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Jan, 6, 1925.
J. T. ELWELL WASHRAG Filed Oct. 15, 1923 :NvEN-ron ATTORNEY Jerame Elu/ell Patented Jan. 6,-1925. I
UNITED TES 1,521,935 OFFICE.
-JEROME T. ELWELL, OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
Application filed October 15, 1923. Serial No. 668,691.
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, JEROME T. ELWELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, in the county of Philadelphia vand State of Pennsylvania, have invented narily inconvenient to reach with the usual approved typel of small square wash-rag.
More specifically, the invention comprehends the division of a cloth or wash-rag which is preferably made of Turkish toweling or analogous material, and is relatively long so 'that itA may be gripped at opposite ends and looped across the back of the user and also to provide a pocket at one end of the wash cloth into which the hand may be inserted for using one end of the cloth in washing the face or other portions of the body ordinarily washed by a small approved type of wash cloth.
Another object of the invention is to provide a wash-rag or cloth which eliminates the inconveniences contingent with the use of an ordinary wash-rag or wash cloth, in that it will not slip out of the hand of the user when rubbing the body; it provides sufficient surface to properly wash the back of the user; it is made of material of sufcient roughness to stimulate the skin and' embodies the advantages of a flesh or bath brush, without the expense contingent with the purchasing of such brush; it lits the hand properly and gives a good grip without any apparent effort and will not slip out of the hand.
Other objects of the invention will appear in the following detail description, and in the accompanying drawings wherein:
Figure l is a front elevation of the improved waslirag or cloth.
Figure 2 is a longitudinal section through the improved wash-rag or cloth.
Figure 3 is a cross section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure l. v
Figure 4 is a longitudinal section through a modified form of the wash-rag.
Figure 5 is a cross section through the modiiied form of the Wash-rag taken on the line 5 5 of Figure 4.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the preferred form of improved washrag or cloth comprising an elongated body l which is preferably made of Turkish toweling or analogous relatively rough material, which has its outer surface sufficiently roughened to stimulate the skin of the user during use of the cloth. The body. l comprises a front and rear side 2 and 3 respectively, which are stitched together along one ledge to provide an elongated pocket into which the arm of the user may be inserted f-l if desired. The front side 2 has a relatively short pocket 4 at the closed end thereof, which is of sufficient size to receive the hand of the user so as to permit one end of the wash cloth to be used, for washing the face, limbs, or other portions 'of the body, and if it is desiredtouse only a small portion of the wash cloth In providing the pocket 4 into which the hand of the user is inserted, all liability of the wash cloth from slipping off the hand is eliminated, and it also permits the cloth toy be curved closely about the portion of the body of the user being washed, so as to permit thorough washing and rubbing.
A pair of spaced elastic straps 5 are stitched to the edges of the body l at spaced points, and are positioned on the sameside of the body as that on which the pocket 4 is positioned, so as to permit the arm of the user to be inserted beneath the elastic straps when inserting the hand in the pocket 4, if desired.
In Figures 4 and 5 of the drawings, theV modified form of wash-rag comprises a body l0 which is made of a single thickness of material in lieu of a double thickness as shown in the form of cloth illustrated in Figures 1 to 3 inclusive. The body l() has a pocket ll formed thereon which is similar to the pocket 4 and functions in the same manner, and it also may have elastic straps l2 stitched thereto, if desired, which elastic straps are similar to and function the same as the elastic straps 5. However, it is to be being flexible, will conform to the curvatures and undulations in the back of the user, more thoroughly than would bath brushes or the like, and will consequently permit thorough washing of the back.
While I have described what I deem to be the most desirable embodimentof my invention, it is obvious that many of the parts may be varied without in any Way departing from the spirit of my invention, and I therefore do not limit myself to the exact details of construction herein shown nor to anything less than the whole of my invention limited only by the appended claims.
l/Vhat I claim is:
l. As a new article of manufacture, a wash cloth comprising an elongated body, the length of which is equal to several times its width, a relatively short pocket of the same material of which the body is formed, being formed at one end of said body and opening out inwardly from the adjacent end of the body, and straps of elastic stitched to said body at spaced points and extending across the side of the body upon which the said pocket is formed.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a wash cloth comprising an elongated body,
the length of which is equal to several times its width, said body being folded upon itself and forming two layers of fabric stitched along the meeting edges, and closed at one end to provide an arm receiving pocket, a relatively short pocket of the same material of which the body is formed, being formed at one lend of said body and opening out inwardly from the adjacent end of the body.
3. As a new article of manufacture, a wash cloth comprising an elongated body, the length of which is equal to several times its width, said body being folded upon itself and vforming two layers of fabric stitched along the meeting edges, and closed at one endL to provide an arm receiving pocket, a
'relatively short pocket of the same material of which the body is formed, being formed at one end of said body and opening out inwardly from the adjacent end of the body, and straps of elastic stitched to said body at spaced points and extending across the side of the body upon whichy the said pocket is formed.
In testimony whereof I affix my signa ture.
JEROME T. ELWELL.