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Oct. 11, 1938. w. H. WENSTROM 2,132,549 CAMERA CASE Filed July 30, 1937 A"... ATTORNEY. . muoeeimaas , f ‘ 2,132,549 ‘ UNITED STATES PATENT ,ornca was.» cams csss William 1!. weiltrom, New Haven, Conn. Application 1.1, :0, 1m. Serial‘ No. item I I Ciailll. (CI. 95-42) This invention relates to cameras and is more especially concerned with those of the smaller forms, such as "pocket cameras." . lens mounting ‘I, and'the hinged cover 0 when the camera is in its fully opened or extended con dition. It is secured releasably in the camera. Usually cameras of this class are of the folding case by means of the thumb screw it, Figs. 3, 4 6 type. In using them‘ it is necessary to open the and 45, which extends through an aperture in s camera and generally, also, to pull out the lens the bottom of the case and is threaded into the mounting and lock it in its opm position. If the tripod socket in the camera body. sometimes ?nder also is of the folding type, it is necessary to this socket is located in the central part of said release it or to move it into its operative position. body instead of at one end of it. as in the con 10 Also when a color iilter or other supplementary struction shown, and a second hole ‘ll, Fig. 5, lens is used, as in most modern photography, or other suitable holes, preferably are provided it must be removed from its case and attached in the bottom of the case to accommodate such a to the opened camera. If a sunshade is used, it condition. Strips of felt, sponge rubber or other ‘cushioning material 0 may‘ extend around the also must be attached. back and ends of the camera body I, .while addi All of these operations necessitate the expendi tional members lO-lll of such material may be ‘ ture of time, and this fact greatly limits the use fulness of the camera and very frequently makes placed above and below it, to aid in holding the . it impossible to obtain pictures which could be camera snugly within the case. ' Preferably both the body 2 and cover I of the taken if these preliminary or preparatory opera case are made of some light weight but strong - $0 tions could be eliminated. The present invention deals especially with metal, such as aluminum, or ‘some aluminum the problem presented by these conditions. It alloy, so that the weight which they add to the camera is not 'important. For many purposes aims to provide means for making a camera in stantly and completely available for use, while the case may be made of Bakelite or equvalent I’ as at the same time effectually protecting the material. The body I may be equipped with 86 camera from damage. It is also an important hooks, or equivalent devices, such as those shown object of the invention to protect the bellows at ll, by meansofwhichasling strap ll maybe and other parts of the camera from air blasts securedtothecase. Itisalsoconstructedfor the convenient operation of the various ac Y when taking pictures from an open airplane. are used with the 80 so The nature of the invention will be readily cessories which n understood from the following description when camera. These include'a tinder "which prefer ablyis ofthe telescopetypeandis securedlper read in connection with the accompanying draw ing, and the novel features will be particularly manently. to or formspart of the cover 8. the lens elements, cros' hairs, or the like, being en pointed out in the appended claims. ‘ as In the drawing, . rll'igurelisaperspectiyevlewofacamera case embodying this invention and showing the manner in which it may conveniently be used; Fig. 2 is a plan view of the case shown-in ..closed in, and protected by, the rigid tube It. Il‘he cable release‘ for the shutter is led from the lens mounting ‘I under the camera and into a curved conduit II at the back of the case, the plunger ll being mounted at the upper end of this conduit where it is very conveniently posi tioned for operation by the user, as will‘be evident 1588. 8 and 4 ‘are side and rear views, respec from an inspection of Pig. 1. tively, of said casinl; and Attheback ofthe case Iholes ll--llarepro Figs. 5 and 6 are bottom and front views,'re- _ vided, one or both of which will be aligned with spectively, of the case. the window or windows at the back of the camera 45 As shown in the drawing, the invention pro 40 Pig. 1: vides a rigid metal case adapted .to completely ' ‘throughwhich theexposurenumber onthe?lm enclose and protect a camera. This case includes isseen. Also,thebottcmof thecaseisprovided abodyportionl and a cover Iwhichissecurely ‘with a hole 20, I'lg. 5, or other suitable holes, but ‘releasably fastened to the body portion by so means of several swing bolts 4. Since the par ticularcaseshownis'designedtobeusedwitha_' tmougnwmcnsceessmubehedwnvcmently to the fihn winding handle or thumb piece ll. camera of the folding type, it is provided with a is left permanently open so that any necessity relatively large rear end to receive the camera ~ for the operation of a door, cover, or the like, is bodyl,l"lgs.2and3,andittapersasit extends avoided. This opening is made of suiiicient di ssforwardlysoastoaccommodatethbm? 60 ' Preferably the front end I2. 1'18. 