US 2353222 A
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July 11, 1944. A. P. cooLBRoTl-l 2,353,222
PURSE, HANDBAG, OR THE LIKEl Filed Deo. 13, 1941 2 `sheets-sheet 1 nventor: v2@ L? LlgLLS R Cbolrol/U' Bu l t f I f a f Gttornegs.
July 1 1, 1944. A. P. cooLBRoTl-i I -PURSE, HANDBAG, OR THE LIKE 2 sheets-sheet '2 Filed Deo. 13, 1941 Snoentor yus I? oolrofl/ Gttorneuq Patented July 11, 1944 UNi'rEo STATES PATENT oFF-lcs PURSE, HANDBAG, 0R THE LIKE Augusta P. Coolbroth, Springfield, Mass.
mmh-cation December 13, 1941, Serial No. 422,861
This Ainvention relates to containers, and particularly those of the class of -pu-rses, pocketbooks, billfolds, land Womens handbags.
All Women who carry handbags will recognize the inconvenience and delay involved when it is necessary to extract, say, the vtwo or lmore cen-ts to pay for a newspaper, or the nickel or dime to pay a carfare, from a coi-n 'purse which "is either loose or secured Within the main v'conipar'tmen't oi vher handbag. Not only is it 'necessary to open and locate the coin Ipurse within the larger bag but often it 'is difficult to find and remove vthe 4particular coins 4desired from the coinpurse when located. Furthermore, lthe available `space for coins in any of the coin purses 'heretofore attached -to billfo'lds is rso small as to really 'be of but little convenience. lMy present invention is "desig-ned'to overcome these several objections to the 'struc'- ture of coin purses and'billfolds as We'll as -to position these 'with reference to a larger -ba'g so that ready access to 'them is possible. l
The objects of my invention 'therefore are, rst, 'to provide a coin purse 'the contents of which are readily accessible; second, to so position .this
improved coin purse with relation to a larger bag that it canbe reached without opening the main body of the bag; third, to combine such 'a coin purse with a bill compartment and such other compartments as maybe desired in which to carry keys, train or car tickets, stamps, shopping cards, or other articles which are requently removed and replaced during any single .day'fs v.activi-ties; and, fourth, to position such an assembly upon or Within a definite part of the largerbag so that .ali
may be readily reached Without opening the main compartment of the handbag.
A further object .of .my invention is to manu.- facture such purses and .assembliesof the same one or more other pockets or compartments from a minimum of material, with a minimum of Waste, and a minimum .of .stitching or seeming.
In the accompanying drawings I have ill-s trated and .sha-ll .hereinafter describe certain i-llustrative embodiments ofthe novel features fof my invention. Throughout specification and drawings like .reference numerals are employed to indicate corresponding `par-ts. In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side View of a handbag to an outer wall of which is .secured an assembly of my novel coin purse and -other pockets.
Fig. 2 is a plan of 4a blank of material v'from which the assembly 'of IFig. '1 maybe developed.
Fig. 3 is a side View of a hand bag, an outer panel of which is partly broken away to show another assembly of vmy coin purse rand other pockets.
Fig. 4 is a plan View of `a vblank from which .the coin purse and pocket assembly of Fig. 3 may be developed.
Fig. 5 is a side view of a billfold including the novel features of my invention.
Fig. 6 is a 'View of the same in folded position.
Fig. "7 isa view of a combination .coin purse and bill compartment developed from two of my novel pockets.
Fig. 8 is a coin purse comprising but one of my novel pockets.
Fig. 9 is a plan of an elongated strip of material that may be used to make novel pocket or pockets and purse Wall or walls .in accordance with my invention, and
Fig. 10 is a side View of 'one of my pockets designed for use as a holder for a package of cigarettes.
I 'shall iirst discuss my novel coin pocket as this is common to all other developments and all assemblies of my invention. This, in .its most simpliiied embodiment, is shown kin Fig. 8, and consists simply o'f a strip of material oil suitable length and width. This strip I is folded on the lines IL-a. of Fig. 9, -and the two adjoining ends a lare-slightly overlapped and joined together by .the single back center seam A. The bottom .of the pocket is lclosed by the seam B. As shown the iiap F is cut out separately and stitched as indi- .cated at f along the back Wall of the `pocket over the center seam A (Fig. 8). When closed this little purse lies substantially flat, but, as a result of its freedom from side edge stitching, may readily be cupped in one hand to permit access to its contents.
In Fig. 7, 'I show two of my pockets joined to gether by a common back seam A to form a coin pocket P and a Vbill compartment Pf, both developed from Athe continuous strip of Fig. '9. As each pocket has only a single center seam, each readily opens up or cups independently of the other. If desired a ap F which will extend over both pockets maybe provided.
In 'cases rWhere 'it is desired to have ready acces Figs. 1 and 3. If only the coin vpurse of Fig. 8 is so used, it can be seamed tothe adjacent panel of 'the handbag on the `seam A. If the. combination lof Fig. 7 is so used, and it is wished to preserve the outwardly opening or cupp'ing characteristic of both pockets, the rear wall of Pf can be centrally stitched to the adjacent panel of the handbag. If it is not desired to retain this cupping characteristic of the pocket Pf this pocket may be stitched on the line A3 to the adjacent panel of the hand bag, in which case a flat pocket similar to the pockets I I, I2 and I3 of Fig. 3 will be provided between the rear pocket Pr and the bag panel.
