US 3147865 A
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p 8, 1964 H. o. ZIMMERLI ETAL 3,147,865
CLOTHESLINE ATTACHMENT Filed May 11, 1962 k T INVENTORS HEP/MAN Q Z/MMEBL/ A. Z/MMERL/ A BY my A TTOKNE Y United States Patent 3,147,865 CLOTHESLINE ATTACHMENT Herman 0. Zimmerli and Lily A. Zimmerli, both of Box 64, Swisher, Iowa Filed May 11, 1962, Ser. No. 194,042 3 Claims. (Cl. 211-86) The present invention pertains to an attachment for clotheslines and in particular to a removable attachment therefor for locating a number of clothes hangers in spaced relation along the line so that they will neither slide together nor slide along the line.
As every housewife knows, when clothes hangers, particularly the type having a simple hook-like suspension, are hung on a clothesline the sag thereby caused in the line usually causes all the hangers eventually to slide together toward the middle of the line. If the line is outof-doors the hangers may also be blown together up or down the line. Inasmuch as clothes are placed on hangers on a clothesline in order to dry or to air, bunching of them in any place along the line obviously impedes drying or airing, as the case may be. Clothespins are sometimes used to locate the hangers but these are rarely sufficient if the wind is at all strong and besides are a nuisance time-wise as they must be individually applied and rernoved before the line can be returned to ordinary use. Permanent attachments should also be avoided as they often hinder normal use of the line and particularly interfere with its cleaning.
The present invention provides a simple, effective and easily applied and removed attachment for maintaining clothes hangers in fixed, spaced positions along a clothesline. The attachment is formed integrally by simple bends in a single length of wire or by a simply shaped or moulded slat to provide a series of spaced, fixed positions for the hangers, using the resiliency of the attachment itself and/ or the tension in the line to locate the attachment itself thereon. It is easily applied to the line and can easily and quickly be removed so that the line may be used in the usual way and cleaned without interference.
Accordingly, the chief object of the present invention is the provision of an attachment for securing clothes hangers against sliding movement upon a clothesline.
Another object of the present invention is to provide such an attachment which is easily and quickly applied to and removed from a clothesline.
An additional object of the present invention is to provide such an attachment which is easily and cheaply manufactured.
Other and further objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the preferred form thereof hereafter described, read in conjunction with the following drawings, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of the preferred form of the present invention shown applied to an ordinary clothesline; and
FIGURE 2 is a top plan view of FIGURE 1.
Turning first to FIGURE 1, represents a typical clothesline of wire, rope or plastic covered wire, or the like. The attachment, in the embodiment shown in FIG- URES 1 and 2, is formed from a single, essentially straight length of wire 11, which is preferably spring wire, having each of its ends turned to form depending eyes 12. Bent in wire 11 at spaced intervals between eyes 12 are a series of depending, open-top loops 13 suitably shaped to provide, together with eyes 12, a series of locating positions for clothes hangers 14. The faces of eyes 12 and loops 13 are preferably in a common plane with and through the axis of wire 11. Thus, when the attachment is applied to line 10 by being laid thereover and sinuously and laterally wound therealong, as illustrated in FIGURES 1 and 2, eyes 12 serve to anchor each end of the attachment, and their faces tend to press against line 10, owing to the resiliency of wire 11. Furthermore, the passage of line 10 from one side to the other of each loop 13 across the open top thereof increases friction between the attachment and line 10. At the same time, especially if line 10 is rope or plastic, the resiliency of wire 11 will cause corresponding sinuous, lateral curvatures in line 10. The attachment is accordingly secured to, and against sliding movement along, line 10 by both the resiliency of wire 11 and the tension in line 10.
If desired, loops 12 may be fashioned to be upstanding instead of depending, from line 10 in which case the clothes hangers are suspended directly from line 10 on the portions 15 thereof, loops 13 then serving merely to locate and not also to support the hangers. Removal of the attachment is quickly accomplished simply by unwinding it from line 10.
Wire 11 may, of course, be suitably plated or rubber or plastic coated if desired to approve appearance and durability; plastic or rubber coating would also tend to increase friction between line 10 and wire 11 and thus aid in preventing slippage of the attachment along line 10.
The length of the attachment is not critical. It should be long enough to provide 3 or 4 suitably spaced hanger positions, including eyes 12, and yet at the same time not be so long that it cannot be easily applied or removed or conveniently stored when not in use.
Though the invention has been described in a particular fgrm, it is for illustration only and the appended claims are intended to include such modifications thereof as would ordinarily and naturally be incorporated therein.
1. A removable attachment for a clothesline for restraining movement longitudinally of said line of clothes hangers having a hook-like member for suspension thereof, said attachment comprising a single, generally rectilinear length of resilient wire having a portion at each end thereof offset from the longitudinal axis thereof, a plurality of loops fashioned in said wire at spaced intervals therealong between said end portions, each of said loops being offset from said axis of said wire effective to receive said hook-like member of at least one clothes hanger therethrough and to substantially fix the location of said hanger longitudinally of said axis of said wire, movement of both said attachment and said hanger longitudinally of said line being restrained when said attachment is applied over and around said line so that the latter passes sinuously back and forth between opposite sides of said end portions and said loops.
2. The attachment of claim 1 wherein each of said loops is formed by a plurality of bends in said wire transversely of said axis thereof, including a pair of spaced bends therein providing an opening in the boundary of each of 3 said loops effective to permit said line to pass through said loops from one side thereof to the other when said attachment is applied to said line as aforesaid with said line closing the boundaries of said loops, the remaining portions of said wire connecting said end portions and loops being generally coaxial.
3. The attachment of claim 2 wherein said end portions and loops lie generally in a common plane through said axis of said wire.
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