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H. COOPER Aug. 30, 1932.
FOLDED SHIRT AND METHOD OF FOLDING SAME FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES Filed Feb. 4, 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet I ave/whoa H. COOPER Aug. 30, 1932.
FOLDED SHIRT AND METHOD OF FOLDING SAME FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb. 4, 1932 awuentoz Patented Aug. 30, 1932 UNITED, STATES PATENT OFFICE HYMAN COOPER; OF LINDEN, NEW JERSEY FOLDED SHIRT AND METHOD OF FOLDING SAME FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES Application filed February 4, 1932. Serial No. 590,889.
This invention relates to an article of manufacture, viz., a folded shirt, and a method of folding a shirt so as to render visible to the prospective purchaser portions thereof which, as heretofore folded, have been hidden from view.
Heretofore it has been the practice so to fold shirts that only the collar, bosom and the cuffs were visible. It frequently happened that a customor would insist upon seeing a sleeve of the shirt in order to ascertain the style, construction or fullness thereof. To meet this requirement necessitated unpinning and partially unfolding the shirt.
More or less recently it has become the practice of shirt manufacturers to encase their product in a moisture-proof cellophane wrapper. This sealed wrapper afl'orded decided advantages in that it protected the shirt from atmospheric conditions, precluded soiling thereof due to handling, and added to the appearance of the shirt. However, the cellophane wrapper rendered it even more diflicult to satisfy the demands of the customer, who insisted upon inspecting a sleeve of the shirt before making a purchase.
This invention overcomes the difliculties' heretofore encountered by providing a shirt sofolded that one sleeve thereof and its attached cuff are artistically arranged across the bosom thereof, thereby disclosing to the prospective purchaser the style and construction of the sleeve and cuff without necessitating opening of the cellophane wrapper or unpinning or unfolding of the shirt. This not only satisfies the customer but it also enhances the appearance of the article, especially when the sleeve is provided with plaits or decorative designs.
Another feature of this invention resides in the provision of a new method of folding a shirt whereby it is possible to render visi- 1 ble to the prospective purchaser one sleeve and cuff of the shirt without unfolding the r shirt, and should the shirts be wrapped in celof the collar 3.
lophane, without destroying the cellophane Wrapper. T his method comprises, as one important step, the folding of one sleeve across the front or bosom of the folded shirt, in
which position the sleeve remains in full view of the prospective pu chaser.
Drawings depicting the folded shirt and the new method of folding same have been annexed as a part of this disclosure and, in such drawings Figure 1 is a back view of a shirt showing, in full lines, the sleeves thereof outstretched preparatory to folding, and in broken lines the first two steps in the folding thereof. Figs. 2, 3, 4 and 5 also are back views of the shirt showing, respectively the third, fourth, fifth and sixth steps in the folding of the shirt in accordance with this invention. Fig. 6 is a front view of the completely folded shirt with one sleeve and its attached cuff disposed diagonally across thebosom thereof.
Referring morespecifically to the drawings the improved method of folding a shirt is disclosed as comprising a series of steps now to be described. The shirt is first placed, bosom down, with the sleeves outstretched as shown in Fig. 1, on a suitable table or other support. Next a sleeve 1 thereof (here shown as the left sleeve) is folded diagonally across the back 2 of the shirt, as shown in dotted lines a in Fig. 1. The second step consists in folding the sleeve 1 upwardly to the position indicated in dot-dash lines I) in Fig. 1, thus placing the cuff 1 thereof adjacent the back Next the left. side portion 2 of the body is folded over the folded sleeve, as indicated in Fig. 2.
The fourth step consists in folding the right side portion 2 of the body and the right sleeve 4 over the folded side portion 2, as shown in Fig. 3. Next the tail portion 2* is foldedup and the sleeve 4 is folded back upon itself and over the folded side portion 2", as shown in Fig. 4. It will be noticed that in this stage of the folding the sleeve 4 projects materially beyond the edge of the partially folded shirt. t
The sixth step is shown in Fig. 5 and consists in doubling the shirt substantially in half to cause the bottom portion to overlie the sleeve 4. If desired, the parts may be held in this position by pins applied in the usual manner.
Next the shirt is turned over and the sleeve 4 is folded diagonally across the bosom B of the shirt as shown in Fig. 6, in which position it may be pinned to maintain it in that position. If desired, the folded shirt may then be enclosed within the usual transparent cellophane wrapper but that is not essential to this invention.
An inspection of Fig. 6 will show that a shirt, folded in accordance with this invention, presents an artistic appearance and discloses to the prospective purchaser all of the various portions in which he is interested.
In this application the right sleeve is disclosed as the one which is folded across the bosom of the shirt but it is to be understood that the invention is in nowise limited to that feature nor to the sequence in which the various steps are performed. Likewise certain ones of the steps may be omitted or c0m bined, the essential step being the folding of the sleeve and its attached cufl' across the bosom of the shirt.
The invention also contemplates having the left sleeve folded across the bosom of the shirt and this readil may be effected by starting the folding rom the right side instead of from the left as will be readily understood.
Having thus revealed this invention, I claim 1. An article of manufacture comprising a folded shirt having one sleeve and one side portion folded against the back portion ofthe shirt and having the opposite side portion folded against the back portion of the shirt and adjacent the first mentioned side portion, the other sleeve being folded back over said opposite side portion, around the folded edge thereof and disposed diagonally across the bosom of the shirt;
2. An article of manufacture com rising a folded shirt having one sleeve folde transversely across the back of the shirt and longitudinally thereof to dispose the cuff portion thereof adjacent the collar portion of the shirt, one side portion of the shirt being folded longitudinally of the shirt and overlying said folded sleeve and the back portion of the shirt, the opposite side portion of the shirt being folded longitudinally into overlapping relation with the first mentioned side portion, the other sleeve being folded back upon the last folded side portion and disposed diagonally across the bosom of the shirt.
scribed. my name.
' HYMAN COOPER.