US 2991495 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
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SHOE SHINE STAND Filed Oct. 1?, 1958 147' 7 ORA/E V9 States Patent 2,991,495 SHOE SHINE STAND Orville A. Blalack, Bennett Road, Teaneck, NJ.
' Filed Oct. 13, 1958, Ser. No. 766,927
. 3 Claims. 01. 15---265) The present invention relates to shoe shine stands and,
more particularly, to the kit type of shoe shine stand primarily adapted for household use. iHeretofore, many household shoe shine kits have been proposed. These kits included a box for shoe shine equipment and a shoe rest either on top of the box or in the box near the top. These kits could only be used in a practical manner by placing a shoe thereon while on the foot of the person; This required the person to stoop while shining=the shoe and bear down on the shoe rest to steady the box. vSuch a position is uncomfortable, particularly to older'perso'ns in the household. Also, in many cases the shoes to be cleaned are not those worn by the person wherebySfor-a person to shine or cleanseveral pairs of shoes, the person must change shoes to clean each pair. This of course is not feasible when the person cleans shoes other than his own.
. In order to overcome these difliculties stands have been proposed 'fo'rmounting a' shoe thereon at a more convenie'nt working level, but such stands by reason of their height'cannot be housed in a compact box which can be readilystored in'a closet while not in use.
'Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to overcome the foregoing difiiculties and objections by providing a kit which includes a compact box and a post or stand for the shoe rest adapted to be extended to any desired working revel and collapsed to house the same in the box.
Another object is to provide means for steadying the box while shining a shoe.
Another object is to provide an improved shoe rest adapted for securement to the upper end of the post.
Another object is to provide improved hooks for attaching the shoe to the shoe rest.
A further object is to accomplish the foregoing in a simple, practical and economical manner.
Other and further objects will be obvious upon an understanding of the illustrative embodiment about to be described, or will be indicated in the appended claims, and various advantages not referred to herein will occur to one skilled in the art upon employment of the invention in practice.
A preferred embodiment of the invention has been chosen for purposes of illustration and description and is shown in the accompanying drawing, forming a part of the specification, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a shoe shine stand in accordance with the present invention illustrating the same when not in use.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the stand illustrating the same when in use with the post extended upwardly.
FIG. 3 is a frapentary enlarged elevational view of means for adjustably securing the elements of the post.
FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 4-4 on FIG. 3.
-FIG. 5 is a fragmentary elevational view of the shoe rest.
FIG. 6 is an enlarged perspective view of a hook for attaching a shoe to the shoe rest.
Referring to the drawing in detail and, more particularly to FIGS. 1 and 2 thereof, a shoe shine stand of the kit type is shown which generally comprises a box 10, an extensible and collapsible post 11, and a shoe rest The box comprises a bottom 14; upright front, side and back walls 15, '16 and 17, respectively, providing a top 2,991,495 PatentedJuly 11, 1961-;
opening; and a cover 19, which preferably is anflatf member and is attached to the upper end of the back wall by hinges 20 that enable the cover to be folded against the back wall and thusbe out of tlre-way while the stand is in use (FIG. 2). i v I If desired, the box 10 may have a front compart ment for storing shoe cleaning equipment. This compartment is provided bythe bottom l4, the front wall 15, a portion of the side walls -1 6 and another front wall 21. A,cover 22 is slidably mounted in grooves 24 for closing the compartment.
Another feature of the box is that the bottom 14 has a slideway 25 at one side thereof in which a mem: ber 26 is slidably mounted. The member 26 can be readily extended outwardly of the box to rest on the floor and thereby enable a person to stand thereon to steady the box while shining a shoe. If desired, a slide way 25 and a member 26 may be provided at each side of the box prefer-ably near the front as shown. I
The post 11 comprises a plurality of tubular telescopi; cally and slidably arranged elements, including at least an upper element 27 'and a lower element 29 and, if de-' sired, one or more intermediate elements 30, only one being shown whereby the post illustrated herein is provided by three elements. The lowerelement 29 issecured to the bottom 14 bya flange 31 and the upper element 27 has the shoe rest 12 secured thereto-as, will be described hereinafter. V
The individual height of the elements 27, 29 and 30 does not exceed the height of the box and the dimensions of these elements are such that; when the post is collapsed (FIG. 1), the elements and theshoe rest 112 fit into the box and enable the cover 19 to be positioned to close the top opening of'the box. For example, if the height of the box is ten inches, the post when in its fully extended position (FIG. 2) positions the shoe rest at a level of a little less than thirty inches above the floor. This height enables a person to shine a shoe while standing or sitting on a chair.
