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g- 19, 1941- A. M. SEGAILL 2,252,988
PINLESS DIAPER Filed June 29, 1940 INVENTOR ALBERT M. SEGALL BY g ziTORNEY Patented Aug. 19, 1941 UNITED S ITATES PATENT OFFICE PINLESS DIAPER.
Albert M. Segall, Philadelphia, Pa.
Application June 29, 1940, Serial No. 343,067
My invention relates to a garment and relates particularly to undergarments of the type worn by infants.
It is well known that infants undergarments, known as diapers, have been held to the infant by means of safety pins, which, if used carelessly, may prick the flesh of the infant to whom the diaper is attached. Diapers require safety pins as a holding means to form a complete unit. In order to have a complete or unitary diaper, suggestions have been made to use zippers or strings coupled with buttons and button-holes as the fastening means. The holding means comprising zippers, as well as the button and button-hole and strings coupled with diapers present problems in washing as the parts thereof become lost or broken.
It is, therefore, an object of my invention to manufacture a diaper which is complete of itself.
It is another object of my invention to provide a diaper having a coupled holding means which simplifies the folding and holding of the diaper to the infant.
Another object of my invention is to provide a manufactured diaper and holding means which entails substantially no extra costs in the manufacturing operation.
A still further object of my invention is to provide a self-contained diaper which contains within it an auxiliary absorbent pad.
A still further object of my invention is to provide a string holding means for diapers which does not at any point come into engagement with the body of the infant wearing the diaper.
Other objects of my invention are to provide an improved device of the character described,
that is easily and economically produced, which is sturdy in construction and which is highly efficient.
With the above and related objects in view, my invention consists in the following details of construction and combination of parts, as will be more fully understood from the following description, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which: i
Fig. 1 is a plan view of my new, improved diaper garment.
Fig. 2 is a view showing the diaper garmen folded and as it appears when worn.
Referring now in detail to the drawing, I show a sheet of fabric, such as cheese cloth or absorbent material, enclosed in an envelope of gauze which has the configuration of anaxial section of an hour-glass, that is, the top third portion I0 is wide, the middle third portion I2 is narrow, and the bottom third portion I4 is substantially of the same width as the top. The outside bottom edge of the bottom I! is somewhat in the shape of a three-leaf clover, and at the indentation junction of the leaves l6 and I8 one end of string 20 is attached, and at the indentation junction of leaf l8 and leaf 22 one end of a second string 24 is attached. The strings 20 and 24 are equi-spaced from each side.
At the side of each top portion l0 are slots 26, 21, and equi-spaced from each side in the top portion l0 are slots 29 and 30. The slots 29 and 26 receive one string 20, and the slots 30 and 21' receive the other string 24 for the purpose of retaining the diaper in position on the wearer.
It will be apparent from an inspection of Fig. 2 that the diaper is arranged over the baby in the customary manner but without the necessity of using any buttons, zippers, or pins, it only being necessary to tie the strings together by turning up the lower third portion l4 so that it is substantially aligned with the top third portion I0, and then overlapping the two upper corners 32 and 34 over the lower corners 36 and 38, respectively. With the corners 32, 36 and the corners 34, 38 overlapping, string" is run through the slots 29, 26, and the string 24 is run through slots 30, 21, and then the ends of the string are tied together in the form of a bow.
The center of the diaper may have an additional sheet element of different light-weight flexible moisture-proof material or an additional absorbent pad. This additional sheet may be constructed in the diaper, or it may be made'a separate portion thereof, and then sewed to the diaper for the purpose of preventing any dampness penetrating through the diaper.
The holding strings 20 and 24 do not directly engage the body of the wearer of the diaper as they engage the corners, thereby the strings cannot tear or injure the skin of the wearer.
It should be noticed that the edge of the diaper has a tape binding 40 to insure smoothness and to prevent unraveling of the fabric.
It should be noticed that the slots are taped with tape binding material for the same reason that the binding is used on the edge of the fabric.
Although my invention has been described in considerable detail, such description is intended as illustrative rather than limiting, since the invention may be variously embodied, and the scope of the invention is to be determined as claimed.
I claim as my invention: 4
1. In a diaper type of garment, a soft fabric element having a wide upper portion and a wide lower portion, the center portion being narrower than the top and bottom portions, a pair 01 strings attached to substantially the lower part v of the diaper, a slot at each side of the top portion and a complementary slot spaced therefrom at the top portion, said fabric being adapted to be substantially overlapped so that the top and the bottom corners overlap, the lower comers being beneath the upper corners, each string passing through one of the inner slots and the the diaper upon'the ALBERT M. SEGALL.