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Oct. 18, 1938.
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WATER COOLER AND DISPENSER
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Filed Sept. 7, 1955
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Patented Oct. 18, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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WATER COOLER AND DISPENSER
William C. Willets, Glendale, Calif, assignor to
Elysian Spring Water & Bottling Company, Los
Angeles, Calif., a corporation of California
Application September 7, 1935, Serial No. 39,557
15 Claims.
(Cl. 62-141)
water container in horizontal section taken on the
This invention relates to water coolers and dis
pensers of the type adapted to be cooled by the
line 2—2 of Figure 1,
evaporation of water or other ?uid on the cooler
surface.
Figure 3 is a transverse vertical section of my
water cooler and dispenser taken on line 3—3 of
Figure 2, with the water bottle removed and the 5
The general object of my invention is to pro
vide an improved water cooler and dispenser of
the type stated, in which the circulation of air
over the exterior surface of a water container is
increased, and a maximum quantity of water is
10 subjected to a cool surface in said container, thus
materially increasing the cooling ef?ciency of the
cooler.
Another object is to provide a water cooler and
dispenser with an improved removable waste
15 water pan, and a tumbler drain pivotally mounted
on said pan, so that it may be swung from under
the water faucet to permit vessels larger than
ordinary drinking tumblers, such as pitchers, to
be held under said faucet and ?lled with water
20 therefrom.
Another object is to provide a water cooler and
dispenser with improved means for removably
mounting its water container on its stand, where
by brackets, or a base or a plate on top of the
25 stand to support the water container are elim
inated. Another object is to provide a water
cooler and dispenser with improved means for
removably mounting the cover for the water con
tainer in position over said container.
A further object is to provide a water cooler
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and dispenser in which its various parts may be
lower portion of the stand broken away, and,
Figure 4 is a front view of the waste water pan
and tumbler drain, with the tumbler drain swung
to the left from under the faucet of my water
cooler and dispenser, so that a pitcher or other 10
large vessel may be placed under said faucet to
receive water therefrom.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, in
which corresponding parts are designated by the
same reference characters in all the ?gures, l 15
designates a stand, 2 a water container mounted
on top of said stand, 3 a waste water pan sus
pended from the top of said stand below said
water container, 4 a tumbler drain pivotally con
nected to said waste water pan by a drain pipe H
5, cooling means 6 for drawing water from said
waste water pan 2 upwardly over portions of the
exterior surface of said water container 2 for
cooling said container and the water therein,
1 a removable cover for covering said water con- 25
tainer and to provide for circulation of air over
the exterior surface of said water container, and
8 a water bottle inverted and with its mouth
introduced into and resting in the upper open
end of said water container.
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The stand 1 comprises a plurality of standards
readily assembled or disassembled, whereby said
or legs 9, preferably three, spaced equidistantly
tion and in setting up, and for renovation and re
at their upper ends to the outside of the ring I0“,
parts may be more easily handled in transporta- , apart, and rings [0 and l I, said legs being secured
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placement of said parts when damaged.
Other objects and advantages will appear as
this speci?cation progresses.
With the above and other objects in view, the
invention consists in the novel and useful pro
vision, formation, construction, association, and
relative arrangement of parts, members and fea
tures, all as shown in a certain embodiment in
the accompanying drawing, described generally,
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and more particularly pointed out in the claims.
The invention is illustrated in the annexed
drawing, which forms a part of this speci?cation,
and in which:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of my invention,
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with one half of the cover for the water container
shown in section, for more clearly illustrating cer
tain features of the water container,
Figure 2 is a plan view of my water cooler and
dispenser, as shown in Figure 1, with the water
55 bottle removed, and showing the cover for the
and nearer their lower ends to the outside of the 35
ring I l, and said legs being bent outwardly and
downwardly from the ring ll, at l2, to spread
their lower ends l3 further apart to give the stand
a ?rm supporting base.
