US 1291914 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
APPLICATION FILED AUG-$1918.
- Patented Jan. 21,1919.
. L. M. KELLEY.
APPLICATION FILED was. 1918.
Patented Jan. 21,1919.
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Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 21, 1919.
Application filed August 5. 1918. Serial No. 248,413.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, LILLIAS M. KELLEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Ames, in the county of Story and State of Iowa, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Kits, of which the following is a' specification.
The object of this invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive kit by the use of which tourists may carry a large number of articles within a small space and have the articles so arranged as to be easily accessible when needed. The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view showing one manner of suspending the kit in an automobile;
Fig. 2 is an elevation showing the back of the kit;
Fig. 3 is a plan view showing the kit arranged to permit access to the innermost, pocket;
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 14: of Fig. 3;
Fig. 5 is a section on the line 55 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the kit folded to permit its being placed in a trunk or other receptacle.
In carrying out my invention, I employ a backing sheet or apron 1 which may be of any inexpensive strong flexible material and will preferably be of khaki or similar cloth. This apron or backing sheet is folded or doubled upon itself, as shown at 2, to provide a deep pocket 3 to contain small articles of clothing or other necessities and the side edges of the apron are folded over, upon themselves, as shown at 4, and these folded over portions are stitched,'as indicated at 5, to the apron so as to close the ends of the pocket 3 and form hems which will reinforce the edges of the apron and prevent raveling of the same. -In a similar manner, the upper edge of the apron is doubled on itself to form a deep hem, as shown at 6, and the edge of the doubled over portion is stitched to the main portion of the apron so as to form a permanent reinforcement. The upper portion of the apron at its center is gathered uponitself to form a fold 7 whereby fullness is provided in the lower portion of the apron to permit the pocket 3 to accommodate a large number of articles without excessive distortion or imposing great strain upon the side hems or folds 4. The
provision of this fold 7 also reinforces the upper central portion of the apron so that it will be enabled to support considerable weight without sagging and will also resist a normal tendency to tear or wear out.
The mouth of the pocket 3 may be closed by the use of any well-known fastening devices, preferably stud and socket fastenings, indicated at 8, the socket members of the fasteners being secured in the free edge of the pocket and the stud members thereof being secured in the apron, and tabs 9 being stitched to the apron at the points of attachment of said members so asto prevent the same readily pullin out. Upon the front or inner face of t e apron, immediately below the hem 6, I secure the upper edge 10 of the inner wall 11 of an upper pocket 12, the said pocket 12 being equal 1n width to less than half the width of the apron so that the pocket may be duplicated at the sides of the central vertical line of the apron. The walls of this pocket are reinforced by hems 13 at their upper edges and the back wall of the pocket is secured to the apron by stitching inserted through said hem and the apron as will be readily understood. To further secure the pocket in position and reinforce the same a line of stitching, indicated at 1 1, is run through the apron and the rear wall of the pocket below the upper edge of the same. The depth of the pocket 12 is such that its bottom will be disposed below the mouth of the inner large pocket 3, as clearly shown in Fig. 5, and within the pocket 12, preferably upon the rear wall thereof, I secure bands or straps 15 which are stitched to the apron at their ends and at intermediate points, as indicated at 16, so that a plurality of loops will be provided which may receive and hold combs, brushes or similar toilet articles while the pocket itself may contain handkerchiefs or other needed articles as will be obvious.
