US 1856703 A
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May 3, 1932. G GROQM 1,856,703
BILL FOLD Filed Feb. 12, 1930 INVENTOR.
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Patented May 3, 1932 PATE GEORGE F. GROOM, OF WEST BEND, WISCONSIN, ASSIGN OR T ENGER-KRESS COMPANY, OF WEST BEND, WISCONSIN, A CORPORATION OF WISCONSIN BILL roL-D Application filed February 12, 1930. Serial No. 427,826.
This invention relates to improvements in bill folds.
In the ordinary type of bill fold, when a relatively large number of bills are carried therein, considerable buckling of the leather occurs, rendering the article bulky to carry and unsightly in appearance.
While it is understood that various attempts have been made to provide a nonbuckling bill fold, in the majority of the prior constructions either a loose flap has been employed to slide within a pocket, or said flap has been secured to the pocket by means of a section of relatively thin flexible material, such as cloth.
It is one of the objects of this invention to provide an improved bill fold of the class described, in which the slidable flap is connected to the opposite portion of the bill fold in a novel manner to permit free sliding movement outwardly for a definitely limited distance.
A further object of this invention is to provide an improved non-buckling bill fold in which the slidable flap is connected to the pocket in such a manner that the use of cloth or other thin flexible material to limit the outward movement is eliminated.
A further object of this invention is to provide a bill fold which is simple in construction, attractive in appearance, inexpensive to manufacture, and well adapted for the purpose described.
IVith the above and other objects in view, the invention consists of the improved bill fold and all its parts and combinations, as set forth in the claims, and all equivalents thereof.
In the accompanying drawings, illustrating one complete embodiment of the preferred form of the invention, in which the same reference numerals designate the same parts in all of the views:
Fig. 1 is a plan View of the bill fold in open position;
Fig. 2 is a similar view with parts broken away to show details of construction;
Fig. 3 is a sectional View taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1; and Fig. 4 is an edge view of the bill fold in folded condition.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral 8 designates the outer wall of the bill fold, said wall being constructed preferably of leather. Leather pockets 9 and 10, comprising inner sections 11 and 12 and outer sections 13 and 14 respectively, are each secured by stitching 15 on an end edge and a side edge to the inner side of the outer wall of the bill fold to form an inner wall. The outer section 13 of the pocket 9 is preferably formed with an opening within which isinglass 16, or other transparent material, is positioned. An additional section of material 17 is secured to the outside of the other outer pocket section 14 to form an auxiliary pocket. The inner section 11 of the pocket 9 is formed with a pair of spaced apart slits 18, said slits defining a loop 19.
The inner section 12 of the pocket 10 is elongated to form a flap 20, the latter extending within the opposite Pocket 9 between its two sections 11 and 13. Secured at its inner end to the lower side of the flap 20 is a substantially FF-shaped tongue 21 having at its outer end laterally projecting stop portions 22. The said tongue, which is also preferably constructed of leather, is slidable within the loop 19, the projecting portions 22, however, limiting its outward movement. 7
In use, identification cards, or the like, may be inserted in the pocket 9 beneath the sheet of isinglass 16. Other small articles maybe carried in the pocket 10 and in the auxiliary pocket formed by the section 17. Bills are inserted between the pockets and the outer wall 8. 'VVhen a relatively large number of bills is carried, the inner portion of the bill fold is naturally forced a considerable distance away from the outer wall. In the ordinary typeof construction, this will be accompanied by considerable buckling of the leather when the container is folded as in Fig. 4. In the improved construction embodied in the present invention, however, when a large number of bills is inserted, due to the flap 20, and its slidable tongue connection, there is a relative sliding movement between the pocket 9 and the pocket 10, and the inner portion of the fold will, therefore, readily adapt itself to either a large or small number of bills without buckling. Accidental pulling of the flap 20 out of the pocket 9 is prevented by the stop portions 22 on the tongue 21. Due to the fact that the tongue is positioned entirely below the flap 20, it is efiectively concealed from View, and is further prevented from catching into cards which may be carried within the pocket 9.
Although only one form of bill fold has 10 been shown and described, it is obvious that various modifications may be made Without departing from the spirit of the invention, and it is to be understood that all changes and modifications are included as may come within the scope of the claims.
l/Vhat I claim is 1. A bill fold comprising an outer wall and a divided inner wall, a flap projecting laterally from one of said inner Wall sections, a tongue secured to the lower side of said flap, said tongue having a stop projection, guiding means in connection with said other inner wall section within which said tongue is slidable, an additional section of material superimgg posed upon and in connection with said last mentioned inner wall section to form a pocket having an opening for slidably receiving the flap and tongue of the first mentioned inner wall section, said flap entirely covering the tongue and guiding means so that said tongue and guiding means will not interfere with the insertion of material into the pocket.
2. A bill fold comprising an outer wall and a divided inner wall, a flap projecting laterally from one of said inner wall sections, a tongue secured to the lower side of said flap, said tongue having a stop projection, guiding means in connection with said other inner wall section within which said tongue is slidable, an additional section of material superimposed upon and in connection with said last mentioned inner wall section to form a pocket having an opening for slidably receiving the flap and tongue of the first mentioned inner wall section, said superimposed section having a window therein of transparent material, and said flap entirely covering the tongue and guiding means so that said tongue and guiding means will not interfere with the an insertion of material into the pocket and so that the tongue and guiding means will not be visible through the window when material is not in the pocket.
In testimony whereof, I affix my signature.
GEORGE F. GROOM.