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Publication numberUS1290824 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 7, 1919
Filing dateMay 5, 1916
Priority dateMay 5, 1916
Publication numberUS 1290824 A, US 1290824A, US-A-1290824, US1290824 A, US1290824A
InventorsJoseph H Wittmann
Original AssigneeJoseph H Wittmann
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1290824 A
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APPLICATION FILED MAY 5. 1916 H Patented Jan. 4,1919.




` Patented Jan.'7,1919.

`porting straps to an automo ernten.



mvpxiication sied may 5, 1916.

To all 'whom t may concern: i

Be it known that I, JOSEPH WITTMANN, a citizen of the United States, residingat Kansas City, in the county of Jackson and State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tents; and I do declare clear, and exact description of the invention, such as' will enable others skilled in the art to which same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

My invention relates to tents, and'has for its principal object toprovide a tent which is especially ada ted for automobile touring, or other outoor uses, in that it may be easily and quickly erected to form a water and insect-proof sleeping compartment, and may be folded to form a compact bundle which may be easily handled and will occupy a minimum amount of space in transportation.

In accomplishing this object I have provided the details of structure hereinafter described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein vFigure I is a perspective view of a tent constructed according to my invention, illustrating the manner of suspending the tent from an autonlobile, and showing it in connection with abcd.

Fig. II is a perspective view of the tent, particularly illustrating the opening, a part of the tent being broken away to show the pockets.

Fig. III isa longitudinal vertical section of the same.

Fig. IV is a detail perspective View of a bracket for supporting the inner end of the bed onI the foot-board of an automobile.

Fig. V is a detail perspective view, showing the manner of fasteninothe tent supile top.

Fig. VI is a sectional view of a modified form of flap and pocket, as used with a full length tent Wall.

Fig. VII is a detail view of part of a tent wall showing a modified arrangement of the flap.

Referring more in detail to the'drawings:

l designates a tent embodying my invention, and which is adapted for support on,

'or suspension from, the side of an automobile 2, of any ordinary construction comprisspecification of Letters Patent.

the following to be a full,

it appertains to make and use the Patented Jan. 7, 1919. Seria1No.95,584.

ing a top Sand Vfoot-board 4, although the usedof the tent is not limited to such combination, nor to the combination with a bed of r the structure hereinafter described, the specific description of bed structure and the combination of the tent with an automobile and bed being given merely ,to better describe the structure and use of the tent.

5*(5 designate respectively the inner and outer end bars of 'a bed and 7 a canvas, or the like, which connects the said bars and forms the carryingbody of the bed; the bed shown and described herein being ofthe type more fully disclosed in my copending application, filed March 27, 1916, and serially numbered 86,974.

Projecting from the inner cross bar 5 of thebed portions 9, and supported by socket memprovided at their upper ends with eyes 13, for receiving the end members 9 of the bolts S and having base portions 14 which are slidably secured screws 15.

Fixed to the outer bed arms 16, which are of little more than half the length' of the bed, and fixed to the inner end bar are supporting arms 17 that are adapted for engagement by the lfree ends of the spreader arms to form a leverage support for the outer end of the bed.

Each of the supporting arms is provided with a plurality of sockets 18 on its under face which is adapted for receiving a latch 19 'on a relative spreader arm to -provide adjustment for the bed, and with a tightening rope 20 that secures the end 0f each 0f the supporting arms to the end cross bar to tighten the spreader arms against the supto make the connection secure.

porting arms The preferred form of tent comprises the sloping top member 25, having integral side and end walls 26-27 and an inner end Wall 28; theside and end walls being secured at their yadjacent ed es and drapedV about the carrying body of t e bed tov inclose the same.

he lower edges of Asaid side and end Walls are turned up and sewed tothe body (as at 29) at intervals along the walls and at the corners of the tent to form permanent pockets 30, the upturned portions extending beyond the stitching 29 to may lie on the bed beneathI the bed clothing to anchor the tent to the bed and vice versa.

are hooks 8, having out-turned end form aps 31 thatl bar 6 are spreader I The upturned portions need not be stitched `o the body of the wall throughout the enlre depth ot the pockets. nu hy limiting he stitching to the upper portions of the oelets n Single continuous pocket inny he 'formed entirely about the bed. The loose ends of the upturned edge portions of the tent Walls und the fl' ps 31 nre out on bei/el at the corners and seWed together, as el; so that the tent body mede to snugly litthe hed.

Secured to the upper coi-nere of the. top are supporting` stripe 33-33 whieh are adapted for overlying' the nidoinohile top '223 and are provided et theii` free ends with hutton-holee 34 for receiving buttons 3o on the automobile top and at the side of the rehiele opposite that on which the tentis placed and lay-which means the tent ie held erected.

At either Side or :it the end ot the tent provide an opening hy eepninting the eide und end ineinhers7 and provide the suine with buttons 37 hy which the (inps inn): bo held closed. A supplemental flap S9 is also eewed to the end nieniher 28 und muy be buttone'd over the Side dan zitter the saine has been fastened to Close the opening. so that ruin cannot be 1oloun into the tent.

