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June 18, 1963
s. w. PETERSON
3,094,217
RACK FOR PAPER BAGS OR THE LIKE
Filed May 12, 1961
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STANLEYW-PETERSON
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United States Patent 0 ”
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3,094,217
RACK FOR PAPER BAGS OR THE LIKE
Stanley W. Peterson, Racine, Wis., assignor of one-fourth
to Andrew J. Cottone, Racine, Wis., and one-fourth to
Alex F. Skover, La Crosse, Wis.
Filed May 12, 1961, Ser. No. 116,226
3 Claims. (Cl. 211-49)
3,094,217
Patented June 18, 1963
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further be noted that the length of the member 18 is less
than the length of the upper ‘member 10 and this feature
is signi?cant for the purpose of stacking the racks as
vshown in FIG. 3 by the inclusion of the dotted rack super
imposed on the solid line rack of FIG. 3. Still further, it
will be seen in FIG. 1 that the lower member 18 is slightly
angled between the two opposite half lengths so that upon
entering and securing the loop 22 against the door 13, the
point indicated- 24 in FIG. 1 will of course be securely
This invention relates to paper bag racks, and more
particularly it relates to a bag rack of the type which can 10 forced against the door 13 when ‘the loop 22 is drawn
tightly against the door 13 ‘by the screw mentioned.
be mounted on a cabinet door or the like.
As previously mentioned, the an-gularity and shape of
'It is an object of this invention to provide an improved
the members 17 is signi?cant in securing the bag in the
rack for holding a supply of paper products such as bags
rack and it will thus be understood that folded paper bags
or the like and to do so in a manner so that the bags
can be readily inserted into the rack and withdrawn there 15 or the like can be readily inserted through the piece 10
and into the rack to ‘be disposed ‘between the members 17
from.
and the ‘door 13 in the obvious manner. However, ‘due
A more speci?c object of this invention is to provide
to the angularity and curvature of the members 17, the
a paper bag rack which permits easy access to the bags
bags will be automatically and readily secured in the rack
in the rack, and which has a large capacity for retaining
a quantity of bags, and which is nevertheless simple and 20 as they tend to expand between the door 13 and the
smaller con?nes of the rack at the lower ends of the mem
inexpensive in its manufacture and in its mounting on
bers 17. This securely holds the bags in the rack as men
a cabinet door or the like.
tioned. This is true since the bags are of course pushed
Still another speci?c object of this invention is to pro‘
downwardly into the rack to the lower-most position de
vide a paper bag rack which automatically causes the bags
to be 1held therein by a wedging action which is effective 25 pending upon the numbers and therefore the thickness of
the bags, so that if only a few bags are placed in the rack,
in conjunction with the tendency of a folded bag to
they would be pushed down in the rack until they engage
expand.
the portions 21 of the members 17 and this would bring
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
the bags into snug contact with the ‘door 13 so that the
bag rack which can lbe stacked in a plurality of racks in
a very minimum space for the purpose of conserving store 30 bags would not fall out the open sides of the rack. Also,
if a greater number of bags are to be placed in the rack,
counter space or the like, and in accomplishing this par
then they would be perhaps higher in the rack, and there-v
ticular object, the racks of this invention can be readily
fore in line with the upper portion 19 of the members 17
nested in a compact relation for the feature mentioned.
where ‘greater capacity of the rack is provided. Also, the
Other objects and advantages will become apparent
upon reading the following disclosure in light of the ac 35 particular construction described permits easy insertion
and withdrawal of the bags with respect to the rack.
companying drawings, wherein:
Another particular feature of the construction is as
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a rack of this invention.
mentioned, namely that the rack has no side pieces extend
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the rack.
ing, for instance, between the legs 12 of the member 10
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the rack and show
and the lower end of the rack, and therefore the rack can
ing another rack stacked therewith in dotted lines.
be readily nested one above the other in a very compact
FIG. 4 is a reduced perspective view of the rack shown
relation for the purpose of conserving display space. This
in position on a cabinet] oor or the like.
of course ‘becomes particularly important in present-day
The same reference numerals refer to the same parts
merchandising and it therefore permits that the racks be
throughout the several views.
The drawings show the rack to consist of an upper 45 :made of a substantial size so that a large quantity of bags
can be held and large size bags can be held.
U~shaped piece generally designated 10 and made of a
It will thus ‘be understood that a rack ‘for retaining
wire material of suitable diameter and rigidity. Thus
paper products is provided and it will be particularly noted
the member 10 consists of an intermediate portion 11
that the free ends, that is the hook portions 14, of the
and two extending or leg port-ions 1'2 arranged so that the
portion 11 will of course be spaced from the door such 50 upper members leg 12 and the lower member 18 are in
one upright plane while of course the inter-mediate por
as the door 13 shown in FIG. 4. The ends of the member
tion 11 of the member 10 is in a vertical plane offset from
10 are provided with loops 14 which present openings 16
the one comm-on upright plane mentioned. Then the
through which screws or other fasteners (not shown)
interconnecting members 17 extend between the inter
would of course pass for the common purpose of securing
55 mediate portion 11 and the lower member 18 at an angle
the rack to the door 13.
