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July 26, 1938.
A. J. 'SHUTE ‘
CABINET
IRONER
Filed July l9,_ 1935
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UNITED STATES PATENT‘ OFFICE ,
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Alfred J. Shute, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Electric
Household Utilities Corporation, Chicago, 11].,
a corporation of Illinois
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Application July 19, 1935, Serial No. 32,267
27 Claims. (Cl. 312-28)
My invention relates to‘ improvements in ?cation of the outboard leg operating mecha
ironers vor ironing machines generally of the
domestic type, and it has more particular ref
nism.
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The cabinet A in which the ironing mecha
nism is supported is of any suitable type for the
purpose. It is preferably made of sheet metal
rectangular in shape and su?‘iciently high to sup
erence to an improved structure in which the
5 ironer is associated with a cabinet for contain
ing the ironer when not in use.
' One of the objects of my invention is to pro-o port and enclose within itself the ironing mecha
nism in an upright or vertical 'position. The
vide- an ironer mechanism associated with' a
cabinet has a suitable door I hinged at one side
cabinet into which the ironer mechanism can be
folded and completely enclosed when not in use edge and adapted to swing outwardly to provide
and from which the ironer can be withdrawn an opening through which the ironing mecha~
nism is moved in transferring it from ‘operating
position to enclosed position or vice versa. The
cabinet is preferably provided with casters 2 at
and placed in operating position for use.
A further object of my invention is to pro
vide a cabinet and ironer-and mechanism in
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15 association therewith for supporting‘ the ironer ~ its corners so that it can be moved about at con
in either its closed position within the cabinet
or in its open operating position outside the
cabinet, and for supporting the ironer during its
transition from its operating to enclosed position
O in such manner that very little physical effort
is required on the part of the operator in moving
the ironer into and out of the cabinet.
venience.
from the cabinet .into operating position or vice
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Fig. 2 is an enlarged front view of the cabinet
with the door open and the ironing machine ex
tended therefrom in operating position;
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Fig. 3 is a vertical section substantially on the
line 3-3 of Fig. 2, showing the same position of
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Fig. 4 is a vertical section similar to Fig. 3
but illustrating the ironer partially within the
cabinet in the act of either being folded into the
cabinet or withdrawn;
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Fig. 5 is a similar sectional view to Figs. 3 and
4, except that the ironer is completely positioned
within the cabinet;
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Fig. 6 is an enlarged front elevation of the
,, central portion of the structure shown in Fig. 2,
with some of the details of the outboard leg
operating mechanism shown in. section, to better
illustrate the relation of the various supporting
. and operating parts;
Fig. 7 is a detail section of the leg locking and
safety mechanism shown in Fig. 6;
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Figs. 8, 9 and 10 are enlarged detail views
partly in section,:of a_modi?cation of the out
board leg operating mechanism; and
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Fig.1]. is a detail view oi‘ still another modi
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in such manner that it can be bodily swung out
Other objects of
invention will appear
from the speci?cation and claims in conjunction
25 with the accompanying drawings of mechanism
in which the invention is embodied.
Referring to the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a front view of the cabinet- with the
35 the'parts as illustrated in Fig. 2;
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Theironer mechanism B is oi the type gen
erally known as domestic ironers and is a unit by
itself in the sense that its parts are all related
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ironer indicated therein in dotted lines;
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versa.
' In the present structure the ironer unit con
sists of an elongated baseboard 5 which is flat
and substantially rectangular in shape and which
‘is provided with an extension leaf 9 hinged
along one edge and adapted to be folded on top
of the baseboard when not in use. Adjacent one
end this baseboard'supports a head or standard
it on which the ironer roll ‘I’ and its cooperating
ironing shoe 8 are mounted. These ironing ele
ments of the ironer extend in parallel relation
to the baseboard and are driven through suitable ,
mechanism contained within the head 6 and
which, so far as the present invention is con
cerned, need no further description.
Beneath the board at the end adjacent the
head 6 and supported by the board is a suit
able driving. electric motor lli and housing H
which containsfthe driving connections between
the motor and the head 6. These parts just ref
ferred to constitute the ironer'unit. They are
all permanently related to each other and to the
baseboard so that the unit can be bodily moved
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into and out of the cabinet.
The cabinet has supporting mechanism on
which this ironer u'nitis mounted and by which
the ironer .is supported and guided in its movej
ment into and out of the cabinet. When they
ironer unit is in operating position, it is wholly
, withdrawn from the. cabinet and is disposed with
the ironing roll, shoe and baseboard in hori-_
zontal position, as shown more clearly in Fig. 3.
