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Oct i, 1935.
c E. DEUEL ET AL 2,016,079
DISPOSABLE TOWEL BIB Filed Aug. '7', 1934 I nventmzs 6Jrewc ex]. laomws Atomey Paterited Oct. 1, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DISPOSABI TOWEL B1B Clade E. Doue! and (florence A. Loonuna, Stevens Point, Wis. Y
Application Auguat 7, 1934, Serlal No. 738,357 3 China. (Cl. 2-50) It 13 also an important object oi! our invention A to provide a bib towel 01 the character described above which closely engagea the neck of the pale tient or subJect, and which includes means for securely connecting the same around the neck 50 as to eliminate the necessity for the use of pins. clasps. and the like.
Other objecte and advantages'of our invention l5 will be apparent from a reading of the following description in connection with the drawing, whrein for purposesot illustration we have shown a preierred embodiment of our invention.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a bottom plan view of the embodiment.
Flzure 2 is a trausveree vertical sectional view ahowing the embodiment arranged in the marmer in which il: is applied as a bib,
Referring in detail to the drawlng, the numeral l generally designates a rectangular or other suitably shaped sheet of highly absorbent disposable material such as a paper product which la iormed with a transversey extending oval opening 8 to rego ceive the neck of the patient, the oval formation being f ound superlor to a circular opening because it causes the edges 01 the opening to cling more closely to the neck of the patient. A slit i leads irom the end of the sheet near the opening 0 and defines one side 8 or the locking ta!) 9 which;is
seml-elliptical in form and extends toward the center et the opening s.
The devce of the invention 13 to be applied by placing the same with the edges of the opening Il around the neck c! the patient so that the portion I! et the sheet overlaps'the portion il 01 the sheet when the sheet is made into the conical Jiorm illustrated in Figure 2, and the tab 9 is then bent downwardly toward the neck and tucked down between the neck and the portion Il! in the manner indicated in Figure 2 so as to act as a look to keep the mentloned portions-overlapped and in the positionsin whichthey are originally placed as the bib towel is applied to the neck and shoulders 01 the patient. The result o! applying a bib towel construfled as described is to produce a close hugging arrangement of the cheracter descrlbed without the use of pins and clamps, although these may be used if desired,
which arrangement ma.y be eaaily applied and removed, but which, while applied, adequately pr tects the clothlng of the patient,
It will be observed that after the device has served its purpose as a bib it may be readfly pulled off by the patient and utilized as a towel, and tlien .s
discarded in a dispoaa] receptacle. It will also be observed that the bib towels oi our invention may be supplier! and used and dispod o! et a met less than the cost of laundering a corresponding number of ordinary biba and towels. 10 It is undersfood, of course, that the device et the invention will be of aufllcient aize to be capable of eficient use as a towel eitl1er be!ore or alter use as a bib.
Although we have shown and descrlbed herein 15 a preterred embodiment of our invention, it la to be deflnitely underatood that we do not desire to limit the application of the invention thereto. and any change or changes may be made in the materials, and in the structure and arrangement 20 of parte. within the spirit c! the invention and the scope of the subJoined cialms.
What is clalmed is:
l. A combination bib and towel 01 the type described comprising a relatively large sheet 01 ab- 2b sorbent dsposable materlal.- said sheet being provlded within its edgeswith an oval neck receiving cpening and further 'provided with a slot leading from one end et the sheet into said opening, thereby providing portions which overlap 30 when the devce la applied to the neck 01 the patient and adjacent portions of the body of the patient. said, opening being transverselw clone gated so as to more closely engage the neck 01 the patient, and a tab 01 considerable size on3 the edge of the opening and extending radially inwardly into said opening,sald t ab being adapted to be bent downwardly between the neck of the wearer so as to engage the undersde of one of the overlapped portions so as to act as a loch 4 to hold the said portions in o'verlapped position and therebyhold the said opening closely engaged with the neck et the wearer.
' 2. A disposable bib of the cfoaracter descrlbed comprising a sheet 01 disposable material iormed 4 adjacent its middle with a neck receiving opening, a slot leadlng from the back edge of the aheet into said opening, the edge of said openlng adjacent one side of said slot being formed with a locking tab 01 considerable size extendjng ra 50 dially into said opening and arranged to be bent along the line of the edge of the opening, said sbeet being arranged to be bent into a tunnel shape whereby portion: of the edges of said slot are caused to overlap each otl 1er, said tab baing 55 arransed to be bent so as to lie between and be confined by the back of the neck 01 the wearer and the underside.of the under one of the over- Iapped portions, and engage the radially inward edge s of the overlapped portions defined by said opening, whereby said overapped portions are locked in place.
3. A disposable bib of the character described comprising a sheet of disposable material formed adjacent its middle With an oval transversbly elongated neck receiving opening, a 5101: leading from the back edge of the sheet into the back edge 013 said openlng, the said bac]; edge adjacent one side of said slot being formed wIth a Iocking tab cf considerable size extending radially into sald opening and arranged to be bent along the line of the edge of the opening, said sheet being arranged to be bent into a tunnel shape whereby portions of the back edges of saki slot are caused to overlap each other and the remaining portions of the edges to closelybngage the neck of the wearer, sald tab being arranged to be bent so as to lie between and be .conflned 5 by the back of the neck of the wearer and the underside of the under one of the overlapped portions, and engage the radially lnward edges of the overlapped portions defined by sald openlng,
whereby said overlapped portions are locked in place, said overlapplng portions being arranged to beincreaslngly mrerlapped to g!eatly reduce the size of the neck receivlng oben1ng wlthout making said opening unduly transvmly toreshortened. 7 15 CLYDE E. DEUE... v
CLARENGE A. LOOMANS.