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Патент USA US2119122

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_May 31, 1938.
Filed June 22, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet l
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Patented May 31, 1938
William H. St. Thomas and Otto D‘. Weydener,
Gloversville, N. Y., assignors to E. J. Wilkins
00., Gloversville, N. Y., a corporation of New
Application June 22, 1937, Serial No. 149,604
3 Claims.
This invention relates to containers and more
particularly to the type of containers generally
referred to as billfolds.
The objects of the invention are to provide
5 a container having a plurality of pockets and
utilizing a minimum of waste of the material
forming the exposed portions of the container;
to provide a construction enabling cheaper ma
terials to be used where double thickness of
extended area are required; to provide for a rein
forced pocket structure from bottom and end
?aps without any waste of the more expensive
material forming the ?aps; to employ an inte
gral piece of material as a reinforcement in both
15 of the ?aps forming the pockets; to enable the
container to be readily doubled or folded in use
midway of its length; to avoid bulkiness in mak»
ing the fold regardless of the thickness of bills
or other papers therein; to enable the partition
(Cl. 150—38)
shown, the billfold provides an outer wall iii
which is the size and shape of the extended bill
fold, preferably rectangular and slightly larger
in each direction than the usual dimension of
legal tender of the paper variety. Integrally 5
formed with this end wall are end ?aps ll, ll
and a pair of bottom flaps l2, l2 along one longi
tudinal side of the wall In, said end and bottom
flaps being separated by an intervening short
tongue l3. Said tongue is turned back onto the
inside surface of wall Ill midway of the length
of the end wall so as to provide a reinforcement
thereat and is preferably cemented in place as
shown in Figure 4. In use the billfold will be
doubled at the mid part where this tongue is
positioned and the tongue will keep the edge
from fraying or ripping at this point of most
severe Wear.
20 to fold without buckling irrespective of how close
The container likewise provides another wall
section or partition M, the mid section l5 of
or how far a space it may be from the outer
wall of the container due to bills or other matter
within the pocket; to secure a container of eco
which is preferably of the same surfacing ma
terial as the ?rst mentioned wall member, but
nomical, efficient and pleasing construction; and
25 to obtain other advantages and results as may
be brought out in the following description.
In the drawings:——
Figure 1 is a face view of the extended con
tainer looking at the faces containing pockets
30. and which is generally doubled in use to bring
the two pockets in juxtaposition;
Figure 2 is a similar view showing the side and
end ?aps extended before being ?nally secured
in place;
end ?aps
with one
3 is a similar view with the side and
extended and with a pair of inner wall
likewise extended;
4 is a view corresponding to Figure 3,
of the inner walls not yet inserted;
5 is an end or edge View of Figure 4;
Figures 6 and '7 are cross sectional views on
lines 5—6 and l—'l of Figure 8; and
Figure 8 is a perspective view of the extended
container showing the loose end of one parti
45 tion partially projecting from the container for
illustrating the fact that said partition is un
attached at that end.
Containers of the billfold type have heretofore
included certain drawbacks of manufacture and
use which the present invention seeks to over
The container illustrated herein has cer
tain parts which are in themselves in the art,
but are combined with other parts and in the
new combination present a utility not heretofore
55 attained by billfolds of the prior art. As here
which preferably has end sections IE, IS of fab
ric. The mid section l5 and end sections i6, 56
comprise the said inner wall or partition and
while the length thereof is substantially the
length of the outside wall I0, the height is pref
erably less than the outside wall so there will
be an upper margin ll of the outside wall pro
jecting above the said inside wall or partition. 30
Likewise, the lower edge of the inside wall or
partition preferably is juxtaposed at the mid part
thereon to the lower edge of the outside wall
where tongue I3 is bent over, said tongue being
thereby covered by mid portion I5 of the side wall. The lower edge of said inside wall toward
the ends of the mid section preferably curves
away from or is offset from the lower edge of the
outside wall, as clearly shown in Figure 3, and
thereby avoids bulkiness along the fold line of
the outside wall and bottom ?aps. The utiliza
tion of the fabric end portions l6, M5 for this
inner wall or partition l4 provides a hinge effect
when the billfold is closed thereby lessening bulki
ness and increasing ?exibility of the finished 45
container. This is especially desirable where
the container is to have a wad of money or paper
folded therein, the fabric readily accommodat
ing the shorter length required of the inside
folded wall from the greater length required of
an outside folded wall, and will permit the mid
section l5 to bend at its middle and extend with
out wrinkling from the bent middle to the end
edges thereof. The mid portion I5 may be se
cured in any desired manner to the fabric end 55
portions, lines of stitching I8, I8 being shown as
inner walls I9, IS with their contained partition
illustration on one means of assemblying.