The waste water pan 3 is suspended from the
upper stand ring 10 by links M. Each of said
links comprises a single piece of wire bent in—
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termediate its ends slightly V-shape, the bent
portion of each link being also bent upwardly to
form a hook I5 at the lower end of the link, and 45
the ends of the bent wire forming the link being
bent downwardly to form a pair of spaced hooks
l6 at the upper end of the link, the hooks l5 and
the hooks I6 being bent from opposite sides of
said link. The upper end hooks 16 of each link 50
I4 extend from the inside of the upper stand
ring l0 and hook over the upper edge of said ring,
at opposite sides of the upper end of one of the
stand legs 9, while the lower end hook [5 of each
link extends from the outside through an opening 55
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H in the upper part of the side wall of the waste
water pan 3, the upper end of said opening rest
ing upon said hook l5, whereby said waste water
pan is removably mounted on the stand I.
The drain pipe 5 is bent U-shape, and one end
thereof extends through the bottom wall of the
Waste water pan 3 and is pivotally mounted in
said wall by a conventional water-tight swivel
the container lugs 2| respectively. The cover ‘I
is further provided with a plurality of vertical
slots 32 and a plurality of vertical slots 33, the
slots 32 being spaced around the upper portion of
said cover and the slots 33 being spaced
around the lower portion of said cover.
The operation, uses and advantages of my
invention are as follows:
joint |8, while the other end of said pipe extends
The cover ‘I shields the water container 2 from
through the bottom of the tumbler drain 4 and
supports said tumbler drain above the normal
Water level in the waste water pan 3 in position
the heat of the surrounding atmosphere and 10
forwardly of the water container 2 and cover ‘I.
The lower portion IQ of the water container 2
15 is bulged and enlarged in diameter to provide a
greater cooling surface for the water in the con
tainer, and which also makes it possible to con
nect a standard faucet 20 direct to the lower end
of the container and without the use of a faucet
20 extension, which faucet extends from the front
side of the container 2 directly over the normal
position of the tumbler drain 4. The water con
tainer 2 is formed at its base with a plurality of
lugs 2|, corresponding in number to the number
25 of the legs 9 of the stand I, which lugs extend
radially outwardly from the bulge I9 of said con
tainer and rest upon the upper edge of the upper
ring I!) of the stand, and the container is posi
tioned so that said lugs also rest directly over the
30 upper ends of the legs 9 respectively of said
stand, between the upper hooks l6 of the links M
respectively which support the waste water pan
3, thus supporting the container upon the strong
est points of the upper end of the stand I, as
particularly illustrated in Figure 2 of the draw
ing. The container 2 is formed with an annular
external shoulder 22 a short distance below its
upper end and with an annular groove 23 in its
outer side a slight distance below said shoulder
40 for the purpose hereinafter more fully set forth.
The cooling means 6 comprises a plurality of
fabric strips or wicks 24 which extend upwardly
from within the waste water pan 3 and outwardly
over the bottom of the water container and up
wardly around the bulge l9 and upwardly over
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the container to the upper portion thereof, said
wicks being gathered and held together under the
bottom of said container at the center thereof
within an elastic band 25, and the upper ends of
said wicks extending under an elastic band 26
surrounding the upper portion of the container
within the groove 23, while said wicks are further
held against the container between the bulge I9
and the portion of the container extending up
' wardly from said bulge, by elastic bands 21, each
of which extends over said wicks at the upper
portion of said bulge and over a pair of lugs 2|
and under the container, whereby said wicks are
removably held in position on the container in
spaced relation from the under side of the con
tainer to their upper ends.
The cover ‘I for the water container 2 is formed
with a notch 28 in the front thereof extending
upwardly from the lower edge thereof through
which notch extends the faucet 20. Said cover is
provided with an opening 29 in its upper end
through which extends the upper end of the
water container 2, and the upper wall of said
cover is bent downwardly so as to form a depend
70 ing annular ?ange 30 forming the wall of said
opening 29, the lower edge of said ?ange resting
upon the container shoulder 2| for removably
supporting the cover ‘I in position over the con-.
tainer 2.
The cover 1 is formed with a plurality
of outwardly offset vertical grooves 3|, to receive
provides a downward draft of air over the exte
rior surface of the water container, the air enter
ing the upper inlet slots 32 and passing down
wardly through the air space 34, between the
cover and water container, and out through the 15
outlet slots 33. Water in the waste-water pan 3
wets the lower ends of the wicks 24 and travels
up said wicks by capillary attraction which mois
tens the surface of the water container 2 under
the wicks, leaving the surfaces 35 of the con 20
tainer between said wicks substantially dry. The
downward draft of air over the container through
the air space 34, which is increased by the dry
surfaces 35 of the container between the wicks
24, evaporates the moisture of the wicks and 26
lowers the temperature of the container, thus
cooling the water in the container.
