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Feb. 3, l953 B. T. BORTON V TOILET PAPER ROLL HOLDER Filed May 28, 1951 ATTORNEY B- "r. BoRToN 2,627,382 TOILET PAPER ROLL HOLDER 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 Feb. 3, 1953 Filed May 2a, 1951 m n Q T N o O L m h m N m T m Km H a Y B Z 1 i .5 I 1 3 v, o h N N 2. K O mum 7 1%; l m1 9 N6 wim 06 Patented Feb. 3, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Boyd T. Berton, Riviera Beach, Fla. Application May 28, 1951, Serial No. 228,737
1 Claim. 1
The present invention has reference to a cabinet or box for holding rolls of toilet paper, the bottom roll being in a delivery position, i. e. the bottom roll of paper can be unrolled and sheets removed therefrom at will for use, another roll or rolls being positioned in said cabinet above the delivery position, with means for removing the stick and empty roller tube when the bottom roll has become used up. a
An object is to provide a neat appearing box, which can be attached to a vertical wall near the toilet seat. A further object is to provide space for a plurality of rolls of toilet paper to be kept in said cabinet.
Several modifications of the cabinet and rolls of paper are shown in the annexed drawing, forming a part of this specification. In said drawing:
Fig. 1 is a front view of the cabinet with four rolls of toilet paper carried therein, the door of the cabinet being open,
Fig. 2 is a cross section on the line 22 of Fig. 1,
Fig. 3 is a section similar to Fig. 2, but with the rolls of paper removed therefrom in order to more clearly illustrate the slots and the roll trigger mechanism delivering to the delivery position,
Fig. 4 is a horizontal section on the plane 4-4 of Fig. 2,
Fig. 5 is a horizontal section on the line 5-5 of Fig. 2,
Fig. 6 is a modification showing a different form of trigger mechanism for feeding the roll of paper to the delivery position,
Fig. 7 is a modification showing the device formed without any trigger mechanism,
Fig. 8 i a representation of the lower part of the device shown in Fig. 3, but on a larger scale and with the trigger mechanism having pushed the ready roll into the position from which it is to fall into the delivery position,
Fig. 9 shows a common form of stick, with pins or dowels on its end, for being passed through the common cardboard roller tube, on which toilet paper is commonly rolled, before sale, and
Fig. 10 shows in section a detail of a modified form of cabinet.
The cabinet can be made of wood or metal or plastic or other suitable material, and comprises two side walls I!) and II, having slots formed therein of a width suitable for carrying the pins on the ends of a roller or stick which supports a roll of toilet paper. I2 represents the back of the cabinet, by which it be fastened to a vertithe cabinet when desired. Carried in the cabinet may be four (4) rolls of toilet paper, the roll I! being in the deliveryposition, and the rolls I8, I9 and. supported above roll IT. I8 is in the ready position or rest position.
.On the inner surface of the two walls [0 and II are providedslots for carrying the dowels or pins 22 of a roller 23, which may be placed within the cardboard rollertube 24 carrying a roll of toilet paper 25. The pins 22 may be about a quarter of an inch in diameter and the stick 23 may be one and one-sixteenth inches in diameter, and the roller 24 may be about one and a half inches in diameter, according to present day practice. The slots 2|, and others to be described presently are, for example, a little over a quarter of an inch wide so that the pins 22 can slide readily therein. Leading downwardly from the. introduction slot 2|, are vertical slots 21, extending downwardly to the rest position which issufiiciently above the outside of a full rollv of paper inthe delivery position, so that the roller in the delivery position can be readily rotated to allow the paper to be taken off for use. v In Figure 3 I have shown a delivery mechanism which includes av trigger 28 mounted on a screw or thelike 29, the end of which is screwed into the box side I ll. Movement of the lower end 30 of the trigger 28 toward the left accordingly causes the upper end of this trigger to move to the right, and the upper end of 28 is normally pressed to the left, in Figure 3, by the flat spring 3|. Assuming that the roll of paper which was in the delivery position 32 in Figure 3 has been used up, thgroller tube 24 of this while on the stick 23 thereof, carrying'the pins 22 thereof, will now be removed, by being lifted slightly with the hand and moved to the left towards 33. This pushes the lower end 30 of the trigger to the left, forcing the upper end of 28 to the right, and this pushes the pins 22 of th roll of paper I8 resting upon the part 34 to the right, from the position as shown in Fig. 3 to the position as shown in Fig. 8. This allows the fresh roll to drop through the vertical slot 35 into the position 32 as shown in dotted lines in Figures 3 and 8. When the roll tube 24 and the stick 23 have been removed at 33 the trigger top 28 is pushed back by the fiat spring 3| to the left as far as it will go, namely against the abutment 36.