.When the ironing unitis stored within the cabi
‘net, as shown more clearly in Fig. 5, it occupies
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a vertical position with the head and motor end
tened to the underside of the baseboard of the
uppermost. The structure is so arranged that‘
the operator need only grasp the outer end of 1
the unit and, with 'the exercise of very little
physical effort, be able to swing the ironer out-_
ironer about midway of the length thereof, and
it has the latch mechanism associated with it.
wardly to operatingposition or inwardly tostor
age position, as the case may be.
At its extreme end adjacent the head 6, the
baseboard has upstanding arms or hangers |2
10 which carry ?anged rollers |3 adapted to ride
in guide channels or rails I4. One of these
guide rails is mounted on each cabinet side
wall.
Their upper ends are fastened to and sup
The lower section 3| is in the form of a tubular
member having a suitable roller 3|c at its lower
end. The section, 30 has two downwardly ex
tending arms 33 between which the upper end
memberi32 of the lower leg section 3| is po
sitioned. The end member 32 is forked to pro
vide two arms 34 and the hinge or pivotal con 10
nection is formed by two aligned shafts 35 se
cured to, the arms 34 and journaled in bearings in
the arms 33 of the upper section. The purpose
ported by brackets l5 and their lower ends are ' in bifurcating the members 3| and 32 is to pro
15 secured to horizontally disposed S-shaped mem
vide a space at the hinge joint for any operating
‘bers l6 mounted on the cabinet side walls.
The
lower forward end portions of these guide chan
nels are horizontal and the rearward portions
extend in a curve rearwardly and upwardly so
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that the‘ironer unit. will be bodily rotated into
a vertical position when moved into the cabi
net and into a horizontal position when with
drawn from the cabinet. At‘ the same time the
head end of the unit is de?nitely supported by
25 said channel members when in horizontal oper
ating position. Adjacent the forward ends of
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cable 3|‘ for operating the control mechanism
of the ironer unit. This cable extends down
wardly through the hollow lower leg section 3|
and connects with a suitable treadle 3|".
One of the shafts 35 extends into a housing 20'
36 supported by one of the arms 33 and carries
av collar 31 fastened thereto and surrounded by
a coil spring 38, one end 39 of which is secured
to the arm 33 and the other end 40 of which is
secured to a ?ange on the collar 31. This spring 25
is arranged to ‘act upon the lower section 3| of
the leg C in such manner as to tend to swing it
the guide rails I4 are two vertical guide channels
or rails I1, one on’ each side. The lower ends into aligned or supporting position with respect
of the links l_8 are guided by these rails l1 and to the upper section, so that as the ironer unit is
'30 are provided with rollers I8“ which engage the swung to its operating position the spring will 30
rails for this purpose. The upper ends of these automatically swing the supporting leg section
vertical rails I'I are secured to the depending into position. One of the arms 34 has a lateral
?ange of the members l6 and the lower ends are lug 42' which engages the adiacent arm 33 and
secured to brackets l9 fastened to the wall of , serves as a stop to prevent the lower section from
35 the cabinet. The upper end of the links l8 are
being swung beyond aligned relation with the
pivotally connected to the‘ ends of a transversely upper section of the 'leg.' As the ironer unit is
disposed strap member 20 secured to the under
side of the baseboard about midway of the
length thereof. As shown more clearly in Fig.
6, the end portions of the cross strap 20 are
turned downwardly, then horizontally and then
upwardly, to provide the vertical end portions
2| to which the ends of the links l8 are con
nected. The pivotal connection is formed by
bolts 22 having ?at heads on one end recessed
in the ends of the links l8 and arranged to ex
.tend through the portions 2| and secured by col-l
lars '23 on their inner ends. The links I8 have
offsets 24 about the center of their length so
50 that the upper portions ofthe links are angu
moved into the cabinet, however, the action of
the spring is overcome by a bail‘ member 4|,
hereinafter described, which folds the leg sec
tion 3| within the cabinet when the ironer 40
reaches its position in the cabinet.
Locking mechanism is provided for locking the
leg in its supporting position when the ironer
unit is in horizontal position to prevent acci
dental folding of the leg. The locking action is 45
brought about automatically in the movement
of‘ the unit.
One of the arms 34 of the end
member 32 carries a cam 42 having a notch 43
adapted- to be entered by a latch pin 44' car
the ends 21 of the links 25 being ?xed against
movement. The links 25 in conjunction with
the links l8 suspend the weight of the ironer
ried in the leg section 30 when the leg sections 50
are in aligned position. This latch pin is nor
mally urged into engagement with the cam 42
by a coil spring 45. A release bar 46 is posi
tioned horizontally in the section 30 and is re
ciprocable in suitable journals therein. This 55
release bar has a tapered end 41 which is posi
tioned (Fig. 6) in the path of movement of
the upper portion of one of the links l8 and
unit beyond the end supported by the connec
is normally urged outwardly by the coiled, spring
larly disposed with respect to the lower portions.
