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April 5,- 1938, ‘
Filed July 23, 1957
ll/(ZkhmHSt Thomas
I Patented Apr. 5, 1938
, 2,113,037
William H. St. Thomas and Otto D. ‘Weydener,
Gloversville, N. Y., minors to E. J. Wilkins
Co., Gloyersville, N. Y., a corporation of New
Application July 23, ‘1937, ‘Serial No. 155,204
(Cl. 150-—38)
3 Claims.
This invention relates to billfolds and the like.
The objects of the invention are to provide an
improved billfold having a captive or tethered
receptacle; to provide a ready and simple means
5 for extracting the contents of a pocket and make
possible the selection of the wanted item with
out having to handle the entire contents of the
pocket; to provide ready access to numerous cre
’ dentials; to provide maximum freedom of move
10 ment of the receptacle within its range of teth
ering; to minimize di?iculty of operation; to lessen
the likelihood of tearing the receptacle from the
billfold; to provide a novel construction of tether
for the receptacle; to obtain maximum strength
15' of connection between the tether and receptacle
at the withdrawn position of the receptacle; to
provide a relatively short ?exible connection be
tween the inner‘ end of the member and the ?xed
part of the tether; to secure simplicity of con- 1
20 struction and operation; and to obtain other
advantages and results as may be brought ‘out
in the following description.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of billfold em
26 bodying our invention and showing the captive
member in its normal position of rest within its
' Figure 2 is a similar perspective view with the
captive member withdrawn as far as its, tether
30 ing will permit;
Figure 3 is a partial view of the billfold but
with portions broken away and in section for
showing the tethering construction;
Figure 4 is an elevation viewing the tethering
cause of its necessary inclusion as part of the
invention. It will be observed that walls l0 and
I I and partition I! provide pockets therebetween
which open along the entire longitudinal upper
edge of the billfold. In use, the billfold is dou- 5
bled at its middle at a line transverse to the said
longitudinal edge, and each end portion of the
billfold at the inside face of body portion Ill may
be provided with pockets opening toward the line
of doubling of- the billfold. The present invention 10
is shown in association with the pocket thus
formed at the righthand end of the billfold illus
trated in the drawing. The pocket designated by
numeral I3 is conveniently formed by a wall I‘
which also constitutes a part of the inner wall 15
of the billfold. In the precise showing of the
drawing, the lower front edge of this wall I4 is
included beneath a turned-up edge or hem I5
of back wall H and held by a line of stitching IS.
The said wall I4 is bent over the longitudinal 20
upper edge of body "portion 10, and may, if de
sired and as shown continue downwardly behind
the said wall I 0 to also be stitched within hem
I5 by'the same line of stitching l6. These var
ious details of the billfold construction are de- 25
scribed-merely to aid in understanding the draw-\
ing. The essential consideration is merely that a
pocket is provided and the means shown is only
one of many for obtaining apocket in a billfold.
Within pocket I3 is s'lidably positioned a cap- 30
tive receptacle ll. This receptacle may assume
various shapes and get various details of con
In the particular illustration said
' struction.
receptacle is shown with a back member l8 sub- '
35 means from the opposite face seen in Figure 3 . stantially the width of pocket 13 so as to have a 35
with a portion of the billfold shown as folded
upward outvof the way to give a clear vision of
the tethering construction; and .
Figure 5 is a sectional view taken longitudinally
'40 of the billfold as upon line 5—-'5 of Figure 1.
In the speci?c embodiment‘ of the invention
illustrated in the said drawing, reference nu
meral Ill designates what may be termed the
45 body portion or main longitudinal wall of the
billfold. 3n. one side of this wall It) is provided
another wall II which constitutes the outside
wall of the billfold and between which two walls
bills (paper money) or other items may be intro
v50 duced. Particular disclosure shows an inter‘
vening partition I! between the" main wall or
body portion l0 and the outside wall II for sep
arating different denominations of bills or for
other papers. . This feature, however,» is men
55 tioned only because it is illustrated and not be
sliding ?t with respect thereto. The forward end
of the back member l8 continues to form a flap
[9 which, when the pockets are closed can be
positioned ?atwise over a pocket and the other
wise exposed face of the inner wall I4, and 40
held in such ?atwise position by means of a loop
20 on said face under which a tab 2| shown at
tached to the flap, may be inserted. The mem
ber I1 may likewise have at its front side a frame
edging'22 and a replaceable transparent front 45
face 23 held beneath the said edging. The edging
is preferably held taut as by a line of stitching
2| next the longitudinal side edges and inner
end edge of'the backing l8. Backing II and said
transparent member 23 with its edging 22 com- 50
bine to form a convenient receptacle for identi
?cation cards or other items.
