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T. TROGDON CONVERTIBLE PILLOW 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 FIG-4 INVENTOR. THOMAS TROGDON Maw/04A ATTORNEY Jan. 24, 1967 Filed D60. 21, 1964 FIG-1 Jan. 24, 1967 TROGDON 3,299,451
CONVERTIBLE PILLOW Filed Dec. 21,, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 FIG-5 INVENTOR. THOMAS TROGDON ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,299,451 CONVERTIBLE PILLOW Thomas Trogdon, Waynesville, N.C., assignor to Dayco Corporation, Dayton, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio Filed Dec. 21, 1964, Ser. No. 420,057 1 Claim. (Cl. 337) This invention relates to a convertible pillow, and more specifically to a pillow which may be changed from a conventional shape to one having a generally cylindrical shape.
The pillow which is the subject of this invention is one which is preferably formed of cellular elastorneric material such as foam rubber, urethane foam, or the like, and in its normal shape is a comparatively fiat member having a rectagular cross section. However, this pillow may be feather or down filled. In accordance with the present invention a closure means or cover may be placed over this pillow and manipulated in a manner which will change the pillow to one having a generally cylindrical shape which may be used as a bolster pillow.
It is a principal object of this invention to form a pillow capable of changing its outer and cross-sectional configurations.
It is a further object to provide a pillow which can be used for conventional purposes.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a cover which converts the conventional pillow into a bolster pillow.
These and other objects of the invention will be apparent from the following specification, claims and drawings, in which:
FIGURE 1 is an elevational view of a novel pillow and cover.
FIGURE 2 is a sectional view of the pillow and cover taking along lines 2--2 of FIGURE 1.
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the pillow in the process of being converted.
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of the pillow and cover after having been completely converted.
FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of a converted pillow in actual use.
Turning now to the drawings, FIGURES 1 and 2 illustrate a pillow 11 comprising a core 12 which is shown to be formed of elastomeric cellular material such as foam rubber, urethane foam, or the like. This core material is identical to the type of foam rubber pillow which is conventional and has found widespread use in the home. If desired, down or feathers in a ticking may form the core. Surrounding the core is a cover 13 which is formed of fabric similar to a conventional pillow cover and having a closure means 14 along one edge which is integral with the cover. This closure means is preferably a zipper or slide fastener and permits the core to be inserted and removed from the cover 13. An additional closure member in the form of an external zipper or slide fastener is attached to the other three edges of the cover along the peripheries thereof and is dseignated in FIGURE 1 as segments 15a and 15b. The slide 16 provides the means whereby the segments 15a and 15b are closed to form a single unitary slide fastener 15. As viewed in FIGURES 1 and 2, the pillow and the closure member may be utilized as a conventional sleeping pillow, although it must be understood that it should be inserted within a pillow cover so the head of the user avoids contact with the teeth of the slide segments 15a and 15b which would otherwise be exposed.
It is often desired to form a bolster pillow which has a cylindrical shape. This bolster pillow may be used during the day to make up the bed and create a more uniform appearance, or may be used by a woman who has placed her hair in curlers for the night and wishes to rest the back of her neck upon the pillow without pressing the curlers into it. This function is illustrated in FIGURE 5 in which the obvious advantages of the bolster shape are thus apparent. In order to convert the fiat pillow into the bolster shape the slide 16 is actuated while the pillow is folded over so that the segments 15a and 1512 are brought together as shown in FIGURE 3, and thus close the segments 15a and 15b. When this operation is completed as shown in FIGURE 4, the result will be a bolster pillow which has been formed in a very simple manner from the flat pillow of FIGURE 1. In its cylindrical shape, the bolster will have closure means 15 in its external surface extending along a straight line parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cylinder, as well as along one end thereof.
The specific form of the invention illustrated n the drawings is for purposes of example only and is not intended to limit the scope of the present invention.
What is claimed is:
A pillow comprising a core and a cover, said core in the shape of a conventional comparatively fiat member having a rectangular cross section, said cover having first and second closure means integral therewith, said first closure means located along one edge of said cover and operable to permit insertion and removal of said core, said second closure means located along the other edges of said cover and operable to convert said pillow into a bolster of cylindrical shape.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,013,481 9/1935 Stonehill 5337 2,183,418 12/1939 Williams 5339 X 2,953,793 9/1960 Rossi 5344 X FRANK B. SHERRY, Primary Examiner.
A. M. CALVERT, Assistant Examiner.