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Dec. 10, 1946.
2,412,233
S. M. TOMINELLO
BACON HANGER
Filed June 9, 1944
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2,412,233
Patented Dec. 10, 1946
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,412,233
BACON HANGER
Samuel M. Tominello, Chicago, Ill.
Application June 9, 1944, Serial No. 539,405
4 Claims. (01. 17—44.3)
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The hanger of the present invention is designed
for the purpose of impaling slabs of bacon along a
line near the end edge of the slab preliminary to
the-hanging of the impaled slab in a smoke room
or smoke house during the curing period. In
commercial packing houses, it is customary to
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outmost prongs are frequently inserted an inch
or two inside of the edge of the. bacon slab so
that the adjacent upper corner, being unimpaled,
will tend to curl back in the formation of an
“ear” which is highly objectionable in itself
and also subjects the adjacent region to warp
ing strains'which are not adequately resisted.
advance the slabs of bacon on a carrier in pro
The present invention is intended to overcome
cession'al relation and as each slab passes in front
the difficulties above noted by de?ecting the row
of the attendant, one of the hangers having a
row of impaling prongs is forced downwardly into 10 of impaling prongs laterally within a horizontal
plane so that the prongs as they are driven into
the slabs in preparation for its removal to the
the face of the slab will traverse the slab in
smoke room where the bacon slabs, each with
its hanger, are suspended in rows from an over
head rod or the like, and there remain during
the curing period, which usually occupies about
four days. During the curing period, the slab
is dried to a considerable extent. and unless it
is ?rmly impaled, the rind, which is on the out
side and away from the impaling prongs will
tend to curl backwardly especially in the vicinity
of the corners of the slab which curling tends
to warp the slab as a whole and cause its release
from the prongs, Even if the slab be not com
pletely released, any considerable warping of the
slab especially at or near the corners is highly
oblique relation to its ‘face and transversely of
its grain which will have the effect of tying the
substance of the slab together and reenforcing
its'structure‘ from edge to edge so that it will
be adequately reenforced to withstand the warp
ing tendency, and maintain a substantially plane
or flat condition during the curing operation
without danger of release from the hanger. Fur
ther objects and details will appear from the
description of the invention in conjunction with
the accompanying drawing; wherein
Figure 1 is a perspective view. showing the for
25 ward end'of a bacon slab with the obliquely dis
posed impaling prongs partially thrust there
objectionable since the warped slabs will not
through by a direct pressure from above.
stack evenly and fail to measure up to the high
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the hanger look
est quality standards.
ing toward the points of the prongs.
Hangers of the type commonly in use at the
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Fig. 3 is a view looking upwardly toward the
present time are provided with prongs which
prongs showing their relation to the bacon slab
extend in a horizontal plane rearwardly from and
which is illustrated in section: and
at right angles to the vertical plane of the hanger
Fig. Ll'is an enlarged detail showing one of
when in use. With the prongs thus disposed, they
the marginal prongs in its imp-aling relation to
are forced inwardly at right angles'to the face
the edge of a bacon slab.
of the bacon slab and in planes coincident with
The hanger as a whole is formed of wire sec
the grain of the bacon with the result that as
tions which are spot welded or otherwise rigidly
the suspended bacon slabs are cured and sub
secured together to provide a body portion indi
jected to a warping tendency. the prongs afford
cated in‘ its entirety by ‘the numeral iii, which
an insuf?cient grip on the substance of the slab
occupies mama plane when in use and which
to prevent relative movement therebetween with
is suspended from a'hock H. The body portion
possibly a complete release of the slab from the
comprises an upper rail l2, the ends of which are
hanger. I am also familiar with a hanger in
bent downwardly at right angles in the form of
which prongs of the character above described
legs is which terminate in rearwardly projecting
are bent upwardly in oblique relation to provide
impaling prongs M which lie within a horizontal
hooks which are intended to more ?rmly impale
plane, but project obliquely at an acutev angle
the slabs, but with the prongs thus disposed the
of substantially 45° to the plane of the body.
face of the bacon slab along its upper margin
The body further comprises a lower horizontal
tends to contact bodv portions of the hanger
rail G5 which is of greater length than the upper
which prevents access of the smoke and thus
50 rail and terminates in downwardly extending
results in imperfect curing along the upper mar
marginal legs it which carry obliquely disposed
gin of the slab, leaving white streaks where the
end prongs I"! likewise lying within the same hori- I
curing has been interfered with.
zontal plane as the plane of the prongs M. The
In both hangers above referred to, no ade
quate provision is made for ?rm impaling of the 55 hook II is formed of a looped section of wire
which is twisted below the hook to provide a neck
slab at points near the upper corners since the
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l8 and the wire sections below the neck are spread
palement of the slab as they are delivered to
to provide center legs I9 terminating in oblique
the attendant.
