US 2677518 A
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COLLAPSIBLE CLOTHES SUPPORT Filed Mai'ch 15, 1950 INVENTORS. Russia ti MIPPX flora R. 84055:,
Patented May 4, 1954 OFFICE COLLAPSIBLE CLOTHES SUPPORT Russell E. Happy and Floyd Roy Barbee, San Gabriel, Calif.
Application March 15, 1950, Serial No. 149,734
This invention relates to a clothes hanger and it is an object of the invention to provide a device of this kind which can be readily collapsed for convenience in storage or transportation.
It is also an object of the invention to provide a hanger including a hanger bar mounted in a manner to allow selective vertical adjustment of the bar and also to vary the angle of the bar as the requirements of practice may necessitate.
The invention consists in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts of our improved collapsible clothes hanger whereby certain advantages are attained, as will be hereinafter more fully set forth.
In order that our invention may be better understood, we will now proceed to describe the same with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a clothes hanger constructed in accordance with an embodiment of the invention, and in adjustment for use;
Figure 2 is an elevational view on a reduced scale of the hanger in a fully folded or collapsed adjustment;
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken substantially on the line 33 of Figure 1, looking in the direction of the arrows;
Figure 4 is a sectional View taken substantially on the line c n of Figure 3, looking in the direction of the arrows;
Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary view partly in elevation and partly in section illustrating the means herein comprised for maintaining the upper section of the supporting post or column in selected adjustment; and,
Figure 6 is a sectional detail taken through the line t--"6 on Figure 1, looking in the direction of the arrows.
Figure 7 is a view in top plan of a keyed ring.
In the embodiment of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, B denotes a base member substantially U-shaped in plan and preferably formed of one length of tubular material with the side arms I and the intermediate connecting portion 2. The outer or free end portions of the side arms I are connected by a bar 3 bridging the space therebetween and extending outwardly therebeyond. Mounted on the extended portions of the bar 3 are the disk rollers or wheels b of small radii. These rollers or wheels I) provide means to facilitate the moving of the device as may be required in use.
The rear portions a of the side arms I are disposed on a slight downward incline so that the rear connecting portion 2 will rest upon the surface on which the device may be positioned.
Rising from the central portion of the base portion 2 is the post or column C. As shown in the accompanying drawings this post or column C comprises two elongated members t and 5, the outer member 5 telescoping within the member 4 through the outer end thereof. The member 4 closely adjacent to its inner end, is provided transversely therethrough with an opening 6 through which is snugly but freely disposed the base portion 2, whereby the base member B and the post or column C may be folded or collapsed into close relation as shown in Figure 2 of the drawings.
When the post or column C is in its desired raised or vertically disposed adjustment it is maintained in such selected position by the brace element E. This element E as herein embodied is substantially V in form with the extremities of the arms 1 at the apex or inner portions thereof connected by a short cross bar 8. The outer extremities of the arms I have outwardly directed extension legs 9 each of which springs from within into an opening It disposed in a side arm I of the base member B at the rear portion thereof.
The bar 8 of the element E is freely disposed through the eyes I I carried by a U-shaped bracket 12 straddling from the rear the lower portions of the post or column C and more particularly the lower or inner sections 4 thereof. The bar 3 has contact from below with the outwardly and forwardly directed lip 55 carried by the upper end portion of a plate it of a cross sectional configuration to allow close contact of the plate 16 against the front face of the post or column C or the section 4 thereof. This plate [6 is provided with a slot ll extending lengthwise thereof and of the member l of the column or post C. Disposed through this slot I! from the front and through the lower portion of the member 4 of the post or column C is a holding bolt It with which coacts a winged nut H3 or the like whereby the plate It may be held in selected adjustment along the member 4 of the post or column C within the limitations afforded by the slot ll.
Pivoted at 2| to the top or outer end portion of the section 5 of the post or column C are the forwardly directed spaced cars 22 in which is snugly engaged the inner end portion of a hanger arm 23 of desired length and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the post or column C. The arm 23 is rigidly held to the ears 22 by the tie members 2i. When it is desired to fold or collapse the device, the arm 23 is lifted pivoting on the pivot 2| up and over the column C until outwardly closely adjacent to the column C.
The clothes are suspended in the usual manner, as indicated by broken lines in Figure 1, from the arm 23. The desired angular relation of the arm 23 with respect to the surface upon which the article is mounted may be determined by the desired adjustment of the plate l6 lengthwise of the post or column C.
The lower portion of the wall of the upper section 5 of the post or column C is provided therealong with a series of spaced openings into oneof which is to be selectively inserted. an inwardly disposed lug 25 of an annular member 26 of an internal diameter in excess of the major diameter of the upper portion of the lower member 5 of the post or column 6' to permit suflicient shifting of the member 26 to engage or disengage the lug 25.
The lug 25 of the member 26 contacts from above with the upper end of the lower member 4 of the-post or column C whereby. the upper member 5 may be heldin desired endwiseadjustment with respect to the lower member 4 as permitted by the openings 0.
From the foregoing descriptionit is thought to be obvious that a collapsible clothes hanger constructed in accordance with our. invention is particularly well adapted for use by reason of the convenience and facility with which it may be assembled and used.
In a collapsible clothes support, a base formed of a length of metal tubing bent substantially U- shaped in plan to form an intermediate-portionv iand side arms, a post rising from the center of the intermediate portion of the base, a hinge connection between the lower end of the post and the intermediate portion whereby the post and the base can be collapsed into close parallel relation when not in use, an arm extending from the top end of the post above the longitudinal center of the base, a hinge connection between one end of said arm and the top end of the post whereby the arm may beswung upward, backward and downward from a horizontal forwardly directed position into parallel relation with respect to the post: and thebase when the latter are in collapsed state, a bracket mounted on the post above the base; brace arms extending obliquely downward from the bracket and engageable with the side arms-of thebase to sustain the post in vertical position, a bar extending between the free ends of the side arms of said base and having its ends projecting therethrough, and wheels mountedLonuthesaidiendsof the bar to facilitate the movingcfthe support from one position of use tov another.
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