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March 1, 1932'. M, B R 1,847,066
COLLAPSIBLE SHOE BAG Filed March 23, 1929 2 Sheets-Sheet l J J; H2
Invencur LEU'JITE arch 1, 1932. M. c. BERG 1,847,066
COLLAPS IBLE SHOE BAG Filed March 23, 1929 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 I LYBTQLUP M654 Patented Mar. 1, 1932 PATENT OFFICE MATHILDE C. BERG, OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COLLAPSIBLE snon BAG Application filed March 23,
This invention relates to article containers, more especially it is directed to a fabric multi-compartment collapsible shoe bag.
One of the objects of this invention is to provide a fabric container having a plurality of superimposed compartments each suitably dimensioned to accommodate shoes or other articles, the container when not in use being collapsible to an extremely compact form.
Another object of this invention is to provide a simple inexpensive shoe bag which when suspended in a closet or the like will be extended by its own weight and afford accommodations for a plurality ofpairs of L shoes or the like with a minimum occupation of closet space.
Another object of this-invention is to effect a collapsible shoe bag having a series of vertically spacedtransversely arranged fabric partitions providing facilities for receiving filling members which function both as a stiffening and as a spacing means.
Another object of this invention is to produce a shoe bag which may be quickly placed in. condition for the laundry by simply re moving the suspending member at the top of the bag and the fillers from the respective partitions.
Another object of this invention is to provide a collapsible shoe bag having the uppermost compartment of a ridge-roof like configuration so as to enable vertical suspension of the bag when attached to a flat vertical surface such as a closet wall or the side of the door.
Other objects of this invention are to provide a shoe bag which exclusive of the partitions, is formed from a single length of material folded and sewed in a predetermined manner the bag when thus formed and partitioned being readily'reduceable to a size convenient for packing in a suitcase, hat box or the like for transportationpurposes.
With these and other objects in view this invention consistsincertain novel details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts to be more particularly hereinafter set forth and claimed. r v Briefly stated, this invention consists of a 50 fabric. bag manufactured from a single piece 1929. Serial No. 349,503.
of material folded lengthwise along lines laterallyspaced from its longitudinal edges to produce a trough like structure rectangular in configuration, open at its opposite ends and including rear and side walls which arrangement is converted into the body por tion of the bag having a ridged roof shape at its upper end by bringing the transverse edges of the side walls at one end of the trough into meeting relation with the resultant folds in the rear wall positioned between said edges and then hemming and stitching this assembly. The body portion of the bag is then formed into a series of compartments by a plurality of spaced partitions stitched transversely of its walls,each partition providing a pocket to receive a combination stiffening and spacing member. With appropriate suspending means affixed to the, upper end of the body portion it maybe hung from a supporter collapsed as desired.
Referring more particularly to the accompanying drawings in which corresponding parts are indicated by similar reference characters:
Fig. 1 isa perspective of the shoe bag forming the subject matter of this application, illustratedin extended position and supported by a suitably mounted hanger,
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section taken on theline 2-2 of Fig. 1,
Fig. 3 is a perspective of the shoe bag illusrating the latter in collapsed condition, an
F ig- 4: is a fragmentary perspective illustrative of the construction of the fabric partitions and filler members associated therewith.
Fig. 5 is aperspective of the fabric as folded preliminary to formation of the body structure, and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective in il lustration of the folds of the material as the transverse edge of the sidewalls are brought into meeting relation.
