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A ril 29, 1958 J. w. YOUNGBERG TOILET PAPER DISPENSER Filed July 16, 1954 K/& 4.
Un d S t a en -O TOILET PAPER DISPENSER Joseph W. Youngberg, H arptree, Saskatchewan, Canada Application July 16, 1954, Serial No. 443,949
1 Claim. (Cl. 24255.5)
This invention relates to a dispenser for paper in roll form and particularly to a dispenser for toilet paper which is torn from the roll in lengths as desired.
Toilet paper is generally wound in a roll around a central, cardboard, cylindrical core and the core is mounted on a roller carried in bearings supplied by a holder for the roll. In most cases the roller is loosely mounted in the holder and in many cases, due to the variation in the diameters of cores, the roll is loosely mounted on the roller with which the holder is equipped. These two factors allow the roll to shift so that it does not rotate around a fixed axis, which is quite undesirable and an object of the present invention is to obviate loose play in the turning of the roll and to overcome undue spinning of the roll.
I have found also in existing holders or dispensers which have a pressure member riding the roll and an associated blade spaced from the pressure member and over which blade the paper of the roll is severed, that should the leading end of the paper through some cause, escape to a position to the rear of and clear of the blade, one has to resort to hand replacement of the said leading end of the paper in its proper position over the blade. It is also with the object of overcoming such trouble that I have designed my device in the manner later described and which construction insures that the leading end of the tissue paper can be very easily and quickly restored to its working position by simply turning the roll.
A further object is to provide a dispenser having the aforesaid advantages and which is so constructed that a new roll can be easily and quickly mounted in the holder when the original roll has all been used.
With the above objects in view the invention consists essentially in the arrangement and construction of parts hereinafter described, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. l is a perspective view of the dispenser, the roll having been omitted.
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view centrally through the device, the roll for the greater part being shown in dotted outline.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged vertical sectional view, centrally through one of the channels of the holder.
Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view centrally and longitudinally through the roller.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged, vertical sectional view through the pivoted ends of the pressure plate and the pickup and severing member.
In the drawing like characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several figures.
The device comprises four main parts, a bracket or holder A, a pressure plate B, a pickup and tearing member C and a roller D, the latter to receive the well known roll or tissue or such like paper.
The holder or bracket A comprises a back bar 1 provided at its ends with similar, opposing, forwardly extending vertically positioned and parallel side arms 2 and 3. The back bar is supplied with suitable holes 4 through ICE which screw nails can be passed to firmly support the bracket from a wall or the like.
The side arms are provided on their inner sides with similar channels 5 and 5 which extend downwardly and rearwardly, as shown, and in each channel I locate a pressure spring 6 having its upper end secured to the base of the channel by a screw 7 and its lower end clear of the channel base and supplied with a cup shaped bearing 6*. The roller D may be of standard type but I prefer that herein disclosed for the reason now mentioned. Tissue rolls E are usually wound on a cardboard, cylindrical core, F, and the diameters of such cores vary slightly and such results in loose play between the core and the roller due to the fact that rollers are usually of a fixed diameter. My roller D is provided with depressible springs 8 which are designed to take up the variation in the diameters of cores. The preferred form of roller has the cross section as shown in Fig. 2 and it is provided at its ends with stub axles or spindles 9 which have their outer ends rounded and adapted to pass down within the channels 5 and 5' and become rotatably mounted in the cup shaped bearings 6 Obviously the springs Will prevent any loose play of the roller.
Each corner of the roller is longitudinally slotted at 10 to receive the body of the spring 8 which is suitably fastened at its centre to the roller as by staple 12. The free portions of the spring are bent outwardly from the roller face and have their extremities terminating in hooked fingers 8 suitably caught in an undercut slot 9 formed in the ends of the roller, the latter arrangement avoiding damage to the springs by being accidentally outpulled too far. With such an arrangement the ends of the springs can move radially out or in to accommodate the varying diameters of cylindrical cores upon the roller being forcibly passed endwise, into the core.
By so mounting the roller in the bracket and the core on the roller there is no loose play permitted and the mounted roll of tissue always rotates around a fixed axis, and is noiseless in operation.
The bracket or holder also pivotally carries what I term a combination pick-up and tearing member C which is now described in detail. It comprises a pair of fiat, vertically disposed and opposing side bars 14 and 14' permanently interconnected together by a cross bar 14 and the cross bar is rotatably and removably mounted on a pull-out cross rod 15 carried rearwardly by the side arms 2 and 3 of the holder or bracket. The side bars take a position clear of the ends of the inserted tissue roll and have their forward ends permanently connected together by a triangular shaped member 16 the forward, upper corner of which is supplied with a row of teeth 17 for tissue tearing purposes and the rear corner of which provides a pick-up blade 18. This blade, when the device is in use, continuously rides the outer surface of the tissue roll in advance of the forward edge 19 of the pressure plate B. The pressure plate B is provided with rearward side lugs 20 pivotally secured by screws or the like 20' to the rear ends of the side bars 14 and 14 and it has the front portion thereof also riding, continuously, the underlying outer surface of the tissue roll. As both the pressure plate and member C are rearwardly pivoted, they exert a gravitational pressure on the roll. The lugs 20 have their rear sides straight and opposing the adjacent front face of the cross bar 1 and sufficient clearance space is reserved at 21 to permit the pressure plate sufi'icient pivotal movement to freely ride the roll. Such arrangement also prevents the pressure plate from dropping down when the member C is raised up to permit the charging of the holder with a new roll of tissue paper.
It is particularly to be noted that when this holder is in use there is no loose play permitted the tissue roll and 23 also that both the pressure plate B and the member C at all times exert a gravitational pressure on the roll of tissue paper. A roll of tissue paper having been mounted in the holder, it is only required to turn the roll in an anti-clockwise direction to pass the free end of the tissue paper to a position to the rear of the blade and then to turn it in a clockwise direction and it will be then found that the leading end of the paper has been passed under the pressure plate and then picked up by the blade and directed to the teeth where it naturally gravitates downwardly and all as shown in full outline in Fig. 2 of the drawings. If for any reason, the leading end of the paper should be caught and arrested by the blade, I have found that by the simple expediency of rotating the roll anti-clockwise and then clockwise, the trouble is corrected immediately and the leading end or" the roll is rethreaded, so tospeak for immediate use.
When a roll has been exhausted, one swings the member C upwardly and it carries the member B with it and such allows of the ready withdrawal of the roller, the mounting of a new tissue roll thereon and the subsequent entering of the roll to working position and the replacement of the members C and B in relation to the roll.
What I claim as my invention is:
In a dispenser for a roll of toilet paper, a bracket presenting forwardly extending side arms rotatably mounting the roll of paper therebetween, a rearwardly disposed cross bar between the side arms and pivotally carried thereby, said cross bar having the ends thereof provided with forwardly extending, opposing, side bars fixedly secured thereto, a triangular-shaped, transverse member fixedly secured to the forward ends of the side bars, and having a rear corner providing a pick-up blade to ride the roll and an upper, advanced corner providing a cutting edge for the end of the roll passed forwardly thereover, a forwardly extending roll riding, pressure plate extending between the side bars and having its rear end pivotally carried by the side bars in a location adjacent to but spaced from the cross bar aforesaid, and
with its forward and terminating in a location spaced rearwardly from the, pick-up blade and riding the roll and stop lugs secured to the pressure plate and engageable with but spaced from the cross bar whereby the contacting of the lugs with the cross bar limits the up and down pivotal movement of the pressure plate.
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