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Oct. 8, 1946.
G. |_. LJNDBLAD
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2,408,860
FACIAL CLEANER
Filed Feb. 24 ,
1944
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2,408,860
Patented Oct. 8, 1946
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,408,860
FACIAL CLEANER
‘George L. Lindblad, Chicago, Ill.
Application February 24, 1944, Serial No. 523,719
2 Claims.
(Cl. 15-244)
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The invention here disclosed relates to facial
cleaners and applicators and is an improvement
' resiliency to it and quicker response to expansion
On release. Rising from this enlarged air cham
ber is the top or neck portion 12, in which is
on the device shown in my application Ser. No.
424,211, new Patent No. 2,347,355.
The novel construction shown in that applica
cemented or otherwise secured the sponge mem
ber l3. Preferably, the neck 12 will be provided
on its inner Wall surface with sponge gripping
means and this may be conveniently done by
curving or bellying the wall inwardly to give a
retaining or gripping surface to receive the
tion is satisfactory and useful, and the present
development is designed to improve, by additional
features, the cleaner and applicator there shown.
The present form of the device embodies the
respiratory or breather principle disclosed in my
earlier case. It differs in structural make-up,
however, and has distinctive and novel features
sponge I3.
The sponge is preferably crowned'and is di
vided by a ?exible impervious membrane I8 of
rubber or other suitable material, the edge ll}
over anything heretofore known to me. It is pro~
of the membrane H3 being turned down over the
'vided with an enlarged air chamber, as shown,
and the cleaning and massaging element, the 15 lower sponge member 20 as at 2| and secured to
the wall of the casing. The membrane 18 di
sponge, is so developed that an improved respira
vides the sponge insert into a lower part 20 and
tory action is secured and a more copious and
an upper part 22, communication being estab
satisfactory application and distribution of the
lished between them through an opening 23 in
cleaning ?uid is brought about. This is accom~
plished by so fashioning the sponge through 20 membrane 18. The opening 23 is here shown as
centrally placed in the membrane I8, but it will
which the cleaning ?uid passes and the respira
be understood that it may be differently placed
tory action takes place that there will be, in
and more than one opening provided if desired.
addition to the delivery through the pores of the
The lower sponge part 2| is provided with a
sponge proper, a direct delivery passage for ?uid
and air through an unobstructed passage in the 25 depression or recess 24 in communication with
the opening 23 in the membrane it, so that, when
sponge, so that the cleaning fluid will spread
the casing I1 is compressed or expanded, flow of
uniformly over the top of the sponge; ensure
the cleansing fluid will occur. From the recess
su?icient delivery of the cleaner compound or
24 a passage 25 extends through the upper sponge
material to the applicator surface, and improve
to a considerable degree the respiratory or breath 30 member 22 for delivery and distribution of cleans
ing ?uid.
er action.
This construction has the advantage of cen
In the drawing herewith is illustrated one form
tralizing flow from the chamber of casing I‘! and
of my invention, and that the best now known
the lower sponge member 2| and delivery to the
to me, and in said drawing:
Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of the ‘ upper sponge member in a regulated and directed
manner. Because of the arrangement of the
cleaner.
passage 25 and the membrane t8, the respira
Figure 2 is a sectional view of the cleaner
tory action acts along or as near the outer sur
shown in Figure 1, and
face of the sponge and the skin as‘ is possible, Figure 3 is a top plan view partly in section
thereby rendering the application of the cleaner
of the cleaner.
and the cleaning fluid very effective.
Referring to the drawing by numbers, like
The device may take any form desired in hori
numbers indicating like parts in the several views,
zontal cross section, but is here shown as oval,
the cleaner is made up of a flexible casing having
as that has been found to be a very convenient
an air chamber and a sponge holding-top. The
form. Further, since variations in make-up and
air chamber i0 is made somewhat larger than
design may be made without departing from the
the top portion and preferably of the form shown,
principle of the invention, such changes are to be
in order to give a su?icient supply of air and give
regarded as within the purview of my invention
a convenient and sure handhold for the opera
as de?ned in the appended claims.
tion. It is made of any ?exible material, such
I claim:
as rubber, so that it may be readily compressed 50
1. A facial cleaner comprising a cup-like mem
to force out or entrain air as it is compressed and
ber formed of rubber-like material and having
released. In order to strengthen the wall of the
substantially straight side walls cooperating to
air chamber l0, it will preferably be provided
with ribs ll, here shown as external ribs, which
not only strengthen the device, but give greater
u
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form a sponge receiving section, a sponge secured
to the inner surface of the side walls and having
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an exposed skin engaging surface terminating
cured to the inner surface of the side walls and
having an exposed skin engaging surface termi
nating adjacent the open end of the member, and
an impervious ?exible membrane provided with
an opening dividing said sponge into inner and
adjacent the open end of the member, and an
impervious ?exible membrane provided with an
opening dividing said sponge into inner and
outer parts, the outer part of said sponge having
an unobstructed passage leading from the open
outer parts, the inner part of said sponge having
a recess communicating with the opening in said
ing in said membrane to the skin engaging sur
face of said sponge, the base of said member
membrane, said outer sponge part having an
unobstructed passage leading from the recess to
inner surface of the sponge to fonn therewith an 10 the outer face of said sponge, the base of said
air pocket, whereby when the sponge is applied
member being collapsible and rounded outwardly
to the face, the base may be collapsed and con
from the inner surface of the sponge to form
stitute a diaphragm to force the air in the pocket 7
therewith an air pocket, whereby when the sponge
through the sponge without substantially com
is applied to the face, the base may be collapsed
being collapsible and rounded outwardly from the
pressing the same and thereby produce a gentle
respiratory action upon the skin.
" and constitute a diaphragm to force the air in
the pocket through the sponge without substan
tially compressing the same and thereby produce
a gentle respiratory action upon the skin.
2. A facial cleaner comprising a cup-like mem
ber formed of rubber-like material and having
substantially straight side walls cooperating to
form a sponge receiving section, a sponge se
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GEORGE L. LINDBLAD.
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