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Dtc. 17, _ , R. H_ MONEY HAL REFRIGERATING APPARATUS original Filed Dec. 1o. 1941 75 2 sheets-sheet 1 25 lia 27° 29 @io/od. i `*‘" ’ i " INVENTOR. ROLAND H. MONEY AT ORNEV Dec. 17, 1946. R. H. MONEY ETAL 2,412,904 REFRIGERATING APPARATUS Original Filed Dec. l0, 1941 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 A44 nwEN’roR.4 ROLAND H. MGNEV JOHN Éumç; AT QRNEY lParental n». 17,1946 ` ` ' 2,412,904 ` A‘ UNITED STATES PATENTol-‘Fica ` 2,412,904 " c ` maremma APPARATUS Roland H. Money, Mount Healthy, and John W. Craig, Cincinnati, Chio, assignors to The Crosley Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio, a cor poration of Ohio Original application December 10, 1941, Serial No. . 422,422. Divided and this application February 26, 1944, Serial No. 524.062 1 claims (ci. «sz-ss) 4 » This invention relates to refrigerators, and is ` particularly concerned with cabinets and mechanisms for refrigerators of the household type. The invention will be described in connection with an electric refrigerator of the compression- 5 expansion type, but is not limited thereto. An object of the invention is to provide ahousehold refrigerator which is simple in design, economical to manufacture, convenient and accessible to the user, and efficient in operation. 10 Other objects are to provide separate compartments for the storage and preservation of foods l 2 with certain parts either omitted or broken away to show the underlying structure. Figure 4 is a fragmentary view of the shutter device shown in Figures 2 and 3, with the shutter closed and with parts broken away to show the underlying structure. Figure 5 is a fragmentary section taken along line 5-5 of Figure 3. Figure 6 is a section along line 6-6 of Figure `4. Figure 7 is a horizontal section through the refrigerator and door, showing the breaker strip construction and door gasket. not requiring below freezing temperatures, to Figure 8 is a sectional view of the novel door provide substantially independent heat absorbing gasket utilized with the cabinet structure of the A of the door of the refrigerator. In this respect wool or other fibrous silicate. There is provided means within said compartments, and to promote 15 invention. high humidity conditions within one of said comReferring now to Figures 1 to 5, the cabinet I0 partments `for the preservation of foods suscepcomprises a one-piece metallic casing il and an tible to damage by normal dry cold refrigerinner liner l2 also constructed of one piece and ation. preferably made of porcelain covered metal. Another object is to provide a simple and use- 20 Between the members Il and i2 is provided the ful shelf structure within and upon the inner side usual insulation i3, which may be made of rock the invention is an improvement over that dea primary evaporator i4, shelves i5-l9, meat scribed and claimed in the patent to West, Redrawer 20, crisper pan I9a, and door‘22. A re issue No. 19,008, dated November 21, 1933. 25 frigerating mechanism or operating unit, not AnotherK object is to provide a shelf or partiillustrated, is disposed at the bottom of the cabi tion between the aforesaid separateV compartment net to the rear of the vegetable bin 23. Within and to provide perforations therein which can be the evaporator may be horizontally disposed opened or closed at will. ' shelves Ma, Nb, Mc, one or more of which may A further object is to provide novel sealing 30 be refrigerated, and evaporator doors 14d may means between the shelf or partition dividing the conveniently be provided. The evaporator doors respective refrigerator compartments and the repreferably are mounted on spring hinges Ille to frigerator door, and between the walls surround- keep them closed and avoid interference with the ing the access opening of the refrigerator and the door. ' f refrigerator door 22. 35 The door 22 is preferably' recessed somewhat A still further object is to provide shelf conas at 24 after the fashion of the door described structions of simple and convenient design and in „the West reissue patent referred to, and pro of distinct utility. 1 viding a thickness |3a of insulation `between the This application is a division of our applicainner surface of said recess and the outer shell tion Serial No. 422,422, ñled December 10, 1941. 