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June 21, 1938.
Filed July 26, 1957 '
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Patented June 21, 1938
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John E. Heckert, Van Nuys, C‘alif., assignor by
decree of court to Evelyn L. Heckert
Application July 26, 1937, Serial No. 155,751
1 Claim. (Cl. 280-41)
My invention relates to a mobile merchandising
device, and has for its principal object the pro-v
vision of a relatively simple, practical and in
expensive frame that is supported by casters or
5 small wheels, and which provides a convenient
support and carriage for market baskets or like
containers, and the device being particularly
adapted for use by the customers of markets and
where a number of purchases are made in differ
ent booths, stalls or at separated points.
Further objects of my invention are, to pro
vide a strong and durable frame, preferably con
structed from metal tubing and supported by
casters or small wheels so that it may be conven
15 iently moved from one position to another, said
Figure l, and when the basket is positioned
between the diverging upper portions of the legs,
it rests on the cross members 13 and asv a result,
the basket is ?rmly supported on top of the mo
bile frame.
To limit the opening movement of the frame,
a ?exible member, preferably a chain [5, has 10
its ends connected to the central portions of the
cross braces l3.
The use of a ?exible connection between the
cross braces I3 enables the frame to be readily
collapsed or folded, and at the same time limits 15
frame capable of being folded so as to occupy
the opening movement of the folding frames.
small space when packed for storage or trans
In the use of the mobile merchandising device,
an attendant at a market delivers ‘to the custom
er one of the mobile frames with a market basket
portation, and the upper portion of said frame
including four upwardly presented diverging arms
20 that receive between them, a standard or conven
tional market basket that provides a receptacle
for the articles purchased by the customer and
user of the mobile merchandising device.
With the foregoing and other objects in view
my invention consists in certain novel features
25 of construction and arrangements of parts that
will be hereinafter more fully described and
claimed and illustrated in the accompanying
drawing in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a mobile mer
chandising device constructed in accordance with
my invention, with a conventional market basket
shown in dotted lines positioned in the upper
portion of the frame. .
Figure 2 is an end elevational view of the upper
portion of the device.
Figure 3 is a longitudinal vertical section taken
on the line 3—-3 of Figure 1.
spect to each other, so as to conform to the shape
of the body portion of a conventional market
basket, the latter being shown in dotted lines in
As illustrated in the accompanying drawing,
the merchandising device comprises two practi
cally identical frames, each of which includes a
pair of inclined legs I 0, preferably formed of
metal tubing and the lower ends of which are
?tted with casters or small wheels I I.
Transverse braces I2 are arranged between the
45 lower portions of the members of each pair of
legs and similar transverse members l3 are ar
ranged between the upper portions of the mem
bers of each pair of legs.
One of these frames is made slightly narrower
5 O than the other so that the legs thereof pass be
tween the legs of the other frame, and at the
points where the legs cross each other, the re
spective members are pivoted to each other by
pins or bolts l4 that pass through said legs.
Thus the two frames are capable of being folded
into compact condition while not in use or while
being shipped from one point to another.
The upper portions of the legs Ill or those por
tions above the cross braces l3 diverge with re
positioned in the upper portion of said frame,
and as the frame is mounted on casters, it may
be easily and conveniently moved from one point
to another as purchases in different departments
of the market are made.
Due to the fact that
the device is capable of being conveniently moved
from one position to another, and said device 25.
supports the market basket or receptacle that
receives the packages and goods purchased, the
merchanising device aifords great convenience to
customers particularly where- a considerable
movement of packages or different articles are 30
Thus it will be seen that I have provided a mo
bile merchandising device that is. relatively sim
ple in construction, inexpensive of manufacture
and very effective in performing the functions 35
for which it is intended.
It will be understood that minor changes in
the size, form and construction of the various
parts of my improved mobile merchandising de
vice may be made and substituted for those here
in shown and described without departing from
the spirit of my invention, the scope of which
is set forth in the appended claim.
I claim as my invention:
In a mobile merchandising device, a pair of
practically identical frames, each comprising a
pair of inclined legs, the intermediate portions of
which legs are pivotally connected, casters car
ried by the lower ends of said legs, cross braces
connecting the lower portions of the members of 50
each pair of legs, cross braces connecting the
upper portions of the’members of each pair of
legs, the upper portions of all of said legs above
the upper cross bars diverging with respect to
each other to form a pocket for the reception of a
market basket or like receptacle and a flexible
member connecting the intermediate portions of
the upper pair of cross members.
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