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March 8, 1938.
Filed April 14, 1934‘
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Filed April 14, 1934
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Patented Mar. 8, 1938
Laurence L. Price and Oscar Ditmanson, Los
Angeles, Calif.‘
Application April 14, 1934, Serial No. 720,580
(01. 15-208)
6 Claims.
Our invention relates to a novel type of towel
and towel cabinet to handle such towel.
As to the towel, our invention comprises pro
viding a plurality of individual towels each in
' 5 tended to be used by only one person for what is
technically termed “a wipe”.
These individual
towels are secured along one edge to an elongated
band or web so that the assembly of the web and
the individual towels may be formed into a roll of
10 clean toweling, then, by means of the special
cabinet, the web with the individual towels may
be moved so that a person may use one of the in
dividual towels for a wipe and then the soiled
individual towel is wound with its carrier web on
15 a roll for the soiled toweling.
In onevform of our towel assembly the indi
vidual towels are stitched at one of their ends to
the web so that as the web is drawn through the
dispensing cabinet each individual towel during
20 a portion of its travel hangs suspended from
the web in a position for use for a person to ob
tain a wipe.
Another feature of our invention as it relates
to the towel construction is forming the web and
the individual toweling of one elongated strip of
fabric but in this case, the web at intervals is
provided with longitudinal slits adjacent its op
posite side edges, these slits being joined by a
transverse slit thus forming an individual towel
attached and formed integral with the web or
supporting strip. With this construction, the in
dividual towels and the web at the slits may be
provided with selvage edges on the side and on
the free ends of the toweling and adjacent por
5 tions of the web.
An object and feature of our invention as it
concerns the cabinet includes an upper and lower
lower conveyor belt carriers so that the upper
conveyor, which is in the main portion of the
feed is operated by pulling an individual towel
through an opening in the cabinet. This action
unwinds the clean toweling and transmits a
drive to the lower conveyor for rolling or winding
up the soiled individual towels and their support
ing web.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a vertical section substantially through
‘the center of the clean and soiled towel rolls il
lustrating a partial vertical section of a cabinet
in which the rolls are mounted and have an
interconnected feeding mechanism between the
two rolls.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the cabinet for
using individual towels attached to a web illus
trating one towel exposed below the bottom‘ of
the cabinet for wiping.
Fig. 3 is an elevation of one form of the indi
vidual towels, each towel being stitched to a sup
porting web.
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3 in
the direction of the arrows, and Fig. 5 is an ele
vation of another form of towel in which the in- - '
dividual towels are formed integral with theweb;
Fig. 6 is a longitudinal section of Fig. 5 on the
line G—-6.
Referring ?rst to the toweling of Figs. 3 and 4:
In this construction there is a long web of fabric
H, and secured to this web there are a plurality
of individual towels 12 for wiping. These towels
are preferably stitched as at E3 at one end to the
web. The towels are secured close together from
the web so that the lower free edge M of one
towel is close to the edge l5 at the stitched por
thereto, and at the lower portion of the cabinet
tion, there being a slight clearance to allow for
stretching of the towels when used and laun
dered. The transverse measurement 15 of the
individual towels may, if desired,‘be slightly less
than the transverse measurement H of the web
there is a second supporting carrier on which the
but this is more or less immaterial.
roll of the soiled individual towels attached to
the web maybe wound.
strip “3 left at each end of the web without
towels secured thereto, and in this strip there is
formed preferably a pocket l9 which may be
supporting carrier located in the cabinet, the
upper carrier preferably being for the roll of
clean toweling which roll as above mentioned has
the‘ web with the individual towels attached
A further feature of our invention in regard to
the carriers is that these are each made in the
form of an endless conveyor belt which belts
may have a roughened surface, and they support
the upper and lower rolls on the upper runs of
the belts which belts may be roughened to in
crease the friction between the toweling and the
. . Another object .and feature of our invention is
55 ran interconnected drive between the upper and
There is a
slipped over a mandrel to form a roll of the
toweling in the web.