6. of the case menslmstopermittheoperatortoreachinand ll 2 2,132,549 adjust the shutter timer and the vdiaphragm, or ' 3. An article according to preceding claim 1, to move the lens mounting backward and forward including a ?nder of the telescope type mounted for focusing purposes, in the event that the on said case in cooperative relationship to the camera is of a type requiring this operation. camera, said case being constructed to enclose The dimensions, however, should be such that the lens is set well back from the opening so that any danger of injury to it or to adjacent parts of the} camera, due to their striking some exter nal object, is practically negligible. Also, this 10 portion of the case acts as a sunshade for the lens, its inside being preferably painted black. It is contemplated that in using a camera mounted in a case‘of this type, .the sling strap [5 will be worn around the user's neck, as shown in 15 Fig. 1, with the case 2 suspended from it. In this position the camera is ready for instant use, no opening of the camera or the case, nor manipula tion of the ?nder or other parts, nor addition of ,color ?lters, being necessary. Thus the fact that the camera is available for instant use is a great convenience to aviators, sportsmen, naturalists, automobilists, and others. For aerial photog raphy, in particular, this case protects the lens and bellows of a folding camera from the slip 25 stream of an open airplane, which would other wise ‘quickly damage them. The case is of such a nature that it effectually protects the camera from injury, even when the entire asembly is used roughly and subjected‘ to the throwing 30 around which necessarily occurs in an automo bile, aeroplane, boat, or the like. After the ex posure has vbeen made the apparatus vmay be dropped or tossed into a convenient part of the car or other vehicle, no care being required to set 35 it down carefully, or to- fold up the camera. Usually before laying it aside, however, the wind , and protect said ?nder. 4. An article according to preceding claim 1, in which said case is provided‘ with a window . through which the exposure number of the cam era may be observed, and is also provided with ' an aperture through which the ?lm winding 5. An article of the character described, com. prising a rigid case open at its front end, a fold ing camera mounted in said case with the lens thereof. facing said end, said case being adapted 15 to enclose said camera approximately completely except at said end with the camera in its open condition and ready for use, a screw projecting through said case and threaded into the tripod socket in the camera for securing the same in 20 place, cushioning means in said case protecting the body of the camera, said case including a readily releasable portion for permitting the re moval and replacement of the camera, said case and said fastening means cooperating to support said camera in readiness for instant use with the lens spaced inwardly from said open end of the case sufficiently to be protected by the case. 6. An article of the character described, com prising a rigid case open at its front end, a fold 30 ing camera mounted in said case with the lens thereof facing said end, said case being adapted to enclose said camera approximately completely except at said end with the camera in its open condition and ready for use, means for fastening said camera in said case with its lens in position ing device 2| is operated to wind'the ?lm far for picture taking but spaced inwardly from said enough to bring a new exposure into position. open end of the case sumciently ‘to be protected 7 While I have herein shown and described a 40 typical embodiment of my invention, it will be understood that the invention may be embodied in other forms without departing from the spirit =or scope thereof. » vHaving thus described my invention, what I 45 desire to claim as new is: 1. An article of the character described, com 1o ' handle on the camera is exposed for operation. by the case; and a ?nder for said camera mounted in an exposed position above said case. 40 'i. an article according to preceding claim 6, with an operating member con nected with the shutter of said camera to actuate it, and mounted in a readilyaccessible position i in combination on said case. 8. An article the character described, com prising a rigid case open at one end and adapted prising a rigid case open at its front end and , to enclose a folding camera with the latter open adapted to receive and enclose a folding camera, and ready for use, said case being adapted to pro said case being relatively wide at the rearward 50 tect the camera on all sides and to encase it ap proximately completely except at said end, and , ‘means for fastening said camera securely in said case with the lens of thecamera in its operative position but spaced inwardly from and facing said 55 open end of the case, whereby said case supports fastening said camera securely but releasably in the case with the lens of the camera in its oper ative position and facing said open. end but a?‘ording substantially complete protection for it said camera in readiness for instant use while spaced inwardly therefrom su?ciently to protect the lens, the opening in said end being relatively small but large enough to permit access to said both during such use andwhen it is not in use. lens and to aiford ample admission of light to 2. An article according to preceding claim 1, V60 end thereof to receive the body of the camera and tapering toward said open end, and means for 50 said lens. ’ including an enclosed ?nder for said camera mounted in an exposed position on“ said case. .15 H. STROM.