Jan. 14, 1947. 2,414,186 D. J. BELLIN ‘ ‘COMBINED SHIRT BOARD AND COLLAR SUPIiORT ‘ Filed Aug. 22, 1945 m ‘ 7 ‘Dara BY I. J VBmuTLmm _ A! TTOPAN/EY Patented Jan. 14,‘ 1947 ' : ~ 2,414,186 Fiji-UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,414,186 CGMBINED SHIRT BOARD AND COLLAR SUPPORT Daniel J. Bellin, New York, N. Y. Application August 22, 1945, Serial No. 611,930 5 Claims. - This invention relates to a combined shirt board and collar support of the type employed to keep a freshly laundered shirt unwrinkled until it (Cl. 223-—71) 2 wise weakened transversely in several places. One such transverse crease 28 is provided along ' the line of connection between the top cross bar is delivered to a customer. ' 24 and the shank 22. Another transverse crease It is anobject of the invention to provide a 30 is formed in the shank in alignment with the device‘ ofthe character described, which supports top transverse edge of the intermediate cross the collar better and more fully than like devices bar 26. Still another transverse crease 32 is heretofore used for the same general purpose. formed in the shank in alignment with the bot ‘It is another object of the invention to pro tom transverse edge of the intermediate cross vide a device of the character described‘which, 10 bar. A fourth transverse crease 34 is provided in although affording additional collar support, the shank 22 a distance from the connected end nevertheless may be integrally fashioned in a t8, slightly greater than the space between said simple manner from a single sheet of cardboard end and the back of the collar 20. Desirably, the or similar self-form-maintaining material. shank is also transversely creased at the end l8. ‘Other objects of the invention will in part be The tongue I6 is so dimensioned that the dis obvious and in part will hereinafter be pointed tance between the creases 32 and 34 is slightly out. greater than the height of the back of the collar The invention, accordingly, consists of the fea 20 plus the thickness of the shirt board 114. The tures of construction, combinations of elements distance between the creases 30 and 32 is less than and arrangements of parts which will be exem 20 the distance between the creases 32 and 34 by pli?ed in the construction hereinafter‘described, about the thickness of the shirt board. The dis and of which. the scope of application will be in tance between the creases 28 and 30 is about equal dicated in the appended claims. to the distance from the bottom of the back of In the accompanying drawing, in which is the collar to the top of the front of the collar. shown one of the various possible embodiments of 25 The distance from the crease 28 to the free end my invention, of the tongue is equal to or slightly greater than Fig. l is a perspective view of a shirt wrapped the height of the front of the collar when the about my improved shirt board and collar sup shirt is wrapped on the device ill. port; ‘ The widths of the cross bars 24 and 26 may be Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional 30 varied according to the desired degree of sup View, taken substantially along the lines 2—2 of port, but, in general, the end cross bar 24 is Fig. 1; long enough to afford ample support to the curved Fig. 3 is a sectional view, taken substantially front of the collar and the intermediate cross along the lines 3--3 of Fig. 2; and bar 26 is long enough to afford ample support to Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the combined shirt the less curved back of the collar, thus leaving board and collar support as it appears just before unsupported small lateral portions of the collar; a shirt is wrapped thereon. although it will be obvious that, if desired, two, ' Referring now to the drawing, l0 denotes a de cross bars may be long enough to fully support the; vice comprising a combined shirt board and collar entire collar. support, adapted to have a shirt l2 wrapped 40 The device I0 is employed as follows: The thereon, as shown in Fig. 1. Said device In com tongue I6 is folded back to the position illusprises a rectangular shirt board I4 of self-form trated in Fig. 4 and a freshly laundered shirt I 2 is: maintaining sheet material, such as cardboard or wrapped thereon in a conventional manner, with the like, fashioned to any conventional size com the collar 2!} on the face of said device opposite monly employed for shirt boards. 45 to that against which said tongue is disposed. A tongue I 6 is struck out of the shirt board At this time, as will be apparent from Fig. 2‘, M by a suitable die-cutting method. The end [8 the crease 34 is immediately below and behind of said tongue is left integrally connected to said the outside of the back of the collar. The tongue board and is located near the edge 36 of the board at which the shirt collar 28 is placed. Said tongue 50 now is folded upwardly about the crease 36, runs lengthwise of the elongated shirt board and thereby placing the crease 32 just above‘ the ‘top is disposed centrally thereof. The tongue has of the back of the collar. Now the remaining the general outline of a double barred tau cross, part of the tongue is folded downwardly to dis and includes a shank 22 having a cross bar 24 at pose the crease 30 immediately above and in front its free ends and a cross bar 26 intermediate 55 of the bottom of the back of the collar at the in~ its ends. The intermediate cross bar 26 prefer side thereof. Finally, the end bar 24 is bent ably is of uniform width and the arms of the end downwardly about the crease 28 and the remain cross bar 24 preferably converge toward the ing part of the shank 22 swung about the crease shank 22. For reasons which will soon be ap 30 until said end bar is slipped in behind the in parent, the shank 22 is creased or scored or other 60 side of the front of the collar, the bar 24 being 2,414,186 3 , being uniform and about equal to that of the rear of said collar and the distance between the two cross bars being about equal to the distance from scored, so that, after bowing pressure is released, the end bar will press against the inside of the : front of the collar. The intermediate cross bar the inner bottom edge of the rear of the. collar to the inner top edge of the front of the collar, the height of the end cross bar at the center thereof being about equal to that of the front of the collar, the transverse edges of said end vcross is manipulated in similar fashion and, likewise, ‘ will press against the inside of the back of the collar. The position which the device 10 assumes upon the foregoing handling is clearly shown in Figs. 1-3, the shirt l2 in Figs, 2 and 3’ being de bar flaring outwardly. noted by dot and dash lines so as to illustrate intermediate cross bar 25 and the portion of the shank 22 between the creases 32 and? 3t. vThe portion of the shank between the creases 28 and 30 maintains both cross bars 24, 25 in their de sired’ positions. The bottom edge of the inter . 