US 1685885 A
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G. c. SNYDER BAG OR ENVELOPE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Oct. 17, 1925 ATTOWMEV MIMI 1%,,5 G. C. SNYDER BAG OR ENVELOPE Filed Oct. 17, 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR M Jr till lld atented wet, it, 1
that or GEORGE U. SNYDER, 01F LUNG ISLAND CITY, llllElW' OlEtItll, ihSSIGrNOIEt 1E0 KAELIt/[AlVEANU- TTACTURING- GOlltlIlPltlN'fi', 11 16., U1? "lIUlLtlT, N. "5E1, .tl. UtllEt-lPOltt-TTTUN h NEW YORK.
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application filed bcto'her it, 1923!.
@n of the objects of the present invention is to provide a simple, strong and etlicient bag or envelope of the type which is provided with a handle to facilitate the carrying 01 the bag or envelope and its contents, with the closure flap closed over the contents. li specific object of the invention is to provide a bag or envelope with a handle which is associated wth the closure flap in such a way that when the handle is pulled through an aperture in the front wall of the bag or envelope, this action, automatic as it were, closes the closure flap, the handle being then disposed in such position that the hand of a person may grasp it and conveniently carry the bag or envelope and its contents.
These being among the objects of the pres ent invention, the same consists of certain iteatures 01' construction and combinations of parts to be hereinafter described and then claimed with reterence'to the accompanying drawings illustrating several embodiments of the invention, and in which Fig.1 is a rear elevation of a bag or envelope with the closure ilap open, and illustrating a desirable arrangement of handle and other parts in connection therewith;
. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section on the line 22, Fig; 1;
lFig. 3 is a section similar to that shown in Fig. 2, the handle and closure flap being shown as partially moved to carrying position;
Fig. 4 is a section similar to Fig. 3 on line M, Fig. 5, showing the closure 'tlap closed and the handle in carrying position;
5 is a rear elevation oithe closure flap portion of an envelope or bag showing the tlap closed and the handle in position shown in big. 4; l
lEig. 6 is a rear elevation similar to T ig. 1, a portion 01 the rear wall oi the bag or en velope being broken away;
ltig. 7 is a front elevation of another form of bag or envelope, parts being in broken lines;
Fig. 8 is a section on the line 88, Fig. 7 and Fig. 9 is a transverse section on the line 99, Fig. 7.
lit will be understood that the drawings do not show the exact conditions of the material, oi which the bag or envelope is composed, when the parts are flattened ut1i and the l Serial No. 668,993.
the handle in carrying position, the condi tions being somewhat exaggerated in the drawings for the sake of clearness. The material of which the bag or envelope of the present invention is composed may be paper, cloth, leather or any other suiutable ma terial, depending upon the desired strength or purpose of the bag or envelope.
Referring to Figs. 1 to 6, inclusive, the bag or envelope body 10, in which the contents to be carried are placed, is provided with a front wall 11 and a rear wall. 12. The closure flap 13 has a bending-line at 1 1, which may be previously creased or not, transversely oi the front wall of the bag or envelope, depending upon the construction of the latter.
[:1 handle attaching member 15 and a handle 16, provided with a finger hole 17, may be composed of any suitable material and constructed in any desired shape, and the finger hole 17 may, it desired, be omitted. Preferably, the attaching member 15 and the handle 16 are composed of somewhat stiffer material than the bag or envelope, especially if the latter be composed of paper, and preterably, the handle and its attaching member are composed of one piece of material. The handle proper 16 and attaching member 15 are preferably so proportioned as to provide a combined elongated handle, which is relatively narrow transversely. The elongation of the handle is desirable when the handle is assembled with the bag. inasmuch as the finger-hole 17 is spaced away from the attaching member 15 by the intervening, substantial length of the handle, for reasons which will be obvious from. the more detailed description hereinafter.
lPreierably,the handle attaching member 15 and the handle 16 are flat and in one plane, so that when attached to the bag or envelope and when the closure flap is either open or closed, the entire article will lie substantially flat, although it is obvious that the body at the bag or envelope may be of av bulging or bellows-like nature. The attaching member 15 is secured to the inner surface of the free end oi the closure flap 13, intermediate of the opposite edges 01 the bag, so that the handle will extend across the creasing or bending line 14 01? the flap, and along a portion of the ad- 3' went inner surface of the front wall 11, when the closure is open. At this point it will be ,ated the attachin ember 15 is 1 9 the in? an adhesive, which may be ordinary gum, and that at the juncture between the handle and its attaching member 15 the piece of material or the like is provided with laterally and op or envelope a transverse slit 19, forming an aperture through which the outer end of the handle 16 may protrude atthe front of the bagor envelope. Preferably the slit 19 lies within the, area of the notch in the back wall of the body 10, that is, it is of less length than the distance between the edges which define the ends of the notch. The protruding end ofthe'hand'le provides means for takinghold of it for the purpose of manipulating the 7 parts. for closing the bag or envelope. Preferably the apertured portion of the front Wall is stiffened, as by. afpiece of reinforcing material 20, which'may be pasted on to the front Wall, either at its rear surface or its front surface. This reinforcing piece is also slittedi so that the aperture 19 will extend through it, and the edge of the reinforcing means 20, which is adjacent the closure flap 13,, is preferably formed straight and located coincident with the bending line of the closure flap. The said edge of the reinforcing means forms a. straight edge over which the closure flap may be bent'and folded to tend to 1 form a crease along the bending-line 14, which is particularly desirable if a fold-line at 14 has not already been provided in the bag as manufactured.
