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July 3, 1962
Filed March 14, 1960
United States Patent 0 M
Patented July 3, 19,62’
in the slide and the-bar on which it slides must be ex
ElwoodE. Smith, Chicago, Ill.
(3020 Hollyridge Drive, Hollywood 28, Calif.)
pressed in a relative equation in order to apply to any
set of dimensions.
Filed Mar. 14, 1960, Ser. No. 14,853
2 Claims. (Cl. 12—53.7)
with various thicknesses of materials and cross sections of
rods as well as platings and ?nishes on the materials. These
> This inventorconducted a long series of experiments
experiments proved that the often unsatisfactory perform
The present invention in a detachable shoe shine shoe
ance of this type of bind lock has been caused by the lack
holder is designed to provide, ?rst of all, the utmost in
of the heretofore undeveloped formula of relative propor
convenience for shining shoes. This convenience must 10 tions between the hole in the slide, the vertical cross sec
. enable the user to mount the shoe on the holder with the
tion of the straight bar on which the slide passes and the
simplest movements possible. The movements should re
quire the least possible amount of effort and learning. The
structure should accommodate whatever shoe is in hand
thickness of the material of the slide. The result of this
research is hereby set forth in a set of relative proportions
which are clear and simple to read and positive in the
without changes for adjustments to size, shape or type of 15 elfect on the necessary e?iciency.
shoe. It should enable the user to do the same familiar
movements under all conditions. This design is necessary
to ensure that the user will always do everything right
X=Inside dimension of the hole in the slide.
and obtain the maximum service.
A=Vertical cross section of the bar.
First, the shoe holder, itself, is detachable ?tted to a 20 T=Thickness of the material of the-slide;
wall plate which is permanently attached to a vertical sur
face. The wall plate and ?tting portion of the holder use
a tapered male and female engagement. Aside from the
X==A plus (A(_.016) (10%)) plus .005" or‘ minus .005".
wall plate, which is not moved away with the detached
holder, this invention is made in one piece, by welding, 25 This formula governs any set of dimensions and simpli?es
including one slideable part, which does not separate from
the designing of any device intending to employ this type
the rest. This construction avoids the possibility of loss
of lock. The need of such an understanding of the sub
of use due to a mislaid part.
ject is shown in the occasional use of some sort of bind
The holder holds the shoe by means of an expanding
lock on various products inpwhich the effectiveness has
grip on the inside of the toe and of the heel. The contact 30 ‘been most unsatisfactory. '
at the toe is by means of a portion at the end shaped some
Description of Drawing
what similar to the toe of the shoe, but small enough to
?t a very small shoe toe. The grip is accomplished by
In the drawing:
means of a slideable member whic his in a position and of
FIGURE 1 is a view in perspective of my novel shoe
shape and dimension to ?t inside the shoe, but which is 35
slideable on a straight section of the holder, preferably a
sort of a bar, which is so placed as to permit the slide to
travel lengthwise within a shoe which is placed over the
toe cap and to ?t inside the heel of any desired shoe. The
FIG. 2 is a view in side elevation of the shoe holder
with portions at the toe end broken away to show the
manner of assembly, a shoe being shown in ‘dotted outline
mounted in shoe shining position,
shape of the slide and the relative positions of the slide, 40
the shoe and the bar-type straight section along which the
slide moves, together provide that any pressure on the
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FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the assembly of FIGS.
1 and 2.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary‘ enlarged view of the bar or
slide which pushes the slide against the inside of the heel,
a.lir. .“
rod and a vertical section of the slide mounted on a
creates a binding of ‘the slide upon the bar-type portion of
the holder on which it slides. By following a formula, 45
cylindrical bar.
to be disclosed hereafter, to govern the dimensions which
tangular bar as distinguished from the round bar shown
in the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 4, inclusive, and show
are relative between the slide opening and the straight bar
which passes through the opening, the binding action be
tween the slide and the straight bar section upon which
it moves forms ae?rrn lock.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary cross sectional view of a rec
ing a portion of the slide in operative position.
In the embodiment disclosed in FIGS. '1 to 4, inclusive,
50 the shoe holder comprises an anchoring hanger 1 having
If the opening provided ?ts looser than the maximum
an extruded opening on its face receiving and to which is
?t shown in the formula, the lock will be unreliable. If
ailixed one end of a forwardly projecting rod or bars 3,
the opening ?ts closer than the minimum percentage given
the other end‘ of the rod or bar 3 being received in and
in the formula, the free sliding will be interfered with.
affixed to the offset end or upright portion 4 of a for
The gripping and holding action as described herewith 55 wardly projecting frame member. To the outer end of the
gives an automatic ?tting of the holder and the shoe, inas
forwardly extending horizontal portion of this frame mem
much ‘as the lock is formed at the tightest point provided
her is a?ixed a toe cap 2 in the manner shown in FIGS.
by the pressure applied. The value of this simple and
2 and 3. Upon the rod or bar 3 is movably and adjustably
automatic ?tting and locking is obvious when compared
mounted a slide 5 in the form of a plate having a depend
with methods of locking a slide by means of set screws
and wing nuts.
Obviously, the effectiveness, which governs the value,
ing cupped end portion.