2. A device comprising a shirt board of self more clearly the operative position of the device. Attention is called to the fact that the back of the shirt collar 28 is‘iirmlyheld ‘between the 4 ing approximately equal to the height of the rear of the shirt collar plus the thickness of the shirt board, the height of the intermediate cross bar bowed manually so that it can be received inside the collar. The material of which the device I!) is made is self-form-maintaining, except where creased or form-maintaining material having an integral ‘ 15 coplanar tongue centrally provided therein, with an vend of the‘ tongue integrally connected to said board, said tongue including a shank, a crossbar at the free end of said shank and a second cross bar intermediate the ends of the shank,- said shank having a ?rst transverse crease at its point of connection to the end cross ‘bar, a second transverse crease at the bottom edge of the in termediate cross bar, a thirdtransverse crease at the top edge of the intermediate cross bar mediate cross bar 26 runs ‘along the bottom edge of the back of the collar at the inside thereof and the top edge of said cross bar runs along the top‘ edge of the back of the collar, inasmuch as 25 and a fourth crease between the thirdv creasev the back of the collar and the intermediate cross and the connected end of the tongue, said device bars ‘are of substantially the same uniform being adapted to have a shirt draped thereon, height. The outer edge 38 of the end cross bar and the shank, cross bars and creases being so runs along the bottom edge of the front of the proportioned and arranged that the tongue can cellar at the inside thereof and the opposite edge be folded to dispose the fourth crease immedi 46 of said cross bar approximately conforms to ately below and behind the outside of the bottom the contour of the upper edge of the front of the edge of the rear of the collar, the third crease collar, because this edge of the collar slopes above the top iedge of the rear of the collar, the downwardly from the back of the collar toward second crease immediately above and in front of the front and the edge d5 of the end cross bar 35 the bottom of the back of the collar at the inside ?ares outwardly away from the opposite edge 38 of said bar 23‘. Since the‘ tongue i6 is located cen trally of the shirt hoard, i. e., within the edges thereof, and the first crease at the top of the front of the collar and to have the end cross bar backing up the front of the collar and the inter thereof, the device‘ 35' can be made without em ploying any more material than would be re mediate .cross bar backing up the back of the collar. 3. A device comprising a shirt board‘ of self form-maintaining material having an- integral‘ quired' for the shirt‘ board itself. It will thus be seen that I‘ have provided‘ a com bined shirt board‘ and collar support which achieves the several objects of my invention and is well’ adapted‘to m'eet'the‘conditions of practical coplanar tongue centrally provided therein,-Withv forIn-maintaining material having an integral coplanar tongue centrally provided therein with coplanar tongue centrally provided therein with an end of the tongue integrally connected to said board, said tongue including a shank, a cross use. bar at the free end of said shank and a second? As various possible embodiments‘ might be cross bar intermediate the ends of the shank, said made of the above‘ invention and‘ as various shank having a ?rst. transverse crease at its point changes might be made in the embodiment above of connection to’ the end cross bar, a second set forth. it is to be understood‘ that‘ all matter transverse crease at the bottom edge of the in-‘ 50 herein-described or shown‘ in’ the accompanying termediate cross bar, a third transverse crease drawing is to be interpreted as illustrative and‘ at the top edge of the. intermediate cross bar and not in a-lirniting sense. a fourth crease between the third crease and the connected end of the tongue, Having thus described my invention, 1' claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent: 4. A device comprising. a shirt: board. of selfform-maintaining material having an integral 1. A device comprising a shirt board of self an end of the tongue integrally connected to said board, said tongue including a shank, a cross bar at the free end of said shank and a second cross bar intermediate the ends of the shank, said shank having a first transverse'crease at its point of connection to the end cross bar, second and third transverse creases at the top and bottom edges of the intermediate cross bar and a fourth transverse crease between the third crease and an end of the tongue integrally connected to-said‘ board, said tongue including a shank and cross bar, said cross bar being adapted to be disposed at the rear ‘of the front of the collar and to be held inv place by thev shank, said‘ cross bar flaring, in width to both. sides of said shank so that said crossbar can conform. approximately to'the contour of the front of the collar. 5.. A device comprising a shirt board of. self form-maintaining material having an integral coplanar tongue centrally provided therein’ with the connected end of the shank, the distance from said connected end of the tongue to the an end of the tongueintegrally connected to said fourth crease being slightly greater than the disboard, said tongue comprising a. shank and two tance from said end of the tongue to the back of 70 cross bars spaced from each other and from the the collar of a shirt wrapped on the device, the point of connection of'said tongue to sai‘diboard. distance between the third and fourth creases be DANIEL J. BELLIN.