40 or covering of the door. ` t The novel features that we consider characterOther features shown in Figures 1 and 2 com istic of our invention are set forth inthe appendprise breaker strips 25, strip 26, door shelves 21, ed claims; the invention itself, however, both as -21a, 2lb, 21e, 21d and 21e, retainers 28, door to its organization and method of accomplishgasket 29 and temperature control 30 to which ment together with additional objects and advan- 45 more detailed reference will hereinafter be given. tages thereof will best be understood from the The cabinet is divided by the shelf or partition following description of a specific embodiment I'l,l preferably of glass, into an upper compart when read in conjunction with the accompany- ment A for storing dry or enclosed foodstuffs and ing drawings, in which: a lower compartment B for the storage of food A Figure 1 is a perspective view of a cabinet eon- 60 stuffs, such as leafy vegetables, requiring high structed in accordance with the principles of the humidity conditions. If desired` a temperature invention. Figure 2 is a horizontal section taken alongcline 2-2 of Figure 1, with the door closed. differential between the two compartments may VVbe maintained. Qpenings 36 are provided at the rear of said shelf and an adjustable shutter de» Figure 3 is an enlarged view similar to Figure 2, 65 vice, hereinafterV to be more fully described, is 2,412,904 The shutter 31 provides for the ingress and ‘ ' i arranged to regulate such openings. `Fast freez ing is,-of course, accomplished within the com partment enclosed by the evaporator I4. The primary evaporator I4 in compartment A is of relatively large capacity‘and iszadapted'for the storage of meats' and frozen foods as well as for ice-making. In Athe exemplary embodiment the evaporator is mounted to one side of the cabi egress of air between the compartments A and B and may be utilized to maintain a normal degree of Vmoisture during excessively humid weather. [During such periods,7„the shutter‘pslide may be `~conveniently adjusted to‘ a partial 4or full open position to permit a movement of air between 'i the compartments. Any such movement tends to net with the shelves I5 and I6 alongside the evap orator, supported on one side by a plurality of studs screwed into the wall of the compartment. The opposite sides of the shelves are supported « by a pair of L-shaped brackets extending about the side and bottom of the evaporator and secured to the top and side wall of ythe »cabinet preferably by screws and as shown in‘our copending appli cation Serial No. 422,422, filed December 10, 1941. The shelves I5 and I6 rest upon angular lugs, secured to the respective brackets, and the shelves cause a partial dehydration of the air in corn partment B.v The shutter adjustment is likewise >of utility in maintaining proper humidity for _various kinds of foodstuffs. It is to be noted that when there is a temperature diiïerential be tween the two compartments there will be some actual circulation of air therebetween, butwhen _ the temperature within the compartments is the same the movement of air will be derived from the difference in vapor pressure between thecom- _ partments and will be of small magnitude.. The forward edge of the shelf I1 is provided may if desired, be heldin place by means of studs 20 with a resilient sealing strip. The strip 43, screwed into the brackets above the shelves, clamped within a groove formed along the edge which, in conjunction with depending pins at the of the frame |112,V is preferably of rubber for front and rear, prevent removal of the shelves. making a sealing union with _the door shelf A21c Heat is absorbed from compartment B by a -secondary evaporator 3I insulated> from the wall 25 when the door is closed. As shown in Figures 2, 3 and 5, for this purpose the door shelf 21e is or liner I2 by a gasket member 3.2. The second conveniently provided with a closed bottom 4I, ary evaporator may be connected to a secondary while the remaining shelves 21a, 21h, 21d and 21e condenser (not shown), which in turn may be disposed within the compartments A and B have - secured to the primary evaporator in the manner 30 their bottoms apertured as at 42 to permit free described and claimed in our Patent 2,301,313, dated November 10, 1942. circulationof air Within the respective shelves. y The dividing shelf I1 may be made of glass to In order to increase the rapidity with which render the contents of the lower shelves visible heat may be absorbed by evaporator 3|, the >same from above and to facilitate cleaning. The plate may be secured to, as by a metallic connection, may be marginally supported within the frame 35 a finned structure 33a, the ñns 34 of which may I1b upon a flange Ile of thev frame. The frame l be formed byy doubling over a metallic sheet 33 along its rear edge adjoins the apertured strip as shown in Figure 3. The space 35 between I1c, which is rigidly secured to the rearwall of the fins are advantageously used to direct a the cabinet, and the side edges of the frame may current of air upwardly or downwardly within the compartment and toward or away from the 40 be supported upon a plurality of studs 43 screwed into the side walls or liner of the cabinet. openings 36 disposed atthe rear of the shelf I1. Within the compartment B, directly beneathThe direction of the air current will depend on the dividing shelf I1 may be disposed a sliding the -temperature and humidity conditions within ` the compartment B. „ shelf I8 supported along its opposite side edges It will be noted from an examination of Fig 45 within channels I8a secured to the side walls'of the refrigerator compartment. The channel in ures 3 to 5, that the illustrative shelf I1 consists cludes at its forward end a lug I8b, engag'eable of a glass panel Ila disposed in a frame I1b to by a stop Isc in the _form of a rod secured to the the rear of which is provided a strip I1c in which shelf, the rod having its end bent at right angles openings 36 are provided. The shelf as a whole therefore may be considered a perforate shelf. 