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    • A47L23/00Cleaning footwear
    • A47L23/16Shoe-shine stands; Foot-rests with guides for the polishing cloths





1,435,27 1 Patented Nov. 14, 1922 2 SHEETS-SHEET INVENTOR ATTORNEY A. L. ASTE.


APPLICATION FILED MAY 10, 1919 Patented Nov. 14, 192 2.,


INVENTOR Jfrzifiwg l. 32 5358,

ATTORNEY arrangement of a guide rod for the shoe pol-= Patented Nov. 14, 1922.


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a lication filed May 10, 1919. Serial 110.2%,204.

T 0 all whom it concern Be it known that I, ANTHONY L. Asian,-

a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the borough of Brooklyn, county of Kings, city and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoe-Polishing Stands, of which the fol.- lowing is a specification.

This invention relates to shoe polishing stands and broadly considered, comprehends a stand of such construction that the foot rest may be disposed out of the way after polishing the shoes so that a person may not be tripped thereby or the skirt or other parts ofthe clothing torn.

It is one of the important objects of my mvention to provide certain improvements which may be embodied in the multiple type of stand construction such as is generally employed in shoe shining parlors and wherein the shoe polishing materials and the foot rest when not in use will be entirely enclosed within the base portion of the stand which will present afiat unobstructed top surface affording a step from which to clescencl after the shoes have been polished.

It is an additional object of the invention toprovide main and supplementary foot rests, the main foot rest being fixed upon a suitable base, and the supplementary foot rest having means to coact with means on the main foot rest to thereby detachably hold thesupplementary foot rest in superposec relation to the main foot rest.- I

It is a further detail object of my invention to provide an improved mounting and ishing cloth upon the foot rest base so that It is a further general object of my invention to provide a shoepolishing stand having the improved features above noted, which is ofrelatively simple construction. highly.

convenient and serviceable in practical use and capable of manufacture at relatively small cost. 7 Y c Having the aforementioned objects in view, the present invention comprehends certain novel and improved combinations of mechanical elements, and the structural characteristics thereof, as will be more fully- :developed in the following description andv subsequently incorporated in the subjoined claims. l I

. referred to.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of an individual shoe polishing stand or box;'

Figure 2 is an enlarged perspective view i of the shoe rest base showing the supplementary shoe rest in position;

Figure 3 is a detail transverse section taken on the line '33 of Figure 2; i

Figure 4 is a top plan view illustrating a slightly modified form of the device;

' Figure 5 is a similar view showing the modified construction of the supplementary foot rest for use in conjunction with the main foot rest seen in Figure 4;

Figure 6 is a detail section taken on the line 66 of Figure 4 with the supplementary footrest in position; and

Figure 7 is a perspective view illustrating one embodiment of the vinvention as applied to a multiple type of shoe polishing stand. Referring in detail to the drawings, and moreparticularly to Figures 1, 2 and 3 thereof, 5 designates a box or receptacle of suitable dimensions, which, as herein shown, is preferably of rectangular form and is supported at its corners by the legs 6. The interior of the box or receptacle'o is divided by a vertical partition 7, into two compartments, in one of which the brushes and polishing cloths may be placed while the other The top of eachcompartment of the box is closed by means of a cover. These covers,

designated 8 and 9 respectively, are hinged v to the opposite longitudinal edges of a trans Upon the under side of the cover 8, a

base block 12 is secured, said block being of less length and width'than thecover 8. Upon the block 12, a metal plate 13 is securely fixed, and upon the surface of this plate at itsopposite longitudinal edges and in spaced relation to eachv end thereof, the guidelugs la flare formed. The inner faces of these guide lugs are beveled or inclined as'se en at 1 5 for a purpose to be presently It is to be observed that the plate l3'is of wedge shaped form, or gradually tapers in width from one of its ends to the other.

In the end face of the base block 12 and spaced fromthe wider end of the plate 13, a metal plate 16 is countersunk and securely fixed'to the base block. The upper edge of this plate? projects slightly abovethe upper'surface (if the blOck 12 for 85 receives the boxes and bottles of shoe polish.

M nae distance substantially equal to the thickness of the plate This plate 16 affords a step against which the heel of the shoe abuts when the foot is placed upon the plate 13. In such. case, the edges of the shoe sole it between the lugs 1% on the longitudinal edges of said plate.

in the use of the device for polishing ladies shoes, it i hardly possible that the shoe will properly it between the lugs 14 on the shoe rest plate 13. I have therefore provided a supplementary foot rest 17 in which the plate 18 conforming to the outline of the footis connected by means of the standards 19 to a wedge shaped plate 20, the longitudi..- l edges of which are beveled as at 21. The plate 18 is of the usual form now in general use and is provided with a trans verse shoulder 22 against which the heel of the shoe abuts. In the application of this suppleu'ientary foot rest, it is moved longitudinally upon the surface of the plate 13 in forward direction until its beveled .jcs- 21 are frictionally engaged with the beveled faces 15 of the lugs 14. As the pressure upon the plate 18 exerted by the foot is in a forward direction, the supplementary foot rest will thus be securely held against shifting}; movement and retained in superposed relation to the main foot rest plate 13.

in order to facilitate the polishing of the shoe, 2. wire rod 23 is provided as a guide for the polishing cloth. This wire rod is bent to provide the side portions 24: extending longitudinally in diverging relation to the side faces of the block 12 in a rearward directi n. The transverse connecting portion 25 at the forward ends of the side portions 24: of rod is seated in a groove or channel 26 formed in the end face of the bloclr 12. The side portions 2 lof the rot t their rear ends angularly bent in an inward direction as at 27 and securely fixed in 27211:."S1ll132tl3lf3 manner in the base bloclr. The polishing cloth is disposed upon the shoe in the usual manner and the ends of the cloth pas ed downwardly between the sides of the block 12 and the diverging por tions 24: of the wire rod. These ends of the cloth are tightly grasped in the hands and pulled around the rod, being" moved alternatelv in opposite vertical directions. As the cloth is thus drawn across the surface of the shoe, the latter is polished and by contact with the diverging portions 24 of the wire rod, the cloth also shifts longitudinally upon the surface of the shoe and in a forward direction. Thus the frictional contact of the cloth upon the shoe surface, is evenly distributed so that a high polish may be quickly obtained.