In Fig. V9, I have shown a strip of material for use in the formation of coin pockets to which flaps may be stitched. The length of the blank cut from the strip depends on the nature of the desired pocket or pockets. of the length intermediate the lines a' may be used to form the pocket shown in Fig. 8 while by utilizing a longer strip the combination purse of Fig. '7 may be established.
In Fig. 5, I have shown a billfold having a front wall 4 formed from a strip to be attached to the wall 4 having a ap F2. The wall Ia has an end portion 5 to be folded to bring its flap 6 in position to pass outwardly through the slot 52 to define the closed compartment 6. Stitching is indicated at 62.
If desired, a transparent window W may be provided for any selected compartment as shown in Figs. 1 and 5. If the bill compartment be of greater length than is required to accommodate bills, a row of stitching D' will dene such an open windowed compartment at one end of the bill compartment.
The front walls of the compartment D, the coin purse P and the closed compartment 6 together make up the front wall 4a of the billfold of Fig. 5.
If desired, the entire assembly of Fig. 5 may be attached to the outside wall of a hand bag as suggested in Fig. 3, or the wall of the hand bag may be utilized as the back wall of the pockets, and only the front wall 4il stitched or cemented along its edges to the main bag wall as suggested in Fig. 1 in which the assembly is concealed by the ap Illa when the bag is closed.
As indicated above, all of these compartments may be developed from a single strip, with the aps such as the flap F4 of Fig. 1 provided as additional members stitched at the proper places to the top edge of the strip. However, in certain cases, the members may be made of small pieces, say of leather, and, therefore, in Fig. 2 I have suggested a pattern which may be followed to produce the assembly of Fig. 1.
In this development of Fig. 2, the material which goes to make up the coin purse P2 may either extend from the bottom of the panel 4b or be stitched thereto. It is folded on the lines Ps and the two flaps P'D are guided through the slot P2, turned outwardly and cemented or stitched as shown at S in Fig. 1 to the panel 4b.
I disclose in Fig. 3 a development of my invention in which the combined pocket assembly is disposed beneath a panel IU on the outside of a hand bag, access to the same being had through the opening I0 which is closed as by the Zipper Z. This assembly, like the others, may be de.'-
` veloped from a long strip of material or from an alternative pattern such as is disclosed in Fig. 4. In either case, the material is folded on predetermined lines Pd and the side and bottom edges joined and stitched or otherwise united. The assembly disclosed in Fig. 3 is somewhat similar to that of Fig. 5, but inasmuch as there is provided a considerable space between the back wall of the hand bag and the back wall 8 of the pocket assembly, there is an opportunity if desired to have For example, a strip l a number of additional pockets, as for example I I, I2 and I3, which are formed by the two rows of stitching 9. Within these compartments may be carried keys, tickets, stamps, cosmetics, pencils, or any articles to which frequent access is desirable, as the user may decide.
The development of Fig. 3 has an advantage over that of Fig. 1 in that when the Zipper" is closed the entire assembly is looked beneath the bag panel IIJ. Furthermore, as the contents of the pockets in such a construction will tend to push inwardly into the main bag rather than outwardly, there is less distortion of the outer surface of the bag. However, if but one or a few vcompartments are desired, the arrangement of Fig. 1 is very satisfactory. Obviously, if desired an inner flap F3 may be provided to close the top of the coin purse and bill section.
If desired, duplicates of the pockets P may be developed from the strip of Fig. 9 and disposed as is desirable in either the assembly of Fig. 1 or that of Fig. 3. By utilizing a greater length of material than is required for the coin purse and omitting the bottom stitching B and substituting therefor a strap I4 as shown in Fig. u10, across the open bottom of the pocket, the pocket C may be used to hold a package of cigarettes. Such a pocket can be attached to the wallof a handbag just as may be the pocket P.
In all embodiments of my invention, the several members may be joined either by stitching or by suitable cement. If the bags are made of fabric, there is practically no waste-involved when the several parts are developed from the strip of Fig. 9. In such designs, as well asthose lof Figs. 2 and 4, a minimum of stitching is required, as the parts are assembled largely by folding on predetermined lines. It will also beapparent that a minimum of material and effort are required in the production of my s-ingle coin pocket of 8 which has definite advantage over the usual bellows fold which is usually provided to furnish the fullness necessary to accommodate coins within the usual coin purse such as is attached to a billfold.
Other modifications in the design of the blanks from which my pockets are developed, the number of pockets, and in the arrangement or assembly of the same with respect to each otherand the larger container with which they may be combined, may all be resorted to without departing from the spirit of my invention if within the limits of the appended claims.
lWhat I therefore claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A handbag comprising a side wall, a panel secured to said side wall along its side and bottom edges, said panel being slotted vertically on its median line, a member extending downwardly from the bottom of said panel and being folded on said bottom line up over said panel said member being folded transversely to define a front wall and two back walls, the lateral ends of said back walls being inserted through said slot in said panel and secured to the inner surface thereof.
2. In a handbag, a panel having a vertical slot, a member, said member being folded transversely to dene a front wall and two back walls, the lateral ends of said back walls being inserted through said slot in said panel and secured tothe inner surface thereof and the bottom edge vof said member being connected to said panel.l
AUGUSTA P. COOLBROTH.