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HQBERT HALE, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. Letters Patent No. 70,555, dated vllovemlieo 5, 1867.
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TO ALL WHOM-IT MAY CONCERN:
Be it known that I, ROBERT HALE, of Chicago, in the county ot' Cook, and State otl Illinois, have invented a new and improved Head-Rest; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, which will enable others skilled in the art to make and use the saine, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.
The present invention relates to an adjustable head-supporter, for use more particularly in railway cars while travelling; the principal object being to provide a supporter of such construction as to enable rest and sleep to be obtained while travelling, while at the same time the supporter is portable, simple, and cheap in construction. In the accompanying plate of drawings my improved head-rest is illustrated- Figure 1 being a side View ofthe same, and
Figure f2 a view showing it as worn in use. i
Similar letters of' reference indicate corresponding parts.
A, in the drawings, represents a cap made of any material suitable for being washed or cleansed. To the visor B of this cap A, a strap, C, is secured, so that it can be passed around back et' the'head and up, and again fastened to the visor. D, a strap fastened one end to front of visor, from which it is extended, being provided with a suitable-buckle for lengthening or shortening it, with a hook, E, at one end, adapted to hook to the roofA of a car upon the inside. The strap C is attached to the visor ofthe cap, and which is designed to go round the y back of the neck as stated, and below the ears, which is adjustable also, to support the neck in addition to the support ofthe head by the cap, and will enable one to rest and sleep very comfortably at a very small cost, even nominal. It is intended to screw an eye-staple into the ribs of the top of the cars a little distance in front of the seat occupied by the person, and by simply hooking the` hook into the eye it is at once ready to be used.
at any time, day or night.
Another.' arrangement for attaching the supporter is to have acord run lengthwise oi' the ear, directly over each row of seats, directly above the centre of the seat, and attach the supporter to the cord. One cord on a side ot' the car will answer for both persons in the seat.
The great advantage of the intention is- First. Cheapness to the person, as each person travcllingvcan purchase one entire for a small sum, and use it for along time. v l
Second. It dispenses with the great'cost of dragging very heavy sleeping-ears wherelonly a limited number of the passengers can be accommodated with berths, and makes all cars sleeping-cars, and all passengers can be accommodated with rest and sleep.
Third. It secures a better Ventilation than can possibly be obtained by or Ain sleeping-ears, where berths are situated one above another, with curtains and other fixtures, which obstruct ventilation, and oftentimes almost suiocate passengers; as all common ears are, from the nature of the case, much better ventilated than sleeping-ears can be.
Fourth. All passengers wing this head-supporter are entirely free from the risk ot' getting vermin, lice, and bed-bugs, from old, dirty, unchanged blankets and mattresses.
Fifth. This supporter can be used with great comfort by invalide troubled with asthma, or any similar disease, which will not let them lie down, and on that account are unable to obtain sleep and rest.
I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent- The head-rest constructed` as described, consisting of the cap A, having the neck-strap C, the adjustable strap D, secured at one end t'o the visor D and at the other by a hook, E, to the root' of a car. or an equivalent support within the car, as herein describedfor the purpose specified.
i rlheiabove specificationl of my invention signed by me this first day of July, 1867.
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