Oct. 22, 1946. 1 F.‘ A. DOSTAL BUILDING BLOCK LIFTER Filed June 20, 1945 2,409,932 Patented Oct. 22, 1946 2,409,932 “*UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,409,932 BUILDING BLOCK LIFTER Frank A. Dostal, New Ulm, Minn. Application June 20, 1945, Serial No. 600,483 4 Claims. (01. 294-15) ' 1 2 My invention relates to means for lifting build thereto in a direction under said handle'portion 3, is a stop lug 5. ing blocks, and the like, which have vertical openings therein, and has for its object to pro Operation vide a simple and effective device for the lifting and carrying of such b1ocks.~ When it is desired to carry a block with this Another object of my invention is the pro novel lifter, it is ?rst advisable to turn the block vision of such a device which is simple, strong, so that the openings thereof are in a vertical durable and can be inexpensively constructed. position as illustrated in Figs 1 and 2. The shank Another object of my invention is to provide a portion I with the gripping plate 4 secured device for the above‘ purposes which can be 10 thereto are then inserted into opening B to a readily inserted into the openings of the block I and which may be readily removed from said opening after the block has been lifted or car depth where the stop lug 5 rests upon the top sur face of the block as illustrated in Fig. 2. To facilitate insertion of the shank and gripping ried to the desired position. plate 4 into the opening B, the extreme outer end Another object of my invention is to provide 15 of handle portion 3 is lowered, thereby tending to a device for the purposes above described which put the gripping plate 4 in a position more nearly will grip the block in such a tenacious manner approximating the vertical, thus bringing the upon lifting of the handle, that it is impossible forward and rearward edges of the gripping plate for the block to slip away while being carried. away from the sides of the opening B. The above and other objects of my invention 20 When the outer end of handle 3 is then lifted will become apparent from the following speci up, the gripping plate 4 tends to straighten out, ?cation and the attached drawing. more nearly approximating the horizontal, to Referring to the drawing, wherein like char the point where the extreme forward and rear acters indicate like parts throughout the several edges thereof come into contact with the side views: Fig. 1 is a top plan view of my novel device, inserted into one of the openings of a conven tional building block; 25 walls of the opening B of the block A. It is obvious that the greater the weight of the block A, the more ?rm will be the grip of the gripping plate 4 against the sides of the block. Fig. 2 is a side view of the block and lifter It will be readily appreciated that under such illustrated in Fig. 1, partly in elevation and partly 30 circumstances, it is virtually impossible that there in section, a portion thereof being broken away; be any tendency of the block to slip away from and the gripping plate while the block is being Fig. 3 is a rear elevation of my novel device. transported. Referring with more particularity to the draw Furthermore, the width of the‘gripping plate 4 ing, the letter A indicates a building block of 35 provides a su?iciently wide gripping surface the conventional type having a plurality of against the walls of the opening B to assure vertical openings B therein. ‘ freedom of lateral rocking motion of the block My novel lifter has a shank portion I which A during the carrying operation. is bent substantially at right angles at 2 to pro While I have shown and described a commer vide a handle portion 3. Fixed to the lower cial structure of my invention, it is obvious that end of shank I is a gripping lug in the form of the same is subject to certain changes and modi a- rectangular plate 4. ?cations all within the scope of the appended As will be observed, the shank I is secured to claims. approximately the center of gripping plate 4' so What I claim is: that a portion thereof projects downwardly and 45 1. In a lifting device for building blocks and backwardly under said handle at an obtuse angle the like, having vertical openings therein, a with respect to said shank, and a portion thereof shank bent substantially at right angles to pro extending upwardly and forwardly at an acute vide a, handle portion, and an enlarged gripping angle with respect to said shank I. plate ?xed to the lower end of said shank and Fixed to the intermediate portion of said shank 50 extending backwardly under said handle at an I and projecting substantially at right angles obtuse angle to said shank. 2,409,932 4 2. In a lifting device for building blocks an the like, having vertical openings therein, a shank bent substantially at right angles to pro vide a handle portion, an enlarged gripping plate ?xed to the lower end of said shank and extend ing backwardly under said handle at an obtuse angle to said shank, and a stop lug ?xed to the intermediate portion of said shank and extend ing outwardly under said handle portion. portion of said plate extending backwardly under said handle at an obtuse angle to said shank and. a portion thereof extending forwardly and up wardly at an acute angle to said shank. 4. In a lifting devise for building blocks and the like, having openings therein, a shank having . its upper end bent at substantially right angles to provide a handle, a rectangular stop plate ?xed to the lower end of said shank, a portion of said 3. In a lifting device for building blocks and 10 plate extending backwardly under said handle at an obtuse angle to said shank and a portion the like, having vertical openings therein, a thereof extending forwardly and upwardly at an shank having its upper end bent at substantially acute angle to said shank. right angles to provide a handle, a rectangular stop plate fixed to the lower end of ‘said shank, a ' FRANK A. DOSTAL.