The bulge l9 at the base of the water con
tainer 2 in addition to the bottom of the con
tainer provides a greater surface area over 80
which the wicks 24 extend and apply moisture,
and said bulge exposes a greater cooling surface
area to the water in said container than contain
ers of conventional design, thus materially in
creasing the cooling efliciency of the cooler.
The bulge l9 moreover enlarges the diameter of
the base of the water container 2 and makes it
possible to connect a standard faucet 20 ‘directly
to the container and thus eliminates the use of a
faucet extension. The lugs formed on the con 40
tainer make the water container self-contained
by dispensing with the use of a separate base or
brackets or other means for supporting the con
tainer on the stand.
Gathering together of the lower portion of the
wicks under the water container changes their
direction from vertical to lateral, causing better
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capillary attraction through the wicks as well as
keeping the wicks in close contact with the bottom
of the container.
Normally, the tumbler drain 4 rests directly 50
under the faucet to support a tumbler in position
to be ?lled with water from the faucet 20 and to
catch any surplus water or leakage from said
faucet. The tumbler drain 4 may be swung from
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under the faucet to one side on its swivel joint l8,
as shown in dotted lines in Figure 2, and in full
lines in Figure 4, so that a vessel larger than a
tumbler, such as a pitcher, may be held under
the faucet to be ?lled with water.
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The cover ‘I may be readily lifted off the water
container 2 and stand I and the container may
be readily lifted off the top of the stand I. The
link hooks i5 may be readily withdrawn from the
openings IT in the Waste-water pan and said pan
and the tumbler drain 4 removed from the 65
stand I.
My cooler and dispenser may be readily as
sembled by inserting the link hooks IS in the
openings ll of the waste-water pan 3; placing 70
the water container 2 on top of the stand I with
its lugs 2| resting upon the ring I!) and directly
over the upper ends of the legs 9 respectively of
the stand I; and slipping the cover ‘I over the
Water container, with the cover grooves 3| receiv 75
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ing the container lugs 2|, the upper end of the
water container 2 projecting through the opening
29 in the top of the cover and the lower edge of
the cover ?ange 3!) resting upon the shoulder 22
on the upper end portion of the water container.
It will thus be noted that the various parts of
my cooler and dispenser may be readily as
sembled and disassembled, whereby said parts
may be more readily handled in transportation
10 and setting up and for renovating and replace
ment of parts when damaged.
The use of a plurality of spaced wicks, instead
of a single sleeve Wick completely surrounding the
water container, makes it possible for the wicks
15 to avoid the lugs 2| and faucet 20, thus saving
material and the labor of slotting a wick to ?t
around said lugs and faucet.
I do not limit my invention to the exact con
struction herein disclosed because various changes
may be made therein without departing from the
spirit of the invention.
I claim:
1. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container formed with a plurality of lugs con
25 structed and arranged to rest upon the upper end
of said stand for supporting said container upon
said stand, and means for cooling said container
comprising a plurality of distinct wicks adjacent
said container and positioned between successive
30 lugs and means for moistening said wicks.
2. A water cooler comprising a stand including
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per end, and an elastic band surrounding the
upper end of said container and ?tted in said
groove over the upper ends of said wicks.
'7. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container formed with a bulge at its base and
resting upon the upper end of said stand, a water
pan mounted on said stand below said container,
a plurality of wicks extending from said pan and
contacting the surface of said container, and
means for holding said wicks on said container.
8. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container formed with a bulge at its base and
with a plurality of lugs outstanding from said
bulge for resting upon the upper end of said
stand, a water pan mounted on said stand below
said container, a plurality of wicks extending
from said water pan over the surface of said
container including said bulge, said wicks being
spaced apart and each of said lugs extending
between two of said spaced wicks, and means for 20
holding said wicks in position against said bulge.