50 to form a stop, see Figure 5. The shelf may be latched in place by a pivoted latch pin i3d en Strip I1c may conveniently assume the form of gaged against the lug as shown in Figure 5. an angle member having a depending portion When this structure is provided and it is desired adapted to be secured to liner I2. A sliding shut to withdraw‘the shelf, the latch pin is raised in to register with the openings 36, and an up 55 an unlatching position permitting the shelf to be pulled outwardly. The bent portion of rod turned handle 31h may extend through a slot I3c engaging the lug IIIb ordinarily prevents acci in the strip for regulating the extent of the open dental dislodgement of the shelf from the chan space between the two compartments. The strip nels when the shelf is drawn out merely to re I1c may be provided with a screw 33 on its lower v side and a slot 39 formed in the shutter 31 vper- 60 move articles therefrom. When it is desired to entirely remove the shelf, the rod Isc is sprung mits the sliding movement to take place.` clear of the lug, thus permitting complete re The secondary evaporator 43I operates at a moval. refrigerating temperature high enough to sub The door shelves 21a, 21h, 21o, 21d and 21e, each stantiallyl eliminate frosting in the compartmentconstitute a vertical member or rail 60 secured at B. The compartment B maintains a high degree opposite ends to the door liner or frame, each of humidity to conserve the natural food moisture of its contents yet with a temperature sufiiciently - rail having at least one stiifening flange 6I, the opposite ends of the rails being bent outwardly -low for safe storage. VThese conditions’are ideal and secured to the d_oor, as by screws 60a. .The for keeping certain classes of foodstuffs, for ex flange 6I supports one edge of a removable ample, leafy vegetables, salads, fruits, and sliced 70 lower base plate or bottom 4I and the opposite edge is meats which normally deteriorate when exposed supported upon the liner, for instance by a plu to the dehydrating influence of the dry cold com rality of studs 43 screwed therein. One shelf partment A, a high percentage of the moisture of the series, for instance 21e may be provided derived from foods stored there being deposited with a pair of U-shaped folding racks 23, which 75 on the evaporator I4 in the form of frost. ter 31 is provided with openings 31a arranged 2,419,904 in erected‘posltion, as shown inFigure l, serve as retainers primarily for bottles and the like. 'I'he racks are individually pivoted at their lower ends upon the bottom Il, for instance on lugs 63a struck `out from the bottom member 4| as shown in Figure 5. When not in use, the racks may be folded flat on the bottom of the shelf. ` on the ~outer bottom edge of the refrigerator. The refrigerator mechanism is preferably placed well back of the lower compartment in order to leave space for a vegetable bin formed integrally with a cover or door 86. The door 64 'substantially du plicates the contour of the refrigerator door, so that when both doors are closed the cabinet front The inner and outer walls of the refrigerator presents a relatively uninterrupted vertical sur cabinet are preferably of one piece stamped sheet with the control device 36 concealed by the metal construction, suitably finished in enamel 10 face, refrigerator door.` or porcelain. In order to prevent the passage The control device may be of well known con-> of heat from theouter shell or wall Il` to the struction having a pointer` arm 85 having one end interior liner I 2 across the ~front of the cabi pivotally connected in any desired manner to the net, the continuity of the walls is interrupted by suitable heat insulating breaker strips 25 mar-> » temperature regulating apparatus of the riefrig- ’ erator system. The pointer is arranged to swing ginally framing the food storage compartment. in an arc relative to the bracket 66 which may In order to secure the strips, the respective edges ‘ ` of the inner and outer shells are bent toward ' -each other, and outer wall ‘ll including-a pro~ truding longitudinal rib 65 upon which the doorl 20 