Four wire members or struts 17 are suitably attached in
spaced-apart positions along the upper portion 11 to de
pend therefrom and extend downwardly to the lower por
oblique to the upright plane throughout the entire length
of the members 17 and thus a lesser space is provided
from the upper end of the rack down to the lower end of
the rack and therefore the paper products can be wedged
tion 18 of the rack. Here it will be noted that the mem
bers 17 extend from the outer surface of the member 11 60 into the rack and retained therein without requiring that
there be any side members on the rack and therefore a
and they extend downwardly to the outer or lower surface
‘ simpli?ed rack is provided and the stacking feature can
of the member 18. A signi?cant feature of the rack con
be accomplished as shown in FIG. 3. In this connection
struction resides in the angularity and con?guration of
it will of course be understood that the racks can be laid
the members 17 and here it will be noted that the upper
portion 19 of each of the members 17 is shown to extend 65 on a store shelf with the members 17 down and the legs
12 extending upwardly so that the dotted rack shown in
in a straight extent downwardly to an arcuate portion 21
FIG. 3 would of course be laid over the lower solid-line
which continues to the point of connection with the lower
rack and a number of racks could thus be stacked in this
member 18.
manner. It will still further be recognized that the legs
At this time it will also he noted that the member 18
is provided with a loop 22 which presents an opening 23 70 '12 are angled downwardly from the upper end of the
members 17 and thus the stacking of the racks progresses
through which a screw or other fastener (not shown) can
in virtually a vertical direction even though the racks are
be passed for securing the rack to the door 13‘. It will
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offset as shown in FIG. 3. Thus an acute angle is
formed between the legs 12 and the members 17 as shown
in FIG. 3.
lower portion and with the latter ‘disposed laterally be
yond said interconnecting members, a lower member of
a wire material disposed in the vertical plane of the free
ends of said legs and therebelow and parallel to said in
termediate portion and extending transverse to said inter
connecting members and being attached to the lower ends
thereof, said upper portion and said lower portion being
offset from the straight line of said central portion and
directed inwardly toward said upper member and said
lower member, respectively, adapted for nesting of one
It will further be noted that the interconnecting mem
bers have a short upper end 26 which is shown to be
disposed parallel to the plane of the loops 14 and 22
and this is of course at an acute angle with respect to
the upper member 12 as described. Thus when the racks
are stacked one above the other with the interconnecting
members 17 disposed in the lower-most position on the
shelf or the like, the upper end 26 and the lower end 21
said rack on top of another said rack when said racks are
stacked on said horizontal support, and for said lower
prevent the racks from sliding out of the vertically stacked
position and this is as indicated in FIG. 3. In other words,
both ends 21 and 26 extend upwardly ‘from the lower hori— ' '
zontal portion 19 of member 17 to prevent sliding which
would upset the stacked racks.
Also, the bottom curvature 21 further serves the pur
pose of causing the bags to actually ride up or rise in the
1. A rack for paper, comprising an upper member of a
along with said vertical plane for securely holding differ
ent thicknesses of said paper, and means on said upper
member and said lower member for attaching said rack
to an upright support.
3. A wire rack for paper and adapted for compact
stacking of a plurality of racks and each said rack ar~
rack when the user inserts a hand into the rack and
presses the bags toward the member 17 and the bags are
then caused to ‘follow the angle or curvature of the por
tion 21 and rise in the rack as mentioned so that the
greater capacity of the rack at the upper end is utilized
and more bags can then be accommodated.
While a speci?c embodiment of this invention has been
shown and described, it will be understood that certain
changes could be made therein and the invention there
fore should be limited only by the scope of the appended
claims.
What is claimed is:
member to present a decreasing space downwardly there
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ranged for securely holding quantities of paper, compris
ing an upper member of a wire material and disposed in
a U-shape including two legs and an intermediate portion
of a selected length and being disposed in a horizontal
plane, a plurality of interconnecting upright members of
25 a wire material attached to and spaced along said inter
mediate portion for a distance less than said selected
length and depending therefrom at an acute angle with
7 respect to said horizontal plane and said legs and with
the latter disposed laterally beyond the upright planes of
30 said ‘upright members, a lower member of a wire material
disposed along the vertical plane common to the free ends
of said legs and therebelow and extending parallel to
U-shape including two legs and an intermediate portion,
a lower member spaced below said upper member and
said intermediate portion of said upper member and trans
verse to said interconnecting upright members and being
members including means for mounting same on an up 35 attached to the lower ends thereof, said interconnecting
right support with said upper member in a horizontal
upright members being disposed to be directed toward
plane, the free ends of said legs and said lower member
said lower member in a manner to provide a progressively
being disposed on a common upright plane and with said
diminishing space between said interconnecting members
intermediate portion of said upper member being spaced '
and said vertical plane in the downward direction, means
from said support and with said lower member being 40 on said upper member and said lower member for attach
adjacent said support, and interconnecting J-shaped mem
ing said rack to a vertically disposed support, said rack
bers disposed inwardly ‘from said legs and extending be
being devoid of any members in the space extending ‘from
tween said intermediate portion and said lower member
said upright members to beyond said vertical plane and
at an angle oblique to said plane to present a progressively
intermediate said upper member and said lower member
lesser space from said support in the entire extent of said 45 for stacking of said racks successively in said space.
J-shaped members from said upper member to said lower
member for securely holding different thicknesses of said
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
paper along the length of said J-shaped members.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2. A wire rack for paper and arranged for stacking on
disposed parallel to said intermediate portion thereof, said
a horizontal support, comprising an upper member of a 50
wire material and disposed in a U-shape including two
legs and an intermediate portion, a plurality of intercon
necting members of a wire material attached to and spaced
along said intermediate portion and depending therefrom
in an upper portion and a straight central portion and a
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Drenning ___________ __ Mar. 30,
Dunlap _____________ __ Sept. 24,
Short _______________ __ Apr. 6,
Stevens _____________ __ Nov. 16,
Kottke ______________ __ Apr. 22,
Berg _______________ __ Nov. 19,
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