US 2690863 A
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W. ADELMAN GARMENT HANGER Filed June 14, 1952 if 5 2 2 n ifllli fr T204 INVENToR. w/L L /AM ADa/VAN Patented Oct. 5, 1954 GARMENT HANGER William Adelman, Philadelphia, Pa.
Application June 14, 1952, Serial No. 293,498
2 Claims. (Cl. 223-92) The present invention relates to a garment hanger of the type commonly employed for suspending garments in position for display and is concerned primarily with certain improvements involving the provision of means for detachably securing a size tag in position on a hanger where it may be readily seen either by a store attendant or a prospective purchaser.
At the present time, it is common practice in stores engaged in the selling of mens and womens garments, to suspend suits, dresses, coats, and similar garments on hangers which are, in turn, hung on rods or other suitable supports. When a salesman is engaged in displaying garments to prospective purchasers, considerable difficulty is experienced in determining the size of any garment which is supported by any particular hanger. The present invention has as its foremost objective, the provision of a garment hanger which completely eliminates this undesirable iactor and makes it possible for the salesman or purchaser to tell at a glance the size of any garment which is suspended from any hanger.
More in detail, the invention has as an object, the provision of a garment hanger which includes a device that is located closely adjacent to the sha-nir or" the hook of the hanger and which detachably receives a size tag. l'n certain instances,
size tag is completely enclosed and the retaining device, therefore, is of a transparent material which permits reading of the size tag through the retaining device.
In its most simplified form the present invention involves the combination of a garment hanger together with a tag retainer in the form of a U-shaped member of transparent material having one side Wall which is secured to the garment hanger by an adhesive. The other side Wall is maintained in slightly spaced relation with respect to the hanger bar by side anges and a size tag is adapted to be slipped in between this side wall and the bar of the hanger.
In a slightly modified form of the invention, the tag retainer is made of a transparent, flexible plastic which is adapted to completely enclose the hanger bar and which has a top wall which receives the shank of the hook. This retainer also has one side wall which is maintained in spaced relation with respect to the hanger bar by side flanges. The size tag is slipped in beneath this side wall.
The size tag retainers mentioned above are particularly adapted for use with the conventional garment hanger now meeting with widespread usage and which consists of nothing more than 2 a curved bar having the shank of a hook joined thereto, midway the ends thereof. This bar is generally of wood or a comparable material.
There is also a hanger which is now meeting with an appreciable amount of usage and which is made of plastic. Such a hanger ordinarily includes a central panel to which the Shank of the hooi: is anchored. The present invention also has in View as an object, the provision of a garment hanger of this type in which the central panel is provided on one or both faces with a pair of corner pockets with each pair being adapted to detachably receive a size tag.
Various other more detailed objects and advantages of the invention, such as arise in connection with carrying out the above noted ideas in a practical embodiment, will in part become apparent and in part be hereinafter stated, as the description of the invention proceeds.
The invention, therefore, comprises a garment hanger together with means for detachably holding a size tag in position in which it may be readily seen. The particular type of retaining means may vary with the particular type of hanger.
For a full and more complete understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following description and accompanying drawings wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a garment hanger together with a size tag retainer that is applied thereto in accordance with the precepts of this invention.
Figure 2 is a transverse, vertical section taken about on the plane represented by the line 2 2 of Figure l.
Figure 3 is a top plan View with the shank of the hook shown in section and is taken on an enlarged scale about on the plane represented by the line 3 3 of Figure l.
Figure 4 is another perspective of the central portion of a hanger with a modified form of a size tag retainer applied thereto.
Figure 5 is a detailed section taken about on the plane represented by the line 5 5 of liigure 4.
Figure 6 is a top plan view with the shank of the hook shown in section and taken about on the plane represented by the line 6 6 of Figure 4.
Figure 'l is a View in front elevation of still another modification, and
Figure 8 is a horizontal section taken about on the plane represented by the line 3 3 of Figure 7.
Referring now to the drawing wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts and rst more particularly to Figures 1, 2, and 3, a garment hanger is therein illustrated and shown as comprising an arcuate hanger bar I with the shank II of a hook I2 anchored thereto midway between the ends thereof in a well-known manner. The bar I ordinarily is of wood although it may be of any material. A size tag retainer is referred to in its entirety by the reference character R and is shown as being of U-shaped cross section defined by a rear wall I3, a bottom wall i4 and a front wall I5. The retainer R is a one piece integral unit that is made from an appropriate plastic having desired properties of transparency and flexibility. There are many of the cellulose acetates which fulfill these requirements, and there are also numerous other plastics now available on the market as such, which have the desired properties.