It will also be understood that the shoe shine stand illustrated herein can be adjusted to place the shoe rest at any desired level to enable a shoe on the foot of the person to rest thereon.
As shown in FIGS. 2, 3, and 4, adjacent post sections are releasably secured in their adjusted positions by a suitable arrangement which comprises a clamping collar 32 extending about the upper end of the outer element and having apertured ofiset ears 34, a slotted bolt 35 extending through the ears, and a cam 36 rotatably mounted by a pin 37 in the bolt slot and positioned to engage one of the ears. A handle 39 facilitates rotation of the cam to cause the collar to draw in and release the outer element which is slotted at 40 to yield and clamp the inner element.
The shoe rest 12, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, comprises a sole portion 41, a heel portion 42, and a lengthwise extending depending web 44 at the underside which serves as a means for securing the shoe rest to the upper element 27 and as a support for a plurality of hook assemblies 45 for attaching a shoe to the shoe rest.
In order to secure the web 44 to the element 27, the upper portion of the element is provided with diametrically opposite slots for receiving the web, with the underside of the sole portion 41 abutting the upper end of the element, and screws, bolts or rivets 46 extended through the element 27 and the web.
As shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, the hook assemblies comprise a hook member 47 and a flexible element 49, preferably, a spring or other resilient means, having one end secured to a hook member 47 and having the other end secured in an aperture 50 in the web 44. Preferably,
four hook assemblies are provided to grip the shoe at both sides near the front and the back ofthe sole.
The hook members 47, as viewed in FIG. 6, comprise a horizontal section 51 formed with an elongated aperture 52; and a vertical section having an upper portion 54 corresponding in dimension to the aperture 52 and provided with a hole 55 at its upper end for receiving an element 49, and having a lower portion 56 of the same width as the horizontal section 51 formed with a hook portion 57 at its lower end for engaging the well of the shoe.
' The horizontal section 51 serves as a handle for the hook member to facilitate attaching and releasing the shoe. This handle is provided in a simple and economical manner by stamping the hook member from a strip of sheet metal which includes stamping out the portion 54 and forming the aperture 52, bending the section 51 at right angles to the portions 54 and 56, and bending the lower end of the portion 56 to form the hook portion From the foregoing description, it will be seen that the present invention provides an improved shoe shine stand which is compact in arrangement and can be used in any way desired, either with the shoe on the foot or removed therefrom, and at any desired level. The shoe shine stand is sturdy in construction, and can readily withstand such rough usage to which it may normally be subjected.
As various changes may be made in the form, construction, and arrangement of the parts herein, without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention and without sacrificing any of its advantages, it is to be understood that all matters are to be interpreted as illnstrative and not in any limiting sense.
What is claimed is:
1. A shoe shine stand comprising a box having a bottom and upright walls providing a top opening and having a cover for closing the top opening, a plurality of tubular telescopically and slidablyarrangedelements providing an extensible post including at least an upper element and a lower element, means for securing the lower element to the bottom of said box, a shoe rest secured to the u per element, and means for removably securing adjacent elements in various extended positions to adjust the height of the post, said elemehts being so dimensioned that when the post is collapsed said elements and said shoe rest thereon fit into said box to enable said cover to be positioned to close the top opening of the box. 1
2. A shoe shine stand according to claim 1, wherein the post includes three elements so dimensioned that the post can be extended with said shoe rest at a level to enable a person to shine a shoe while standing or sitting on a chair. i
3. A shoe shine stand according to. claim 1,- wherein said box bottom has a slideway therein; and a member is slidably positioned in said slideway and is adapted to be extended outwardly of said box and have a foot placed thereon to steady the stand while shining a shoe.
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