As disclosed in FIG. 2, a shoe to be shined is positioned
upon the shoe holder in the manner shown in dotted out
line with the toe cap extending onto the toe of the shoe
of this invention is in proportion to the ease of applying
and the reliability of the grip on the shoe. Since the grip
and the cupped depending end of. the slide engaging the
is between the front end of the toe cap inside the toe of 65 interior surface of the heel of the shoe for retaining the
the shoe, and the outside face of the slide where it pushed
shoe upon the holder.
against the inside of the heel of the shoe, it follows that
The hanger 1 with its tapered opposed anchoring ?ange
the pressure of the slide must be easily applied and secure
is removably received in a conventional wall plate 6.
ly held in the tight position. This invention provides the
As shown in FIGS. 1, ,2 and 3, the frame member con
minimum of effort in applying the gripping pressure and
necting the rod or bar 3 to the toe cap 2 is channelled
also provides the exact proportions which will hold the
with the spaced ?anges projecting from the exterior of the
slide in a binding lock. This relation between the hole
bend for maximum strength, and the toe cap is provided
, wardly, projecting end of the frame to the toegcap 2.
The slide 5, an shown in FIGS. 1 ‘and 2, is formed of
a thin ?at plate of metal or the like having at its lower
or depending enda‘rearward projection or cupped part
which, ?ts inside the heel of the shoe, with the convex
slide being so proportioned relative to the vertical cross
section of the barthat rearward pressure applied to the
slide below said bar freely, moves the slide rearwardly
' ,
As shown in FIG. 4, thelslide 5 is provided with a
until its lower rearwardly projecting part r'r‘o'rcibly engages
hole 710 through which the rod 3 projects and is conform- . -
‘the interior of the heel of theshoe and upon release of the
' applied pressure the portion of said slide above said lower
rearwardlyprojecting part cants rearwardly from a vertical
plane about and is automatically locked onto said bar,
said, slide being retained in said locking position until re
leased by engagement and forward pressure being applied
The slide 5 -
'Vmust move with ease along rod 3,:but it must positively
hold its binding ‘lock on rod 3 while the shoe is briskly
buffeted from side to, side during the polishing.
In the action of locking the shoe in place the pressure
against slide 5 must be'applied against it below the‘rod at
a point indicated by 11, FIGURE 1, at the'front of the
slide. To release the bind . lock, ?nger .tip ‘pressure is
applied at the rear, under the bent tip 12 of slide 5.
FIG. 5 shows .the same use of the bar and slide ‘struc
ture as shown in FIGS. 1 to ,4, inclusive, with thedi?er
ence that a rectangular bar 13-is shown, projecting through
a hole 14 of accommodating shape and proportions
. in
the slide 5.
to said rearwardly bent lip.
dimensions and proportionsrare used.
7 It “must be understoodv that’ the details of construction
and description as utilized in this speci?cation are capable
Having thus disclosed the invention, 1 claim: f
1. A shoe shine shoe holder comprising a horizontally
arranged bar, supporting means at the inner end of said
bar for mountingthe. holder on a support, a frame mem
her having a vertically projecting-part at one end a?ixed
adjacent its upper end to the other end of said. bar and
the other end of said frame extending horizontally for
in’which the dimensional relation between the opening in
~, the, locking slide’ and the'conforming vertical cross section
.Ofj?l? bar on which the slide is movable longitudinally
of the bar isgoverned by the following formula:
X==the inside vertical dimension of the hole, and
t'o ofthb,
16 cross
sec 1slidable
at an and
_T=the6 V6
of the
Q X=Asplus (n(.01e)(10§)) plus .005" or minus .005".
of variation to suit theuse and application at the time, 35 ..
. but still will be within the spirit of the‘ invention.
' 2.v A shoe shine shoe holder, as set forth in claim 1,
The bar could be shown in any desired varia- 30
tion of round orlrectangular as long as the same relative
jecting part for engaging the interior of the heel of the
shoe, the vertical dimension of the opening in said locking
angle at 9 whereby the cupped portion thereof is vertically
disposed for gripping the heel of theshoe when locking
tiveness of- the operation of this invention.
an opening intermediate its'ends conformably receiving
the slide '5 adjacent its lower end is formed at a rearward
. ably received. The relative dimensions between rod 3
and hole 10 is oneiof thevcontrolling factors in the e?ec
therein the bar, the upper end of said’ plate having a rear
wardly bent lip and the lower portion a rearwardly pro
surface of this cupped part engaging and retaining the
interior. surface of the heel portion. As shown in FIG. 2;
pressure cants the upper portion of the slide 5.
ward,~a toe cap affixed to said other end of said frame, and
a locking slide movably and adjustably mounted on said
bar but retained in locking engagement when canted to
shoe retaining position on the holder, said slide consisting
of a single upright and substantially ?at metalplate having
with, a ?at po‘rti‘onfor spot atf7 for spot welding the for- "
‘References Cited in the. tile of this patent
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Reiter et al. , ___________ .. I an. 16, 1940
Seavey _.._'____________ .._ Dec. 2, 1941
Glorig _______________ __ Mar. 22, 1949
' Kester ________________ .. Apr. 5, 1949
David ________________ __ Jan. 1, 1952
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