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Publication numberUS907420 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 22, 1908
Filing dateAug 31, 1908
Priority dateAug 31, 1908
Publication numberUS 907420 A, US 907420A, US-A-907420, US907420 A, US907420A
InventorsRichard T Sollis
Original AssigneeRichard T Sollis
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 907420 A
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the foot.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 22, 1908.

Application led August 31, 1908. Serial No. 450,943.

To all whom it may efncern:

Be it known that I, RICHARD T. SoLLIs, a citizen of the United States, residing at Brockton, county of Plymouth, State of Massachusetts, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Mirrors, of which the following is a specification, referencev being had therein to the accompanying drawings.

In the sale of boots and shoes in retail stores, it is frequently desirable that the salesman be able to show the customer the boot or shoe on the foot to enable the customer to see exactly the a pearance and iit of the shoe. Customers a so like to see the shoes which they think of buyin from the same point of view as that at whic` they will be seen by other persons.

My invention has for its object to provide means which'shall enable the salesman to show the customer the shoes after they have been fitted to the foot and exactly as they will later be seen by others. Heretofore this has not been possible to do except in a very limited and unsatisfactory manner, as for instance b means of a mirror fixed vertically near t e bottom of a wall or show case.

' My invention provides portable means which enables the customer to see his foot with the shoe on it exactly as it will be seen by others.

The device embodying my invention is very simple and inexpensive and operates to give the user a complete view of both sides of the foot at once, or if desired of the front of Furthermore, the shoe may be seen with the weight of the body of the wearer resting on it and the obscure parts of the foot where the shoe is likely to fit badly may be seen perfectly without stooping.

The invention will be fully understood by reference `to the accompanying drawings taken in connection with the following description, and the novel features thereof are pointed out and clearly defined in the claims at the close of the specification.

Referring to the drawings, Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a device embodying my invention. Fig. 2 isa plan view of the same. Fig. 3 is a side elevation. Fig. 4 is a section on 4-4 Fig. 3 and shows in detail one horizontal pivot for one of the mirrors. Figs. 5 and 6 are details ofthe parts shown in Fig. 4. Fig. 7 is a section on line 7`7 Fig. 2,

showing the vertical pivot of one of the mir-v rors in detail.

Referring to the drawings, at 11 is shown the foot support. This consists of a suitable board or frame adapted to lie upon the floor or to be supported upon legs and to afforda suitable support for the foot of the customer in proper position between the mirrors by means of which the shoe is displayed. This foot support may be made in any convenient manner, but I prefer to apply to it a surface of corrugated rubber 12 which gives the device a neat appearance and resists the wear to which it is subjected. I also prefer to raise the foot support slightly above the level of the floor by means of short legs. or feet 13, i3.

On opposite sides of the foot support 11 are located two mirrors 14 and 15, each of said mirrors being mounted in a frame or gimbal 16 and 17, so that the said mirrors may be adjusted at any desired angle with relation to the foot support 11, in order that the shoe may be seen perfectly by the wearer. In practice I pivot a mirror 14 at 18 and 19 to the gimbal or frame 16, and the said gimbal or frame 16 is itself pivoted to the foot support 11 at 20. The mirror 15 is similarly supported. As the frequent swinging of the mirrors about. their respective pivots tends to loosen the bearings I provide special means for tightening the horizontal pivots 18 and 19. This means will be seen y reference to Figs. 5 and 6. On the frame of the mirror 14 is located a plate 21 attached by screws passing through the holes 22, 23; said plate is provided with a square hole 24 which receives a correspondingly shaped projection 25 formed on one end of the thimble 26. Said thimble is split, as shown at 27, and tapped on the inside to receive a tapered screw 28 (see Fig. 4). The thimble 26 rests in the bearing formed in the arm of the gimbal 16 and is tightened in said bearing by turning down the tapered screw 28 which causes the parts of the thimble to expand slightly and press upon the said bearing.` This construction enables the user to adjust the bearing to take up the wear or to tighten so that the mirrors w1ll remain in any position in which they are placed. The construction of the vertical pivot is lainly seen in Fig. 7. The horizontal bar o the gimbal or frame 16 is expanded slightly as shown at 29 toform a circular boss which affordsa somewhat greater area of support and the said boss rests upon a washer 30. The vertical pivots for the giinbals 16 and 17y are formed by the bolts 31 which extend up through the foot su port 11, and screw into the said gimbals or lrames 16 and 17.

After a customer has been iitted withl a pair of shoes which he considers purchasing, ie puts his foot upon the foot support 11 in the position indicated in dotted lines, and the salesman then adjusts the two mirrors 14 and 15 by swinging them u on their horizontal and vertical pivots unti they are in such a position that the customer can readily see oth sides of his foot, being enabled thereby to see how the shoe lits, and to obtain an accurate idea of the appearance of the shoe on the foot. The mirrors as arranged make it possible to see the obscure portions of the shoe, such for instance as the underside of the instep, which are diflicult of sight under ordinary conditions, and where the shoe is likely to fit badly. The sight of the shoe is also had when the weight ofthe wearer is resting upon it thereby enabling the wearer to see it in precisely the conditions under which it will be used.

What I claim is l. In combination, a foot support, a mirror, a frame for the-said mirror, a vertical pivot connecting. the frame and the foot suport and a horizontal pivot connecting the trarne and the mirror to enable the mirror to be swunginto position to give the user a view of his foot when placed upon vthe foot suport. p2. The combination of a foot support, a pair of mirrors on opposite sides thereof, a frame for each mirror, a vertical pivot connecting each frame with the foot su port, and a horizontal pivot connecting eac mirror with the corresponding frame to enable said mirrors to be moved and thereby located so that both sides of a shoe placed upon the foot support may be seen by the wearer.

13. The combination of a foot support, a

mirror, a frame for the said mirror, a vertical pivot connecting the frame and the foot su port, and a horizontal pivot connecting t e frame and the mirror and means for tightening the said horizontal pivot in its bearing, to enable the mirror to be swung into position to give the user a view of his foot when placed upon the foot support and to cause the mirror to remain in the position in which it is placed.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature, in presence of two witnesses.



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US2711672 *Oct 4, 1952Jun 28, 1955Carl NordbakShoe salesman's stool
US7329016 *Nov 9, 2006Feb 12, 2008Helen ShonkFoot inspection mirror
US8240769 *Oct 1, 2009Aug 14, 2012Adam StoryMultipurpose lower extremity examination stool
Cooperative ClassificationG02B5/08, B60R1/081