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Jan. 1, 1929. 1,697,654 F. JANTZEN TOWEL STAND Filed April 2'7, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.
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Patented Jan. 3., 11229.
entree stares FRED JANTZEN, OF BRONX, NEW YORK.
Application filed April 27, 1928. Serial No. 273,222.
Special objects of this invention are to provide a towel stand for wash rooms, which will combine in the one unit a practical and desirable form of holder for the towels, either paper or linen, a. convenient receiver for wastev or soiled towels, a vanity shelf for combs and brushes or the like, a conveniently located mirror, a cabinet which can belocked to hold a spare supply of towels, soap, or the like, and which as a whole will be in a unit form suitable for use as such, or to be combined with other similar units to meet the particular requirements.
' Other objects and the various novel features of the construction, combinations and relations of parts by which the objects are attained will appear as the specification proceeds.
The drawings accompanying and forming part of the specification illustrate certain practical embodiments of the invention, but
, it should be understood that the structure may be modifiedand changed as regards the par-' ticular forms of the invention as herein shown, Without departure from the true spirlt and broad scope of the invention.
Fig. 1 is a front and art vertical sectional view of one of the stan units; Fig. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional View of the same as on substantially the plane of line 22, Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a broken part sectional end View showing the stand as modified for use from only one side as for instance when placed against a wall; Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional View of the invention as incorporated in a wall type cabinet; Figs. 5 and 6 are broken.
cross-sectional views on enlarged scales of the holders or racks for-paper towels and linen towels respectively; Figs. 7 and 8 are detail views illustrating respectively the interlock in folding of the paper towels and the indivi ual acking of the linen towels.
The orm of the invention shown particularly in Figs. 1 and 2 is designed for use in laces where the stand can be utilized from th sides as when placed in the central portion or away from the wall in a'large sized Wash room.
The upper part of the stand is in the form of a cabinet 9, which in the particular form under discussion is closed at opposite sides by large sized mirror, doors 10 hinged at 11, at the top or side-edges and secured as by means of key actuated locks 12.
In this cabinet, one or more towel holders and the back and front walls 16, 17 of the are mounted, in the'construction shown, two suchholders in the form of vertical racks 13 open at the front at 14 to expose the stack of towelstherein, and having full length dis charge slots 15 in the bottom through which the individual towels are withdrawn one at a time. For the paper towels, this discharge slot is relatively narrow as shown in Fig. ,5,
rack incline downwardly toward the centrally located slot, and have the outwardly and upwardly bent lips 18 providing rounded edges over which the towels will slide easily. The enlarged view Fig. 7 shows how the end folds of the paper towels 19 are arranged in overlapping relation in the stack, so that as one towel is withdrawn by grasping the leading edge 20 of the same, it will pull out the leading edge of the next-towel, leaving it in condition to be readily grasped and removed. The rack for the linen towels as shown in Fig. 6
- is generally similar, except that the discharge slot is wider, so as to permit the central portion of the lower-most towel 19 to bulge downwardly, so that it may be readily grasped either at the center of the wider slot, or by the fingers inserted in the vertically extending slots 21 in the ends of the rack. These linen towels, if desired, may be arranged in individual wrappers 22, lightly sealed, so that they can be easily opened, or will open of themselves as the towels are withdrawn. To bulge the towels downwardl at the center, so that they will pass more finely out-of the discharge slot, a follower plate 23 may be placed on top of the towel stack, the same carrying a section of rod 24 for imparting the desired bend to the stack. The paper towel rack is also illustrated as having slots 21 in the ends of the same to receive a pencil or other implement, if such is required to start the proper feeding of the towels.
The towel racks are preferably made as independent units,'which can be placed in the cabinet, .or be removed as necessary, and for such purpose, they are shown as having outstanding flanges 25, which rest upon the bottom of the cabinet as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, and support the rack with the lower portion of the same extending down through the opening 26 in the bottom of the cabinet. These flanges may be screwed down or otherwise secured. to the bottom, so that the rack can not be disturbed or knocked out of position by grasping the lower projected portlon or other accessories, and when the doors to the cab net are locked, these accessories are der side of-the shelf. This baflle structure protected, and unauthorized removal of the towels from the rack is prevented.
