Sept. 17, 1946.. |_. M. LITTLEJOHN 2,407,959 CLOTHESLINE COVER Filed July 14, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet l MIN 25E WWW ”- Attorneys Sept 17, 1946. _ L. M. LHTTLEJOHN 2,407,959 GLOTHESLINE COVER Filed July 14', 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 - %\ \ ' Inventor [z'ZZz'a/Vaajz'f/Zajdzz WW was ' Patented Sept. 17, 1946 _ 2,407,959‘ UNITED, STATES ‘’ PATENT OFFICE. ‘‘ ‘ . l I 7 p‘ , 2,407,959‘ ‘ ' ‘ >- ‘ ' 'CLOTHESLINE COVER Lillie Mae Littlejohn, North Birmingham, Ala. .. Application uly 14, 1945, Serial No. 605,080 ‘4 Claims. (01. 2114119181 2 This invention relates .to a‘ clothesline .cover and more particularly to such a cover adapted to be utilized in conjunction with clothes being dried on a clothesline. A primary object of this invention is the provi sion of an improved clothesline cover adapted to protect clothes being dried from dirt, dust, soot, and the like during the drying process. A further object of the invention is the provi sion of such a cover constructed of waterproof material, so designed and arranged that in the event the clothes are hung outside, they maybe Figure 4 is an‘ enlarged sectional View taken substantially along the line li—4 of ‘Figure .2. Figure 5 is an enlarged sectional view‘ taken substantially along the line 5-5v of Figure 11‘ as viewed in the direction indicated by the arrows. Figure 6 is an enlarged sectional ‘view taken ' substantially along the line 6-—6 of Figure, 1 ‘as viewed in the direction indicated by the arrows. Similar reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views ‘of the draw ings; - Having reference now to the drawings, there are generally indicated at l0 two spaced; clothes poles or similar supports between which extends like, without the necessity of bringing them‘ in, and without being further dampened by the rain. 15 a clothesline l l. The cover of the instant inven ‘A still further object of the‘ invention is a pro tion, generally indicated at 12, is comprised ‘of a plurality of transversely extending spaced slats vision of such a device provided with int'eriorly positioned clothes pins, to support the same above !4, made of ?breboard or the like, and preferably about 6" in length and spaced approximately a the clothesline and out of contact with the clothes being dried thereon, which clothes pins 20 foot apart. simultaneously serve as supports for the clothes As best shown in Figure 4 each of the slats is provided with a clothes pin member 11-5, which on the line. . Still another object of the invention is the pro may comprise a conventional clothes pin having vision of such a device which may be readily sep the head thereof sawed off, and the securing arated to permit clothes to be hungtherewithin, 25 means taking the form of a nail or tack Hi, the arrangement being such that the clothes pin l5 or to permit the same to be removed from the line serves to support each slat, and its associated as desired. A further object is the provision of such a de cover, to be more fully described hereinafter, a vice adapted to be constructed of waterproof ma predetermined distance above the clothesline, and terial, and having a plurality of ventilating aper 30 simultaneously may serve as a support for gar ments secured to the line. tures therein to permit the free circulation of air therethrough, but at the same time serving in a Extending longitudinally along the top of the left during a rainstorm, a slight shower or the substantial measure to preclude the ingress of dust, soot and the like. A further object of the invention is the provi sion of such a device, which, when not in use, may be readily folded into a relatively small and compact space. . slats I4 is a cover member 11, to which the side portions iii of the cover are secured as by means 0: El of overlapped seams I9 and rows of stitching. As best shown in Figure 6, end portions 20 are secured as by stitched seams 2| to the side por tions 18. Each of the end portions 20 is split as at 22, and the sides of the split are adapted to Other objects reside in the provision of such a device which is sturdy and durable in construc 40 be secured together by spaced ties 23 engaging in suitable apertures in the ‘sides of the opposite tion, reliable and ei?cient in operation, and rela tively simple and inexpensive to manufacture and halves of the end portions. A bottom portion 25 is similarly provided, split assemble. Other objects will in part be obvious and in part as at 26, and secured asat 21 by overlapping be pointed out as the description of the inven 45 seams to the side walls l8 and the end walls 20. tion proceeds and shown in the accompanying Ties 28 serve to hold the split bottom portion in drawings wherein there is disclosed a preferred ’ related assembly. embodiment of this inventive concept. In the drawings: A plurality of rows of apertures 29 (see Figure 1) extend along the side portions l8, and the end 1 Figure 1 is a side elevational view disclosing one 50 portions 20. > form of device embodying the instant invention. Now from the foregoing the operation of the Figure 2 is a top plan view of the device dis device should now be readily understandable. closed in Figure 1. The cover member is ?rst positioned on the line I Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary end ele when it is desired to use the same, and the ties 56 23 and 28 loosened permit the device to be folded vational view of the device. ‘ 2,407,959 4 3 cluding a top, sides, ends and. a bottom, means secured to said top for supporting said covering from a clothesline, said means spacing the top above said line, and comprising clothes pins adapted to engage said line. back for the insertion of clothes thereunder. Articles of clothing 3!] (see Figure 1) are then suitably suspended as by means of the clothes pin 15, supplemental clothes pins being utilized if necessary or desirable, the cover allowed to re sume its normal position about the garments and 2. In a device of the character described adapted for use with clotheslines, a covering in cluding a top, sides, ends and a bottom, means the end walls and bottoms secured together by means of the ties 23 and 28. Thus it will be seen that air may circulate freely through the aper secured to said to-p'for supporting said covering tures 29 about. the garments to dry the same, but 10 from a clothesline, said means spacing the top above :said line, and comprising clothes pins the dust, soot, smoke and the like, are substan adapted to engage said line, said bottom and ends tially precluded from contact with the clothes. It will further be seen that the cover serves fully - being split, and means for securing said split to protect the garments from rain or the like in portions together. the event of a sudden shower. I ' Obviously, the cover may be‘made of any de In a device of the character described adapted forruse with clotheslines, a covering in; sired material, such as sheet rubber, “Plioi'llm,” cluding a top, sides, ends and a bottom, means “cellophane,” or any suitable material of anal secured to said top for supporting said covering ogous, water repellent, ?exible material. Equally from ‘a clothesline, said means spacing the top 20 above said line, and comprising clothes pins rangement of the supporting slats permits the adapted to engage said line, said bottom and ends ' obviously, when not in use the transverse ar device to be folded into a relatively compact‘ and small article. . ' being split, means'for securing said split portions together, and means forming apertures said sides and ends to permit circulation of air within ' From‘ the foregoing it will now ‘be seen ‘that there is herein provided a device accomplishing 25 said covering. 4. vIn a device of the character described all the objects of this invention, and others, in cluding many advantages of great practical utility adapted for "use with clotheslines, a covering in and commercial importance. ' As ‘many embodiments may be made of this in cluding a top, sides, ends and a bottom, means se cured to said top for supporting said covering ventive concept, and as many modi?cations may 30 from a clothesline, ‘said means spacing the ‘top .be ‘made in the embodiment herein‘before shown above said line and comprising clothes pins and set forth, it is to be understood that all mat ter‘ herein to be interpreted‘ merely as illustrative and not in a ‘limiting sense. adapted to engage said line, and spacing‘ancl re inforcing slats transversely secured to said top, said clothes pins being secured to the underside 35 of. said slats. 1. In a device of the character described ‘ldapted ‘for use with clotheslines, 'a covering in ' LlLLlIE} LI'I'I‘LEJOHN.