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Sept. '10, ‘1946.
Filed April 3, 1944
Patented Sept. 10, 1946
2,407,387 ;
Mary E. Seymour, Wichita, Kane.
ApplicationApril 3, 1944,.S'erial N0.'529,321 I
1 Claim.
(Cl. 211:——1>19.0I)
My invention herein disclosed relates to im
provements in‘clothes, lines, and has for its prin
cipal objects the elimination of clothes pins to
race end in which balls 6 are inserted through
an aperture in the outer member and retained
therein by a threaded stud ‘i. It will now be
secure washed articles of clothing or other
seen that the said annular members are rotat
able on each other by a ball bearing, the outer
fabrics carried by the line structure.
A further object of my invention is to ar
range a clothes line of the character herein dis
closed that will function to the same extent as
a single stationary line of a conventional type
wherein clothes pins are employed to secure 10
articles of laundry to the line.
A still further object of my invention is to
‘provide in the line structure a major strand to
carry the laundry load and minor strands to
member 5 having a handle 8 radially extending
to move said members longitudinally of the
clothes line.
The inner annular member has a
pair of bars 9 extending thereacross in spaced
relation at the diametrical axis that is centrally
positioned between the said bars. ‘The said bars
have a pair of sheave rollers Ill journalled there
betwcen as shown in Fig. 1, the periphery of the
rollers adapted to engage with each other to
removably secure the laundry to the major 15 avoid friction on their journals as rotated by
the strands, it being understood that the terminal
strand,'whereby said minor strands may be of
ends of the lines are secured to suitable posts,
elastic material.
or the line, but not shown in the drawing of '
These and other objects will hereinafter be
the clothes lines.
more fully described, reference being had to the
accompanying drawing forming a part of this 20 'It will be seen that the major. strand is
straightly aligned between the grooved rollers
speci?cation, wherein like characters will apply
loosely engaging in their respective grooves, while
'to like parts in the different views of the line
the minor strands engage frictionally on the outer
sides of the said grooved rollers to rotate the
Referring to the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a side View of the clothes line, frag 25 same and to separate the minor strands that
convergently contact the major strand winding
mentarily, and a separating element partly in.
therearound as the trailing side D_ of the sepa
section, and being carried by the clothes line in
rating element, while at the leading side E of
working relation thereto.
said element the minor strands will unwind in
Fig. 2 is a side view of the separating ele
ment as disclosed in Fig. 1, parts removed for 30 response to its directional movement. It will
now be seen the manner by which articles of
convenience of illustration.
laundry are secured to the major strand by
Figs. 3 and 4 show a modi?ed form for the
placing a portion of said articles of laundry on
separating element, Fig. 3 being partly in sec
the major strand to bind the same thereto by
tion, while Fig. 4 is a transverse view of Fig
winding the minor strands as the trailing side of
3 and being in elevation.
said separating element is moved therefrom. In
As a more concise description of the inven-v
response to the direction of movement, the minor
tion with respect to the drawing, it will be seen
strands will actuate the rotation of the inner
that the said clothes line consists of a major
annular member, which in turn will permit
strand I and minor strands 2, that are adapted
winding and unwinding of said minor strands
to wind on the said strand I as conducted by a
in spaced relation from each side selectively of
separating means for said strands as the said
said separating element as the same is moved by
separator is moved longitudinally from end
its handle manually along the major strand that
to end of the strands, whereby articles of laundry
is stretched tightly as carrying means for laundry
as illustrated at 3 in Fig. 1 are secured to the
secured thereto as herein described.
major strand by inserting a portion as at A be
It will be understood that the major strand
tween the major and minor strands as spaced
is preferably made from galvanized wire of a
apart by the separator as the same is moved
suitable gauge to carry the load, while the minor
from the articles of laundry secured to the line.
strands may be of elastic or ?brous material.
The separating element for the lines above re
ferred to consists of inner and outer annular 50 Furthermore said minor strands may be con
members 4 and 5 respectively, the outer member
structed as a small pliable cable consisting of
having a groove B peripherally extending
a plurality of comparatively ?nely galvanized
metallic strands twisted together to endure re
around the same internally to function as a ball
peated winding of .the same about the major
race while the inner ring is grooved externally
as at C to function as the other side of the ball 55 strand.
In Figs. 3 and 4 will be seen a modi?cation for
the said spacing element, wherein four sheave
rollers l I are employed, whereby the major
strand will ?t closely in the grooves of its re
spective pair of rollers to coact with the minor
strands having a separating means for sepa
rating the pliable strands from each other and
from said straight strand of wire as the sepa
rating means is moved therealong, the separat
ing means comprising a pair of ring-like annular
strands to turn all of said rollers agreeable to
elements, one annular element being placed with
the direction of movement of the separating
element to avoid frictional engagement where
the rollers contact, and such other modi?cations
may be employed as lie within the scope of the 10
in the other and having their confronting pe
ripheral surfaces grooved, and balls being placed
in the grooves, the outer ring-like element hav
ing a handle thereon to convey the said sepa
appending claim.
rating means along the clothes line, the inner
element having cross bars diametrically posi
Having fully described my invention what I
tioned and spaced apart, and a pair of grooved
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters
rollers journalled on the bars therebetween and
Patent is:
In a clothes line of the class described, in‘ 15 peripherally engaging to roll in unison and their
combination, a straight strand of wire of suitable , grooves being greater in size than the diameter
gauge to carry the weight of laundry when the
or gauge of the straight strand of wire to avoid
laundry is placed thereon, a pair of pliable
friction as the rollers turn, said rollers being
strands simultaneously wound and running in
turned by ‘the two pliable strands that engage
spaced relation along and around the straight 20 in the grooves of their respective rollers to sepa
strand of wire to bind laundry to said Wire, said
rate the strands from each other and said
strands having a suitable support for their
straight strand.
terminal ends to carry the same, said pliable
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