Another pair of links 25 are pivotally connected
at their outer ends 26 to the links I8 and at
their inner ends 21 to (the upper ends of the
55 vertical guides ll, the pivotal connections at
60 tions with the channel rails l4 during the move
48 positioned in a housing and acting on the end 60
41 of the release bar. A stop collar 49 limits the
outward movement of the release bar to hold
it in proper position. The release bar operates
the latch pin '44 through a bell crank lever 50
with which both the latch member and release 65
bar are pivotally connected. Thus as the link
matically unfold and .assume a supporting po- ‘ l8 passes the tip 41 of the release bar during
ments of the unit from one position to the other.
The ironing unit in its extended or operating
position is supported by an outboard leg C which
is arranged to automatically fold into a position
65 substantiallyparallel with the ironer unit as the
ironer is swung into the cabinet, and to auto
sition as the ironer is swung out of the cabinet
and into horizontal operating position. This
70 supporting leg is positioned. beneath ‘the base
board member of the ironer about midway of
the length thereof and in general comprises
two sections 30-3! which are hinged together
The upper section 30, as shown more clearly in
75 Figs. 4 and 6, is in the nature of a bracket fas
the movement of the ironer, it acts as a cam to
force the release bar inwardly, and this move
.ment of the release bar acts to lift the latchv 70
member out of the notch 43.
The parts are so arranged that this action of
the release bar occurs about the time the ironer
unit is substantially half-way in the cabinet, as
illustrated in Fig. 4, and a su?lcient portion 75
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of the'weight of the ironer unit is in the cabinet,
so that the center of gravity is within the con
?nes of the cabinet and vthe weight of the ironer
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and the end 40 of the spring is anchored directly
to the arm 34 of end member 32 of the lower
leg section. The link |8 has a cam member 60
secured to it at its upper pivotal end and the
does not overbalan'ce the structure. - ~ ‘
section 30 carries a shaft 6| ‘which has a cam
About the time the unit reaches the position leg
follower 62 at one end bearing upon the periph
shown in Fig. 4, the bail 4| above referred to, ery of the cam 60. The cam follower is yield
engages the leg section 3| and folds the leg into ingly maintained in contact with the cam by the
parallel position with respect to the ironer in
- spring 63 so that when the cam is rotated by
the ?nal storage position within the cabinet.
The bail is comprised of two side members 5|
connected by the cross bar 52 at their lower
ends. The upper ends of these side members
are pivoted at 53 to the ?anges of the brackets
l6 which are secured to the cabinet‘f‘walls. The
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lower portions of the side members 5Z|€Iare turned
forwardly at an angle so as to project thecross
bar 52 into position'to engage the, lower ‘section
_3| of the leg C. A‘pair of springs354, anchored
to the brackets l6 and t‘othe' sideflmembers 5|,
20 urge the bail forward.
the movement of the link | 8 rotary movement 10
will be imparted to the shaft 6|. This shaft
carries an arm 64 positioned between the mem
bers 33 of the bracket. Thearm 64 has a later
ally extending pin 65 which engages in a radial
slot 66 in a member 61 which forms a part of 15
one of the arms 34 so that the rotation of the
shaft 6| will correspondingly rotate the leg sec
tion 3| through the medium of the arm 64
and the pin and slot connections 66 and 61. _
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Since the action of the cam 60 on the mechanism
These springs are su?i
positive in the withdrawal movement of the
ciently strong to overcome the spring 38 of the is
the action of the spring 38 is overcome
legend fold the leg as the ironergoes into the ironer,
and the leg will be swung into aligned or sup
cabinet. On the other hand, when theironer is porting position. On ‘the movement of the ironer
withdrawn from the cabinet, the, spring actu
ated bail operates to keep the leg ‘in folded to restore it to the cabinet, however, the spring
condition until it is clear of the cabinet. Con-t ' 38 is relied upon to fold the leg.
Fig. 11 illustrates still another modi?ed leg op
tinued' withdrawal of the ironer eventually car
erating mechanism by which the leg is positively
ries the leg away from the bail and allows the actuated in both directions of movement of the
spring of the leg to swing the lower section 3| ironer unit and which accordingly is somewhat 30
30 into aligned supporting position."
