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_Oct. 1, 1946.
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G. R. T‘AQYYVLOR
LIQUID COOLER FOR REFRIGERATORS
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Application May ‘4, 1944, Serial‘ No. 534,172
1 Claim. (01. 62-89)
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er pocket for the dispensing of the contents of
This invention’ appertains to liquid coolers for
the jars into the glasses.
refrigerators and more particularly, to a novel
means for' incorporating. a liquid dispensing‘de
vice in a wall of a common domestic refrigerator.
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A further salient object of my invention is to
provide a quick removable dispensing valve or
. tap for the neck of each jar ‘extending into the
lower cavity, sothat the same can be easily and
/_.»As is ,well known, thecommon practice for
} housewives is to place milk, fruit juices, water,
quickly manipulated by the operator, ‘the ar.
rangement of valve and jar necks being such,
that the travel of the liquid from'the jar to the
poses.
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'This necessitates the continuous opening and 10 drinking glasses will be reduced‘ to a minimum
and so that the collection of liquid in the valves
closing of the door of the refrigerator to gain ac
and the like in bottles or jars andposition the
same inside of the refrigerator for cooling pur
cess to said bottles or jars; with the consequent ,
will be prevented.
‘ admittance of warm, air into therefrigerator and ‘
theexit of cold air from the refrigerator. This,
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' A still further important object of my invention
is to provide a closure for the outer pocket or re
naturally lessens, the e?iciency of the refrigerator
15 cess, which will be substantially-?ush with the
and additional work is placed upon the refriger
ating ‘unit. Likewise, the bottles and jars have to
be frequently handled and the dangerofbreak
age is always a hazard, particularly where there
venting the entrance of dust and dirt in said outer
outer face of the refrigerator wall or door when
such‘ closure is initszclosed position for pre
pocket or recess and which, when‘ in its open
‘are children in the household.
.20 operative position, will ' form a’ serving shelf - for
the drinking glasses.’
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Some attempts have been made to build a liquid
With these and other objects in view, the in
cooler in a refrigeratorand all such attempts,
;vention consistsin the novel construction, ar
with which'I am. familiar, are open to serious ob
rangement and formation-of parts, as will be
jection. vEither, they are expensive or compli
hereinafter more speci?cally described, claimed
cated to; manufacture and incorporatein a .re
and illustrated in the accompanying. drawings, in
frigeratonior there are parts projecting from the
which drawings:
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refrigerator which catch in'the garments of the
- Figure 1 is a front, elevation view showing my
housewife, 0r;-th'e1 effective insulating of there
novel liquid cooler and dispensing device incor
'frigeratoris interfered with tortoogreat an ex
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itent.v ,Also-inmany instances,:>the ?ow of the 30 porated with the door of a refrigerator. ,
Figure 2'is a vertical, centraLjsectionalyiew
through the door taken on the line 2-—2 of Fig
liquid. through long conduits’ or pipes is, a neces
s1t_y,; which ‘ is liable to ‘ contaminate‘ thefllquid,
\particularlywhere milk isioeing dispensedi" '
ure 1, looking in thedirection of the arrows. >
{It is therefore ‘one ‘of the primary. objects of fmy
invention to provide a liquid cooler'and dispens
ing device;.for refrigerators-which can be easily
35 tionalv view taken on the‘line Zoe-2a of Figure 1
looking in the'direction of the arrows.
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"Figure 2a is a fragmentary, horizontal, sec
Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary, detail,
incorporated .therein' at ‘a' small expense and
3 which _-will b exceptionally5durable ‘and ie?icient
rin-use.
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t‘ objective a: my invention is to
‘ipro'vide‘airefrigeratoijhaving anemia cooler built
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thereingl-‘whi'ch 'will' have‘ no ‘projecting ‘page to
sectional view 'illustrating‘the connection of the
dispensing valve with one‘ of the dispensing jars.
Figure-4 is an, enlarged, fragmentary,‘ detail,
‘sectional view'illustrating the use of an‘ adapter
for permitting the dispensing of milk and- the like
.from theirjoriginal'bottles.'
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collect dirt and dust and in which all parts are
-- 'Referring' to the drawings indetail, wherein
45 similar reference characters designate corre
I normally inclosed. andconcealed from view.
sponding parts throughout theg,_several;views,;the
fA"furtlierFimportantobject of my invention is
letter C generally indicatesmy novel liquid cooler
v to provide a refrigerator wall or door embodying
and dispensing device incorporated with the door
the usual inner and outer shells with theinsula
D of a refrigerator.
tion therebetween, the inner shell (according to
my invention) having an instruck pocket or cav
ity for dispensing jars and the outer shell having‘
a similarinstruck pocket or cavity below the in-'
ner pocket for beverage glasses, the pockets hav
ing communicating openings for the necks of the
jars, whereby said necks can extend into the low 55
While in the drawings, for the purpose of illus
tration, I have shown the cooler and dispenser
incorporated with a refrigerator door, it is to be
understood that the cooler and dispenser can be
built in a stationary wall.
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The door D includes the inner metal or like
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The outer pocket 9 is normally sealed by a clo
shell 5 and the outer metal or like shell 6 and
these shells 5 and 6 are ?rmly united, and con
?ned between the same is any preferred type of
insulation 1.