The individual towels are preferably provided
with numerals 20, these numbering from zero to
the highest number of towels and is used to in
dicate to the user the number of clean towels
remaining in the cabinet. With this type of in
dividual towel stitched to the web, the side mar
gins 21 'of the towel may have a salvage edge and»
the free edge l4 may have a hem. The indi
vidual towels may be made of quite different ma
terial from the carrier web, the towels preferably
being a good quality of material for absorbing
moisture and the web a strong material for con
veying the individual towels through the cabinet.
In order to show that the cabinet is empty and
that there are no more towels to be used, a ?ap
22 is secured to the web above the last towel and
10 this has indicia 23 thereon, which is illustrated
as being the word “empty”. This flap is so at
tached to the web that a portion of it will hang
below the bottom of the cabinet and thus show
that the cabinet is empty. This ?ap is preferably
15 of material unsuitable for use as a towel.
In the form of toweling shown in Figs. 5 and 6
the web or supporting portion 24 and the indi
vidual towels 25 are formed integral and of the
same type of material. In this case therefore,
there are two parallel slits 26 parallel to the side
edges of the web structure and?a transverse slit
2'! thus leaving the individual towels 25 attached
to the web portion by a transverse section 28 of
the web whichjoins in the marginal edges. With
this construction itis necessary that the trans
verse measurement 29 of the individual towels
be less than the transverse measurement 3% of
the web in order to provide a sufficient web to
give strength and to hold the individual towels
30 inposition properly. This form of toweling is also
at about the center of the cabinet and there is a
lower shelf 46.
This shelf is preferably provided
with a slot 41 and has a curve 46’ at the lower
corner of the frame.
A vertical guide plate 48
connects the two side plates 43 of the frame and
is preferably set inwardly from the front edge 49
of these plates. An inwardly extending end 50
approaches the front portion of the transverse
partition 45. At the lower portion of the vertical
guide plate 48 there is a cylindrical section 5|,
this preferably being spaced inwardly from the
lower corner 5|’ of the side plates 43. The shelf
46 has a front edge 52 spaced from the cylin
drically curved portion 5| of the guide plate.
Each side plate is _ provided with a horizontal 15
slot 53 extending inwardly from its upper portion,
which portion is preferably convexly curved as
indicated at 53’. The slot extends to the vertical
axial center of each plate 43 and from the hori
zontal slot there is a downwardly extending ver
tical slot 54 terminating .at 55. The lower portion
of each plate 43 is also provided with a horizon‘
tal slot 56 extending inwardly from its rear edge
which joins into a vertical slot 57 terminating
at 58. The vertical slots 54 and 5'! are. in the a .
same vertical plane. The upper slots 53 and 54
are for the insertion of the axle or shaft 59 of the
mandrel 60 on which the roll of clean toweling
is formed into a large roll. The ends of the roll
are accommodated between the plates 43 of the, .30
provided with the numerals to indicate the num
frame and the‘ shafts are of su?icient length to '
ber of towels in the cabinet, a flap to indicate
that the cabinet is empty, and have end portions
with loops .or other means for attaching to a
extend slightly beyond the outside of these side
plates 43. The lower mandrel 53 on which the
soiled toweling 62 is wound is also provided with
an axle or shaft 64 which is- inserted through the ,.
In the construction of the toweling of Figs. 5 ‘ horizontal slot 56 into the vertical slot 51. These
and 6, the edges 25 and 21 of the individual towels axles may move downwardly into slots, or the
may be woven with a selvage edge and also the slots can be of su?icient length so that when the
marginal portion of the web have a selvage edge. toweling is completely unrolled from each
mandrel, the mandrels with the loops|9 of the 40
.40 It is therefore unnecessary to stitch the indi
vidual towels to the Web or to hem the lower free toweling will be supported on carriers designated
edge of the individual towels. Moreover, when by the assembly numeral 64.
