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Jan. 8, 1963
M. COHEN
3,072,263
RACK FOR DISPLAYING GARMENTS IN STACKED RELATION
Filed Sept. 21, 1960
4 Sheets-Sheet 1
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Jan. 8, 1963
M. COHEN
3,072,263
RACK FOR DISPLAYING GARMENTS IN STACKED RELATION
Filed Sept. 21, 1960
4 Sheets-Sheet 2
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INVENTOR
MAURICE COHEN
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ATTORNEYS
Jan. s, ‘1963
M. COHEN
‘3,072,263
RACK FOR DISPLAYING GARMENTS IN STACKED RELATION
Filed Sept. 21, 1960
4 Sheets-Sheet 3
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INVENTOR.
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MAURICE
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COHEIN
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ATTORNEYS
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Jan. 8, 1963
M. COHEN
3,072,263
RACK FOR DISPLAYING GARMENTS IN STACKED RELATION
Filed Sept. 21, 1960
4 Sheets-Sheet 4
F‘IIG.8
JNVENTOR.
MAURICE
BY
COHENI
MM
ATTORNEYS
United States Patent 0
3,072,263
1
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Patented Jan. 8, 1963
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being pivotally movable to a position whereby convenient
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access to the garments displayed thereon is aiforded.
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
vide a garment display rack that includes a housing
RACK FOR DISI’LAYING GARMENTS IN
gTACKED RELATION
Maurice Cohen, 3580 NW. 52nd St, Miami, Fla.
formed with spaced inclined side rails, the side rails
being adapted to support a plurality of hangers in stepped,
Filed Sept. 21, 1960, Ser. No. 57,535
20 Elaims. (Cl. 21].»171)
vertical relation.
The present invention relates to a rack for displaying
Still another object is to provide a garment rack for dis
garments in stacked relation. More particularly, the
playing trousers wherein the major portion of the trousers
present invention relates to a garment display rack 10 are hidden from view in the housing of said rack.
wherein the garments are displayed on hangers, each of
Still another object is to provide a garment rack that
which is pivotally mounted on a horizontal axis.
includes a housing on which a plurality of horizontally
The display rack embodied herein is adapted to display
pivoted hangers are mounted, the hangers receiving
various types of men’s garments as well as other garments
trousers thereon, of which the waist and cuif portions
such as women’s skirts. In the display of men’s trousers, 15 extend into said housing and tend to retain the exposed
portions of said trouesrs in a taut position.
it has been the custom in many haberdasheries, and par
ticularly the large haberdashery found in a department
Still another object is to provide a hanger for use in a
store, to display men’s trousers in stacks on large tables.
trouser display rack that is adapted to retain a pair of
Although it is recognized that trouser stacks do not pre
trousers thereon and that includes means for displaying a
sent a very attractive display, a large number of trousers 20 portion of the trousers in a generally horizontal plane.
may be displayed in this manner, thereby affording the
Still another object is to provide a garment hanger for
customer a wide selection of trousers from which to
use in a garment display rack that includes a stop struc
choose. Moreover, the table type of display unit does
ture for engaging an inclined frame, the stop structure
provide the advantage of displaying the trousers at a con
being adapted to position the hanger in a generally hori
venient height and further provides a large working sur 25 zontal plane, and further providing for limit of movement
face on which the customer may conveniently examine
of the hanger to a generally upright position.
the trousers at their full length.
, Still another object is to provide a pivotally mounted
The present invention broadly incorporates the stack
hanger for use in trouser display racks wherein the
ing principle in that the trousers are displayed one over
trousers are positively retained on the hanger for move
the other in stacked relation. However, the rack em 30 ment therewith, and are easily and quickly removed from
the hanger for inspection thereof.
Still another object is to provide a garment rack that
is adapted to display Women’s skirts in a generally vertical
bodied herein avoids the clumsy handling of the hereto
fore stacked trousers by displaying each of the trousers
independently so that each may be inspected by the cus
tomer without removing or disturbing the position of any
of the other trousers.
In order to accomplish this un
usual manner of displaying trousers, the present invention
provides a rack in which a plurality of hangers are
mounted in stepped vertical relation, each of the hangers
position, the hangers on which the skirts are displayed
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being normally located in elevated position.