:deo provide Ventilating` openings fl-(P in eaoh ot' the Side Walle and eloSe the une with n screen ll to prevent mosquitos, or bugs, from entering, und l rnovide finge 452 fol' the openings which may he rained or lowered Yfrom the inside, ot the tent in' Ineens; of druustrings -lf5-ll-l which nro eeouied to the. free endel ol" the ilnpe and pees through apertures in the .eide wells. that one may niunipulute the Strings 'ifi-oni the inside, of 'the teni. to reise or lower the flaps.

To hold the teni; seoureljf over the hed. provide hutlone 47 nt the @nds of the end here 5 6, which muy 'he projefftid through button holen at, the Corners of the tout. und provide n grose .etrip #i9 which ie Cured to the, oplioeil'e side ineinl'iere` sind oveiliee the hed. so that when the bedding 1 luid thereon the .eide welle re held in pom tion. it So desied, tulios 50 `nmyfon" nituohed to \he tent idee :and ende und Jfied to the. hed here to hold the' wille of the tent down unl nnohor the lont, to the hed.

lVith Sonie forme oi' supporte. ne 'when the hed and tent nre carried byftho trailer of an automobile, it is deeirnhle for the tent walls to extend to the Pqi'iiund instead of folding up nt their lower edges to foi-rn the pockets. In such euses the 'nils Ammv hang along!v the sidee of the hed to the ground and Separate pieces 51 attached lo the inner faces of the walls 'or Sewing or otherwise, and turned up t0' form poolet und flap.

The stripe Sii-33 are then thrown over the top of the uutoniohile end secured 'th e the lout-tone 5o that the tent is drawn light above the hed. Bedding is then pinned on the Supporting body to oreilie the eroee stripe ull and pocket flaps 3l so that :in inelosed compartment ie formed. that ie imperviom to inoleinent Went-hei.' or

inse l VllY u'iil he seen that when n. person retiree within the lent. the clothing` when reinoved. muy' be placed within the eide or end poi-hete. where it is protected from the u'eulher and insecte und will Serre to hold, the. tent down nhou. the hed. ln the modified form. haw Shown rent (iup extended to the ground hm'- ino' n. separado' pocket portion eeued to the eide Wall; this Construction beingueed on lurne tents u'here the side Walls nire. extended to the `ground. h

lt is appuient that by so eonetruetingu the tent and hed n very oonveni ent and serrieenole eon'ihinntion provided that may he easily und quiehlt7 erected and when not in use met' he folded together to form e compnet bundle that is easily transported. und reuuireg n minimum amount @it space. l'lhile l have shown n particular lziind hedn it is. apparent that any type oil. not oi" hed Could he used. and ie nleo apparent tlnd. the tent could he supported in any euitnhlo manner Without departing; from the Spirit ot the invention.

l is nleo apparent thnt with tent of 'thie conetruotion it 1S unneoe jv to movido nur ropes. nu the tent no. s :1re l 'of' the hed.

wWhile the poflet that is formed hy the nnehoring fluo a great convenience :tor holdingT clothing, or the like the. 'flap may oiferlie the lied Without forming' the poolet, und when eo urrunged will loe fully :as ettoe'ir@ for exeluding ineeos troni the in i'erior the tent.

llnring' thus described my invention, what l elnirn new therein, and desire to Sonore "or lietlersPntent. is:

v il. in roinloinution with n hed.y n tent in- @losing the hed.. haring side Woll e. And inn' helon' the hed hottoni oomprieing; n nzeinher haring n tree edge turned in- 'nrdly along the hed hol'tom ehoifo the hotloni ot Jthe Leide Well.

2. The combination with n bod, of a. tent comprising 'n Well mid n poelet member oonnooted with the woll and having a liep :il ite treo edge supported on Suid hed.

Il. The, Comhnution with n hed, of e. tent haring unile druped :rhoul und extending below the hed. the edges of seid will being turned no to overlie the edglfee of the hed, for the purpoees set forth.

l. The eonihinnlion willi n hed. of u tent haring` l ide und end \\*:1ll 4 draped nhout und eonding helou the hed und .urnod up to ofverlio the edeefs thereot' to forn1 noel@ i upturned opposite moment ets theieabout between the said outer and portions, and a strip fastened to points on the side walls adapted to closely overlie the bed.

5. The combination with a bed, of a tentheving side and end walls draped about, the bed and extending below and turned up to overlie the edges `thereof to form pockets thereabout between thesztid outer and upturned portions', and Strips secured to the top of the tent for supporting the lsame above the bed.

' 6. The combination with a bed, of a tent comprising side and end walls anda slop` ing top portion, there bein'g an opening between a side and end Wall, and there being Ventilating openings in the side walls; the said lWalls being draped about and eX- tending below the edges of the bed and having their lower ends turned up to overlie the edges there about, site side walls,

and strips secured to thetop of the tent to bed.

In testimony whereof I aix my Signi."

ture. t


of the bed and fom pockets a. strip for connecting opposuspend the' same above thel

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4114633 *Nov 15, 1976Sep 19, 1978Herbez Francois G ACamping tent for motorcycles and cyclists
US4175576 *Aug 18, 1978Nov 27, 1979Jack IbyTent
U.S. Classification5/119, 5/112, 135/96, 135/88.14
Cooperative ClassificationA47C17/80