the towel of Figs. 5 and 6 is wound into a roll,
the Web and the towel only form one thickness,
45 whereas in the construction of Figs. 3 and 4 they
form two thicknesses. Thus, with the construc
tion of Figs. 5 and 6, a greater number of in
dividual towels of the, same length as in Figs. 3
These carriers each comprise an endless con~
veyor 55 which is illustrated as being formed
of a belt 66 with half round slats 51 secured there
to. These slats. engage sprocket rolls 68 mounted
on shafts 69, which shafts are journaled into
side plates 43 of the frame. The journals may be
and 4 may be wound on a roll of the same diame
formed by perforations in these plates. Each
,ter. In the construction of Figs. 5 and 6, on
of the sprocket wheels has a series of notches 70 50
to accommodate the slats 67.. The outside or ex
posed surfaces of the belts 66 are preferably
acount of having the individual towels formed in
tegral with the web there is thus a space between
the longitudinal slits 26 and the. end 2'! of the
towels where they join the transverse section of
55 a web 28.
The cabinet structure is designated by the as
sembly numeral 3|] and is constructed as follows
and may be in the form of a rectangular box hav
ing a back 3! , top 32, a bottom 33 which is prefer
ably hinged to the back by hinge 34, opposite sides
35 and a door 36 which may be hinged at one side,
the hinged edge being indicated at 3'! at the right
hand side. The door is provided with a vertical
flange 38 on one side overlapping one of the sides
65 and with av ?ange 39 at the bottom to engage the
hinged bottom‘ when this bottom is in the closed
position. ' The door is provided with a lug not
illustrated, and with ventilating openings 40 ad
jacent the top. An upper ?ange 4| on the door
-70 may also overlap the top 32 of the cabinet.
Inside of the cabinet there is a frame 42 which
is illustratedas having a pair of opposite side
plates 43 suspended on a transverse rod 44 which
extends from one side of the cabinet to'the other
.175 A transverse partition 45 connects the side plates
roughened which may be done by forming the
belts of a rubberized material provided with
ridges, or by providing these with a sanded sur~ 55
face. The upper runs of the belts preferably sag
slightly in order to form a longer contact sur-_
face with the clean towel rolls and the soiled
towel rolls 52. The transverse partition 45 is for
the purpose of preventing any contact of the 60
soiled towel roll with the upper carrier 64 which
might possibly cause a contamination with the
clean'toweling of the roll, 6|.
The upper and lower carriers are driven at the
same speed by means of an interconnecting
sprocket chain 1| which operates over sprockets
12. Each of these sprockets is secured to one
of the shafts 69 of the upper and lower carriers,
which shafts project beyond the plates. 43 in the
side space 13 between the plates 43 and the sides
35 of the cabinet. The sprocket chain II is ac
commodated in a. side‘ space.
The roll of clean toweling is rolled on the clean
toweling roll in such a manner that the attached
edges of the individualjtowels are towards the.
mandrel on which such roll is wound.
There- '
fore, when toweling such as shown in Figs. 3 and
4 is used having a web with the individual towels
rality of pairs of parallel slits, each pair being
attached thereto, the web portion binds the in
dividual towels attached thereto between the
outer portion of the web and the mandrel. Thus
considering any portion of the clean towel roll,
joined by a transverse slit thus forming a plu
rality of individual towels formed integral with
the web structure and attached to the web struc
ture at the non-slitted portion, the web portion
extending beyond the end individual towels and
the web is on the outside portion of the roll with
the individual towels between the web and the
10 mandrel. As the toweling is unwound, the web
with the individual towels extends downwardly in
front of the guide plate 48, the end 50 guiding
this in threading the toweling, thus the web is
in contact with the vertical surface 48 and the
15 individual towel hangs downwardly in front of
this. When the toweling is in position for feed
ing a clean individual towel for use, a lower edge
portion M of the towel of Figs. 3 and 4, or the
lower edge 21 of the towel of Figs. 5 and 6 is
20 suspended spaced from the cylindrical section
5!. The web follows the contour of this cylin
drical section and passes rearwardly underneath
the lower rung of the lower belt of the lower car
rier, passes over this carrier, and is wound on the
25 lower roll 62 of the soiled toweling. In this
winding action the individual towels are reversed
so that the towels attached to the web by stitches
are reversely bent at these stitches, or the towel
ing of Figs. 5 and 6 is reversely folded at the
the web and toweling is fed, an individual towel
hangs downwardly through the opening 15 in the
bottom of the cabinet and may be used for wip
ing purposes. This is the only part of the web
35 or toweling exposed outside of the cabinet and
30 transverse sections 28 of the toweling web.
it is only exposed while a person is using it for
a wipe in the manner hereunder detailed.
