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Jan. 22, 1963
3,074,093
M. J. MCDONALD
DEVICE TO CLEAN FOOTWEAR
Filed Dec. 30, 1959
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Jan. 22, 1963
M. J. MCDONALD
3,074,093
DEVICE To CLEAN FOOTWEAR
Filed Dec. 30, 1959
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DEWCE T@ CLEAN FGÜTWEAR
Mary Si. McDonald, Room 314, 101 Tremont St.,
Arlington, Mass.
Filed Dec. 30, 1959, Ser. No. 862,953
9 Claims. (Cl. 15-161)
This invention relates to a device to clean shoes and
When pressure outwardly is applied to the latter, as by a
shoe of the user, movement rearwardly of said bearing
member ‘24 tightens said spring 32 so that said back 16
automatically returns to normal when said pressure ceases.
My device has a left side di? and a right side 42. Two
connectors 44 and 46, shown as right angle members, ex
tend through slots 47 and 4S respectively in said left side
Gne object of my invention is to provide a device with 10 ¿il? and continue laterally and above said base lower part
il, each being slidable in a space between each of two
brushes that will clean shoes at the bottom as well as at
other footwear.
both sides, and also the back and toe portions, by moving
the shoe, while on the wearer’s foot, over, or into contact
with, the bristles. lt can likewise serve the purpose by so
moving the shoe when ofi the foot.
Another object is to provide such a device with sides
that have brushes, which sides will yield and move out
wardly when the shoe exerts pressure upon them.
A further object is to provide brushes for the toe por
pairs of guide members 5t? and 52 respectively. These
guide members are located, and attached to, said base
upper and lower parts extending all the way across them.
There are two connectors 54 and ‘56, shown as right
angle members, that extend through slots 58 and 60, re
spectively, in said right side ¿l2 and continue laterally
above said base lower part 11. Said connector 54 is
slidable between a said pair of guide members 50 and 52,
as
is said connector 56. Screws 59 hold said connectors
tions of a shoe.
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to said sides ¿iti and 42. A coil spring ‘Gila under said
A further object is to provide said device with a mov
lower base part 1l has two loop members 62 and 64 at
able back whereby a shoe may pass over the brushes from
tached thereto at opposite sides and these are held to said
the front, and beyond, the rear, thus cleaning the heel of
sides
di? and 4Z respectively by screw eyes 66. When
a shoe with toe portions of the brushes.'
sidewise pressure of a shoe forces a said side 40, or 42,
The foregoino and other objects which will appear as 25 to
move laterally, the tension resulting in said coil spring
the nature of the invention is better understood, may be
6&1 serves to automatically return the side to normal
accomplished «by a construction combination and arrange
position when the pressure is released.
ment of parts such as is disclosed by the drawings. The
A bottom brush 65 has a holder 66 attached to said
nature of the invention is such as to render it susceptible
base upper part in which holder many bristles 68 are set
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to various changes and modiñcations, and therefore, I am
in the usual way. Said bristles 65 extend upright in posi
not to be limited to the construction disclosed by the
tion of use, from front to rear of my device, and they serve
drawings nor `to the particular parts described in the
especially to clean the bottom of a shoe and to some ex
specification; but am entitled to all such changes there
tent also clean the sides. An occasional opening 69 in
from as fall within the scope of my claims.
said holder 66 allows dirt to pass below said bristles.
in the drawings:
A left side brush '70 has a holder 71 attached to said
FIG. l is a top plan view of my device to clean foot
left side ¿Jl in which holder 71 many bristles 72 are set
wear.
that extend horizontally towards said right side 42. At
FïG. 2 is a side elevational view of said device, the
the inner end portion of said left side brush said holder 71
dash lines indicating a change in position of the back mem
curves or extends in a lateral direction towards said right
ber as a result of pressure applied to it.
side 42 as do said bristles ‘72 thus providing a toe brush
FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of said device.
portion '74 to clean the toe part of a shoe.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary, sectional View
A right side brush 76 has a holder ’73 attached to said
taken on the line
of FlG. l.
