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Publication numberUS2868361 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 13, 1959
Filing dateMar 25, 1957
Priority dateMar 25, 1957
Publication numberUS 2868361 A, US 2868361A, US-A-2868361, US2868361 A, US2868361A
InventorsAdam C Zilem, Earl E Varner
Original AssigneeAdam C Zilem, Earl E Varner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tooth brush holder
US 2868361 A
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Jan- 13, 19 9 A. c. ZILEM ET AL TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER 2 She ets-Sheet 1 Filed March 25, 1957 INVENTORS Adam C. Zi|em Earl E. Vorner Jan. 13, 1959 A. c. ZlLEM ETAL 2,868,361

TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed March 25, 1957 INVENTORS Adam C. Zilem Earl E. Vorner ATTORNEY United States Patent TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER Adam C. Zilern and Earl E. Varner, Waco, Tex.

Application March 25, 1957, Serial No. 648,246

1 Claim. (Cl. 206-151) The invention relates to a tooth brush holder, and it concerns more particularly, as a novelty device, a combined tooth brush holder and dollwhich is intended more for children than for adults but which may be found amusing to children and adults alike.

An object of the invention is to provide a combined tooth brush holder and doll which is capable of being decorated attractively, as desired, and which is capable ,a hinged cover connected to its upper end and a bottom member which is movable axially with respect to the walls of the receptacle, the arrangement being such that advancing the bottom member with respect to the cover a tooth brush contained in the receptacle, and having one end thereof in engagement with the bottom member, is caused to engage the cover to raise it, thereby exposing the tooth brush.

The invention will be readily understod by referring to the following description and the accompanying drawing, in which: i

Fig. 1 is a perspective View of a tooth brush holder embodying the invention;

Fig. 2 is a sectional elevational view, taken on a median line, of the tooth brush holder shown in Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a view similar. to Fig. 2, showing the tooth brush holder in another of its operating positions;

Fig. 4 is a sectional elevational view, taken on a median line, of a tooth brush holder embodying the invention in modified form;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary sectional elevational view taken on the line 55 of Fig. 4;

Fig. 6 is a sectional elevational view, taken on a median line, of another form of tooth brush holder embodying the invention;

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of another form of tooth brush holder embodying the invention;

Fig. 8 is a sectional elevational view, taken on a median line, of the tooth brush holder shown in Fig. 7;

Fig. 9 is a view similar to Fig. 8, showing the tooth brush holder in another of its operating positions;

Fig. 10 is a sectional elevational view, taken on a median line, of another form of tooth brush holder embodying the invention;

Fig. 11 is a view similar to Fig. 10, showing the tooth brush holder in another of its operating positions; and Fig. 12 is a fragmentary perspective view of the tooth brush holder shown in Figs. 10 and 11. i

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Referring to Figs. 1 to 3 of the drawing, the tooth brush holder of the invention comprises an elongated tubular receptacle 1, as hereinafter described, which normally is dipsosed vertically and which has a hinged cover 2. The receptacle 1 and the cover 2 advantageously may be formed at least partly of plastic materials. In use, the tooth brush holder may either be attached to a wall surface, by means of a pair of ears 3, or may be carried about or kept in any convenient place, as desired.

The tubular receptacle 1 has a tubular upper portion 4 which is of rigid construction and is enlarged at 5, adjacent its upper end, and a tubular lower portion 6 which'is pleated and is capable .of being folded in the manner of a bellows whereby it is collapsible. The enlarged upper end 5 of the tubular upper portion 4 is connected by a hinge 7 to one edge of the cover 2, and a bottom plate 8 is connected to the lower end of the tubular lower portion 6.

A tooth brush, shown in dotted lines, is received in the receptacle 1 as shown in Figs. 2 and 3. The cover 2 may be raised, and the tooth brush may be exposed, as shown in Fig. 3, by depressing the tubular upper portion 4 with respect to the tubular lower portion 6 whereby the tubular lower portion 6 is collapsed. Upon collapsing the tubular lower portion 6 the receptacle 1 is shortened, and the tooth brush, one end of which rests upon the bottom plate 8, exerts an upward thrust against the under side of the cover 2 to raise it.

As shown, the receptacle 1 is decorated to simulate a doll, the enlarged upper end 5 of the tubular upper portion 4 representing a head and a forward extension of the bottom plate 8 representing feet. The appearance of the receptacle 1 may be varied as desired. And while it is substantially rectangular in cross section, as shown, it may be circular or of any other desired shape.

