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Oct. 14, 1952' F. SBICCA SUPPORT FOR SHOES MOUNTED UPON LASTS Filed June 10, 1946 Patented Oct. 14, 1952 UNITED sirr ES a .3
SUPEOKT FOR snons MOUNTED Yr 'lass'rs-cv 1 a handled and rehanolled,v are=laidasidewhileother units are worked upon, and are oftenimovedfrom'. one location to another. FOI 'bhi-Si purpose mov-' able racks are providedv upon; which the; units.- comprising a ShOBI andqalastgarewindividually supported and by which they: may: betransported from place to place in --the l factoryaas; desired.
Such racks may be arranged; so aslto-support the;
shoes in a sing1e row orin ,a;seriesofvertically spaced rowsa Regardless of;- the particular;
arrangement,, however., it is; essential that the worker beable to; position; the, shoes-readily? in". the rack and also be able: to:removez-themswith: the same ease-therefrom;
These racks; are used". andpreusedizand .withz-the: passage of time and much handling frequently become soiled with foreign material and if the shoes which are.carriedhtherebycome into contact with the soiledsurfaces;ithey-teosare ldirtied.
Many shoes being light colored soihfmarksg;
thereon are clearly visible and tomemove such marks requiresa cleaning operation" which might otherwise be unnecessarycantii the inclusionmfi which results unnecessary? manufacturing expense.
According to thepresent invention a sl'i'oejrack support is provided which? is =:so constructedffand arranged as to hold the "shoe-and its last 'in a manner that the surface-0f theishoe is entirely spaced from all adjacent surfaces. The: last alone makes contact-with the support orca-rrier when used with all standard shoe designs and the construction is further characterized by the ease and certainty with which the shoe and last unit may be positioned and removed.
It is accordingly an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved support for shoes and lasts during manufacture. It is another object of the invention to provide a carrier for shoes and lasts which supports the shoes out of contact with adjacent surfaces by which they could be soiled. It is a still further object v ofrthe/i'nventionzto provi'dera shoetrackincwhiclr shoes and lasts. are removabiy positioned-during: the interval. between stepsatiir the pro'oesszof sl'u'a'e" mamifacture' and whi'chis characterized by't'h' ease: and certainty with'twhi'chtheiiinitstareiposF tioned; and 'removed;'-
These and .other moresv specific": obj cts' will: appear upon. reading the: following: specification. and'claims and a upon considering in;v connection therewith the: attached. drawings'sxto: which they relate.
Referring now to -thexdrawingsaiiiawhicli; a pref: ferred embodiment? ofa thezrinventione" isle: illus tra-tejdzg. a
Figure; 11- is :a-yiew' in perspective'offai-raclr: can:
structed accordance with'stli-e ;pres"ent jinven'- ti'o'n; 1
, Figure-.2 isi-a hviewn showing; the shoe-and last about to' bexseated its individual carrier-ensues party-and v v i Figureasijshowsthe; shoei-and last supported "in? the: carrier. V 1 e In. the drawings the: reference 1. character-:". I'll indicatesagenerally a; portable-i-shcezxrack which isseenaton comprise-vertical-.uprights? l I at-xitsiopp sitBiends: which; are carrie'dsby bases I 2; th'einr selvesiadapted to rest orlsli'de Hover aasu'ppdrting'; surface: A iplllralit'ygof verticailyspaced shelves I3 extend betweenthe-sendamembers "Ht r the embodiment illustrated it-hree shelves zare employed but it istobe' understood thatsthenums: berg ",Of-She1VeS,. their length: andi their ivertical spacing..- isi entirely a matter; of: 2 choice; Each shelf I 3 is tilted slightly so thataits upperisiirfa'ce' makesan' angle: of aboutrl5twith theihoriz'ont'aln v asiis showni most clearlyxini Figure 3':
known, being a, substantial imitation o' t Along; the :upperrsurfactazofw shelf fl3 at regularly: spaced intervals:arebsupportszxor;earners-i 6; each; oi lwhi'ch" is individually 'adaptedato receiVe ai'id support-1a: shoes-last 'I 1 together with? a shoe I 8 by. 'which it is enclosed. 'andrw'hich' issiillust'rative of ma shoe ink mid -process .ofimanufacture: Jrhe' generalsshape oi' the'last'fliis standar'd'an wen The last is preferably made of a solid, relatively light material such as wood, and is shaped along its instep and heel to provide a pointed instep projection 2| and a flat upper heel area 22. Each carrier I6 is contoured and shaped to receive and seat a last l1 and comprises a flat plate 23, shaped generally as the sole of a shoe forward of the heel, and secured to its underlying shelf by a pair of screws 21 extended through openings 28. Forwardly and rear wardly positioned pairs of fingers 24 and 26, respectively, extend upwardly from the opposite sides of plate 23 at its front and rear extremities. The front arms or fingers 24 are longer and extend further above the plate than do fingers 26, but in each case the upper extremities are gently curved outwardly. Forward fingers 2 being parallel to the adjacent side of the plate 23, are "ang'ularly' 'rlated, their included angle openingrearwardly, while the rear fingersextend parallel. To receive the pointed projection 21 at the instep of the inverted last 11, plate 23 is formed with a V-shaped cut-out or opening 29, 7 the rear edge or base of which lies along the edge of the shelf l3, as shown in Figure 3, so as not to be obstructed thereby.
