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Publication numberUS2639939 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 26, 1953
Filing dateOct 8, 1951
Priority dateOct 8, 1951
Publication numberUS 2639939 A, US 2639939A, US-A-2639939, US2639939 A, US2639939A
InventorsHenry I Matchett
Original AssigneeHenry I Matchett
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Deodorizing toilet paper holder
US 2639939 A
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H. l. MATCHETT DEODORIZING TOILET PAPER HOLDER May 26, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Oct. 8, 1951 IN VEN TOR.

HENRY I MATCH ETT BY a 2 9 d6 WM ATTORN EY May 26, 1953 H. l. MATCHETT DEODORIZING TOILET PAPER HOLDER Filed Ogt. 8, 1951 v 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. HENRY I. MATCHETT ATTORYNIEEY Patented May 26, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,639,939 DEODORIZING TOILET PAPER HOLDER Henry I. Matchett, Philadelphia, Pa. Application October 8, 1951, Serial No. 250,353

4 Claims.

Ihe object of the invention is to provide improvements in devices used to impart to the atmosphere of a given room or other area relative fragrance, and more especially to offset or counteract offensive or fetid odors in such an area, as for example in a toilet, lavatory, or privy.

In rooms designed and set aside more or less exclusively for use as toilets, various provisions are made for operatively supporting rolls of toilet paper. These may take the form of recessed tiles in a wall, or a depending pair of wire elements, having inwardly directed angular end portions, usually comprising integral extensions of a single wire or the like, and in any case detachably supporting the opposite ends of a suitable spindle, which is surrounded by the inner tubular cardboard core that carries the usual roll of paper.

While the invention will be hereinafter described as for use in toilets, it is to be understood that the holders for operatively supporting the fragrant volatilizable chemicals may be placed in any chamber or other enclosure, where there exist odors of fetid, malodorous, nidorous and other obnoxious scents, whether continuously or intermittently, so that the offensive odors of whatever sort may be neutralized or counteracted by more pleasant odors, until the former can be expelled and the atmosphere freshened.

Another and more specific object is to provide as one embodiment of the invention the combination of a perforated cylindrical casing adapted to enter and support an ordinary roll of toilet paper, in combination with a preferably fixed closure for one end of said cylinder that preferably provides a yieldingly positioned trunnion for resiliently securing the device in one of the usual supporting tiles or wire holders, the opposite end of said cylinder being normally closed by removable trunnion element, and the interior of said cylinder receiving deodorizing chemicals, which in volatilizing impart the desired fragrance to the surrounding atmosphere.

A further object is to provide a relatively slender tube, rod, or other form of mandrel, which is adapted to be inserted into the axial bore of a cylindrical body of the proper chemicals, and said mandrel being provided with a preferably fixed flange on one end and a detachable flange upon the other end, said flanges initially cooperating with the fragrant body to support the paper roll, or supporting the said roll unaided by said intervening body, and means to permit the assembled unfit to be removably secured in operative position in the particular type of wall support at hand.

Still another object is to provide a more simple form of the device, that comprises a slender mandrel preferably provided with surface irregularities, and a volatilizable body molded directly upon said mandrel, the said body directly supporting the paper roll, and the ends of said mandrel being provided with axial bores for the reception of wire supporting elements, while the ends of the mandrel serve to provide trunnions to enter the recesses of a Wall tile, and thereby rotatably support a paper roll with respect thereto.

A still further object is to provide a slender mandrel, that is insertable through a similar size of bore in a volatilizable body, and directly supports a paper roll until the said body has completely disappeared through vaporization when the mandrel supports the roll, and the ends of said body if desired being protected by thin metal end members having peripherial cylindrical flanges, that if desired may serve as supports for the said roll after said body has partially or entirely disappeared from between them, the opposite ends of said mandrel in this instance functioning as with the form last above referred to.

And still another object is to provide a compressed body of suitable chemicals, that is adapted for use in two or more of the modifications hereinbefore described, and essentially comprising a solid cylindrical mass having an axial bore, iadapted to slideably receive the mandrels referred With the objects thus briefly set forth, the invention comprises further details of construction and operation, which are hereinafter fully described in the following specification, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. l is a vertical longitudinal section through a roll of toilet paper operatively supported by and surrounding a mandrel composed of volatile material of the general character described and comprising one embodiment of the invention; Fig. 2 is an and elevation of the same; Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a vertical longitudinal section through a modified form of socalled deodorizing mandrel and roll of toilet paper supported thereby; Fig. 5 is a similar section showing another modification of said deodorizing mandrel; and Figs. 6, '7 and'8 are similar sections through further modified forms of the invention.

