US 2628755 A
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1953 T. F. MARCHIONDA 2 5 GARMENT BAG SUPPORTING ,AND ELEVATING DEVICE Filed April 15, 1951 Patented Feb. 17, 1953 UNITED STATES; e ore GARMENT BA SUPITORTING im. ELEVATING DEVICE 'runyn. Maren-mesa, Struthers, Ohio Application Apt-i113}. 1951, serialmtzzases aclaim i (01. 226-18) This invention relates to, a garment bag supporting and elevatingdevi'ce and-more partice ularl'y to a garment bagger incorporating means 1' for matically engaging 'a garment bag and elevating the same to facilitatethe placing of-a garment on the garmentbagger;
The principal object" of the invention isprovision of'agarmentbag supporting and elevating: device having meansforautomatically engaging and elevating a garment bag.
A further object of the-invention is-theprcrvisiorrof-a garment bag supporting and elevating device which;- may' be economically formed-- of a few easily fabricated parts whichfmay be easily" installed and operated ior its intended'purpose:
A still fur-ther object of the invention isthe provision of a garment bagger including a verti cally movable el'emen-t having movable arms thereon capable of expanding so asto= be se1f-=re-- tai-ningin the upper portion of a garment bag.
A stilliurther object of 'theinvention is the provision of a garment bagger incorporating a vertically movable element having arms forengagement in a garment bag and'means-i'or hold ing the vertically movable element and-"armsiin lowermost positions .inthe: garment bag.
The garment bag supporting and elevating "-deposed for engagement with agarment bag to elevate the same and permit a garment ona clothes hanger tobe positionedtherebeneathand the garment bag subsequently-lowered thereover.
Such deviceshavenot met with commercial suc-- cess for the reason that they have invariably utilized mechanical means such as'clamps, pulleys,- chains,- cables and thelike requiring manual opera-tioni and rendering-the devices cumbersome i and incapable of rapid use for their intended purpose. Additionally their constructions renthe deredthem prohibitive-in cost. The present inventionrelates to agarment .bagger which over comes these particular problems-and enables a- 2r simple and'efiici'ent garment bagger to be produced and used: and avoids theseand other ObiQC', tions.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides inthe combination and are rangement ofparts and in the detail O f: construction hereinafter described and claimed; it being the intention to cover all changes and" modifications of the example of 'the invention herein chosen for purposes of." the disclosure, which donot constitute departures from the spirit and scope of the invention,
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a side view of thegarmentzbagger showing a garment: bag in elevated position thereon and broken lines thereon showing a, garmentbag in lowered position with respect thereto.
Figure 2 is an enlarged vertical section illustrating the lower portion of the garment bagger.
shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a horizontal section taken on line 3-4 of Figure 2-.
Figure 4 isa horizontal ection taken on line i.4 of Figure 2;
Figure 5 is azbottom-el'e'vation taken on line 55of Figure 2; 7
By referring to the drawings" andFigure I'i'n particular it will be seen-that thegarment bag ger comprises" ahorizontal mounting bracket 10' having-a depending sleeve ll: securedlthereto. The mounting bracket I0 is apertured'and' adapted'tob-eysecured to a supporting bracketsuch, as a ceiling [TM a plurality of 'fasteners.,l3'.l
The mounting bracket H)" has a hook, lldposi:
tioned thereon and located within the sleeve ll' and is' adapted tosupport'a coil spring If5f.
The sleeve. H has opppsitelydisposed apertures near its lower ends with set, screws 16. therein'for' securing the uppermost end of a. tubular body. II which is thereby adiustablypositi'oned within the sleeve H and normally extends downwardly"a,v considerable distance therebelow. The;tubularv 1 body I T has longitudinally extending, oppositely disposed slots l8 '--lj8' in its sides. which. extend from a point near its. uppermost end to. its lower: most end, The lowermost end. of the tubular bodylT-is closedas'bya closure I9 andisrprovi'ded with a depending hook 20; The hook'zil is adapted to support a coat hanger Zjl WhiChOldi"? narilycarriesa garment 22.
A'garment' bag 23, is shown. in Figure lot the drawings in elevated position'on the tubular body I! and is shown held in such position by a pair 3 of oppositely disposed, outwardly extending arms 24-24 which are shown in solid lines in elevated position holding the garment bag 23 above the hook 29, the arms 24-24 extending out of the tubular body member through the oppositely disposed longitudinally extending slots iii-l3.
In the lower portion of Figure 1 of the drawin s the arms 2424 are shown in dotted lines in retracted position, it being observed that in retracted position they are on a vertical plane and positioned adjacent the hook so that the garment bag 23 can be threaded upwardly over the hook 20, the arms 24 and the bottom 19 of the tubular body I! to a point where the uppermost portion of the garment bag 23 overlies the arms 24. It will be observed that the arms 24 each have a sidewardly projecting portion 25, which sidewardly projecting portion are inclined slightly upwardly as seen in dotted lines in the lower part of Figure 1 of the drawings. It will be observed that as the garment bag 23 is moved upwardly over the arms 24, as hereinbefore described, it will engage the sidewardly extending portions 25 and move the same vertically.
