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Sept. 27, 1938.
.1. w. YARDLEY ,
Filed Feb. 2. 1957
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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Sept. 27, 1938.
Filed Feb. 2,’ 193'?
2 Sheets-Sheet ‘2'
, Patented Sept. 27, 1938
snowua oua'mnv-rosn‘ron RETAINER‘
James W. Yardley, Chicago, Ill.’
Application February 2, 1937, Serial No. 123,675
1 Claim. ‘(01. 4-149)
.This invention relates to shower curtain re
The primary object of the invention is to enable
the use of light weight material for shower bath
curtains by making it possible to attach the cur
tain to the side of the bathing receptacle at the
bottom so that the strong currents of air caused
by the spray of the shower does not blow the cur
tain out of the receptacle and preventing water
19 ?owing from the displaced curtain from running
on the bathroom ?oor. ,
Another feature of the invention is to detach
ably secure the bottom of the curtain to the bathv
receptacle to preventthe ‘curtain from being dis
15 placed by the air currents and wrapping around
the person of the bather.
Further objects of the invention are to provide.
a device of the character referred‘ to that is
strong, compact and durable that is adaptable to
9;) be used with regulation bathing receptacles, that
fromone side wall 6 of the bathroom above the
bathtub or receptacle A is a shower bath spray
which sprays the body of the bather. Above‘ the
tub is supported a shower bath curtain rod 9 the
ends of which are secured to the side walls 6 as at
IU. This curtain rod 9 is in vertical alignment
with the outside wallv ll of the bathtub or recep
tacle A.
A shower bath curtain is indicated at B and has
a body portion in the form of a panel made oi.’
limp material such as light duck, silk or other
limp fabrics treated to prevent abnormal shrink
age. The material of the curtain forms a screen
to prevent water from the bath spray from sprin
kling out of the area of the bath receptacle.
Owing to the fact that the customary bathtub is
?ve or six feet long the curtain panel B is made
in two sections stitched together by the double
row of stitching l2.
is easy to attach and detach and that is compara
When the sections are secured together to form
the curtain panel B the height of the panel is such
tively inexpensive to manufacture and install. '
as to extend from a point near the curtain rod
With the foregoing and other objects in view
the invention consists of a novel construction,
combination and arrangement of parts as will
be hereinafter more speci?cally illustrated and
described in the accompanying speci?cation,
wherein is disclosed the preferred embodiment of
the invention but it is to be understood that
changes, variations and modi?cations may be
resorted to without departing from the spirit of
9 down below the top edge of the outside wall it
of the bath receptacle A. Along the upper edge
I3 of the panel B are secured in the hem l4v a
series of grommets i5. In each grommet of they
series is secured a regulation curtain hanger pin
the claim hereunto appended.
In the drawings wherein like reference charac
ters indicate like parts throughout the several
Figure 1 is a vertical section through the walls
of a bathroom and bathing receptacle showing an
adaptation therewith of the present invention.
Figure 2 is a detailed fragmentary vertical sec
IS the crown of which embraces the curtain rod 9.
In this manner the upper edge of the curtain
panel B is slidable on the curtain rod 9.
The edges of the ‘panel B at each end are pro
vided with a hem _i'i which extends from the
upper hem it to the lower edge. The lower edge
of the panel B is also provided vwith a hem I8
and this hem extends for a considerable distance 35
below the upper edge of the‘ outside wall but
above the bottom of the receptacle or tub A.
The width of the panel B is such that the hems
' IT at the ends of the curtain bear against the
tion taken at rightangles to Figure _1.
opposite ends of the receptacle or tub A and
Figure 3 is a detailed vertical section through
the lower portion of one of the straps removed
form a relatively tight joint to prevent water
from the curtain.
,. '
Figure 4 is a plan view of the lower portion of
one of the straps having the button on the suc
tion cup broken away.
Figure 5 is an enlarged outside elevation of a
lower portion of the curtain showing the strap
detached from the wall of the bathing receptacle.
In the drawings the invention is shown applied
to a bath receptacle A which may be in the form
of a regulation bathtub having vitreous enamel
walls. This receptacle or bathtub as illustrated
is set to extend lengthwise between the-side walls
. 6 of the bathroom near the hear 1.
from splashing,
- .
In carrying out the invention there is pro
vided anchoring members, preferably three in
These anchoring members are indi 45
cated at 19, 20 and 2!. Each of the anchoring
members are formed in the same way and it is
believed that a description of one will teach the
construction of the others. Each anchoring
member consists of a relatively narrow elastic 50
strap 22 preferably formed of rubber fabric. In
the end anchoring members I9 and 2| the upper
‘ end of each strap is secured by the stitching 23
of the hems H. The anchoring member 20 has
the strap 22 secured in thedguble row of stitch 65
ing l2 which holds the two sections-of the panel
B together. These anchoring members I9, 20
and 2| have the upper ends fastened materially
above the hem l8 at the lower edge so that when
the anchoring members are detached from the
tub, as will hereafter appear, they will be re
tracted above the lower hem I8 and concealed
from view looking at the outside of the curtain,
the reverse of which is illustrated in Figure 5
10 of the drawings.
For detachably securing the free ends of the
,members I9, 20 and 2| to the tub each strap 22
has an opening 24 adjacent the‘ free end. A
vacuum cup preferably formed of rubber is
15 mounted in this opening. The vacuum cup in
cludes a bowl portion 25 which merges with a
neck 26 on the outside of the crown and integral
with the neck in a square button or head 21.
under tension and prevent it from being displaced
or blown out into the bathroom by the cur
rents created when water is sprayed through the
shower- bath head 8. When it is desired to get
out of the tub the buttons 21 on the vacuum cup 5
members are grasped by the hands and the
vacuum broken whereupon the elastic straps re~
tract to normal position and the panel may be
slid along the hanger rod tosone or the other
end of the tub. In the retracted position the 10
anchoring members are hidden behind the panel
B from view, but when they are in attached rela
tion they are extended below the hem l8 on the
bottom of the panel.
Having described my invention, what is 15
claimed as new is:—
A shower bath curtain adapted to be mounted
at its upper edge for‘ sliding movement on a a
The button 21 is forced through the opening 24 . horizontal support over a bath tub and with its
20 in the strap 22 and seats about the neck 26 of lower portion suspended in’said tub, and means 20
the vacuum cup.
for holding said lower portion against an'inner
When it is desired to attach the bottom of the face of said tub including elastic straps secured
curtain panel B the straps 22 of the anchoring at one end to said curtain above the lower edge
members I9, 20, and 2| are stretched slightly thereof to extend over and below the lower edge
and the vacuum cups are pressed into gripping
relation with the inside face of the outer wall H
of the receptacle or tub A.
of the curtain on'the inside thereof and suction
cups on the other ends of said straps.
The tensionon the
anchoring members hold the body of the panel B
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