9. A water coolercomprising a stand, a water
container formed with a bulge at its base and
with a plurality of lugs outstanding from said
bulge for resting upon the upper end of said stand, a water pan mounted on said stand below said
container, a plurality of wicks extending from
said water pan over the surface of said container
including said bulge, said wicks being spaced
apart and each of said lugs extending between "
a plurality of legs and a ring to which the upper
two of said spaced wicks, and elastic bands for
holding said wicks in position against said bulge,
ends of said legs are secured, a water container
formed with a plurality of lugs constructed and
35 arranged to rest upon said ring over the upper
each of said bands extending over two of said
lugs and over the upper portion of said bulge and
under said container for holding said wicks
ends of said legs respectively for supporting said
against said bulge.
container upon said stand, and' means for cooling
said container comprising a plurality of distinct
Wisks adjacent said container and positioned
between successive lugs and means for moistening
said wicks.
10. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted on said stand, said water con
tainer being formed with an external annular
shoulder near its upper end, and a cover ?tted 40
over said container, said cover being provided
3. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted upon said stand, a pan mount
ed on said stand below said container for holding
with an opening in the top thereof through which
extends the upper end of said container, and said
water, and a plurality of distinct wicks extending
from said pan and contacting the surface of said
container.
4. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted upon said stand, a pan mount
ed on said stand below said container for holding
water, and a plurality of distinct wicks extending
from said pan over the surface of said container,
said wicks being gathered and held together un
der said container, and spaced apart on said con
55 tainer from under the same to their upper ends,
and means for holding the upper ends of said
wicks on said container.
5. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted upon said stand, a pan mount
60 ed on said stand under said container for holding
water, a plurality of distinct wicks extending up
wardly from said pan over the surface of said
container, said wicks being gathered together
under said container, an elastic band surround
65 ing and holding said gathered wicks together,
said wicks being spaced apart on said container
from under the same to their upper ends, and
means for holding the upper ends of said wicks
on said container.
6. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted upon said stand, a pan
mounted upon said stand below said container, a
plurality of wicks extending from said pan over
the surface of said container, said container be
75 ing provided with an annular groove near its up
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cover being formed with an inturned annular
?ange surrounding said opening, the lower edge 45
of which ?ange rests upon said shoulder and sup
ports said cover in position over said container.
11. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container formed with a plurality of outstand
ing lugs resting upon the upper end of said stand,
said container being formed with an external
annular shoulder near its upper end, and a cover
?tted over said container, said cover having an
opening in the top thereof and formed with an
inturned annular flange which rests upon said
shoulder with the upper end of said container
projecting through said cover opening, and said
cover being formed with grooves extending up
iwardly from the lower edge thereof to receive said
ugs.
12. A water cooler comprising a stand, a water
container mounted on the upper end of said
stand, a water pan mounted on said stand below
said container, a plurality of wicks extending
from said pan over the surface of said container
in spaced relation, and a cover ?tted over said
container and providing an air circulating space
between said container and the wall of said cov
er, said cover being provided with air inlets in its
upper portion leading into said air circulating
space.
13. A water cooler comprising a stand, includ
ing a, plurality of legs and a ring secured to the
upper ends of said legs, a container formed with a
plurality of lugs constructed and arranged to rest
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upon said ring over the upper ends of said legs
respectively, a water pan provided with a plu
rality of openings in its wall, and links for sus
pending said pan on said stand below said con
tainer, each of said links being formed with a pair
of spaced hooks on its upper end for engaging
15. A water‘ cooler comprising a support, a
water container having a relatively enlarged base
portion, a plurality of lugs projecting from said
base portion and resting upon said support, a
plurality of spaced individual wicks maintained in
contact with said container, a removable water
said ring at opposite sides respectively of one of
said container lugs, and with a hook on its lower
pan positioned below said container for receiv
ing the ends of said wicks and moistening the
end for extending through and engaging the up
same, a cover supported from said container,
means for preventing rotation between said con 10
tainer and said cover, and a faucet extending
from the enlarged base portion of said container
through an aperture in said cover.
per edge of one of said openings in said water pan.
14. A water cooler comprising a water con
tainer having an inlet at its upper end an an out
let at its lower end, a plurality of individual
spaced wicks contacting the outer surface of said
container and means for moistening said wicks.
WILLIAM C. WILLETS.
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