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Патент USA US3075687

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Jan.-_ 29, 1963
Filed Feb. 19? 1962
United Srates Patent Ollice
Harry H. Meisenberg, 1531/2 S. Beverly Dxive,
Los Angeles, Calif.
Filed Feb. 19, 1962, Set. N0. 173,934
3 Claims. (C1. 223?68)
Pai:ented Jan. 29, 1963
The second ?at member ris then snapped into place to
hold the garment ?rmly in a Position sandwiched between
the two ?at members. Then, if the garment is a dress,
the back may be zippered up to close the garment and to
complete the display.
lt is, accordingly, an object of the present invention
to provide a simple form for displaying female garments,
which is l籭ght in weight, small in size, and which may be
The present invention relates to forms or mannequins
manufactured economically as a relatively inexpensive
for displaylng garments; and lt relates more particularly
to an improved, demountable, portable fo1m f0r display 10 item.
Another object is to provide such an irnproved form for
ing female garments such as dresses, swim sults, blouses,
dlsplaying fernale garments, which may be easily packed
sweaters and the like.
for transportation from place to place with a minirnum
lt is the usual practice for salesmen of female garments
of space consump?u'on.
to travel from city to city, and in each city to set up a
A funther object is to provide such an improved form
demonstration in an appropriate room >of the garments. 15
This demonstration enables the local retail dealers to ex
which may be conveniently, readily and easily positioned
and fastened in place in the garment ?to be displayed.
Yet another object is to provr'de such an improved form
lt is, cf course, most desirable that the displayed gar
which, in addibion 10 achieving the objectives outlined
ments be exhibited to the best advan?tage so as to be eye
appealing to the prospective purchasers, and also to pro 20 above, is capable of displaying the garment in a graceful
and eye-appealing manner.
vide the purchasers Witf1 a visual impression as to h0w
The fea?tures of: the invention which are believed to
the garrnent will lo-ok when it is actually worn. For
be new a1?e set forth in the claims. Other objects and
this reason, it ha:s been the practice to stu? the garments
=advantages of the invention will become apparent frorn
in any appropriate manner so that representative ones
may be exhibited on a simulated female form. Howcver, 25 a conslderation cf the following speci?oation, when can
sidered in conjunction with ?the accompanying drawings,
such stuf?ng is time consuming and requires a degree
in which:
of artis?cic skill on the part of the salesman.
FIGURE 1 is a perspec-tive view rof the di?erent com
lt has also been the practice in the prior art 10 use ap
ponents making up the assernbly of one emhodirnent of the
propriate forms so that the garments may be displayed
as draped on a sirnulated fernale body. Such prior art 30 dnvention, the components being shown in FIGURE 1
as detached from one ano?ther;
forms have usually been constmcted of metal or papier
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view \0f the assembly of
m鋍h� and they have the disadvantage of having an awk
the -invention in place in a female garment for displaying
ward weight, size and shape for the =salesman to carry
the garrnent;
with him from place to place.
FIGURE 3 is a rear view of the assernbly in a female
The present invention provides an improved form for 35
garrnent, the view of FIGURE 3 being partially broken
displaying female garrnents. The improved forrn of the
away to illustra?te the manner in which the garrnent is
present invention is light, and i籺 is demountable for ease
engaged by certain oomponents of the assembly and held
of packing and transportation. The improved forrn of
in place in and on the assembly;
the invention, therefore, is ideally suited for use by sales
FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary perspective view showing
men travelling, as descrihed above, from city to city.
the manner in which the bust mernbers are detachably
However, it will becorne evident as the description pro
supported on one of the ?at members, the bust mernbers
ceeds, that the form of the invention ?nds general utility
and ?at mernbers constituting components of the assern
in the display of female garments. For example, the form
bly, as will be described;
of the invention can be used in retail stores for displaying
FIGURE 5 is a side fragmentary view of the compo
female garments. Box? this latter purpose, the forms may
nents shown in FIGURE 4, and illustrating one of the
be hung on racks, or they may be supported in any other
bust rnembers in place 011 the -corresponding ?at member;
suitable manner.
