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Патент USA US2134264

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Oct. 25, 1938.
Filed Jan. 5, 1957 -
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Oct 25, 1938-
Filed Jan. 5, 1957
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.Reaal R. R'Obevßsonf.
Patented Oct. 25, 1938
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‘Iteuellh _Robertson,_É_aston. I_’_a_..
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Applicatiomja?uary _5, 19337. 'serial Nó. 119,161
'1 animi/(o1. 2115119.05)
rIhis invention relates to pull-in clothes lines
of the general type adapted to .be` attached‘to an
upper story window,as for example, an apartment
house. window, .and .adapted to be- extended
. through the open window into the room-when'
hanging or removing a wash.
_ A, .
Ordinarily clothes lines of the slide typei when
pushed out of the window remain extended to
full length horizontally outwardfrom the .build'e
ing. Also the arms are necessarily limited> in
length to the height of the lower sash,-` for ex‘
ample, three feet -or more so that they maybe
extended into `the room through the raised lower
sash. With these disadvantages of prior pull-in
clothes lines in mind, the present invention pro
videsa long jointed and sliding arm which may
be extended into the room approximately ten
feet if desired and which when pushed out of the
window will not extend outward from the build
20 ing but will automatically assume an upright
position parallel with the wall of the building.
With the above and other objects in view the
invention consists of certain novel details of con
struction and combinations of parts hereinafter
fully described and claimed, it being understood
that various modifications may be resorted to
within the scope of the appended claim without
departing from the spirit or sacriñcing any of
the advantages of the invention.
In the accompanying drawings forming part of
this speciñcation,
Figure l is a side elevation of a pull-in clothes
line constructed in accordance with the inven
tion and shown projecting into the room.
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the clothes line
shown in operative position parallel with the wall
of the building.
Figure 3 is a front elevation of the clothes line
in the operative position shown in Figure 2 look
ing toward the building.
Figure _4 is an enlarged detail cross sectional
View taken on the line 4_4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a cross sectional View taken on the
line 5_5 of 'Figure 4.
Figure 6 isa perspective view of the guide for
the slide arm.
Figure 7 is a detail sectional View showing the
stop pin and notch in the slide arm receiving the
pin to hold the slide arm _stationary when the
wash is being hung upon or removed from the
clothes line.
Referring now to the drawings in which like
characters of reference designate similar parts
in the various views, I0 designates an upright bar
having at the bottom a foot Il which is adapted
to be secured by screws or otherwise to the sill l 2
of vfa window outside of the window frame I3.
The barv is kdisposed adjacent to ithe'wallofïthe
building so as to be out of the way. -
I A disc YM_is provided with a central opening l5,
best shown inFigure 4, to receive a pin I6 which
isfscrewed into the upright bar lll.V The disc is
anchored to an angle ironrfplatefl] by means
of hinges I8 and a turnbuckle> I9, the angle iron
plate being bolted as shown at 20 or otherwise 10
rigidly secured to the building wall.' w Adjustment
of the turnbuc'kle when mounting the device
providesfor correct-alignment of the clothesline
with. the clothes line supporting'post 2|, shown
b'est'in Figure kL_
. The ldiscvv I4 forms alwear jplate `orisupport
upon which the> jointed extensible member of the
device may rotate when the clothes line is being '
projected into or out of the room. The member
comprises a slide arm 22 which is slidably fitted 20,.
in a guide arm 23 to slide endwise thereon, the '
guide arm having a strap 24 at one end which
loosely embraces the slide arm. The guide arm
moreover is provided with an opening 25, best
shown in Figure 6, which passes through the 25
sides of a U-shaped extension 26 that receives
the slide arm. The above mentioned pin I6v
passes through the opening 25 as best shown in
Figure 4 and anchors the guide arm to Vswing in
an arc on the pin I6, to extend the clothes line 30
into the room or to dispose the clothes line outside
of the room. A right angular stop pin 21 is dis
posed on the extension 26 and overlies the space
between the legs of the extension to prevent the
slide arm 22 from escaping from the guide arm 23.