In Figure 6 of the drawing I have shown a different form of trigger 31, which is pivoted at 39.
The upper end of the trigger 31 has a square cut-out portion 38, upon which the pins 22 of the fresh roll of paper coming from 21 rest, being held in position by a flat spring 3|, described above. The delivery position of the roll of paper to be used is represented by the horizontal part ll, and the lower end 40 of the trigger 31 is held against this pin 22 by the spring 3| during use. For allowing the roll of paper supported on 33 to be dropped into the delivery position ll, the roller in 4| can be moved to the left by hand, moving it to the left and moving 38 to the right, past the top of 42 and to the top of the slot 43, by which time the spring 3! will have been cleared and the roll can drop down through the slot 43 into the position All. This may be assisted if desired, by the pusher 44 carrying a coiled compression spring 45, 44 being pushed by hand to the right, moving the full roll of paper hanging on 38 to the right, to a position at the top of slot 43 from which it will drop on release of the pusher 44. The stick and empty roller tube can .be removed from the position 6|, first to the left and then down through the vertical slot &6.
In Figure 7 is another modification which does not requireany trigger or any spring. Here the delivery position of the toiletpaper roll is indicated at 39. 58 represents the bottom of the. slot 21, and the .stick and empty roller tube will .be simply lifted up by hand from the position 49, and pushed to the .right through slot 5| when it will drop out through slot 52. From the position 56 the roll is pushed by the plunger 34 in an uphill direction through 53 when it will drop down by gravity through 54 into the position 49.
t will be understoodthat Figs. 3, 6, 7 are not shown with rolls of paper in order to more clearly illustrate the slots and the operation of the device.
The cabinet should be kept full of paper rolls at all times, by introducing .a .roll of paper through 21, as often as the stick and rollertube is removed from the 'deliveryposition and a new roll is let down from the rest position (top of 28 or 38 or 50) to the deliverypositions (32, 4! or 49 respectively). However this is not always convenient to do and it is advisable to always, in filling the cabinet with fresh 'rolls of paper, to use, as the topmost roll, aroll 'of .a distinctively colored paper. Thus the most common toilet paper rolls being say, unbleached white, in filling the cabinet the top ,roll ofp per'shoul'd best be a colored paper, say pink. Then as soon aspink paper appears at the delivery position, the cabinet should at once he filled. with new rolls of paper, with preferablya roll of pink paper at the top.
Fig. 10 shows a.modifiedform .of thelbottom -.of
the cabinet, in which the bottom portion from 56 to 51 is open. The person can insert his hand through the opening to move the empty roller on its stick, say from position 32 and remove it through 33 (or similar movements in the other figures).
A holder for toilet paper rolls which comprises a vertically elongated box-like container having slots on the interior of opposin faces including substantially horizontal introduction slots, downwardly extending slots communicating therewith, a stop for holding a roll of such toilet paper on a roller in a position above the delivery position, where it can allow delivery from a roll in a lower position, and means for holding another roll in such delivery position in which paper can be removed from said last mentioned roll, and'a slot providing an exit means for the empty roller tube and stick, for removing the latter from the holder when its paper on the roll in said delivery position has been used up, a pivoted trigger mechanism located within each of said downwardly extending slots, said trigger mechanism extending vertically from close to said rest position to close to said delivery position, the lower ends of said trigger mechanism being located directly in the path of removal of said empty roller from said delivery position to the outside, and the upper ends ofsaicltrigger mechanisms being located infront of and at the level of said rest position, flexible springs normally-holding the ends of said roller against the upper ends of said trigger mechanisms, said springs being back of said rest position and the lower parts of said springs being at the level of said rest position, whereby when ail-empty roller is removed outwardly from said delivery position, it pushes the lower ends of said trigger mechanisms outwardly, which action forces the upper ends of said trigger mechanism inwardly, against said flexible springs whereby said roll of paper is permitted to fall into said delivery position.
BOYD T. BORTON.
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