A safety device is provided to maintain the simpler in construction. In this form, the upper
leg in a supporting position in the event that pivotal end of the link i8 is provided with a gear
rotated by the link. A toothed rack
some obstruction on the floorprevents the leg' 68 whichis
69 meshes with this gear and is reciprocated
from unfolding during the movement of the ‘bar
longitudinally of itself in both directions by the 35
35 ironer. This includes a notch 55 (Fig. 4) in rotation of the gear. The other end of the rack
the cam 42 positioned adjacent the locking notch
43 and arranged to be engaged by the latch pin
M. Normally the link I8 acting on the release
bar 46~keeps the latch pin out of notch 55 until
the unfolding movement of the leg carries the
notch 55- past the pin. If, however, some ob
struction on the floor prevents the normal
straightening out of the leg, the latch pin M will
enter notch 55 as soon as the release bar isdis
45 engaged by link l8 and lock the leg against fold
ing up in the event that the operator, after hav
' ing fully withdrawn the unit from the’ cabinet,
releases her hold on the unit and allows its
weight to come upon the leg. Under this con
50 dition, if the leg were not locked, it would likely
bar ‘is pivotally connected at .10 to a crank arm
'H- on a transverse shaft 12, this shaft being
suitably journalcd in'brackets ‘I3 secured to the
underside of the baseboard of the ironer unit. 40
In this modi?cation, the leg C is not made in‘
two sections, but instead is made asv a single -
section, the upper end of which is secured to the
shaft 12. Thus the rotation of the link it acts
through the gear and rack bar to positively swing 45
. the leg C to folded or supporting position with
out the aid of any springs. The leg is folded
toward the head end of the unit instead of away
from it as in the previous ‘forms. A U-shaped
guard ‘175 forms a channel in which the rack bar 50
reciprocates, and this guard serves to hold
be folded by the weight of the unit, and the ‘69
the
rack bar in mesh with the gear 58. This
weight of the unit, being almost wholly outside
guard is preferably pivoted on the link |8 co
the cabinet, would tend to overbalance the whole axially with the gear so that it may have some - -.
structure. When the operator discovers that the - movement to adapt itself to the varying angular 55
55 leg is not in proper position, she simply moves
the leg section 3| manually into alignment with relation of ‘the rack 59.
section 30, or removes the obstruction and al
lows spring 38 to perform ‘this function, in which
event the edge of notch 55 acts to earn the latch
pin M out of the safety notch.
‘ In the bottom wall of the cabinet there is pro
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vided a stop 56 which is engaged by the outer
end of the ironer baseboard to prevent the base
board from being pushed too far into the cabinet.
Figs. 8, 9 and 10 illustrate a modi?ed form of
leg operating mechanism by means of which the
leg section 3| is positively actuated to aligned
position. - In this form the upper end of the sec
tion 3| vof the leg is hinged to the bracket or
70 upper section 30 in a manner similar to that
Assume that the parts are in the position
shown in Fig. 3, with the ironer unit fully with
drawn from the cabinet and extending in hori
zontal position and supported by the leg C. In 60
order to return the unit to its vertical position
within the cabinet, the operatorpushes longi
tudinally, upon the ironer unit and causes the
head end of the unit to move horizontally within
the guide ‘channels It. At the same time the 65
‘lower rollered ends of the links l8 move down-- '
wardly in the guide channels I1.
The parts are .
so proportioned that the pivotal point 22 of the '
links it with the baseboard of the ironer unit
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travel in substantially ahorizontal line through
described in connection with the previous fig-' out the entire movement of the unit into its
cabinet. However, the rollered end |3 starts
ures. The spring 38 and the collar 31 are posi
moving upwardly as soon as it reaches the be- .
tioned between the varms 33, instead of being ginning of the curved portion of the guide chan
in a separate housing outside of said arm. The .
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end 39 of the spring is anchored to the arm 33 nels M and the outer end of the ironer
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moves downwardly. The whole unit thus rotates
about the pivotal points 22 and eventually as
ironer unit for bodily rotating the ironer unit
sumes a vertical position within the cabinet.
during its movement from one position to the '
During the movement into the cabinet, and when
the unit reaches about the position illustrated
in Fig. 4, the leg C contacts the bail ‘I, the
springs 54 of which are su?iciently stronger than
the spring 31 of the leg to start folding the leg.
other.
