US 2749000 A
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June 5, 1956 J. A. MCKITTRICK CLOTHES PIN HOLDER Filed Feb. 11, 1953 INVEOR John A. McKimick ATTORNEYS have been devised. adapted to he slid along clothes lines. Others are adapted to' be attached at a fixedpoint on a clothes line still others are adapted to be strapped about the waist. While such containers afford some convenience they do' not provide pins immediately adjacent the point at which the pins will be fastened to the line. Also sliding containers as well as fixed containers are often left at a distance from the point at which clothes are being immediately'hung offer advantages. pins would be immediately adjacent the hands of the laundress when clothes are being actually fixed to a-line.
United States Patent This invention relates to improvements in-article 'holding attachments and particularly to aclothes pin holder adapted to be attached to the wrist.
Many types of clothes pin bags, containers and'carriers Some clothes pin containers are and thus frequent trips to such bags are necessary. With clothes pin containers strapped at the waist this inconvenience isovercome. However, a clothes pin'container or carrier that can be attached to the wrist obviously will With the latter type of carrier the With such a device it would be possible to maintain a grip with both hands on the clothesdn a raised position and still be able to obtain a pin.
It is, therefore, an objectof this invention to provide a clothes'pin carrier adapted to beatta'ched to' 'the" wrist which will afford such conveniences.
It is obvious that a carrier to be attached to the wrist of a wearer must be comfortable to wear and easy to attach and to remove. It is accordingly a further object of this invention to provide a clothes pin carrier which is adapted to conform to the wrist, and clothing adjacent thereto, and which can be conveniently and easily positioned for use and removed.
Another object of this invention is to provide a clothes pin holder which can be cheaply and easily constructed so as to maintain the selling price at a minimum. Such an attractive feature is necessary for the convenience and ease of a simple household appliance will not be adopted by many housewives if the cost of the article is relatively high.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a clothes pin carrier in which clothes pins are maintained in a fixed position, yet in such a manner that they can be readily removed for use. Also the objects of the invention include the provision of a means for easily fixing clothes pins in a definite position. By having pins arranged in an orderly fashion in definite locations they can be more easily grasped and removed than if the pins are in a helter-skelter fashion.
These and other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description of the present invention illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a clothes pin holder constructed in accordance with my invention.
Figure 2 is a plan view of the holder shown in Fig. 1 when the holder is in an extended position.
" Figure 3 is a sectional view takenalong lines'3-3 of Figure 2.
"Figure 4 is asectional view taken'along the lines 4-'-4 of' Figure 2.
*Similar reference characters represent similar parts in the several figures.
The drawing illustrates a clothes pin carrier constructed in accordance with my invention. The carrier might be "referred to as a pin cuff since the device'is shaped in the'forrn of a cuff and is'ada'pted to be positioned around the Wrist. Referring particularly to the drawings, reference character 10 indicates "the body of the pin holder. The body comprises a plain flat piece of deformable "material, such as canvasjl2 having a straight upper edge P '14, diverging or tapered side edges 16 and 18 and a curved lower edge 20' interconnecting the side edges- 16 and 18;, The body is hemmed along'its entire'p'erimeter'as tothe body 10 and is attached'to the upper edge 14 at points 26 and 28.
ends are spaced sufficiently to accommodate a thumb of At its upper end the pin cuff or pin holderis provided with a loop 24. Loop 24 is" formed of material similar The'loop is of sufficient size and its a wearer as illustrated in Fig. l.
' Tapelike strips 30, 32 and 34 extend across the upper surfaceof'the'base 10. Each strip is composed of material similar to the material used for the body 10 and loop 24. Each strip is formed of a'double thi'ckness'of such material and is hemmed. Strip 30 extends parallel to'the edge l-i, whereasstrips'32'and 34 extend'generallycon- J centrically to the lower'ed'geiiti. The strips are fastened at equally. spaced intervals' such as 36,38 by means "of "stitchings. As illustratedin Fig. 4, the'strip's are attached in such amanner as to provide aloop 40 extendingiupwardly intermediate adjacent stitches. "tween each loop 4%? and the'base10 is adequate to insert -"one leg, such as 42,:of the pin '44 between the base and i the loop. It isundcr'stood,-of' course,'that round pins'rn'ay be inserted similarly'to the pinsillustrated.
