US 3620222 A
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United States Patent Inventor Lester W. Block 8520 Warner Drive. Culver City, Calif. 90230 Appl. No. 856,405
Filed Sept. 9, 1969 Patented Nov. 16, 1971 SHELFLESS PUSHUP BRASSIERE PAD 5 Claims, 5 Drawing Figs.
[1.8. CI 128/481 Int. Cl A3lc 3/10 Field of Search 128/479. 480, 481; 3/36 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,61 1.129 9/1952 Copenhagen 128/480 2,664,571 1/1954 Kempel 4. 128/481 2,959,173 11/1960 Douthit U 128/479 3.247.853 4/1966 Sloate 128/479 FOREIGN PATENTS 897.600 5/1962 Great Britain 128/479 Primary Examiner- Robert W. Michell Attorney-Robert C.. Comstock ABSTRACT: A pushup brassiere pad which elevates the breast without having any shelf, mound or other raised portion in the interior area which receives the breast. The interior of the pad has a substantially flat planar surface disposed beneath the horizontal axis of the pad and outwardly from the vertical axis of the pad. The pad is thicker in the region ofthe planar surface than in its other regions. The planar surface is slanted upwardly and inwardly to move the breast simultaneously upwardly and inwardly SHELFLESS PUSHUP BRASSIERE PAD BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION l. Field of the Invention The invention relates to a pushup pad for brassieres, swim suits and other garments.
2. Description of the Prior Art The prior art is replete with various types of breast pads. Those pads that substantially push up or elevate the breast customarily have a noticeable shelf, mound or other obvious raised or thickened portion in the interior area which receives and fits beneath the lower portion of the breast.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a shelfless pushup pad for brassieres, swim suits and other garments and more particularly to a pushup pad which when worn will elevate the breast and also move the breast inwardly at the same time. The principal object of the invention is to provide a pad of the type described which has no apparent interior shelf, mound or other obviously raised portion in the area which receives and fits beneath the lower portion of the breast. The interior of the pad both is and appears to the user to be flat or slightly concave, with the raising and inward movement of the breast being achieved through concealed thickening of the lower portion of the pad which is neither apparent to the eye nor noticeable to the touch of the wearer.
This concealed action pushup pad is more desirable for two reasons. First, many women automatically reject the thought of using any pad or garment containing a pad which has an obvious thick shelf or mound in the lower part of the pad. A pad formed in accordance with this invention would be acceptable to such women because it does not appear to have any of the undesirable characteristics of pads which are unacceptable to them.
Second, a pad which has a shelf or mound in its interior breast-receiving portion is necessarily more uncomfortable to a substantial number of wearers, due to the unnatural pressure exerted against the breast by the shelf or mound. A shelfless pad having a fiat or slightly dished-out interior avoids such discomfort to the wearer.
It is accordingly among the objects of this invention to provide a shelfless pushup pad which will elevate the breast and simultaneously move it inwardly without having any obvious or apparent shelf or mound in the lower portion of the pad. It is also among the objects of the invention to provide a pad having all of the advantages and benefits set forth above and described hereinafter in this specification.
The invention also comprises such other objects, advantages and capabilities as will later more fully appear and which are inherently possessed by the invention.
While I have shown in the accompanying drawings a preferred embodiment of the invention, it should be un derstood that the same is susceptible of modification and change without departing from the spirit of the invention.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. l is an elevational view on a reduced scale of the interior of a left side breast pad;
FIG. 2 is an elevational view on a reduced scale of the interior ofa right side breast pad;
FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view full scale taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a horizontal sectional view full scale taken along line 44 of FIG. 1:
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the exterior of the pad.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT A preferred embodiment which has been selected to illus' trate the invention comprises a three-quarter pushup pad which is molded of foam rubber. The term three-quarter" means that the pad is designed to cover the lower three-quarters of the breast, leaving the upper one quarter uncovered. The upper portion of the pad above the horizontal centerline is accordingly substantially shorter than the lower portion of the pad. It should be understood that the invention might also be used with a full pad and that it may also be used with pads formed of other material such as polyurethane, fiberfill, etc. and that the pad need not necessarily be formed by molding and may be fabricated or otherwise formed.
The pad 10 has a body of generally elliptical shape in front view, with its exterior having a generally convex surface. The pad has a substantially hollow interior cavity.
