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Publication numberUS515714 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 27, 1894
Publication numberUS 515714 A, US 515714A, US-A-515714, US515714 A, US515714A
InventorsJohn Mcleod Murphy
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothes-line pulley
US 515714 A
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(ModeL) r J. McL. MURPHY.


No. 515,714. Patented Peb .-27, 1894.



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 515,714, dated February 27, 1894. Application filed April 11, 1893. Serial No. 469,932. (Model) To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that 1, JOHN MoLEoD MURPHY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Danbury, in the county of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Clothes-Line Pulleys; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exactdescription of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which itappertains to make and use the same.

My invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in clothes line pulleys, for endless clothes lines and has for its objects, to prevent the line from dropping free of the pulleywhen slack, and to accommodate the clothes pins sothat theywill pass freely around the pulley Without interfering with the latter, whereby the clothes may be hung on the line throughout its length from a single point, while at the same time the line with the clothes hung thereon may travel freely around the pulley.

In the accompanying drawing is shown a perspective of my improved pulley with a section of line around the same, and a clothes pin depending from said line in the proper position relative to the pulley. I

1 is a bracket adapted to be secured to a wall, postor other stationary object and depending from its outer end is a hanger 2.

3 is the pulley which is swiveled to said hanger so as to revolve freely, and from the base of the groove a of said pulley extends a series of fingers 5 which project downwardly. These fingers extend outwardly and downwardly in order to be entirely out of the way of the clothes line, so that when the latter sags or becomes slack it will not catch onv the ends of the fingers. The pulley and fingers are integral, and the spaces between the latter accommodate the pins by which the clothes are fastened on the line. In the rear of said pulley depends from the bracket a hanger 6 to which is swiveled a guard roll 7 which over- 5 hangs the fingers and whose function is to prevent the clothes line from dropping off the pulley or from getting disarranged.

8 is the line around the pulley, and 9 a clothes pin secured to the line and depending therefrom, to which pin a garment may be attached.

I will not enter into any description of this pin, since my present invention is not limited to any especial construction of pin, and I have shown such latter in position between two fin gers merely for the purpose of illustrating the manner in which the pins are provided for. The fingers also present a ledge around the pulley to prevent the line from slipping down from within the pulley groove.

I am aware that guard devices used in this connection are not new, but the gist of my invention rests in the idea of locating the guard roll opposite to the groove of the pulley and in extending the fingers downward below the plane of the roll so that a loop of the clothes line may readily be cast around the pulley Without obstruction from said roll, While at the same time the latter will not interfere with the travel of the line with clothes thereon

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Cooperative ClassificationB66D1/36