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Publication numberUS2976095 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 21, 1961
Filing dateMar 4, 1959
Priority dateMar 4, 1959
Publication numberUS 2976095 A, US 2976095A, US-A-2976095, US2976095 A, US2976095A
InventorsTaves Richard H
Original AssigneeTaves Richard H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bobby pin dispenser
US 2976095 A
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March 21, 1961 R, H. TAVES 2,976,095


RICHARD H. TZvEs @341} h 717% Patented Mar. 21, 1961 BOBBY PEN DISPENSER Richard H. Taves, 10611 W. Nevada, Melrose Park, Ill. Filed Mar. 4, 1959, Ser. No. 797,127

1 Claim. (Cl. 312-42) This invention relates to dispensers and more particularly to a device for dispensing single bobby pins.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a wall mounted bobby pin dispenser that will emciently dispense bobby pins single therefrom and enable such bobbypins to be opened with one hand for use.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a bobby pin dispenser of the above type that can be quickly loaded with a plurality of bobby pins in predetermined stacked relationship, and which enables such bobby pins to be withdrawn one at a time from the side opening thereof.

Other objects of the invention are to provide a bob-by pin dispenser bearing the above objects in mind which is of simple construction, has a minimum number of parts, is inexpensive to manufacture and efiicient in operation.

For other objects and for a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view, with parts "broken- '2 cured for mounting the unit upon any wall, such as a tile bathroom wall. The bottom of the housing 12 is also provided with a depending stud 28 upon which another suction cup 30 is secured for mounting the dispenser upon a horizontal surface, such as a single cabinet, should such prove to be more convenient.

A pyramid-like anvil 3 2 integral with the central portion of" the front of the housing 12, and a similar anvil 34 integral with the upper surface of the closure 16, provide means for wedging open the closed end of the bobby pins 22 during use. Since one hand of the operator is securing the curl or wave in the proper form and shape, the other remaining hand may be used to withdraw a bobby pin 22 and open it against oneof the anvils 32, 34 so as to enable it to be applied to the hair Without having to release the hold on the lock of hair, use another instrument for opening the bobby pin, or using a fingernail or tooth for this purpose.

It will thus be recognized that a conveniently and completely self contained bobby pin dispenser and opener is provided by this construction that can be conveniently supported upon any wall or horizontal surface so as to enable bobby pins to be dispensed and opened in a simple and easy manner, without endangering chipping nails, teeth, or the like in any respect.

While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claim.

What I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:

A device for dispensing U-shaped bobby pins including a substantially L-shapcd housing forming a magazine for a stack of horizontally arranged bobby pins; said channel portion formed on a fixed radius and communi- 10 made in accordance with the present invention is shown to include a main housing 12 of L-shape configuration made of generally hollow construction defining an L-shaped interior channelway 13 in which a stack of bobby pins 22 is supported for sliding movement from one end to the other. Said main housing 12 embodies a vertical leg portion and a lateral base leg portion, said channel 13 extending lengthwise in both legs, a curved channel portion formed and connecting with the adjacent leg portions in each leg. The upper end of the housing 12 defines an inlet 14 to the vertical leg portion into which the bobby pins 22 may be inserted in predetermined stacked relationship, such inlet being normally closed by a plate 16 hingedly carried by the housing 12 by a hinge unit 18 secured to the back side thereof. The bobby pins 22 slide through the curved portion into the base leg portion.

The lateral lower leg portion of the housing 12 has a side portion cut away to define a cutout 20 that provides communication with the interior of the channel passageway 13 in the lower leg, thus enabling the hobby cating at the opposite ends thereof with said channels in said legs; said vertical leg of said housing comprising a straight vertical front wall, a straight vertical rear wall and a pair of straight vertical side walls, said straight vertical front wall and said straight vertical rear wall integrally secured to the opposite vertical straight edges of said straight vertical side walls; said horizontal leg of said housing comprising a flat horizontal top wall, a fiat horizontal bottom wall, a front wall and a single straight vertical end wall, said top and bottom horizontal walls integrally secured to said single straight end wall, the opposite'end of said horizontal leg being open forming a discharge opening; said curved channel portion having an upper curved wall, a lower curved wall and two curved vertical end walls; said upper curved wall integrally secured at the opposite ends thereof to said vertical front wall and said flat horizontal top wall; said lower curved wall integrally secured at the opposite ends thereof to said fiat horizontal bottom wall and said vertical rear wall; one curved vertical end wall of said channel portion integrally secured at opposite ends with one of said straight vertical side walls of said vertical leg and said single straight vertical end-wall of said horizontal leg, the opposite curved vertical end wall of said channel portion integrally secured at its upper end to the opposite vertical side wall of said Vertical leg; the top end of said vertical leg being open; one end of said horizontal leg being open forming a dispensing opening; a closure for the open end of said vertical leg hingedly secured to its rear Wall effecting an entrance for receiving the bobby pins stacked in said housing; a portion of the upper, lower and front walls adjacent said dispensing opening of said horizontal leg being cut away forming a bobby pin exposing opening; said bobby pins being stacked horizontally, one on top of the other, in side-to-side relation within said vertical leg, said bobby pins sliding from said vertical leg into said horizontal leg and becoming in side-by-side and in side-to-side relation with each other eifecting the bobby pins to be supported horizontally on one longitudinal edge thereof exposing the closed end portions of said bobby pins adjacent the said dispensing opening for manual removal thereof from said housing.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Solomon Aug. 22, 1950 Marsh Apr. 23, 1935 Avelli July 26, 1949 Formica May 15, 1951 Shaw Dec. 11, 1951

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1999021 *Dec 23, 1932Apr 23, 1935Marsh Harry VDisplay dispensing device
US2477034 *Jul 8, 1947Jul 26, 1949Avelli Philip ABobby pin dispenser
US2553246 *Nov 20, 1947May 15, 1951Formica Peter EOpener for hairpins
US2577862 *Apr 1, 1948Dec 11, 1951Shaw Randall Company IncDispensing container for stacked elongated articles
USD159873 *Sep 15, 1949Aug 22, 1950 Combination bobby pin opener and container
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3235318 *Apr 1, 1964Feb 15, 1966Rosenberg Charles HDispenser for booklets and similar articles
US4084864 *Jul 13, 1976Apr 18, 1978Kibler Nelson SScissor style paper clip and automatic dispenser for same
U.S. Classification312/42, 132/332
International ClassificationA45D8/00, A45D8/18
Cooperative ClassificationA45D8/185
European ClassificationA45D8/18D