US 2243982 A
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June 3, 1941. I R Q SEELEY 2,243,982
SANITARY EYESHADE Filed Sept. 25, 1939 Z6 Z7 for C 5:225) INVENTOR. Z4 Z5 BY 6 I AT TOR BY.-
Patented June 3, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT. OFFICE SANITARY EYESHADE Roy 0. Seeley, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application September 25, 1939, Serial No. 296,405
The present invention pertains to an improved light weight, readily manufactured, unitary eyeshade or device adapted to be Worn over the eyes for the. purpose of preventing light from disturbing the rest or sleep of the wearer.
Eyeshades have been used by numerous individuals suffering from insomnia, or particularly sensitive to light or illumination. Many persons can not rest or sleep unless they are in substantially total darkness and for that reason do not relax and rest during daylight hours even though their occupation or circumstances make it desirable that they sleep. Prior devices used for similar purposes have been expensive, bulky and in many instances uncomfortable to wear. Furthermore, repeated use of prior devices causes the same to absorb perspiration and body oils which render the devices disagreeable, soiled and unpleasant.
The present invention is primarily directed toward a very effective but simplified form of eyeshade which, by reason of its simplicity and inexpensive character, may be discarded after use, thereby permitting the wearer to use a clean and unsoiled eyeshade without excessive expenditures. Furthermore, certain of the forms of eyeshade hereinafter disclosed not only protect the eyes of the wearer from disturbing light but also include means whereby the wearer may effectively prevent extraneous noises from disturbing his rest.
An object of the present invention, therefore,
is to provide a simple, inexpensive, light weightlight weight eyeshade.
A further object of the present invention is to disclose and provide an eyeshade providedwith means for protecting the eyes from extraneous light and simultaneously protecting the wearer from disturbance due to extraneous noise.
Other uses, advantages, adaptations and. modifications of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description and from the drawing appended hereto, which drawing shows a number of modifications and illustrative forms.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is an elevation of one form of eyeshade of this invention.
Fig. 2 illustrates the manner in which the device may be used.
Figs. 3, 4, 5 and 6 illustrate modified forms of the device.
The eyeshades of the present invention may be made of any suitable light weight, virtually opaque, fibrous or felted material such as, for example, paper preferably uncalendered and soft and flexible. The device itself may be made out of a number of laminations of very light weight porous and absorbent webs, films or tissues of fibrous material suitably pressed, felted or cemented together, or the device may be made of a unitary web of material of slightly heavier gage than the individual sheets of a laminated form. Those skilled in the art of paper manufacture will readily appreciate the variety of types of paper which may be employed, it being remembered that the device should be practically opaque and still relatively soft and flexible so as not to include sharp edges or folds which might cause discomfort to the wearer.
As shown in Fig. 1, the device, generally indicated at I0, may comprise a piece of fibrous material having the end portions II and I2, the device It] being of sufiicient length to extend from ear to ear and across the eyes of a wearer. If desired, the body portion 13 of the device is of a width sufficient to extend from the eyebrows of a wearer to the cheek of the wearer and such width may vary from about 2% inches to 3 /2 inches although these measurements are exemplary only. Moreover, the end portions II and [2 may be displaced from the longitudinal axis of the body portion 13, the end portions II and I2 in Fig. 1 being shown displaced downwardly from the longitudinal axis of the body portion l3. The end portions H and I2 are pref- *erably formed as an integral part of the body portion l3 and are connected to such body portion by means of sections of a reduced width, such reduction in width being indicated at between the points l4 and I5.
Each of the end portions II and 12 may have a slit or cut made'ther-ein, each of such slits or cuts being arcuate in form as indicated at I? and forming an approximately triangular or C-shaped opening in the ends, thus liberating a tab-like member I8 attached to the constricted portion of the body I3. The fibrous material between the slit I1 and the outer edge of the end ll forms a loop I9 adapted to be placed around the ear of the wearer, the tab l8 overlying the opening to theear when the device 7 is in position. This tab l8 may be permitted to overlie this opening or it may be crumbled and inserted into the opening of the ear as more particularly shown in Fig. 2, which illustrates the manner in which the device may be used.