5. In a structure of the class described, the
At the“ same time the bail follows the movement
10 of the whole unit into the cabinet until it
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rails within the cabinet and connected with the
combination of a cabinet having ‘an opening in
a vertical'wall thereof/an ironing unit adapted
to be moved into and out of. the cabinet through
said opening, said unit being arranged to occupy
a vertical position within the cabinet and a hori
eventually assumes the position shown in Fig. 5.
zontal position outside of the cabinet, ‘a pair of
In withdrawing the unit, the operator grasps the
links pivotally connected to the ironer and hav
ing a sliding connection with'the cabinet, a sec
ond pair of links pivotally connected to the
cabinet and to said first pair of links, guide rails 15
within the‘ cabinet and connected with the ironer
unit for bodily rotating the ironer unit duringv
its movement from one position to the other, a
supporting leg for the ironer in its horizontal’
position outside of the cabinet, and means for 20
folding said leg into substantially parallel rela
lower end of the baseboard and pulls outwardly
thereon, whereupon the ironer unit will be bodily
moved outwardly to its operating position and
will be rotated into horizontal position during
withdrawal.
I claim:
1. In a structure of the class described, the
20 combination of a cabinet, an ironer unit includ
ing an ironing roll, a cooperating shoe and a base
‘member, and supporting mechanism‘ for said - tion with the ironer unit as said unit is moved
ironer unit connected with the cabinet and with
said ironer unit and providing a movable pivotal
into the cabinet.
6. In a structure of the class described, the
25 support for- said unit, said supporting mechanism _ combination of a cabinet having a door opening 25
being constructed and arranged for carrying and
bodily moving the ironer unit downwardly about
its pivot support into a vertical position within
the'cabinet or moving said unit to a horizontal
30 position outside of the cabinet and maintaining
said unit in horizontal position during its initial
inward movement and ?nal outward movement.
2. In agstructure of the class described, the
combination of a cabinet, an ironer unit- includ
ing an ironing roll, a cooperating shoe and a base
member, a supporting mechanism for said ironer
unit connected with the cabinet and with the
ironer unit for carrying said unit into a vertical
position within the cabinet or a horizontal posi
tion outside of the cabinet, said mechanism in
cluding link members pivotally connected to the
cabinet and said unit, and means for controlling
the movement of said link members to guide the
pivotal connection between the ironer unit and
45 link members in a horizontal path, including
guiding rails within the cabinet for rotating said
ironer unit into either of its positions in its move
' ment from one position to the other.
,3. In a structure of the class described, the
50 combination of a cabinet, an ironer unit includ
ing an ironing roll, a cooperating shoe and a‘
base member, said uni-t being adapted to occupy
a vertical position within the cabinet and a hori
zontal position exteriorly of the cabinet, means
65 for supporting the ironer unit in its movement
from one position to the other and bodily rotat
ing the same into its vertical or horizontal posi
tions, said means including pivot means on the
inner end of said unit, supporting guide means
60 on said “cabinet on which said pivot means is
slidable, and supporting guide links pivotally con
nected to the ironer unit and to\the c inet, the
pivotal connection of said links with he ironer
unit being outwardly of said pivot means._
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4. In a structure of the class described, the
combination of a cabinet having. an opening in
. a_ vertical wall thereof, an ironing unit adapted
to be moved into and out of the cabinet through
said opening, said .unit being arranged to occupy
70 a vertical position within vthe cabinet and a hori
zontal position outside of'the cabinet, a pair of
links pivotally connectedto the ironer and hav
ing a sliding connection with the cabinet, a sec
ond pair of links pivotally connected to the
75 cabinet and to said ?rst pair of links, and guide
in one of ‘its vertical walls, an ironing machine
unit adapted to occupy a vertical position within
the cabinet or a horizontal position exteriorly
of the cabinet, said ironing machine including a
base member, a pair of curved guide rails within 30
the cabinet and means connecting oneend of
the ironing machine base with said guide rails to
bring about the bodily rotation of the ironing
machine during its movement from one position
to the other, vertical guide rails within the cab
inet, link members pivotally connected to the
ironing machine base at one end and having a
sliding connection with said vertical guide ,rails
at their other ends, and other links pivotally
connected to said ?rst mentioned links and to 40
the cabinet.
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7. Inxa structure of the class described, the
combination of a cabinet having a door opening
in one of its vertical walls, an ironing machine
unit adapted to occupy a vertical position within 45
the cabinet or a horizontal position exteriorly
of the cabinet, said ironing machine including a
base member, a pair of curved guide rails within
‘the cabinet and means connecting one end of
the ironing machine base with said guide rails
to bring about the bodily rotation of the ironing
machine during its movement from one position
to the other, vertical guide rails within the cab
inet, link members pivotally connected to'the
ironing machine base at one end and having a
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sliding connection with said vertical guide rails
at their other ends, other links pivotally con
nected to said first mentioned links and to the
cabinet, a folding leg forsupporting the ironing
machine in its horizontal position outside of ‘
said cabinet, said leg being mounted on the base
of the ironing machine,‘ and means for auto
matically folding and unfolding‘ said leg during
movement of the ironing machine into and. out
ofthe cabinet.
