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June '14, 1938. H, GLEITSMAN 2,120,661 CLOTHES HAMPER Filed Dec. 8, 1936 INVENTOR. . ‘km W TTORNEYS. ' p 2,120,661 Patented June 14, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT . OFFICE 2,120,661 CLOTHES HAMPER Harold Gleitsman, Cedarhurst, N. Y. Application December 8, 1936, Serial No. 114,736 (Cl. 217—65) This invention relates to new and improved The braid forming the upper ornamental edge of the hamper was usually twisted and brought down, clothes hampers and the like. An object of the invention is to provide a clothes over the seam formed by the two out edges of the wall enclosing mesh material, and fastened to that hamper which may be readily and cheaply manu rear supporting element or dowel to which the 5 factured, which is durable, and which comprises novel structural features of pleasing appearance. wall material was itself a?ixed. 2 Claims. Such a structure possesses certain disadvan¢ A further object of the invention is to provide ' a clothes hamper and more speci?cally a clothes tages. For economical manufacture with such a hamper the side walls of which are made of woven structure only a single type of wall closure material is employed. The cost of bringing down the 10 10 or mesh ?ber or the like wherein the front panel braid from the upper edge of the hamper to cover of the hamper may comprise a body structure of different appearance set off from the body mate rial used throughout the remainder of the hamper by a pair of ornamental structural supporting ele 15 ments. A still further object‘ of the invention is‘ to pro vide a clothes hamper of the character described wherein a plurality, as for example the two front upright elements which support the top frame and 20 cover of the hamper, function also as ornamental covering members for joints or seams in~the outer, body covering of the hamper. A still further object of the invention is to pro vide a hamper of the character described wherein , all joints or seams in the material forming the side walls of the hamper are covered by ornamental structural elements. Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter. The invention accordingly comprises an article .30 of manufacture possessing the features, proper ties, and the relation of elements which will be exempli?ed in the article hereinafter described and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the claims. For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention reference should be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in 40 which: ‘ Fig. 1 represents a view in perspective of a clothes hamper embodying the invention; and Fig. 2 represents a horizontal sectional view along the line 2-2 of Fig. l. 45 50 Heretofore in the manufacture of clothes ham pers, and more speci?cally in the manufacture of clothes hampers employing as a side wall clo sure material a woven or mesh material, as for‘ the seam between the two edges of the wall ma terial is considerable, and this‘ is the most difficult process in the assembly of the hamper. Further more, the single strip of ornamental braid extend 15 ing from the top to the bottom of the hamper is at best unsightly and hence is invariably placed at the rear of the hamper.’ This results in a rough or uneven surface. It is desirable that the rear of the hamper be smooth and that any ornamen 20 tation be applied to the front surface, where it may be appreciated. It is furthermore desirable in many instances that a section of relatively ex pensive or high grade ?brous body material be employed in the front ofthe hamper in conjunc 25 tion with a relatively cheap wall material for the side and rear walls. This invention contemplates a hamper con struction wherein the di?iculties of the standard type of structure are'eliminated, and wherein a 30 more sightly and artistic hamper is produced without added cost, and in fact at considerably less labor. ' In Fig. 1 there is shown in perspective a ham per embodying the present invention. This may 35 comprise‘ a top frame ll provided with handles l2 and a cover l3 which may be either detachable as shown, or hinged in the usual manner. The body of the hamper may comprise a front panel M and side and rear panels l5. The side and rear 40 panels as shown may comprise a single piece of material, as for example a single piece of woven or mesh fibrous material, such as is usually employed in the manufacture of hampers. This material may be formed in any design to impart a sightly appearance to the ?nished hamper. The front panel l4 may, if desired, be of a different design and may comprise a section of a different example a woven or mesh ?brous material, the , type of material, as for example a more costly 50 common method of manufacture was to form a weave. frame comprising the bottom of the hamper, an open top, and four upright supporting elements or dowels. The wall closure material, in the form of a sheet of woven ?ber, for example, was then 55 wrapped around the frame and tacked at its cut edges to one of the rear supporting elements or dowels. A strip of so-called braid or other orna The hamper of the present invention is pro vided with a plurality of the usual vertical sup porting elements or dowels H5 at the rear there of, and these may be mounted in the usual man ner in the base i‘! and top frame ll. They act to support the upper frame of the hamper and V to resist distortion in the shape of the wall-form The vertical supports at the , mental material was then employed as an edging ' ing element 85. about the top and the, bottom of the hamper to 60' cover the edge of the woven or mesh wall material. front of the hamper are, however, considerably modi?ed. They'may comprise strips 20 grooved 60 2 2,120,661 be fastened, as for example by ‘the staples or nails 23, to the back portion 24 of the elements 20. 