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’Aug- 27, 1945- _
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R. E. DINGMAN
FLEXIBLE POCKET RECEPTÀCLE
Filed July 21, -1944
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Patented Aug. 27,- 1946
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.POCKET REÓEPEIIACVL‘E
Robert TE. ,Dingma-n, Indiana, Pa.
Y Application îJuly 21, 1944, Serial No.154'5,932
2 Claims. (Cl. 150-36)
This invention relates 'to an improved :flexible
pocket receptacle or .walletadapted to contain
.Figure lis »ran îinner or .front >side elevation
showing the 4wallet in open v.position with Ithe
bills, papers, letters, cards, -stamps and the Zlike. '
An object .of the invention is to providefin> '
such a wallet or receptacle an out-.of-sight y.or :in
secret pocket closed;
geous lconstruction to receive and contain .bills .oi
large denomination and valuable papers so >‘formed
that when the Wallet is spread 'open neither the
contents of 'said pocket nor .the pocket itself is
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of Fig. 1;
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.a cross-sectional yviewon the line -2«-f.~2
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‘Fig.~3 'is a cross-sectional view Yon'fthe line 3-3
of Fig. `1:
Fig. i >is a ,perspective view showing the wallet
with the secret pocket ppen and exposed.; and
secret pocket of new 4and ¿particularly 1advanta
visible.
Fig. 2
Fig. 5 is a v.cross-sectional View on the vline .5-‘5 '
of Fig, 1.
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îHeretofore in walletsv having pockets intended
’Thewa'llet as shown ,in Figs. v1 to 5 inclusive
to be concealed, `the inner members for walls oi
such pockets' have vlain ‘completely Within the
wallet and entirely `under some other layer .of
material. Because'of their Awholly interior posi-A
tion, such members >or ywalls> have `of necessity
been Vmade >o_t an `extremely soft, pliable material
is composed of flexible and resilient 'materialfsuch
as semi-‘rigid -billfol'd .leather and comprises :an
foldable
outer rectangularly-s’haped
`on a vertical line ‘midway
wall I0‘between
»which`the
ends. The margin >of >wall 1Iî0 ris .skived trg-provide
a narrow portion which is .folded inward .all
or leather :different 'from the more .rigid mate
around‘ass’hownat II.
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Against the inner `side of 'Wall 1U andiunder its
rial or leather of the main :members îor walls. -
Such vuse Aof material :different from that of vthe
~ folded-over edge l'I two .separaterectan'gularlys
wallet `proper l.has :defeated the rend ~sought ybe-_
shaped end :members I2 and >I3 are laid »with :their
cause its presence is easily detected Land makes
obvious an .additional compartment.. Also, vwhen
papers .and vbills are Lplaced funder a ysoft wall.,
thelrbulkis readily :seen and >zielt `through >the
outer edges `even with the lines of folds respon:-A
material.
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tively on‘the end »edges of .wall yIt) and their lower
~` Yedges :even with `line of fold on the lower .edge of
wall I0. The :upper edge »of member IE lies valong
the :line of fold on the upper edge-of wall Hlibut
about one-‘third of the :distance from :its outer
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An object of this invention is :to provide in a
wallet `a secret pocket :of such construction that
t'heïinner member, wall or panel :is partially ex
posed when `:the Ywallet zis unfolded >to normal
open position and whichconstruction permits the
use Aof the same, more rigid, material of which
the othermembers ofthe wallet .are made. Thus
the defects mentioned above are eliminated, the
end, the upper edge of member .I2 isY turned
backwardand adhesively secured upon said mem
ber for `about .a quarter' Vof an inch so that the
greater part of said Vupper edge is not “included
within yfoldecïl-:mfer edge Iîl, 'The inner .edge of
member I2 is .similarly folded ‘backward .and ad
hesively secured upon >said member to `give a
neat finished iedge. Member I2, therefore; has
pocket ís îrendered completely unobvious, leffec
tively concealed, andits contents, because of lthe
axfree `'unbound inner corner` andside kwhich rmay
be lifted and bent back. The upper y»edge of mem
ber >I 3 vcoincides with the line of fold on the upper
semi-rigidity of the material, `cannot.bedetected
through it.
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pocket without »adding substantially .to the bulk
erige of -Wall .I (i, while the inner edge of said mem»
ber .is turned back and :adhesively secured as with
of the wallet.
member 12.
Another Vobject is to yprovide such a secret
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pocket construction that puts to more effective
use the material and space that has 'hitherto
been used in wallets for‘purposes -of .lining the
outer'or back wall thereof.
' .Another >object ¿is to provide such .a 4secret
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Other .objects .of the invention will appear yfrom
the >follow-ing description, V¿reference being .made
to the accompanying’drawingin which '
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provided by superposing member I4 :on `member
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pocket which »can be unobviously .made to open
automatically and become'r instantly Vand easily
accessible for the insertion or withdrawal Aof bills
and papers.
