US 1742656 A
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Jan. 7, 1930. G. A. LAPRADE TRAVELING BAG Filed April 28, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Jan. 7, 1930. G. A. LAPRADE TRAVELING BAG Filed April 28, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet GU01 M114 Patented Jan. 7, 1930 UNITED STATES GEORGE A. LAIPRADE, OF EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, IASSIGNOR TO PH. ECKHARDT &
PATENT. OFFICE 00., INQ, OF NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF NEW YORK 'rnnvnmive BAG 1 Application filed April 28,
The invention relates to certain improvements in traveling bags of the Gladstone type in which the two body sections of the bag are hinged to the bottom bar connecting the bag frame members transversely, and has for its object to provide a partition, preferably removably hinged to the bottom cross bar,
upon which partition one or more garment hangers is or are mounted, preferably near the edge of the partition opposite that which is hinged to the cross bar, so that a garment or garments mounted on the hanger will be vertically suspended in the bag at all times, when the latter rests on its bottom, and displacement and wrinkling of the garments will be avoided.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a traveling bag involving the invention.
. Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional elevation of the bag.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary perspective of the bag and the partition showing the mode of applying and removing the latter.
Fig. 4. is a fragmentary perspective of the upper portion of the partition and the garment hanger associated therewith.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary front elevation of the partition and one of the hinged connections for removably supporting the garment hanger.
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective corresponding to Fig. 4, showing a modified form of bracket for removably supporting multiple garment hangers.
Referring to the drawings, 1 and 2 indicate the body sections of a traveling bag, which, as exemplified, is of the Gladstone type, so that, when the bag is opened, the two sections lie on their sides in flat relation. It will be understood, however, that the specific type of bag is exemplary only and that the invention is applicable to traveling bags and luggage generally, in which the body sections are hinged at and about the longitudinal mi section of the bottom.
The body section 1 is provided with the usual frame member 3 composed of a metallic angle section, and, similarly, the body section 1928. Serial No. 273,556.
2 is provided with a frame member 4, which latter telescopes with the frame 3, when the bag is closed, as shown in Fig. 2. The two frame sections are connected at the bottom by the usual double hinges 5, which, in turn,
are connected by a bottom cross bar or strap 6.
Secured in spaced relation to the cross bar 6 are two hinge members 7 and 8, each comprising sleeve-like members adapted to receive the end of an elongated pintle or pin secured to the bottom of a partition, to be later described. The hinge member 7 is of the same type as shown in Fig. 5, including a helical spring mounted within the sleeve or barrel, which is adapted to be compressed by one end of the pintle and to move the latter axially when the opposite end thereofi is engaged by the hinge member 8.
The bag is provided with a partition 10, the marginal, side and top edges of which are adapted to lie within the frame member 3, when the bag is closed, said partition having secured to its lower edge a folded metallic strip 11 in which a hinge pintle or pin 12 of stout wire or the like is rigidly fixed with its ends projecting, so that, when the end of the pintle is engaged with the hinge member 7 and forced inward to compress the'spring therein, the opposite end of said pintle may be brought into registry in the opening in the hinge member 8, the reaction of the spring forcing the end of the pintle into the hinge member 8, so that the partition will be pivotally connected to the bottom cross bar 6. By this arrangement, it will be seen that the partition may be readily applied to or removed from the bag by the simple operation of engaging or disengaging the hinge members.
Fixed to the face of the partition and preferably adjacent the edge thereof opposite that carrying the hinge connection is a U- shaped bracket 13, mounted transversel of the partition, which bracket carries hinge members 14 and 15, similar to the hinge members 7 and 8, the member 14 having mounted therein a helical spring 14. The bracket with the hinge members thereon is adapted to support the garment hanger 16, which may be of standard type, to receive and support a suit of clothing the upper portion of the hanger having secured thereto a folded strip of sheet metal 17 in which is rigidly secured a pin or pintle 18 adapted to be removably engaged with the hinge members 14 and 15, in the same manner as the hinged connection between the partition and the cross bar of the bag frame. If desired, the bracket 13 may be fitted with two sets of hinged connections, as illustrated in Fig. 2, to receive two garment hangers. 3
In order to retain the garments in place and prevent the movement thereof, the partition is provided with a buckled cross strap 22 and a similar cross strap 23 is secured to the bottom panels of one of the bag sections, as more particularly illustrated in Fig. 1, so that, when the straps are fastened across the garments suspended by the hangers, all but the lower portions of the garments will be held against movement or derangement, which would tend to wrinklethe garments. The strap 23 admits of the lower portions of the garments being folded against the inner face of the side wall of said section of the bag, in the relation shown in Fig. 1, and to be held against relative movement by the additional contents of the bag occupying the section.
As illustrated in Fig. 6, the partition 10 is provided with a modified form of bracket comprising a base plate 13*, ,to which are riveted pairs of spring arms 14* and 14 provided near their outer ends with openings 14 andl t respectively, into which pintles 18' are adapted to be snapped, said pintl'es being mounted on brackets 17' secured to the upper portions of the garment hangers 16.
The face of the partition 10 upon which the garment hangers are mounted is provided.
with a strap 25 by means of which the hangers may be fastened when not in use to prevent them swinging. The opposite face of the partition, near the top edge thereof, is provided with studs 20 adapted to engage socket members 21 carried by leather tabs secured to the frame member 1, by means of which the partition may be locked into engagement with the frame member 3.
If desired, the partition 10 may be removed from the bag by disengaging the hinge members and the garment hangers carrying the clothing applied thereto, so that the clothing may be properly arran ed and smoothed and secured in position by t e strap 22, after which the partition will be reapplied to the bag by engaging the hinge members on the lower end of the partition and the cross bar and the lower portion of the clothing secured in position by cross strap 23. On the other hand, if it is preferred, the partition 10 may be folded back into engagement with the frame section 4 and the hangers carrying the garments applied to the turbed, and the garments will be suspended in upright relation with the bag.
What I claim is:
1. In a traveling bag of the Gladstone type, a partition hinged to the bottom cross bar, a bracket secured to said partition near the edge opposite the hinged connection, and a garment'hanger hinged to said bracket.
2. In a traveling bag of the Gladstone type, a partition hinged to the bottom cross bar, a bracket secured to said partition near the edge opposite the'hinged connection, and a garment hanger removably hinged to said bracket.
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.
GEORGE A. LAPRADE.