US 2619168 A
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Nov. 25, 1952 s. J. LEVERENCE FOLDABLE AND PACKAGABLE WINDOW SCREEN Filed Oct. 50, 1951 flaergz orr qaz/ jf yerezca q 1.21 fl w Patented Nov. 25, 1952 OFFICE FOLD-ABLE AND PACKAG-ABLE -WINDOW SCREEN Stanley .1. Leverence, Chicago, Ill.
Application October 30, 1951, Serial No. 253,853
. This invention relates to a novel andv useful article. of manufacture, consisting of a foldable and, compactly packagable screen which will. prove especially advantageous for use in screening the open windows of closed body or cab types of motor drivenvehicles, though not so limited in its scope of usage, whereby ventilation of the interiors of the equipped vehicle bodies will be satisfactorily effectedwithout the admission thereinto of insects and similar pests, and to a beneficial extent, the material reduction of the passage of dust and other objectionable airborne matters into the equipped vehicle interiors.
.It is an object of the, invention to provide a screen of the stated character having an uncost- 1y, simple and effective window frame attaching means, being so constructed and connected to the screen as to render it adjustable or variable in size, hence, permitting convenient, quick and taut arrangement or mounting of such screen over automobile bodywindows of different sizes, and when so positioned, offering no interference with the normal lowering and/or raising or opening and/or closing of the equipped window glass,
Also, it is: an object of the invention to provide an automobile body window screen which, when attached to or over a window, will be dependably retained in such position, and when desired, permitted of easy and quick removal therefrom and folding or otherwise arrangingv for placement and keeping inan out-of-the-way, conveniently availablestoringspace.
Other objects of the invention will bev in part obviousandin part pointed out hereinafter.
In. order that. the invention and. its mode of operation may be readily understood by those skilled in the art to which it appertains, I have, in the accompanying; drawingsand' in the detailed descriptionbased thereupon, set out several embodiments of my invention.
In the drawings:
Figure I is a fragmentary side elevation of a portion of one side of a closed type of automobile body whereinthe window is open and screened by myinvention; the screenbeing shown as applied to the inner side of the window and disposed thereover.
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1, but wherein the screen is applied to the outside of the window and is disposed thereover.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary vertical transverse section, taken through that portion of a closed automobile body having a window therein cn and over which myimproved screen ismounted and screen body being broken away and certain of the individually removable coverings being shown removed.
Figure 5 is a fragmentary side elevation of a somewhat modified form of adhesive attaching. means for the improved screen, plus individually and selectively removable coverings for such adhesive marginal attaching portions of said screen, and
Figure 6 is a view similar to Figure 5, wherein.
a still different form of individually removable coverings for the adhesive attaching means of the screen are illustrated.
Referring in detail to the drawings, and particularly, to. thatform of the invention shown in- Figures 1-4. thereof, the same consists of a more or less rectangularly shaped sheet of mesh material or screen I, such for example, as mosquito netting or the like. The shape and size of this sheet. generally conforms to that of an average automobile closed body window, save that when the window is formed with a substantially triangular forward end or side. adapted to be closed by a wing, closure glass or frame 2 (see Figures 1 and 2), said sheet has its adjacent and straight side terminated; in proximity to the normally rearward side of. the. wing.
To permitthe mounting and/ or securing of. the screen material I over the automobile window, i. e., to be secured to the adjacent sides of the automobiledoor 3 or body wall smoothly and tautly over. the window, a sheet-like fabric or flexible and foldable composition frame 4. is permanently joined to and extends entirely about the marginal portions of the screen material I, being contiguous therewith and having corresponding sides thereof coated with a satisfactory adhesive, as indicated at 5. Since these adhesive sides 5 are disposed outwardly and laterally of the marginal.
adjacent portions of the automobile door 3 or body wall and may be conveniently and positively, yet removably joined thereto by pressing thereonto. In this manner, the screen will be retained in its smooth and tautly mounted relation to and over the window, satisfactorily closing the same to the passage of insects and other airborne bodies or matters into the interior of the equipped automobile body, yet permitting of its effectual ventilation.
The screen material I and frame 4 are flexible and foldable. Hence, the assembly can, when desired, be folded compactly for placement and keeping in a conveniently accessible storage space.
When the screen is mounted on and over an automobile body window of the type herein shown, it will be observed that the wing 2 is first swung to its closed position. Thereupon, the forward adhesive side of the frame 4 is adheringly joined to and over the juxtaposed side portion of said wing (see Figures 1 and 2). On windows not formed for wing mounting and reception, as above, the forward adhesive side 5 of the frame is, of course, pressed onto and joined to the adjacent side of the frame, etc.
In order that the adhesive sides 5 of the screen frame 4 will be prevented from undesirably adhering to objects or to themselves and/or portions of the screen, especially, when the screen is not in use, or folded and packaged, I provide lengths or strips of fabric or other flexible sheetlike material indicated by the reference numerals 6 and 6. The strips are of different lengths, as will be noted upon reference to Figure 4 of the drawings. They are engaged longitudinally over and along the adhesive sides 5 in endwise juxtaposed relation. Certain of their end portions overlap or overlie the adjacent portions of the juxtaposed strip, providing finger engaging tabs Ea, whereby to facilitate their engagement and removal or stripping from the adhesive sides 5, as and when desired or required.
Inasmuch as different lengths or areas of the adhesive sides 5 of the screen frame 4 may be exposed by removal of certain, some or all of the strips 6 and 6' therefrom, it will be understood and appreciated that the length and/or width of said screen and the adhesive exposed sides 5 of its frame 4 may be so adjusted or regulated as to accord with or substantially correspond to the length and/or width of a window to be screen covered. Consequently, the device is capable of satisfactory usage in connection with or on automobile body windows of different shapes and sizes.