Referring to Figs. 1, 2 and 3, there is here initially shown a slender cylindrical mandrel l of wood or plastic, whose ends are provided with axially positioned, inwardly extending, shallow bores 2 for the reception of the angular end 3 portions 3 of wire supports 4, such as are widely used in many places. To obviate the necessity otherwise of having to show an additional separate figure, the right hand end only is shown as being suspended by a wire holder, while the left hand end is shown as extending rotatably into a recess 5 in a wall tile 6, such as is usually found in tiled toilets, bathrooms and lavatories. The mandrel l is slideably inserted through the axial bore 1: of: a cylindrical molded. body 8. of fragrant volatile material, said bore preferably though not necessarily being lined with a tube.

9 of paper, cardboard, or other suitable material. Finally, a roll of paper It) having a tubular cardboard lining II in its; axial: bore surrounds said fragrant body. To prevent longitudinal shifting of the molded body with respect to its supporting mandrel, the latter may be provided with any suitable form of ribbon or wire spring l2, the ends, of. which may be a.

embedded withinsaid-mandrel, while its central portion extends radially and yieldingly from said mandrel, and operates to frictionally engage and prevent relative movement between said body and said mandrel in any direction. this form of the invention, as the material of the molded, body volatilizes and thereby reduces in its outside diameter, the paper roll resting thereon obviously descendsv until in time its tubular core rests upon the body. core 9, present, or otherwise, directly upon said mandrel, whereupon. a refill body. is placed in operative, position as shown.v

Referring to Fig, 4,, a central mandrel I5 is here shown as being provided, with axially aligned bores I 6 in, its ends for the purpose above described, and, also with one or more peripheral grooves l1. Adjacent to the ends of and surrounding said. mandrel in this form of the invention are thin metal. discs or, plates [8,

the. outer edge portions of. which. are deflected towards each. other to. provide alignedv cylindrical flanges 1.9, while a central bore of each plate is, surrounded by a; preferably outwardly directedflange 2|, that frictionally. grips the surface of. said. mandrel, so. as to secure between, said plates a. molded body 22 of fragrant volatile material, said plates. being; provided with a plurality of apertures; 23; for: the,

passage of vapors from said body, while a similar escape of fumes takes, place: in. the, narrow space between, the lower portions of said. body.- and the tubular core, llof the, paper. roll. In this.

form of the device, as-the-vqlatile body decreases in size through vaporization, the weight of the, 0

paper roll, is carried bythe flanges [.9 of the. plates, 18,, so .that there is, no dropping; of; the roll withrespect to the -supportine;mandrel, and when the fragrant; body. has. been. completely expende a. fr h; nit; is. installed, com risin a similar, mandrel, surroundingmolded. body. and

end plates, said-mandrel and. plates ibeing; formed:

of; relatively,- low-cost; or waste. materials, and said mandrel being: supported-either: by wiresor betwe n. iles. a first above. described Referring. to F.='ig.r. 5,. a, pair: of; end plates, 25:.

areshown as: being; provided with: oentrali apertures 2.6, surrounded. by cylindrical. flanges 21 that extend, into and. are secured. to. theop-- posite ends of a tubular core 28, which together with said, flanges normally receives the oentral portionlof, a.-.slender, mandrel 29, only the-op posite, endv portions-.of which are shown outside of. but. in; alignment. with said core; said end portions; preferably being provided with wirevided with axial bores pin. 51

,this form of the device, as in others above served, and as the body 32. vaporizes the core 28 and the end plates connected thereby are discarded and a new fragrant unit made to surround said mandrel. The paper roll I 0 and its tubular core H are similar to those used with each of the.- several forms of the device here described. Also, as in the form shown in Fig. 4, the right hand side of Fig. 5 is intended to indicate how the flanges 33 continue to support the paper roll core II after the intervening body 32 has, either partially or completely volatilized.

Referringto Fig. 6, a tubular core 35 is shown as being closed at its opposite ends by means of similar plugs 36, one of which may be'permanently secured in place if desired, but in any case one of them must be removable in order .to permit a reflll 3'"! to be placed between them,

said' refill'comprising a molded body offragrant volatilizable material as previously referred to. Preferably each of said plugs also comprises radial flanges 38 having exit apertures 39, and oppositely projection trunnions 40 that if pro- 4! may be supported" by wire holders, as well as being supportable in and between tiles as hereinbefore described. The

righthand side of this figure indicates how aftersome or all of the saidv body has vaporized, the

weight of the usual core ll of the paper roll l0 continues to be supported by said'plug flanges, and thus maintained in coaxial relation with respect. to. the plugs 3E49.

