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Publication numberUS2883987 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 28, 1959
Filing dateFeb 17, 1956
Priority dateFeb 17, 1956
Publication numberUS 2883987 A, US 2883987A, US-A-2883987, US2883987 A, US2883987A
InventorsPhilip White
Original AssigneePhilip White
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Inflatable attachment for brassiere
US 2883987 A
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April 28, 1959 P. WHITE INFLATABLE ATTACHMENT FOR BRASSIERE Filed Feb. 1'7, 1956 INVENTOR ,954(- BY mygwz;

ATTORNEY United States Patent INFLATABLE ATTACHMENT FOR BRASSIERE Philip White, Norfolk, Va.

Application February 17, 1956, Serial No. '566,224'

3 Claims. (Cl. 12S-462) This invention relates to improvements in intlatable brassieres and is a continuation-in-part of application Serial No. 405,076, now Patent No. 2,741,769, which disclosesl a one-piece brassiere having a body encircling foundation piece and inilatable bust receiving pockets. The present application relates to an improvement in inflatable brassieres wherein separate inatable attachments are constructed to fit over the bust receiving pockets of the conventional brassiere and are provided with air sacks, these iniiatable attachments being secured to the bust receiving pockets of any conventional brassiere.

Various types of padding, generally of soft resilient latex, have been employed in brassieres to give a desired contour to the bust of the wearer, and for the purpose, brassieres having inflatable pockets have also been employed. The ultimate purpose of such apparel is to improve the appearance of the wearer and consequently, to satisfy this requirement, the apparel must simulate a natural bust form of the desired contour. In the past, devices of the kind above mentioned have failed in some degree by reason of the fact that in establishing the desired bust contour, they, of necessity, had a rigidity which is not characteristic of a natural bust of the same form. The purpose of this invention is to provide an improved inliatable attachment for the conventional brassiere which will give rthe wearer the desired bust contour and at the same time the natural characteristics of a bust form of the kind being simulated.

ln application Serial No. 405,076, (Patent No. 2,741,769), there is provided a brassiere which has inflatable pockets which overlie the breasts of the wearer, and constitute an integral part of the one-piece brassiere. Leading to each of the pockets is an air tube through which the wearer may force and withdraw a supply of air in addition to that which maintains the inatable pockets in their desired condition of expansion. The additional air supply is forced into and released from the inflatable pockets by means of an air sack communicating with each air tube and which are supported on the brassiere so that they are positioned, respectively, immediately beneath the armpits of the wearer. In this manner, the natural movement of the arms of the wearer, while walking or otherwise moving about, will force into and release from the inatable pockets of the brassiere the additional quantity of air, and this will impart a natural appearing bust movement to the wearer of the brassiere.

In the present invention an inilatable attachment is added to the bust receiving pockets of the foundation piece. This attachment consists of a pair of inflatable bust receiving pockets, each pocket having an outer and inner layer of elastic yair impervious material. The peripheral portions of these pockets are airtight and the pockets are designed to fit over the bust receiving pockets of the foundation piece. Each of the inflatable pockets is attached to an air impervious air sack by means of an air tube. The inflatable pockets Iand the air sacks are 2,883,987v Patented Apr. 28, 1959 lice Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view along the line 2-2 of Figure 1; and

Figure I3 is a vertical sectional View on the line 3 3 of Figure 1.

Figure 1 illustrates a conventional one piece brassiere to the bust receiving pocket of which has been attached inflatable attachments. The brassiere comprises a foundation piece 20 and bust receiving pockets 21. Over the bust receiving pockets 21 the removable inflatable pockets 22 and 24 are fitted. Iniiatable pockets 22 and 24 are constructed of an inner and outer layer of elastic air impervious material shaped to provide a cupped contour normally presenting a convex front surface and an inner layer of air impervious material providing a concave rear surface. Each of the pockets 22 `and 24 lits about the bust receiving portion 21 of the foundation piece 20. The inflatable attachments 22 and 24 are attached to the bust v receiving pockets of the conventional brassiere by means of snaps such as those indicated at 25, stays, clips, etc. An air tube 26 communicates at one end with each of the pockets 22 and 24. The other end of each of these tubes 26 connects with an air sack 28. The sacks 28 are likewise removably attachable to the brassiere structure by means of snaps or stays such as indicated generally at 29 in Figure 3. Thus, the sacks 28 may be supported on the brassiere so that they will be positioned beneath the arms of the wearer or may be secured at another point where they may be easily pumped so that the additional air in these sacks 28 may be forced up into the removable pockets 22 and 24. The sacks 28 are, like the inilatable pockets, constructed of elastic air impervious material each constituting a closed unit which may be placed at any convenient location. In other words, the sacks may be positioned under the arm as shown in Figure 1 or, with a longer tube 26, may even be positioned at a point where they are not attached to the foundation piece of the brassiere.

