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April 16, 1963 E. N. JOHNSON 3,085,842
PEDICURE CABINETS Original Filed April 11, 1958 INVENTQR. 5.40/55 N. Joufi so/v United States Patent Ofl ice 3,085,842 Patented Apr. 16, 1963 3,085,842 PEDICURE CABINETS Eloise N. Johnson, 5631 Surf Drive, Dallas, Tex. Continuation of application Ser. No. 723,020, Apr. 11, 1958. This application July 10, 1961, Ser. No. 126,773 4 Claims. (Cl. 312-209) This invention relates generally to beauty shop equipment and more specifically to a tool of this trade to be used by an operator in giving a pedicure.
The primary object of this invention is to provide a compact, easy to use, easily accessible pedicure device through which the operator may apply a pedicure to a client from a position that is comfortable to both parties.
Another object of the invention is to provide a pedicure device which will simultaneously form a support for a clients legs and provide a means by which they may receive a pedicure treatment in dignified privacy.
A further object of the invention is to provide a pedicure device by means of which several healthful and beneficial operations may be performed on a clients feet by the use of a single compact unit.
An additional object of the invention is to provide a pedicure device by means of which a customer may be receiving treatment by the operator on one foot and may be receiving self treatment on the other foot simultaneously in the form of heat treatment or liquid bath.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a leg supporting pedicure device by means of WhC hl the foot is positioned at the exact point of operation desired by the operator, and yet such a device in which the foot remains flexible in response to the operators movement, giving the operator freedom of use of both hands; and also by means of which the body movements of the operator will not be hampered by reason of having the clients foot in her lap as is conventional procedure with pedicure operations.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a pedicure device by means of which the combined features for the benefit and comfort of both the customer and the operator include a means for positioning the customers feet at an elevated angle, means for providing an adjustable light at the point of work, means for positioning the operators instruments and supplies at both the customers feet, and means to afford a dignified privacy to a lady customer receiving a pedicure.
These and other objects and advantages will be apparent from an examination of the following specification and drawings in which:
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of a pedicure device constructed in accordance with this invention,
FIGURE 2 is a front elevational view of the device of FIGURE 1,
FIGURE 3 is a rear elevational view of the device of FIGURE 2,
FIGURE 4 is a side elevational view of the device of this invention,
FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary cross sectional view taken along the line 5-5 of FIGURE 4, and
FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary view of the leg support of FIGURES 1-4 showing its function in supporting a clients foot at the proper height and angle for manipulation by the operator, when the latter is applying a pedicure.
This application is a continuation of my co-pending application Serial No. 728,020, filed April 11, 1958, now abandoned.
Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawing, it will be observed that the complete pedicure device of this invention, identified generally by numeral 2, consists basically of an upright center cabinet section 3 supported on a base 4, and including laterally projecting leg supports 5 at each side of the center section 3. As shown in 'FIG. 4, the supports 5 are slightly inclined with respect to the horizontal and have convex upper faces so as to conform properly to the contour and angular disposition of a customers legs. A flexibly mounted light assembly 6 is attached to the top of section 3 in such a manner that it may be moved from a position adjacent one lateral support 5 to a position adjacent the other support 5. This light is primarily for illumination purpose, but may contain a special bulb such as infra-red or violet ray for therapeutic purposes when desired.
The center section 3, per se, comprises a back 16, a front 17 and vertical side Walls 7 which may be formed in one or more pieces from a continuous curved section of a formable material to provide both the supporting means for the leg supports and a storage area in the front for the necessary tools and equipment for the operators use in applying a pedicure to a client seated in a conventional salon chair (not shown) in a manner indicated in FIG. 6. A series of horizontal shelves 8 divides the storage area 9 into separate compartments to receive manicure and pedicure equipment, supplies, and to store the liquid bath pans 510 when the latter are not in-use. The sides 7 of the center section 3 are tapered and rounded toward the rear so as to provide a comfortable setting for a clients legs. The towel racks 12 at the upper end of the center section 3 are provided, it being noted that the top of the center section 3 is approximately waist high to a person seated adjacent the device 2 to receive a pedicure. The center section 3, as will be readily apparent from FIGS. 2 and 3, has a sufiicient width and extends above the leg supports 5 a sufiicient distance to shield the inner portion of the thighs of a skirted and seated person whose legs are resting on supports 5 from the operator and other persons located in front of the center section.
The base 4 includes a fiat horizontal bottom member 14 which extends the full width of the structure. A housing 15 is formed adjacent each lateral side of the member 14, and each housing includes a rigid top member 13 to provide a substantially flat surface on which the liquid pan it) may be placed whenever the client desires a foot bath. The base 4 is mounted on small caster wheels 18 to facilitate movement when not in use. A rail 19 encloses the area above each housing 15 to prevent loss or spillage of the contents of the pans 10 during use or transportation of the pedicure device 2.
From the foregoing description it will be readily seen there has been produced a device that substantially fulfills the objects of the invention as set forth herein.
While this specification sets forth in detail the present and preferred construction of this invention, still in practice such deviations from such detail may be resorted to as do not form a departure from the spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and useful and is desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
l. A pedicure device for supporting a skirted and seated persons legs at an elevated height sufiicient for a seated operator to work comfortably on the feet of the seated person comprising a cabinet structure having means to support the same in an upright position; said cabinet structure having a front, a back, and side walls; lateral support means on each of said side walls to support a seated persons legs at an elevated height, said cabinet structure having a sufficient width and extending above said leg support means a sufiicient distance to shield the inner portion of the thighs of the person seated from the operator and others located in front of said 9 cabinet structure, and storage means in said cabinet structure and accessible from said front to the operator Whereby the operator may utilize instruments from within the storage means to perform operations on the seated persons feet.
2. A pedicure device as set forth in claim 1 further including light means secured to said cabinet structure capable of illuminating the seated persons feet.
3. A pedicure device as set forth in claim 1 wherein said back, at the portion where it merges into said side walls, has rounded corners.
4. A pedicure device as set forth in claim 1 wherein said leg support means are inclined with respect to the horizontal about a common axis transverse to the axis of said cabinet structure.
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