In Figure l of these drawings, it will be noted that the adhesive sides 5 of the screen material frame 4 are shown adhering or joined to the frame portions adjacent the inner sides of the screened window. Such dispositioning or placement of the device is also shown, in full lines, in Figure 3 of the drawings. However, if desired, the improved screen may be attached or joined to the outer side of the window and/or its frame, in the manner shown in Figure 2 of the drawings, and in dotted lines in Figure 3 thereof.
In either of its positions of attachment and/or mounting, it will be understood that the screen will in no manner interfere with the usual raising and/or lowering of the average automobile window glass or sash. Thus, when the screen is attached 01' joined to an automobile body window, it may remain so positioned until the desire or need for its usage has passed, whereupon it can be, as hereinbefore indicated, conveniently and quickly removed, and this without damaging the window, its frame or paint or other finish provided thereto.
In Figure 5 of the drawings, I have shown a. slightly modified form of means for attaching my improved screen to and over an automobile body window. In this particular form of the invention, the flexible and foldable frame 4' has its outer portions extended from and beyond the outer marginal portions of the screen material I. Corresponding sides of the outwardly extended portions of said frame are adhesively coated, as at 5. Strips or lengths of fabric or paper tape, or its equivalent, generally indicated by the numeral 1, are laid longitudinally over and along the exposed adhesive sides 5 in the manner indicated in said Figure 5. When attaching or installing the improved screen to and over a window, predetermined portions of the strips '1 may be removed by tearing the same longitudinally therefrom along weakening lines or lines of perforations or slits, generally indicated by the numeral 8. Thus, where the screen is to be applied over and attached to the frame of a window of comparatively greater area, it is probable that only the outer portions of the strips 7 would be torn or similarly removed therefrom, whereby to expose a lesser amount of the adhesive sides 5', yet entirely sufficient to effect their adhesive positive jointure to, about and over adjacent portions of the window frame; also, to smoothly and tautly retain the screen material I over the window. Conversely, where a window is of lesser area than the one above described, greater portions of the strips '1 may be torn from or the entire strips removed from the adhesive sides 5 of the frame 4, permitting of a greater overlap of the extended portions of said frame 4' with relation to the window frame being screened, and so, efiecting a smooth and taut dispositioning of the screen material I over said window. It will be understood, of course, that the amount or widths of the strip material I removed therefrom will depend upon the length and/or width of the particular window to be fitted or equipped with my improved screen.
Still another, though slightly modified form of attaching means for my improved screen is shown in Figure 6 of the accompanying drawings. In this particular form of the invention, I provide for width and length adjustability of the screen product. That is to say, the adhesive coated sides 5a of the frame 4a have relatively parallel and juxtaposed strips of tape laid longitudinally over and along the same in a manner clearly shown, said parallel juxtaposed tapes being collectively identified by the numeral 9. When it is desired to attach or install the improved screen to a window, the approximate size or area of such window having been first deter mined by the user of the device, appropriate numbers of said tapes 9 are stripped from the adjacent portions of the adhesive sides 5a of the frame 4a, exposing sufficient amounts of said sides to permit their secure joining or connection to adjacent portions of the window frame, and at the same time, retain the screen material la tautly and smoothly over the window.
While I have hereinbefore described, with some degree of particularity, my improved screen as being adapted for or used in connection with automobile body windows, it will be understood that such screen can be as conveniently and as advantageously used to cover the roof formed windows of commercial vehicles, such as taxicabs, sightseeing buses, etc.; also, the screen may be used to great advantages in covering the windows of homes or other buildings, all without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention.
The flexible and foldable character of the materials of construction of my improved screen are such that the product, constructed as above described, can be most conveniently, economically and satisfactorily packaged, and when so packaged, will remain, for indeterminate periods of time, in effective condition for window usage or installation; and, as hereinbefore described, following such window usage, the device can be practicably removed therefrom, compactly folded, and placed in a conveniently accessible storage space.
1. A window screen, comprising a reticulated body, the outer marginal portions of which are adhesive on certain of the sides thereof, and juxtaposed strips of material removably contacted with and over said adhesive sides in parallel relation to each thereof and in substantial parallelism to the edges of said body.
2. A window screen comprising a substantially rectangularly shaped flexible reticulated body, comparatively wide strips of material joined to and contiguous with the marginal portions of said body having certain of their sides adhesively coated, and a plurality of relatively narrow strips of material removably contacted with and over the adhesively coated sides of the first strips in juxtaposed relation and in substantial parallelism to the edges of said body and first strips.
3. A window screen, comprising a flexible, foldable sheet-like body, the intermediate portion of which is perforate and the outer portions of 40 which are imperforate though of less area than the perforate intermediate portion, corresponding sides of said imperforate portions being adhesive, and a plurality of relatively narrow pieces of material removably contacted with and longitudinally disposed over the adhesive sides of the imperforate portions in juxtaposed relation and in substantial parallelism to the free edges thereof.
4. A window screen, comprising a flexible, foldable mesh body, flexible and foldable imperforate sheet-like material connected to, contiguous with and extending from the outer marginal portions of said mesh body completely thereabout, one side of said material being adhesive, and a plurality of pieces of material removably contacted with and disposed over the adhesive sides of said imperforate sheet-like material in substantially juxtaposed relation.
5. A window screen having the outer marginal portions thereof adhesive on one side, and a plurality of relatively narrower strips of material removably contacted with and over the adhesive outer marginal side portions of the screen, the aggregate width of said adhesively contacted strips of material substantially corresponding to the widths of said adhesive outer marginal side portions to which they are applied and being selectively and individually removable therefrom.
STANLEY J. LEVERENCE.
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