The cylindrical curved section 5| of the guide
plate 48, functions in conjunction with the web
40 having the individual towels, the opening 15 at
the bottom of the cabinet and the direction taken
by the web in being wound in on the soiled towel
roll to limit the feed of the web and thus the
individual towels when the projecting end of an
individual towel is pulled downwardly through
the opening 15 as indicated by the dotted towel
74. When this depending towel is in alignment
with the center of curvature of the curved end
5| of the guide, a downward pull cannot advance
50 the web or the toweling. In other words, the web
or the toweling can only be advanced until the
point of attachment of the individual towel to
the web is at its lowest point of travel around the
curved end 5| of the guide 48.
In order to have the dispensing cabinet and
the towels sanitary, we make provision for pulling
of individual towels, each attached to the web at
one end only of each towel, the remaining por
tions of each towel being free of the web, the
towels being spaced along the web, the web ex
tending beyond the end towel and having means
for attachment to a mandrel, the web and towels
being spirally wound with the attached end of
each towel towards the inside and the free end
of .each towel towards the outside of the spiral,
whereby in unwinding the web from the roll the
free end of each towel leads its attached end, said
web having a substantial end or leader strip be
yond the towel carrying portion forming a cover
for the complete roll.
3. A toweling roll as claimed in claim 2, each
towel having a numeral thereon, the last towel on
the inside of the spiral having the lowest numeral
and the outermost towel in the spiral having the
highest numeral, the numerals being in sequence
on the towels therebetween, whereby inspection of
the numeral on a towel when unwound indicates
the number of towels remaining on the roll.
4. A toweling roll as claimed in claim 2, a ?ap
secured to the web between the innermost towel
of the spiral and the means for attaching the
mandrel, said ?ap having its free end towards the
outside of the spiral, said ?ap having indicia
thereon to indicate when exposed in unwinding
the roll that there are no more towels on the roll.
5. A toweling roll having a web with a plurality
of individual towels, each attached to the web
at one end only of each towel, and the towels be
ing spaced along the web, the web having lateral
edges extending beyond the side edges of the
towel, the web and towels being wound spirally,
whereby the outer layers of web having attached
towels con?ne the inner towels of the roll and
the said lateral edges of the web beyond the side
edges of the towel at the outside of the roll,
forming a portion of the web to be grasped with 50
out soiling the towels in handling the roll and in
inserting such roll in a towel dispensing cabinet,
said web having a substantial end or leader strip
beyond the towel carrying portion forming a cover
for the complete roll.
in the cabinet. With this construction, when the
last towel is removed, the flap 22 may have some
designation to indicate when the cabinet is
dispensing cabinet.
' of the cabinet after its release by the user, and
before it is rolled on the soiled towel roll.
In addition to the numerals on the individual
towels engaging the number of towels remaining
still in the cabinet we may provide a window I82
in the door (note Fig. 2) through which the
number on a towel still in the cabinet is visible,
65 this, then indicating the number of towels still
having means for attachment to a mandrel.
2. A toweling roll having a web with a plurality 10
6. A toweling. roll having a web with a plurality
of individual towels, each attached to the web at
one end only of each towel and the towels being
spaced along the web and separated one from
another by a portion of the web, the web and.
towels being wound spirally with each towel lying
between the web adjacent its place of attachment
thereto and the next inner layer of the web, said
web having a substantial end or leader strip be
yond the towel carrying portion whereby a por 65
tion of the web forms the outside covering of the
roll and prevents the towels being soiled in han
dling the roll and inserting such roll in a towel
‘the soiled individual towel into the lower part
We claim:
1. A towel having a web structure with a plu
Various changes may be made in the details of
construction without departing from the spirit
or scope of the invention as de?ned by the ap
pended claims.
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