right side d?. in which holder '73 many bristles Sllare set
As illustrated, my device to clean footwear has a sup
that extend horizontally towards said left side 4d; but
port it) having a lower base part il and an upper base 45 being spaced considerably from said bristles ’72. At the
part l2 extending farther rearwardly than, and spaced
inner end portion of said right side brush ’76 said holder 78
above said lower part li, as explained later. Rubber feet
curves or extends in a lateral direction towards said left
13 are attached to said base lower part il. Said support
side d@ as do said' bristles Sil thus providing another toe
has a rear member i4 that is stationary and said base 50 brush portion S2. The screws 59 serve additionally to
upper part 12 rests thereon. This rear member 14 extends
secure the brushes 7i), 76 to their respective sides.
lower than other parts of my device, hence causing the
ln use a person, while wearing shoes, moves the sole
latter to tip forward somewhat as shown in said FIG. 2.
of his shoe back and forth over the bristles 68 of said
A back i6 extends above said rear member 14 and hinges
bottom brush. This movement also helps clean the sides,
1S movably hold it to the latter. Screws 20 hold the 55
the soles and part of the shoe uppers as well, by contact
hinges on the members i4 and 16. Said 4back retains
dirt, after it is brushed oit a person’s footwear, within
my device. ’
with the bristles of the side brushes. if further cleaning
of said sides is needed, one side of the shoe may be espe
cially pressed against the bristles of the adjacent side
A retainer 22 has a U-shaped member 24 bearing
brush and then likewise with the other shoe side. Said toe
against said movable back lo and it has loop portions 26 60 brush portions will clean the front or toe part of the shoe
that are rotatably mounted on a shaft 25 that is held to
which toe part may also be turned sideways if further
said base upper part l2 by staples 36 that enter the latter.
cleaning of these parts is needed.
A tension spring 32 has a lower, U-shaped bearing member
My device is suitable likewise to clean a shoe, or any
34» that bears against said rear member 14 and it also has
similar article, held by a person’s hand. Sincel said back
two extensions 35 that bear against said U-shaped bearing
will yield, a shoe may be forced rearwardly beyond it until
Amember 34. Normally, said retainer 22 holds said bear
the heel comes in contact with said.l toe brush portions.
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Also the foot may be tipped upwardly to bring the rear
heel portion of a shoe in contact with said bottom brush.
Should a shoe be unusually wide, said sides 40 and 42
will yield by moving outwardly, thus enabling my device to
accommodate all sizes of shoes.
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embodying a lower base part, an upper base part spaced
from said lower part and a rear member, a dirt retainer
back, means movably connecting said back to said rear
member, a bottom brush embodying a holder attached to
said upper base part and bristles attached to said holder
and extending upwardly in position of use, two sides,
What I claim:
l. A device to clean footwear comprising a support,
two sides movably connected to said support each having
a slot therethrough, a pair of, guide members attached to
said support, two side brushes attached to said sides the
bristlesof which extend laterally inwardly, a connecting
angle member attached to each said side embodying an
angle portion extending through a said slot and vmovably
extending between Said pair of. guides, and spring means
attached to and extending between said sides and adapted
to be placed under tension whena said side is moved
laterally whereby the latter said side is automatically re
turned Vto normal position _upon release of said tensio-n.
2. A device to clean footwear comprising a support,
two sides movably connected to said support each having
a-slot‘therethrough, _two pairs ot guide members opposite
means movably connecting said sides to said support em
bodying right angle members one angle portion of each
being attached to each said side and another angle portion
of each extending between said lower and upper base
parts, side brushes Íor said sides each embodying a holder
attached to each said side and `bristles attached to said
latter holder and extending laterally inwardly in position
of use, said side brushes embodying toe portions extending
laterally from said sides towards each other and being
adjacent said back.
7. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
embodying a lower base part, an upper «base part spaced
from said lower part, and a rear member supporting said
upper base part, a dirt retainer back, means movably con
nectingsaid back to said rear member, a bottom brush
embodying a holder attached ,to said upper base part and
each other, attached to each said support, two side brushes
bristles attached to said holder and extending upwardly
attached to said sides the bristles of which extend laterally
in position of use, two sides, means movably connecting
inwardly, connecting angle members attached to each said
said sides to said support embodying right angle members
side each embodying an angle portion extending through a
one angleportion of each being attached to said sides and
said slot and movably extending between a said pair of
another angle portion of each extending between said
guides, and spring means attached to and extending be
lower and upper base pans, side brushes for said sides
tween said sides and adapted to be placed under tension
each embodying a holder attached to each said side and
when a said side is moved laterally whereby the latter said
side is automatically returned to normal position upon re 30 bristles attached to said latter holder and extending lateral
ly inwardly in position of use, said side brushes embody
lease of-said tension.
