US 722462 A
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PATENTED MAR. 10, 1903.
F. D. SMITH. EXEROISING APPARATUS.
APPLIOATION FILED NOV. 22, 1902.
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FREDERICK D. SMITH, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent NO. 722,462, dated. March 10, 1903. Application filed November 22. 1902. $erialN0.1S2,366. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, FREDERICK D. SMITH, of New York, borough of Manhattan, in the county of New York and State of'New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Exercising Apparatus; and'I do hereby declare the following, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and the letters of reference marked thereon, to be a full, clear, and exactdescription of the same, and which said drawings constitute part of this specification, and represent, in-
Figure 1, a front view of a single exercising apparatus constructed in accordance with my invention; Fig. 2, a front or face viewof a double exercising apparatus embodying my invention; Fig. 3, a top or plan view of the upper bracket for a single apparatus; Fig. 4, a top or plan view of the slide; Fig. 5, a top or plan view of the lower bracket; Fig. 6, a top or plan view of the lower bracket for dou ble apparatus; Fig. 7, a sectional view of the weight-box and weight.
This invention relates to an improvement in an exercising apparatus, and particularly to that class in which two vertical rods are employed upon which a slide is adapted to travel, the slide supporting a weight and connected by cords running over pulleys to suitable handles, the object of the invention being a simple construction of device by which the rods may be considerably shortened, and
hence the apparatus may be stronger without detracting from the distance which the weight may be moved; and it consists in the construction as hereinafter described, and particularly recited in the claims. These devices are made single or double.
In Fig. 1 of the drawings I have shown a single exercising apparatus,which consists of an upper bracket'A, provided with lugs B, by which it may besecured to a wall,partition,or other suitable place. This bracket includes arms 0, provided with threaded openings D. The lower bracket E is also adapted to be secured to the wall or a partition at a point considerably above the floor F, and this bracket includes arms G, having openings I-I, corresponding to and in line with the openings D and the bracket A; These brackets are connected together by vertical rods I, the ends of which are preferably right and left hand screw-threaded for engagement with the openings O and H in the upper and lower brackets. Mounnted upon the rods and free to move thereon is a slide J, to the under side of which is secured an internally-threaded cap K, to which a cup-shaped weight-box L, having threads at its upper end, may be connected. This cap and weight-box are adapted to pass below the lower bracket H, the central portion of which is cut away for the clearance thereof. This cap is preferably secured to a slide J by a screw or bolt M, which is also employed to secure the frame N of a pulley 0. Connected to the upper bracket and depending therefrom are twopulleys P. A cord Q passes over the pulley O and over the pulleys P and is provided at its ends with handles R. Upon the floor in line with the weight I preferably place a rubber pad S, and the parts are so arranged that when the weight-box L rests upon the pad the slide J will stand slightly above the upper face of the lower bracket E. The weight-box thus arranged can be filled with shot or other suitable material and to the extent desired by the user, and by constructing the lower bracket so that the weight may pass below it I am enabled to make the vertical rods shorter, and hence less liable to spring than if the rods extended from the floor, and this is accomplished without interfering with the efiectiveness of the apparatus.
For a double apparatus two single devices like that shown in Fig. 1 may be employed; but preferably I will form the upper brackets A with a central projection T, to which a pulley P may be attached, and instead of mounting a pulley 0 upon the slide J, I may provide the bolt M with an eye U, to which one end of the cord may be attached, the arrangement of the weights and slides being the same as in a single apparatus. The upper brackets of the two parts will be mounted upon a plate or board V, and the two lower brackets mounted on a plate or board W, these boards being adapted to be attached to the wall, partition, or other convenient point. It will be apparent that instead of forming the rods with right and left hand screwthreads for the engagement with the upper and lower brackets the rods might extend through the brackets and be coupled therewith by nuts.
By providing the Weight-box the user is not only permitted to conveniently regulate the amount of weight, but the weights can be applied after purchasing, and so that the cost of transporting weights is avoided. It will also be seen that the parts are extremely simple to produce and assemble.
Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. In an exercising apparatus, the combination withthe upper and lower brackets, of rods connecting the two brackets, a slide mounted on said rod, and a weight connected with said slide and extending below the lower bracket, substantially as described.
2. In an exercising apparatus,,the eombination with the upper and lower brackets, of
vertical rods having right and left hand threads at their respective ends for engagement with the respective brackets, the central portion of the lower bracket cut away, a slide mounted on said rods, a weight secured to said slide and extending below the lower bracket, and cords and pulleys by which the slide may be raised,substantially as described.
3. In an exercising apparatus, the combination with the slide thereof, of a cap secured to the under face of the slide, and a cupshaped weight-box connected with said cap, substantially as described.
4. In an exercising apparatus, the combination with the upper bracket having outwardlyprojecting arms, a lower bracket also having outwardly-projecting arms, vertical rods arranged between the arms of the upper and lower bracket, a slide mounted on said rods, pulleys secured to the under face of the upper bracket and to the upper face of the slide, a weight connected with they under face of said slide and extending below the lower bracket, and cords for raising said slide,'sub stantially as described.
In testimony whereof I have signed this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
FREDERICK D. SMITH.
W. ll/ICKEON, ARTHUR F. MAYLATH. 7