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LIFE SAVING SUIT. APPLICATION FILED JAN. 9, I9l5- 1,147,274. Patented July 20, 1915.
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COLUMBIA PLANOGRAPH cn.,WAsHlNuTON, D. C.
PAUL SIMON, or PERTH AMBQY, new JERSEY. I
LIFE-SAVING suite Specification of Letters Patent., Patented, July 20, 1915.
Application filed January 9,1915. Serial No. 1,333.
- To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that 1, PAUL SIMOn, a subject of the King of Hungary, residing at Perth Amboy, in the county of Middlesex and State of New Jersey, have invented new and useful Improvements in Life-Saving Suits, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to a life saving suit particularly designed for travelers on board of steamers or other water-craft and has as its principal object to provide a device suitable for constant wear and ready for immediate use in case of emergencies, saving the wearer from drowning in the water and from exposure to the direct contact with it. In the accompanying drawing: Figure 1 is a front elevational View of my device,
some parts broken away, showing the device in its state of ordinary wear. Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of my entire device, on a slightly reduced scale, showing it in an inflated state, as ready for use in an emergency case.
The same part is designated by the same reference characters throughout the several vlews.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, 3 is a suit made of watertight material, having pockets or bags 4: and 5 made of airtight material, preferably rubberized silk, attached to it, one at the front part andone at the back portion of the suit, communicating with each other on either side by means of channels 6 made of the same material, and two similar pockets or bags 7, one on each trouser-leg beneath the knee-portions thereof, communicating with the pockets 4: and 5 through channels 8 formed on either side of the suit also of the same material as the pockets.
On the pocket 4 at the front portion of the suit I provide an air valve 9 of the type usual in air-cushions, operated by a turn of one thumb and finger and attached to it a flexible tube 10 of sufficient length to reach to the mouth of the wearer of the suit. Two small straps 11 are provided on the same pocket to take up the free end of the tube 10 when not used. 7
The suit has short sleeves 12 and is buttoned at the shoulder-portions 13. are rubber soles 14 attached to the lower ex- There tremities of the trousers by means of watertight seams.
A person may wear this suit aboard any ship without great inconvenience and in case of an accident necessitating its use he has simply to inflate the pockets through the tube, all pockets filling simultaneously on account of the channels of communication. The inflating can be performed in one minute and the air valve being then closed and the free end of the tube stowed away in the straps, the person is kept afloat by the pockets indefinitely in as convenient a position as possible under the circumstanoes,the
lower pockets causing the person practically to sit in the water. The whole suit being watertight and the neck and shoulder portions well out of water, the inconvenience of the direct contact of the body with the water is also eliminated.
If, in case of a continued stay in the water,v
any air should escape from the pockets, they may easily be refilled in an obvious manner.
When a person wishes to sacrifice the conform of my invention there would ofcourse be no outlets from the pockets, but they would only communicate with one another.
It is understood that while I have thus shown and described the preferred forms of my invention, 1 do not want to be limitedto its mechanical details and may resort to such alterations and modifications as come within the scope of the claim hereunto appended.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is: y i
A life-saving suit made of watertight material in the shape of a'union suit, enveloping the whole body except the head, neck and part of the arms, buttoned at theshoulder portions and terminating in rubber soles, said suit comprising, in combination, airtight pockets one at the front part, one at the back and one each on the trouser legs,
beneath the knee-portions thereof, all of therethrough said pockets and said air-valve said pockets connected With each other by adapted to be opened or closed by a turn 10 airtight channels madfi off the salrine ma- With one thumb and finger. terial as the pockets, t e ront-poc et provided With an air-valve and a flexible tube PAUL SIMUN attached to it, said flexible tube being of Witnesses: sufficient length to reach to the mouth 0]": WILLIAM F. KUEHNE, the wearer of the suit, adapted to inflate STEFE TOIGY.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,
Washington, D. G.