The body of the stand is shown as made upv of a base portion 27, which may rest directly upon the floor with end walls or standards 28 rising therefrom, .and carrying a sd-called vanity shelf 29 for supporting combs,
brushes, or other toilet articles. The end walls 30 of the cabinet structure are shown as extended below the bottom of the cabinet, and as resting upon the vanity shelf, so as to support the cabinet raised above the shelf sufficiently for the towels to be readily removed in the space above the shelf. The feet 30 of the cabinet may be fastened down on top of the' shelf by screws or other devices, and the cabinet may be set either in the center of the stand as in Fig. 2, where service is to behad. from both sides of the stand, or it may be secured at the back of the shelf as in Fig. 3, where the stand is to be placed against a wall or the like. A
To receive the waste or soiled towels, a"
container, such as shown at 31 maybe mounted on the base of the stand between the uprights 28- and to direct the waste or soiled towels into this container there is shown a bafile 32 supported beneath the shelf, and in the'case of a double service stand supported over the center of the basket or receiver by the inwardly and downwardly converging supporting walls 33 dependent from the unmay terminate a distance above the waste receiver, such is indicated in Figs. 1 and 2, so as to properly guide without actually interferin with the passage of the paper or towels into t e container and so as' not to interfere as mounted so that it may be readily tilted to facilitate the removal of the waste contents or be bodily lifted out from the bottom of the stand. The construction illustrated comprises pivot pins 34 on the ends and near the bottom of the basket or container seating in the open slot bearings 35 on the ends of the stand, with guide pins or lugs 36 on the ends of the container near the top and designed to rest in notches 37 or 38 in guide brackets 39 when the upper guide pins 36 rest in the rearward seats 37 as in the fullline position in Fig. 2, the container will be held in its normal upright position. By slightly lifting the container so as to raise the pins 36 out of the seats 37, the container will tilt forward until the pins drop into the forward seats 38, which as shown in Fig. 2 are at a lower level and connected with the rearwardseats by the inclined tracks 40, so that the tilting movement is a smooth easy action. In this for-, wardly tilting position, the waste contents may be readily removed, but if it is desired to entirely remove the container, this can be readily accomplished by simply lifting it so as to clear the pivot and guide pins of'both sets of bearings provided therefor.
The stand may be made of sheet metal, bronze or tile, or a combination of these materials. The construction is strong and rigid and may be light enough for shifting about in case it may be desired to move the same. In case however it is desired to fix the position of the stand, this may be readily done by a suitable floor anchor engaged with the base of the stand. The stand presents an ornamental attractive appearahce and can be readily keptin clean sanitary condition. When the cabinet is locked, the main supply of towels is properly protected but individual towels may be freely withdrawn as needed. The mirror is conveniently located and when swung open gives .full access to the interior of the cabinet for the placing of fresh bundles oftowels in the racks and for storing other toilet accessories. In a wall stand type of cabinet a. solid back may be substituted in place of the rear mirror and may be used as a screen protecting the privacy of a toilet.
If desired, the cabinet portion of the stand may be hung on the face of a wall or built into the wall as shown in Fig. 4; where the structure of the cabinet and towel rackis' shownas of the same general form heretofore I described. In this construction, there is shown an upwardly and inwardly inclined guide or scoop 35 beneath the disoha ge slot of the towel rack for directing the hand up to the towel slot and for preventin any article being placed in the path of the ischarfge slot. This smaller cabinet is adapted more for private use, while the larger unit combining the cabinet and stand is better suited for "supplying the general needs of large toilet rooms. I
To provide a check on the use of thetowels and on the need for refilling the racks, an indicator orgage opening may be provided in line with each rack by cutting a notch'l inthe backing plate 42 of the mirror and omitting or removing the silver on' the back of the mirror in line with the notch so as to 'tainer.
leave a peep opening 42' of clear glass in line with the foot of each stack of towels, Fi 1. The attendant can then see at any time w en the towels are becoming depleted in any of the racks and replenish the same before the supply is exhausted.
What is claimed is:
1. A towel stand comprising a base having upright end walls, a vanity shelf supported by said end walls, a waste container removably seated on the base between said end walls and below said shelf, a bafiie below the shelf for directing waste into the container, a cabinet having leg members engaging the shelf and supporting the bottom of the cabinet spaced above the shelf and a towel rack in the cabinet having a discharge mouth explgsiegl below the cabinet in the space above the s e 2. A towel stand comprising a base having upright end walls, a vanity shelf supported by said end walls, a waste container removably seated on the base between said end walls and below said shelf, a baffle below the shelf for directing waste into the container, a cabinet having leg members engaging the shelf and supporting the bottom of the cabinet spaced above the shelf and a towel rack in the cabinet having a discharge mouth exposed below the cabinet in the space above the shelf, said cabinet having a hinged mirror door covering the towel rack and provided with a lock to protect the contents of the rack within the cabinet.