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8. In a structure of the class described, the
combination of a ‘cabinet and an ironer unit,
including a roll and a baseboard‘ member,
adapted to occupy a vertical position within the >
cabinet or a horizontal position outside of the 70
cabinet, link members pivotally connected to the
cabinet and to said base member and forming a .
pivotal axis about which the ironer unit rotates
in the movement of said unit from one position
to the other, curved guide rails within the cab
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inet, means pivotally connecting one end of the
ironer unit with said guide rails, a hinged leg
carried by said baseboard member for support
ing the ironer unit'in its horizontal position out,
side of the cabinet, and means for automatically
‘swinging the leg into substantially parallel rela
position to the'other, an outboard supporting
leg carried by the ironer unit, said leg being
hinged to said unit and adapted to be swung into
folded relation to the unit as the unit is moved
into the cabinet, spring means normally urging 5
the leg into supporting position, and a spring
tion to the baseboard member as the ironer unit ' actuated bail for folding ‘the leg as the unit is
movesinto vertical position in the cabinet.
9. In a structure of the class described, the
combination of a cabinet having a door opening
' in one of its vertical walls and an ironer unit,
including a baseboard‘ member, an ironing roll
and an ironing shoe movable through said open
ing to an upright position within the cabinet or
15 to a, horizontal position‘ substantially outside of
moved into the cabinet.
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12. In a structure of the class described, the
combination of a cabinet, an elongated ironer 10
unit adapted to occupy a vertical position‘ within
the cabinet or a horizontal operating position
outside of the cabinet, means connected with
the cabinet and the ironer unit for supporting
and guiding the unit as it is moved from one 15
the cabinet, vertical guide members mounted in position to the other, an outboard supporting leg‘
the cabinet adjacent the opening, a pair of links carried by the ironer unit, said leg being hinged
pivotally and slidingly ‘connected to the said to‘said unit and adapted to be swung into folded Y
guide members at one end and at their other relation to the unit as the unit is moved into the
cabinet, spring means normally urging the leg 20
20 end pivotally connecting with the baseboard of
the ironer unit substantially midway of the , into supporting position, a spring actuated bail
length of the unit, said latter pivotal connections for folding the leg as the unit is moved into the
providing an axis about which the ironer unit cabinet, and locking means for locking the leg
is rotated in the movement of said unit from ,in its supporting position,
25 one position to the other, a second pair of links
pivotally connected to the cabinet and to the
?rst pair of links, curved guide rails withinv the
cabinet, means connecting one end of the iron
ing unit with said curved rails for supporting the
13. In a structure of the class described, the 25
combination of a cabinet,- an elongated ironer
unit adapted to occupy a vertical position within
the cabinet or a horizontal operating position
outside of the cabinet, means connected with
30 ironer unit in its horizontal position and for
the cabinet and the ironer unit for supporting
guiding said end of the ironer unit from one po
sition to the other, a'foldable leg carried by said
ironer unit at an appreciable distance from the
supported end thereof for supporting the ironer
unit in its horizontal position, and means for
and guiding the unit as it is moved from one
position to the other, an outboard supporting leg
automatically foldinguand unfolding the leg
carried by the ironer unit, said leg being hinged
to the ironer unit and swingable into folded
relation, a cam, means connecting said cam to 35
and movable by said supporting and‘ guiding
the ironer unit is moved from one position to
means, and means actuated by said cam to swing
the other.
the leg into folded relation as the unit is moved
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10. In a structure of the class described, the
into the cabinet. '
14. In a structure of the class described, the 40
combination of a cabinet, an elongated ironer
unit, including a baseboard member, an ironing unit adapted to occupy a vertical position within
roll and an ironing shoe movable through said _ the cabinet or a horizontal operating position
40 combination of a cabinet having a door open
ing in one of its vertical walls and an ironer
opening to an upright position within the cab
45 inet or to a horizontal position substantially out
side of the cabinet, vertical guide members
‘mounted in the cabinet adjacent the opening, a
pair of links pivotally and slidingly connected
to‘ the said guide members at one end ‘and at
50 their other end pivotally connecting with the
baseboard of the ironer‘unit substantially‘ mid
way of the length of the unit, said lateral pivotal
connections providing an axis about which the
ironer unit is rotated from one position to the
55 other, a second pair of links pivotally connected
to the cabinet and, to the ?rst pair of links,
"curved guide rails within the cabinet, means
connecting one end of the ironing unit with said
curved rails for supporting the ironer unit in its
horizontal position and for guiding said end of
the ironer unit from one position to t e other,
va foldable leg carried by said ironer u it at an
outside of the cabinet, means connectedLWith the
cabinet and the ironer unit- for supporting and 45
guiding the unit as it is moved from one position
to the other, an outboard supporting leg carried
by the ironer unit, said leg being hinged to the
ironer unit and adapted to swing into folded re
lation thereto, gear means connected to and 50
actuated by said ironer supporting mechanism,
a rack member operatively associated with said
gear and pivotally connected to the hinged leg
for swinging the leg to folded or supporting
position as the unit is moved from one position 55
to the other.
