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April 30, 1963
w. K. DRESSER
3,087,662
PAPER TOWEL DISPENSER CABINET
Filed Oct. 27, 1960
A?
INVENTOR.
WALTER K. DRESSER
\
BY
“5am
ATTORNEY
United States Patent
free
3,087,662
Patented Apr. 30., 1963
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3,037,662
edge of the frame 33 to hold the door closed. Beneath
the lower edge of the door is an opening 34 of less height
than shield 25.
PAPER TOWEL DI§PENSER CABINET
Walter K. Dresser, Portland, Oreg.
{P.O. Box 266, Mosier, Oreg.)
Filed Oct. 27, 1960, Ser. No. 65,335
2 Claims. (Cl. 225—43)
Mounted on the inside of the door are a pair of spring
arms 35 equipped with confronting bosses 36 to support
a roll a paper towelling ‘or the like 40. If desired, a sight
‘opening 39 may be provided in the door to show the
This invention relates to improvements in dispenser
amount of material on the roll. Also, if desired, the lower
cabinets for rolls of paper towelling, wax paper, alumi
edge of the door may be serrated as indicated at 41 to
num foil, and the like.
10 form a tearing edge and this edge may be recessed at 42
The devices heretofore proposed for this purpose have,
to provide better access for grasping the material. The
for the most part, been complicated and expensive to
door is further provided with an inwardly projecting hori
manufacture and have left much to be desired in the way
zontal ?ange '43 in the plane of flange 26 and spaced at
of neatness and compactness in installation.
short distance therefrom whereby the two‘ ?anges 26 and
Objects of the present invention are, therefore, to pro 15 43 provide a paper guide slot 45 which is closer to the door
vide a dispenser cabinet of the type described which is rel
surface than the axis of the paper roll.
atively simple and inexpensive to manufacture, to pro
The roll of paper 40 is preferably mounted to unwind
vide a cabinet which presents a neat and attractive appear
from its rear side whereby, regardless of the size of the
ance suitable for use in a household kitchen or public
washroom and to provide an improved ?ush-mounted
cabinet which is recessed within a wall.
‘In the present cabinet, economy of construction is ob
roll as the latter diminishes in use, the lower end will be
directed forwardly from the under side of the roll so as to
project through the paper guide slot 45 at a forwardly in
clined oblique angle tending to hold the lower edge of
tained by eliminating the side and back wall portions and
the paper against the inside surface of the door. When
providing only a skeleton frame for ?ush mounting in a
paper is drawn from the roll and torn on the tearing edge
wall opening. The roll of towelling or other material to 25 41, the torn end does not then drop down into view in
be dispensed is mounted on the inside of a bottom hinged
the opening 34 to present an unsightly appearance but re
door so as to be conveniently accessible for replacement
mains concealed or substantially concealed, behind the
when the door is opened. Improved means of access are
door. If complete concealment is desired, the recess 42
provided for withdrawing the material as needed while,
may be omitted, the edge ‘of the paper after each tear
at the same time, keeping the torn edge of the material
normally hanging exactly even with the tearing edge 41
concealed so as not to detract from the neat appearance of
and substantially in contact with the inside surface of
the device.
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the door as shown in FIGURE 2. When the paper is
torn in the intended manner as above described, the torn
Still other objects and advantages will become appar
end never hangs down in view below the tearing edge
ent and the invention will be better understood from the
following description of the preferred embodiment illus 35 41.
trated on the accompanying drawing. Various changes
By thus keeping the torn end at all times disposed sub‘
may be made, however, in the construction and arrange
stantially against the inside surface of the door, this end
ment of parts and all such modi?cations within the scope
may readily be grasped by inserting only the ends of the
of the appended claims are included in the invention.
?ngers
into the opening 34 with the palm up and then
40
In the drawing:
pressing the tips of the ?ngers forward toward the in
FIGURE 1 is a front elevation view of the present cabi
net installed in a wall;
FIGURE 2 is a sectional view on the line 2—2 of
side surface of the door so as to engage the paper.
In
the case of paper towelling, the friction between the paper
‘and the inside surface of ‘the door is less than the friction
FIGURE 1; and
between the paper and the ?ngers whereby the paper may
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view on the line 3‘——3 of 45 be pulled down a half inch or so by such frictional en
FIGURE 1 with the door opened.
gagement alone without requiring the thumb to grip the
As shown in FIGURE 2, the present cabinet is mounted
paper for this initial movement. Then, as the lower end
in a wall ‘between a pair of studs or other upright mem
of the paper appears in recess 42, or below the cutting edge
bers ill. The rear face of the wall is represented by
41, the thumb may be employed in the normal manner to
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boards 11 and the front face is represented by boards .12.
grip against the ?ngers and pull the desired length of paper
The interior wall space in which the cabinet is mounted
out through the opening 34.
may be closed at the top and bottom, if desired, by hori
In the case of wax paper or metal foil, or even in the
zontal cross members 13 but these are not necessary for
case of paper towelling if the roll does not turn reason
the mounting of the device.
