US 2941669 A
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R. PALAY ETAL 2,941,669
ROTARY DISPLAY STAND June 21, 1960 Filed Feb. 18, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet l 0 D O 0 Q c o o o o 90 Robert Pa/ay Morley Pa/ay IN VEN TOR-5 W 24mm June 21, 1960 R. PA LAY rrm.
ROTARY msmy srmo 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb. 18. 1958 Robert Pa/ay Morley Pa/ay INVENTORS and ROTARY DISPLAY STAND Filed Feb. 18, 1958, Ser. No. 715,879
Claims. (Cl. 211-l.6)
The present invention relates to, broadly speaking, the problem encountered in most merchandising stores in respect to allocation of space in display windows and also interior space particularly when the space available for such purposes is restricted and of a small area. More particularly, the concept has to do with an apparently acceptable solution of most aspects of the problem and has to do with an unusual and practical rotary display device or stand.
It is realized, of course, that necktie racks, and racks for support of suits and dresses are used in stores and elsewhere to permit turning of the rotatable part by a customer to examine and select merchandise. The present invention is primarily for display purposes and involves the use of a motor driven turntable which sup ports and rotates a slow turning standard. The standard is supported between the turntable and the ceiling or other horizontal support above it and is provided with one or more collars. The collars are vertically spaced and constructed to accommodatingly and detachably support novel hangers. The hangers are such in construction that they, in turn, accommodatingly support varying types of fixtures. The fixtures are detachable and interchangeable in relation to the hangers and allow for systematic and effectual support and display of articles of merchandise such as hats, shirts, shoes and so on.
In carrying out a preferred embodiment of the invention a novel longitudinally extensible standard is utilized. This standard will be set forth in greater detail in the following specification.
Novelty is also predicated, as implied, on unusual perforated collars which are adjustably and detachably mounted on the pole portion of the over-all standard. By providing the collars with a multiplicity of perforations and designing the hangers properly, many hangers may be employed and so arranged that the articles carried by the brackets hung thereon may be arranged and displayed to the advantage of all concerned.
Another but more general objective is to structurally, functionally and otherwise improve upon similarly constructed and performing so-called store furniture having to do with racks, stands and the like and, in doing so, to provide an adaptation which, it is submitted, will comply with the wishes of manufacturers and needs of merchandisers and customers alike.
Other objects, features and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings.
. In the drawings wherein like numerals are employed to Fig. 1 is a perspective view showing the novel and designate like parts throughout the same: improved rotary display stand and how it is constructed and preferably used.
tes Patent 0 Fig. 2 is an enlarged view in section and elevation taken approximately on the plane of the line 2-2 of Fig. 1, looking in the direction of the arrows.
Fig. 3 is a view on an enlarged scale showing the motor driven turntable.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged perspective detailing one of the.
hub-like hanger supporting collars.
Fig. 5 is a top plan view of the construction shown in means, an optional addition, is supported atop the perforated collar.
With reference now to the views of the drawings with the aid of reference characters, the standard in a unitary.
sense is denoted by the numeral 10 in Fig. 1. It is of a composite construction and is vertically extensible and contractible so that it may be fitted properly between the floor or other support A at the bottom and ceiling or equivalent surface B at the top. A preferred embodiment of the standard comprises a suitable length wooden or equivalent pole 12. The lower end of this pole is fitted into a simple rubber or equivalent friction driving cap or base 14. The upper end, as seen in Fig. 2, has a reduced shouldered neck 16 to accommodate a telescoping part which is here referred to as either a plunger or jack 18. This part 18 comprises a lower smaller sleeve 20 fitting over the neck 16 and fastened thereto at 22. This smaller sleeve telescopes into the lower portion of the outer and larger sleeve 24. There is a coil spring 26 nested in the sleeve 24 and resting at its lower.
equivalent disk 40 providing a turntable and having a' driven socket 42 on its bottom to accommodatingly receive the drive shaft 44 extending from the gear box 46 the gearing of which (not shown) is suitably driven by an off-side motor 48 having a current conductor 50 connected thereto. Thus by way of the motor and gearing and shaft and socket means the turntable is set into rotation and it, in turn, rotates the complete standard 10 as a unit. The upper end of the standard rotates freely in the bearing means shown in Fig. 2.
