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March 1952 A. J. RASSENFOSS 2,590,462
GARMENT PROTECTING BAG Filed March 18, 1950 INVENTOR:
Patented Mar. 25, 195.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GARMENT PROTECTING BAG AlbertJ. Rassenfoss, Kenilworth, Ill.
Application March 18, 1950,,SerialNo. 150,521
1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to improvements in garment protecting bags intended particularly for use by dry cleanin establishments, laundries or the like for encasing the garments for delivery to customers and by the customers for storage purposes.
Objects of the invention include that of providing a simple, eflicient and convenient tying means about the projecting hook of the garment hangerwhich is within the bagand an effective easily, operated and long lifeend closure means for the bottom of the bag without folding, crumpling or distorting the bag laterally or along the side edges thereof and without wearing or tearing the-bag.
The .bag itself is preferably made of polyethylene or vinyl resins (Vinylite), or other plastic film" though any other suitable material may be used;
The material is preferably transparent for visibility of thegarment inside and is dirt, moisture and vermin proof.
Other objects and advantages will appear from the description and claim to follow in connection with the accompanying drawing which illustrates by way of example but not of limitation an embodiment of the invention and in which drawing:
Figure 1 is a, side elevation of a bag embodying the invention and showing a garment therein throughthe transparent material of the bag, the bag being closed at top and bottom as it would be for delivery of the garment to the customer, or other transportation, and for storage purposes;
Fig. 2 is .a cross section of the bag taken on the line 2--2 of Figure 1;
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of the neck at the top of the bag in open condition and with the closing andtying cord in loose and untied condition;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary view substantially at full scale of the lower corner of the bag before the closure of the lower end of the bag, parts being shown in section and perspective;
Fig. 5 is a cross section on the line 55 of Fig. 4;
Fig. 6' is a cross section on the line 6-6 of Fig. 1 and showing the bottom in closed condition; and
Fig. 7 is a view of the lower corner of the closed bag as seen from the line 1-1 of Fig. 1.
The bag In may be formed of continuous tubular material which is cut off in suitable lengths to form bags of the desired height or lengths to accommodate garments of different lengths. The upper end of the body portion of the bag is preferably cut to form the sloping shoulders II and neck l2, the out edges being secured together by heat sealing. A suitable narrow cloth or other binding braid or tape H may then be stitched over the edges. At the top of the neck, of course, the edges are separately so bound, Fig, 3, to provide an opening therethrough into the bag.
When the bag is placed over the garment, the wire hook I3 of the hanger carrying the garment extends through the neck [2 as shown in Fig. 1 and is used for suspending the garment and bag. In order to close the neck l2 tightly about the hook [3 in sealed condition, a suitable string or cord Id sewed to t -e binding or braid edge H at I6 is passed around the outside of said neck. Its two ends are then loosely threaded through a suitable loop or ring i5 sewed or otherwise secured to the binding or braid I I at the edge opposite to the point I6.
By grasping and pulling strongly on the free ends of this cord M, the neck of the bag is tightly drawn and gathered together as in Fig. 1 about the wire hook l3, and by suitably tying said ends together as in a bowknot ll of Fig. 1 outside the loop or ring it, the neck i2 is tightly closed and sealed about said hook. The loop l5 and the attachment at I6 insure that the cord 14 remains in place on the neck I2 of the bag, spaced from the top edge thereof, when being drawn and tied and remains so after being tied, and also when loose or untied so that the cord does not become lost or separated from the bag. It requires no special effort or manipulation to place the cord in proper position for tying or in the tying of it. All that is necessary is to grasp and pull on the free ends of the cord and tie them together. Thus the neck of the bag is closed and permanently secured in dust, moisture and vermin passage prevention condition without conscious effort except naturally to draw and tie the ends of the cord tightly together, and the neck is readily loosened and opened by merely untying the bowknot I! by pulling on the ends of the cord in the usual way of untying such knots.
