US 2247366 A
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July 1, 1941.
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TTORNEYS A. FRIDOLPH 2,247,366 7 TRAVELING CASE y 1941- I A. FRIDOLPH 2,247,366
TRAVELING CASE Filed Au 20, 1936 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. Human? E r'ado/p ATTORNEYS Patented July 1, 1941 I UNETED STATES PATENT GFFICE TRAVELING CASE Annette Fridolph, New York, n. y.
Application August 20, 1936, Serial No. 97,035
This invention has to do with a traveling case and more particularly with a traveling oasethat is relatively compact and light but still has the general functions of a wardrobe trunk.
Modern methods of travel such as by airplane, high-speed automobiles and the like, present many problems and difiiculties in the proper packing and shipping of Wearing apparel and traveling necessities. Wardrobe trunks and the like are usually too large and heavy and the use slidably but securely held in position by the top of the case, proper and operating in combination with another tray, positioned in the top of the case, the first named tray being slidable to a position whereby it registers with the second named tray when the case is closed. 'Another feature of the slidable tray is that it may be slid back and forth along the top of the case proper to permit access to the contents of the case without removal of the tray.
Other features have to do with a hanger guide and support formed as a part of one or more side walls of the case proper; such guide and support being constructed toreceive the heads of a plurality of vertically slidable garment hangers whereby the garments may be packed horizontally in the main storage compartment of the case, the guide and support retaining the garment hangers in proper position.
Other features have to do with details of construction and arrangement as will be more clearly set forth in the specification and claims,
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a traveling case embodying the features of the present invention,
and showing particularly the main tray positioned at the front of the case proper.
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of one end of the main tray and showing the fastening studs adapted to cooperate with grooves formed the top of themain' compartment.
Fig.3 is a fragmentary sectional view illustrating one form of connecting member between the tray and the case.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary perspective View of the inside of my traveling case and showing particularly the garment hanger guide and support.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary elevation of one position of the guide and support.
Fig. 6 is a sectional View taken on line 6-6 of Fig. 5 and showing particularly the embossed portions formed as a part of the guide and support for properly retaining the garment hangers in position.
tire depth of the compartment 2 may be utilized for storage purposes.
A main tray unit generally designated 4 is designed to be flush with the top edges 5 of the main compartment 2. This tray unit 4 preferably extends the length of, but of less Width than the compartment 2. Each end of tray unit 4 is preferably provided with a plurality of stud members 6 having enlarged heads. The turned over edges 5 at the top of the compartment 2 are provided with longitudinal slots 1 and such slots 1 are provided with spaced openings 8 of a'size adapted to receive the heads of the studs 6. The openings 8 are preferably positioned adjacent the back or hinged side of the compartment 2 so that the stud members 6 may be inserted through the openings 8 and then the tray 4 slid forwardly towards the position shown in Figure 1. When slid forwardly, it will be obvious that the tray member 4 will be held securely in position as a temporary fixed part of the compartment 2.
The tray member A preferably consists of a small compartment or box 9 for the storageof .articles of the type most frequently used. This box' 9 may have the usual cover or in its preferred form, the top wall Iii of the compartment "3 will form a closure for the compartment 9.
The extension ll of the tray 4 is preferably provided with a plurality of apertures 12 for receivtray; By making the strap members adjustable or by varyingtheir length, it will'be seen that it hangers.
would be possible to stack shirts or similar articles on the top of the tray 4 to a height equivalent to the depth of the compartment 3.
The compartment 3 is provided with an auxiliary compartment or box l3 which maybe divided up into a plurality of small compartments and an auxiliary drawer or drawers as best shown in Figure 1. An important feature of this box I3 is that it opens upwardly when the lid 3 is swung to the position shown in Figure 1. The box I? is preferably fixed in position and is of such a length or height that when the tray 4 is V may be packed very easily and compactly. Furthermore, because of the spaced openings l9, it becomes relatively easy to remove a garment which was originally positioned in between other garments. The tray member 4 being flush with the top of the main compartment allows for complete filling of the main compartment and, furthermore, by sliding the tray back and forth, access may be had to the garment hangers guided u and supported by the member or members I6.