Still another object is to provide a simpli?ed display
rack which includes back-to-back stacking units, the stack
ing units including a pleurality of vertically stepped
being pivoted along a horizontal axis. Thus, each hanger
hangers each of which is pivotally mounted on a hori
is adapted to have a pair of trousers positioned thereon 40 zontal axis.
and is pivotally movable in a manner to enable the cus
Other objects, features and advantages of the invention
tomer to easily and completely inspect the trousers as to
will become apparent as the description thereof proceeds
quality and styling with a minimum of effort. Hence,
when considered in connection with the accompanying
illustrative drawings.
because of the manner in which the hanger utilized with
the rack is constructed, the trousers positioned thereon
In the drawings which illustrate the best mode present
may be displayed in stacked relation, the hangers insuring
that the stacks of trousers as displayed thereon are per~
fectly aligned and may be individually handled without
disturbing the position of the adjacent trousers.
ly contemplated by me for carrying out my invention:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the display rack em
bodied herein showing the display of men’s trousers in
vertically spaced stacked relation;
The broad principle of the invention further contem 50
FIG. 2 is an enlarged side vertical sectional view of a
plates the displaying of women’s skirts on hangers that
portion of the rack illustrated in FIG. fl, showing the posi
are also pivoted on horizontal axes. In one form of the
tion of a group of the hangers in the normal or horizontal
apparatus for displaying women’s skirts, the structure is
position thereof and further illustrating several of the
substantially the same as that utilized for displaying rnen’s
hangers in the upright or elevated position thereof;
trousers, with the exception that the skirt hangers are
FIG. 3 is an enlarged perspective view of a portion of
provided with clip means for retaining the skirts thereon.
the display rack, showing the positions of the hangers as
In another form of the apparatus for displaying women’s
illustrated in FIG. 2;
skirts, a simpli?ed unit is employed wherein the housing
FIG. 4 is a front vertical sectional view of a portion
is eliminated and the hangers are mounted between a pair
of the housing, illustrating the upright position of one of
of spaced rails. In both forms of the invention wherein
the hangers, the trousers displayed thereon being illus
skirts are displayed, the normal position of the skirt
trated in dotted lines;
hangers is ,in the elevated position thereof, the hangers
FIG. 5 is a side vertical sectional view similar to FIG. 2,
being pivoted to a substantially horizontal position during
of a modi?ed form of the invention wherein women’s
the inspection of the garments.
skirts are shown ‘being normally displayed in vertical
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to 65 position in the display rack.
provide a display rack that includes a plurality of hangers,
FIG. 6 is a front vertical sectional view of the modi?ed
each of which is pivotally mounted on a horizontal axis.
form of the invention illustrated in FIG. 5, showing the
Another object of the present invention is to provide a
manner in which the skirts are retained in vertical relation
rack for displaying garments in stacks, wherein a plurality
by skirt hangers especially provided therefore;
of hangers are incorporated therein that are disposed in
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a further modi?ed form
spaced, stepped, vertical relation, each of the hangers
of the invention; and
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4.
FIG. 8 is a partial vertical sectional view of the rack
illustrated in FIG. 7.
Referring now to the drawings and more particularly
to FIGS. 1 ‘and 2, the trouser display rack embodied here
hanger I38 and de?ne stop members for positioning the
hanger in either the lower horizontal position or the
upper vertical position. Secured to the inner portions 60,
in is illustrated and includes a housing generally indicated
62 in any convenient manner such as welding or brazing
is an elongated rod 68 which is bent at right angles at
the ends thereof to de?ne arms 70‘, and 72.
at 10‘. The housing 10‘ is formed in a generally hollow
Joined to the inner ends of the arms 70, 72 are inward
structure that is de?ned by side walls, 12 and 14, front wall
ly turned projections 74‘ and 76 respectively, the projec
16 and rear wall 18. The upper portion of the side walls
tion 74, 76 being received within opposed holes formed in
12 and 14 are inclined and include side rail members Ztl
and 22 which cooperate with a central frame member 24 10 the adjacent rail members and de?ning the axis of rotation
of the hanger 38. The hanger 38 is thus pivotally mount
to form openings 26 and 28. The uppermost end of the
ed between the frame members and is movable from a
openings 26 and 28 are de?ned by cross members 29‘, the
lower or horizontal position to an upper or upright posi
openings 26, 28 extending the length of the inclined rail
tion, the limit of movement being determined by the in
members 20, 22 and 24 and terminating at a horizontal
shelf 30, the outer edge of which is joined to the front.
clination of the rail members.