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As shown, additional exposed .pockets v'may be
An additional object is to ¿provide a secret
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I2', member »I5 yon member I3, and member I5
on member .I 5., all under the folded-over edge
II. The youter` and lower edges of member td
lie along the lines .of fold on the outer `and >lower
edges respectively of wall. I0. Member. I41 Amay
be shaped ‘as shown'narrower 'at the top than at
the bottom, with its upper »and inner edges yslight
distances short of the corresponding edges. of
member I2. The upper, sloping and inner edges
of member .I 4 are tur-ned backward and >adhesivel-y
secured onsaidmember.
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jacent edges or adjacent parts of edges of mem
Member I5 is shaped similarly to member I3
bers I2, I3, III, I5, I8 and I9 and in the interval
and of the same width but shorter. Its upper,
outer and lower edges coincide with the lines of
fold on the corresponding edges of wall IEI but
its inner edge is turned backward and adhesively
secured. A line of stitching I6 secures member
I5 to member I3 so that two compartments, the
upper wider than the lower, will be formed. A
rectangular opening may be cut in the upper
part of member I5 and transparent material ad
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between the edges of members I2 and I3 over
on wall I0 itself and stitched. Since, as noted,
from the inner turned edge of member I3 in
ward, no part of member I9 is within turned
over edge Il on wall I0 and thus not included
in the stitching, the inward part of member I9
is left as a. free unbound nap. ,
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hesively secured to the reverse side of the frame
As a result of, the ¿edge stitching, pockets or
compartments are formed -between wall I0 and
member I2; member I2 and member I4; wall I0
and member I9; member I9 and member I3;
tion card, etc. The lower of the compartments
member I3.and the upper part of member I5;
is designed to be used for personal and,- business
cards; and, because its opening faces the line l5 memberl I3 and the lower part of member I5;
member I5 and member I8.
of fold of the wallet, rather than in any other '
' „When the wallet is opened up in normal posi
direction, the cards are securely `locked in with-v
tion and its inner or front surfaces exposed, the
out any danger of slipping out when the wallet is
existence of the pocket formed between wall IIJ
folded.
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Member I8 is shaped as shown with its outer 20 and the rectangular bound-in portion of panel
I9 is not apparent.' This, as will be seen, is be
and lower edges coinciding with -lines of fold on
causel the opening'of said pocket is completely
the outer and lower edges respectively of wall III.
hidden by panel I9 whose true function is con
The inner edge of member I8 is skived and
cealed because it is'visible at the interval be
turned over the inner edge of member I5 and
thus made to provide a window I'I for identiiica- .
stitched as shown.
The out-of-sight or secret pocket is formed by
tween members I2 and I3 and because it is made
of the same material as the restof theA wallet.
Furthermore, panel I9 appears to be nothing
means of member I 9 which is a panel of the same
more than .a facing for or part of outer wall III,
'flexible-resilient,material such vas semi-rigid bill
since its upper and lower edges, unlike any other
fold leather as'the other members and which is
superposed-on wall III and lies for part of yits 30 edge, are not'iinished or turned and lie along
the respective turned-over and finished edges II
length under member I3, The outer edge of
of outer wall I0, and additionally because at the
member I9 lies along the‘line of fold on the
said interval panel I9zhasïa vertical line of fold
outer edge of wall- I0. The upper and lower
corresponding exactly to the line of fold cf outer
edges of member I9 lie along the lines of fold
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on the'upper and lower edges of wall I9 as far 35 wall I0.
vThe improved construction ofthe wallet af
inward as the-turned inner edge of member I3;
fords an additional advantage in that the secret
Member I9 crosses the portion of wall I9 ex
pocket can be‘made to operate automatically and
posed between members I2 and .I3 and is fold
access gained thereto by‘simple but unobvious
able on a vertical line to correspond with the line
of fold of said wall I9. From the turnedV inner 40 manipulation of the wallet. Thus, when it is
desired to insert bills of large denomination or
edge of member I3 inward, no part of member
valuable papers therein, it is necessary only to
I9 is included within turned-over edge II on
open the wallet to the open position shown in
wall I9, and from that point on the upper and
Fig. 1, then to bendY the wallet back on itself,
lower edges of member I9 extend merely up to
the said turned-in edge II on wall I0. The in-_ 45 holding the thumb tight against vthe inner left
side which holds the inner free portion orfree
ner portion of member I9 is inserted between
flap of member I9 in place. Upon release of the
wall I0 and member I2 and is shaped as shown,
thumb, the said flap portion of - member I9
being wider at the top than at the bottom with
springs out of position exposing the opening to
the upper corner rounded off'and its inner edge
sloping to the center of wall IIJ. The sloped `in 50 the secret pocket and rendering it accessible.
