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Publication numberUS2591306 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 1, 1952
Filing dateApr 13, 1951
Priority dateApr 13, 1951
Publication numberUS 2591306 A, US 2591306A, US-A-2591306, US2591306 A, US2591306A
InventorsSherman Milton H
Original AssigneeSherman Milton H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pillow cushion
US 2591306 A
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M. H. SHERMAN PILLOW CUSHION April 1, 1952 Filed April 15, 1951 W 3 mm m F mm 2 .Q F m F ATTORNEY Patented Apr. 1, 1952 QFFICE PILLOW CUSHION Milton H. Sherman, Bronx, N. Y. Y Application April 13, 1951, Serial No. 220,838

1 Claim. 1 This invention relates to improvements in pillows, and especially those of the type that are used as a cushion on a chair or seat upon which to rest ones back or head. Persons who like to use such pillow-type of cushion have preferences in that some people like the cushion located on the chair or seat adjacent the small of their .backs, others like a thicker cushion, While some like a thinner cushion, and still others like the cushion higher up on the chair back. So it is an object of this invention to devise a pillow arrangement that permits easy adjustment or positioning of itself with respect to the chair or seat to suit the varying idiosyncrasies of respective users. Another object is to devise such an arrangement that permits of easy adjustment of the thickness of the cushion at that part of it where it is contacted by the users body. Another object is to devise such a pillow cushion that can be made attractive enough to be used either in the home or in an automobile. And yet another object is to devise such a cushion that can be easily carried from place to place. And a further object is to devise such a cushion that will remain in adjusted position.

These objects can be attained by a pillow-type of cushion that has a strap secured to one edge thereof that is weighted at its free end with a weight sufliciently heavy to balance the weight of the pillow so that when the pillow is put against a chair-back and the strap hung over the top of the chair-back, the cushion tends to remain in that particular position. This maintenance of adjusted position can be enhanced by having the chair-contacting face of the strap made of, or faced with, some friction-inducing nap-bearing material such as velvet. The cushion is preferably wedge-shaped in cross section, and on its edge opposite the edge to which the strap is secured, is provided with a handle or lifting loop, the opening in which is greater than the width of the strap so that the free end of the strap may be threaded through it whereby the cushion can then be supported from the edge opposite to that to whichthe strap is fastened. In other words, a wedge-shaped pillow can be held on the back of the seat with its sharp edge upwardly as shown in Fig. 4, when the strip is threaded through the handle, or when the strap is disengaged from the handle, the pillow can be held with its broader bottom end facing upwardly as shown in Fig. 5. In either adjusted position, the cushion will be so assuredly held by the strap and its cushion-balancing weight, and even with greater assurance if the seat-contact face of the strap has been provided with friction-inducing fabric or other flexible material.

The best embodiment of my invention, now known to me, has been illustrated in the accompanying drawings, but it is to be understood that these embodiments have been chosen solely for the purpose of illustration, so they are not to be taken as limiting, for obviously, changes can be made so long as they fall within the ambit of the appended claim.

In the drawings, Figure 1 is a side elevation of an embodiment of this invention. Fig. 2 is an end view. Fig. 3 is an end view with strap threaded through the handle l8. Fig. 4 shows isometrically the pillow in place on a chair or seat with the edge of the pillow upright, while Fig. 5 is a similar view with the base of the pillow upright. Fig. 6 is a view showing a detail of the invention The pillow or cushion l I, has a top l2 and a bottom [3, two ends I4 and I3, and two faces l6 and I1. Since in the preferred form, the pillow is wedge-shaped, the top I2 is in the form of an edge of the wedge, while the bottom 13 is in the form of the thicker end of the wedge. A handle [8 is provided on either the top l2 or the bottom l3 of the pillow, as may be desired. This handle preferably is made of some flexible material and the openin I!) must be wider than is the width of a strap 20 secured to that edge of the pillow opposite to the edge to which the handle is secured. The handle can be used to transport the pillow manually, and it has another purpose, hereinafter to be described.

When the pillow is in position on a chair-back or a seat-back of an automobile 2|, with its edge I2 upwardly, it is held in this position by the strap 20 extending upwardly from the rear edge of the broader bottom end of the pillow through the handle [8 and over the top of the seat-back 2|, because the weight 22 (such as sand or metal) in the free end of the strap balances the weight of i the pillow l I Thus, the pillow can be moved up or down against the seat-back, and it will stay where placed, because of the counter-balancing effect of the strap and its weight. (See Figure 4.) Suppose now that the user of the pillow prefers to have the thicker end l3 of the wedge upwardly (as shown in Fig. 5), the user then lifts the pillow in this position is held in place on the seat-back by the same counter-balancing effect of the strap 20 and its weighted end 22. However, it is important that the strap and its weight must be long enough, and the weight heavy enough so to make the balancing strap hold the pillow in adjusted position with even more assurance, the face of the strap that contacts the seat-back can be lined with some flexible material 23 that is friction-inducing as it contacts the seat-back, as shown in Fig. 6. Such material may be velvet or other nap-bearing fabric, or it may be of any material that tends to adhere to the seat-back on contact with it. 7

I claim:

A pillow adapted to be detachably applied to the back of a seat structure, the pillow being of general oblong shape and wedge shaped in cross section, the same tapering from its bottom to its top, an elongated strap secured to the bottom of the pillow centrally of the ends of the same, said strap being weighted at its free end and adapted when hung over the back of a seat structure to 4 hold the pillow in different positions thereon, the pillow having a handle secured to the top thereof centrally of its ends, the handle being in the 'form of a strip secured at opposite ends to the top of the pillow at points spaced apart a greater distance than the width of said strap providing for threading the strap through the handle, the

length of the strap from the point of its attachment to the bottom of the pillow to its weighted free end exceeding twice the height of the pollow.

V MILTON H. SHERMAN.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification297/284.5, 297/410, 297/118, 297/230.13
International ClassificationA47C16/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47C7/425
European ClassificationA47C7/42B