Referring to Figs. 4 and 5 of the drawing, a tubular upper portion 9, which corresponds to the tubular upper portion 4 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, has a tubular lower portion 10, which corresponds to the tubular lower portion 6 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, received telescopically therein. Unlike the tubular lower portion 6, the tubular lower portion 10 is not pleated but is of rigid construction. The tubular lower portion 10 slidably engages the tubular upper portion 9, and is capable of being retained in its extended position, as shown in Fig. 4, by friction fit. A pair of mutually opposed flanges, numbered 11 and 12, are formed on the adjacent ends of the portions 9 and 10, respectively, to limit their longitudinal movement relative to each other.

The operation of the tooth brush holder shown in Figs.

4 and 5 is the same asthat ofthe one shown in Figs. 1

to 3. The cover 13, which corresponds to the cover 2 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, may be raised, and the tooth brush may be exposed, by depressing the tubular upper portion 9 with respect to the tubular lower portion 10 where by the receptacle, indicated generally by the numeral 14, is shortened. The tooth brush, one end of which rests upon the bottom plate 15, which corresponds to the bottom plate 8 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, exerts an upward thrust against the under side of the cover 13 to raise it.

Referring to Fig. 6 of the drawing, a tubular member 16, which corresponds to the tubular upper portion 4 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, and the length of which corresponds to the length of the receptacle, indicated generally by the numeral 17, has a piston-like bottom member 18, which corresponds to the tubular lower portion 6 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, received bodily therein. A pair of cranks 19, which simulate arms, are pi'votally connected to the tubular member 16 and are connected by links 20 to the bottom member 18 whereby the bottom member 18 may be raised and lowered in the tubular member 16 by manipulation of the cranks 19.

The operation of the tooth brush holder shown in Fig. 6 is similar to that of the one shown in Figs. 1 to 3. The cover 21, which corresponds to the cover 2 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, may be raised, and the tooth brush may 'be exposed, by raising the bottom member 18 in the tubular member 16. The tooth brush, one end of which rests upon the bottom member 18, which corresponds to the bottom plate 8 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, exerts an upward thrust against the under side of the cover 21 to raise it.

Referring to Figs. 7 to 9 of the drawing, a tubular member 22, which corresponds to the tubular upper portion 4 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, and the length of which corresponds to the length of the receptacle, indicated generally by the numeral 23, has a piston-like bottom member 24, which corresponds to the tubular lower portion 6 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, received bodily therein. An elongated handle 25, which may be decorated to simulate feet, is connected at one end to the bottom member 24 and extends outwardly through a longitudinal slot 26 which is formed in one side of the tubular member 22, beginning at its lower end. A vertical strip 27 carried by the bottom member 24 slidably engages the tubular member 22 on opposite sides of the slot 26. The bottom member 24 may be raised and lowered in the tubular member 22 by manipulation of the handle 25.

The operation of the tooth brush holder shown in Figs. 7 to 9 is similar to that of the one shown in Figs. 1 to 3. The cover 28, which corresponds to the cover 2 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, may be raised, and the tooth brush may be exposed, by raising the bottom member 24 in the tubular member 22. The tooth brush, one end of which rests upon the bottom member 22, which corresponds to the bottom plate 8 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, exerts an upward thrust against the under side of the cover 28 to raise it.

Referring to Figs. 10 to 12 of the drawing, a tubular member 29, which corresponds to the tubular upper portion 4 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, and the length of which corresponds to the length of the receptacle, indicated generally by the numeral 30, has a piston-like bottom member 31, which corresponds to the tubular lower portion 6 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, received bodily therein. A plate 32, which is connected by a hinge 33 to the lower end of the tubular member 29, is connected to one of a cord 34 which is passed over a spool 35 mounted on the inner wall of the tubular member 29 and connected at its opposite end to the bottom member 31. The hinged plate 32 may be decorated to simulate feet. The bottom member 31 may be raised and lowered in the tubular member 29 by manipulation of the hinged plate 32.

The operation of the tooth brush holder shown in Figs. 10 to 12 is similar to that of the one shown in Figs. 1 to 3. The cover 36, which corresponds to the cover 2 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, may be raised, and the tooth brush may be exposed, by raising the bottom member 31 in the tubular member 29. The tooth brush, one end of which rests upon the bottom member 29, which corresponds to the bottom plate 8 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, exerts an upward thrust against the under side of the cover 36 to raise it.

The invention may be modified in various ways without departing from the spirit and scope thereof.

What is claimed is:

A tooth brush holder comprising a normally vertically disposed tubular receptacle having a hinged cover connected to its upper end and a bottom member which is movable axially with respect to the walls of the receptacle, the receptacle including a rigid upper wall portion which is connected to the hinged cover and a collapsible lower wall portion, capable of being folded in the manner of a bellows, connected to the bottom member.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,197,006 Brody Apr. 16, 1940

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/362.2, 206/457, 206/804, 446/310
International ClassificationA45D44/18
Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/804, A45D44/18
European ClassificationA45D44/18