US 2839183 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 17, 1958 J. M. LA ROSA 2,839,183
GARMENT BAG Filed Aug. 26, 1957 Joseph M. LaRosa INVENTOR.
United States Patent GARMENT BAG Joseph M. La Rosa, McKeesport, Pa.
Application August 26, 1957 Serial No. 680,276
1 Claim. ((21. 206-7) The present invention generally relates to a novel garment bag construction and more particularly relates to a garment bag having means for permitting the inspection of the garments contained within the bag and also having means for permitting the lower portion of the garment bag to be severed from the upper portion thereof whereby the upper portion may then be used as a protective device for the shoulders of garments thereby protecting the shoulders from dust or the like which normally settles on the shoulders of garments when they are stored or otherwise hung for relatively long periods of time.
An object of the present invention is to provide a garment bag having structural features incorporated therein which provide for inspection of the garments contained within the garment bag and also for providing a tear strip extending peripherally around the garment bag adjacent the upper end thereof whereby the major portion or lower portion of the garment bag may besevered from the upper portion thus leaving only a suificient amount of the garment bag to cover the shoulder region of a garment disposed therein.
Other objects of the present invention will reside in its simplicity of construction, ease of operation, adaptation for its particular purposes and its relatively inexpensive manufacturing cost.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
Figure l is a front view of a garment bag constructed in accordance with the present invention;
Figure 2 is a front elevational view of the garment bag with the portion thereof removed and shown in phantom with the relationship between the upper portion and the garments being illustrated;
Figure 3 is a front elevational view with the lower portion of the garment bag broken away showing the initial step in severing the lower portion of the garment bag from the upper portion thereof; and
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the upper portion of the garment bag after the lower portion has been removed therefrom.
Referring now specifically to the drawings, the numeral generally designates the garment bag of the present invention which for purposes of description will be described as having an upper portion generally designated by the numeral 12 and a lower portion generally designated by the numeral 14 which may be of generally conventional construction as to material, size and shape. That is, the garment bag 10 may be constructed of paper and may be of a conventional size for receiving garments such as a suit coat 16, a pair of trousers 18 or other garments normally disposed in a garment bag and supported from a garment hanger having a supporting hook 20 extending upwardly therefrom and normally received within an opening 22 disposed at the apex of upwardly inclined upper edges 24 formed on the upper end of the upper portion 12 of the garment bag 10. The lower portion of the garment bag 14 is generally rectangular in configuration and is provided with an open lower end whereby the garment bag 10 may be assembled in relation to the garments and garment hanger in the usual manner.
At the juncture between the upper and lower portions of the garment bag 10 is a pair of peripherally extending vertically spaced perforated lines 26 and 28 which are discontinued for a relatively small portion, in the front and rear of the garment bag 10. This discontinued portion is provided with a pair of diagonal cut lines 30 and 32 which extend respectively between the ends of the upper and lower score lines 26 and 28.
Extending upwardly from the ends of the score line 26 is a pair of parallel score lines 34 and extending downwardly from the ends of the score line 28 is a pair of parallel score lines 36. The score lines 34 and 36 generally meet the point of juncture between the score lines 26 and 23 with the diagonal cut lines 30 and 32.
With the device in its normal orientation as shown in Figure l with the garments received within the bag 10 and the bag completely concealing the garments, the garments may be inspected by a person merely inserting a finger through one of the cut lines 30 and 32 and grasping the material between the score lines 34 or the score lines 36 and either pulling upwardly or downwardly on the material thus severing the garment along the parallel score lines 34 or the parallel score lines 36 depending upon the direction of pull exerted on the material between the score lines. Thus, an opening will be formed in the garment bag either above or below the diagonal cut lines 38 and 32 whereby the garment 16 or the garment 18 may be easily inspected and identified. It is noted that the score lines 34 and 36 as well as the cut lines 32 and 30 are duplicated on the front and the rear panel of the garment bag with the front panel being designated by nruneral 38 and the rear panel being designated by numeral 40. It is also noted that the cut lines 39 and 32 intersect each other thus forming pointed end portions on the material between the score lines 34 and on the material between the score lines 36 andalso on the material between the score lines 26 and 28.
Referring to Figure 3, the lower portion 14 of the garment bag 10 may be easily removed from the upper portion 12 by merely forcing a finger through the cut lines 32 or 30 and gripping the material therebetween and pulling laterally outwardly in a direction generally parallel to the perforated score lines 26 and 28 thus severing and removing the strip of material between the score lines 26 and 28 whereby the lower section 14 will be severed from the upper section 12 and may be removed thus leaving only the upper portion 12 in protective relation to the garments 16 and 18 as shown clearly in Figure 2. The device of Figure 2 will effectively protect the shoulder region of the garments and also will protect the upper portions of any garments supported from the hanger thereby preventing accumulation of dust or other soil on this portion of the garments and also enabling the garments to be readily observed by the person possibly requiring use of the same.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
A garment bag construction comprising an elongated generally rectangular bag having an open bottom end and a closed upper end with a small opening therein for receiving the supporting hook of a garment hanger employed for disposing garments within the bag, said bag having a peripheral tear strip disposed therein'in adjacent relation to the upper end but spaeed therefrom whereby the tear strip may be) employed for severing the lower portion of the garment bag thusieaving the minor portion in the front and rear of the bag, and a pair of diagonal cut lines interconnecting the discontinuous portion of the score lines thereby providing an opening for insertion of gripping fingers for gripping the material between the score lines whereby the material between the score lines may be removed by exerting lateral pulling force on the material between the scorelines, the outer ends of the diagonal cut lines being each provided withv a score line extending vertically therefrom for permitting the material between the vertical score lines to be pulled outwardly for inspection of the garment disposed within the garment bag.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,981,571 Sachs Nov. 20, 1934 2,348,377 Goodyear May .9, 1944 FOREIGN PATENTS 567,150 Great Britain Jan. 30, 1945