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prongs 20 lying Within the same horizontal plane
Although I have shown and described a hang
as the plane of the prongs Hi. In addition to the
er formed of intersecting wire sections secured to
members previously described, the upper and low
gether in the manner described, it will be under
er rails are intersected by intermediate legs 2|
stood that the invention relates, primarily to the
terminating in oblique prongs 22 disposed in the
oblique-disposition of the prongs themselves in
same horizontal plane as'the plane of the prongs
relation to the body of the hanger and that it is
M. The various portions of the frame at the
not intended, unless otherwise indicated in, the
points of intersection are united in a rigid struc 10 claims, to limit the formation of the body por
ture by spot welding or the like with all of the
tion to the features previously described.
prongs extending in parallel relation to one an
I claim:
1. A hanger for bacon slabs comprising an
other and within the same horizontalplane and
in oblique relation to the plane of the body 50
elongated body having means for suspending the
that as the prongs are forced into the bacon slab,
same and a row of parallel impaling prongs all
they will traverse the substance of the slab diag
onally or in an oblique direction thereby, so that‘
extending rearwardly from the body and all 1y
‘ ing in a substantially horizontal plane and de
each prong will throughout its extent impale ,a
?ected along the length of the body laterally in
substantial width of the slab, and the prongs are
the same direction and in substantial degree away
so spaced that the tip of each prong approxi 20 from right angle relation to the body and adapted '
mately overlaps the base of the next adjacent
to be driven into a slab of bacon in oblique rela-'
prong so that every portion of the slab, from edge
to edge, is ?rmly reenforced and held against
warping 0r displacement.‘ Furthermore, the ob~
lique arrangement of the prongs enables much
longer prongs to be employed for a bacon slab
of given thickness, than is possible with right an‘
gularly extending prongs, Without causing the
points to impinge against the tough bacon rind R
tion to the plane of the surface thereof.
2. A hanger for bacon slabs comprising an
elongated body having means for suspending the
same and a row of parallel impaling prongs all
extending rearwardly from the body and all 1y
ing in a substantially horizontal plane and de
flected along the length of the body laterally in
the same direction and at an angle of substan
which tends to limit the extent of prong insertion 30 tially 45° to the plane of the body and adapted
in the slab. Furthermore, it will be noted that
to be driven into a slab of bacon in oblique rela
an oblique arrangement of the ‘prongs affords
tion to the plane of the surface thereof.
adequate reenforcement ‘along each edge of the
3. A hanger for bacon slabs comprising an
bacon slab regardless of the exercise of extreme
elongated body formed of plural vertical and hor
care of impaling the slabs, since the outmost
izontal wire sections secured together, the middle
prongs necessarily traverse extended ‘marginal
areas along opposite sides of the slab adjacent
the upper corners so that the curling back and
the formation of “ears” is resisted, and the en
vertical sections being extended upwardly and
looped to form a hook, the horizontal sections
being deflected downwardly at their ends to form
vertical legs, and the legs so formed and the ver
'tire upper portion of the slab is thereby in?u v40 tical sections all terminating in impaling prongs
enced to maintain its ?at or plane condition.
‘all extending rearwardly from the body and all
Furthermore, the prongs by their oblique ar
lying in a substantially horizontal plane and de
rangement adequately resist any backward ten
flected along the length of the body laterally in
sion tending to pull or strip the slab free from
the same direction and in substantial degree,
the prongs since the prongs present an extended 745 away from right angle relation to the body, and
lateral area‘ at a substantial angle to any dis
placing tension, and repeated tests have shown
that bacon slabs suspended during the curing
operation with the hangers of the present in
adapted tobe driven into a slab of bacon in ob
lique relation to the plane of the surface thereof.
e. A hanger for bacon slabs comprising an
elongated body formed of plural vertical and hor
vention maintain a much ?atter condition than 50 izontal wire sections secured together, the middle
slabs suspended in the usual manner.
vertical sections being extended upwardly and
Although the prongs extend obliquely, they will
looped to form a hook, the horizontal sections
lie within the same plane and in parallelism to
being de?ected downwardly at their ends to form
one another so that no di?iculty will be experi
vertical legs, all the legs terminating in impaling
enced in forcing the prongs evenly and to sub 55 prongs all extending rearwardly from the body
stantially uniform depth within the bacon slab
and all lying in a substantially horizontal plane
by the downwardly applied pressure of the at
and deflected along the length of the body‘ later
tendant’s hand. Of course, under downward
pressure, as the prongs traverse the slab, the
hanger, as a whole, will shift laterally to a slight
ally in the same direction and atan angle of
substantially 45° to the plane of the body and
adapted to be driven into a'slab of bacon in ob
extent, but this lateral shifting does not in any
lique relation to, the plane of the surfacethereof. ‘
SAMUEL M. TOMINELLO.
way interfere with the even and accurate im;
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