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US2534934A
US2534934A US12079649A US2534934A US 2534934 A US2534934 A US 2534934A US 12079649 A US12079649 A US 12079649A US 2534934 A US2534934 A US 2534934A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41BSHIRTS; UNDERWEAR; BABY LINEN; HANDKERCHIEFS
    • A41B9/00Undergarments
    • A41B9/001Underpants or briefs
    • A41B9/002Underpants or briefs with thong, tonga or string shape
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D7/00Bathing gowns; Swim-suits, drawers, or trunks; Beach suits
    • A41D7/005Bathing drawers or trunks
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F13/00Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads
    • A61F13/14Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads specially adapted for the breast or abdomen
    • A61F13/143Thorax bandages or bandaging garments

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STRAPLESS SUPPORTER OR SHIELD Filed 001;. 11, 1949 Patented Dec. 19, 1950 STATES PATENT OFFICE STRAPLESS SUPPORTER 0R SHIELD Fermin Viniegra, Chicago, Ill.

Application October 11, 1949, Serial No. 120,796

'7 Claims.

The present invention relates to improvements in garments of the supporter or shield type and more particularly concerns a novel strapless supporter or shield.

Dancers, artists models, and more particularly male models, and athletes have been substantially inconvenienced heretofore by the body or limb encircling straps, ties or cords that have been associated with the supporters or shields they have been required to wear.

In the case of those persons who have necessarily to be muscularly active while wearing the supporter or shield, there has been an undesirable restriction or impairment of movement or uncomfortable binding or chafing by the supporting straps. On the other hand, with respect to artists models the supporting straps or strings have undesirably deformed the contours of the hips over which they have of necessity passed and being thus objectionable to the artists.

An important object of the present invention is to provide a strapless supporter or shield. Another object of the invention is to provide a supporter or shield that is self-retaining by engagement anteriorly with the pubic prominence and posteriorly with the sacral prominence and without the use of any supporting straps or strings.

A further object of the invention is to provide a strapless supporter or shield which is readily adaptable and self -adjustable with respect to the body of the wearer when being applied and also responsive to bodily movements while being worn.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a strapless supporter or shield of relatively simple and inexpensive construction.

Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be readily apparent from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment thereof taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure l is a fragmentary front elevational view of a human figure showing a strapless supporter or shield according to the present invention applied thereto;

Figure 2 is a rear elevational view of the human figure and the supporter or shield;

Figure 3 is an enlarged side elevational view of the supporter or shield; and

Figure 4 is a top plan view of the frame of the supporter or shield.

A strapless supporter or shield it according to the present invention is adapted to be Worn as indicated in Figures 1 and 2 which disclose in fragmentary illustration a male figure II, by engaging an anterior supporting pouch or shield wearer.

portion I2 over the pubis and a posterior portion [3 over the sacrum, while a narrow connecting portion 14 extends between the anterior and posterior portions within the crotch of the The anterior portion l2, as best seen in Figs. 1 and 3, is formed as a shield or supporting pouch.

Having more particular regard to details of structure of the supporter or shield ID, in a preferred form it comprises a resiliently flexible one piece frame it and a fabric covering l1 appropriately secured to the frame.

The frame I5 is constructed and shaped to afford a resiliently flexible structure generally conforming to and resiliently adaptable for snug engagement with the lower end of the torso. For this purpose an anterior portion 12 of the frame comprises generally diverging appropriately curved forward crotch and lower groin-engaging side portions joining with a pubis-engaging bar It appropriately curved to engage upon the pubic prominence. The anterior side portions and the cross bar [8 of the frame have laterally and upwardly extending convergin wing-like junctures l9 adapted to engage at the sides of the pubic prominence and conforming generally to the groin contour in this region. It will thus be observed that the anterior portion IZ' of the frame is so constructed and arranged that engagement thereof over the pubis is quite ample for the intended purpose and nevertheless avoids engaging any major muscular mass which might be resisted or impaired in its movements during physical activity of the wearer.

The posterior portion of the frame comprises an elongated loop 53' of appropriately curved plane to make positive but comfortable engagement over the sacrum. The width and position of the posterior loop portion I3 is such that the sacral prominence is substantially encircled to thus provide an effective posterior anchorage for the frame.

The connecting crotch portion of the frame is provided by closely adjacent frame strand portions Hi appropriately curved to follow the normal crotch folds. By reason of their length, the connecting strands It of the frame are relatively resiliently flexible so as to be readily adaptable to the torsal portions engaged and to permit of certain desirable relative fiexure movement between the anterior and posterior portions of the frame. In fact, the connecting strand portions I l serve in the nature of springs enabling the anterior and posterior portions of the frame to be sprung apart to the extent necessary for con- 3 vemently applying the supporter or shield in place and then to draw the anterior and posterior portions toward one another to effect a satisfactory clampin or grippin engagement with the respective pubic and sacral prominences. To enhance the retaining cooperation between the anterior and posterior portions of the frame, they are initially or normally disposed in more closely spaced relation than when on the wearer so that a tensioned gripping relation will necessarily result when applied to the wearer, the posterior portion being sprung rearwardly substantially as indicated in Figure 3 from the full line position to the dash line position. When viewed inside elevation, of course, the posterior portion of the device is at a higher position than the anterior portion as necessitated by anatomical requirements.