FIGURE 6 is an e-nlarged fragmentary seotional view
The improved form cf the embodirnent of the inven
of the pair of ?at members which are included in the as
tion to be described includes a pair of ?at sti? members
formed of relatively streng cardboard, or of any other 50 sernbly, and of a snap fastener which is used releasably ?io
hold the ?at members adjacent 0ne another; and
suitable material. Snap fasteners are provided on the ?at
FIGURE 7 shows a typical travel l<=it con'taining the
members so that they may be held togethe1?. A p-air of
amine the garrnents prior to placing their orders.
garments to be displayed, as Well as a plurallty of com
rernovable bust members are mounted on one of the ?at
mernbers. T he bust rnembers may be forrned oi a suitable
ponents for making up the assemblies of the invention.
type described in the preceding paragraph. The forms
members 10 and 12 have a contour corresponding to some
are all conveniently dismounted, wlth the sponge rubber
bust mernbers removed for ease of packing, and for space
As illustrated in FIGURE l, for example, the assernbly
material, such as foam rubber. In additlon, one of the 55
of the invention includes a ?rst relatively still ?at mem
?at mernbers has a plurality of resilient cords fastened ?so
her 10, and |it also includes a second relatively stiff ?at
it, with a corresponding plurality of clips being mounted
member 12. The ?at members 16 and 12 may be formed
at ?the ends of the cords.
of any suitable still material, such as plastic, -or relatively
W?nen the salesrnan travels frorn one city 10 another
he may take with him any number of forrns of the 60 strong cardboard. As illustrated in FIGURE 1, the ?a?t
extent ?to the contour of the uppcr pontion of the female
When it is desired to set up the display of garments,
the bust members are =attached to the corresponding ?at
The ?at members 1a and 12 are held in parallel fac
ing relationship when the assembly ls in an assembled
condition, this being achieved by resilient snap fastener
cardboard mernbers in a manner to be described. In each
means. The snap fastener rneans includes, for exarnple,
a pa鋜 of male pontions 14 and 16 which are mounted
instance, the ?at cardboarcl mernber with the 籥ttached
on the flat mernber 12, and a pair of respectively cor
bust mernbers is vslipped in-to place in the garrnent to be
displayed, with the bust members occupying their normal 70 responding female portions 18 and 20 mountcd on the ?at
member 10. The snap fastener means, as best shown in
position. The sides of the garment are folded back of the
FIGURE 6, may have any usual constructlon. When the
?at member, and the garment is held in place by the clips.
snap fastener means are pressedtogether, the fernale por
tions 18 and 20 releasably engage the respective male pertions 14 and 16 in usual manner, to detachably hold the
?at members 10 and 12 -together in facing relationship.
The assembly also includesi a phir of Bust membets'
22 and 24. The bust m'embers 22 and 24, as best shown
in FIGURES 1, 4 ?and 5, have an appropriate con?gura
tion, and these members are preferably formed of a soft
packed in ?a suitable travelling case, such as the travelling
case 70- of FIGURE 7. As illustrated� in FIGURE 7,
a quantity of the ?at members 10 and 12 may be stacked
in the travelling case, and a plurality of sponge rubber
members 22 and 24 may be packed adjacent the stacks
of ?at members. Also, it may be convenient 10 provide
means in the second portion cf the travelliug case for
rthe ga.rments 62.
resilient material, such as sponge rubber.
The invention provides, therefore, an improved and
The hast members 22 and 24 are detachably mo黱ted 10 simple assembly which serves as a f0rm for displaying
011 the flat member 10. This permits the members to be
female garments. The assembly of the invention is com
remqved for transporta;tion purposes, so that the assembly
venient in that it is relatively 1ight and small in size.
may have ?a convenient shape for packing.
Bach of the bust members 22 and 24 includes a pairb
be manufactured as a relatively inexpensive item.
of resilient cords, ?such as th'e? cords 30 and 32 in FIG
URE 4. These cords extend through small holes in t-he
The assembly of the invention is further advantageous
in that it1s readily demoun'table for convenience of pack-.
corresponding bust member, and they are held in place
by elongated metallic tabs, such es the tabs 34 and 36.
The resilient cords 30 and 32 also have elongated metal
lic tabs 38 and 40 at their other ends. These latter tabs
lam iuserted through small holes, such as the holes 42 and
44, in the ?at member 10.
