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Sept. 18, 1962
|_. H. 1.1-: GOFF
3,054,435 v
Filed May 26, 1960
3 Sheets-Sheet 1
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BY /( 11/“ M
Sept. 18, 1962
|_. H. LE GOFF
Filed May 26, 1960
3 Sheets-Sheet 2
oman H. La Goff
Sept. 18, 1962
Filed May 26, 1960
3 Sheets-Sheet 5
Patented Sept. 18, 1962
Loman H. Le Go?, 3 Maple Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ.
Filed May 25, 1969, Ser. No. 31,959
3 Claims. (Cl. 159-52)
This invention relates to bowling bags of the general
type having a lower compartment for containing a bowling
may be slightly convergent toward its open end to prevent
the ball from falling out if upset when in open position.
The side walls of the shoe receptacle may be slightly di
vergent toward its open end, so that the bowling shoes
maybe slightly wedged into the receptacle.
Other objects and advantages of my improved bowling
bag will be apparent or pointed out in the following speci
?cation in which reference is had to the accompanying
ball and an upper compartment for containing a pair of
drawings forming a part thereof, and in winch
bowling shoes, for example, as illustrated in my Patents 10
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my improved bowling
Nos. 2,860,681 and 2,922,453.
bag in closed position;
Such bags have heretofore been formed in a single unit
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the bag taken on the line
having a ?xed partition dividing the bag into the two com
2—2 of FIG. 5;
partments, the partition constituting a support for the
FIG. 3 is a detail sectional view at one side of the bag;
shoes and also means for imposing pressure on the top of
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the bag shown in FIGS.
the ball for holding it in a central seat in the bottom of
1, 2 and 3 in open position with the bowling ball and
the bag. In such bags one side of the lower compartment
shoes in their respective receptacles;
is provided with an opening to permit the insertion into
FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken on the line 5—5 of
and the removal of the ball from the bag and with a
FIG. 2 and showing the open position of the shoe recep
closure for the opening having slide fastening means at 20 tacle in broken lines;
its edges. The top of the shoe compartment in such a
FIG. 6 is a detail sectional view showing the shoe re
bag is provided with an elongated slitted opening for per
ceptacle in open position without the shoes;
mitting the insertion into and the removal of bowling
FIG. 7 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 4 but with
shoes from the compartment, the edges of that opening
different means for holding the shoes in their receptacle;
also having slide fastening means.
‘FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the bag structure shown
The bowling bags referred to are made of ?exible ma
in FIG. 7 taken on the line ‘8——8 of FIG. 9; and
terial and have certain disadvantages, among them being
FIG. 9 is a sectional view taken on the line 9—9 of
that it is difficult to insert and remove the shoes through
FIG. 8.
the slitted opening and to insert and remove the ball
Referring to the drawings in which like numerals desig
through the frontal opening; also under usage, rough 30 nate like parts in the several views, and referring particu
handling in transit and exposure, the walls of the bag be
larly to the embodiment of my invention illustrated in
come distorted to such a degree as to render it dif?cult to
FEGS. 1 to 6, the bag designated generally by the numeral
16 comprises a pair of cup-shaped receptacles 12 and 14
manipulate the slide closure fastening devices of the two
compartments. Another disadvantage of such bags re
for-med of stiif but resilient plastic or other suitable ma
sides in the dif?culty of removing dirt from the compart 35 terial molded, pressed or formed by other suitable means,
ments and keeping them clean inside.
the two receptacles being assembled together with their
Therefore, one of the principal objects of the present
open ends in horizontal, opposed relation, the lowermost
invention is to provide a bowling bag of the same general
of the receptacles 12 being of the greater depth and of
shape and function as the bags disclosed in my patents
a su?icient length and width to contain a bowling ball A
referred to, but in which the bowling ball and shoe re 40 this receptacle ‘having a conventional type of central
ceptacles are formed separately and hingedly connected
seat 15 for the ball on its floor. The uppermost of the
together along adjacent edges at the open ends of the
receptacles 14 is of su?icient length and width to contain
compartments. Such receptacles having stilf but resilient
a pair of bowling shoes B in side by side relation. The
Walls may be formed of plastic material by molding or
spacing of the side walls of the receptacle 12 is such as to
other economical fabricating means, and provided at
impose a slight gripping action on opposite sides of the
their edges opposite the hinged edges with snap or other
ball, which aids in holding it in its central seat. Also the
quick engaging and releasing fastening means.
vwalls are slightly convergent toward the outer end of the
With the above mentioned improved construction the
receptacle to a normal width slightly less than the diam
ball and the shoes can be lifted from the receptacles with
eter of the bowling ball, which tends to prevent accidental
out obstruction immediately upon opening them. Dirt
escape of the ball from the receptacle if upset while in
in the receptacles can be emptied therefrom by merely
open position, but will not prevent forcible Withdrawal of
turning them upside down. Also the inner walls can
the ball from the receptacle. The spacing of the side
easily be scrubbed at any time to keep them in a clean
walls of the shoe receptacle 14 is such as to impose a
condition. The shoes may be held in their compartment
slight gripping action on opposite sides of the bowling
above the ball by means of a transversely extending ?exi
shoes. Moreover the side walls are slightly divergent
ble strip, a plurality of such strips or a ?at board of sub
toward the open end of the receptacle, so that the shoes
stantially the same shape and area as the opening in the
are subjected to a slight wedging action when inserted
shoe receptacle hingedly connected at one edge to the wall
into their receptacle.