In Figure '7 I have shown a modified form of retaining means for the garment hanger in that moved to its forward position, and the lid 3'- closed relative to the compartment 2, the top edge I 4 will be positioned closely adjacent or even touching the wall of the box 9.
erably the same, it will be seen that the wall 15 of the box 9 forms a cover for the open endso'f the small compartments forming a part of the 4 box 13. Thus when the lid member 3 is in closed position all the space in the one half of the compartment3 will be completely taken by the two auxiliary compartments or boxes 9 and I3, the
box l3 serving to reinforce or lock the box 9 in position.
It will be obvious that when the lid member 3 is in open position as shown in Figure 1, the tray member 4 may be slid back and forth to permit access'to the contents of the main compartment 2. It will further be understood that the length of the compartments or boxes 9 and I3 may vary considerably, particularly if the portion I l of the tray4 is not used for shirts and the like.
Cooperating with the slidable and flush tray member 4 are hangerguide and support members generally designated 16, preferably positioned centrally of each end wall of the main In Figure 4 I have shown one hanger guide and support member as being secured to the end wall ll.
best shown in Figure GQthe member I8 is hollow in cross-section and is provided with a slot 18 extending longitudinally thereof. At
. in the slotlB.
Embossed portions 23 are preferably formed in the wall of the member I 6 adjacent the openings IQsothat the head 20 of the hanger may be inserted through the opening l9 and then moved past the slightly resilient embossed portions 23 so that the hanger is normally retainedsome place between adjacent openings l9. Thus in first placing, garments in themain compartment 2, one would place the head of the hanger carrying the garment in one of the openings l9 adjacent the bottom of the compartment. Using a slight pressure, the head 20 will be forced past the embossed portions 23. Garment hangers may'then' be-insertedthrough such openings l9 until the space between that opening and the next'lower opening shall be substantially filled with garment After this, the head of the next garment hanger may be inserted in the next above opening l9. Or, if desired, the hangersmay be alternately arranged in opposite guide members 16 at the respective ends of the compartment 2, isothat adjacent. garments overlap. In this man- --ner, it will be seen that the main compartment As the height a of the box 9 and the depth of the box l3 are-pref pivoted retainer clips 24 are positioned adjacent each opening l9, such clips being swung around tothe position shown in the upper part of Figure l 7 to permit entrance of the hanger heads and then being movable to the position shown at the bottom of Figure 7 to retain the hangers within the guide and support.
. What I claim is:
1..A travelingcase comprising a compartment,
I slots formed in the top edges of opposite wallsof said openings and then moved away from the second compartment, and means forming a part of said second compartment and cooperating with said tray member to hold the same in position.
I 2. A traveling case comprising a compartment, slots formed in the top edges of opposite walls of said compartment, said slots being enlarged at spaced points to form openings, a tray'member ofsubstantially the same length but of less width vthansaid compartment, including spaced means at each end thereof adapted to enter said openings and cooperate with said slots to guide and permit thetray member-to be slidably reciprocated acrossthe top of said compartment, a second compartment attached to said first compart- ..men t, saidspaced openings being spaced adjapartmentand cooperatingiwith, said tray member to lock the same in position.
3. A traveling case comprisinga storage compartment having one open side, a traymember extending the length of said storage compartment and of less widththan said compartment, said tray member being'slidable across the open side of said compartment, a 'second compartment hinged at the bottom to said first compartment and adapted toform a closure therefor, a second tray member carried by said second compartment opening toward the top of said compartment, said firstnamed tray member being slidable to a position at the top of the first compartment, and means on said 'first named tray member projecting outwardly from the opening in said" first compartment whereby when the two compartments are closed relative to each other, said last named means will act as a closuremember for said second tray member.
4. A traveling case comprising a storage compartment having one side open, a tray member extending the length of said storage compartment and of less width than said compartment, said tray member being slidable across the open side of said compartment, a second compartment hinged at the bottom to said first compartment and adapted to form a closure therefor, a second tray member carried by said second compartment opening toward the top of said compartment, said first named tray member being slidable to a ANNETTE FRIDOLPH.