The slide arm' is Vequipped at one end `with a
pulley 28 over which the clothes line 29 is trained.
At the opposite end the slide arm is pivotally
connected to one end of a link 30, as shown at 3|.
The opposite end of the link is pivoted to the 40
upper end of the upright bar- I0 as shown at 32
in Figure 1. 'I'he pulley 28 is equipped with a pin
33 forming a grip. When the slide arm and the
guide arm are rocked downwardly by means of
the grip 33 from the position shown in Figure 1 to 45
the position shown in Figure 2 theguide arm will
rock on the pivot pin I6 and simultaneously there
with the link 30 willswing in an arc on its pivot 32
and slide the slide arm longitudinally of the
guide arm to extend vertically and parallel with 50
the wall 34 of the building as illustrated.
'I‘he clothes line 29 is trained over a pulleyk35
carried by the post 2| and also is trained over a '
pulley 36 carried by a. bracket 31 that is fixed to
one leg of the extension 2B of the guide arm as
best shown in Figure 3.
The clothes line is then trained over a pulley
38 which is secured to a link 39 that is pivotally
connected to a bracket 40 secured to the upper
end of the slide arm, the pivot pin of the link
being indicated by the numeral 4I as shown in
Figures l and 2. The link 39 swings on its pivot
4| to a horizontal position when the clothes line
10 is extended into -the room as shown in Figure 1,
and to a vertical position as shown in Figure 2
when the clothes line is disposed outside of the
and the slide arm and guide arm will assume a
horizontal position while the pin IB rides into
the notch 42 in the slide arm 22 at the moment
the arms assume horizontal position. The wash
may now be hung upon the line and when this
has been completed the lower reach of the line is
grasped and hooked over the pin I6, as best shown
in Figure 3. This tensions the line. Thereupon
the knob 33 may again be grasped and rocked
downward, the lower pivoted end of the link 3l)A
simultaneouslyv moving upward in an arc to lift
the slide arm from engagement with the pin I6.
During continued downward swinging move
ofthe lower pulley in the direction of the
A notch 42, Vbest shown in Figures 2 and 7„is i “nient
arrowheads shown. in Figure 1 the slide arm and 15
arm will assume vertical position as indi
notch receives the beforernentioned pin >IIL-as guide
cated in Figures 2 and 3 outside of the building.
shown in Figure 5, when the clothes line is'ex
tended into the room and prevents the slide arm '
From the Aabove description it is thought that
the construction and operation of the invention
from moving outwardly from its set position
" will be fully understood without further explana 20
20 when a wash is being hung upon or removed tion.
from the clothes line.
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What is claimed isz,v
The pin I6 is provided with ayknob4 43 which
Y A pull-in clothes line comprising >a. guide arm,
forms a stop to prevent escape of the clothes line
when the lower reach of the clothes line islifted a slide arm movable endwise of the guide arm, 25
vertically after ‘the line has been filled with means vfor. pivotally attaching the guide arm at
clothes and looped over the pin I6, asindicated one end to a stationary support, a link pivotally
connecting one end of the slide arm to one end of
in Figure 2, to tension the line when the device
is disposed outside of the room.
' In operation the device normally extends ver
tically from the sill I2 along side of the wall of
the building and parallel thereto. To extend the
clothes line into the room the knob 33 of the
pulley 28 is grasped and the combined slide arm
and guide arm are rocked upwardly. During
this movement of the parts the link 30_ will' rock
downwardly to the position shown- in Figure 1
the support for guiding said slide arm longitu
dinally `of saidlguide arm when said guide arm is
rocked on its‘pivot, a pulley onone end of the
guide arm, a pair >of pulleys on the slide arm
one of which is pivotally connected to the slide
arm, and a ‘loop clothes line having one loop
thereof trained over said pulleys.
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