Since the outer ends 64, 66 of the inner rod portions
wall 16. As shown in FIG. ‘1, the stacking units generally
68, 62 extend somewhat beyond the parallel rod portions
indicated at ‘32 and 34 are positioned in the openings 26
‘and 28 respectively and although only two of stacking
7%}, 72, they are adapted to contact the guards 36 as the
hanger 38 is pivotally moved between the rail members.
units are illustrated for purposes of this description, it is
understood that the housing is may include additional
The inclination of the rail members and the spacing of
the holes therein enables the hangers 38 to be mounted
units in side-by-side relation, depending upon the number
of trousers required to be displayed. It is also under
therein in spaced, stepped relation. As seen in FIG. 3,
stood that the trouser display rack may ‘be constructed
the parallel portions 71}, 72 ‘de?ne radius arms which
such that sliding doors are provided in place of the front
provide for the movement of the stop bar 68 in an arcuate
wall 16 so that access to the interior of the housing would
path.
be available ‘for the purpose of storing other haberdashery
In order to provide a compact stacking unit and still
stock.
provide sufficient space for not only inserting the trousers
Referring now to FIGS. 2 and 3, the rail member 24 is
therein, but for enabling customers to conveniently handle
shown having a plurality of holes formed on the inner
the trousers, a large open space between adjacent hangers
surface thereof that are disposed in spaced relation and
is necessary. As shown more clearly in FiGS. 2 and 3,
follow the inclination of the inclined rail member.
the horizontal rod 46 from which the trousers 4d are sus
Similarly positioned holes are also formed on the opposite
pended is considerably displaced from the pivotal axis
side of the rail member 24‘ and in the inner surfaces of the
rail members 20 and 22.
The holes formed in the rail
members 20, 22 and 24 are adapted to receive hangers
for pivotal movement therein, the description of the
of the hanger de?ned by the projections 74, 76. Thus,
when the hanger 38 is moved from the lower or closed
position, the approximate 90° of rotation about the axis
thereof results in a total movement of the rod 46 that
is equivalent to more than one and one-half times the spac
hangers and their movement between the rail members
being described hereinafter. Also secured to the rail
ing between the rod 4-6 and the hanger axis. This spac
members 20, 22 and 24 are guards 36 that project above
ing which is illustrated in FIG. 3, is the space between the
the frame members and are preferably formed of a im 40 uppermost of the horizontally disposed hangers and the
pact resistant material such as a thermosetting plastic.
most forwardly positioned upright hanger enables the
The guards 36 are thus contacted by a stop portion of the
trousers on the most forwardly positioned upright hanger
hangers as will be described hereinafter and serve to
to be conveniently examined and handled. Since the
prevent scratching or marring of the ?nish of the rail
members during the pivot-a1 movement of the hangers.
Referring to FIG. 4, the hanger embodied herein is
illustrated and is generally indicated at 38. The hanger
trouser leg and waist portions are substantially exposed
when the hanger is moved upwardly to this position, the
complete trouser may be inspected independently of the
trousers mounted on the adjacent hangers.
38 is 1adapted to receive a pair of trousers indicated at 48
When it is desired to move any of the hangers to
thereon and it will be understood that the trousers 4% are
an elevated or open position, either of the ends
or 58
for-med with a waist portion 42 and a cuff portion 44. 50 is grasped by the user and the hanger 38 is then rotated on
Generally the hanger 38 is formed in a con?guration that
enables the trousers 40 to be retained in positive position
thereon regardless of the position assumed by the hanger
its horizontal axis de?ned by the projections 74, 76 until
the stops 64, 66 engage the guards at. It is seen that any
of the hangers in the stacking units 32 or 34 may be moved
as it is pivotally moved between the rail members. As
upwardly as described depending upon which pair of
illustrated in FIG. 4, the hanger 38 is formed with an 55 trousers is to be inspected or removed from its hanger.
outer rod 46 over which the trousers 48 are suspended.
In order to securely retain the trousers 46) on the
Joined to the outer rod ‘46 by curved ends 48 and 50
hanger 38, the trousers are draped over the outer hori
respectively, are reduced rod sections 52 and 54 which
zontal rod 46, the legs 44 thereof extending behind the
extend only a portion of the way inwardly with respect to
reduced sections 52, 54 the parallel portions 56, 58 and
the outer rod 46. Joined to the reduced sections 52, 54 60 the inner bar 68.
respectively are parallel portions 56 and 58 that are posi
Since the reduced sections 52, 54 force the portion
tioned in generally perpendicular relation with respect to
of the trousers engaged thereby into fabric to fabric
the reduced sections and cooperate with the reduced sec
contact with the adjacent or rearrnost portion of the
tions, the ends v48, 50 and the outer rod 4-6 to de?ne a
trousers, a positive non-slip grip on the trousers is de?ned.
generally T con?guration. The parallel rods 56 and 58
By suspending the trousers over the hanger in the manner
are bent outwardly at right angles at the inner ends thereof
illustrated, only the most desirable portion of the trousers
to form inner portions 60‘ and 62 respectively that are also
disposed in parallel relation with respect to the reduced
is on display.