To close the secret pocket, it is necessary only to
ner edge of member I9 is accurately designed so
lift the free end of memberv I2 and insert the
that its curvature precisely coincides with the
free ñap portion of member I9 thereunder so
curve formed at the bend of` member I2 when
that it returns to its normal position and com-v
the free inner corner of that member is lifted
pletely closes and concealsl the secret pocket.
and bent back. The innermost extremity of
Because the inner ïsloping edge of member I9 is
member I9 reaches no further than the- point
accurately curved to precisely coincide with the
at which the free part of the upper edge of
curve formed at the bend of member I2, there
member I2 terminates.
is no undue distortion or buckling of the semi
It will be seen that, since the inner portion
of member, wall or panel I9 which conceals the 60 rigid bill fold leather of members I9, l0 or I2.
mouth of the secret pocket has a ñap formation
The features of the wallet’s construction which
result in the automatic operability of the secret
precisely shaped, as above described, and is free
pocket are the following: The secure binding in
ly insertable between wall IU and especially con
of panel or member I9 for over half of its length
structed member I2, and, since the closure over
to the beginning of the vertical fold; the free
the‘mouth'of the secret pocket is exposed at'the
flap formation of the remainder of member I 9;
interval between the members I2 and I3; that
the shape of -the inner or ñap portion of mem
is, has no overlying layer of material where the
ber I9, tapering down from top to bottom with
fold of the wallet occurs, it is possible to make
the accurate curvature of its inner edge; the co
the wall or panel I9, comprising the inner wall
incidence of the vertical fold of said flap with
of the secret pocket and forming the closure
the vertical median fold of wall I0; the limitation
thereof of the same material as the other mem
of the insertion between wall I0 and member I2
bers of the wallet;
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of said flap, even at its longest, to a distance not
The several members having been positioned
greater than two-thirds of the width of member
on wall I0 as indicated,y the skived edge II of
I2, that is toa point short of where the upper
said wall I 0 is folded aroundand over the ad
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edge of member l2 is bound in by the turned-over
edge Il of wall Ill, and the said flap at its short
est, to a point just under the inner edge of mem
ber I2; and the free upper inner corner of mem
ber I2.
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Thus when the wallet is bent’ backward and
' held as above described, the greater ñXed por
tion of member I9 tends to draw its lesser free
pocket and a flexible and resilient member, fold
able coincidentally with said outer wall member,
'having its outer portion secured to said outer wall Y
member on theV other side of said median line
5 With its outer and parts of its lower and upper
edges under said margins to form an inwardly
open pocket and having its inner unsecured por
tion extend across the space between the two
iiap portion with it and the exposed part of said
pockets and into the first pocket for a distance
flap is arched upward in a direction opposite to 10 not more than `two-thirds of the length of said
its normal downward vertical fold-_ As a result,
first pocket, the said unsecured inner portion
great tension is built up and when the thumb is
being longer at the top than at the bottom and
released, since the flap is not fastened along the
its free inner edge sloping progressively down
vertical line of fold and since the flap is not in
wardly and inwardly from top to bottom toward
serted far enough into the compartment between 15 its'vertical line of fold'to a point just under the
, wall l0 and member l2 to permit a downward
inner lower corner of the ñrst pocket.
counter-stress on the free ñap within the com
2. A flexible pocket receptacle comprising an
partment, the said ñap springs suddenly upward
outer wall member foldable vertically on a median
out of said compartment.
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line, a pocket wall member secured to said outer
While the invention has been disclosed herein, 20 wall on one side of said median line to form an
in an embodiment at present preferred, for il
inwardly and partially upwardly open pocket and
lustrative purposes it is obvious: that changes in
a iiexible and resilient member, foldable coinci
construction, form and arrangement of parts may
dentally with said outer wall member, having its
be made without departing from the scope of the
outer portion secured to said outer wall member
invention. I, therefore, do not wish to be lim
on the other side of said median line to form
ited to the precise details of construction set
an inwardly open pocket and having its inner
forth, but desire to avail myself of such variations
unsecured portion extending across the space be
and modifications as come within the scope of
tween the two pockets and into the first pocket,
the appended claims.
the said unsecured inner portion being longer at
30 the top than at the bottom and its free inner
I claim:
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l. A flexible pocket receptacle comprising an
edge convexly curving progressively downwardly
outer wall member having turned-over margins
and inwardly from top to bottom toward its ver
andfoldable vertically on a median line, a pocket
wall member secured to said outer wall on one
sidel of said median line with its outer, lower
and part of its upper edges under said margins
to form an inwardly and partially upwardly open
tical line of fold from a point adjacent the out
ward termination of upwardly open portion of the
` ñrst pocket to a point adjacent the inner lower
corner of the first pocket.
ROBERT E. DINGMAN.
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