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Publication numberUS2752724 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 3, 1956
Filing dateFeb 4, 1955
Priority dateFeb 4, 1955
Publication numberUS 2752724 A, US 2752724A, US-A-2752724, US2752724 A, US2752724A
InventorsCarpenter Earley Samuel
Original AssigneeCarpenter Earley Samuel
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Non-stick portable soap tray
US 2752724 A
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July 3, 1956 E. S. CARPENTER 2,752,724

NON-STICK PORTABLE SOAP TRAY Filed Feb. 4, 1955 United States Patent O 2,752,724 NON-STICK PORTABLE SOAP TRAY Earley Samuel Carpenter, Albany, N. Y. Application February 4, 1955i, Serial No. 486,134 4 Claims. (Cl. 45-28) This invention relates to soap trays of the portable type in which the trays are adapted to be located in diierent positions on a wash basin or sink, and in particular, a soap tray having an opening in the bottom with a liner of rubber or other ilexible material in which a suction cup extended from the liner extends through the opening in the bottom of the tray and is adapted to secure the tray in position on a wash basin or sink and in which the suction cup also provides means for removing soap from the tray.

The purpose of this invention is to provide a soap tray having a suction cup for retaining the tray in position upon a surface of a wash basin or sink, extended from the bottom, and wherein by pressing the suction cup inwardly through na opening in the bottom of the tra soap adhering to the tray is readily separated therefrom.

Soap trays and dishes have been provided in various types and designs and, particularly where the lower portions of the trays are sealed, water accumulating in the tray causes the soap to stick to the bottom and when the soap is substantially the same size as the tray it is diilicult to remove the soap. With this thought in mind, this invention contemplates a soap tray having a base with an opening therein and having side and end walls extended upwardly therefrom, a cover frictionally mounted on upper edges of the side and end walls of the tray, and a liner of resilient material and having a vacuum cup integral therewith positioned in the bottom of the tray with the vacuum cup extended through the opening in the base thereof.

The object of this invention is, therefore, to provide a soap tray having means in the bottom whereby by pressing said means upwardly through the bottom of the tray soap adhering to the tray and positioned therein is adapted to be removed therefrom.

Another object of the invention is to provide a soap tray having soap removing means in the bottom in which the soap removing means also provides means for securing the tray in position on a wash basin, sink or the like.

A further object of the invention is to provide a soap tray having soap removing means in combination therewithin which the tray is of a simple and economical construction.

With these and other objects and advantages in view, the invention embodies a rectangular shaped tray having a base with upwardly extended side and end walls and in which the base is provided with an opening, a ribbed rubber liner having a vacuum cup integral therewith and positioned to extend through the opening in the base of the tray showing the tray with the cover broken away to illustrate the interior thereof.

Figure 2 is a longitudinal section through thesoap rtray taken on line 2 2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a plan view looking downwardly inside of the improved soap tray with the liner and other elements removed.

Figure 4 is a view looking upwardly toward the under surface of the tray also showing the tray with the lcover removed.

Figure 5 is a longitudinal section, similar `to that shown 1n Figure 2, with the cover removed and illustrating a method of removing a cake of soap from the tray by pressing upwardly with a thumb or linger on the suction cup extended through an opening in the base of the tray.

Referring now to the drawing, wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts, the improved nonstick portabie soap tray of this invention includes a base 10 having an opening 11 inthe intermediate part and having side walls 12 and 13 and end walls 14 and 15 extended upwardly therefrom, a liner 16 of rubber or other suitable exible material having a vacuum cup 17 integral therewith and positioned to extend through the opening 11 of the base 1t), and a cover 18 having a continuous flange 19 and adapted to be frictionally retained on the upper edges of the side and end walls ofthe tray.

The pad or liner 16, which may be formed of rubber or other suitable material, is secured to the upper surface of the base 1t) with an adhesive as indicated by the numeral 20 and, as shown in Figure 3, the base is marked with a circle 21 and a notation, as indicated by the numeral 22, suggesting that the adhesive be placed only from the circle 21 to the inner surfaces of the side and end walls of the tray whereby the area within the circle 21 is not secured to the base so that upon pressing upwardly on the suction cup 17, as shown in Figure 5, the surrounding portion of the liner 16 is free to be moved upwardly. By this means, a cake of soap, as indicated by the numeral 23, is readily forced upwardly above the base of the tray, also as shown in Figure 5, and with the cake of soap started upwardly, it may readily be removed.

The upper surface of the liner or pad 16 is provided with spaced transversely disposed ribs 24 to space the lower surface of the cake of soap from the surface of the liner.

With the parts designed and assembled as shown and described, a cake of soap adhering to inner portions of the tray is readily forced from the tray by pressing upwardly through the opening 11 with a iinger or thumb in the suction cup 17 whereby the soap is separated from the tray and as the soap is removed the tray is secured to the surface of a Wash bowl or sink by pressing downwardly upon the suction cup 17. By this means the tray is secured in position as a cake of soap is replaced therein.

It will be understood that modifications, within the scope of the appended claims, may be made in the design and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

l. A soap tray comprising a base having side and end walls and having an opening in the intermediate part, and a liner having a suction cup thereon mounted on the base and positioned with the suction cup extended through the opening therethrough.

2. A soap tray comprising a base having side and end walls and having an opening in the intermediate part, and a liner of resilient material positioned on the base and having a suction cup depending therefrom and extended through the opening in the intermediate part of the base.

3. A non-stick soap tray comprising a base having a centrally disposed opening therein and having side and end walls extended upwardly therefrom, a cover having a continuous ange positioned on the tray and frictionally held by said ange to the side and end walls thereof, and

a rubber lining having spaced transversely disposed ribs on the upper surface and a vacuum cup depending from the lower surface mounted on the inner surface of the base and positioned with the vacuum cup extended through the opening of the base. Y

4. A non-stick soap tray comprising a base having a centrally disposed opening therein and having side and end Walls extended upwardly therefrom, a cover having a continuous ange positioned on the tray and frictionally held by said ange to the side and end Walls thereof, and a rubber lining having spaced transversely disposed ribs on the upper surface and a vacuum cup depending from the lower surface mounted on the inner surface of the base and positioned with the vacuum cup extended through the opening of the base, said liner being secured to the inner surface of the base with an adhesive and said adhesive being spaced from the opening through the base.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNTED STATES PATENTS 205,365 Dewees June 25, 1878 319,246 Hart June 2, 1885 373,471 Morrison Nov. 22, 1887 1,706,788 Kodama Mar. 26, 1929

Patent Citations
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US205365 *Nov 26, 1877Jun 25, 1878 Improvement in soap-holders
US319246 *Mar 6, 1885Jun 2, 1885 Soap-dish
US373471 *Nov 22, 1887 Soap-holder
US1706788 *Feb 8, 1928Mar 26, 1929Kazuo KodamaSoap case
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US4903825 *Jun 5, 1989Feb 27, 199021St Century Coin Products, Inc.Holder for encased collector's coins
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US5655553 *Jan 5, 1995Aug 12, 1997Mary Kay Inc.Cosmetics compact having removable makeup pans
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/77.1, 206/37, 206/499, 206/804
International ClassificationA47K5/03
Cooperative ClassificationA47K5/03, Y10S206/804
European ClassificationA47K5/03