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Jam 22 1957 o. A. PoRKoLA APPARATUS FOR DIsRosING oF TRASH Filed Nov. 5, 1954 FIG. l.
` INVENTOR ONN/ A. POR/(OLA FIG. 3.
ATTORNEY United States Patent APPARATUS FOR DISPOSING F TRASH Onni A. Porkola, Northboro, Mass.
Application November 5, 1954, Serial No. 466,962
2 Claims. (Cl. 224-42.46)
This invention relates to an apparatus for disposing of trash and more particularly to a receptacle combined with a support therefor for use in an automobile.
In traveling in an automobile the problem of disposing of trash often presents itself. Especially during a long trip, the occupants of the car have occasion to wish to dispose of such items as paper towels, candy Wrappers,
and the like. Most persons have no desire to leave their trash along the roadside and, so for lack of any better place, they often drop these items on the iloor of the car. In the past, many people have made a practice of taking a paper bag along on a trip, but the problem of where to keep such a bag presents itself. The present invention obviates these ditiiculties which existed in the past in a novel manner.
It is, therefore, an outstanding object of the present invention to provide a trash receptacle combined with a `support therefore which is particularly adapted for use in an automobile.
Another object of this invention is the provision of a combined trash receptacle and support which is foldable into a at condition and may be easily stored in the glove compartment or the like.
It is a still further object of the invention to provide a self-supporting receptacle for trash which is easily emptied and cleaned.
A further object of the instant invention is the provision of a support and receptacle combination which is inexpensive to make and simple in construction.
With these and other objects in view, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the invention resides in the combination of parts set forth in the specification and covered by the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure l is a perspective view of the invention,
Figure 2 is a view of a portion of the invention, and
Figure 3 is a view of the portion -shown in Figure 2 as it. appears when observed from the right hand side of that view.
Referring to the drawings, the invention, designated generally by the reference numeral 10, is shown as comprising a receptacle portion 11 and a support portion 12. The receptacle portion is formed from a tube of a soft plastic sheet material, such as polyethylene. At the lower portion, the tube is sealed thermally or by the use of cement along a narrow strip 13. At the upper portion, the tube is cut to form four wide tabs 14, 15, 16 and 17, thus leaving notches 18, 19, 20 and 21 in the upper edge of the receptacle portion. The tabs are bent inwardly and downwardly along the inside of the tube from which the receptacle portion is formed and they are sealed in place, leaving open seams at the top of the receptacle portion.
The support portion 12 consists of a frame 22 and a hanger 23, both formed of heavy gauge wire. The frame 22 is bent from wire to form a front 24, adapted to lie within the open seam formed from the tab 17, and two sides 25 and 26, adapted to lie within the open seams formed from the tabs 14 and 16, respectively. The sides lie at right angles to the front and are joined to it by a smoothly-curved transition. At the ends of the sides 2S and 26 which are away from the front 24 are formed eyes 27 and 28, respectively. The plane in which these eyes lie is at an angle which is somewhat greater than a right angle to the sides 25 and 26; in other words, the eyes lean somewhat backward relative to the receptacle portion. The hanger 23 is formed from a single piece of wire with two uprights 29 and 30 culminating at theirzupper ends in hooks 31 and 32, respectively. The hooks are formed from a considerable length of wire which is parallel to the upright for some distance. The hooks are in parallel planes. The lower ends of the uprights are joined by a straight intermediate portion 33. The ends of the intermediate portion are joined to the uprights 29 and 30 by transitionV portions 34 and 35, respectively. Each transition portion has a first bend 36 connected directly to the the upright in the plane of the hook and a second bend 37 connected directly to the intermediate portion and lying in a plane which is at an angle of approximately 270 degrees to the plane defined by the two uprights. These features are best shown in Figures 2 and 3, wherein Figure 2 shows the transition portion 34 as observed while looking axially of the intermediate portion 33 and Figure 3, of course, represents the same portion in a view from the right hand side of Figure 2.
The operation of the invention will now be evident in view of the above description. The frame 22 is combined with the receptacle portion 11 by the insertion of the front 24 within the open seam formed from the tab 17, While the sides 25 and 26 lie within the open seams formed from the tabs 14 and 16, respectively. The hanger 23 is combined with the frame so that the eyes 27 and 2S embrace the transition portions 34 and 35, respectively. This forms a support which is rigid and will support weight on the frame and receptacle portion when suspended from the hooks 31 and 32. lt is usual practice to insert the hooks over the edge of a panelling on the inside of the automobile or the edge of an automobile floor ycovering at the upper edge thereof under the cowling. The invention, thus, hangs downwardly in operative position. The apparatus can be easily folded by moving the upn'ghts toward the sides 25 and 26; then, the receptacle portion, which is flexible, can be wrapped around the support portion, forming a compact bundle. The receptacle portion can be easily turned inside out for emptying and cleaning.
It is obvious that minor changes may be made in the form and construction of the invention without departing from the material spirit thereof. It is not, however, desired to confine the invention to the exact form herein shown and described, but it is desired to include all such as properly come within the scope claimed.
The invention having been thus described, what is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent is:
l. An apparatus for disposing of trash comprising an open-mouthed receptacle portion, a rectilinear frame fastened to the mouth of the portion to hold it open and having eyes formed therein, the eyes lying in a common plane which extend-s at an obtuse angle to the plane of the remainder of the frame, a hanger formed of wire consisting of a straight intermediate portion and uprights, there being straight transition portions extending between the intermediate portion and the uprights and lying at an obtuse angle to the intermediate portion, each transition portion lying loosely within an eye and constituting therewith a hinged joint such that the hanger and frame may be rotated relative to one another about an axis parallel to the intermediate portion from an operative position wherein the frame is held rigidly at a right angle to the hanger to an inoperative position wherein the frame and hanger are in juxtaposition.
2. An apparatus for disposing of trash comprising a Patented Jan. 22, 1957I bag-like receptacle portionk formed of ilexible material, a frame formedof wire andhavinga straight front and two straight sides extending at right angles from the ends `of the front, eyes formed in the ends of the sides away from the front,v the eyes lying in a' commonplane; which lies at an obtuse angle to thefplane of-the;front.andfsides, a hanger formed of wirev consisting yof'two;parallelV uprights eachi having a hook; at one end andl anstraightim termediate portion joiningf the other ends aA transition portion.y joining each end of the intermediate portion to its respective upright, the transition portion consistingvof a curve, in the plane, ofl theihook of its upright andv a curve directly connected to the` intermediate portion about a hinge axis close to and parallel to the said intermediate portion.
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