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Publication numberUS1518853 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date9 Dec 1924
Filing date5 Jan 1922
Publication numberUS 1518853 A, US 1518853A, US-A-1518853, US1518853 A, US1518853A
InventorsFrancis Kingsley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Guard for shoe-blacking stands
US 1518853 A
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Dec. 9, 1924. 1,518,853


IN VENTOR 5- Patented Dec. 9, 1924.



Application filed January To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRANCIS KINGSLEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Pelham Manor, Vestchester County, in the State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Guard for Sl1oe-Blacking Stands, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, forming a part hereof.

In the polishing of shoes by mechanical devices, as opposed to hand-polishing means, it has been found that dust and polish are apt to be thrown from the surface of the shoe for a considerable distance, thereby spattering bystanders and patrons. Where such mechanical shoe polishing machines are arranged with a bank of seats, as is often the case. the dust and polish are apt to be thrown from one foot rest to another, thereby interfering mutually with proper cleansing and polishing of the shoes of the patrons. In either case, not only is the action annoying and, perhaps, detrimental to business, since it discourages bystanders, but it may also result in some injury to clothing. The principal object of the present invention is to provide a curtain or shield of simple construction which may be moved readily by the operator into position after the feet of the patron are placed on the foot rests, to prevent dust and polish from being thrown out on one or more sides. A. further object of the invention is to provide a curtain or shield for the purpose indicated which is supported in convenient relation to the foot rests and to the operator whereby "it may be removed quickly into or out of protecting relation to the shoes, so as not to interfere with the convenient movementpf the feet on to the rests and away from them. This phase of the invention is important since mechanical shoe polishing devices are designed primarily to facilitate the polishing operation and reduce the amount of time involved. Vfhile the invention is not to be limited to the details of construction of the illustrated embodiment, one suitable curtain is shown conventionally in the drawing, wherein- Figure 1 is a view partly in side elevation and partly in vertical section of a mechanical shoe polishing stand showing the improved curtain in nonprotecting position with relation to the foot rests.

5, 1922. Serial No. 527,173.

Figure 2 is a similar View but showing the curtain in protecting position.

Figure 3 is a detail view in perspective and on a somewhat larger scale showing the parts in the relation indicated in Figure 1.

The invention is not to be limited to any of the details of construction relating to the main frame of the stand, although for convenience such frame may be made up of piping 0; on which are supported two foot rests 72 to receive the feet of the patron in convenient relation for treatment with the mechanical polishing machine. The operator may be seated on a stool 0, While the patron is in a relatively elevated position on a stool (Z. It has been found that, having such a general relation of parts as described, a mechanical polisher will throw dust or polish from the shoes for a distance of two or three feet, much to the annoyance of prospective patrons or bystanders who may be near the stool (Z. Further, a similar spray may be thrown to the right and left and reach the shoes or clothing of a patron at the next foot rest. This dust and polish may spoil the shine at the next stand and injure the clothing of all whom it reaches. It is this condition of affairs which the present invention seeks to remove. Broadly, the invention consists in providing a curtain or shield which may be movable readily by the operator into such relation to the shoes of the patron, after they are placed on the foot rests, as to confine the dust and polish spray on one or more sides. T he improved curtain or shield furthermore, is of simple construction and is disposed within easy reach of the operator so as not to cause any loss of time in moving the curtain into and out of pro tecting relation to the shoes when they are to be placed on the foot rests or removed therefrom. The invention is not to be limited to the particular form or mounting of the improved curtain, although the embodiment illustrated is of simple and convenient construction and may be adapted to the in tended purpose. As shown, the piping a may include two vertical sections a at opposite sides of the foot rests and on the vertical sections may be pivoted, as at e, a three-sided frame consisting of a front portion f and two side shields f. A shield affording protection at three sides of the foot rests will usually be desired and for that reason the illustrated embodiment is so ma have hin ed thereto a lower section which Will hang vertically and afford ample protection When the shield isremoved into protecting position (Figure 2).

When the patron takes his place on t'hev stool and places his feet on the foot rests 6, he' will find the side plates f in vertical position with the front section f Well belowthe foot rests so as not: to interfere with the placing oi? thefeet t-l'i-ereoni The operator'onthe stool a will grasp one or both of the side plates- 7"" and swing them downwardly into horizontal position about the pivots 0 thereby throwing the front section 7 with its hinged section: 7 into vertical position behind the feet. Elie upper edge of the side plates 7' as well as the front section 7 will be Well above the shoes so that dustand spray thrown out theref roin Will be interce ted and rotection-will be afforded' on all sides ot the shoes eXcept ,-perl1aps,-

on the operators side; Protection for the operator can also: be ailor'ded in accordance iently. When the polishing operation has been completed, the operator may With equal convenience and dispatch throw the shields f upward so as to move t hefiiont section f from: the pathwliieh the feet W-ill'take'When being removed from the rests.

Iclaim as myinvention: I

1. A guard for shoe hlacliing stands provided with footrests, comprising a shield prising a three-sided curtain supported p i-v91 otally on its sidesand in suoh relation to the foot tests as to be swung up or down about its pivots into and out of protecfiive relation to the" shoes on: the foot-"rests;

3. A guard for shoe blackingstands" comprisingia main frame for the standinclud two upright sections disposed at oppo-- sites-ides of the foot rests; a st i'if frame having: two sideplates pivoted on said uprights and: a front section, an 'additiona l section hinged to said front section and adapted to hang in line therewith When the curtain is in operative relation to the foot rests. v

This speoifioetion signed this 4th day of January, A. D. 1 922.


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U.S. Classification15/265, 297/423.1
Cooperative ClassificationA47L23/16