The innermost ends of the extending portions 25 are pivoted on a common pivot 26 on a tubular body member 29, as best shown in Figures 2 and 3 of the drawings, and it will be seen by referring to Figure 2 that when the extending portions 25 are moved upwardly they will move toward one another on an are based on the pivot 26. Each of the innermost ends of the extending portions 25 on the arms 24 has an oppositely disposed, upstanding cam portion 21 which, upon being moved outwardly and downwardly (as the arms 24 are moved upwardly and inwardly), will cause the ends 27A of the cams to be disengaged from beneath a tensioning plunger 28 which is movably positioned in the tubular body member 29 and spring urged downwardly by a secondary coil spring 39. The arms 24 are thus urged to substantially horizontal position as shown in the upper portion of Figure 1 of the drawings, and in Figure 2 by the movement of the tensioning plunger 28 against the cams 21 on the upturned ends of the arms 24.
The movement of the arms 24 to substantially horizontal position and the extensions 25 to substantially vertical position, as shown in Figure 2 of the drawings, permits the garment bag 23 to be moved vertically over the tubular body IT, as heretofore described, the action automatically causing the arms 24 to engage the inclined shoulder portions 23A of the garment bag and thereby support the same. When the garment bag has been so positioned, a push button release 3| is manually operated and which release has heretofore engaged the top of the body member 29 and thereby permits the spring [5 to elevate the body member 29 to which the arms 24 are pivoted by the pivot 26. The garment bag 23 is thus rapidly elevated with respect to a device and to a point such as shown in the upper portion of Figure 1 of the drawings where the hook 29 is exposed therebeneath. The garment hanger 21 with the garment 22 may then be positioned on the book 20, the garment bag 23 grasped and pulled downwardly over the hanger 2| and garment 22, which action will cause the body member 29 to move downwardly in the tubular body I! as the garment bag 23 is still supported on the arms 24 which are held in substantially horizontal position by the pointed lower end of the plunger 28.
The plunger 28 is provided with four depending legs 32 which comprise the material remaining in the plunger 28 after four circumferentially spaced, longitudinally extending slots are formed therein, two of which permit the cams 21 to move with respect thereto and the other two of which provide clearance for the pivot pin 26. The lowermost portion of the legs 32 will engage the closure IS on the end of the tubular body IT, as shown in dotted lines in Figure 2 of the drawings, and will therefore cause the plunger to stop its downward travel while the tubular body 29 will continue its downward movement until the cams 21 are able to move with respect to the then slightly elevated plunger 28 wherefrom the garment bagger and down over the top portion of the hanger 2| as shown in Figure 1 of the drawings. The push button release 31 will again engage the top of the tubular body 29 and held in lowermost position for a subsequent garment bagger operation.
The construction thus disclosed comprise a substantial improvement over garment baggers heretofore known and over the garment bagger shown in my aforesaid co-pending patent application.
It will further be observed that the device is capable of being relatively inexpensively made with a minimum number of moving part as the moving parts comprise only the tubular body member 29, the plunger 23 and the arms 24 with their outwardly extending portions 25 and inward cam sections 21. The-device is practically self-operating as the positioning of a garment bag over the depending arms 2d when they are in retracted position (as shown in Figure 1 of the drawings) and enables the same to be brought into direct engagement with the extending portions 25, which action causes the release of the plunger 28 as the cams 2'! move away from the ends 21A thereon.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. A garment bagger comprising in combination a vertically positioned tubular member having oppositely disposed longitudinally extending slots in the sides thereof, means on the upper end of the tubular member for securing it to an overhead support, and a hook on the lower end of the tubular member for supporting a garment hanger, a coil spring secured to the uppermost end of the garment bagger and lying within the tubular member, a tubular body member secured to the lower end of said spring, said tubular body member having a pair of oppositely disposed slots in its side walls, a plunger disposed in said tubular body member, the lower end of the plunger having two pairs of oppositely disposed slots formed therein at right angles to one another, one of said pairs of slots registering with said pair of slots in the tubular body member, a pair of arms pivoted. to said tubular body member, the other pair of slots in said plunger providing clearance for the pivot on which said pair of arms swing, cams formed on said arms and engaging said plunger whereby the arms are retained in sub stantially horizontal position by said plunger engaging said cams thereon and in substantially vertical position when said plunger engages a difierent surface in said cams, sideward extensions on said arms at substantial right angles to saidfarms, said arms and extenions lying outside the tubular body member and acting to hold a garment bag.
2. The: garment bagger set forth in claim 1 and further characterized by the inclusionof a spring T in the tubular body member normally biasing said plunger downwardly toward said cams on said arms.
3. The garment bagger set forth in claim 1 and further characterized by the formation of a latch in said tubular member normally engaging the upper end of said tubular body member and holding it in lowermost position in said tubular member."
4. The garment bagger set forth in claim 1 and further characterized by the positioning of said arms in side-by-side relation on a common pivot in the lower slotted end of said tubular body member and wherein the lowermost portions of the plunger extend below the adjacent portions of the arms to engage the bottom of the tubular member and elevate the plunger to disengage said plunger from said cams and permit the arms to move to substantially vertical position.
5. The garment bagger set forth in claim 1 and further characterized by the formation of the cams on the arms in positions adjacent said pivot and spaced horizontally with respect to one another for the reception of the plunger therebetween.
TONY F. MARCHIO-NDA.
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