ing toe portions extending laterally from said sides to
3. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
wards each other and being adjacent said back, and 1re-_
embodying a lower base part and an upper base part spaced
silient means operatively connected to said rear member
from said lower part, a dirt retainer back, means movably
and back and normally holding said back in predeter
connecting said back to said support, a bottom brush em
mined
position and being adapted to yield when pressure.
bodying Va holder attached to said upper base part, and
is applied to said back to permit said back to move rear
bristles attached to said holder and extending upwardly in
wardly.
position of use, two sides, means movably connecting said
8. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
sides to said support embodying right angle members one
embodying a lower base part, an upper base part spaced
angle portion of each being attachedto each said side, and
another angle portion of» each extending between said
lower and upper base parts, side brushes for said sides
each embodying a holder attached to each said side and
bristles attached to said latter holder and extending lateral
ly inwardly in positionof use.
4. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
embodying a lower basev part, an upper base part spaced
from said lower part and a rear member, a dirt retainer
back, means movably connecting said back to said rear
member, abottom brush embodying a holder attached to
said upper base part and bristles attached to said holder
and extending upwardly in position of use, two sides,
means movablyv connecting saidrsides to said support, the
space between said base parts slidably receiving portions
of said latter means, side brushes for saidsides each em
bodying a holder attached to each said >side and bristles at
fromrsaid lower part, and a rear member supporting said
upper base part, a dirt retainer back, means movably
connecting said back to said rear member, a bottom brush
embodying a holder attached to said upper base part and
bristles attached to said holder and extending upwardly in
positionof use, two sides, means movably connecting said
sides to said support embodying right angle members one
angleportion of each being attached tosaid sides and an
other angle portion of eachextending between said lower
and upper base parts, >side brushes for said sides each
embodying- a holder attached to each said side and bristles
attached to said latter holder and extending laterally in
wardly in position of use, said side brushes embodying toe
portions extending lateraly from said sides towards each
other and being adjacent said back, resilient means opera
tively connected to said rear member and back and nor
mally holdingsaid back in predetermined position and
tached to said latter holders and extending laterally in
being adapted to yieldwhen pressure is applied to said
wardly in position of use.
5. A device to Yclean footwear comprising a support , back to permit said back to move rearwardly, and re
embodying a lower base part and an upper base part 60 silientimeans under said lower base part attached to, and
holding, said sides in normal position and adapted to
spaced from said lower part, a dirt retainer back, means
yield to permit said sides to move laterally when pressures
movably connecting said back to said support, a bottom
is applied to the latter.
brush embodying a holder attached to said upper base part
9. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
and lbristles attached to said holder and extending upward
embodying a lower base part, an upper base part spaced
ly in position of use, two sides, means movably connecting
from said lower part, and area-r member supporting said
said sides to said support, embodying right angle members
upper base part and extending lower than said base parts
one angle portion of each being attached to each said side,
and tipping the device downwardly from rear to front, a
and another angle portion of each extending between said
dirt retainer back, means movably connecting said back
lower and upper base parts, side brushes for said sides
each embodying a holder attached to each said side and 70 to said rear member, a bottom brush embodying a holder
attached to said upper base part and bristles attached to
bristles attached to said latter holders and extending
said holder> and extending upwardly in position of use,
laterally inwardly in position of use, said side brushes
two sides, means movably connecting said sides to said
embodying toe portions extending latcrallyifrom said sides
towards each other.
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6. A device to clean footwear comprising a support
support embodying right angle members one angle por
tion of each being attached to said sides and another angle
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portion of each extending between said lower and upper
base parts, side brushes for said sides each embodying a
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
holder attached to each said side and bristles attached to
said latter holder and extending laterally inwardly in posi
tion of use, said side brushes embodying toe portions ex
tending laterally from said sides towards each other and
being adjacent said back, a-nd resilient means operatively
connected to said rear member and back and normally
holding said back in predetermined position and being
adapted to yield when pressure is applied to said back to
permit said back to move rearwardly.
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