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Publication numberUS2676377 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1954
Filing dateNov 8, 1951
Priority dateNov 8, 1951
Publication numberUS 2676377 A, US 2676377A, US-A-2676377, US2676377 A, US2676377A
InventorsGarcia Humberto A
Original AssigneeGarcia Humberto A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Resilient clothespin
US 2676377 A
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RESILIENT CLOTHESPIN Filed Nov. 8, 1951 v INVENTOR. HvMB erfo A. @am'a.

Patented Apr. 27, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,676,377 RESILIENT CLOTHESPIN Humberto A. Garcia, Brownsville, Tex. Application November 8, 1951, Serial N 0. 255,338 2 Claims. (01. 24-137) The present invention relates to a wind-proof clothes pin and it consists in the combinations, constructions and arrangements of parts herein described and claimed.

Generally there is provided a wind-proof clothes pin which is formed entirely of a plastic material and which is so designed that as wind impinges against clothes secured to a line by the present invention, the force of such wind will act to tighten the grip of the present device rather than to loosen the same. The device is capable of inexpensive manufacture since it may be molded of plastic material in a single operation.

It is accordingly an object of the invention to provide a self-tightening clothes pin.

Another object of the invention is to provide a clothes pin designed to be formed of a single piece of plastic material.

7 A further object of the invention is to provide a device of the character set forth which is simple in construction, inexpensive to manufacture and yet efiective and eificient in use..

Other and further objects of the invention will become apparent from a reading of the following specification taken in conjunction with the drawing, in which the figure is a side elevational view of an embodiment of the invention shown in position upon a clothes line and securing an article of clothing to such line.

Referring more particularly to the drawing, there is shown therein a wind-proof clothes pin having an arcuate upper portion ID from each end of which extends integrally an inwardly directed, inwardly curved gripping member I I. At the juncture between the portion I and the gripping members it there is integrally formed a pair of upwardly extending operating hang dles I 2.

Affixed to the underside of the member 10 and extending downwardly and outwardly from the central portion there is a pair of spring plates 13 each of which is provided with a plurality of spaced indentations l4 upon its inner side.

' Serrations 15 are formed in the inner faces of the gripping members ll. J

In operation, it will be apparent that the gripping members as well as the spring members [3 may be moved apart by grasping the operating handles !2 and moving I other against the action of the member I0 and the members 13. In order tofasten, for example, an item of clothing I 6 upon a clothes line H, it is 'only necessary to thus open the jaws H and plates l3 and to thereupon move the same downwardly to receive the article of clothing IS the same toward each and the clothes line I! therein. It will be apparent that when the wind impinges upon the article of clothing I6 that any attempt by the same to move upwardly will be restricted by the serrations l5 and the indentations l4 and that the greater amount of force of wind, the greater will be such resistance.

While but one form of the invention has been shown and described herein, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that many minor modifications may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope V of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A clothes pin of the type described comprising an arcuate form upper portion of slightly flexible material, having an inturned curvular leg formed with each lower end thereof, a pair of handles formed integrally with and extending upwardly from opposite sides of the said upper portion, a pair of spring arms having their upper ends attached centrally on the under side of said upper portion and extending outwardly and downwardly therefrom, the lower end portion of said arms adapted to bear against the ends of the said legs and exert pressure thereon.

' 2. A clothes pin of the type described comprising an arcuate form upper portion of slightly flexible material and having an inturned curvular leg formed with each lower end thereof, a pair of handles formed integrally with said upper portion and extending upwardly from opposite sides 7 thereof, a pair of spring arms having their upper ends attached centrally on the under side of said upper portion and extending outwardly and downwardly therefrom, the lower end portion of said arms adapted to bear against the ends of the said legs and exert pressure thereon, and said legs and arms having serrations on their inner sides.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 958,570 Watson May 17, 1910 1,590,682 Hart June 29, 1926 1,635,833 Gerbaczewski July 12, 1927 1,863,588 Ball June 21, 1932 2,414,945 Grund Jan. 28, '1947 I FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country 7 Date 146,050 Germany Nov. 5, 1903 454,136 France June 26, 1913

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Classifications
U.S. Classification24/557, 24/562, D32/61, 24/560
International ClassificationD06F55/02, D06F55/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F55/02
European ClassificationD06F55/02