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April 30, 1963
F. A. ROBERTS
3,087,219
SHADE PULLS
Filed Jar-1. 22, 1959
FRANK A. ROBERTS
INVENTOR
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$254M.“
ATTORNEY
United States
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Patented Apr. 30, 1963
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principles or features of this invention as herein explained.
As an aid to understanding this invention it can lbe
SHADE PULLS
Frank A. Roberts, 6641 Gardenia Ave.,
Long Beach, Calif.
Filed Jan. 22, 1959, Ser. No. 788,360
1 Claim. (Cl. 24--243)
This invention pertains to new and improved shade
pulls.
The term “shade pull” is commonly used at the present
time to designate comparatively small structures which
stated in essentially summary form that it includes shade
pulls, each of which is formed of a single unitary body
of a rigid material. Such a body includes opposed side
walls joined together by an end wall so as to have a gen
erally U-shaped appearance when viewed from one end.
These side walls are formed so that the portions of them
adjacent to the end wall, and the end wall itself, are
curved in order to de?ne an internal slot leading between
the sides of a shade pull of this invention, this internal
slot being of approximately the same dimensions as the
are ‘attached to a portion of a conventional cloth type
pocket of a window shade containing a rod as described
of Window shade in order to facilitate the adjustment of
in the preceding discussion. The free ends of these side
such a shade. Such pulls are primarily intended to be
used so that the shade itself will not become soiled as 15 walls contain a plurality of ridges which ?t together so
as to de?ne a pathway leading from this slot to the top
it is moved from one location to another. They are also
of the shade pull. This pathway is of such dimension as
used so as to prevent the conventional shade from being
to ?t against and engage the seam normally found in any
torn or mutilated by an undue concentration of force at
window shade of the type with which shade pulls of this
one point as such a shade is being moved.
invention are adapted to be used. These ridges are of
Conventional window shades of the type used with such
a complementary shape and are curved so that there is
shade pulls usually employ a coated cloth shade proper
substantially no danger of a window shade being torn by
a shade pull of this invention and so that a shade pull
of this invention may he slid along the length of a window
formed by folding the shade back on itself so that the
edge of the shade is secured at the top of the pocket by 25 shade with a minimum of dif?cul-ty. These ridges, how
ever, grip the hem or seam of a shade in such a manner
what is commonly referred to as a seam. The pocket in
as to ?rmly hold a shade pull of this invention in a desired
this type of construction is normally adapted to hold an
location.
elongated rod such as a window rod.
The actual nature of the shade pull of this invention
An object ‘of the present invention is to provide new
which terminates at its lower edge in an elongated pocket
of uniform cross-sectional con?guration. This pocket is
and improved shade pulls which are adapted to be used 30 is best more full explained by referring directly to the
accompanying drawing in which there is shown a shade
with shade constructions of this general type. A more
pull 10 which is adapted to be located upon a window
speci?c object of the present invention is to provide shade
shade 12 as indicated in FIG. 1 :of the drawings so that
pulls of the type indicated which can be inexpensively
manufactured using modern high speed injection molding
a slot 14 formed between side walls 16 and 18 and an
as they are being operated, and which are of such a con
remote from the end wall 20 are formed so as to ?t closely
are used.
?ne a circuitous path adapted to contain the seam 28 on
techniques. A further object of this invention is to pro 35 end wall 20 of this shade pull 10 ?ts over and ?rmly
engages a pocket 22 of the shade 12 containing a rod 24
vide shade pulls of this type which can be satisfactorily
of uniform cross-sectional con?guration.
employed with Window shades of virtually any desired
With this construction the ends of the walls 16 and 18
width, which effectively protect such shades from soilage
struction that there is substantially no danger of such 40 adjacent to one another and so as to include curved
ridges 26 of a complementary shape. These ridges de
shades being torn or otherwise mutilated as these pulls
the shade 12. With this construction these ridges 2:6
?rmly engage the seam 28 so as to hold the shade pull 10
will be fully apparent to those skilled in the art to which
tln's invention pertains from a detailed consideration of 45 in place upon the shade 12. They further distribute
Various other objects and advantages of this invention
the remainder of this description including the appended
claim and the accompanying drawings in which:
forces to the shade 12 as a shade pull 10 is used so as to
prevent the shade 12 being torn mutilated or deformed 'by
the forces applied to it through the shade pull.
FIG. 1 is a front elevational View illustrating the use
In order to facilitate the positioning of the shade pull
of :a shade pull of this invention upon a window shade;
50 .10 upon the shade 12 by being slid over an end of the
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of [this shade pull;
rod 24 and the pocket 22 it is preferred to provide tapered
FIG. 3 is ‘a side elevational view of this shade pull;
walls 30 leading from the sides of the pull 10 on the side
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an attachment which
Walls 16 and 18 to the space between the ridges 26 as is
may be used with this shade pull if desired;
indicated in FIG. 2 of the drawings. Similar tapered
FIG. 5 is a front elevational view illustrating the use
55 walls 31 on the free ends of the side walls 16 and 18 also
of a modi?ed construction falling within the vbroad scope
serve to prevent damaging of the shade 12. Further,
of this invention;
it is preferable to form the side walls 16 and 18 so that
FIG. 6 is a side elevational view of this modi?ed struc
their free ends containing the ridges 26 are of larger
ture; and
FIG. 7 is an end View of this modi?ed structure taken 60 dimensions than their ends adjacent to the end wall 20
in order to provide a comparatively large amount of
in the direction of arrow 7 in FIG. 5.
gripping area engaging the seam 28 of a shade 12 so as
Wherever convenient for purposes of illustration and
to eliminate any possibility of undue forces being applied
explanation like numerals are used to designate like parts
to ‘any one region of this scam.
in various ?gures of the accompanying drawing. It is
Although the shade pull 10 can be operated without
to be understood that this drawing is not to be taken as 65 any other structure being attached to it, it is normally
limiting this invention in any respect. This drawing is
preferred to attach to ‘the end wall 18 at its center on
primarily intended so as to ‘clearly illustrate certain
the side of this end Wall remote from the side walls 16
presently preferred embodiments of the construction of
this invention.
