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Publication numberUS1999424 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 30, 1935
Filing dateFeb 16, 1933
Priority dateFeb 16, 1933
Publication numberUS 1999424 A, US 1999424A, US-A-1999424, US1999424 A, US1999424A
InventorsSeitz Charles Henry
Original AssigneeSeitz Charles Henry
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Traveling bag
US 1999424 A
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C. H. SEITZ TRAVELING BAG April 30, 1935.

Filed Feb. 16, 1935 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 ATTORNEY.

April 30, 1935.

c. H. SEITZ TRAVELING BAG i e e 1933 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. CHHRL ES HENRY 56/ 72 ATTORNEY.

Patented Apr. 30, 1 935 UNITED STATES.

PATENT OFFICE TRAVELING BAG Charles Henry Seitz, Philadelphia, Pa. ApplicationFebruary 16, 1933, Serial No. 657,050

6 @laima. (Cl. 190-50) This invention relates to traveling bags which are made of soft, or semi-soft material, which do not have a rigid frame which serves the double purpose of stiffening the bag and carrying the g lock elements, and which are equipped with either a slide fastener or some other lock element and has for its object the provision of a new and improved traveling bag of this type.

Sport bags of the above described type have in been found objectionable because they lack the element of rigidity and collapse. This not only detracts from the appearance of the bag but also makes it more difficult to pack the same. It is an object of this invention to provide a sport it keep its shape at all times. I

Another object of this invention is to produce a sport bag of soft or semi-rigid fabric which shall have rigidity and keep its shape at all times but which shall practically be as easy to manufacture, assemble and produce as the non-rigid, collapsible sptrt bags now in general use.

The above as well as other objects ofthis invention and the advantages arising therefrom tion and the drawings which form a part thereof.

In the drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of my novel bag when looking at the same from v the top, parts of the same being broken away novel structure and the relative thickness of my reinforcing bead and gusset carrying the bead being greatly exaggerated for the purpose of clearness.

Figure 2 is an enlarged section taken on the line 22 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is an enlarged section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 1.

Figure 4 isa perspective view of my novel bag when looking from the bottom, parts of the same being broken away for the pupose of more clearly illustrating my novel structure and the relative thickness of my reinforcing bead as well as the binding and support rivet and of the bag cloth per se being greatly exaggerated for the purpose of clearness. I

Referring more particularly to the drawings wherein similar reference numerals and reference letters denote similar parts the traveling or 50 sport bag B is composed'of two side members I and a center member 2 of suede (see Figure l) the lower ends 29 and 2! respectively of which (see Figure 4) are joined to a bottom member 8 by means of a line of stitching 9; or in any other 55 nner desired. I The center member 2 conbag of this type which shall have rigidity and will become apparent from the following descrip- I for the purpose of more clearly illustrating my stitutes a portion of the top and the end members 3 of the bag B. The member 2 is slit centrally thereof for a portion of its length, as shown at 4, to provide an opening for access to the bag. The'elements of the slide fastener are attached 5 to the free edges of the opening 4 thereby providing means to lock the opening in the bag. A tang 6 is associated with the elements of the slide fastener to properly actuate the same. The bag is provided with the usual handle members I for 10 lifting and carrying the same. These elements of the bag including the slide-fastener locking means are in and of themselves old and wellknown in the art and do not constitute a part of my invention and for that reason will not be here further described,

The bag is reinforced and stiffened on each of its sides by means of a reinforcing and stiffening bead ID the ends 22 of each of which are anchored at the corners of the under side or bottom of the .bag by means of the cap or mushroom rivets 23 the body portion 25 of which extends through a suitable aperture 28 formed in the bottom member 8 shown in Figures 3 and 4, each of said beads II) extending upwardly from the said anchor points in a curve along the side of the bag as shown in Figures 1, 3 and 4.

Each bead I0 is composed of a gusset member I I and a reinforcing and stifiening rod I4. Each gusset member II is composed of a reinforcing and stiffening rod receiving portion I2 which terminates in the material attaching flaps I3.