The trousers are maintained taut and
smooth appearing and this is accomplished by the inter
sections 52, 54 and outer rod 46.
The inner portions 6t) and 62 are formed with out 70 relation of the non-slip grip afforded by the reduced sec
tions 52 and 54 and the fact that the weighty waist band
wardly extending end portions 64 and 66 that are adapted
42 and a major portion of the trouser legs including the
to extend beyond the con?nes of the opening in which the
cuff portion 44 hang over the horizontal rod 46 and ex
hanger 38 is pivotally mounted ‘for contacting the rail
tend into the concealed interior of the housing 10. Since
member guards 36. As will be described hereinafter, the
end portions 64, '66‘ limit the pivotal movement of the 75 the waistband 42 and the cult portion 44- hang in a verti
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cal plane, the exposed portion of the trousers are main
36 during the pivotal movement of the hanger 80*. The
tained taut and neat in appearance at all times.
As shown in FIG. 1, when the trousers 40 are displayed
second part of the hanger 801 is also formed in a gener
in stacked relation on their respective hangers, the only
rod .194 that is joined to the inner rod portions 92 and
94 by brazing, welding or the like. Bent at right angles
visible portion of the trousers is the outer edge that ex
tends around the outer rod 46. The stacking units are
thus neat in appearance and just enough of each trouser is
displayed to enable the viewing customer to properly select
the color that he desires. Upon selecting the desired pair
of trousers that he wishes to inspect, the customer then
grasps either of the ends d8 or 50 and moves the hanger 38
with the selected trousers thereon to the upper or elevated
position thereof. Since the stops 64, 66 of the inner rods
60, 62 strike the guards 36, the hanger will be retained in
ally U-shaped configuration and includes an elongated
to the rod 104 are parallel arms 96 and 98 which have in
tlurned projections ltill, 162 respectively joined thereto.
The projections I00, I02 extend into oppositely posi
tioned holes in the opposed rail members and thereby
de?ne the pivotal axis of the hanger 8%‘. The clamps
'84 are of conventional design and are positioned on the
outer rod 86 in spaced relation in order to effectively
retain the skirt 82 on the hanger 8i). In order to prop
erly space the hangers "8%) in their elevated position, the
its upper or elevated position. It is understood that any 15 clasps 84 are preferably located in alternate spaced
hangers positioned vertically above the selected hanger
will also be pivotally moved therewith to the elevated
‘ position. The trousers are removed from their hangers by
relation with respect to the adjacent hangers, whereby
engagement of the adjacent clasps will'be avoided.
In use, the skirts 82 are suspended from the clasps
slipping the trouser legs from behind the reduced sec
‘84 by their waistbands, the hangers 8% being normally
tions 52, 54 and parallel portions 56, 58 and then re 20 located in the elevated position thereof and the lower
moving the trousers from the rod 46. If desired, the
portions of the skirts falling within the housing It). In
hanger on which the selected trousers are displayed may
the elevated position of the hanger 80, the end por
be removed from between the frame members by releas
tions 1G6, 108 engage the guards 36 of the spaced rail
ing the projections 74, 76 from their respective holes,
members and due to the inclination of the rail members
thereby enabling the customer to more closely inspect 25 retain the hangers in spaced relation. When the cus
the trousers while still on its hanger.
tomer wishes to inspect one of the skirts in more detail,
The pivotal movement of the hangers 33 on their
the hangers disposed in front of the selected skirt are
horizontal axes enables the trousers 40 to be inspected at
rotated on their pivotal axes to the lowermost position
any point between the closed or lower position and the
shown in FIG. 5, thereby providing for a clear and un~
open or elevated position. Since the waist portion 42 and
obstructed area for inspecting and handling the selected
the major part of the pants legs hang downwardly, the
customer may easily inspect the individual trousers as he
?ips through the stack. Size indicators may be secured to
the frame members or, if desired, an entire stacking unit
skirt.