refrigerator for gasket seats. An angle iron or stile 66 is secured, as by welding, in. the corner behind the rib 65 to reinforce the same. ` i ` ‘ The door of the refrigerator is adapted com pletely to overlie the front margin of the cabinet frosting. . The pointer arm lies directly beneath the sector plate 86 and has its outer end or pointer extended around and hooked over 'the edge of the plate for registry with the indicia thereon. ` constituting the breaker strips 25, with the door ‘The'vegetable door 84 is v gasket 29 seated upon the exterior frame exten- " preferablypivoted at ' the bottom so that its upper portion pulls away sions 65 of the outer wall. The door gasket 29 from the cabinet along the line 81, a hand hold 88 as detailed in Figures 7 and 8 is preferably of rub `ber or other resilient material. tubular in cross 30 «being provided at the front of the door for this Y purpose. In order to provide clearance for the section and extending around the marginal edge pointer, the top of the vegetable door has a semi of the door. The tubular configuration lends ad ditional resiliency to the gasket for maintaining a close sealing engagement with the marginal member 65 and molding strip 61. The gasket is secured by means of longitudinal tongue 14 in tegral therewith, extending within the interior circular cut-out sector complementary to the sector plate 86 and slightly larger than the plate to provide a narrow spacing therebetween for ac commodating «the pointer.` Since the pointer is formed of relatively thin flat metal, the spacing or clearance between the plate86 and the door of the door and clamped between the edge of the may .be relativelyminute and inconspicuous for door liner 15 and a marginal flange 15a bent in wardly from the exterior shell of the door. 40 preserving a neat and finished appearance. 'I'he arrangement likewise facilitates manufacture The door liner 15 forming the interior panel or and assembly, sinceit is not necessary to form a' face of the door. is of heat insulating material, slot or opening in plate 66 for traversing ‘the composition of the syn pointer. If desired, the pointer may be provided y is secured by a series with a lug or finger vhold to facilitate adjustment. of screws 16 through the edge of the liner `en Since the refrigeratingsystem forms no part of gaged in a plurality of mounting plates 11 welded the present ' ` ' deemed necessary or otherwise secured to the marginal ñange 15a. to illustrate the same in conjunction with the The plates 11 include a `semi-circular corruga temperature regulator. ` tion 16 to receive the tongue 14 of the gasket, as shown in Figure 8. The door gasket includes 50 alongits` inner edge a iiap 'liloverlying and con cealing the screws 16. In applying the screws, the flap is lifted back for access to the screws. Aftereach screw 16 is secured in place the flap 19 springs back into the position shown in Figures 7 and 8 thus effectively sealing the joint. It will be noted that means 16 not only locks the gasket and seals itin place but also serves to secure theinner liner 15 in its proper place within the door as desired. The top vshelf 22. The flap 19 also serves as an additional sealv 60 cessed for holding eggs. for the door. The door includes a suitable latching mecha nism which may be of any desired construction. Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat ent is: Figure 1, the stationary catch 1. In a refrigerator cabinet having a food stor element 80 for the latch is mounted over the face 65 age compartment. the combination comprising a of the breaker strip ‘25, the door having a recess 8l housing a strike to receive and engage the catch element when the door is closed. The catch element 80 is secured preferably by screws to a 70 upper section and a heat absorbing unit for the reinforcing plate 82. concealed beneath the breaker strips and secured to the respective mar gins of the shells. . A temperature control device 30 is located at the front of the cabinet on a bracket 86 formed lower section for respectively maintaining rela tively low humidity conditions in the upper sec tion and relatively higher humidity conditions in the lower section. a _door for said food compart ment, the door having a recessed portion inter 75 iorly thereof and having a plurality of storage animos shelves disposed within said recess. one of said door shelves being imperfora , a resilienta sealing> ’ articles placed thereupon, said partition having' a resilient sealing member in its forward edge, oo_ cooperating with said vertical member when said door is closed, said partition, sealing member and shelf cooperating so that the conditions within each compartment of the cabinet may be main a' sealing V‘engagement with an edge of said lm_ perforate `door shelf when the door is closed, `and an adjustable device disposed along the rear edge of the first mentioned horizontal lperforate shelf - 2. kIn a refrigerator cabinet having a food stor , vertical member serving as aretaining meansfor strip disposed along ythe forward edge _of said first mentioned horizontalperforate shelf for making for closing the perforations thereof. ' 8 an imperforate storage shelf disposed at least par-~ tially within said recess, said shelf including a 10 age compartment, the combination comprising a horizontal` perforate’shelf within the compart same 'into respective upper.