US 3849803 A
An expendable raincoat and hood garment formed of waterproof plastic film in the form of an inexpensive throwaway novelty is disclosed wherein a folded section of film seamed along one edge and provided with an opening may be conveniently worn as a raincoat and hood combination or raincape while at the same time providing a useful advertising media.
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llmted States Patent 1191 1111 3,849 803 Connors Nov. 26, 1974 EXPENDABLE RAINCOAT AND HOOD 0204,225 4/1966 Klein 2/84 x  Inventor: Donald J. Connors, 259 Berkshire FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS Youngstown, Ohio 44512 232,165 3/1969 U.S.S.R 2/88 223,557 9/1962 Austria 2/88  1973 862,676 3/1941 France 2/88  Appl. No.: 354,346
Primary Examiner-Werner H. Schroeder U S Cl Attorney, Agent, or FirmWebster B. Harpman 51 Im. c1 A41d 3/08  Field of Search 2/4, 84, 87, 88, 89, 202,  ABSTRACT 2/DIG 5 An expendable raincoat and hood garment formed of waterproof 'plastic film in the form of an inexpensive  References Cited throwaway novelty is disclosed wherein a folded section of film seamed along one edge and providedwith UNITED A E PATENTS an opening may be conveniently worn as a raincoat 1598/1 11/1921 whlteslde and hood combination or raincape while at the same time providing a useful advertising media. 3:323:86 6/1967 Beck 2/88 X 4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures EXPENDABLE RAINCOAT AND HOOD BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention:
This invention relates to expendable advertising novelties in the form of a plastic film raincoat and hood or raincape garment.
2. Description of the Prior Art:
Prior garments of this type are best illustrated in US. Pat. Nos. 1,603,501, 1,576,023 and 2,412,415.
This invention eliminates some of the problems found in the prior art items and provides an expendable advertising novelty in theform of a garment which can be very inexpensively manufactured.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An expendable raincoat and hood garment formed of plastic film such as polyethylene, cellophane and the like is formed from a single section of film folded upon itself to form a rectangle with the fold defining one of the longer sides. It is then heat seamed or similarly closed at one of its ends and an opening formed therein a portion of which is parallel with the fold line, another portion parallel with the seamed end and still another portion curved in a 90 configuration. The resulting article may be folded flat, easily packaged and provides excellent media for advertising imprinted thereon. It is easily positionedon a person to provide rain protection with the aforesaid opening forming a face framing opening when a portion of the seamed end is used as a hood or the head of the wearer may be positioned therethrough and the device worn as a cape. In either usage the configuration of the device results in completely satisfactory rain protection for the wearer.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of the expendable raincoat.
FIG. 2 is a front elevation of the expendable raincoat in shape resulting when worn as a raincoat and hood.
FIG. 3 is a front elevation of the expendable raincoat in the shape resulting when the same is worn as a cape.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged vertical section on line 4-4 of FIG. 1.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT By referring to FIG. 1 of the drawings, it will be seen that the expendable raincoat comprises initially a single thickness section of sheet-like plastic film folded transversely as at to form a double thickness rectangular shape 11. One of the shorterends of the double thickness rectangular shape 11 is seamed longitudinally as at 12 and an opening generally indicated at 13 is formed inwardly of the longitudinal edges of the rectangular shape 11.
The other one of the shorter edges of the rectangular shape 11 is left unseamed and is indicated in FIG. 1 at 14 and the remaining elongated edge of the double thickness rectangular shape 11 is also unseamed and indicated at 15.
In FIG. 4 of the drawings, the seam 12 formed longitudinally of the upper, shorter end may be seen and it will occur to those skilled in the art that it may be heat sealed or otherwise secured as by cementing or stitching as desired. In FIG. 4 the double thicknesses of the rectangular shape 11 are shown separated and indicated at 11 and 11A. The section of FIG. 4is taken through the opening 13 in FIG. 1 and by referring again thereto it will be seen that the portion of the opening 13' closest to the fold 10 is parallel therewith as at 16. The adjacent portion of the opening is defined by a straight line cut 17 parallel with the short seamed end 12 of the double thickness rectangular shape 11 and the opening 13 is further defined by a 90 curve indicated at 18.
By referring now to FIG. 2 of the drawings, the shape resulting when the expendable raincoat is positioned on a person so as to form a coat and a hood may be seen and it will be observed that the shape of the opening 13 results in a face matching configuration which may be positioned frame-like aboutthe wearers face with the portion of the seam 12 adjacent the fold 10 forming the top of the hood and the portion of the seam 12 extending between the arcuate portion of the opening 13 and the elongated edge 15 of the device extending downwardly below the chin area of the opening 13.
Still referring to FIG. 2 of the drawings, it will be seen that the uppermost portions of the elongated edge 15 assume a horizontal position and then turn inwardly and downwardly as indicated by the broken lines and extend downwardly toward the unseamed end 14 of the garment in the manner of a coat or cape. It will also be seen that when worn as shown in FIG. 2 of the drawings, the device comprises an intregral raincoat in the form of a cape with'an attached hood with a face openmg.
The expendable raincoat may also be worn as a cape with the wearers head pushed through the opening 13 as seen in FIG. 3 of the drawings and by referring thereto it will be seen that the upper ends of the elongated edge 15 of FIG. 1 of the drawings now become horizontally disposed as the same folds across the upper front portion of the device and forms an effective watertight closure. The elongated edges 15 extend downwardly from the folded portion just referred to and form an adequate coat-like or cape-like enclosure.
Those skilled in the art will observe that the device of the invention can be very inexpensively formed from continuous rolls of 1% mil. thickness double folded, clear polyethylene film or the like with each garment comprising for example a 48 inches section of the double folded film having a folded width of 37 inches. The opening 13 as formed in the flat double folded, rectangular shape 11 may be of a size totaling 13 inches when the sections 16, 17 and 18 are measured continuously and the area between the section 16 of the opening 13 and the fold 10 will be approximately 10 inches.
It will thus be seen that the entire expendable raincoatcan be formed of a single thickness of suitable flexible plastic film, preferably having a desirable degree of resiliency which section would measure 74 inches X 48 inches folded to the 37 inches X 48 inches rectangular shape as hereinbefore described in connection with FIG. 1 of the drawings.
The expendable raincoat disclosed herein requires no accessory fasteners when used as either a combination cape and hood or raincoat, permits economical mass formation with decoration or advertising indicia readily printed thereon and is particularly suitable for mass distribution at outdoor sporting events such as football games and the like.
Although but one embodiment of the present invention has been illustrated and described it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention.
1. An expendable raincoat consisting of a single section of flexible plastic film folded transversely to form a double thickness rectangular shape, one of the shorter ends thereof being seamed and having an opening formed in the seamed end and spaced inwardly of the longitudinal edges of said rectangular shape so that most of said seamed end with said opening therein can be moved to a position parallel with said longitudinal edges.
2. The expendable raincoat of claim 1 and wherein the corner of said rectangular shape formed by said transverse fold and said seamed end is cut away diagonally.
3. The expendable raincoat of claim 1 and wherein said opening is formed by cutting on a line parallel with and spaced from the transverse fold of the double thickness rectangular shape inwardly from the seamed end and on a line perpendicular thereto parallel with and spaced from said seamed end and on a curved line extending from said perpendicular line to said seamed end so as to form an opening in said seamed end when expanded having a straight end and a curved end with interconnecting straight sides therebetween.
4. The expendable raincoat of claim 1 wherein said opening is of a size permitting the head of a wearer to be snugly positioned therethrough. l l=