Each reinforcing rod used in the bag herein shown is made of spring steel about one-thirty-second of an inch 2") in diameter and is encased in a paper filler and cover member I5. The ensemble of the gusset II and the reinforcing and stiffening rod I4 is attached to the edges I8 and I9 respectively of the members I and 2 respectively by the line of stitching 21 or in any other manner desired, thereby uniting the members I and 2. at their upper edges with the gusset and with each other. The raw edge 29 formed by the jointure of the edges I8 and It to the member I3 is covered or finished by encompassing the same with the U-shaped piping member It and which is attached to the encompassed members by a line of stitching H or in any other. manner desired. The cap or mushroom head rivets 23 are of the type well known in the art and are composed of a bell cap or mushroom head 241 from which extends a cylindrical body portion 25 which terminates in the prongs 26.

It is believed that the manner of assembling the novel bag structure herein disclosed is obvious from the above disclosure and that several methods of assembly may be used to secure this re-' sult; yet, for the purpose of obviating any possible misunderstanding the following detailed description of one assembly method is here given. The side members I, the top and end member 2 and the bottom member 8 are cut to size. The member 2 is slit to provide the opening 4 to the respective'edges of which are attached the elements of the slide fastener 5 and its manipulating tang 6. Suitable apertures 23 are-punched in the bottom member 8 for the passage of the cylindrical body member 25 of the bell heacL/ca'p, or mushroom rivet 23. The gusset II and the reinforcing and stiffening rod I4 are also cut to the proper size, the reinforcing and stiffening rod I4 is encased in the'filler and cover member I5 and the rod I4 with its cover I5 are positioned within the annular reinforcing and stiffening rod receiving member I2 of the gusset II. Adhesive is applied to the inner faces of the flaps I I for joining these flaps to each other before they are united to each other and to the edges I8 and I9 and the piping I6 respectively by the lines of stitching 21 and I1 respectively. The ensemble of the gusset II and stiffening and reinforcing rod I4 is placed between the respective edges I8 and I9 of the members I and 2 respectively and joined together by a line of sitching 21 thus forming the bead ID. The raw edge 29 of the united elements I8, I9 and I3 are then bound or covered by the U shaped piping member I6 which is united to the elements I8, I9 and I3 by the line of stitching I1. The lower edges 20 and 2I respectively of the members I and 2 are then joined to the bottom member 8 by means of the stitching 9 the ends 22 of the reinforcing and stiifening rod I4, being bent in the necessary direction and amount for adapting them to round the corners of the bag and to assume the proper position on the bottom of the bag as shown in Figures 1, 3 and 4. The ends 22 of the reinforcing and stiffening rod I4 are then anchored by means of the bell head or mushroom rivets 23 the cylindrical body member 25 of which is inserted through the aperattached to the bag by stitching or in any other manner desired.

The above disclosure is to be understood as being by the way of illustration only and not by the way of limitation since many changes may be madein the structurehere disclosed without de-,

parting from the spirit of my invention which consists in either making as an integral part of a traveling bag of soft or semi-rigid material and not normally provided with a rigid frame, a. stiffening member of rigid material for reinforcing and stiffening the same, and /or in incorporating, as an integral part of a traveling bag made of soft or semi-rigid material and not provided with a rigid frame, a bead of rigid material for reinforcing and stiffening the same during one of the steps now followed in the production of the said bag without making any substantial changes in the steps now followed in the production of the same, and/or in incorporating, as an integral part of a traveling bag made of soft or semirigid material and not provided with a rigid frame, a stiffening and reinforcing member of rigid material without, however, making any substantial changes in the construction of the said bags. For instance, instead of producing a bag having all of the above principles 9. bag may be made in accordance with. any one or any two of the said principles: Or for any of the elements herein disclosed equivalents may be substituted as, for instance, the substitution of other locking means for the slide fastener 5, or the substitution of cloth, soft or semi-rigid leather, or composition (artificial) fabric and leathers for the suede herein disclosed, or the substitution of any suitable material for the base member 8-, or the substitution of pliable wood or some metal other than spring steel as material for the member I4, it being preferable although not absolutely necessary that the material substituted for the spring steel have the quality of resiliency as well as that of rigidity,

stitching wherever necessary or advisable, or the.

use of some other means such as sewing or stapling for the bell, cap or mushroom rivets used in anchoring the ends 22 of the bead III. It is to be noted that my structure herein disclosed enables me to impart the qualities of shape and rigidity to a bag made of soft or semi-rigid material and not having rigid frames by the use of a comparatively thin and light element thereby not adding materially to the weight of the bag. The principle here disclosed may, therefore, be adopted in all types of bags and the compartively heavy frames eliminated therefrom. Bags made in accordance with my disclosure have the element of flexibility in addition to that of shapeliness and rigidity.