Upon referring to Figure 2, it will be seen that the rear Wall I3 is in face to face engagement with one wall of the hanger bar i0. It may be permanently secured in this position by any appropriate adhesive or cement.
The front wall I5 is slightly spaced with respect to the other face of the bar Il] and side anges shown at I6 and I'I, extend from the side edges of the front wall i5 to the face of the bar I0.
A size tag which is represented by broken lines I8 is slipped in between the front wall I5 and the adjacent face of the bar I0. This size tag will be confined and held in position by the flanges I6 and il. It is evident that the indicia on the tag IS may be readily seen by a store attendant or prospective purchaser through the transparent wall I5. Obviously, this size tag I8 may be removed and replaced by another one whenever occasion demands.
In many instances, the shank II of the hook extends entirely through the bar IU and will exhibit a tendency to slide downwardly into a somewhat awkward position. With the bottom Wall I4 held against the bottom of the bar I0 by the side Wall I3, this sliding action on the part of the shank II is prevented.
Referring now more particularly to Figures 4, 5, and 6, a slightly different type of tag retainer is therein illustrated. In this form of the invention, the bar I3 and shank II of the hook are the same as above described. The tag retainer is referred to in its entirety by the reference character T and is also made from an appropriate plastic having desired properties of transparency and exibility.
The tag retainer is a one piece integral unit including a rear wall 9 that is formed with a bottom flange which engages the bottom edge of the bar I. This rear wall I9 is intended to snugly engage the rear face of the bar ID and at its upper edge a top wall 2| is integrally joined thereto. This top Wall ZI is formed with an aperture 22 which accommodates the shank I I of the hook. The top wall 2| engages the top edge of the bar I0 and integrally joined to the front edge thereof is a front wall 23 which carries at its lower edge, a bottom flange Ell which overlies the ange 23 and which terminates in a turned back edge or bead 25. f
This front wall 23 is spaced from the adjacent face of the bar I8 a suicient distance to accommodate one of the size tags E8. The side edges of the front wall 23 carry inwardly turned flanges 23 and 27 which serve to confine the tag I8 therewithin.
Due to the flexible nature of the retainer T, it
may be fitted over the garment hanger in the manner illustrated and one of the tags I8 tted beneath the front wall 23. Due to the transparent nature of this front wall, the indicia on the tag I8 may be readily seen. Just as in Figures 1, 2, and 3, the bottom flanges 20 and 24 serve to prevent sliding of the hook shank II.
Referring now more particularly to Figures 7 and 8, a modified form of garment hanger is therein illustrated. This garment hanger comprises two arms 28 and 29 which are made of an appropriate plastic and which meet at a central panel 30. The arms 28 and 29 of the panel 3D are integrally joined and the edges thereof are provided with ribs 3| which offer increased rigidity. The central panel 30 is provided with a vertical embossment 32 which receives the shank II of the hook I2.
One or both of the opposite faces of the central panel 39 may be provided with a pair of complemental corner pockets 33 and 34 which also preferably are of plastic. These pockets 33 and 34 may either be separate pieces which are applied to the panel 39 after the latter has been fashioned, by using an appropriate adhesive or they may be made integral with the central panel. A size tag represented by broken lines at 35 is detachably held in position by a pair of these corner pockets.
While preferred specific embodiments of the invention are hereinbefore set forth, it is to be clearly understood that the invention is not to be limited to the constructions and materials illustrated and described, because various modifications of these details may be provided in putting the invention into practice within the purview .if the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. In a garment hanger including a bar and a hook having a shank anchored to said bar substantially midway the ends thereof, a size tag retainer secured to said bar where said shank is secured thereto, said size tag retainer comprising a piece of transparent, exible plastic shaped to provide a top wall having an opening receiving said shank, a rear wall integrally joined to the rear edge of said top wall, a front wall integrally joined to the front edge of said top wall and spaced from the front face of said hanger ba-r, and overlapping bottom flanges carried by said front and rear walls.
2. In a garment hanger including a bar and a hook having a shank anchored to said bar substantially midway the ends thereof, a size tag retainer secured to said bar where said shank is secured thereto, said size tag retainer comprising a piece of transparent7 iexible plastic providing a top Wall having an aperture receiving said shank, a rear wall integrally joined to the rear edge of said top wall and engaging the rear face of said bar, a front wall integrally joined to the front edge of said top wall and spaced from the front face of said bar, inwardly extending side flanges carried by said front wall, and overlapping bottom flanges carried by said front and rear walls.
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