The embodiment of the invention shown in Figures 1 to 3 is of great value in that it may |be attached to any conventional brassiere. In other words, it is not necessary to construct the complete undergarment with inatable pockets as an intrinsic part thereof. By embodying the attachable inflatable pockets with operatively attached air sacks, it is now possible to attain the same results as would be obtained with the employment of the one-piece inflatable brassiere. Moreover, since this attachment may be used on any conventional brassiere, its employment is not restricted to the one undergarment specically constructed with inatable pockets.

Having thus described my invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:

1. In combination with a brassiere having a foundation piece of body encircling structure and a pair of bust receiving pockets, an attachment comprising a pair of inatable pockets removably secured on the foundation piece, each pocket having an outer layer of elas tic air impervious material providing a cupped contour normally presenting a convex front surface and aninner layer of air impervious material providing a concave rear surface, said inner layer itting flush with the bust receiving pockets of said brassiere foundation piece, said layers being joined at their peripheral portions to one another to provide an air retaining space between them, means for attaching said pockets to said foundation piece, a pair of airV sacks one on each side of the foundation piece to be adjacent an 'arm when on the body of the wearer, each sack having an outer and an inner layer of lair impervious material to provide an air retaining space and being disposed so that movement of the wearers body when said brassiere is being worn alternately causes deation and ination of said sack, and air tubes connecting said pockets to said air sacks whereby deflation and ination of said sacks alternately forces air through said air tubes respectively into and out of said bust receiving pockets.

2. In combination with a brassiere having a foundation piece of body encircling structure and a pair of bust receiving pockets removably secured on the foundation piece, an attachment comprising a pair of inflatable pockets, each pocket having an outer layer of elastic air impervious material providing `a cupped contour normally presenting a convex front surface and an inner layer of air impervious material providing a concave rear surface, said inner layer tting flush with the bust receiving pockets of said brassiere foundation piece, said layers being joined at their peripheral portions to one another to provide an air retaining space between them, means for attaching said pockets to said foundation piece, a pair of air sacks one on each side of the foundation piece to be adjacent an arm when on the body of the wearer, each sack having an outer and an inner layer of air impervious material to provide an air retaining space and being disposed so that movement of one arm of the wearer when said brassiere is being worn alternately causes deflation and inflation of said sack, means for attaching said air sacks to said foundation piece, and air tubes connecting said pockets to said air sacks whereby deflation and ination of said sacks alternately forces air through said air tubes re- 3 spectively into and out of said bust receiving pockets.

3. In combination with a brassiere having ya foundation piece of body encircling structure and a pair of bust receiving pockets, an attachment comprising a pair of inflatable pockets removably secured on the foundation piece, each pocket having an outer layer of elastic :tir impervious material providing a cupped contour normally presenting a convex front surface and an inner layer of air impervious material providing a concave rear surface, said inner layer tting ush with the bust receiving pockets of said brassiere foundation piece, said layers being joined at their peripheral portions to one another to provide lan air retaining space between them, means for attaching said pockets to said foundation piece, a pair of air sacks one on each side of the foundation piece to be adjacent an arm when on the body of the wearer, each sack having an outer and an inner layer of air impervious material to provide an `air retaining space and being disposed on said foundation piece adjacent one upper arm of the wearer, when said brassiere is being worn, so that movement of the upper arm toward and away from the body alternately causes deation and inliation o-f said sack, means for attaching said air sacks to said foundation piece, and substantially flat air tubes connecting said pockets to said air sacks whereby deflation and inflation of said sacks alternately forces air through said air tubes respectively into and out of said bust receiving pockets.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 282,627 Gensch Aug. 7, 1883 861,115 Harrison July 23, 1907 2,544,300 Davenport et a1. Mar. 6, 1951 2,671,218 Luhr Mar. 9, 1954 2,764,759 Gazelle Oct. 2, 1956

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Classifications
U.S. Classification450/38
International ClassificationA41C3/10, A41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/10
European ClassificationA41C3/10