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15. In a structure of the class described, the .
combination ofa cabinet, an ironer unit adapted
to occupy a vertical position within the cabinet
and a horizontal position outside of the cabinet,
means for supporting thelironer unit and guid
able bail member within the cabinet adapted to
fold the leg as the ironer unit is moved into
ing it'from- one position to another, a folding leg
for supporting said ironer in its horizontal posi
tion, means for folding the leg, a locking‘ device
for folding‘ the leg in its supporting position, and 65.
a safety device for locking the leg in supporting
position in the event of interference with the
upright position within the cabinet.
operation of the leg.
appreciable distance from the supported end
thereof for supporting the ironer unit in its hor
65 izontal position, and means including a swing
11. In a structure of the class described, the
70 combination of a cabinet, an elongated ironer
unit adapted to-occupy a vertical position within
the cabinet or ahorizontal-operating position
outside of the cabinet, means connected with
the cabinet and the ironer unit for supporting
75 and'guiding the unit as- it is moved from one
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16. In a structure ‘of the class described, the
combination with a “cabinet; of an ‘elongated 70
ironer ‘unit arranged to occupy a vertical posi
tion within said cabinet or a horizontal operat
ing position exteriorly of said cabinet; and
means associated with said cabinet and ironer
unit for supporting and guiding said unit in its
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movements into and out of said cabinet includ
ing link members, pivot means cormecting the
link members to said unit and about which pivot
and being foldable to a position alongside said
unit when the latter is disposed in vertical posi
tion within said cabinet; and automatically oper
means said unit'is rotatable, and means con
ated means for moving said leg to supporting po
sition prior to full withdrawal of the ironer unit
trolling the movements of said link members to
' guide said pivot means in a horizontal path.v
17. In a structure of the class described, the
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated
ironer unit arranged to occupy a vertical posi
10 tion within'said cabinet or a horizontal operat
ing position exteriorly of said cabinet; combined
guide and supporting links for said ironer unit;
pivot means connecting said links to the vironer
unit and about which the latter is rotatable;
15 means controlling the movement of said links
for guiding said pivot means in a horizontal
path; and cooperating guide means on said
cabinet and ironer unit, for guiding one end of
said unit in its movements into- and out of the
from the cabinet.
22. In a structure of the class described, the
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated
ironer unit adapted to occupy a vertical position
within the cabinet or a horizontal position ex 10
teriorly of the cabinet, said ironer unit includ
ing a base member; means for guiding the ironer
unit for movement into and out of the cabinet;
a folding leg for supporting the ironer unit in
its horizontal position outside of the cabinet, said 15
leg being mounted on the base of the ironer unit
and being foldable to a position alongside said
unit when the latter is disposed in vertical posi
tion within said cabinet; and automatically
operated means for withdrawing said leg from 20
cabinet, and rotating said unit on said pivot
means to swing said. unit to vertical position ‘supporting position after partial movement of
when moved into said cabinet and to horizontal said .unit into the cabinet.
position when moved out of said cabinet.
23. In a structure of the class described, the
18. In a structure of the class described, the ' combination with a cabinet; of an elongated
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated ironer unit adapted to occupy a vertical position
ironer unit movable into and out of the cabinet; vwithin the cabinet or a horizontal position ex
supporting guide links for said ironer unit; pivot teriorly of the cabinet, said ironer unit including
means connecting said links to said unit, said a base member; means forfguiding the ironer
unit being rotatable about said pivot means; unit for movement into and out of the cabinet;
30 means on said cabinet for controlling the move
a folding legfor supporting the ironer unit in
ments of said links for guiding said pivot means its horizontal position outside of the cabinet, said
in a horizontal path; and cooperating means leg being mounted on the base of the ironer unit
and being foldable to a position alongside said
on said cabinet and unit for rotating the latter
on said pivot means during movement of the unit when the latter is disposed in vertical posi
unit inwardly‘ and outwardly of the cabinet.
tion within said cabinet; and automatically op
19. In a structure of the class described,.the erated means for controlling the unfolding and
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated folding movements of said leg, including means
ironer unit movable into and dut of the cabinet; for holding said leg in supporting position during
and supporting and guiding mechanism for said part of its movement toward and away from the
40 ironer unit connected with the cabinet' and cabinet.
ironer unit for carrying the ironer unit into and
24. In a structure of the class described, the
out of the cabinet and rotating the unit to verti
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated
cal position within the cabinet or to horizontal ironer unit adapted to occupy, a vertical position
position outside of the cabinet, said supporting
45 and guiding mechanism including means for
maintaining said ironer unit in horizontal posi
tion during- the ?rst .part of its movement into
the cabinet and during the last part of its move
ment out of the cabinet.
