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March 29, 1966 s. PULlTzER DISPLAY HANGER Filed Jan. 2, 1963 INVENTOR SIDNEY PUL/ TZER BY www 94 DM/@w ATTORNEY 5 United States Patent O 3,243,087 DISPLAY HANGER Sidney Pulitzer, New Orleans, La., assigner to Wembley, Inc., New Orleans, La., a corporation of Louisiana Filed Jan. 2, 1963, Ser. No. 248,960 1 Claim. (Cl. 223-87) This invention relates broadly to the display art and more particularly to an improved hanger for supporting and displaying elongated narrow articles of wearing apparel, especially neckties, on display racks in retail establishments.
The broad object of the invention is to provide a one piece apparel display hanger which is particularly, though not exclusively, adapted for use with neckties and it will be described herein in connection with such use though it will be apparent that the hanger can be employed with a variety of similar apparel.
A more specic object of the invention is to provide a one piece display hanger composed of stamped sheet material, preferably laminated cardboard, which is attractive in appearance, rugged in construction and readily applied to the individual neckties which are to be displayed.
The hanger of the invention comprises -a flat, somewhat elongated, generally rectangular body having an integral hook at the upper end and a pair of vertically spaced laterally extending openings adjacent its lower end. The openings are interconnected by a vertical passage so as to provide inwardly extending, laterally spaced arms over which the necktie is looped to hang rearwardly of the lower part of the hanger. A particular feature of the invention resides in the contouring of the tie engaging surfaces of the inwardly extending arms so as to lend considerable strength to these parts as well as to resist tendency of the tie to be displaced when a prospective customer exerts a normal pull on the tie while inspecting the same.
The details of the invention will now be described in conjunction with the following drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a vertical, front elevational view of a hanger constructed in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged broken view of the tie supporting part of the hanger of the invention; and
FIG. 3 is a vertical cross sectional view taken substantially on the line 3 3 of FIG. 2.
Referring now to the drawings and particularly to FIG. 1, it will be observed that the hanger of the invention is composed of a single, elongated, fiat panel of sheet material and includes a body part 12 having an integral hook 14 formed at its upper end. The hook 14 includes an enlarged central opening 16 adapted to engage a supporting rod of a display stand and is connected to the side edge of the hanger by means of a lateral pass-age 13. A price tag 20 may be attached tothe upper edge of the hanger by means of a tear line 22 so that the tag may be readily separated from the hanger.
Formed in the lower portion of the body part 12 of the hanger are a pair of vertically spaced laterally extending openings 24, 26 which are interconnected by an offcenter vertical passage 28 to provide a pair of inwardly extending tie supporting arms 30, 32 of different lengths and of substantially uniform vertical height throughout their lengths. The purpose of providing one arm of considerably greater length than the other is to facilitate engagement of the loop of a necktie with the arms with a minimum bunching and possible creasing of the tie mate- 3243,87 Patented Mar. 29, 1966 rial. This is accomplished by first sliding the tie loop laterally over the longer arm and then engaging the remaining, considerably narrower part of the loop over the shorter arm, this requiring considerably less compressing of the tie material than would be the case if the lateral passage were located centrally so las to provide arms of equal length. The provision of arms of unequal length for the described purpose is an important feature of the present invention.
One of the dii-liculties attendant upon utilizing an inwardly projecting prong or arm type hanger, particularly where the hanger is constructed of inexpensive material such as cardboard, is the fact that the arms are readily broken oif when the tie is pulled downwardly during customer inspection. This is because the upper, article supporting edges of the arms are straight and usually horizontal so that when a downward pull is exertedon the article the load is received at the inner free ends of the arms thereby exerting considerable leverage at their outer ends which all too frequently is sufficient to break the arms so as to render the hanger useless.
The present invention overcomes the foregoing diiculty by so constructing or contouring the arms that their upper edges 34, 36 (see FIG. 2) define a shallow, downwardly extending arc whereby when a tie, shown in phantom lines at 38, is pulled downwardly, its loop 40 is pulled into uniform engagement with the edges 34, 36 so that the pulling force is distributed evenly over the entire lateral width of the opening 24 rather than only at the arm ends. Another important feature of the curved upper surfaces of the arm is the fact that when the tie is pulled so as to engage the surfaces uniformly as described, there is increased frictional resistance to downward displacement of the tie which resistance is exerted across the entire width of the tie material which would not be the case if the material were brought into tight engagement only with the outer ends of the arms as would occur where the upper surfaces of the latter are horizontal or straight.
In addition to the frictional resistance to displacement afforded by the upper surfaces of the arms, the tie also frictionally engages the lower edges 42, 44 of the respective arms 30, 32 as well as the upper edge 46 of the lower part 48 of the hanger below the opening 26. Thus when the front end S0 of the tie 38 is pulled downwardly it will be clearly seen in FIG. 3 that the tie material is naturally moved into close engagement with all of the aforementioned edges to increase the frictional resistance whereby displacement attendant upon a normal pull is not likely to occur.
As has been previously mentioned, the hanger is desirably constructed of laminated cardboard and, as shown in FIG. 3 may comprise an outer sheet 52 of preferably enameled or glossy light cardboard, containing the printed advertising matter which is bonded to a backing sheet 54 of relatively heavy gauge cardboard.
It is believed that the use and operation of the invention should be obvious from the foregoing description and need not be further described.
It will be apparent that the hanger of the invention is susceptible of various changes and modifications without, however, departing from the scope and spirit of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A hanger for four-in-hand neckties comprising an elongated, at, one-piece body of sheet material having upper sa and lower ends, a hook part formed in the upper end of said body, a pair of laterally extending vertically spaced openings formed adjacent the lower end of said body, an ofi-center vertical passage formed in said body and interconnecting said openings so as to form between said openings a pair of inwardly extending necktie supporting arms of unequal length, each of said arms having a substantial vertical height which is substantially uniform throughout its length and extending between the lower edge of the upper opening and the upper edge of the lower opening, the entire lower edge of said upper opening being in the shape of a downwardly extending shallow arc whereby the upper edges of said inwardly extending arms are contoured to conform to the position partaken by a necktie looped over said arms when a downward pull is exerted on said necktie.
I-eerernces Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS l/192l Lichter 223-87 3/1927 Smith 223-88 3/1939 Shafarman 223-88 12/1941 Shafarman 223-87 FOREIGN PATENTS 3/ 1943 France. 8/1961 France. 11/ 1940 Great Britain.