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Referring now to FIGS. 7 and 8, a further modi?ed
form of the invention is illustrated and comprises a
The particular formation of the hanger 38 is unique
rack generally indicated at 11%} that is adapted to pri
marily display women’s skirts. The skirt rack 110‘ in
cludes a base de?ned by parallel leg members 112 that
in that it not only enables the trousers to be positively
retained in position thereon, but is so constructed that
pivotal movement thereof is achieved without affecting
the display of the trousers thereon. The ends 64, 66 of the
stop bar 66*, 62 provide a simple but effective stop means
for locating the hangers in the open or closed position,
but it is the inclination of the rail members that enables
are for-med with feet 114 thereon. Secured to the leg
members 112 and extending upwardly therefrom is an
elongated vertical supporting member 116. The sup
porting member 116 includes marginal frames that are
provided for rigidity and further enhance the appearance
of the rack. Secured to the sides of the uppermost end
of the supporting member 116 are spaced side members
may be designated as one size.
the hangers of each stacking unit to be located in stepped
118 which have a generally A con?guration and are de
vertical relation.
45 ?ned by a front inclined rail member ‘120, a rear inclined
Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6, a modi?ed form of
rail member 122 and a central portion 124 that is secured
the invention is illustrated and includes a housing that
directly to the supporting member 116 and joins the rail
is constructed similarly to the housing described above.
members 120' and 122 in a one piece construction, which
The modi?ed display racr also includes a plurality of
construction provides for quick and easy assembly of the
stacking units which are de?ned by vertically spaced
rack. Cross bars 126 connect the outermost ends of the
hangers, one of the hangers being generally indicated
at 80 in FIG. 6. Contrasted with the display unit de
scribed above the rack illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6 is
adapted to receive and display women‘s skirts therein.
Since skirts must be displayed in a vertical or hanging
position to avoid the creasing thereof, the normal or
closed position of the hangers 80 is the upright or ele
vated position thereof. As shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 a
opposed inclined rail members 120, I22 and maintain
the outermost ends thereof in proper, spaced parallel
relation. A top rail 128 extends across the top of the
supporting member 116 and is secured to the uppermost
end of the central portion ‘124 to positively secure the
assembly together.
Formed in the inside surface of the front and rear
inclined rail members 120, 122 are a plurality of aligned,
skirt which is indicated at 82, is normally suspended
spaced, vertically stepped holes that follow the inclina
from a hanger 3d, the lower portions thereof falling with
tion of the inclined rail members. Pivotally mounted in
in the con?nes of the housing and hidden from view
the aligned holes in the spaced front rail members 120
therein.
and in the spaced rear rail members 122 are a plurality
The hanger 80 from which the skirt ‘82 is suspended
of hangers 130'. The hangers 130‘ as shown in FIGS. 7
is somewhat similar to the hanger 38 except that the
and 8 are adapted to display women’s skirts thereon and
positive grip feature is eliminated and clasps 84 are 65 are substantially identical to the hangers 84) illustrated
provided for retaining the skirt on the hanger. As shown
in FIGS. 5 and 6 and described above. The hangers 130
more clearly in FIG. 6, the hanger 80 is formed in two
are formed in a U-con?guration, the ends thereof having
parts that are joined to de?ne a unitary construction.
The ?rst part includes a generally U~shaped member
that is de?ned by an outer rod 86 to which are joined at
right angles with respect thereto, parallel portions 88 and
90. Joined to the parallel portions 88, 90 respectively,
are inner rod portions 92 and 94 which terminate in
ends 106 and 108 respectively. The ends 106 and 108
shortened outwardly extending portions that project into
opposed holes formed in the inclined rail members. Each
of the hangers 13% further includes a stop bar 132 that is
secured to the side portions of the hanger and that is
spaced from the shortened outwardly extending por~
tions, the stop bar 132 projecting slightly beyond the
edge of the inclined rail members for engaging guards
de?ne stop bars that are adapted to engage the guards 75 134 ?xed thereon.