3. A towel stand comprising a cabinet structure containing a towel rack, said towel rack having a discharge mouth exposed below the cabinet, a vanity shelf spaced beneath the cabinet structure and a waste container mounted in the cabinet beneath the shelf, said waste container being removably mounted in the base portion of the stand and a bafiie beneath the shelf extending downwardly toward the container but terminating above the same, so as not to interfere with the removal of the container from the stand.
'4. A towel stand comprising a base, a shelf supported by said base in spaced relation above the same, a waste container mounted on the base in spaced relation below the shelf and a towel cabinet mounted in spaced relation above the shelf and having a towel discharge passage in the bottom of the same but spaced above the shelf, and a waste directing bafile beneath the shelf but spaced above the con- 5. In a towel stand, a cabinet structure having an opening in the bottom of the same and having a hinged mirror door provided with a lock, a rack for holding a stack of towels, said rack being seated in said opening in the bottom of the cabinet and thus mounted in said cabinet for carrying a Suppl posed throu h said opening in the bottom of the cabinet or the individual withdrawal of the towels, and means for supporting said cabinet structure with open space beneath the same for free access to the towel discharge opening.
6. In combination with a cabinet structure having an opening in the bottom of the same, a towel rack supported in the cabinet with the lower portion of the same seated in the opening in the bottom of the cabinet. said towel rack being open at the front to facilitate the placing of a stack of towels therein and having a discharge slot at the bottom of the same exposed below the bottom of the cabinet.
7. In combination with a cabinet structure having an opening in the bottom of the same,
a towel rack supported in the cabinet with the lower portion of the same seated in the opening in the bottom of the cabinet, said towel rack being open at the front to facilitate the placing of a stack of towels therein and having a discharge slot at the bottom of the. same exposed below the bottom of the cabinet, and the end walls of the cabinet being slotted upwardly from the discharge slot to provide access to the lowermost towels in the stack.
8. In combination with a cabinet structure having an opening in the bottom of the same, atowel rack supported in the cabinet with the lower portion of the same seated in the opening in the bottom of the cabinet, said towel rack being open at the front to facilitate the placing of a stack of towels therein and having a discharge slot at the bottom of the same exposed below the bottom of the cabinet, and the cabinet having a hinged door providing access tothe towel rack within the cabinet, said door having a suitablelock protecting the supply of towels in the rack. i
9. A towel stand comprising a cabinet structure for holding a liberal supply of paper or linen towels, with ample space therein for storing extra towels or other toilet accessories, said cabinet being entirely enclosed and protected by a mirror panel door with a look, a. towel container within the cabinet having a discharge slot at the bottom of the cabinet and arranged to hold the towels so that only one at a time may be discharged through said slot, a vanity shelf below the bottom of the cabinet and under the towel discharge slot for comb and brush or other toilet conveniences, a waste towel container below the the stand but pivotally supported, so that y it may be tilted forwardly from beneath the vanity shelf to enable convenient removal of the waste contents without removing it from the cabinet structure.
10. A towel stand having spaced end walls, a waste container pivotally mounted in a forwardly tiltable relation between said end walls and removable bodily therefrom, a shelf carried by said end walls over said tiltable and removable waste container and a towel cabinet on the stand above said shelf and having a towel discharge opening at the bottom of the same over said shelf.
11. A towel stand comprising a cabinet structure, a towel rack housed within said cabinetstructure and having an exposed discharge mouth at the lower end of the same, said cabinet structure including a vanity shelf spaced beneath the towel rack enclosing portion of the cabinet structure to allow access for withdrawal of towels from the rack and to provide a support for toilet articles below the towel rack and a waste container in the lower portion of the cabinet structure for receiving discarded towels Withdrawn from the rack above the vanity shelf, said container and vanity shelf being arranged with space between the same, so that used towels may be thrown beneath the vanity shelf into said container.
12. A towel stand comprising a cabinet structure, a waste container pivotally mounted in a forwardly tiltable relation in the lower portion of said cabinet structure and also bodily removable therefrom, said cabinet structure having a space above said pivotally and removably supported Waste container enabling discarded towels to be readily cast into the container and a towel holder in the up per portion of the cabinet structure above said towel discharge space and having a towel discharge openingin the lower portion of the same enabling towels to be pulled downwardly out of the same and then being thrown down into the towel discharge space aforesaid.
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