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Dec. 9, 1952. H. J. MCMAHON 2,620,804
BLACKOUT CIGARETTE SMOKER Filed may 1, 1951 INVENTOR. HOWARD J. Mc MAHou A'TTQQMEYS Patented Dec. 9, 1952 UNITED STATES ATEN'i or ies 2 Claims.
This invention relates to smokers devices, and more particularly to a, lighted cigarette concealing holder.
A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved cigarette holder which is light-tight to permit the lighting and smoking of a cigarette under conditions where the showing of light is not permissible, said holder being simple in construction, and being inexpensive to manufacture, in addition to completely lighttight.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved light-tight cigarette holder which is sturdy in construction, which is neat in appearance, which is easy to operate, which is windproof, which is substantially waterproof, and which will permit the lighting of cigarettes in any location where the showing of light is not permissible.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure l is a bottom view of an improved lighttight cigarette holder constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a rear end elevational view of the cigarette holder of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a longitudinal cross sectional view taken on the line 33 of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a transverse cross sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is an enlarged transverse cross sectional View taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 3.
Figure 6 is an enlarged cross sectional detail view taken on the line 66 of Figure 3.
Figure 7 is an enlarged cross sectional detail view taken on the line 1-! of Figure 3.
Referring to the drawings, the cigarette holder is designated generally at II and comprises a mouthpiece I2 of suitable material such as hard rubber or the like, formed at its inner end with a recess l3 adapted to hold the end of a cigarette and formed with the longitudinal bore I4 connecting the recess I3 with the opposite end of the mouthpiece. Designated at I5 is an elongated hollow body member which is frictionally engageable on the inner end of the mouthpiece I2 but is readily detachable therefrom, the body I5 being of a length slightly longer than the length of a cigarette secured in the mouthpiece I2, as shown in Figure 3. Said body is formed at its lower portion with a longitudinally extending trough I6 adapted to receive the cigarette ashes during the consumption of the cigarette.
Secured on the end of the body I5 is a housing I! having an end wall I8 formed at its lower portion with an opening I9 for the admission of air. Secured in the housing I1 is the upstanding wall 20 which is spaced from the end wall I8 to define an air passage 2|. Designated at 22 is a horizontally extending wall formed in the housing I1 and merging with the top end of the upstanding wall 20, as shown in Figure 3. The housing I! is formed beneath the horizontal wall 22 with the opposing flanges 23, 23 and received between said flanges and the horizontal wall 22 is a match-striking member 24 of sandpaper or of other suitable match-striking material, such as the match-striking material provided on boxes of safety matches. The upstanding wall 20 and the horizontal wall 22 together form a bafile member which is in light shielding relation relative to the remainder of the interior of the housing H.
The lower wall of the housing It is formed adjacent the forward end of the horizontal wall 22 with a longitudinally extending, relatively short slot 25 through which a match 26 may be inserted, as shown in Figure 3. Secured in the lower wall of the housing and substantially closing the slot 25 is a flap member 27 of opaque, flexible, fire-resistant material, such as asbestos cloth, or the like. The fire-resistant strip 21 is formed with a longitudinal slit 28 disposed over the slot 25 to define a yieldable passage therethrough when a match may be inserted into the housing I! through the slot 25.
As shown in Figure 3, a cigarette 29 is supported in the mouthpiece I2, the body member I5 being arranged around the cigarette and being secured on the end of said mouthpiece. To light the cigarette a match 26 is inserted through the slot 25, said match being pushed through the slit 28 into proximity to the end of the cigarette. By rotating the match with its head engaged on the match-striking member 24, the match may be ignited and may be employed to light the end of the cigarette, as shown in dotted view in Figure 3. After the cigarette has been lighted the burning match is withdrawn through the slit 28 in the asbestos cloth flap member 2?, and the engagement of the sides of the slit 28 with the burning match extinguishes its flame, the flap member also serving the purpose of excluding light from entering into the housing ll. All this is accomplished with complete concealment of the flame of the match and with subsequent concealment of the lighted end of the cigarette, after the match has been extinguished and withdrawn 3 from the device. The air required for smoking the cigarette is drawn into the holder through the opening [9 and passage 2|, and thence over the horizontal wall 22 into the interior of body member I5. When the cigarette has been substantially consumed, it is automatically extinguished as soon as the burning end thereof reaches the mouthpiece 12, the ashes being deposited in the trough [6. To replace the cigarette, the mouthpiece 12 may be detached from the body IS, the remnants of the original cigarette may be removed, and a new cigarette may be placed in the mouthpiece, whereupon said mouthpiece may be secured to the body l5 in the manner shown in Figure 3 for a repetition of the procedure above described.
While a specific embodiment of an improved light-tight cigarette holder has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention except as defined by the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A light-tight cigarette holder comprising a mouthpiece adapted to receive a cigarette, an elongated hollow body member having one end secured to said mouthpiece and arranged to enclose a cigarette held in said mouthpiece, a housing having one end open and having an end wall substantially closing the other end thereof arranged so that the open end is secured to the other end of said body, the end wall of said housing being formed with an air intake opening, a bafile member mounted in said housing adjacent said opening and in light shielding relation thereto relative to the remainder of the interior of said housing, and a match striking surface carried 4 by said baflie member, said housing being formed with an opening adjacent said match-striking surface for the admission of a match.
2. A light-tight cigarette holder comprising a mouthpiece adapted to receive a cigarette, an elongated hollow body member having one end secured to said mouthpiece and arranged to enclose a cigarette held in said mouthpiece, a housing having one end open and having an end Wall substantially closing the other end thereof arranged so that the open end is secured to the other end of said body, the end wall of said housing being formed with an air intake opening, a bafiie member mounted in said housing adjacent said opening and in light shielding relation thereto relative to the remainder of the interior of said housing, a match striking surface carried by said baffle member, said housing being formed with an opening adjacent said matchstriking surface for the admission of a match, and a flap member of flexible, opaque, fire-resistant material secured in the body member and substantially closing said last-named opening, said flap member being yieldable to admit a match into said body member through said lastnamed opening.
HOWARD J. McMAI-ION.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,833,981 Bryant Dec. 1, 1931 2,366,686 Halloran Jan. 2, 1945 2,385,227 Olson Sept. 18, 1945