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parting from the spirit and scope of the underlying inven
The parallel side portions or arms of the hangers 130
are joined to the outer rod or bight portion thereof in
such a manner as to form an obtuse angle therewith.
tive concept and that the same is not limited to the par
ticular forms herein shown and described except insofar
as indicated by the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
1. In a rack for displaying garments, a support having
spaced inclined members mounted thereon that are pro
vided with upper protective surfaces, the space between
said inclined members de?ning an opening for accommo
It
is seen therefore that upon insertion of the shortened
portions or projections into the opposed holes formed in
the rail members, the hanger arms will be spring loaded
to effectively retain the hangers in the elevated position
thereof. Secured to the outer rod or bight portion of
each hanger 134} are spaced clips 136 which are adapted
to receive the waistband of the skirt therein and thereby 10 dating a stacking unit, a plurality of spaced holes formed
act to mount the skirts in the rack for display. One
on the interior surfaces of said inclined members and
of the skirts shown in dotted lines in FIG. 8 is indicated
extending in an inclined direction, said stacking unit in
at 133 and is illustrated in the vertical position thereof
cluding a plurality of garment receiving hangers each of
which is the normal position of display.
which includes outwardly extending projections mounted
The sirts 138 are secured by their waistband to the 15 for pivotal movement in said holes, stops associated with
clips 136 of the hangers 134i and are normally retained
each of said hangers and spaced from said projections,
in a vertical position. The hangers 1.34)‘ are thus normally
said stops being adapted to engage the protective surfaces
disposed in the upper position thereof, the stop rod 132
engaging the guards 134 and retaining the hangers in their
of said inclined members, and each of said hangers being
come disarranged.
of said inclined members, the inclination of said members
independently movable between a substantially horizon
elevated position. When it is desired to remove, replace, 20 tal position and a substantially elevated position.
or inspect a skirt those hangers immediately forwardly
2. In a rack for displaying garments, a housing having
of the selected skirt are pivoted to the lower position
spaced inclined members that are formed with upper sur
thereof, as illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 8. An open space
faces, a plurality of garment receiving hangers secured
or area is thus provided in front of the selected skirt to
between said inclined members and including portions
enable handling or inspecting of the selected skirt to be
that engage said members for pivotally mounting, each
carried out with a minimum of effort and thereby elimi
of said hangers on a horizontal axis, each hanger includ
nating any possibility of causing the adjacent skirt to be
ing stop means that is adapted to engage the outer surfaces
As contrasted with the display racks described above,
enabling said stop means to engage the upper surfaces of
the rack 110 includes back-to-back stacking units de?ned 30 said inclined members when said hangers are located, said
by the pivoted hangers 130 and indicated generally at
hangers in either a substantially horizontal position or in
140 and 142.
The rack 11!) thus not only de?nes a sim
a substantially vertical position.
pli?ed version of the invention, but further provides for
3. In a rack for displaying trousers, a housing having
the displaying of a relatively large selection of garments
spaced side walls that include upwardly facing surfaces,
in a limited area. The back-to-back stacking units 141}, 35 the space between said side walls de?ning an opening that
142 also provide for multiple customer viewing of the
permits access to the interior of said housing, a plurality
garments. ‘In order to obtain the maximum number of
of hangers pivotally secured to said side walls, each of
hangers on the stacking units, the lowermost hanger 130
is secured in the opposed holes that ‘are located closely
adjacent the lowermost end of the spaced inclined rail
members 120‘ and 122.
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said hangers receiving trousers thereon, the cuff and waist
portions of said trousers extending from said hangers
through said opening into the interior of said housing,
Since the stop rod 132 of the
stop means joined to said hangers and engaging said up
lowermost hanger 130 is spaced from the pivotal axis of
wardly facing surfaces for normally retaining said hangers
the hanger it clears the ends of the rail members 120,
in a generally horizontal plane wherein the portion of
122 when the hanger is pivoted to the position shown in
said trousers engaging said hangers are displayed in stacked
FIGS. 1 and 2. However, the lowermost hanger is effec 45 relation, said hangers being pivotally movable from the
tively retained in proper horizontal position by the cross
display position to a generally upright position whereby
bar ‘126 which is engaged by the parallel side portions of
the trousers are removable therefrom without interference
the hanger.
with adjacent trousers.
In use, any of the hangers 136‘ are pivoted to the lower
4. In a rack ‘for displaying trousers, a housing having
most position thereof to expose the selected skirt. Since 50 spaced members that are formed with upwardly facing
a large area or space is provided between the selected
surfaces, a plurality of hangers secured between said
skirt and the lowered skirts, easy handling and inspection
of the selected skirt is afforded.