I4, is a divider or partition 21 which extends
substantially the length of the container and
substantially the height thereof, both dimensions
being somewhat less, however, than front wall
In. This partition 21. accordingly establishes
two full length pockets on opposite sides thereof
for receiving legal tender of the paper variety,
In constructing the billfold of the present in
vention, each end portion thereof is provided.
with an inner Wall member I9 which is approxi
mately double the height of partition l4 and is
doubled upon itself lengthwise of the billfold
so as to provide an inner section 20 next one
face of partition I4 and another section 2I
against the offset face of said partition. The
bottom juxtaposed margins of these two sections
20 and 2I in the completed billfold, as well as
the juxtaposed outer ends of those sections are
preferably skived so as to reduce bulkiness at
15 those edges. The outer end margins of the
fabric end portion I6 of partition I4 is interposed
between the juxtaposed skived end margins of
sections 20 and 2| of the inner wall l9, and pref
erably cement is applied to those skived end
20 margins so as to both secure the ends of partition
I4 and to retain the sections folded together.
Likewise, to retain the said sections 20 and 2|
folded around the mid part of partition I4 one
of the longitudinal juxtaposed bottom edges has
a tongue 22 thereon Which folds on to and is
cemented to the other section 20. It will thus
be observed that when sections 2|] and 2| are
folded over and secured in the completed con
tainer that they are open only at their ends which
are toward the middle part of the container and
checks or other papers. This partition is entire
1y free at one end and is retained by an attach 10
ment at its other end in order that it may fold
mid way of its length and remains smooth re_
gardless of how much thickness there is to fold
around or in consequence of the contents of
the container in either or both of the full length
pockets. As here shown said partition has a
tongue 28 near its upper edge and projecting lon
gitudinal outward from the end of the said
partition. This tongue is secured to the end
edge of the front section 20 of the inner wall I9
as by a row of stitching 29, and a similar tongue
38‘ may be provided near that end edge but
projecting from the bottom edge of the partition
so as to be secured to the bottom edge of the
same section 20 by a line of stitching 3| in re 25
tention of the partition entirely at one side of
the mid fold of the container. The other end
of the partition is free from any stitching or
other holding means, and is somewhat less in
length than the length of the front wall It, so 30
as to permit the partition to slide as required
thus comprise pockets which are directed to the
with respect to the front Wall.
middle of the container separated a short dis
We claim:—
tance longitudinally thereof with the intervening
1. A container of the billfold type comprising
space faced by the mid portion l5 of the parti
an outer wall having portions thereof folded to 35
tion I4.
form inner walls, a pocket forming member in
At the rear face of the rear section 2| of each terposed between said outer and inner walls, said
inner wall member I9 is an anchor piece 23,. member having an anchor piece secured thereto
which so far as known is an entirely novel ele
adjacent the inner walls, and said inner Walls
ment in construction of billfolds. ‘This anchor having their innermost edges folded around and 40
piece is preferably shaped to correspond to the secured to corresponding edges of said anchor
utimate desired shape of the inside pocket ?aps, piece.
and being here shown as extending lengthwise of
2. A container of the billfold type comprising
the billfold for a part of the height and length an outer Wall having. portions thereof folded to
thereof and having its end next the outer end form inner walls, a pocket forming member in
of the said billfold tapered upwardly to the upper terposed between said outer and inner walls, said
part of the billfold substantially to the height member having an anchor piece secured thereto
of the said inner wall member I9. Preferably adjacent the inner walls, and said inner walls
this anchor 23 is of a reinforcing material and having their innermost edges folded around and
is stitched to the section 2| against which it secured to corresponding edges of said anchor
is juxtaposed, the stitching preferably extend
piece, and said anchor piece secured to the said
ing along the longitudinal lower edge and along pocket forming member along the end and. bot
the end edge of said section. The end ?ap II tom to de?ne an upwardly and inwardly opening
and adjacent bottom ?ap I2 of the front wall pocket.
3. A container of the billfold type comprising
I!) are bent over into flatwise juxtaposition
against the anchor piece 23, each of those ?aps an outer Wall having portions thereof folded
to form inner walls, a pocket forming member
having appropriate edge tongues 24, 25 for fold
ing onto the inside face of the said anchor. The on each end of said billfold interposed between
tongues will preferably be skived to reduce bulki
said outer wall and inner walls, said member
ness, and one flap will be arranged to have an having an anchor piece secured thereto adjacent 60
overlapping skived margin 26 upon the other the inner walls, said inner walls having their
?ap along their meeting joint, all of these skived innermost edges folded around and secured to
margins being preferably held in place with a corresponding edges of said anchor piece, and a
partition interposed between said outer Wall and
suitable adhesive in a ?nished container. The
pocket forming members, said partition being 65
anchor 23 is an integral piece of material under
lying both end ?ap II and bottom ?ap l2 so as attached to one end- to one of the pocket forming
to take the strain of any cards or other contents members and free at its other end with respect
necessitated in the pocket formed thereby, and to the outer wall and other pocket forming mem
ber so as to be slidable within the pocket when
avoids any strain on the surfacing material com
posing the flaps H and I2 or any strain upon the billfold is folded transverse to the length 70
overlapped joint or skived margin 26 of the of said walls and partition.
Interposed between the front wall [0 and the
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