UK 01 ably freely on bosses 36, there may not be a suf?cient
The cabinet consists of merely two sheet metal parts,
friction between the ?ngers and the material to pull out
these being a peripheral rectangular frame 15 and a door
the material without using the thumb. In such cases, the
16, both preferably fabricated of a suitable material such
recess 42 is advantageous in order to give the thumb‘ some
as sheet metal. The opposite sides of frame 15 are each
initial grip against the ?ngers to start the downward move
equipped with an upper horizontal tongue 17 projecting
ment of the material.
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into the wall opening and secured to the stud member
In any case, the paper guide slot 45 controls the position
10 by means of a screw 18. A lower tongue 20 on each
of the paper for convenient grasp while concealed and does
side is similarly secured by a screw 21. The lower tongues
not allow the lower end of the paper to hang in random.
20 are interconnected by a curved shield 25 having a for
positions or in varying positions ‘as the radius of the
wardly directed top ?ange 26. An outstanding peripheral
65 roll diminishes with use. The construction of the guide
flange 27 overlies the wall portions about the opening in
slot does not present a threading problem in mounting
which the tongues are mounted.
a new roll because the slot opens with the door, as shown
Door 16 is pivotally mounted in opposite sides of frame
15 on suitable pivot elements 30‘, the downward movement
in FIGURE 3.
able latch device is adapted to engage behind the upper
terials may be carried by the door in the same cabinet with
the lower ends of the materials spaced or separated from
Since the position of the lower end of the material is
of the door being limited in substantially horizontal posi 70 controlled in the manner described, rolls of different ma~
tion by stop screws 31. A spring catch 32 or other suit
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each other so that the desired material may be grasped
and withdrawn without also withdrawing a material which
is not desired. in such case, the cabinet would be made
larger either in vertical height or in horizontal depth,
depending upon the available thickness of therwall, so OX
a roll in said holder, and a forwardly projecting horizontal
?ange on the top edge of said shield partially closing the
upper end of said pocket and forming a guide to direct
material from the roll forwardly against the inside of said
door.
2. A dispenser cabinet for ?ush mounting in a wall
opening comprising an open back and open side rectangu
and one behind the roll shown.
lar frame having a peripheral front ?ange adapted to over
In this way, as many as three different materials such
lie the marginal surface of the wall about said opening,
as paper towelling, wax paper and aluminum foil could 10 upper and lower tongues projecting rearwardly from side
be carried in the same cabinet with a separate guide slot
portions of said frame for securing the frame in the wall
for each. One ‘guide slot would hold the lower end of
opening, a ?at bottom hinged door mounted in said frame
one material against the door as shown with a second
?ush with said peripheral ?ange, a roll holder on the
guide slot holding a second material against or adjacent
inside of said door, said door being of less height than
the shield 25 and a third guide slot holding the third
the door opening in said frame to leave an opening beneath
material in an intermediate position whereby any one of
the lower end of the door, a tearing edge on said lower
thethree could be grasped selectively vwithout confusion.
end of the door, a rearwardly projecting horizontal ?ange
Shield 25 conceals the back wall boards 11 so that no
on said door above its pivotal axis and tearing edge and
other back is necessary on the cabinet and also provides a
below said roll holder, a vertical shield connected with said
guide for the ?ngers when they are inserted in the open 20 lower tongues and ‘recessed behind said opening beneath
ing 34 with the palm‘ up.
the door and behind said peripheral front ?ange, and a
Having now described my invention and in what man
forwardly directed horizontal ?ange on the top edge of
that two or three rolls could‘ be mounted either one
above the other or one behind another or with one above
ner the same may be used, what I claim as new and de
sire to protect by Letters Patent is:
1. A dispenser cabinet for ?ush mounting in a wall
opening comprising a rectangular open back and open side
frame, a peripheral ?ange on the front of said frame
adapted to overlie marginal portions of the wall about
said opening, tongues projecting rearwardly from side
portions of said frame for mounting the frame in the wall
opening, a ?at door mounted in said frame ?ush with said
peripheral ?ange and with the bottom of the door spaced
above the bottom of the frame to provide an opening below
the door, a roll holder on the inside of said door, a
tearing edge on the bottom of said door, a vertical shield
carried by said tongues recessed behind said opening at
the bottom of the door and behind said peripheral ?ange,
said shield extending behind the. door from the bottom
of said opening to a level above the bottom edge of the
door and providing a pocket for admitting the ?ngers 40
behind the lower edge of the door to grasp material from
said shield in the plane of said door ?ange and spaced
‘therefrom to de?ne a guide slot, said guide slot being
closer to said door than the axis of said roll holder to
direct material from the back side of the roll forwardly
against said tearing edge in repose position of the material,
said shield extending behind the door from the bottom
of said opening to a level above the bottom edge of the
door and providing a pocket for admitting the ?ngers be
hind the lower edge of the door to grasp said material.
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