The bottom of the bag is closed as indicated by a strip of suitable material, generally denoted by the numeral I8, separate from the sides of the bag but secured by preferably two lines of stitching l9 to the lower edge of one side of the flattened bag It, in this instance to-the side 20, the other side 2| of the bag being shown in front in Fig. 1. This strip l8 has completely embedded therein a narrow thin strip 24 of suitable metal such as aluminum, the same being between two strips 23 of adhesive material such as relatively heavy paper. The metal strip terminates slightly short of the outer ends of ends 22 of the strip l8 which projects out beyond the vertical edges of the bag. The paper and metal strips are thus all adhesively secured together and the metal strip is entirely enclosed thereby even at the ends whereby it cannot come into contact with the material of the bag sides at any time or place. Thus the bag sides are protected from the more or less sharp edges of the metal strip and are not worn through thereby or punched through by the ends of the metal strip.
When the garment is in the bag and it is desired to close the bottom of the bag, this bottom strip 3 with its embedded metal strip and the two bottom edges of the sides 20 and 21 of the bag are turned or rolled up from the position of Figs. 4 and 5 to that of Figs. 1 and 6. This makes a closely flattened roll across the bottom of the bag with the strip 18 as a core, the roll comprising as many turns of the strip as desired, one complete turn being shown in Fig. 6 and ordinarily considered sufficient.
When so turned or rolled up to the desired position, the end portions 22 of the strip [8 which project beyond the vertical edges of the bag are bent back or turned inwardly over the end edges of the roll and pressed flatly against and parallel with the side of the roll as indicated in Figs. 6 and 7. This prevents any unrolling of the parts and roll and secures the lower ends of the sides of the bag together in sealed relation. The bag may be opened at the bottom by bending the ends 22 in the bottom strip back into an outwardly position and then unrolling this strip and back ends.
This separate bottom strip I8 is relatively stiff to make a firm roll, yet generally flexible for the opening of the bag, and it is capable of being bent and unbent repeatedly at the ends without injury to the bag material, as stated, and has enough resistance to bend firmly to clamp and hold the parts together when the ends 22 are so bent back and pressed upon the roll.
The operation is apparent. With the bottom of the bag open, the same is slipped over the garment on the usual hanger. The hook i3 of the hanger passes through the neck l2 of the bag and the bag covers the top and shoulders of the garment. The bottom of the garment is or should 7 be above the bottom of the bag. The bottom of the bag is then rolled up over the separate strip 18 for a sufficient number of turns as described to produce a tight roll. The ends of the strip I8 are then bent flatly back over the side and parallel of the roll and pressed against it. The lower end of the bag is thus sealed without injury, wear, or crumpling the same at the side edges. The
neck at the top may now be tied tightly about the hanger hook, if it was not before so tied, by drawing the ends of cord I4 together and tying them as at [1. This seals the top of the bag.
The bag and contents may now be delivered to the customer, who may hang it in the closet for the season or until the garment is required. The article may be viewed through the transparent material for immediate identification without having to open the bag.
The bag, of course, may be used repeatedly and for a long time. It is readily opened without harm to or wear on the bag due to the separate strip at the bottom and is as readily closed without danger. Th side edges of the bag remain straight clear down to the bottom and are not overlapped, creased, cracked, broken, punctured by the metal strip, torn or restricted in the width of the bag at the lower corners.
Without further elaboration, the foregoing will so fully explain the gist of my invention that others may, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt the same for use under varying conditions of service, without eliminating certain features, which may properly be said to constitute the essential items of novelty involved, which items are intended to be defined and secured to me by the following claim.
A garment protective bag of the class described having a body portion adapted to be slipped down over and to enclose a garment suspended on a hanger having a supporting hook, said bag having an upstanding restricted neck at the top through which said hook extends, an edge binding at each side of the neck, a tying cord around the outside of said neck and spaced from the top thereof and adapted to be tightly drawn and tied to close said neck about said hook in sealed relation thereto, the said cord being attached intermediate its ends to said binding at one side of the neck, and a loop attached to the binding on the other side of the neck, the free ends of the cord passing through said loop from the opposite sides of the neck and being adapted to be grasped and drawn therethrough and tied together.
ALBERT J. RASSENFOSS.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 671,589 Grant Apr. 9, 1901 969,468 Goldberg Sept. 6, 1910 1,181,148 Linton et a1. May 2, 1916 1,900,814 Holley Mar 7, 1933