Referringto Fig.7, a somewhat more expensive form of the device is here shown as comprising a tubular mandrel 45, that is normally surroundedlby a lining core46of a cylindrical body 41 of, volatile material, which is retained upon.

said, mandrel in one direction by the annular flange. of. a plug 49, having an outwardly projecting trunnion extension 50, said trunnion preferably. being provided with a bore 5| for the, reception of a wire support (not shown),

whilesaid flange. is provided with aperturesv 52 for, the, escape of vapor from said. body, as the latter volatilizes. In the opposite direction said body. is maintained. upon said mandrel by means I of. a disc 53,,thatis securedto the mandrel and provided. withvapor-escape apertures 54, while through. a. central aperture 55 in said. disc is slideably positioned. a plug. 5.6, having a radial that extends outwardly and. is slideable in. a, longitudinalslot. 53 in. said mandrel, said plugextending. outwardly beyond said flange to provide a trunnion having an. axial. bore 59,

equivalent. to, the corresponding bore 5i in the plug. 49... Said. last-mentioned plug is normally maintained. in outward. position. by means of a vcompression coil spring within said. mandrel,

and. which spring is limited as to its movement into said, mandrel by means. of a. transversely extending pin. 6|. or other suitable member.v In

described, the weight of the paper roll l0. and its cardboard. tube I I are carried, by. the flange 48.

and the-disc53, as-the;diameter1 of. said body 41-: decreases, as; indicatedrat the rightv hand side of said figure.

Referring to Fig. 8, the modification of the invention here shown provides for the use of volatile crystals instead of the molded body hereinbefore referred to, and comprises a preferably metallic cylinder 65 having a plurality of apertures 66 for the escape of vapor from crystals 61. The left hand end of said cylinder is normally closed by a removable plug 68, having a peripheral flange 69 that limits its movement inwardly as it abuts directly against the end of said cylinder, and is provided exteriorly with a trunnion extension 10, having a central bore H for a Wire support as before mentioned. Secured in the opposite end of said perforated cylinder is a disc 12, having apertures 13 and a peripheral cylindrical flange H, that engages the inner surface of said cylinder, while axially said disc is provided with a tubular extension 15, that projects into said cylinder and is closed at its inner end by a wall 16. A pin 11 extends diametrically through this extension and slideably through an elongated aperture 18 in a plug 19, that in projecting freely through and from said disc provides a second trunnion 80, having an axial bore 8| corresponding with the similar bore in the plug 10, said plug 19 being forced outwardly by a compression coil spring 82. In this form of the device, when the crystals 61 have completely evaporated or volatilized, the plug 68 is removed from the perforated cylinder 65 and more crystals placed therein, after which said plug is replaced as shown, and the device is ready for mounting in a wire holder or between a pair of recessed tiles as hereinbefore described.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. A deodorizing support for a toilet paper roll, comprising a cylindrical body of volatile material having an axial bore, a pair of plugs extending into said bore and also projecting therefrom to provide supporting trunnions, and an annular disc surrounding each of said plugs intermediate its ends and provided with apertures to permit escape of the scent emanating from said body, said discs supporting an encircling paper roll independently of said body as said body diminishes diametrically through volatilization.

2. A deodorizing support for a toilet paper roll, comprising a cylindrical body of fragrant volatile material having an axial bore, a tubular lining for said bore, a pair of plugs extending into said bore and also projecting therefrom to provide supporting trunnions, an annular disc surrounding each of said plugs intermediate its ends and provided with apertures to permit escape of scent emanating from said body, said discs initially supporting an encircling paper roll, and continuing to support said roll after said body has shrunken diametrically through volatilization.

3. A deodorizing support for a toilet paper roll, comprising a mandrel having axially extending end recesses, plugs projecting from within said recesses to provide freely extending trunnions, annular discs surrounding said plugs, one of said plugs being resiliently positioned with respect to said mandrel, and a cylindrical body of volatile material surrounding said mandrel between said discs, and said discs being operative to support a surrounding roll of toilet paper independently of said body, as said body diminishes in size diametrically through volatilization.

4. A deodorizing support for a toilet paper roll, comprising a mandrel having axially inwardly extending bores, plugs projecting from within said bores to provide freely extending trunnions, annular discs surrounding said plugs, one of said plugs being removably positioned in its receiving bore and the other plug being resiliently positioned in its bore, a cylindrical body of volatile material having an axial bore, and a tubular liner for said last-mentioned bore surrounding and in slideable engagement with said mandrel between said discs, said discs being operative to support an encircling roll of toilet paper independently of said body as said body diminishes in size diametrically through volatilization.


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U.S. Classification242/599.3, 242/905, 239/52, 242/599.2
International ClassificationA47K10/32
Cooperative ClassificationY10S242/905, A47K2010/322, A47K10/32
European ClassificationA47K10/32