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Publication numberUS497340 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 16, 1893
Filing dateJun 16, 1892
Publication numberUS 497340 A, US 497340A, US-A-497340, US497340 A, US497340A
InventorsWilliam H. Pollitt
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Patented May 16, 1393.




SPECIFICATION forming'part of Letters PatentNo. 497,340, dated May 16, 1893.

Application filed June 16, 1892. Serial No. 436.886. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, WILLIAM H. POLLITT, a citizen of the United States, residing at Ohicago, county of Cook, and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Childs Bib, which are fully set forth in the following specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof.

In the drawings, Figure l is a front elevation of the bib in condition for use. Fig. 2 is a plan of the blank or unfolded bib, cut in such manner as to adapt it to be folded up to form the pocket. Fig. 3 is a View of the bib with one corner folded and the other unfolded, showing the manner of forming the pocket.

A is the blank sheet or piece of flexible fabric, preferably waterproofed and thereby slightly stiffened so as to hold the form of the pocket without too readily collapsing. The pocket is formed by cutting the slits A A, diagonally in the opposite lateral edges near the bottom, and drawing the flaps A A thus formed, back behind the bottom, and joining them together in the rear. A hook and eye A A may be used as a means for thus joining the ends of the lugs A When the material is such as described,--waterproof fabric somewhat stiffened by the waterproofing, as, for example, light grades of oil-cloth or rubberproofed cloth,the pocket A, thus formed, will be found to be substantially water-tight at the corner a which is the end of the slit made to form the flaps A and at the edge a of the body, where it laps in front of the lugs A or, at least, there will be formed sufficiently close junction at this lapping edge for a sufficient distance up from the corner a to retain drippings to such an extent and for such length of time as may be necessary to eflect the purpose of the device and pre- Vent the soiling of the clothing. As a further assistance to the same result, a piece of absorbent material, as a fine sponge, may be placed in the bottom of the pocket, over its entire length, and with this addition, the deice becomes practically a. complete protection. The connection between the lugs A at the back being unfastened, the bib may be laid flat and perfectly cleansed.

I do not limit myself to the precise form or position of the slits, nor to the mode of connecting the flaps by hook and eye, nor to the use of waterproof material, though I deem each of these features specifically desirable and design to claim them specifically.

I claim 1. A childs bib composed of sheet fabric having slits or gashes commencing at the lateral edges and terminating a short distance from the lower end, and from the lateral edges respectively, to form flaps adapted to extend behind the body portion when the portion below the slits or gashes is folded up forwardly, said flaps being disengageably connected together behind the body portion: substantially as set forth.

2. A childs bib composed of sheet fabric slit in converging lines from the lateral edges downward toward the middle, and having the flaps thus formed lapped behind the body and connected: substantially as set forth.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand, at Chicago, Illinois, in the presence of two witnesses, this 14th day of June, 1892.


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US6334220 *Jul 13, 1999Jan 1, 2002Greg M. FryeAdjustable disposable garment protector
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Cooperative ClassificationA41B13/103