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teriorly of the cabinet, said ironer unit including 45
. leg being mounted on the base of the ironer unit
and being foldable to a positionalongside 'said
unit when the latter is disposed in vertical posi
tion within said cabinet; means for holding said
the ironer unit; and means position to be ren
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a base member; means for guiding the ironer
unit for. movement into and out of the cabinet;
a folding leg for supporting the ironer unit in
its horizontal position outside of the cabinet, said
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated
ironer unit adapted to occupy a horizontal posi
cabinet,'said leg being mounted on the. base of
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within the cabinet or a horizontal position ex
' 20. In a structure of the class described, the
tion outside‘of said cabinet and to be moved into
said. cabinet for storage, said ironer unit in
55 cluding a base member; means for guiding said
ironer unit for» movement into and out of said
cabinet; a folding leg for supporting the ironer
unit in its horizontal position outside of the
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leg in its unfolded supporting position while the
center of gravity of said unit is disposed ex
teriorly, of said cabinet; and means for auto;
matically folding and unfolding said leg during
movement of the ironer unit into and out of the
cabinet and while the center ofgravity of said
ironer unit is ‘disposed within the limits of said,
dered operative when the center of gravity of
said ironer unit is disposed entirely within the
25. In a structure of the class described, the
limits of said cabinet for automatically folding ' combination with an upright cabinet; of an elon
and unfolding said leg during movement of said gated ironer unit movable into and out_of the
65 ironer unit into and out of the'cabinet.
cabinet and adapted to occupy a vertical position
cabinet.
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21. In a structure of the class described, the ‘ within~ the cabinet between the top and bottom
combination with a cabinet; of an elongated ends of the latter, or a horizonal position ex
ironer unit adapted tooc'cupy a vertical position
within the cabinet or a horizontal position ex
70 teriorly of the cabinet, said ironer unit includ7
ing a base member; means for guiding the ironer
unit for movement into and out of the cabinet;
' a folding leg for supporting the ironer unit in its
horizontal position outside of the cabinet, said
leg being mounted on the base of the ironer‘ unit
terior-ly of the cabinet; and means for supporting
and guiding said ironer unit in its movement 70
from one of said positions to the other, ‘said,
supporting and guiding means including means
for ?rst causing bodilyv ‘movement “of said ironer
unit in a horizontal ‘direction, then rotating the
unit simultaneously with movement thereof in
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an upwardly direction toward thetop of the ' of the ironer unit inwardly and outwardly of
cabinet during movement of said unit into the the cabinet.
cabinet, and causing bodily reverse-movement of
said unit as it is withdrawn.i'rom the cabinet. ' ,
26. In a structure of the class described, the
combination with an upright cabinets-- of an
elongated ironer unit adapted to occupy a verti
27. ‘In a structure or the class described, the -
combination with an upright cabinet; of an
‘elongated ironer unit adapted to occupy a verti
cal position within the cabinet between the top
and bottom ends of the latter or a horizontal
cal position within the cabinet between the top
operating position exteriorly --ot the cabinet;v
and bottom ends of the latter or a horizontal
means connecting said “unit and cabinet for '
guiding the same into and out of the.~cabinet,
supporting the inner end of said ironer unit with rotating the same from one 01' said positions to
respect to said cabinet; means carried by said the other and moving the same endwise toward
cabinet for guiding the pivotal axis of said pivot and away‘irom the upper end of the cabinet,
means inwardly and outwardly of said cabinet including a supporting pivot member bodily
and toward and awayirom the upper end of the vguided in an arcuate path with respect to said 15
cabinet during movement of said unit inwardly cabinet and pivotally suspending the inner end
and outwardly or said cabinet; and controlling or said unit; and additional means reacting be- .
means‘ operatively connecting said ironer unit tween said ironer unit and cabinet for swinging
and cabinet for swinging said unit on the pivotal vsaid unit on the pivotal axis of said member. ALFRED J. BI-IU'I'E.v 20
axis or said pivot means during said movement
10 position exterior-1y o! the cabinet; pivot means
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