During the stamping out of the inner shell 5
sure 24, which in the present instance is con
nected to the refrigerator by hinges 25. These
hinges are of the knuckle type so that when the
closure is in its open position, the same will be
a transversely extending instruck cavity, pocket,
maintained in a horizontal plane to act as a
or recess 8 is formed, the purpose of which will
serving shelf for drinking‘ glasses. The closure
can be provided with a marginal flange 26 for
engaging the shoulders I9 around. the cavity or
pocket 9 and when the door is closed, the same
is substantially ?ush with the outer face of the
be later described. The outer shell 5 has formed
therein during the stamping out thereof, an in
struck pocket, cavity or recess 9, the purpose of
which will also be later set forth. It is to be
noted, however, that the pocket 9 can be of a less
height than the pocket 8 and that the pocket 9
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refrigerator.
Where it is desired to dispense milk directly
can be provided with a marginal ?ange or shoulder from the milk bottles, an adapter 28 can be em
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15 ployed (see Figure 4). This adapter includes a
As is clearly shown in Figures 1 and ‘2 of the
drawings, the pocket 9 is arranged directly below '
the pocket 8 and that the pocket 8 opens into the
resilient body or gasket 29 having a seat 30 for
receiving the head on the milk bottle neck and
the body carries a cylindrical sleeve 3| which
interior of the refrigerator, while the pocket 9
opens out through the outer face of the refriger
ator.
The pocket 8 is adapted to receive a plurality of
liquid dispensing jars H and these jars can be
formed from any desired material, such as, glass
can'be utilized for receiving the dispensing valve.
The jars I I are somewhat ?rmly held, in their
operative ‘position by the valves H, but in order
to insure theaccidental displacement thereof by
the vslamming of the door, I can provide a'hold
ing rod 32 therefor. This holdingyrod 32 can
extend across the jars and can be held in place
by hooks 33 carried by the inner face of the
door or wall of the refrigerator.
A spring 22' can be utilized for keeping the
valve plug 22 snug and tight on its seat at all
or plastic. Each jar includes a depending neck
I2 and a ?lling spout normally closed by a remov
able cap l3.
The pockets 8 and 9 are connected by spaced
openings l4 and the necks of the bottles are
insertable in said openings and preferably extend 30
into the lower pocket 9. Sealing gaskets I5 can
The valve to be attached to the milk bottle
be utilized for ?tting partly in said openings ill
adapter 28 is made small enough to go through
and around the necks of the bottles to reduce
its opening or port I 4 from‘the inside of the door.
breakage when the jars are initially placed in
From the foregoing description, it can be seen
position and to prevent the flow of air between
that I have provided sin-exceptionally simpleand
the pockets 8 and 9. The necks can be provided
novel means for incorporating a liquid dispensing
with outwardly extending, diametrically disposed
and cooling device with a refrigerator, which will
pins I5.
eliminate the continuous opening and closing of
A simple type of valve I‘! is provided for each
a refrigerator door and one in which all parts '
bottle neck and each valve can include a casing
are concealed and protected from dust and dirt.
I8 having a vertical passageway I9 therethrough
Obviously my device will save from 1/2 to 1 cubic
for the flow of liquid. One end of the casing is
foot of space in the refrigerator for other foods,
provided with a sleeve 29 for receiving a jar neck
which would ordinarily be occupied by bottles,
times.
and this sleeve can have formed therein a
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bayonet slot 2| for receiving the pins I6. This 45 . Changes in details may be made without de
provides a quick releasable connection between
parting from the spirit or the scope of my inven
each valve and its neck. A rotatable valve plug
tion, ‘but what I claim as new is:
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22 controls the flow of liquid through the valve
A refrigerator wall ror‘vdoor having an upper
casing and a handle 23 can be provided for rotat
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Obviously, the flow of liquid is directly from
the jar to the valve and there is no chance for
liquid being trapped in the valve.
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The jars I I can be ?lled with the desired liquid
by removing the caps I3 and ‘one jar can be uti
lized for water, another jar for fruit juice, and
inwardly directed pocket formed in its inner face
andv a lower inwardly directed pocket formed in
its outer face, said pockets being connected at
spaced‘ points by openings, removable, liquid dis
pensing jars ?tted in said upper pocket having
necks extending into said openings, sealing gas
kets ?tted intsaid openings and surrounding said
necks, detachable valves disposed in the lower
so on.
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pocket connected with said necks, a closure for
As ‘the cavity or pocket 8 opens into the interior
completely sealing the lower pocket and hiding
of the refrigerator, the contents of the jars will
said valves from view, when said closure is-in its
be cooled by the air in the refrigerator and con 60 closed position, ‘and means for holding. the clo
sequently by manipulating the valves, cool liquid
can be readily had without the necessity of open
ing the refrigerator door. As the valves are ar
ranged'within the cavity 9 the same can be easily
and conveniently manipulated from the exterior 65
of the refrigerator.
sure .at right- angles to the outer face of saiddoor
when in its fully open position to provide a serv
ing tray.
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GEORGE R. TAYLOR.
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