After the device has been used, the cover 8 is swung over to its closed position and the shoe rest and other parts on the basebloclt 12 enclosed within one ofthe chambers of the box or receptacle 5. It will therefore be apparentthat in descending from a chair, the foot may be placed upon the closed top of the box which serves as a step. It is not an uncommon occurrence in polishing stands where the foot rests are stationary for ladies skirts to be caught in the foot rest and badly torn and also with the possibility of the wearer being tripped and severely injured. With my improved construction, as all of the parts are entirely out of the way and enclosed within the body of the box or stand, this could not possibly occur.

In Figures 4, 5 and 6 of the drawings, I have disclosed a slightly modified embodiment of the double foot rest, wherein the main foot rest 28 which is fixed upon the base block, is also in the general outlineform of a shoe. The side edges of this main foot plate at the opposite ends thereof are beveled as at 29. The base plate 30 of the supplementary foot rest is of wedge shaped form and is provided upon its side edges and at its opposite ends with the inwardly inclined flanges 31. In this case, the front ends of the main foot rest and of the base plate of the supplementary foot rest are relatively wide, said plates tapering to their rear ends which is the reverse of the construction first referred to. The supplementary foot rest is however applied to the main foot rest in a similar manner and is moved from the rear of the main foot rest towards the front thereof until the flanges 31 come into frictional binding engagement with the inclined or beveled faces 29 ofthe foot plate 28. In either case, it'will be apparent that the supplementary foot rest" may be very easily and quickly applied to or lCillTiVGCl from its operative position in superposed relation to the main foot rest. l t hen removed, the supplementary foot rest can be conveniently housed within one of the compartments of the box or the receptacle. In Figure 7 of the drawings I have disclosed an embodiment of my invention as applied to the multiple type of shoe polishing stand such as is generally seen in shoe polishing parlors. In this construction, the base portion 32 of the stand is divided by a seriesof vertical partitions 33' forming a plurality of compartments which are adapted to be closedby the hinged cover member-s 3d as in the individual type of the' stand above described. In this instance however, the cover members when closed are supported by longitudinal cleats indicated at 35, which are secured to the front and rear walls of the base portion 32. Thus these cover members when closed will have their upper surfaces flush with the upper edge of the front wall of the base portion 32. I have shown a foot rest 36' of conventional type secured to the base block, carried"- by the cover member 34 which is also provided with the guide rod for the polishing cloth before referred to. It will however be understood that the cover member may be equipped with either of the two forms of foot rests which I have previously described so that a supplementary foot rest can be employed. In the adaptation of my invention to the multiple type of polishing stand, the foot rest may be applied only to alternate cover members or to all of said cover members as may be desired. When these cover members are all arrangedin closed position, the base. portion 32 of the stand has a perfectly flat and unobstructed to so that persons descending from the plat o-rm 37 may step thereon and from said base portion to the floor. necessary for ladies to observe extraordinary caution in descending from the stand or to lift the skirts in order to escape the foot rests or prevent soiling by contact with the polishing paste or otherv materials.

From the foregoing description, considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, the construction, manner of useand several advantages of my improved shoe polishing stand will be clearly and fully understood. The several improvements are of a simple character and may be embodied either in the individual or multiple type of stand at relatively small cost. By the provision of the detachable supplementary foot rest, the utility of such stands ismat'erially enhanced and the guide rod for the polishing cloth provides means which will enable the shoes to be speedily and satisfactorily merous alternative constructions.


In the preceding description and the accompanyin drawings I have disclosed practical embo iments of the invention, which, however, may likewise be exemplified in nu- Accordingly the invention as herein claimed is to be considered as inclusive of all legitimate equivalents for the various elements em- Accordingly, it is vnot ploy'ed as well'as other contemplated a rangements thereof, which may satisfacshoe receiving means carried by the underfaces of said doors, said doorsbeing hinged to swing alternately one over upon the other whereby to expose successively the right and left shoe receiving means, saiddoorseach swinging upon a line extending forwardly from the seat occupied by the patron.

2. In a shoe polishing stand, the combination of a platform, a base extending in stepped relation. tothe platform and ,pro-

vided with a series of pairs of compartments therein, seats on the platform, pairs of line substantially transverse to the platform and base and extending outwardly from the intermediate portion of the respective seats, said doors adapted to swing the one upon another when in open position, and shoe re ceiving means held by the underfaces of said doors hinged at their adjacent edges on a doors and'adapted to be exposed for use when the doors are opened,

8. In a shoe polishing stand, the combination of a platform, seats thereon, a base,

supports on the base. forming an unobstructive step to the stand, wedge, receiving meanson said supports, and'shoe rests also carrying co-operating wedge means 'slidable longitudinally of the foot rests into the first wedge receivin means in a direction away from the plat ormtosecure the foot rests in interlocking engagement therewith, said foot rests adapted to be held in interlocking engagement by the thrust of the foot r v of a patronoccupying a seat.

In testimony that he claims the foregoing l as his invention he has signed his namehereunder.


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US4625360A (en) * 1984-07-30 1986-12-02 Burdette Garrard Shoe shine box
US20060225240A1 (en) * 2005-04-11 2006-10-12 Michael Rossiter Shoe shine box
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