The distance beedges "16 and "i a'nd are secured to the" rear "of base 10 by sewing or other convenient means. Mating snap fastening elements 50 and 52 are attached to the cuflf adjacent its lateral edges. Three sets of mating fastening elements are shown, but obviously any number may be used. At its upper end the cuff has an additional set of mating elements 54 and $6 to secure a tight fit on the wearers wrist, if desired. Any suitable fasteners other than snap fasteners may be used if desired.
Figure 1 illustrates the manner in which the pin cuff or carrier, or holder is attached to the wrist when it is being used.
The pin cutf when in place with the fasteners joined forms an upper wrist-encircling portion and two downwardly extending parallel legs which are lateral of the wrist-encircling portion. The legs taper from the front or hand end to the rear end. The legs greatly increase the number of pins which can be held by the cuff. Furthermore, the tapered construction reduces interference with clothes as they are held overhead, as well as with the sides of baskets, etc. If the legs were as long in front as in back they would be more likely to strike or catch on baskets, etc., and they would entange with the wash, particularly as it is held upward and outward in applying to a clothesline.
It is apparent that the pins will be carried upwardly with the hands when clothes are being applied to the line. Thus, should a pin be dropped, or another pin needed, one can be grasped quickly and attached to the clothes and the supporting line. For example, if the pin cuff is on the left hand when a heavy piece of clothing is being hung and a pin has been dropped from the right hand, which pin was to be applied to fasten the clothing to the line, the right hand can be moved over to the left wrist and a pin obtained without releasing the hold of the right hand on the clothes. Thus, the right end of the piece of clothing will not dangle down onto the ground. The load of the washed pieces will not have to be supported by one hand, since the left hand can remain in engagement during all of this procedure. It is obvious that the strain of hanging heavy cumbersome pieces of wash will be alleviated considerably through the employment of my pin cuff.
While I have shown and described a preferred form of my invention, it will be understood that variations in details of form may be made without departure from the invention as defined in the appended claims.
1. In a clothes pin carrier comprising a base formed of a readily deformable material, a strap attached to one edge of said base and forming a loop extending outwardly therefrom, said base having lateral edges adapted to be brought in opposing relationship, said lateral edges tapering from one end of said base to the opposite end fastening means attached to said lateral edges and adapted to fasten one lateral edge in parallel relationship with the other lateral edge, tape like strips of a deformable material extending across said base and each being fastened to said base at spaced points along the length thereof, each strip forming loop portions extending upwardly from said base intermediate said points of attachment of sufiicient size to accommodate one leg of a clothes pin between each of said looped portions and said base.
2. A clothes pin carrier comprising a body of a deformable material having an upper edge, a lower edge and side edges, a loop of deformable material attached to said body and adapted to receive a thumb, fastening means attached to said side edges and adapted to maintain said side edges in close relationship and to form a wrist-encircling portion in said body, and means attached 4 to said body for maintaining clothes pins in position thereon, said side edges being spaced laterally from said portion, and said means for maintaining clothespins extending from one side edge to the other.
3. A clothespin carrier comprising a substantially flat piece of deformable material having an upper edge, a lower edge and spaced side edges defining the extent of said material, said side edges tapering from said upper edge to said lower edge to form a carrier which increases in size in progressing from said front to said rear edge, fastening means connected to said material adjacent the side edges and adapted to connect said side edges in parallel relationship, said front edge forming a wristencircling portion and said rear edge forming an arm encircling portion when said side edges are in said parallel relationship with said side edges being spaced laterally from said wrist and arm-encircling portions, and means on said carrier for supporting clothespins.
4. A clothes pin carrier comprising a sheet of flexible material having an upper edge, side edges and a lower edge, fastening elements positioned adjacent each side edge with the fastening elements adjacent one side edge constituting mating members for the corresponding fastening elements adjacent the other side edge, the mating fastening elements being engageable to hold the portion of the sheet adjacent said one side edge adjacent to and parallel to the portion of said sheet adjacent said other side edge with the flexible material intermediate the portions adjacent said side edges being deformable to provide an enclosure for a human arm in cooperation with the said portions adjacent said side edges, and with the last named portions projecting outwardly generally laterally of the enclosure thus formed, tape-like strips extending across said sheet from said one side edge to said other side edge in spaced relationship and attached to said sheet at spaced intervals to form loops adapted to be engaged by clothes pins.
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