Front page & Index Current U.S. Class: 2/44
Lung Expander
Lung Expander
text page 1. text page 2. Patented June June e 8, 1926. 1,587,716 UNITED STATES PAT ENT OFFICE. LEWIS A: FRITSCH, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. SHOULDER BRACE, CHEST, AND LUNG EXPANDER. Application filed November 14; 1925. Serial No. 69,147. The device forming the subject matter of this application is a shoulder brace and chest and lung expander, combined, and one object of the invention is so to construct the of that it may he take. off the body -id folded into a small parcel, adapted to - e placed in the pocket off a garment, it being possible for the store -keeper or ship- per to stow away a large number of the devices, in small space . Another object of toe invention is so to construct the article that the fitter may place the stays directly on the shoulder blades; the stays pressing inwardly and tending to straighten round shoulders with- out cutting -do, the arms. ^3 farther object of the invention is to provide a device of the class described which may be washed or laundered road The, invention aims so to construct the article that but two stays will do the work, thereby dispensing with a largo, number of stays s. Another object ,of the invention is to construct the article in such a way that it !",a, be adapted readily for narrow or broad shoulders. It is within the province, of the disclosure to improve generally and to enhance the util-ity of devices of that type to which the in- vention appertains: With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds; the invention resides in the com- bination and arrangement of parts and in the details o f construction hereinafter de-scribed and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein disclosed, may be made within al, the scope of what is claimed, -with- departing from the spirit of the inven-tion. in the drawings:- Figure 1 shows in rcar elevation, a de- vice constructed in accordance with the in- vention; Figure 2 is a section taken about on the line 2-2 of Ii Figure 1; Figure I'; Figure 3 is a view wharei the devlce a ppears in per-spective, e. as see,a from the front; ;- Figure 4 is a section taken about on the line 4---4 cf Pa Figure 1. The device forming the subject matter of this application comprises a flexible back piece i supplied at its ends with guides 2 in the form of eyes. Flexible shoulder loops 3 are supplied, the rear portions 4 of the he wise, gether portion s tacle. loop,,, J being crossed each 1 other, as -A :i, and being connected l; , at their point of crossing, by a pivot element, such a:> a two part rivet 6. The lower extremities of the rear portions 4 of the shoulder loops ?m 3 are co ected at E, by stiching or other- 1r th, the back piece 1, at, points be- t the the g ui des 2. The forę- ard por'tions 8 a f the shoulder loops 3-o, extended. -,I Y, .as at 9, through the, guides 2, to slide therein, the reardvardly extended por- tions J of the loops being prolonged lateral- ly in opposite directions, as at 10, from the guides 2, to fa~ishio~z a body-encircling belt 11, of which the back piece 1 forms part. Any suitable means, such as a buckle 12; or lts equivalent, may be provided for ad- justably connecting together the ends of the ",It 11 ęt the front of the device. A means is provided for adjustably connecting to- gether the rear portions 4 of- the shoulder loops 3, above the place where, the said rear -portion portions of the shoulder loops are by the element 6. Having this consideration m mind; transverse straps 14 are joined at their outer ends to the parts 4 of the shoulder loops 3, the inner ends of the straps 14 being united by a- buckle 15 or otherwise, the construction at this point being such that the device is adapted to broad shoul- dered persons, and to persons having nar- row shoulders. Pads 16 are mounted on the forward portions 8 of the shoulder "I'll, 3, and prevent those parts of the loops .from annnoying the wearer. Stays 17, preferably made of steel or other resilient resilient material, are mounted in the rear 4 of the shoulder loops 3 and are held against longitudinal movement therein, the rivet 6 passing through the stays 17 at their their point of crossing, the construction being such that the stays 17, with the cor-s respond 4, may be adjusted later- ally, so as to bring the stays into proper position position with respect to the shoulder blades of the. the wearer. The stays 17 extend down-wardly to and upon the back piece 1; and extend upwardly to the adjusting straps 14. It will be obvious that when the occasion for the use of the device has passed, -the rear portion portions 4 of the loops 3, and the stays 17, may be swung together; in alignment, on the pivot element 6; thereby enabling the article to be disposed in small compass, either in the pocket pochet of the wearer, or in a storage recep-. Owing to the collapsible or accordion effect obtained by the use of the rivet or pivot element 6, several persons of different sizes may be fitted with one size of brace or expander. Thus, one article may be used by different members of one family, the arti-de- being passed from one member to an other, as a cure is effected. A single article only, thus may be purchased, saving the expense of buying two or more. Further- more, a dealer can carry a comparatively small number of the article in stock, mid, nevertheless, be able to fit a large. number of customers. What is claimed is:- In a device of the class described, a- back piece provided with guides, shoulder loops having their rear portions crossed upon each other and connected to the back piece, flex- ture ible stays in the rear portions of the shoulder loops, a pivot element connecting the stays and the shoulder loops at their point of crossing, the forward portions of the shoulder loops being extended rearwardly through the guides, to slide therein, said rearwardly extended portions of the loops being prolonged laterally in opposite direc- tions, from the guides, to fashion a body- encircling belt; of which the back piece forms a. part, means for adjustably connect- ing together the ends of the belt, and means for adjustably connecting together the rear portions of the shoulder loops at points near to the upper ends of the stays. In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto affixed my signa-. LEWIS A. FRITSCH.