of the compartment and having snap or other fastening
The plane of the open ends of the two receptacles 12
means for quick engagement and release from the op 60 and 14 when assembled together is in approximate tangen
posite wall of the compartment. The strips, or the board,
tial relation with the top of the bowling ball A when in its
are fastened across the shoes which may be inserted into
receptacle. The bowling shoes B are held in their re
the receptacle with their soles facing either outwardly or
ceptacle by means of a strip 16 of fabric or other suitable
?exible or elastic material, this strip being hingedly con
When either a plurality of strips or a board is employed, 65 nected at 13 (FIGS. 5 and 6) to one wall of the shoe
cushion means may be attached thereto for engagement
receptacle and provided with a snap or other suitable
with the ball when the bag is closed in the same manner
fastener 20 at its opposite end for detachably securing it
as shown in my Patent No. 2,922,453, previously referred
to the opposite wall of the receptacle after passing the
to, to clamp or hold the ball in its central seat.
strip transversely across the outer surfaces of the shoes.
The walls of the two receptacles are spaced apart in a 70 Although the shoes are illustrated as having been inserted
manner to provide a slight gripping action on the bowling
with their soles facing outwardly and with the strip 16
ball and the shoes. The side walls of the ball receptacle
engaging the outer surface of the soles immediately in
front of the heels, it should be understood that the shoes
greater facility of maintaining the ball and shoe recepta
may be inserted in a reverse manner and that the strip may
be of su?'icient width to engage the outer surfaces of the
heels as well as other surfaces of the shoes. Also, if de
sired two or more strips may be employed.
cles or compartments in a clean and sanitary condition,
‘and a more attractive unitary appearance of the bag.
The two receptacles 12 and 14 are hingedly connected
together at one side by means of a hinge 22 and provided
at the other side with snap latches or other suitable means
Obviously, various changes or modifications may be
made in my improved bowling bag, without departing from
the spirit and scope of my invention. Therefore, it should
be understood that the embodiments of my invention
, shown and described are intended to be illustrative only
24 and 24’ for detachably fastening the adjacent edges
and restricted only by the appended claims.
I claim:
together. A conventional type of handle 26 is attached 10
1. In a bowling bag having a lower compartment for
to the shoe receptacle 14 for carrying the assembled bag
containing a vbowling ball and an upper compartment for
4 containing a pair of bowling shoes in side by side relation,
The form of bag shown in FIGS. 7 to 9 is the same as
said bag also having a ?at resilient member between said
that shown in FIGS. 1 to 6 except with speci?cally dif
ferent means for holding the shoes B in their receptacle 15 compartments, said compartments being formed by a pair
of cup-shaped receptacles assembled together with their
14 comprising, instead of the strip 16, a stiff but resilient
open ends in opposed relation and hingedly connected
board 16a of substantially the same shape and ‘area as the
together along one pair of adjacent edges and provided
opening in the shoe receptacle connected to the wall of
the receptacle opposite the hinge 22 of the two receptacles ' with means for fastening the other pair of edges together;
by another hinge element 18a of any suitable type, so 20 said resilient member being hingedly connected to one
of the free edges of the upper receptacle for supporting
that the board can be opened away from the bowling ball
contact with the ball and shoes when the two receptacles
receptacle as shown in the broken lines in FIG. 7. At its
are in closed relation;
opposite edge the board 16a is provided with snap or other
2. A bowling bag as in claim 1 in which the side walls
suitable fastening means ZC-a. It may also be provided
with a lift strap 20b. As shown in FIG. 7 the board 16a 25 of the lower receptacle are convergent toward its open
end to a width normally less than the diameter of the
when fastened over the shoes B forms a closed shoe com
bowling ball contained therein.
partment above the ball A and thus protects the ball sur
3.. A bowling bag as in claim 1 in which the side walls
face against dirt from the shoes. Additionally, as shown
of the upper receptacle are divergent toward its open end
in FIG. 7 the outer side of the board 16a may be pro
to a?ord a wedging action against the outer surfaces of a
vided with resilient cushion elements 28 for engaging the
pair of bowling shoes contained therein.
top surface of the ball on each side of the vertical center
for holding the ball in its central seat 15a, in a manner
References Cited in the file'of this patent
similar to that shown in my Patent No. 2,922,453.
From the foregoing description it will be seen that I
have provided a bowling bag, or case, of the same general 35
formation and the same utility as previous bowling bags,
but with distinct ‘advantages over previous designs, some
of such advantages being more economical fabrication,
greater convenience of inserting into and removing the
bowling ball and shoes from their respective receptacles, 40
Eichholz et al _________ __ Oct. 23,
Nesvig ______________ __ Mar. 31,
Glantz et ‘al ___________ __ July 17,
Brown et al. __________ __ Mar. 5,
Le Golf _____________ __ Nov. 18,
Le Goff ______________ __ Jan. 26,
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