' iorlmedbeirigadapted.to' accommodate the nos By referring to Fig. 2 it will be seen that the ing end sections 28 and 29, these tapering end y po o l3 0f t e device covers the eyes of sections terminating in enlargements 30 and 3|. the wearer and because of its flexibility, 0011- These enlargements 3B and 3| may be crumbled forms to the contours of the features, excluding to form a ball or plug adapted to be inserted into extraneous light from impinging upon the eyes. 5 the ears of the wearer. Obviously, Whenever The ear 20 of the wearer extends through the so desired the tapering sections 28 and 29 may -S flped Opening o ed by the S t H, the be provided with wrinkles, corrugations or other loop 19 now holding the device in position on deformations from the plane of the material so the head of the wearer. The tab-like member as to permit lengthening if this is deemed desirl8 has been crumbled and pressed lightly into 10 able. Moreover, the body portion 53 may be the openinglof the ear as indicated at I95. It proyidedlwith aslit suchja's ,21/(Fig. v3) or an is to be understood that the opposing end l2 indentation adapted to"receive the nose. In-
of the device has been similarly placed over the h stead of a slit, the body portion may be crinkled other ear of the wearer. When used in the inthe middle to permit stretching over the nose. manner described, the wearer is protected net le. A,sti 1l further modification is illustrated in only from noise but the wearer may rest with Fig. ififAs there shown, the body portion i3 is out disturbance from light, such as excessiy'eqdayr provided withdbwnwardly directed ends 32 and light or the light of flashing signs. It ls to, 33. Thelowenportion of the body may be probe further noted that the crumbledtabs lfihss'i'st vid'e'd with indentation as. The portions 32 n holding the device n position. eolpandsalr'r'iay comprise flaps adapted to cover the Fig. 3 shows a slightly modified forrnnf clerics. ears or such ends maybe crumbled lp andinserte, in hi h, t b d p r i & war ed-W t d nto thee rl fo d rt cili t e ti n v a slit'2l eXtendingf fron1 1e edge thereo'fguni of th'e'devicejon lthefwearenfa sol'ution' of gum Wardly. and, inward y, jsucl r I it being adapted arabicQgu to accommodate nose "gf jthe wearer the re A tragacanth or other vegfetab le gu or material havin'g s'onie dhesive r o t e' i ay permittingjthe' bod ion 13: to mo re' clofsely be appliedtothe inner isu fac'e of the device at, contact with the ears an'dfpneitherside of th e Q portions' normally coyierhigfthe temples as, for nose'and thereby more positively excluding light exampe; 'atlfi and 36. Thesev portions, when from the eyes. It is also t'o be notedth'at inthe: form of device shown in. Fig. 3, theporistricted' portions, generally indicated at,22 and 23,1haye beencrinklcdso'that the end portion'slll and l 2:01 the device, may be grasped and the overall nsthof the device, c eased.W end siredh crinkled portion's 22 and 23 permitting a certain; amount. of; expansion to take place',' tvhi ch off coursef aids" the deyice in conforming to the; features, and thus aidsit in itsfunctionf of 36x eluding light. When thisfeature, is incorporated in the, devicelit is preferabl elthatthe' strip be 7 constructed of slightly shorter length than ,the dista c tw ent poin so'f attachme t o t I. wearefslears, thus necessitatinghthat strip be tensionedslightly when jit is placed inLo'p'f -f erative positioi jyith the result that the security of it's mounting upon the. 'personjsj'features is fj enhanced a I it The ,devic e shownin Fig. 4 distinguishes from l. ,Anfeyesh ade comnrisinga unitary piece of dd claims are'embraced a ain t e s inf t 'w ere e es he fications coming within 7 those previouslydescribedinthat'thefbddypork I fieigiblelfpliia t'jsubsta tially lo'p aq ue material of tion ,l3 inc 1ude's fan" upwardly'idirec'ted 'j sloflhavf- 50 .a length suffic ent toexte'n'd from ear to 'ear'and 1 ing thegdgefiignd 25.: thslot happ ning tliu's. across th'eeyes of a wearer, the ends of said of, thewearer'j'said body portion terminat ng i integral hbjoklike ends, 26v and 2l adaptedftof'fit,
piece being formedwith integralmeans to attach the shade. toj 'the, earafsaid integral attaching means including 'a'fiap adapted to be crumpled f around theiearsfof the, wearenf. If'fdesire'cl ,fa andinserted.intotheopening of the ear toretai'ni saidleyesfia o erative position.
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