At the inner end of captive member I1, is pro
‘vided an extension 25 either integral with or at
tached to the backing ll of said member and pro- 55
viding a convenient means for securing a metallic
freedom of movement of the captive member
within the range of its tethering. Finally, atten
I‘! with the greatest length of 'the loop substa‘n- - tion is directed to the fact that the tape 21 con
tially normal to the length of said receptacle. stitutes a flexible loop longitudinal of the billfold
The loop 26 will accordingly travel back and and that the relatively rigid loop 26 slides freely
forth with the receptacle as the ‘receptacle is slid with respect thereto and may teeter back and 5
into or pulled out of pocket I‘.
forth according to the ‘direction of pull trans
Tethering of receptacle I1 is e?ected by means mitted by the ?exible extension 25 from the re
of suitable means providing a limited movement ceptacle. The sliding of a relatively loose loop
10 of the loop longitudinally above the pocket. The within a loop and actuation thereof to turn to
means shown comprises a double thickness of ward the direction of pull, obtains very‘easy slid 10
tape or the like 2'! with one bar of the loop riding ing and avoids any dimculty in withdrawing or
between two plies of the tape and the tape having returning the receptacle with respect to its
width substantially the length of the loop. Said pocket.
tape is secured at its ends to the inner wall I! of
We claim:
rectangular loop 26 with respect to said member
the billfold where it is secured by line of stitching '
2!. The other end of the tape issecured to the
same wall ll of the billfold by line of stitching
29. Inasmuch as extension 25 carrying the loop
20 spaces the loop a distance from the receptacle
portion of member II, the attachment of the
inner end of tape 21 by stitching 29 may con
veniently be a distance from the end of the pock
et corresponding to the length of said extension
25 25 and said extension will therefore double, as
shown in Figure 5, when the receptacle is slid
home within pocket 43. The distance which the
captive member I‘! may be withdrawn from its
pocket I3 is governed by the position of a line of
stitching 30 connecting the two plies of tape 21
toward the open end of- pocket ll. When'the
captive member is drawn outwardly, loop 26 seats
at the end of the tape retaining means immedi
ately adjacent the said line of stitching 30 which
35 secures the plies of the tape together, and the
loop is thus held in a position normal to the length
of the tape, captive member and billfold, and
the fact that extension 25 is short with the inner
end of the receptacle still within the con?nes of
40 pocket IS, the said receptacle is kept from ma
terially sagging and is in proper position to be
readily slid back into its pocket. Furthermore,
the tape-like retaining means 21 is attached to
the inner vwall of the billfold and consequently
45 any strain applied tending to pull the receptacle
away from the billfold has no tendency to pull
the tape away from ?atwise engagement with the
wall to which it is attached, and likelihood of
~ tearing either the said member or the wall to
50 which it is attached is minimized. Furthermore,
the fact that loop 26 is free to slide back and
forth obtains the greatest ease of operation and
I. A billfold or the like having a pocket, a mem
ber tethered in said pocket slidable into and out
of the same, and tethering means comprising a
looped tape within said pocket secured adJacent
the open and closed ends thereof, said tethering
means also comprising another loop transverse to
and slidable on the first said loop, and a flexible~
extension secured to the slidable loop and to the
tethered member whereby said ?exible extension
may fold into a retracted position when fully in
serted in the said pocket and forming a longi
tudinal continuation of the member when fully
2. A billfold or the like having a pocket, a
member tethered in said pocket slidable into and 30
out of the same, and tethering means comprising
a tape within said pocket secured adjacent the
open and closed ends thereof, said tape compris
ing a ?exible loop the forward end of which is
rearward from the forward secured end of the
tape adjacent the open end of the pocket, and a
transverse loop slidably mounted within said loop
of the tape and thereby connecting said tethered
member slidably with respect to said tape, said
tethering member having a ?exible extension by 40
which said transverse loop is attached thereto.
3, A billfold or the like according to claim 1,'
wherein said tethered member is made up of a
plurality of parts, namely, a back section, a
frame section, a transparent member detachably
inserted between said frame and back sections,
and a ?ap extending forwardly from the back
section beyond the frame section to form a ?nger
grip to manipulate the member.
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