Those familiar with ‘art to which this
invention pertains will realize that other differently ap
pearing devices may be readily designed through the use
of routine engineering skill so as to utilize the essential
and 18 a small lug 32 reinforced against side bending by
means of a ?ange 34, this flange being positioned around
a web 36 having a hole 38 formed therein. If desired, a
conventional cord 40 as indicated in FIG. 1 of the draw
ings may easily be attached to the hold 38 in a known
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manner. If desired, however, a small loop-like ?nger
hold 42 having opposed, spaced ends 44 may be tem
porarily deformed through the application of moderate
pressure so that the ends 44- ?t within the hole 38.
From the aforegoing description those skilled in the
art to which this invention pertains will realize that shade
This application is a continuation-in-part of the co
pulls :as herein described may be easily manufactured
pending application Serial No. 380,152 ?led September
15, 1953, now abandoned, entitled Window Shade Operat
ing Attachment.
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I claim:
A shade pull formed out of a single piece of rigid mate
rial so asto included opposed side walls and an end wall
joining ‘adjacent ends of said side walls, said side walls
from a wide variety of known rigid thermoplastic mate
and said end wall being formed so as to include a curved
rials, such as styrene or the like, at a comparatively
nominal cost. They will further realize that these shade 10 slot extending through said shade pull, said slot being
adapted to be positioned over a pocket and a rod -form
pulls are extremely satisfactory for the purposes intended
ing a part of a window shade, the free ends of said side
and that they may be used with a vminimum of di?iculty
without danger of a shade being damaged by contact with ’ walls being ‘formed so as to include a plurality of curved
ridges of complementary shape, said ridges de?ning a
them. It will be further realized that shade pulls such
as the shade pulls 10 differ from prior related construc 15 pathway leading from said slot past the ‘free ends of said
tions inasmuch as they are not slipped over a rod and a
pocket in a shade from one side of such rod yand pocket
shade pull, said side walls including tapered walls leading
from said pathway to the exterior of said shade pull, said
pathway being adapted to engage the seam on -a window
but instead ane slid ‘along the length of a rod and pocket
shade, the free ends of said side walls ibeing of larger
from one end of a Window shade. When shade pulls 10
are used with a shade such as the shade 12, they are in 20 dimension than the ends of said side walls adjacent to
said end wall, the pull including a lug formed on said
the nature of a temporary attachment which can ‘be re
end wall, said lug having a hole formed therein, said
moved from such a shade ‘for cleaning or other purposes
hole being adapted to receive means for use in moving a
as may be desired. However, they cannot be pulled off
window shade.
of a side during use because they are of a rigid nature.
The basic features or principles of the shade pul-l 10 25
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
can be applied to a modi?ed structure 50 of this inven
tion as indicated in FIGS. 5, 6 and 7 of the drawings.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
This modi?ed structure includes side walls 52 and 54
50,193
Whittier et al _________ __ Sept. 26, 1865
connected by an end wall 56. These walls, 52, 54 land
92,488
Strain _______________ __ July 13, 1869
56 are formed so as to include a centrally located slot 30
58 having curved walls extending completely through this
modi?ed structure 50 between the sides thereof, this slot
5-8 being adapted to be positioned over a traverse rod 60
as indicated in FIG. 5 of the drawings.
The free ends of the side walls 52 and 54 ‘are provided 35
with ‘a series of complementary ridges 62 which ‘are
adapted to ?t together so as to de?ne a very narrow slot
within which a curtain or the ‘like 66 may ‘be located
so as to permit its being held in a desired location. It is
noted that ridges Within the ends of the side walls 52 land 40
54 extend both across such side walls and along the length
thereof as to achieve exceedingly good holding action
whereas the ridges 26 on the pull 10 merely extend Ibe
tween the side edges of the shade pull 10.
Because of the (nature of this invention and because of
the ‘fact that the external shapes of devices as herein
described may be changed in various manners without
altering the basic construction of such devices, this in
vention is to be considered as being limited only by the 50
appended claim forming a part of this disclosure.
195,763
290,698
800,441
Knapp _______________ __ Oct. 2, 1877
Michel ______________ .._ Dec. 25, 1883
Herr et a1 ____________ -_ Sept. 26, 1905
819,064
Hartshor-n ____________ __ May 1, 1906
1,166,355
1,368,839
Franklin _____________ .._ Dec. 28, 1915
Richards _____________ __ ,Feb. 15, 1921
1,554,437
Larsen et a1 ___________ __ Sept. 22, 1925
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1,890,320
1,935,685
2,002,001
2,433,171
2,614,570
2,805,013
Trimble ______________ __ Oct. 2,
Field ________________ .._ Dec. 6,
White _______________ .._ Nov. 21,
Beard ____'_ __________ __ May 21,
1928
1932
1933
1935
Tegarty _____________ __ Dec. 23, 194-7
Hall ________________ __ Oct. 21, 1952
Comfort _____________ .. Sept. 3, 1957
FOREIGN PATENTS
651,703
France ___; ____ ..'_ _____ _- Oct. 15, 1928
1,127,231
651,186
129,234
France _______________ __ Aug. 6, 1956
Great Britain _________ __ Mar. 14, 1951
Sweden ______________ __ Aug. 22, 1950
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