1. e., a dowel with a protruding end of much smaller diameterwhich was adapted to be insert ed in a hole drilled in the bottom closely adjacent the edge. At times the dowel which was not tenoned was inserted in a hole drilled at the edge of the bottom. This structure tended to develop This back portion 24 may act as support for the ends of the elements l4 and I5, and may also act as the principal structural element in- sup splitting of the bottom piece, and also resulted in uneven edges. With the present invention a lighter weight dowel, as for example a one-half as at 2| with outer ornamented sections 22 ex tending laterally so as to act as covers for the edges of the elements I 4 and I5 which may be inserted in the grooves 2|. These elements may 10 porting the upper frame H and in giving rigidity to the front portion of the hamper. The elements 20 thus provide a pair of ornamental panels ex tending vertically on the front of the hamper, and they provide also supports for the ends of 15 the wall closure elements It and I5 and struc tural supports for the hamper itself, i. e., they comprise a portion of the frame of the hamper. The usual braid 25 may be around the upper and lower edges of the wall closure elements I! and-I5 20 and may be fastened, as for example, by tacking, to the frame II and the bottom l'l. With the structure of the present invention it is not neces sary, however, to cover the cut edges of the wall closure elements with a strip of braid, as these 25 edges are covered and hidden from view by the scrolled or otherwise ornamented outer faces 22 of the elements 24. It will be understood that the elements 24 may be positioned wherever desired, but a preferred 30 positioning is one wherein the elements are so spaced as to render proper structural support for the upper frame of the hamper and to impart suitable rigidity to the body itself. The structure of the present invention may be 35 employed in the production of artistic hampers at little or no increase in cost over former con structions. The saving in the cost of the braid employed usually to cover the seam between the cut ends of the wall closure element and the sav 40 ing in the elimination of the two uprights or dowels from the front portion of the hamper, while offset in part by the provision of a pair of ornamented molding strips as supporting ele ments in the front portion of the hamper, may 45 under certain circumstances justify the use of a more expensive material in the center panel M of the front wall of the hamper without added cost in the manufacture of the ?nished article. Furthermore, at small added expense very pleas 50 ing designs and a very pleasing appearance may be obtained by employing artistically molded ele ments, as at 20, and by employing a high grade material for the front panel [4. Where the same materials are employed throughout the hamper of 55 the present invention as are employed in the or dinary hamper at the present time, the effect se cured is more pleasing if the present invention is employed, and the hamper may be produced at less cost because the dif?cult labor operation of 60 covering the seams of the cut edges of the wall closure element with braid is omitted. There is furthermore another advantage with the construction of the present invention. Here tofore, it has been necessary to place the vertical 65 dowels or molding at the rear of the hamper close 1y adjacent the edge, so that the twisted braid used as a covering for the cut edges of the wall closure element ‘might be properly a?ixed there to. With such a structure it was necessary to 70 employ a relatively heavy dowel, as for example a dowel seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, and more speci?cally a so-called tenoned dowel, inch dowel, the ends of which are not tenoned, 10 can be employed and can be inserted in a hole drilled in the bottom section away from the edge thereof, as it is no longer necessary that the dowel or upright supporting member be closely adjacent the bottom edge. As a result there is 15 an increased saving in the cost of the dowels employed and a saving in breakage of the bot tom element, together with a more sightly ap pearance of the ?nished hamper. Since certain changes may be made in the 20 above product and different embodiments of the invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawing shall be interpreted 25 as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all the generic and speci?c features of the invention herein de scribed, and all statements of the scope of the 30 invention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween. Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: 1. A clothes hamper comprising, in combina 35 tion, a bottom element, a plurality of vertical supporting elements a?'lxed thereto, a top element supported by said vertical elements, a plurality of wall closure elements, one of said wall closure elements forming the rear wall and the side walls 40 of said hamper, the other of said wall closure elements forming a portion at least of the front wall of said hamper, a plurality at least of said vertical supporting elements comprising grooved elements, said plurality being positioned in the 45 front wall of said hamper and spaced from the ends of said wall whereby said wall is divided into a plurality of vertical panel portions, each of said wall closure elements being seated in one of said grooves and a?ixed to one of said grooved 60 elements, said grooved elements comprising ex terior portions overlying and hiding from view _ the edges of said wall closure elements seated in said grooves. 2. In a hamper of the character described, in 55 combination with bottom and top elements, a plurality of vertical, supporting, frame elements, at least two of said frame elements comprising grooved members, wall closure elements seated in the grooves of said grooved members and af ?xed thereto, one of said wall closure elements forming a panel for the front of said hamper, the other of said wall closure elements forming the rear and side walls and portions of the front wall of said hamper, portions of said grooved members extending outwardly beyond said wall closure elements and acting to frame said ?rst mentioned wall closure element, the ungrooved vertical frame elements being positioned com pletely within said wall closure elements. 70 HAROLD GLEITSMAN.