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Publication numberUS1345026 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 29, 1920
Filing dateDec 14, 1918
Priority dateDec 14, 1918
Publication numberUS 1345026 A, US 1345026A, US-A-1345026, US1345026 A, US1345026A
InventorsRiley Daniel E
Original AssigneeRiley Daniel E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Body-rubbing device
US 1345026 A
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, Patented J une 29, 1920.

Ill VE N TOR .Dahiel E. Rilg $6. ':BY 3


DANIEL E. RI EY, or SEATTLE, wasnmeron.


To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, DANIEL-E. RILEY, acitizen of'the United States, and resident of the city of Seattle, county of King, and State of Washington, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Body-Rubbing Devices, of which the-following is a specification.

My invention relates to bath appliances and consists of a body rubbing device. The

object of my invention is to provide a body rubbing device in the nature of a towel,- or a strip of fabric, which is provided with means whereby it may be moreeifectively used, and particularly so constructed that it may better enter the hollows of the back, so as to be able to rub it effectively.

Another advantage of my inventionis that the fabric is, by reason of the insertion of the sponge, prevented from forming a ropelike massand maintains a flat and ample .rubbing surface.

My invention consists of the novel parts and combinations of parts which will be hereinafter particularly defined by the claims. The preferred form of construction is shown in the accompanying drawings.

Figure 1 is an edge view of the device, with a portion broken away at one pocket to better show the distending mass placed therein.

Fig. 2 is a face view of the-same device also with a portion broken away at one pocket. Fig. 3 is. a side View of a slightly modified construction.

Fig. '4 is an'edge view of the construction shown in Fig. 3, in which only one pocket has been provided with the sponge member..

In using a bath towel. for rubbing the body, and more'particularly for rubbing the back, it is not possible to rub the body efi'ectively in thehollow along thecenter of the back. It is one purpose of my invention to provide means whereby this portion of the back may be efl'ectivel rubbed and, in addition to this, to'provi e means whereby the In constructmg this device I take a strip of fabric, which might well be a portion of an. ordinary bath towel, or of fabric re- I sembling abath towel in its construction. I

fold this strip offabric 1, upon itself along "so as to form a tube.

Specification of Letters Patent. Patented J 11116 29, 1920.

'Application filed December 14, 1918. Serial No. 266,687.

a longitudinal line, so as to form two thicknesses extending lengthwise thereof. The edges of the fabric are then stitched together This'tubular fabric may be left open at the ends, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, so that, if desired, the hand may be inserted therein and thus form what is in the nature of a mitten, which may used to better rub the body.

If'desired, however, the ends of the fabric strip may be folded over and stitched down, as shown at 10, to thereby form an enlarged or thickened band which enables it to be stitch for a short distance along the edge, as I at 11, thus leaving an opening into which the hand may beins'erted.

Toward the center of the tube thus formed, the fabric is stitched across, as shown at 2.

' In this, way a series of pockets are formed.

These pockets may'vary in number from one to any number desired. These pockets have anopening, preferablyat one edge, as at 3,

. whereby a distending body maybe inserted therein. -Wheh so inserted there is no tendency of the body to drop out, as, while the device is in use, it is under strain lengthwise, which tends to close this opening and to cause the sides of the tube to draw upon the body. It is evident'that this opening may be otherwise'located- While the character of this distending' body may be widely varied, I prefer, for

- most purposes, to employ aporous, flexible body, which will act asdoes a sponge, to

hold and give out'water. Such a body being flexible and capable of being compressed,

will bend and fit the curves of the body and at the same time will give out water which iseifective for scrubbing purposes.

This distending body may be a sponge, a piece of spongy rubber, orany .other analogous material, and in some cases might 'be of a material differing widely from such products. I The exact'character of the. material used is immaterial, If desired, a. cake of soap might be temporarily inserted in oneof the pockets.

In use, this device is employed just as would be a towel, the ends being grasped by the-hands and the center portion passed over some portion of the body and the whole drawn back and forth. In using this device for rubbing the back, the enlarged portions formed by the inserted sponge-like masses 4, for a bulge or projection which fits into the hollow of the'back. They also serve as a carrier for Water. It is, therefore, possible to more effectively rub and scrub the'back than with an ordinary towel. The water holding capacity of the sponge is enough to greatly assist the scrubbing action.

\Vhat I claim as my invention is:

1. A body rubbing" device comprising a fabric strip folded and stitched to form pockets near the middle of its length for the reception of a compressible Her, and

pockets stitched in the fabric at the ends of:

said strip for the insertion of the users hands.

2. A body rubbing device comprising a fabric strip folded longitudinally upon itself to bring its side edges together, the same being stitched along its edge and stitched across at spaced intervals near the middle of its length to thereby form ockets for the reception of a compressible iiller, a portion of the stitching along the edge near the ends of the strip being 1 omitted to form pockets for the insertion of the users hands.

} Signed "t Seattle, Wa'shingtomthis 7th .day oi December, 1918.


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U.S. Classification601/143, 15/222, 401/8, 401/201
International ClassificationA61H7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/105, A61H7/003
European ClassificationA61H7/00D2