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D. TOPJIAN March 4, 1941.
POWDER PUFF Filed Ndv. 13, 1940 Patented Mar. 4, 1941 UNITED STATES .PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
This invention relates to powder pufl's and more particularly to a mitt for use in dusting a person's entire body with toilet powder after completion of a bath or shower.
6 Prior hereto such dusting with powder has been done by means of a puff consisting of a solid pad of soft material to the rear surface of which has been attached a handle or a strap or rib-. bon under which the hand of the user may be 10 inserted. Powder is applied to the puff either by pressing the pull into a box containing powder or by sprinkling powder upon it. The disadvantages of this type of pufl. are obvious. In view of the awkward and inconvenient positions which the hand of the user must assume in powdering the entire body, his fingers often slip oil the handle or his hand slips out of the ribbon or strap causing the pull to drop to the floor with consequent waste of powder and inconvenience to the used. Moreover, as the quantity of powder needed is rather large, the user is put to the inconvenience of constantly dipping the puff into the powder-containing box. In addition, the transition of the puff from box to body not only causes a wasteful spilling of powder,
but also creates untidiness in the room.
One object of the present invention is to provide a powder puff of simple, durable, and washable structure into which the hand of the user may be inserted as into a glove and which will not slip or fall from the hand when once positioned thereon, no matter what awkward or inconvenient position the hand may assume.
Another object of the invention is to provide a powder pufl' having a capacity for holding a large supply of powder, means for quickly, neatly, and conveniently replenishing said supply, and
being so constructed that the hand of the user never comes in contact with the powder.
40 A further object of the invention is to provide a powder pull from which the powder canescape only through the powder-applying surface and only when the pull is used, thereby insuring the application of powder to the desired areas and reducing the waste thereof to a minimum.
Other and further objects and advantages of the invention will be pointed out in the following more detailed description and by reference to the accompanying drawing in which Fig. l is a bottom plan view of a powder puff embodying this invention;
Fig. 2 is a longitudinalsectlon taken along lines 2-2 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary top plan view with the powder pocket closing flap in open position; and
Fig. 4 is a perspective view partly broken away with the hand of the user inserted in the handreceiving pocket.
The powder pufi shown in the drawing includes three layers, namely a rear layer I constructed 6 of any flexible ornamental fabric, an intermediate layer 2 of similar shape constructed of any powder impervious material and a front layer 3 constructed of any powder pervious material. The layer 3 overlies the rear layer l and the 'in- 10 termediate layer 2 except at one end where it projects outwardly beyond the said two overlying layers and 2, to form a flap 4 having a purpose which will be set forth below.
The three superimposed layers I, 2 and 3 are 15 united at the edges, except at the end, where an extension of the front layer 3 provides the flap 4, by any suitable means such as stitches.
The preferred manner of making the powder. puff comprises assembling the layers with the20 layer i between the other two and inserting a tape 5. having a thickened edge 6 between the peripheral edges of the front layer 3 and the rear layer 1 with the edge 6 facing inwardly. The three layers and the tape are then stitched to- 25 gether at their superimposed edges, as above described, after which the puff is'tumed inside out to restore the layers to their normal relation as shown in Fig. 2. Thethickened edge 6 of tape 5 thusprovides an ornamental covering for the 30 seam formed by the stitches.
As so united, the rear layer I and the inter mediate layer 2 form a pocket 8 ha'vingan opening at one end and the front layer 3 and the intermediate layer 2 form a pocket 9 having an 35 openingat the same end. The pocket 8 is adapted to receive the hand while the pocket 9 is adapted to receive the powder. As pointed out above, the layer 2. which separates the pockets is of a powder impervious material while the layer 3 which forms the outer wall of the pocket 9 is of powder pervious material.
The flap 4 serves to close the powder receiving pocket 9, being inserted into the mouth of the pocket 8 and removably secured to the in- 45 termediate layer 2 by any suitable means. The securing means here shown comprise a plurality of male snap fastener elements I B permanently secured to the free edge of the flap d-by a reinforcing strip stitched thereto and a plurality so of coacting female snap fastener elements I I permanently secured by similar means to the rear side of the intermediate layer 2 adjacent to its open end. Obviously when the flap 4 is swung inwardly and downwardly into the mouth of the pocket 8 and is removably secured to the layer 2 by the snap fastener elements l and II the open end of powder pocket 8 is completely closed.
An elastic tape I2 is permanently secured at its ends to the opposite edges of the rear side of front layer 3 and is disposed substantially at the area where the flap 4 and layer 2 are joined. Said elastic tape I2 constricts the width of front layer 3 thereby not only helping to hold the mitt upon the users hand, but also aiding the powder pocket closing flap 4 to tightly close the open end of powder pocket 9. An extension l3 of the tape 5 projects outwardly from the open end of the mitt to form a loop for convenience in hanging up the powder puff when not in use. I
In use, the pocket 9 is filled with any suitable powder through its mouth and closed by securing the flap 4 to the intermediate layer 2 with the snap fastener elements l0 and H. The hand is then inserted into the hand-receiving pocket 8 as shown in Fig. 4 and the powder puff is ready for use.
While one embodiment of the invention has. herein been described and illustrated by way of example, it is to be understood that the invention is not necessarily limited to this precise construction but is to be regarded as broadly inclusive of any and all modifications such as fall within the terms of the appended claims.
1. A refillable powder-applying mitt comprising three superimposed layers of flexible fabric each layer being of larger size than the area of a human hand, the front layer being made of powder-pervious material and the adjacent intermediate layer being made of powder-impervious material, a line of stitching securing said three superimposed layers together around three sides to form a powder-receiving pocket having one open end between said front layer and said intermediate layer, and-a hand-receiving pocket hav-.
ing one open end between said intermediate layer and the rear layer, and means for releasably closing the open end of said powder-receiving pocket, whereby a flexible powder mitt is provided having a flexible powder-pervious surface of the size of a human hand. v
2. A. refillable powder-applying mitt having a rear ply and an impervious lining ply, said plies being of substantially like shape and dimensions and defining between them a hand-receivin pocket, each such ply having lateral edges spaced apart a distance'somewhat greater than the width of the hand upon which the mitt is to be worn and a curved forward edge merging smoothly with said lateral edges and a rear edge which curved forward edges thereby to provide a powder-tight'joint between them, resilient means tending to constrict the width of the mitt at a point adjacent to but forward of the rear edges of the two first-named plies, and fastener means operative, when theclo'sure flap has been turned forwardly and inwardly soas to embrace the rear edge of the impervious lining ply, releasably to unit the free edge portion of the closure flap to the rear portion .of the impervious lining ply.
DANIEL TOPJ IAN