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' Aug. 20,1946.
J. MILKOFF
COMBINED CARRYING CASE‘ AND TABIJE
2,406,237 ‘
Filed April 5, 1945'
IN IfEN _TOR. -'
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Patented Aug. 20, 1946
2,406,237
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2,406,237
.GARRYING CASE
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'JohmMilko?’, New .York,l\l'.f¥.
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Application iipfil‘?, 1945,1iSerialVNo. esewso
1-.Claim. (01. 190-117)
‘invention :relates to new and :useful lim
provementszinlazcombined zf'olding table and :car
rying ic'ase, ithe invention .:having TfOI'iitS aprin‘cipa‘l
object :the provision of Jan improved "device ‘:rof
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.Referring znow rmore cparticularlyéto ithe sdmw
ing,.:it "will “be noted that time .rfolding 'atabl?zi?f
the present invention comprisesltwo (complemen
talrisections ;=I10 sand itl which. may, . if desired, The
this :character ‘.h'aving itwo 'icomplemental sections
which are rhinged ttogether, and which, ‘when ‘in 6 of ‘substantially :identical rconstruction. rI-Iinge
closed position, {form :a iconyem'ent carrying case
formrti'cleslofzfood,:bathingrsuits,:and:other:para
pherna'li-a, and which :may :readily .:be :opened :to
provide :a doable iorrbea’ch-use, or any :otheride
elements :;I.'2 along the {upper edges »:of \the room-‘
.plementalzsections, when‘ :in :onen position, doin
the :two sections together. {The rapper-(surfaces
[I it loffrthe .complemental-semfons :are‘fthus :in iface
10 toeface engagement when ‘the (case - is :closed, sand
sired purpose.
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the :lower : surfaces ll 5 iform .the 1 outeriwalls rof'lthe
In many portable picnic tables of this general
closed :case. ":Such upper rsurfaces I A rare ‘fSMb-~
character, isuttable folding leg structures are
stantially ' flat, wand accordingly when {the :zcaseis
adapted to be swung inwardly to the interior of
the case, and the two complemental sections 15 in folded position, form a substantially dust
proof seal between such upper surfaces. Thus,
the lower surfaces I5 of the sections, when the
case. In all of the devices of the prior art, how
case is in closed position, form the'outer walls
ever, the outer surfaces of the folded case form
of the case.
the upper wall of the table when in open posi
The several sections may be formed from any
tion, and accordingly the folding legs, when in
folded position, are positioned within the interior 20
suitable material, such as plywood, sheet plastic,
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or other suitable material. Each section is
of the case along with the contents which are to
formed along one edge thereof with a recess l8
be carried._ In accordance with the present in
folded together to form the portable carrying
vention, however, the surfaces which form the
upper surface of the table when in open position
which receives leg I 9, and another recess 20 which
receives leg 2|. The precise cross-sectional con
tour of legs I9 and 2| is a matter of choice, and
in the drawing these legs are shown as being
form the meeting surfaces when the two comple
mental sections of the table are closed, and ac
cordingly such upper surfaces of the table, when
rectangular in such cross-sectional contour. They
in open position, are not subjected to wear, or
may, of course, be square, round, or otherwise
exposure to dirt and other contamination, when 30 shaped. By forming these legs either rectangu
lar or square, however, the recesses I8 and 20
the table is closed and in carrying position.
may be similarly shaped, so that when the legs
Following this novel arrangement, the outer
are in folded position, they substantially com
surfaces of the case, when in folded position, are
pletely fill the recesses. Pivot members 22 pass
formed with suitable recesses to receive the fold
ing legs, and accordingly the leg sections are 35 through openings formed adjacent to the upper
terminals of the legs, and the legs may be main
separated from the interior of the case and from
tained in open position by means of the usual
the food or other articles carried within the case.
brace structures 23, each formed of two links
The picnic or beach table of the present inven
which arecentrally pivoted at 24, and are piv
tion can be readily set up for use, and can, with
equal facility, be folded to enable it to be carried 40 oted at their opposite ends to the leg, as shown
from place to place.
at 25, and to the table, as shown at 26. The up
In the drawing:
per ends of the legs are preferably rounded, as
shown at 21.
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Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the folding table
The precise length of legs I9 and 2| is a mat
of the present invention when in folded position
ready for carrying.
45 ter of choice, and when the case is designed
primarily for beach use, these legs may be rela
Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the table in partly
tively short, although if it is desired to provide
unfolded position, the view also showing certain
a table which must be of’ su?icient heightto
permit the users to sit in chairs, these legs may
details of the interior of the case.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the table in
set-up position.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the lower surface
of the table in partly set-up position.
Fig. 5 is a broken section taken on line 5—5
of Fig. 3.
Fig. 6 is a broken section taken on line 6-6
of Fig. 3.
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be lengthened appropriately.
It is preferred,
however, to form legs 2| of a length slightly less
than the width of each section I0 and II,
is preferred to form an
of any suitable type.
Referring now more particularly to Figs. 2 and
3, it will be noted that portion 21' on the upper
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' wall
of the sections forms the upper wall of the
housing for legs [9, and that portions 28 form
the housings for legs 2|. This leaves the balance
for the reception of articles
' ‘of the structure
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invention may be made without departing from
the principles thereof,
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What I claim is:
A combined carrying case and table compris
ing two complemental, rectangular sections of
29.
It
will
be
appar
the same general size and shape, the length of
lwithin each compartment
each section being substantially two times its
cut that the internal walls separate the legs when
in folded position from such compartments 29. ' width, hinge means along the adjacent upper
By forming leg IQ of ‘the length shown, there
marginal edges of the sections to permit the sec
imay be further provided a smaller compartment 10 tions to be folded upwardly, causing their upper
‘ 3| which may be used for the reception of smaller
surfaces to meet in face-to-face engagement for
articles like tableware, which compartment is
carrying, means for maintaining the case in open
;normally closed by means of 'a hinged closure
and in closed relation, a carrying handle asso
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-; plate 32. Compartment 279 in each section mas7 v ciatedlwiththe case, the lower wall of each sec
i be closed by means of closuremember 35 which 3 tion having two ‘elongated recesses therein of
may ‘be formed with a ?ange 36 received within -_ lesser-length than the width of such section, and
a hinged leg of slightly lesser length than the
‘3 a slot v31. Suitable lockingv members 40 may
length of the-recess; mounted within each recess,
1' serve to retain the two sections in faceyto-face ,
engagement for carrying; and a handle 4| be
one of such recesses extending from an outer
one or both of the sections. When i corner portion laterally of the section, and the
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‘ in vopen position, the upper surfaces of the sec
other of such recesses extending from the other
‘ provided on
1 tions are maintained in a horizontal'position by
means of latch 42.
outer ‘corner portion longitudinally of the sec
tion, the upper wall of the section being provided
with a narrow compartment extending .from ad
' ‘While one form or ‘embodiment of the inven
tion‘hasbeen shown and described herein for i 25. jacent the inner end of the latter recess substan
and the construction and
tially the balance of the longitudinal edge of the
‘ illustrative purposes,
arrangement incidental to a speci?c application
vsectionfthe remaining area of the section pro
viding a second ‘compartment, and slidable clo
1 thereof have been disclosed and discussed in de ‘
tail,rit is to be understood that the invention is
sure members on the upper wall of ' each section
limited neither to the mere details or relative
' arrangement of parts, nor to its speci?c embodi
ment shown herein, but that extensive deviations v
from'the-illustrated form or embodiment of the
for closing such compartments.
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JOHN MILKOFF.
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