To the inner or front wall of the pocket 12, I secure the rear wall 17 of an intermediate pocket 18 and upon the front wall of said pocket 18 I secure the rear wall 19 of a lower pocket 20. The bottom of the pocket 17 is disposed below the bottom of the pocket 12 and the bottom of the pocket 20 is disposed below the bottom of the pocket 18 so that upon the front side of the kit there is a stepped series of pockets which overlap and will permit a number of articles to be stored within a small compass. edges of both walls of all the pockets will be reinforced by hems, such as shown at 10 and 13 upon the upper pocket 12 and each pocket may be formedof a single piece of material folded upon itself or may be formed of two pieces of like dimensions having their lower edges doubled inwardly and stitched together, as shown at 21. The inner side edges of the pockets 1'2, 18 and 20 are secured by stitching 22 to the side edges of an intermediate stay 23 extending the full height of all the pockets and secured at its upper end by stitching 24: to the stay, fold or reinforcement 7, as clearly shown in Fig. 1. lhe outer edges of the pockets are secured by stitching 25 to the edge of a reinforcing strip or stay 26 which is secured by stitching 27 at its upper end to the apron and to the upper hem 6 of the same, the stay or reinforcing strip 26 being free of the side edge of the apron but being adapted to be I held to the same by fastenings 29, preferably of the stud and socket type, this arrangement being duplicated at the two side edges of the kit. In the hem 6 of the apron centrally above one row of the pockets is-one member 30 of a fastening while centrally above the other row of pockets is the coacting member 31 of the fastening so that the mouth or top edge of the kit may be closed when the kit is centrally folded, as shown in Fig. 6.
At the upper corners of the kit, I secure tabs or straps 32 in which are held suspending rings 33 which may be engaged over hooks, if the'device is to be hung in a room, or may be tied upon the bar 34 on the back of an automobile seat by straps or ribbons 35 as will be readily understood. When the kit is folded, a shown in Fig. 6, the rings may be tied together so that the kit will be mamtained in its folded condition and may be placed in a. trunk or other receptacle for storage.
From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying draw-' ings, it will be seen that l have Provided a very simple, neat and inexpensive article whereby a large number of toilet articles, small articles of wearing apparel, or other necessities may be stored in a small space for the use of travelers. The entire article,
with the exception of the suspending rings and the fasteners, may be constructed of "cloth or textile material so that it may be. readily folded and all the edges and parts the said pocket 3 in the position shown in The upper naenere Figs. 1 and 5 and the stepped pockets and the straps or loops within the uppermost pockets may then be filled. If the device is to be placed in a trunk or other stored receptacle it may be folded medially upon the stays 7 and 23, as shown in Fig. 6, and held in this closed or folded condition by the fastener consisting of the members 30 and 31. The fasteners 29 will retain the side edges of the two members of the kit in close relation so that the articles within the large pocket 3 will not be easily jolted therefrom and the inner or front member of the kit. will be prevented from swinging away from the apron and flapping about to the discomfort and annoyance of the user. The articles which are most frequently used will, of v course, be placed in the front stepped pockets so that if the device be suspended in open condition, as indicated in Fig. 1, any of said articles may be easily reached and conveniently used. The large pocket 3 may, if desired, be utilized to hold soiled articles and frequent access to said pocket will not be necessary.
Having thus described my invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. An article of the class set forth comprising an apron having a pocket extending across the lower portion of its front face, the upper end of the pocket being open and its lower end closed and -a plurality of pockets disposed in stepped relation, the uppermost of said stepped pockets being secured at its mouth upon the front face of the apron above the pocket thereon and having its lower end overlapping and covering the open upper end of said pocket and each lower pocket of the series of stepped pockets being secured to the front wall of the pocket immediately above it.
2. An article of the class set forth com-' prising an apron having an open top pocket mentioned stays being free of the apron except at their upper ends and series of-overlappmg'pockets having their bottoms free and their side edges secured to the said last mentioned stays, the uppermost of said pockets having their inner walls secured at their mouths to the apron and tlieir lower closed ends overlapping the'first-mentioned pocket and the successive lower pockets having their inner walls secured at their mouths to the front walls of the respectively subjacent pockets.
3. An article of the class described comprising an apron foldable on its medial vertical line, an open-top pocket extending across the lower portion of the apron, stays secured along the side edges of the apron and closing the ends of said pocket, other stays secured at their upper ends to the apron and free of the apron except at their 5 upper ends, one of said stays being disposed on the medial vertical line of the apron and others of said stays being disposed at the side edges of the apron, and series of opentop pockets secured at their ends to said second-mentioned stays with their tops in stepped overlapped relation, the uppermost of saidseries of pockets being secured at their tops to the apron and having their closed bottoms overlappingthe open top of' the first-mentioned pocket.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.
LILLIAS M. KELLEY.