' In Figs. 1 and 6 the bag or envelope is shown as open for receiving any desired contents. When the bag is'to be closed, suitable manipulation of the handle and closure flap will move the handle and flap, say to the positionshown in Fig. 3, and then by pulling on the protruding endof the handle 16 and pulling the handle in a direction substantially in.
the plane of the adjacent closing portions of the bag, the closureflap 13 will'be closeddown Y 55 against the rear wall 12 of the bag and" the handle 16 will" extend outwardly from the bag,substantially shown in Fig. 4.. When the parts are in this position the bag and its contents may be carried by inserting a finger through finger ho1e'17. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the handle is not only flat, but is at least of'sufficient width so as to have a maximum transverse dimension relative to the length of the slit 19, such that when the flap is closed the handle substantial- 1y fills the slit and thus the said slit is closed and none of the contents of the bag may escape through said slit. Referring to Fig. it will be seen that, when the closure flap is closed, the shoulders 18 of the handle will con stitute stops at about points 21 and prevent the handle from being drawn further through the aperture 19. At the same time, the said shoulder-s18 will' tend to bite the rear wall 12 of the bag at 21, thus tending to prevent undue drawing or flexing of the closure flap, and tending to hold the flap properly closed and the handle in proper position.
If desired, the closure flap may he provided with adhesive 22, so that it may be sealed against the rear wall of the bag.
Figs. 7, 8 and 9 show a slightly modified form of the invention, and similar numerals are em 'loycd to identify corresponding parts. n this form of the invention reinforcing means 20 previously described is omitted and other reinforcing means 20 is substituted, and this consists of a strip of stiffening material, which extends transversely of the bag or envelope for the whole width thereof, the same being preferably pasted upon the outer surface of the front wall 11. The aperture 19 for receiving the handle 16 also extends through the reinforein g means 20, and the long straight edge of the reinforcing means, at the mouth of the bag, is adapted to form a bending or creasing line for the closure flap. Otherwise, the construction shown in Figs. 7, S and 9 is the same as in the other figures.
In the most desirable forms of the invention the handle is moved through an angle of 180 in either closing the flap or opening it, and usually the handle is employed for closing the flap, although in some cases, it may be found advantageous to take hold of and close the flap, thereby moving the handle through said angle.
It will be seen from the above description and the drawings that a bag or envelope made in accordance with the present invention will be closed at the mouth of the bag, and that the preferred, only, opening is that formed by the aperture 19 or 19" through which the handle protrudes, and that, considering the function of the parts, a bag or envelope constructed in accordance with the )resent invention is exceedingly simple, efiicicnt and desirable for, serving the purposes for which such bags orenvelopes are usually employed.
It is obvious that the invention may be variously modified other than as described, and I therefore do not limit myself except as defined in the claims.
What I claim is:
1. In a bag or envelope, the combination of the body and itsclosure flap, the front wall having an aperture, with a handle attached to the flap and protruding outwardly through the aperture, and having a stop por- III intense tion for determining the distance the pro trading handle may be drawn through the aperture, and adapted to bear on the back wall of the body when the flap is closed.
9. In a bag or envelope, a flap, operating means therefor, the bag body having a notch in its back wall and a transverse slit for the operating means in its front wall and which lies between the ends of the notch, and means tor establishing a mutual engagement be tween the back wall and the operating means at the ends of the notch.
80 In a bag or envelope, the combination of the body and its flap, and a handle attached to the flap and having a shoulder which is free from the flap and is adapted to bear on the back wall of the body when the flap is closed whereby to support the weight of the bag.
d. In a bag or envelope, a body portion having a closure flap, and a handle protruding upwardly from the closure flap when the bag is closed and extending through the flap carrying wall of the bag, said handle being provided with stop means arranged to hold the flap against the other wall by the con tact of said stop means with said other wall of the bag at a point or points underneath said tlap, when the bag and its contents are suspended by the handle.
5., In a bag or envelope, a body portion having a closure flap, and a handle protrading upwardly from the closure flap when the bag is closed and extending through the flap-carrying wall of the bag, said handle being provided with stop means arranged to hold the flap against the other wall by the contact of said stop means with said other wall of the bag at a point or points underneath said flap, when the bag and its contents are suspended by the handle, said step means comprising a shoulder which is free from direct sccurement to the flap and providing the contact with said other wall,
6. In a bag or envelope, a body portion having front and back walls, the back wall having a notch at its upper edge and the front wall having a transverse slit lying between the ends of the notch, a closure flap, and a handle secured to the closure flap and extending through the transverse slit,'said handle having laterally extending shoulders adapted to engage the back wall at the ends of the notch, whereby to provide frictional contact for holding the bag closed GEQRGE t1. SNYDER.