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Aug. 11, 1959 H. SECKENDORF 2,898,599
RAIN CAPE FOR POSTMEN Filed Aug. 22,. 1958 IN VEN TOR M40 62222500051 ATTORNEYS United States Patent RAIN CAPE FOR POSTMEN Hugo Seckendorf, Albany, N.Y.
Application August 22, 1958, Serial No. 756,550
1 Claim. (Cl. 2- 88) The present invention relates to rain capes for postmen,
' protecting the mail as well as the postman.
The primary object of the present invention is to provide a rain cape which encompasses the postmans mail bag as well as the postman, and is transparent to permit inspection and sorting of the mail without exposing the mail to the rain.
Another object of the invention is to provide a rain cape of the class described above having means thereon to secure the cape to the shoulders of the postman to hold in position on windy days and to prevent the cape from becoming twisted while the postman is walking his rounds.
A further object of the invention is to provide a rain cape of the class described above which is inexpensive to manufacture, 'simple to attach and which eifectively protects the postman and his mail from the vicissitudes of inclement weather.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent in the following specification when considered in light of the attached drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the invention illustrated in normal use by a postman;
Figure 2 is a front elevation of the invention;
Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical section taken along the line 33 of Figure 2, looking in the direction of the arrow; and
Figure 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of the device, illustrating the postman sorting the mail by visual inspection through the transparent cape.
Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like reference characters indicate like parts throughout the several figures, the reference numeral indicates generally a transparent plastic cape, particularly adapted for the use of postmen and the like.
The cape 10 has a neck band 1 1 for snugly fitting the neck of the wearer and is secured together by means of a pair of separable fasteners 12. The cape '10 integrally depends from the neck band 11 and is provided with opposed portions 13 for encompassing the shoulders of the wearer. The cape 10 has a front edge 14 with a second ice front edge 15 positioned in overlapping relation thereto. A plurality of closely spaced separable fasteners 12 secure the front edges 14, 15 together to close the cape 10 about the body of the wearer.
The strap 16 has the medial portions thereof adhesively secured at 17 to the inside of the shoulder portions 13 on each side of the cape 10. The strap '16 is provided with a pair of depending end portions .18, 19 respectively, and a plurality of separable fasteners 20 are mounted thereon to adjustably secure the strap 16 under the arms of the wearer to retain the cape 10 on the wearer, preventing the twisting of the cape in normal use and its loss in high winds.
The cape .10 is provided with a pair of oppositely disposed slash openings 21 covered by flaps 22 to permit the postman to extend his hands from beneath the cape when delivering mail.
As can be seen in Figures 1 and 4, the mail bag 23 is carried beneath the cape 10 so that the mail therein is protected from the weather and when necessary the addresses of the mail in the mail sack under the cape 10 can be read through the transparent plastic of the cape 10, and the mail only taken from under the protection of the cape 10 when actually delivering it into the mail box.
Having thus described the preferred embodiment of the invention, it should be understood that numerous structural modifications and adaptations may be resorted to without departing from the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A rain cape for postmen comprising a transparent flexible plastic body-encompassing cape, an integral neck band extending upwardly from said cape and having means for securing the neck band in ncfk encompassing position on a wearer, said cape having a pair of front edges arranged in overlapping position, a plurality of closely spaced separable fasteners securing said overlapped front edges together, a pair of shoulder straps each of which includes an elongated strap member with the mid-portion thereof secured respectively to the opposite shoulder portions of said cape, each of said straps having the opposite end portions thereof depending from said respective shoulder portion for engaging between the arms and body adjacent the shoulder of the wearer to prevent twisting of the cape and loss thereof, and means on the opposite ends of each of said straps for adjustably securing said strap ends together in arm encompassing position.
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