It is seen that the rack illustrated herein is simple in
construction and consists of relatively few parts. The de
sign is modern and complements the surroundings of a
modern establishment. Each garment located in one of
members, each of said hangers ‘being pivotally movable
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between said members on a horizontal axis and being
adapted to receive a pair of trousers thereon, stop means
associated with said hangers and being adapted to en
gage said upwardly facing surfaces of said members for
locating said hangers in either substantially horizontal
the stacking units is easily accessible whereby the cus
planes or in stepped vertical relation, each of said hangers
tomer is able to conveniently inspect the garment without
being mounted on said members for pivotal movement on
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disturbing an adjacent garment. The arrangement of the
its horizontal axis from the horizontal position to an
garments in spaced, stepped vertical relation on the hang
upper position, the selection of a hanger and movement
ers avoids the prior known method of inspecting trousers
thereof causing the hangers located adjacent thereto to
wherein the selected trousers had to be pulled from under
neath a heavy stack of trousers on a table top. Stooping,
bending, and searching for information relating to the
garment is avoided by the present invention since the size
and price information may be conveniently marked on the
housing, and the customer need do no more than stand
in front of the rack and flip the stacking units to the gar
ment of his selection.
While there is shown and described herein certain spe
be moved therewith, thereby exposing the selected hanger
65 ‘for inspection or removal of the trousers positioned
thereon.
5. In a rack for displaying trousers, a housing having
spaced, inclined members that include upwardly facing
protective surfaces, a plurality of hangers mounted for
70 pivotal movement on horizontal axes between said in
ci?c structure embodying the invention, it will be mani
clined members and in spaced, stepped relation, each of
said hangers being adapted to receive a pair of trousers
thereon and including stop means engaging said upwardly
fest to those skilled in the art that various modi?cations
facing protective surfaces for normally retaining said
and rearrangements of the parts may be made without de 75 hangers in a generally horizontal position, said hangers
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being individually movable from the horizontal position
to a generally upright position, wherein the hangers dis
posed upwardly of a selected hanger are movable there
with while the hangers disposed downwardly thereof re
main in their horizontal position, the hangers moved to
1“.
12. A garment hanger of the type that is adapted to be
pivotally mounted about a horizontal axis on a garment
rack, said hanger comprising an outer horizontal rod, an
inner horizontal rod joined to said outer rod by intercon
necting portions, and projections interconnected to said
the upright position being retained therein by their respec
tive stop means which engage said upwardly facing pro~
tective surfaces of said inclined members, whereby the
selected hanger is readily accessible for removal or inspec
inner horizontal rod but spaced therefrom to de?ne the
pivotal axis of said hanger, said outer rod and inner rods
being adapted to retain a garment thereon and cooperat
ing to display a portion of said garment in taut relation
tion of the trousers thereon.
1O therebetween.
13. In a rack for displaying garments, a support, at
6. In a rack for displaying garments, a support, at least
least two spaced side members mounted on said support,
two spaced members mounted on said support, and de
said side members including inclined rails that extend on
?ning an opening therebetween, said spaced members in
opposite sides of said support and that have upwardly
cluding upwardly facing surfaces, a stacking unit posi
tioned in said opening and mounted between said spaced 15 facing surfaces formed thereon, a plurality of hangers
mounted on horizontal axes between said side members
members, said stacking unit including a plurality of hang
and on both sides of said support, whereby said hangers
ers each of which is pivotally mounted on a horizontal axis
de?ne back-to-back stacking units, each of said hangers
between said spaced members, stops for-med on said hang
including stop means that are adapted to engage said up
ers and being adapted to engage said upwardly facing sur
wardly facing surfaces as said hangers are pivotally
faces, whereby said hangers are pivotally movable be
moved between said side members.
tween limit positions that’ are de?ned by the engagement
pivoted between said spaced members.
14. ‘In a rack for displaying garments, a support, at
least two spaced side members mounted on said support,
said stacking unit including a plurality of hangers, each
rails on one side of said support, and a second set of
on, the remaining portion of said garments falling within
said housing and being hidden from exterior view therein.
stop means associated with said hangers for engaging said
upwardly facing surfaces as said hangers are pivotally
moved between said rails to locate said hangers in either
a generally horizontal position or in a generally vertical
of said stops on said spaced members as said hangers are
said side members being spaced and including inclined
7. In a rack for displaying garments, a housing, at
least two members mounted on said housing, in spaced 25 rails that extend on opposite sides of said support, said
rails including upwardly facing surfaces, a ?rst set of
relation to de?ne an opening therebetween, a stacking unit
hangers pivotally mounted between a pair of said inclined
positioned in said opening and between said members,
hangers pivotally mounted between a second pair of said
of which is pivotally mounted on a horizontal axis be
tween said members and adapted to carry a garment for 30 inclined rails on the opposite side of said support, said
?rst and second sets of hangers being movable on hori
display thereon, said hangers being normally disposed in
zontal axes and de?ning back-to-back stacking units, and
a ?rst position to display a portion of the garments there
8. In a rack for displaying garments ‘as set forth in
claim 7, each of said hangers including a stop portion
that is adapted to engage an upper surface of said mem
position.
