of a link pintle.
Another object or" my invention is the provision of a clothes drying rack of the type above described which is inexpensive to produce, which is rugged in construction, which may be readily shipped or stored, and which is extremely durable in use.
The above and still further objects of my invention will become apparent from the following detailed speciiication, appended claims and attached drawings.
Referring to the drawings wherein like charactersindicate like parts throughout the several views:
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary perspective View illustrating my novel device attached to the hinge of a door or the like;
Fig. 2 is a view in side elevation, some parts being broken away, and some parts shown in section;
Fig. 3 is a view corresponding substantially to Fig. 2, but showing a different position of some of the parts; and
Fig. 4 is a transverse section taken on the line 4 4 of Fig. 2.
Referring with greater particularity to the drawings, the numeral I indicates in its entirety a generally U-shaped supporting bracket, preferably and as shown, comprising spaced parallel arms 2 and 3, respectively, which are joined by a transverse main body portion 4. The free ends of the arms 2 and 3 are provided with opposed cup-like sockets 5. Bracket I is formed from a single length of ilexible resilient Wire, preferably of a relatively stiff variety. Also, preferably and as shown, the wire connecting one end of the main body portion 4 and one of the arms (preferably the lower arm 2) is bent backwardly upon itself to form a closed loop 6, the return section l of which forms an extension to said arm 2 for a purpose which will hereinafter become apparent and provide a plurality of hanger bars 8, preferably formed from wooden dowel stock and each provided with a transverse aperture l5 adjacent its inner end, through Which apertures the main body 4 extends, whereby to permit independent movements of the hanger bars 8 in a plane transversely of the main body 4. The hanger bars 8 are maintained in spaced relation to each other by spacing washers 9 interposed therebetween on the main body 4, and movement of the hanger bars 8 longitudinally of the main body 4 is limited by collars I0, which may be soldered or otherwise secured fast to said main body.
The bracket I is adapted to be supported from a door hinge or butt I I, which, as shown, hingedly supports a door I2 within a door frame I3. The socket cups 5 receive opposite pintle pin caps 'I4 of the hinge II and the bracket is supported thereby for swinging movements about the axis of the hinge II (see Fig. 4). The arms 2 and 3 must be spread apart as indicated in Fig. 3 to permit the pintle caps I4 to be received within the socket cups 5. rlhe added length of the lower arm 2, provided by the extended portion i and the closed loop 6, enables the user to spread the arms 2 and 3 without a great deal of effort. The resilience of the wire of the bracket I forces the socket cups 5 into snug frictional engagement with the pintle caps I4 and permits the hanger bars 8 to carry a substantial load. The bracket I may be removed from the hinge II by merely spreading the arms 2 and 3 apart, whereupon the device may be stored or re-hung in another place as desired.
It will be noted, by further reference to Fig. 4, that the pivotalmovement of each hanger bar 8 independent of the others thereof allows each hanger bar to be projected in a separate direction radially outwardly of the main body 4. This arrangement permits the utilization of a maximum oi space between the outer ends of the hanger bars t so that garments or other articles suspended therefrom will be spaced for eiiicient drying. The entire apparatus may be made to lie flat against the door I2 or the wall adjacent the door frame I3 when not in use. When the hanger bars 8 and arms 2 and 3 lie in the same vertical plane, the device occupies a minimum of space and may be placed in a relatively shallow container for storage and shipment.
My invention has been thoroughly tested and found to be adequate for the accomplishment of the above objects, and while I have shown a preferred embodiment of the invention, it will be understood that the same is capable of modication without departure from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the claims.
What I claim is:
1. In a device of the class described, a bracket formed from a single length of eXible resilient wire and comprising a pair of spaced arms and a connecting main body portion, opposed cupshaped sockets on the free ends of said arms,
3 and a plurality of hanger bars pivotally secured to the intermediate portion of said main body for independent movements in a plane transversely of said main body.
2. The structure dened in claim 1 in which the wire intermediate one of said arms and said main body portion is bent to form a loop which projects laterally outwardly from the main body portion generally axially of said arm.
RAYMOND N. HANSON.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the le of this patent:
Number 4 UNITED STATES PATENTS Name Date Bryant Mar. 9, 1909 Megill Dec. 7, 1915 Long Feb. 14, 1928 Subick July 26, 1932 Biltz Sept. 15, 1936 Redin Aug. 30, 1938 Tarnay Oct. 14, 1947