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Publication numberUS392212 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 6, 1888
Filing dateMay 20, 1887
Publication numberUS 392212 A, US 392212A, US-A-392212, US392212 A, US392212A
InventorsFbanklin D. Mcoollum
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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{No Model.) F. D. MGOOLLUM.

PORTABLE HEAD BEST FOR TRAVELIERS. No. 392,212. Patented Nov. 6, }888.






SPECIPICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 392,212, dated November 6, 1888. Application filed May 20, 1887. Serial No. 238.817. (No model.)

To all 2071 0722 it may concern.-

Be it known that I, FRANKLIN D. MoOoL- LUM, of Florence, Marion county, State of Kansas, have invented a new and useful Head- Rest for Travelers, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof.

. The object of this invention is to provide a cheap and simple head-rest that may be carried in the pocket of the traveler, or in his valise-one that is entirely independent of the back of a car-seat, or the back of any seat for that matter,during its use; and it may be said to consist in a flexible body portion or frame arranged to be inserted down the back of the traveler between his 'coat and his vest, and to be supported and held in position during use by the garments of the traveler, and a headsupporting surface attached to and carried by the upper end of the said body portion, said head-supporting surface being adjustable with relation to the body portion, so as to accommodate individuals of longer or shorter necks.

The invention consists, further, in certain details of construction and arrangement, as hereinafter set forth, and pointed out in the claims.

In the drawings, which illustrate the mannor of carrying out my invention, Figure 1 represents a sideview of my invention as it appears during practical use. Fig. 2 is a side view of the head-rest detached from the garments of the user, the lower end of the body portion being broken away; and Fig. 3 is a rear view of the instrument.

A indicates the head-supporting surface of the instrument, which is to be constructed of sheet metalandcurved transversely, so as to fit the shape of the users head, and which is adj ustably attached to the upper end of flexible body portion B by means of strap A, secured to back of head-piece A, and set-screw a, passing through said strap and engaging the upper end of said body portion. The inner surface of said head-piece is thus made concave, as shown, and it is to be covered with plush or a cushioning material of some description, so as to be as comfortable as possible to the user.

The body portion 13 is to be made of springsteel or any suitable material, with a straight portion, 1), at its upper end, which is engaged by the strap on the head-piece, and it is doubled upon itself at about the center of its length to form the spring portions or bars a, which, when the instrument is not in use, lie parallel to and in contact with each other, as shown. When the device is in use, however, the weight of the users head upon the headpiece A presses the said spring-bars apart at their upper ends, as shown more clearly in Fig. 1.

When the head-piece is to be adjusted upon thebod y portion of the instrument for the purpose-before mentioned, the screw a is loosened, permitting said head-piece to be slid up or down on the straight portion b, as may be re quired. After being bent to form the springbars 0, the body portion is bent downward so as'to bring it parallel with said spring-bars and form a curve, (1, which latter is adapted to rest upon the upper edge of the coat-collar during use, thereby supporting the entire instrument.

The lower portion of the body B can be formed integral with the spring-bars and the straight portion 1), or it may be made separate therefrom and joined thereto in any desired way. The said lower portion, D, of body B is to be made with its edges tapering upwardly, widest at its lower end, which construction will obviate, in a great degree, any tendency of the instrument to twist out of position during use.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is- 1. The portable head-rest composed of a flexible body portion arranged to be inserted inside of the coat-collar of the user, and a headsupporting surface, substantially as described, attached to said body portion, as set forth.

2. A portable head-rest consistingin a flexible body portion which is inserted between the vest and coat-collar of the user and supported and held in position thereby during use, and a head-piece adjustably secured to said body portion, substantially as set forth.

3. The portable head-rest consisting in the head-piece A, provided with strap A upon its outer surface, set-screw amassing through said between the vest and coat-collar of the user,

strap, and body portion B,having straight porsubstantially as set forth. IO tion I) at its upper end, which is inserted be- In testimony whereof I affixiny signature in tween the said strap and the head-piece and presence of two witnesses.

5 engaged by said screw, and having a curve, (I, FRANKLIN D. MGOOLLUM.

which is adapted to rest upon the upper edge Witnesses: of the coat-collar during the use of the instru- THOS. B. MCAULEY,

ment, and lower portion, D, which isinserted F. G. FISCHER.

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Cooperative ClassificationY10S128/23, A47C7/383