Á ment for dividing the ‘a heat absorbing unit for they andlower sections, upper section and a heat absorbing unit for the`l lower section for respectively maintaining rela tively low humidity conditions inthe upper sec-v tion and relatively higher humidity conditions in the lower section, a door for said food compart ment, the door having a recessed portion inte riorly thereof and having a plurality of` storage tained substantially independent of the other. l 5. A vrefrigerator cabinet comprising in com bination a food storage compartment, an imper forate partition disposed horizontally within said . compartment, and dividing it into 4upper and lower sections, ak refrigerant evaporator within each section for absorbing heat therefrom, a door for` said compartment, a recess in said door, shelves in said recess, an intermediate shelf dis posed adjacent said partîtion, an imperforate bot tom for said shelf, a resilient sealing member dis posed between said intermediate shelf and said shelves disposed within said recess', one of said door shelves being imperforate, means for permit ting the circulation of air between certain other, _ partition, and cooperating therewith whereby forate door shelf whenthe door is closed, and an adjustable device disposed along the rear edge of the first mentioned horizontal perforate shelf for lower sections, an evaporator within each section, ‘a door for said compartment, a recess in said door, shelves in said recess, an intermediate shelf dis posed adj acent said partition, an imperforate bot tom for said shelf, a resilient sealing member dis when said door is closed the respective sections may be separated from one another. , f 6. A refrigerator cabinet comprising inl com of said> door shelves, a resilient sealing strip dis 25 bination a fcod storage. compartment, an im’-l posed along the forward edge of said first men perforate partition disposed horizontally within tioned horizontalmperforate shelf for »making a said compartment, and dividing it into upper and sealing engagement with an edge of said imper- v closing the perforations thereof. ` 3. In a refrigerator cabinet having a food stor posed between said intermediate shelf `and said age compartment, a door for the compartment, a and cooperating therewith whereby horizontal perforate shelf within the compart 35 partition, when said door is closed the- respective sections ment for dividing the same into respective upper and lower sections, both accessible from the front „ may be separated from one another, the other shelves having perforate bottoms whereby cir culation of air within each separate section in 40 cluding the shelves therein is uninterrupted. the secondary heat ab vunit for the lower section, 7. A refrigerator cabinet comprising in com sorbing unit extending across the rear wall of the bination a food storage compartment, an im lower section and being insulated therefrom, said perforate partition disposed horizontally within 4unit including a plurality of heat absorbing ñns said compartment, and Adividing it into upper and for conducting heat from said lower section and lower sections, a refrigerant evaporator for each , for directing circulating air, an adjustable device section for absorbing heat therefrom, a door for disposed along the rear edge of .said shelf above said compartment, a recess in said door, shelves said fins fo!` controlling the openings between the in said recess, an intermediate shelf disposed ad respective sections, and a sealing strip disposed jacent saìd partition, an imperforate bottom for along the front edge for contact against a part of 50 said shelf, a resilient sealing member disposed be said door when the same is closed. . tween said intermediate shelf and said partition, 4. A refrigerator cabinet comprising in com and cooperating therewith whereby when said bination a food storage compartment divided door is closed the respective sections may be horizontally by an imperforate partition forming separated from one another. ‘ upper and lower compartments, an evaporator in each compartment for- maintaining different` ROLAND H. MONEY-." a conditions therein, a door for said compartments, ' through a door, a heat absorbing uniti for the upper section and a secondary> heat absorbingy said door being recessed interioriy and having4 . @JOHN w. cnam.