US 1159788 A
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A. G. NEWBELL.
APPLICATION FILED JUNE 30. 1913.
ALBERT G. NEWBELL, OF DES MOINES, IOWA.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Nov. 9, 1915.
Application filed June 30, 1913. Serial No. 776,718. 7
To all whom it may concerm Be it known that I, ALBERT G. NEvVBELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Des Moines, in the county of Polk and State of Iowa, have invented a certain new and useful Sleeping-Bag, of which the following is a specification.
The object of myinvention is to provide a sleeping bag of simple, durable and inexpensive construction especially adapted for the use of infants and so constructed and arranged that an infant may be very readily and easily placed in position within the sleeping bag and the sleeping bag buttoned up tight and after the infant is in position it may have free movement of its body, legs and arms without any danger of having the body or legs exposed .and it mayalso have free access with its hands to its head and face and yet the hands and arms will be covered up and not exposed when extended downwardly along its body.
My invention consists in certain details, in the construction, arrangement and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 shows a plan view of a sleeping bag embodying my invention, and Fig. 2 shows a sectional view on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1. r
The body portion of the bag may, if desired, be made of a single piece of material comprising a bag 10 and a front 11, the upper ends thereof being shaped to form the shoulders 12 and being provided with a neck opening at 13. From t e shoulders the side edges of the sleeping bag are preferably flared outwardly to allow ample room within the bag for. movement of the infants legs and body.
One of the shoulder portions and the entire length of one of the side edges of the bag are left open and these parts may be detachably connected by means of the buttons 14. The remainder of the bag, that is to say the bottom, the opposite'side and one shoulder portion, are connected by a row of stitches 15 or in any suitable manner.
Formed in the upper front portion'of the bag 12 are-openings 16, one being indicated in Fig. 1 b dotted lines. These openings are designe to receive an, infants arms so that they may be extended to the exterior of .the bag. In order to protect the arms of I the infant and at the same time permit the infant to have free movement of its arms to its head and face, I have provided a pro-' tecting member 17 preferably made of the same material as the bag proper and secured to the front at its top and sides and loose along its lower edge only. central portion of this protecting member is a plait 18 to permit the lower edge of the protecting member to be stretched or expanded. It is desirable that the lower edge of the protecting member 17 lie relatively.
close to the front member of the bag and in order to accomplish this purpose, I provide an elastic strip 19 secured atlits end portions to the lower edges of the'protecting member 17 at opposite sides of the plait 18, and I also preferably secure the central portion of the plait 18 to the center of the elastic strip19 by means of a fastenin device 20.
. By this arrangement of the p ait andthe elastic member, it is obvious that the lower edge of the protecting member is yieldingly held close to the front of the sleeping bag and if an infant should move its arms upwardly toward'is head, the protecting member will yield on account of the elasticity of the strip 19 and the plait 18 to permit such movement, but when-the arms are withdrawn and lie down along the sides of the infants body or are crossed in front of the infants body, the elastic strip 19 causes the protecting member to cover up the arms and hands and prevent them from being exposed.
In practice, I have found that it is objectionable to provide a sleeping bag in which the infants arms are contained within the bag in such a manner that it cannot have access to its face and head with its hands and yet in extremely cold weather, it is desirable to avoid the possibility of having an infant sleep with its arms exposed.
I have found in practice that by means of the improved protecting strip with its folded plait and elastic member, an infant may have free access to its face and head with- In the of being provided with arm holes, an expansible arm. protecting strip designed to "substantially cover the upper end of said front member and the arm openings therein,
said arm protecting strip being provided with longitudinal adjacent folded edges to form. a slack portion between them, and resilient means for drawing said folded edges toward each other.
2. An improved infants sleeping bag, consisting of a back and front member similar,
to each other having edges of one side secured together, the top edges having a portion cut away to form a neck opening, means for fastening the edges of the open sides together, the front member near the top thereof being provided with arm holes, a single arm protecting strip designed to substantially cover the upper end of said front member and the armopenings therein, said strip having its side and top edges secured to the front member, said strip also having a longitudinal slack portion at its center pro vided with inner and outer folded edges, the u per ends of the outer folded edges being astened to 'said front member, and
means for yieldingly holding the lower ends of the inner folded edges adjacent to each other.
3. An improved sleeping bag, comprising front and back members having a neck opening and being connected together at the side and bottom edges, parts of said con nections being detachable so that the bag may be readily and easily opened up, to permit an infant to be placed therein with its neck extended through the neck opening, said front being also provided with arm openings, and a continuous protecting member formed of flexible or yielding material secured to the front below the said neck opening and covering both of the arm openings and open at its lower end which extends a substantial distance below said arm openings, whereby an infant contained in the bag may extend its hands upwardly to .its face, and when its hands are again brought down to its sides the said protecting strip will resume its normal position and cover its arms, for the purposes stated.
Des Moines, Iowa, June 23, 1913.
- ALBERT G. NEWBELL.
M. Wanner, S ROBINSON.