Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2468897 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 3, 1949
Filing dateFeb 10, 1947
Priority dateFeb 10, 1947
Publication numberUS 2468897 A, US 2468897A, US-A-2468897, US2468897 A, US2468897A
InventorsRothe Walter F
Original AssigneeRothe Walter F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2468897 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 3, 1949. w, ROTH: I 2,468,897

MAILBAG Filed Feb. 10, 1947 wazberl jleoik Patented May 3, 1949 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.

The present invention relates to improvements in mailbags and is a continuation-in-part of my prior copending application, Serial No. 688,132, filed August 2, 1946, for Letter boxes issued May 27, 1947, as Patent No. 2,421,221.

The principal object of this invention is to provide novel mail bags formed for use in combination with the novel bag supporting means described and claimed in the above identified application.

Another object is to provide as a part of the bag novel supporting and carrying members for the has.

A further object is to provide in a mail bag adapted to be held supported in a mail box, a plurality of moisture drain openings.

Still another object is to provide novel handle bars for the mouth of the mail bag with midportions adapted to be locked together by a suitable lock.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists in the construction, arrangement and combination of parts hereinafter described and particularly pointed out in the claim, it being understood that I do not intend to limit myself to these specific details of construction, except as defined in the claim.

In the drawings, like parts throughout the several views are given like numerals and are thus identified in the following detailed description:

Figure 1 is a general perspective view of my novel bag in open position.

Figure 2 is a cross section View of the bag, and

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the novel bag with the top closed and locked together.

Referring more specifically to the drawing, there is shown a mail bag 2|. This mail bag is provided with a pair of cross rods 28 and 21 having rollers 28 at each end. These rollers are journaled to rotate on reduced ends of the rods and are adapted to co-act with the supporting means shown and described in my co-pending application, Serial No. 688,132, now Patent No. 2,421,221, issued May 27, 1947, so as to have its bottom 34 held raised above the bottom of a mail box of the standard street type for collecting packages and letters.

Each rod 26 and 27 is preferably formed with offsets or mid-loops 39 and 3| positioned so as to fit together when the bag 2| is closed. These mid-loops 39 and 3| serve as handles and as means for securing a lock 32 thereon after the postman has removed the bag from a mail box in which the same was mounted. Various means around the rods.

As above stated the bags are held raised from the bottom of a mail box when mounted therein, and accordingly they are made of a predetermined or standard length.

With the bottom of the bag thus elevated above the interior bottom surface of the box, any moisture or water likely to collect in the bag will more readily drain off, openings reinforced by brass rings or grommets 35 being provided in the bag bottom to facilitate drainage. Also, with the bag raised above the mail box floor any shallow amount of water in the mail box will be below the bottom of the bag 2|, to thereby avoid water damage to the mail in the bag from this cause.

Thus I have provided novel improvements in mail bags, whereby the mail is protected from loss by its receipt directly into the flared open mouth of the bag in the mail box; and whereby water damage to mail is substantially eliminated by the novel bag support rods for holding the bag raised from the bottom of a mail box in which the same is mounted and by the drain openings in the bottom of the bag for discharge of any accumulated moisture or Water inside the bag itself.

Although only one embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described in detail, it is to be expressly understood that the invention is not limited thereto. For a definition of the limits of the invention, reference should be had to the appended claim.

What is claimed is:

A mail bag for use in deposit and collection mail boxes of the type having bag supporting track means, comprising an openable and closable wide mouth of parallelogram configuration when in open position, a bottom portion with a plurality of drainage apertures therein, supporting rods secured to two opposite edges of the mouth of the bag for opening and closing the same, said rods having reduced rounded ends, supporting rollers mounted for rotation around said reduced rounded ends and for co-action with said supporting track means and medial lock connectable handle loops formed from each rod.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 461,381 Richter Oct. 13, 1891 873,237 Hoifmann Dec. 10, 1907 1,027,524 Cook May 28, 1912 1,251,404 Mills Dec. 25, 1917 1,451,343 Panagopolous Apr. 10, 1923 2,421,221 Rothe May 27, 1947

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US461381 *Jan 30, 1890Oct 13, 1891 Paul e
US873237 *Nov 27, 1906Dec 10, 1907Jacob A HoffmannReceptacle.
US1027524 *Sep 2, 1911May 28, 1912Howard T CookMail-bag and bag-support.
US1251404 *May 31, 1917Dec 25, 1917Wiley W MillsHand-bag or container for bathing-suits.
US1451343 *Jan 21, 1922Apr 10, 1923Nick PanagopolousMail receptacle
US2421221 *Aug 2, 1946May 27, 1947Rothe Walter FLetter box
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3273840 *Jul 21, 1964Sep 20, 1966Handelsaktiebolaget SaneraGarbage container structure, in particular for garbage chute
US4588154 *Oct 4, 1984May 13, 1986Worldsbest Industries, Inc.Removably-supported hamper bag and support for same
US4680808 *Jan 3, 1986Jul 14, 1987Maurice PaleschuckCompactor receptacle
US5645353 *Dec 21, 1993Jul 8, 1997Linnell; Michael CharlesMail bags
US5881975 *Jun 23, 1997Mar 16, 1999Bianco; Jeanine M.Hamper
US6892934 *Nov 8, 2002May 17, 2005United States Postal ServiceHandling potentially contaminated mail
US7210659 *Jan 11, 2005May 1, 2007Stephen LawsonCombination of telescopically extendable frame with a laundry bag assembly
US7234633 *Nov 1, 2002Jun 26, 2007United States Postal ServiceSecuring and handling of mail
US7798343 *Sep 17, 2007Sep 21, 2010Wen-Tsan WangCombination storage rack
US8567659Jun 2, 2011Oct 29, 2013Ideastream Consumer Products, LlcFile folder
US9156303Oct 28, 2013Oct 13, 2015Ideastream Consumer Products, LlcFile Folder
US9156592 *Dec 20, 2013Oct 13, 2015Philip Burnie SmithRapid closing security container
US20030106929 *Nov 1, 2002Jun 12, 2003Thomas DaySecuring and handling of mail
US20030127505 *Nov 8, 2002Jul 10, 2003Avant Oscar LeeHandling potentially contaminated mail
US20060255213 *Jan 11, 2005Nov 16, 2006Stephen LawsonCombination of a telescopically extendable frame with a laundry bag assembly
US20090071923 *Sep 17, 2007Mar 19, 2009Wen-Tsan WangCombination storage rack
US20110226844 *Jun 2, 2011Sep 22, 2011Ideastream Consumer Products, LlcFile folder
US20150320248 *May 6, 2015Nov 12, 2015Deutsche Post AgMailbox system having a removable mailbox
USD759161May 19, 2014Jun 14, 2016Ideastream Consumer Products, LlcFile folder
WO2003039772A2 *Nov 1, 2002May 15, 2003United States Postal ServiceSecuring and handling of mail
WO2003039772A3 *Nov 1, 2002Mar 4, 2004Jones Leland RaySecuring and handling of mail
U.S. Classification383/22, 383/103, 232/30, 232/16
International ClassificationB65D30/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D29/00
European ClassificationB65D29/00