The carriers I6 arranged along theshelves-J9 are identical and it will be necessary only todetions are intended to the details of construction or scribe the relationship of one carrier to the'shoe and the last unit positioned thereon in order to make clear therelationship which exists in each case. Letit be assumed that the last is positioned within the shoe and that the worker has been performing an operation thereon-in the fabricating: of the shoe. The same-step is usually performedupon all of the shoes in a rack before a particular shoe in that rack is advanced to the next fabricating step. Upon completing the particular opera-. tion upon the shoe in his charge, the worker takes it by the underside and slidesit and the enclosed last in an inverted condition into its empty carrier. The rack is turned so that the heels of the shoes face the operator and the movement of the shoe and last unit is forward and downwarduntil.the. forward portion of the last instep seats between the front fingers 24 while the fiat portion 22 of the heel rests between the rear fingers 26. The instep of the last is somewhat accentuated so that with its forward portion extended between the fingers 24 the pointed portion 2| thereof ex-.
tends downwardly and rests against the base of the triangular cut-out opening 29 in the carrier plate 23.. The shoe for=itspart is supported'entirelyby' the last. The fingers 24 and 26 and the plate .:23 entirely-support and position the shoe and last by engagement with the latter only, while the. enclosing shoe, which does not extriddownwardly'upon the last instep sufficiently tocontact the fingers24, nor sufficiently downwardly upon the. heel of the lastto-contact the fingers 26, is. supported entirely free therefrom. The carrier I6 is tipped slightly downwardly at its'forward side, as shown in Figure 3, making for ease of po- Sitioningand removal, and, to an operator-famil iar with his work, the operation of replacing one shoe and last and withdrawing another -is sub-- stantially va single continuous movement. He
shoves;the completed .unit into its waiting carrieriromatherear where it is retained by gravity and. the cooperation of the parts 'asdescribed. With his arm so advanced, he merely moves hishand laterally to grasp the adjacent shoe and last',and pullsit rearwardly displacing. it com-. nletelw Thetcarriers constructed in accordance with design herein shown other than as defined in the appended claims.
3 IQAshOean d last support adapted to seat a last .iermedzwith a'narrowed downwardly extending instep and a shoe positioned thereon, comprising a plate formed with a central aperture to receive and seat the lower extremity of said instep with said last inverted, with spaced forward fingers constructed and arranged to receive and seat said instep 1 forwardly of said lower extremity, and spaced rear fingers constructed and arranged to seat said -last rearWa-rdly of said instep.
2AA shoe and last'support adapted to seat a last formed with-a narrowed downwardly extending instep anda shoepositioned thereon, comprising-a plate forrnedwith a central-aperture to receive and seat the lower extremity of said instep with said last inverted, with spaced angularly positioned fingers flaring slightly outwardly at their upper 'ends to receive and seat the instep forwardly of saidlo'wer extremity, and spaced fingers arranged rearwardly of said first-mentionedfingers fiaring slightly outwardly at their upper ends and-constructed and arranged to seat said last 'rearwardlyof said instep.
- .3." A ra'ck -for' shoesand lasts comprising a shelf, a support for invertedshoes and last mounted on the; top; of said shelf and extending forwardly thereon-maid support comprising. a rigid base formed=with a 'central aperture forwardly of said shelf to receive and seat the extremity of the last instep, a pairof forward fingers to receive and seatthe forward. portion of said instep, and a pair of rear fingers located above said shelf to receive; and seatltheheel of said last.
.1 FRANK SBICCA.
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