As shown in FIGURE 5, each of the bust members 22
and 24 is held in place by the resilient cords, and by
the tabs, such as :the tabs 36 and 40. When it is desired
Moreover, the improved assembly of the lnveution may
ing. Yet, the assembly may be _easily and conveniently
assembled and ?tted into the garment to be displayed.
While a particular embodiment of the invention has
been shown and described, modi?cations may be made
and it is intended in the claims to cover all such modi
?cations as fall Within J;he scope of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A form for displaying female garments including:
a ?rst flat member formecl of a stiff material and having
a plurality of slots therein; a second ?at mernber formed
01 a stilf material and having a plurality of slots therein
cords 30 and 32, and then to insert tl1e tabs 38 and 40
positioned to be aligned with respective ones of the slots
through the respective holes 42 ?and 44 in 1he ?at mem
in said ?rst ?at member; snap fastener means mounted
her 10.
30 an seid ?at members 10 enablesaid ?at members to be
The ?at member 12 has a pair of resilient strips 50 and
detachably fastened together in facing parallel relation
52 supported on it, for example, by th_e male portions 14
ship so that 1he sides of the garment may be inserted be
and 16 of the snap fasteuer means. These resilient strips
d:ween said ?rst and second ?at members; a plurality of
have respective clips 54, 56, 58 and 60 mounted at 1he
c1ip members disposed in respective ones of said slots
corresponding ends thereof. The clips 54, 56, 58 and 60
for engaging the sides of the garment to be displayed; re
10 remove either of the members 22 er 24, it is a simple
matter to pull the tabs 38 and 40 to stretch out the resilient
are normally disposed in corresponding -slots in the ?at
member 12. The ?at member 10 also has slots whieh
receive the clip members when the two members 10 and
spective resilient members attached to said clip members
and� 10 at least one of said ?at members to draw said
clip members and sides of the garment to be displayed
12 are fastened together.
into the space between said ?at members; and a pair of
When it is desired to insert the assembly of the invene 40 bust members detachably mounted 011 one of said ?at
tion in a garment to be displayed, the ?rst operation is
members on the side thereof remote from the other cf
10 attach the bust members 22 and 24 't0 the flat meta
said ?at members and extending out from the plane of the
ber 10 in the manner descn'bed above. The ?at mem-.
surface thereof.
ber 10 and the attached bust members 22 and 24 are
2. The form de?ned in claim 1 in which said ?rst and.
-then slipped into the garmcnt, such as ?the garment 62 45 second??at members are formed 玱f a relatively stiii card
in FIGURE 2. As best shown in FIGURE 3, 玹he sides
board material.
of the garment am drawn over the back cf the ?at mem-?
3. The form de?ned in cl籥im 1 in which said bust,
ber 10, and the ?at member 12 is fastenedin place. The
members am composed of a sponge rubber material and;
clip members '54, 56, 58 and 60 a?re clipped onto the
each includes a resilient corcl and rigid tabs at The euds
sides of -the garment 6210 draw the garment inbetween
>of said cord; sald one of saic1??at members having holes
the two members 10 and 12 in a folded condition, as
therein for receiving the rigid tabs.
shown in FIGURE 3.
References Cited in th?e ?1e of this patent
The cooperation of the two members 10 and 12 and
the clip members 54, 56, 58 and 60 enables the display
garmeut 62 to be drawn in about -the assembly of the 55 Re. 14,178
McCarrell ............ __ Aug. l, 1916?
invention, so that the contour of the garment corresponds
Nichols .............. -.. Feb. 11, 1913
substantially to the contour of �he assembly. When the
Kemery .............. __ Sept. 8? 1931
garment 62 is a dress, as illustrated, having a back zipper
2,325?428Rowley et a1. ________ __ July 27, 1943?
?64, the zipper may be opened 10 receive the assembly, and
Flores .............. -- Jan. 10, 1956
then moved up into a closed position when the assembly
in place, =as shown in FIGURE 3.
For :travelling purposes, various -assemblies such a3?
?1e assembly descri?bed above, may be demounted, and
France ____________ __ Aug. 29, 1951
Franc: .............. -- May 25, 1959
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