In the light of my disclosure the above as well as other changes will readily suggest themselves to those skilled in the art and it is for this reason that the claims which I have hereunto appended for the purpose of describing my invention should be limited only by the prior art.

The 'word non-rigid as used in the specification and claims is used to denote material which is either soft or semi-rigid.

Having described my invention what I claim as new and useful is:

1. As an article of manufacture a traveling bag consisting of a base member and three members of non-rigid material attached thereto, two of the said threemembe'rs being attached to the said base member along one of their respective edges, and extending upwardly from the said base mem-' ber to form the two sides of the said traveling bag, the third of the said three members being attached to the said base member along two of its edges, extending. upwardly from the said base member to form the ends and the top of the said traveling bag and terminating on each of its sides in a curved edge, the said third member having an aperture formed therein for giving access to the inside of the said traveling bag, the said third member further having the elements ofa slide.

fastener attached thereto along the edges of the said aperture for closing the said aperture, the

of non-rigid material attached thereto, two of.

the said three members being attached to the said base member along one of their respective edges and extending upwardly from the said base member to form the two sides of the said traveling bag, the'third of the said three members being attached to the said base member along two of its edges, extending upwardly from its said base member to form the ends and the top of the said traveling bag and terminating on each of its sides in a curved edge, the said third member having an aperture formed therein for giving access to the inside of the said traveling bag, the said third member further having the elements of a slide fastener attached thereto along the edges of the said aperture for closingthe said aperture, the free edge of each of the said two side wall members being curved to complement and fit the curved edges of the said top and end member, a bead having a resilient and rigid member positioned therein positioned between the said top and end member and each of a the said side wall members along the said curved edges, means for uniting each of the said curved upwardly from the said base member to, form two pairs of oppositely disposed walls and a top member for the said traveling bag; one of the said three members being curved alongtwo of its edges and eachof the other of the said wall members being curved along one of their-edges to complement and fit one. of the curved edges of the said member having twocurved edges; a reinforcing and stiffening bead, having a resilient and rigid member as a component part thereof, positioned intermediate each of the said members having one curved edge and the said'member having two curved edges along the said line of curvature. means attaching the curved edge of each of the said members having one curved edge and one of the curved edges of the said member having two curved edges to the reinforcing and stiffening bead contiguous thereto, and means attaching the ends of the said reinforcing and stiffening bead member to the said base member.

4. As an article of manufacture a'traveling bag consisting of a base member and three members of non-rigid material attached to and extending upwardly from the said base member to form two pairs of oppositely disposed walls and a top member for the said traveling bag; one of the said three members being curved along.two of its edges and each of the other of the said wall members being curved along one of their edges to complement and fit one of the curved edges of the said member having two curved edgesra reinforcing and stiffening bead,-conslsting of a flexible attaching member encasing a core of resilient and rigid material within a flexible sheath, positioned intermediate each of the said members having one curved edge and the said member having twocurved edges along the said line of curvature; means attaching the curved edge of stiffening bead contiguous thereto; and means attaching. the ends of the said reinforcing and stiffening bead member to the said base member.

5. As an article of manufacture a traveling bag consisting of a base member; three members of non-rigid material attached to and extending upwardly from said base member to form two pairs of oppositely disposed walls and a top member for said bag, one of the said pair of walls being longer than the other and the said top member having an aperture formed thereinto provide access to the inside of said traveling bag; locking elements positioned upon the edges of said aperture for closing the said opening; and a reinforcing and stiffening member of resilient and rigid material attached at its free ends to the said base member and extending upwardly therefrom in a curved line along each of the walls of the said longer pair of walls.

6. A traveling bag consisting of a base member; 'two pairs of oppositely disposed walls of non-rigid material extending upwardly from the 'said base member, one of the said 'pair' 'of walls being longer thanthe other; a top member, the

said top member having an aperture formed therein to provide access to the inside of said traveling bag; locking elements positioned upon the edges of said aperture for closing the said opening; and a reinforcing and stiffening member of resilient and rigid material attached at its free ends to the said base member and extending upwardly therefrom in a curved line along each of the walls of the said longer pair of oppositely disposed walls. p

- CHARLESHENRY SEITZ.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification190/119, 190/126, 190/903, 190/127
International ClassificationA45C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S190/903, A45C3/00, A45C2003/007
European ClassificationA45C3/00