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Патент USA US2118461

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.May 24, 1938.
Filed Jan. 15,
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Patented May Z4, 1938
Thomas A. Dempsey, Scranton, Pa.
Application January 15, 1937, Serial No. 120,800
2 Claims. (Cl. 211-181)
The present invention relates to new and use
ful improvements in shirt racks for use partic
ularly in laundries and has for one of its im
portant objects to provide, in a manner as here
5 inaiter set forth, a device of this character which
is adapted to support a large number of finished
shirts in a manner to prevent soiling or mussing.
Another very important object of the inven
tion is to provide a shirt rack of the aforemen
10 tioned character which may be readily moved
from place to place with a minimum of effort.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a
shirt rack of the character described which will
be comparatively simple in construction, strong,
durable, highly eflicient and reliable in use, com
pact, and which may be manufactured at low
All of the foregoing and still further objects
and advantages of the invention will become ap
parent from a study of the following specifica
2 O tion, taken in connection with the accompanying
drawings wherein like characters of reference
designate corresponding parts throughout the
several views, and wherein:
Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a shirt
rack constructed in accordance with the present
Figure 2 is a view in vertical section through
an intermediate portion of the invention, taken
substantially on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Figure 3 is a detail view in perspective of one
of the inclined shelves.
Figure 4 is a sectional view, taken substantially
on the line 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the base with
the wheels omitted.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, it will
be seen that the embodiment of the invention
which has been illustrated comprises a base
which is designated generally by the reference
numeral I.
The base I includes an axle 2 on
the end portions of which supporting wheels 3
are journalled. As best seen in Fig. 5 of the
drawings, the base I further includes a metallic
45 frame
comprising a transversely extending
ground or iioor engaging portion 4 which is bent
to provide upwardly and rearwardly inclined por
tions 5 which terminate in rearwardly inclined,
parallel legs B connected to the axle 2 by loops ‘I
50 on their free ends.
adjacent the points where said legs merge With
the portions 5. The brace 9 terminates in sub
stantially V-shaped inclined ground or floor en
gaging legs Il?. Extending between the bight
portions of the substantially V-shaped legs I0 is 5
a brace I I which is fixed to the struts 8.
Mounted on the base I is a metallic stand
which is designated generally by the reference
numeral I2. The stand I2 comprises a plurality
of spaced, parallel side rods I3 having their 10
lower end portions ñxed to the struts 8 and the
legs 6 ofthe base I. Mounted at an inclination
on the supporting rods I3 are vertically spaced
wire shelves which are designated generally by
the reference numeral I4. As illustrated to ad
vantage in Fig. 3 of the drawings, each shelf I4
comprises a substantially square wire frame I5
which is fixed to the supporting rods I3. Fixed
on the frame I5 is a substantially rectangular
wire frame I6 which projects beyond the ends
of said frame I5.
Fixed to the rear ends of the frames I6 of the
wire shelves I4 are vertical rods I1. The rods
I1, it will be noted, pass between the rear ends
of the frames I5 and I6 of the shelves I4. At an
intermediate point, arms I8 project rearwardly
from the stand I2 and mounted thereon is a
handle I9. Projecting rearwardly from the up
per end of the stand I2 are arms 20 which carry
a handle 2|.
It is thought that the manner of using the
device will be readily apparent from a considera
tion of the foregoing. With the stand I2 in an
upright position on the base I the finished shirts
(not shown) may be conveniently placed on the
shelves I4, preferably one shirt on each shelf.
When thus arranged the shirts are protected
against crushing or other damage and the in
clination of the shelves I4 prevents the shirts
from accidentally falling therefrom. When it
is desired to move the rack from place to place
this may be conveniently accomplished by simply
swinging the standIZ rearwardly and down
wardly on the supporting wheels 3 through the
medium of the handles I9 and 2I which, of
course, swings the portion 4 of the base I up
wardly. In addition to strengthening the stand
I2, the rods I1 prevent the shirts from falling
out of said stand at the rear thereof. Due to the
construction and arrangement of the base I, in
It will also be noticed that
the portions 5 are inclined inwardly as well as cluding the laterally projecting legs I0, the stand
I2 will be prevented from tipping over despite
upwardly and rearwardly. Extending between .
the axle 2 and the portion 4 of the base, are the considerable height thereof.
It is believed that the many advantages of a
spaced parallel struts 8. The base I still further
55 includes a transverse brace 9 ñxed to the legs 6
shirt rack constructed in accordance with the 55
present invention will be readily understood and
although a preferred embodiment of the device
is as illustrated and described, it is to be under
stood that changes in the details of construction
and in the combination and arrangement of parts
may be resorted to which willfall Within the
scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed ist
1. A shirt rack comprising a transverse rod, a
transverse ground engaging member including
upwardly, inwardly and rearwardly inclined por
tions terminating in legs secured, at their free
ends, to the rod, struts extending between the
rod and said member, a brace extending between
the legs and terminating in substantially V
shaped, laterally and downwardly extending
ground engaging legs, a brace extending between
the last named legs and ?lxed to the struts, ver
tical rods secured at their lower ends of the base,
and vertically spaced shelves supported by said
Vertical rods.
2. A rack of the class described comprising a
base having a rearwardly extending part about
which the base can be tilted, downwardly and
outwardly sloping legs at the front and sides of
the base, vertical rods secured to and extending
upwardly from the base at opposite sides thereof,
vertically spaced rearwardly and downwardly
sloping shelves disposed between and connected
with the rods, and vertically arranged rods con
nected with the rear ends of the shelves inter
mediate the sides thereof for preventing articles
dropping from the shelves When the rack is tilted
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