For convenience in describing the construction and operation of the pad 10, a horizontal dotted line 11 has been indicated on the drawings across the widest portion of the pad 10, which would be the centerline if it were a full pad. This line 11 is referred to herein as the horizontal axis 11 of the pad 10. A vertically directed line 12 has been indicated along the vertical axis and is referred to herein as the vertical axis 12 of the pad 10.
The interior of the pad I0 is hollow with the apex of its cavity being disposed in the upper right-hand quadrant of FIG. I and the upper left-hand quadrant of FIG. 2, above the horizontal axis 11 and inwardly from the vertical axis 12.
The interior of the pad 10 has no shelf, mound or other raised portion and is either flat or slightly concave across its entire area. The lower and outer portion of the interior of the pad 10 comprises a substantially fiat planar surface 13, which is not clearly defined, but the general area of which is indicated in the drawings. It will be noted that the planar surface 13 is disposed somewhat more on the outer rather than the inner side of the vertical axis 12. The planar surface 13 is also disposed substantially entirely beneath the horizontal axis 1 l.
The outer face 14 of the pad 10 is generally convex and appears to be substantially symmetrical. The exterior apex of the pad 10 is disposed substantially along a line corresponding to the vertical axis 12 and is accordingly somewhat offset from the apex of the interior cavity of the pad.
It is not apparent from either the interior or exterior of the pad 10 that it is substantially thicker in its lower and outer quadrant substantially directly in the region of the planar surface 13. This is best illustrated by the sectional drawings FIGS. 3 and 4.
As a result of this concealed thickening of the lower and outer portions of the pad in the region of the planar surface 13. the pad provides a substantial amount of support beneath the breast which acts to move the breast simultaneously inwardly and upwardly. The pad is, of course, made in leftand right-hand shapes, so that both breasts are moved inwardly and upwardly.
The interior of the pad 10 has no raised shelf, mound. or other protuberance of any kind whatsoever which is discernible either to the eye or to the touch. The outside of the pad I0 also has no noticeable raised or thickened portions. Despite this fact, the pad does achieve the desired upward and inward movement of the breast because the planar surface 13 comprises a fiat or slightly dished-out area which is slanted upwardly and inwardly. The pad is thicker in the region of the planar surface 13 to support the planar surface 13 and the lower portions of the breast which rest upon it.
In use, the pad I0 is more comfortable to the wearer because there is no concentrated pressure on the breast, such as is caused by a shelf, mound or other raised area. The pad is mentally and aesthetically acceptable to the user because it does not have the appearance of an undesirable falsie.
The resulting pad is accordingly substantially equal in function to prior pushup pads, while being improved both in appearance and in comfort.
The inward movement of the breast may be increased by mounting the pad l0 in such a manner that the pad 10 is disposed at a slight angle. This increases the angularity of the planar surface 13, to increase the amount of inward movement of the breast.
1. A breast pad having a body of generally elliptical shape in front view, with the exterior having a generally convex surface, said pad having a substantially hollow interior cavity, said interior cavity being slightly concave across substantially the entire area of the pad, with the apex of said interior cavity being disposed above the horizontal axis of said elliptical body and in the vicinity of the intersection of the horizontal and vertical axes of said elliptical body, said interior cavity having a substantially flat planar surface disposed substantially entirely beneath the horizontal axis of said body, said body being thicker in the region of said planar surface than in its other regions, said planar surface being adapted to fit beneath the lower portion of the breast of the wearer to support the breast and move it upwardly.
2. The structure described in claim 1, the apex of said interior cavity being disposed laterally to one side of the vertical axis of said body, the greater portion of said planar surface being disposed on the opposite side of the vertical axis of said body, whereby said planar surface is adapted to move the breast of the wearer simultaneously upwardly and laterally.
3. The structure described in claim 2, a pair of breast pads being disposed laterally in side-to-side relationship with each other, with the apexes of their interior cavities disposed toward each other, so that both breasts of the wearer are adapted to be moved simultaneously upwardly and laterally toward each other.
4. The structure described in claim 2, said pad being disposed with respect to the body of the wearer so that its horizontal axis extends at an angle with respect to true horizontal, to increase the angularity of said planar surface and thereby increase the lateral movement of the breast of the wearer.
5. The structure described in claim 4, the apex of the convex exterior of said pad being offset laterally from the apex of said interior cavity.
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