Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1494044 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 13, 1924
Filing dateApr 27, 1923
Priority dateApr 27, 1923
Publication numberUS 1494044 A, US 1494044A, US-A-1494044, US1494044 A, US1494044A
InventorsWard Abraham, Juluis W Goldsmith
Original AssigneeWard Abraham, Juluis W Goldsmith
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Catamenial garment
US 1494044 A
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 13, 1924. 1,494.044

A. WARD ET AL CATAMEN I AL GARMENT Filed Aoril 27. 1923 E mum Won @atented May 13, 1924.



Application filed April 27, 1923. Serial No. 634,950.

To (LIZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, ABRAHAM WARD and J UmUs W. GonnsMiTn, citizens of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Catamenial Garments, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to a catamenial 1 garment adapted to be worn to prevent injury, such as by soiling, to the usual garments worn, the garment comprising a pair of trunks constructed in a novel manner, this type of garment being commonly known in the trade as a step-in.

The invention has for a eneral object to provide a novel catamenial garment of this type which will be sanitary, and which will be more comfortable and hygienic in use than such garments of this type as have heretofore been worn.

For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the followingdescription and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.

Fig. 1 of the drawings is a perspective 2 view showing one embodiment of my improved catamenial garment.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken just above the elastic waist band.

853 Fig. 3 is a similar view to Fig. l but showini a modified construction.

ig. 4 is a fragmentar horizontal sectional view taken at a point between the waist band and one of the leg apertures.

As here embodied our improved catamenial garment comprises a single sheet of rubber which is suitably shaped to provide the front and rear body portions 10 and 11 of the garment and which is of narrowed ea width between its ends as at 12, where it engages between the limbs of the user. These front and rear elements 10 and 11 are connected or joined at the sides in spaced relation to each other by means of non-elastic ee fabric inserts 14:, which are comparatively short in vertical dimension, extending from the top of the garment down to the top edges of the leg openings 15. These inserts, as will he understood are united along the full at length of their side edges to the edges of the rubber sheet and they arc preferably made of a material having considerable porosity, such as linen mesh fabric.

Extending around the garment, just below the top edge thereof, is an elastic waist band 17 which is preferably attached to the inner face of the garment as shown, being secured in place by suitable stitching. In order to prevent danger of tearing of the rubber sheet, which is of very light weight the side inserts are attached to the waist band 17 when the latter is stretched under considerable tension, while the rubber member is attached to the waist band is under lesser tension, so that normally the convolutions in the insert 7 are deeper than those in the rubber member under normal conditions, as clearly shown in Fig. 2.

In the embodiment in Figs. 3 and 4: we have provided a means for varying the width I of the inserts 14: at the bottom thereof so as to vary the hip measurement with respect to the waist measurement when desirable. As there shown each insert is arranged to have a pleat or fold 20 made therein which widens from the top downward. Secured at opposite ends to the insert, and spaced vertically thereof, are a number of cords 21, these cords being secured at oneend to the outer face of the insert and at the opposite end to the inner face of the insert. The respective ends of the cords are secured to the insert at laterally spaced points on the latter, the lateral spacing of the points increasing progressively from the top of the garment downward. These cords are passed through eyelets 22 in the inserts arranged in vertically spaced relation near one side of the latter, and have looped therethrough the single cord 24 which is also engaged with suitable hooks 25, or eyelets if desired, arranged in vertically spaced relation adjacent the opposite side of the insert. This single cord is preferably permanently attached at one end while its opposite end may be removably we attached in any suitable manner, it being understood that the cord will be of sufiicient len h to allow for adjustment of the width of t 0 insert.

Because of the particular arrangement of the cords 21, which is clearly shown in the drawing, they pull on both sides of the pleat in the insert when the cord 24 is tightened and thus act to retain said pleat or fold lying flat in place, and this pleat automatically no accommodates itself to the form of the wearor of the garment when the cord 24 is tightened.

Our im roved catameniai garment is both comfortab ie and hygienic, affording full rotection, while the porous nature of the inserts 14 allows for circulation of air.

While we have described our improved ste -ins to be used as catamenial garments, it 15 to be understood that the right is re served to its use also as baby pants and to all modifications coming within the scope and spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

Having thus described our invention what we claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is as tollows:

1. A catemenial garment comprising a main bod element or sheet rubber, and side inserts 0 open mesh fabric, and an elastic Waist band extending around said garment, said elastic bend normally hoidin the rubber end "fabric elements in conventions at the point Where they engage the band, the convoiutions or" the fabric insert being normaiiy dee er then those of the rubber sheet to cause t e latter to be stretched to nonconvoluted form before the said inserts.

2.. A catameniai garment comprising a, resin body element of non-porous material, end side inserts of porous material, and means including cords attached at opposite ends to the inner and outer faces respectiveiy of the inserts and passing through eyelets therein for holding said inserts in pleated form.

In testimony whereof we have afixed our siatures,


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4114621 *Dec 7, 1976Sep 19, 1978Mims Jr Carl CCombination incontinent garment and liner
US4972525 *Oct 20, 1989Nov 27, 1990Hwang Ying TehUnderpants with smooth sides
US4984304 *Dec 2, 1988Jan 15, 1991Brown James GUndergarment
US5304162 *Dec 30, 1992Apr 19, 1994Kimberly-Clark CorporationGarment and pleated, adjustable strap member therefor
US5374262 *Dec 30, 1992Dec 20, 1994Kimberly-Clark CorporationAdjustable garment attachment system
US5386595 *Jul 15, 1994Feb 7, 1995Kimberly-ClarkGarment attachment system
US5423789 *Mar 31, 1993Jun 13, 1995Kimberly-Clark CorporationGarment with selectable fasteners
US5546607 *Mar 4, 1994Aug 20, 1996Roberts; Mary K.Hygienic panty
US5954564 *May 25, 1995Sep 21, 1999Warnaco, Inc.Undergarment with natural feeling buttock support
US6240569Nov 12, 1996Jun 5, 2001Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Disposable menstrual Panty
US6352607Apr 13, 1999Mar 5, 2002Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Process for making absorbent articles with single-piece panels
US6367089Jan 26, 2001Apr 9, 2002Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Disposable menstrual panty
US6585713Nov 14, 1996Jul 1, 2003Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Absorbent article providing a dynamic fit
US6830566Oct 23, 2001Dec 14, 2004Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Process for making absorbent articles with single-piece panels
US8029634Jul 21, 2009Oct 4, 2011Sca Hygiene Products AktiebolagMethod for manufacturing a pants-type diaper or sanitary panty, and such an article
USRE42478Apr 11, 1995Jun 21, 2011Sca Hygiene Products AktiebolagMethod of manufacturing a pants-type diaper of a sanitary panty, and one such absorbent article
DE4031904A1 *Oct 8, 1990May 2, 1991Hwang Ying TehUnterhose mit glatten seitenteilen
U.S. Classification2/406
International ClassificationA61L15/16
Cooperative ClassificationA61F13/496
European ClassificationA61F13/496