US 1213511 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
H. c. LINTHICUM.
APPLICATION FILED JAN. 13, 1916. 11 213 51 L Patented Jan. 23,1911
HENRI COLVIN LIN THICU'IVI, 0F DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA.
To all whom it may concern I Be it known that I, HENRI GoLvIN LIN- THICUM, a citizen of the United States, re-
siding at Durham, in the county .ofDurham and State of North Carolina, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Seat-Covers, of which I the following is a specification. p
This invention is a seat cover, and While designed particularly for application to the seats of railwa coaches, it is also capable of application in a general way to seats of any character.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved device of this character which can be very conveniently applied to and removed from a seat without incurring wear or damage thereof by repeated applications, while at the same time to effectually maintain the device in its proper positlon upon the seat.
A still further object of the invention is to enable the folding of the device into the form of a small compact package including a moisture and dust-proof envelop which may be sealed or unsealed, as may be desired.
A still further object of the invention is to have the device entirely complete in itself, thereby obviating separate or extraneous fastenings which may become detached and lost, and which may damage the device by reason of wear thereon through transportation, storage and handling.
With these and other objects in view, the present invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter more fully described, shown in the drawings and particularly set forth in the appende claims, it being understood that changes in the form, proportion, size and minor details may be made, within the scope of the claims without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view showing an embodiment of the present invention applied to an ordinary form of car seat commonly employed in day coaches. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the device on an enlarged scale, the middle portion of the device being broken away. Fig. 3 is a fragmentary detail view. Fig. 4 is a detail view of the'device inclosed in an envelop and in the form in which it 'may be marketed. Fig. 5 is a detail view of the seat protector p specification-of Letters Patent.
Application filed January 13,
.on the line 77 corresponding parts in 1916. Serial No. 71,921.
partially folded. Fig. 6 is a detail View showing the seat protector entirelyv folded with the attaching tape or tapes wound thereabout. Fig. 7 is a cross-sectional view of Fig. 5 but in the folded condition of the device.
Like characters of reference designate each of the figures of the drawings.
Referring at first Fig. 2 of the drawings, it will be seen that the present embodiment of the invention includes a body 1 in the form of a rectangular sheet or strip. As a general proposition, the width ofthis sheet may be substantially that of the width of the seat, but when designed for the seats of day coaches, the sheet will be about half as wide as the width of the seat, or in other words, wide enough to accommodate one person. The sheet should be long enough to extend entirely across the seat, and entirely across the vertical width of the-back of the seat and to hang down a suitable distance at the back thereof, thereby to entirely protect the user of the device from actual contact with the material of the seat and back. The cover may be of any suitable flexible material, such for instance as a textile or paper, but it is preferred to use paper of strong texture in order that the device may be inexpensive, light and durable, while at the same time efiicient for the purpose designed. When made of paper, the cover may be foldedinto a flat compact package which may be conveniently stored and handled.
For the purpose of securing the cover in position upon the seat, there is provided flexible ties or tapes designated 2, which are secured to the upper extremity of the sheet and designed to be passed around the back of the seat and tied across the front thereof, as illustrated in Fig. 1 of the drawings.
hile separate or independent ties or tapes may be employed and secured to the cover in any suitable manner, a very satisfactory arrangement is to employ a single tie or tape having its middle portion inclosed within a fold or folds 3 of the top portion of the cover, the end portions of the tape or tie projecting equally at opposite sides of the cover. By preference, the folds of the cover are pasted together so as to holdthe material firmly in its folded condition, and of course the tie or tape is secured in the folded portion of the cover through the me- Patented Jan. 233, 31917.
more particularly to dium of paste. To prevent each tape portion from tearing the cover at the adjacent upper corner thereof and along the upper line of fold, the folded portion is provided with a reinforcement l in the nature of a strip of some strong and tough material embracing the folded upper edge of the sheet and pasted or glued thereto. Where the body of the cover is of paper, it is preferable to have the reinforcements formed of some strong textile material so as to effectually resist the tearing action of the tie or ta e.
in preparing the present device for the market, the sheet or cover is folded upon itself transversely a plurality of times, be-
inning at the bottom of the sheet and folding continuously in the same direction, which brings the upper or tape end of the sheet on the outside of'the partially folded cover. By reference to Fig. 5, it will be seen that the folds are ofequal width and are proportioned so that the last fold has a width of substantially one half of that of each of ends of the tapes are wound around thein the other folds, which brings midway of the device in its condition. y In this condition, the ends of the package are folded inwardly so that one end portion slightly overlaps the other end portion, and then the tape or tapes are woun around the package, and if desired the free the tapes about termediate portions thereof,thereby holding the device in its folded condition. In this folded condition, the device is inclosed within an envelop 5, which may be sealed or unsealed. While the envelop may be of any suitable material, it may be found advantageous to have it transparent so as to disclose printed matter or the like on the exterior of the cover, or, if desired, such printed matter may appear upon the envelop instead of upon the cover. Also it is proposed to have the envelop moisture-proof so as to effectually protect the cover while contained within the envelop.
In using the cover, it is first removed from the envelop, the tapes or ties unwound, the device unfolded to its full length and then placed transversely across the seat and the front of the back, the bottom end of the cover hanging down across the front edge of the seat and the top portion of the cover hanging down a suitable distance across the rear side of the back. The ties or tapes are then brought around across the front side of the back and tied so as to hold the device in place.
While the cover may extend downwardly at the rear side of the back of the seat to any extent in accordance with the personal desires of the user, a very satisfactory arrangement is to have the cover hang down about the level of the top of the seat, whereby the ties or tapes may lie close to the seat and partially folded gamma back at the juncture thereof, which is probably the best disposition of the ties or tapes for holding the cover in place. If desired, the intermediate portion of the cover may be pushed backwardly and downwardly between the meeting portions of the lower edge of the back and the body of the seat. With the ties or tapes in the position above described, if the intermediate portion of the cover should work out from between the back and the seat, it will be held by the ties or tapes against further displacement.
When seated on the cover, the apparel of the user is effectually protected from direct contact with the material of the car seat. When the user of the device rests his head against the top portion of the back of the seat, his head is likewise protected from direct contact with the upholstery of the said back, wherefore it will be readily understood that the present device afiords a protection from the dust and dirt which necessarily accumulates upon car affords a sanitary rotection for the head of the user when reclining against the back of the seat.
By the use of tapes or flexible ties, the device may be very conveniently secured in place and removed from the seat without marring or damaging any art of the seat in any manner whatsoever. oreover, the ties or tapes are permanently secured to the device and cannot become lost therefrom. By reason of the soft flexible nature of the ties or tapes they will not tear jure the body of the cover when folded therewith, and 'the entire device may be fold- .ed into a flat compact package for convenience in storage and handling.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim is 1. A seat cover comprising a flexible foldable sheet having a length to extend transversely across the seat and across the back thereof and hang down at the rear side of the back, that end of the cover which is to hang down at the back of the seat being folded upon itself and ties or tapes extending in opposite directions from the cover and secured within the folded portion thereof. I
,2. A seat cover comprising a flexible foldable sheet having a length to extend transseats and also versely across the seat and across the back flexible foldable sheet having a length to extend transversely across the seat and ho d th embracing the folded at t e corners thereof.
seat cover comprising a flexible foldable sheet having a length to extend transfolded part of the cover and secured therein and its end portions extending at opposite of a length to be a seat and tied to or tapes being Wound aroundthe folded sheet.
- In testimony whereof, I afiix my signature in presence of tWo Witnesses.
HENRI COLVIN LIN THICUM.
HERBERT S. SHEPARD, WmmAM L. SMITH.
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