Oct. 29, 1946. _ A. s. PARKER, JR I 2,410,230 CLOTHES DRYING, BLOCKING, 6R STRETCHING DEVICE. Filed July 24, 1945 Patented Oct. 29, 1946 2,410,230 \ '; UNITED I Q STATES I ' PATENT OFFICE . , 2,410,230 ‘ - l . CLOTHES DRYING, BLOCKING, 0R STRETCHING DEVICE Alvin Scott Parker, Jr., High Point, N. 0. ‘Application July 24, 1945, Serial vl‘lo. 606,814 4 Claims. (Cl. 223——69) 1 2 My~invention relates to a clothes drying, ‘ > disposed upon opposite stretching oryblocking device. ' An important object of the invention is to pro vide a device of the above mentioned character which is well adapted for drying, stretching or blocking sweaters. ' ' s ' ‘ A‘ further object of the invention is to provide a device of the above mentioned character having arms which, when adjusted to one position, will serve as long arms and when adjusted to another 10 position, will serve as short arms. . , . faces lof the body‘ portion H). The arms I 4 preferably taper outwardly, forming wrists l5. The arms M'arepreferably in the form of ‘?at sheets and are preferably made of laminated wood, cardboard, plastics or the like.’ The arms are preferably integral and the body'portion and arms are stiff. The arms Mare-considerably longer than the width of the ' top portion of the ‘body portion adjacent to the pivots, to project beyond such body portion, when crossing the body portion. 1 ' ~ ' A further object of the invention is to provide "-‘When a long-sleeved sweater is'to be dried, a device of the above mentioned character which stretched or blocked, the arms [4 may be swung is extremely simple in construction, cheap to upwardly to generally vertical positions, and these manufacture and easy to adjust. 15 arms inserted intothe sleeves of the sweater, and Other objects and advantages of the invention the body portion of the sweater moved down will be apparent during the course of the follow wardly upOn the body portion I0, while the arms H are swung to the horizontal position. Each In the accompanying drawing forming a part arm I4 now extends outwardly beyond the up of this application and in which like numerals are 20 standing edges of the body portion for the major used to designate like parts throughout the same, portion of its length. The pivot elements or Figure 1 is a perspective view of a drying, rivets l3 hold the arms in clamping engagement stretching or blocking device embodying my in with the shoulders l2, so that the arms will re vention, the arms being shifted to the long-arm main in the selected adjusted position, by fric position, 25 tional engagement between the arms and the Figure 2 is an edge elevation of the same, body portion, but permitting these arms to be Figure 3 is a plan view of the device as shown manually swung upon their pivots, in planes par in Figure 1, allel with the faces of the body portion Hi. Figure 4 is a similar View showing the arms When the device is used to dry, stretch or block shifted to the short-arm position, 30 short-sleeved sweaters, each arm is arranged Figure 5 is a perspective view of the device across the face of the body portion, in the short showing the arms shifted to the short-arm posi arm position, and then projects beyond the up ing description. tion, and standing edge of the body portion, remote from Figure 6 is an enlarged detailed section taken, the pivot of the arm, This is rendered possible on line B--6 of Figure 1. because the'arms are arranged upon opposite In the drawing, wherein for the purpose of faces of the body portion l0 and are longer than illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of , the width of the body portion, adjacent to the my invention, the numeral [0 designates a body pivots. The counter-sinking of the pivots I3 also portion, shaped to correspond to the contour of permits of the free swinging movement of the the body portion of a sweater or othergarment. 40 arms. In applying a short-sleeved sweater to the This body portion has a reduced waist l l, shoul device, the arms l4 may be raised to upstanding ders l2 and a neck 13'. This neck hasan open inclined positions, and will then cross each other. ing M for receiving a suspension element. The These arms are inserted into the sleeves of the body portion i2 is preferably in the form of a sweater and the body portion of the sweater is ?at sheet and may be made of laminated wood, 45 moved down upon the body portion III, while the cardboard, plastics or other suitable material. arms are moved to the horizontal position. The The numeral l4 designates full-length arms, arms I4 may ?rst be horizontally arranged in which are pivotally mounted upon the shoulders the short-arm position, and the body portion of I2 by pivot elements or rivets l3, disposed near the sweater passed upwardly over the lower ends the upstanding edges of the body portion. The 60 of the body portion l0 and the sleeves of the ends of each pivot element or rivet l3 are prefer sweater are then applied to the arms M, by ably counter-sunk, so that they will not catch in stretching the garment. the sweater or garment applied to the device, nor It is to be understood that the form of my in stop the swinging movement of the arm. This is vention herewith shown and described is to be clearly shown in Figure 6. These arms M are 55 taken as a preferred example of the same, and 9,410,230 3 a garment, such as a sweater or the like, compris-i that various changes in the shape, size and ar rangement of parts may be resorted to without ing a flat body portion having upstanding edges, flat arms arranged upon the opposite faces of the body portion. a single pivot element connect ing each arm with the upper portion of the body portion so that the arm can swing substantially departing from the spirit of my invention or the scope of the subjoined claims, Having thus described my invention, what I claim is: 1. A device for drying, stretching or blocking a garment, such-as-a sweater or the like, com prising a body portion, arms arranged upon the opposite faces of the body portion, means perma parallel with the body portion, the single pivot element providing su?icient friction to hold the arm‘ in the adjusted long‘v and short arm position 10 and having its end remote‘ from the arm not ex nently pivotally connecting the arms with the tending beyond the adjacent face of the body body portion, the arms being longer than the width of the body portion adjacent to the‘ pivot portion, pivot elements being arranged near the upstanding edges of the body portion, the arms or across the body portion to a short-arm posi tion. that the arms may be swung outwardly to a long-arm position, or across the body portion to being longer than the width of the upper portion means, the arrangement being such that the arms of ‘the body portion, the arrangement being such 15 may be swung outwardly to a long-arm position, 2. A device for drying, stretching or blocking a ‘short-arm position. 4. A device for drying, stretching or blocking a prising a body portion, arms arranged upon the 20 garment, such as a sweater or the like, compris ing a ?at body portion having shoulders and a opposite faces of the body portion, and pivot ele waist, flat arms arranged upon theopposite faces ments permanently connecting the arms and of the body ‘portion and contacting with such body portion, the pivot elements being arranged a garment, such as a sweater or the like, com faces, and pivot elements permanently connect~ near the upper end of the body portion and near the upstanding edges of the body portion, the 25 ing the arms with the shoulders, the pivot ele pivot elements having their ends adjacent to the opposite faces of the body portion counter-sunk so that the arms will notengage therewith when being swung with relation to the body portion, the arms being longer than the width of the body portion- adjacent to the pivot elements, the ar rangement being such that the arms may be swung outwardly to a long-arm position, or across thebody portion to a short-arm position, -3.- A device for drying, stretching orblocking 35 ments e?ecting a clamping engagement between the faces of the bOdy portion and arms so that the arms will be held by ‘frictional engagement with the body portion in a selected adjusted posi tion, the arms being longer than-the width of the body portion adjacent to the shoulders, the ar rangement being‘ ‘such that the arms may be swung outwardly» to a long-arm position, or across the body portion to ashort-arm position. ALVIN-SCOTT PARKER, J R.