Any number of racking collars may be provided and removably fitted on the standard. One such collar denoted by the numeral 52 is shown in Figs. 4 and Sand comprises a sheet metal endless band 54 having a mul ferentially spaced spider arms 58 (Fig. 5) connected at their outer ends to the collar and at their inner ends'to a split band or collar 60 which immediately embraces the pole, the split end portions 62 thereof being bolted commodatingly support the unique. J-shaped hanger units each of which is denoted by the numeral 66 (see Fig. 7).
The hanger is made from rod stock of appropriate strength and gauge and the linearly straight shank portion 68 has a U-shaped head or yoke at the top. The arms 70 terminate in laterally ofi-set fingers 72 which are fittingly adapted to be: detachably and selectively mounted in the holes 56 in the manner shown-infigc 6. The cutvate: lower. end portion 74 provides the hooklike terminal of the .T" and tenniiiares in a" screwthreaded end 76whiclf adap'tedto accommodate an internally screw-threaded socket For exa'mple, thestated.
socket is provided on all the interchangeable arid selecti-velyusable'fixtureswhicli are? employed tci'sup 'ort the hats, shirts and shoes illustrated in Fig, 1'. One ofithese fixtures as'seenin' Fig: 7 is" that forsupp'ortingja hat and it is denoted by. the numeral 78 and it has the desired socket" 80" whicli' fi't's' on the screw thre'ad'ed end" 76 It seems unnecessary to dwell at length on the other fixtures other than to say that, for example", the shirt fixture seen in Fig. 1 is denoted by the-numeral 82 and lias'a so'cket 84 likeithe" socket 80i This fixture is a sort" of openwo'rk or fabricated" plate having a bent up hook like' ledge 86 at the bottom for shirt seating, backing and supporting purposes. The fixtures which are employed to support shoes are" different in construction and are denoted at" 88in Fig. 1. Each fixture 88 has a socket 90 like the sockets 84 and 80. Thus-the unique attachable anddetachable J slraped hangers 66' serve to accommodate a.
Ti re'se bolt holes serve advantageously to accommodate:
bolts',,screws or similar. fastenings 61, Which,,as shown in Fi g. 9, aresuitably employed to supportcand. hold in place semi-circular halfsections. 53. which. cooperatev in providing a. suitable horizontal. circular. or equivalent.
miscellaneous. articleesupportingi shelf. It followsthat. it is. within the purview" of this invention to aptly utilize the. collars 52. and brackets-v or spiders: 58 not only; inthe. associations and. arrangement seen best in Fig. 4,
but also according to theloptionalr arrangement depicted ir'1 .Fig-.. 9 which makes possiblethe. use of an often desired; shelf, The. bight or intermediate portions of the spiders. or brackets arepreferably flush with the:
upper. edge. of the collar to insure ready and reliable. mounting of th e. shelf. sections in the manner illustrated.
The. foregoing is. considered as: illustrative only of the principles of the invention- Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilledintthe art, it is notdesired to'limit the invention tothe exact construction and operation shown and de-- scribed, and. accordingly all: suitable modifications" and equivalents-may beresortedi-to, falling-within the scope of: the invention, as claimed.
What is claimed as newis as followsz 1. A rotary display stand andrack for use in department' stores; and elsewhere: for window as well asin-- terioruse:comprising;a motor driven turntable adapted tof rest on. a lower support; surface, a 1 longitudinally ex= tensibleaml;contractiblestandard.having aifrictibn driven base-capt: resting: atop" the: central portion of said turn table,'- aspring biasedplunger constituting the upper" end portion of said standard and having' 'a bearin g equipped j rtibbbr'cap-adapted to rest against a ceiling above said ldwer' support surface; a" perforated collar dtachably.