In recognition of the existing demand for a shoe container dimensioned to occupy a minimum space both in itsoperative and collapsed form with facilities for-accommodatingv several pairs of shoes (usually scattered In the illustratedembodiment characteriz ing this invention there is shown a strip of material A, preferably, from an artistic point of view, of cretonne, which is folded lengthwise along the lines ab and 6 to produce'a trough-like structure C open at its oppositeextremities and including side and rear walls,(l), (2) and (3) as clearly shown in Fig.5 of the drawings. After folding the material as defined the transverse edges (4) and (5) of the side walls are brought into meeting relation with the resulting folds (6) inthe rear wall (3) situated between said edges as clearly shown in Fig-. 6 of the drawings. Likewise to impart a tapered formation the side walls of the upper, compartment (hereinafter to be mentioned) are pleated as at ,(1) and (2.) This assembly embracing the transverse edges of 3;).Ll3h6 8ld6 and rear walls (1), (2) and (3) together with the folds and pleats arranged as aforesaid, is now hemmed as at (7) with the hem embracing a cross rod (8) of a hanger (9) adapted to engage a suitably disposed ;*:'support or hanger, rod (10) located in a clothes closet or the like. (8)1nay be'removed when the bag is to be laimdered by breaking the stitching of the hem. it
partment is given a configuration similar in outline to that of a ridge-roof to enable suspension of the bag. in a vertical plane though 7 its supporting hook maybe situated at an anis-i-gle to the horizontal.
The body portion of the bag having been formed it is divided by means of a series of fabric partitionsi'(-11) into a plurality of compartments (12) all of which, with the soexception 3 of the uppermost. compartment,
maybe similarin outline. These fabric partitions (11);correspond in width and depth to that of the rear and side walls to which The hanger rod With this construction the uppermost comconstitute a closure for the bottom of the bag as clearly shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings.
The inclined side walls of the upper compartment (10) in the present embodiment of the invention, are provided on their inner surface with pockets (19) as a convenience for the storage of small miscellaneous articles.
In the light of the preceding disclosure it is manifest this shoe bag when suspended from a support as shownin Fig. 1, will pre sent a series ,of super-imposed compartments each of'a'size to conveniently receive shoes or other articles, and when not in use may be collapsed toa compact form disclosed in Fig. Morever, when the bagis to .be-laundered the filler members and the hanger maybe re:-
moved from the fabricpartition andthe hem of the uppercompartment, whereupon it ma-y be handled-by thelaundry machinery, without'the least possibility of. damagetothe bag- When travelling this bag may be-collapsed with the filler members in place-as shownzin Fig. 3 Or if there is not sufficient space avail able to receive it in this fornrthefillers may be removed, stacked inacompact mass and the fabric bag; rolled to the required size.
In conclusion it isevidentthisinvention? provides a shoe bagwhich is simple, inexpensive to produce, readilytransportable, easilylaundered and capable of being quicklypositioned for utilization;
Having; described my invention,iwhat I: claim as new andwish tosecure'by Letters:
Patent is 1. In a collapsible; bag structure,.formed from a single; piece offlexible materialand:
tion being brought into meeting relation with the resulting folds inrthe rearwmember; dis'.-.
posed therebetween, the transverse. edges-of said members. as associated .beingrhemmed to form a ridge-roof+shaped. closure-for; the, upper end of the body portion, a suspension; device in connection with the upper; end of the body portion and'including a ridge-rodand a hook element intermediate its extremities, the ridge-rod being embraced'by. the.
hem at the upperend of'said body portion, a
series of flexible. sheaves arranged in spaced relation within the body portion tO:Sllb
divide the lattervinto a: plurality of compart-. ments, the lowermost sheaf constituting a closure for-the remainingiopen end. ofsthe body portion'and filler members removably' positioned in said sheaves.
2. In a collapsible bagstructure formed from asingle piece of fiexible'materialand embodying a rear and parallel laterally spacedsidemembers, the transverse edges of the said members at oneend of the body-por tion being brought into meeting. relation :with the. resulting folds in the; rear member dis posed therebetween, the transverse edges of said members as associated being united to form a ridge-roof shaped closure for the up- 7 per end of the body portion, the union of said edges being such as to form an opening central of and a seat substantially coextensive with the ridge of said closure, said opening and seat being adapted to detachably accommodate a suspending device, a series of flexible sheaves arranged in spaced relation in the body to sub-divide the latter into a plurality of compartments, the lowermost sheaf constituting a closure for the remaining open end of the body portion, and filler members removably positioned in said sheaves.
MATHILDE C. BERG.