15. In a rack as set forth in claim 14, the pivotal axis
bers for normally retaining said hangers in the ?rst posi
tion and for engaging another portion of said members
upon pivotal movement of said hangers to positively lo
of each hanger being located in vertically stepped relation
tion by the weight of the portion of the garment that is
supported by said inner rod.
position.
with respect to an adjacent hanger.
16. ‘In rack for displaying garments, a support having
cate said hangers in a second position.
spaced members mounted thereon that define side rails,
9. In a rack for displaying ‘garments as set forth in
said side rails being formed with upwardly facing surfaces
claim 8, each of said hangers further including an inner
that de?ne protective areas therefor, a plurality of hangers
rod and an outer rod spaced from said inner rod with said
mounted on said side rails for pivotal movement there
garment extending over and spanning said inner rod and 45 between on horizontal axes, said hangers including stop
outer rod and falling within said housing in the ?rst posi
members that are adapted to engage said upwardly facing
tion of said hanger, wherein the portion of said garment
surfaces for limiting movement of said hangers between a
spanning said outer rod and inner rod is held in taut rela
generally horizontal position and a generally vertical
10. In a rack for displaying garments as set forth in
' 17. In a rack for displaying garments, a support having
lnclined spaced members mounted thereon that de?ne
claim 7, each of said hangers including a rod over which
side rails, a plurality of hangers, each of which is pivot
a garment is adapted to be draped, said rod being spaced
ally secured between said side rails and movable about
from the pivotal axis of the hanger of which it is a part, 55 a horizontal axis, the pivotal axis of each. hanger being
so that when said hanger is moved from the ?rst position
located in spaced, stepped, vertical relation with respect
to the second position thereof, said garment is accessible
to the next adjacent hanger, each of said hangers being
for removal from said hangers.
de?ned by a wire frame that includes an outer horizontal
11. 1In a garment display rack, a garment hanger in
cluding a horizontally extending outer rod over which a 60 rod and an inner horizontal rod spaced from said outer
horizontal rod, said rods receiving a garment thereon in
garment is adapted to be suspended, opposed reduced
portions interconnected to said outer rod and spaced there
suspended relation, said inner horizontal rod being dis
when said hanger is mounted for pivotal movement on a
support, said rod and outer rod cooperating to display a
nected to said outer horizontal rod that projects out
wardly of said wire frame to de?ne stop means when said
placed from the pivotal axis of said hanger to de?ne an
from, said reduced portions being located in parallel rela
access opening through which the garment extends that
tion with respect to said outer rod and cooperating there
with to effectively retain the garment therebetween that is 65 is suspended over said outer and inner horizontal rods,
the portion of said garment that extends through said
suspended over said outer rod, spaced parallel portions
access opening being received within said support.
joined to said reduced portions, spaced inner horizontal
18. In a garment hanger of the type that is adapted to
portions joined to said parallel portions, offset arms joined
be pivotally mounted about a horizontal axis on a gar
to said horizontal inner portions and bent at the outer
ends thereof to de?ne projections that form the pivotal 70 ment rack, said hanger comprising a wire frame having
an outer horizontal rod from which a garment is adapted
axis of said hanger, and an inner rod joined to said hori
to be suspended, an inner horizontal portion intercon
zontal portions and extending outwardly to de?ne a limit
portion of the garment therebetween.
75 hanger is mounted between side rails, and projections
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interconnected to said horizontal rod by an intermediate
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portion of said wire frame and de?ning the pivotal axis
of said hanger, a space being defined between said pivotal
axis, and said stop means.
19. In a garment hanger as set forth in claim 18, at
least one shortened horizontally extending portion formed
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wherein an access opening is formed therebetween and
an adjacent hanger, said access opening being consider
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ably greater than that formed by the normal spacing of
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said hangers and providing for ready access to the gar 15
ment supported on the hanger that is moved.
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on said wire frame and spaced from said outer horizontal
rod to de?ne a clip therewith for retaining said garment
in position on said hanger.
20. In a rack as set forth in claim 7, each of said
hangers being pivotally movable to a second position
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Haslnp ______________ __ June 24,
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