4. and adjustably mounted on said standard, at least one hanger fixture,. said. fixture being. J-shaped and formed from a rod and embodying a vertical linearly straight shank provided at its upper end with a U-shaped attaching head including arms and offset attaching and retaining fingers, said fingers being adapted to be selectively and removably mounted in the perforations provided therefor in said collar, the lbwer end of said rod being curved and terminating in a screw-threaded portion to accommodate a socket member on an attachable and detachable article accommodating and supporting fixture.
2. For use in cooperation with; a supporting collar on a standard, a hanger of J-sliaped form having a linearly straight rod portion=forming a shanl and provided at an upper. end with a U-shaped yoke,, and yoke including-i arms and said armshaving offsethook-like attaching fingers, the lower end portion of said rod being curvate and screw-threaded:
3. For use onrand in-associatiomwith a turntable rotatably supported member constituting a standard, an inner collar clamped on said standard, an outer collar encircling said inner collar, inverted U-shaped reinforcingspidersarranged in the space between said collarsand having inner end-portions attached-to the outer periphery of. the innercollar and outerend depending portions: attachedto the innerperiphery of the-outer collar and having bight portions flush-with the upperedge-of theouter= collansaid bight-portion having abolt hole, and-- a sectional shelf having sections restingjfatop the. outen collar and. bightv portions of the spidersand attached to the spiders by way of fasteners coopera-tingw-ith' the bolt vholes.
4. A: rotary display stand: comprising,=in.combination;
a -motordriventurnta-ble adapted to be supported on. a
floor or-' an equivalent foundation,- a longitudinally ex--- tensible and: retractible standard adapted to be locatedvertically when in use and having a-m'ain pole portion provided at' its lower end with a rubber cap providing a base Whichrests removably atop the turntable, and telescoping spring-biased means carriedbythe upper; end of the pole and adapted to" bear: against a ceiling; orother support? surface above" saidfloor; said means comprisinga first tube: fixed to the upper: end portion of. the pole-andfittingi telescopically into-a second=com-= plementalitube; the: second tube provided and closed at" its-- upperendwith a: plug terminating in an upstandin'g'i axial. journal; a coil spring arranged l in the: second tube andibearing: at vone end: against the plug and at the-op? positeend' against the upper end of'said first tube; .azcuplike e'nd. thrust cap adapted to rest. against? saidv ceilingii andlprovidedrwiths an anti-iriction bearing, saidjournah being mounted for rotation in said: b'e'aring",.a collar encircling andaadjustablymounted onfisaid pole and-provid'ed witha multiplicity ofi selectivcly usable holes an'd areadily' attachable and detachable hanger bracket-00m prising'a J-shaped'member'havingia shank provided at its upper end withla. U-shaped: headformed-with ofiset attaching and retainingifingers adaptedlto be'separably'" connected to' said collar byway of said holes and also" having a curved lower endportion terminating in a screw-threaded end; and a readily attachable and detachable" article accommodating: fixture having a socket 1 member screwed and; supported on said screw-threaded" end.
5 For use on and in association with a supporting: standard, inner and outer concentric radially spac'ed'collars, said inner collar providing a hub' and-being adapted to bedetachably and adjustably mounted on-ai supporting standard, equidistant circumferential-1y spaced-spider arms interposed between and securing said collars' together in cooperative relationship, saidouter collar being relatively wide and provided with selectively usable perforations, the bight portions-of'saidfspidersbeingflushwitli tlre uppe'r edge of the outer "collar" and havingfbolfholes" 5 6 and being adapted to seat and support an optionally References Cited in the file of this patent usable shelf made up of sections adapted to rest atop the bight portions and adapted to be bolted thereto, and UNITED STATES PATENTS at least one substantially J-shaped hanger having a curvate 99,489 Smythe Feb. 1, 1870 lower end portion terminating in an end portion 5 889,517 Gerken June 2, 1908 which is adapted to support a readily applicable and 923,705 Reyher June 1, 1909 removable article supporting fixture and having a shank 991,541 Rapoport May 9, 1911 portion provided with at least one finger separably con- 1,045,481 Walther Nov. 26, 1912 nectible to the outer collar by way of one of the per- 1,814,998 Yocum July 14, 1931 forations in said outer collar. 10 2,614,701 Mapson Oct. 21, 1952