The fabric covering H is preferably secured over the entire frame although it is evident that it could be secured merely to the anterior portion of the frame to provide a pouch or shield. However, it has been found that certain advantages are inherent in having the covering over the entire frame since in that manner the front portion of the covering is maintained under tension or taut by the rear portion and the likelihood of the front portion of the covering slipping and becoming loose on the frame is avoided.

It will be understood, of course, that instead of fabric, the frame may be covered, especially in the anterior portion thereof with a suitable plastic material. Also, if preferred the entire anterior portion of the device may be formed as a metal or plastic panel and the posterior portion of wire or also of sheet metal or plastic, or the entire device may for suitable purposes be made of one piece plastic or sheet metal construction. The material of the frame may be either metal or plastic, as preferred.

It will be understood that modifications and variations may be effected without departing from the scope of the novel concepts of the present invention.

I claim as my invention:

1. A strapless supporter or'shield having an anterior supporting or shield-portion and a posterior portion, said anterior and posterior portions being connected by a crotch-engaging portion maintaining the anterior and posterior portions in operative relation to engage respectivelythe pubic and sacral prominences of a wearer, said anterior portion having side margins arranged to conform, huggingly to the groin contours of the wearer and being relatively movable to one another so as to maintain thecontour hugging relationship for adaptation to muscular movements of the wearer.

A strapless supporter or shield having an anterior supporting or shield portion and a posterior portion, said anterior and posterior portions being connected by a crotch-engaging portion maintaining the anterior and posterior portions in operative relation to engage respectively the pubic and sacral prominenees of a wearer, said anterior portion having side contours arcuately shaped to follow the groin contours at the sides of the pubic prominence of the wearer.

3. A strapless supporter or shield having an anterior supporting orshield portion and aposterior portion, said anterior and posterior portions being connected by a crotch-engaging portion maintaining the anterior and posterior por- 4 tions in operative relation to engage respectively the pubic and sacral prominences of a wearer, the upper end of the anterior portion being bounded to extend across the top of the pubic prominence and terminating at opposite sides in wing-like side portions engaging with the sides of the pubic prominence.

4. In combination in a strapless supporter or shield, a one piece resilient frame comprising side strands and closed loop anterior and posterior portions, and a covering carried by the frame, the side strands of the frame being shaped to follow the crotch and lower groin folds of a wearer and the anterior loop portion comprising a cross bar contoured to engage over the pubic prominence of the wearer and joining the side strands at upwardly and laterally wing-like junctures engageable with the sides of the pubic prominence, the posterior loop being elongated to engage about the sacral prominence of the wearer.

5. In combination in a strapless supporter or shield, 21 one piece resilient frame-comprising side strands and closed loop anterior and posterior portions, and a covering carried by the frame, the side strands of the frame being shaped to follow the crotch and lower groin folds of a wearer and the anterior loop portion comprising a cross bar contoured to engage over "the pubic prominence of the wearer and joining the side strands at upwardly and laterally wing-like junctures engageable with the sides of the pubic prominence, the posterior loop being elongated to engage about the sacral prominence of the wearer, said side strands being flexible in the crotch-engaging portions thereof for resilient adaptation and adjustment of the-anterior and posterior portions with respect to the wearers anatomy.

6. A strapless supporter or shield comprising frame having an anterior supporting or shield loop portion and a posterior loop portion, said anterior and posterior loop portions being connected by separate frame side portions providing a crotch-engaging portion maintaining the anterior and posterior loop portions-in operative relation to engage respectively the pubic and sacral prominences of a wearenthe anterior and posterior loop portionsbeing normally in more closely spacedrelation-tha-n when wornso that they are necessarily placed under gripping tension when applied to the wearer, and a covering carried by said frame and covering all portions of the frame.

'7. In combination in a strapless supporter or shield, a one piece generally arcuate resilient wire frame including'an anterior pubic prominenceengaging and shield loop portion and a posterior sacral prominence-engaging loop portion and coextensive strands providing a crotch-engaging connecting'portion,and a covering carried by at least said shield loop portion of the frame.

FERMIN VINIEGRA.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 868,971 Cullis Oct. 22,1907

FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 349,982 Germany Mar. 11, 1922

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US4043329A (en) * 1976-06-16 1977-08-23 Caspel Industries Protective device
DE3111280A1 (en) * 1981-03-19 1982-09-30 Otto Axmann Swimwear
US4834113A (en) * 1987-08-11 1989-05-30 Reddy A V K Prophylactic device
US5174307A (en) * 1991-12-23 1992-12-29 Thompson Kirk R Apparatus for shielding and protecting the pelvic and crotch area of a human female
US5237706A (en) * 1992-07-01 1993-08-24 Nalbandian Robert M Male garment with scrotal pouch
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US5347657A (en) * 1993-11-08 1994-09-20 Unsell Robert D Swim suit bottom
US5396662A (en) * 1993-10-25 1995-03-14 L.C.G. Consulting Bikini bottom or briefs
US5467482A (en) * 1994-09-12 1995-11-21 Crawford, Ii; William E. Self supporting sideless and waistless tanning brief
US5884340A (en) * 1997-09-19 1999-03-23 Chen; Chun Nan Shield or like clothing article
US6129083A (en) * 1994-02-24 2000-10-10 Jansen; Adelbertus Gabriel Holder for a covering or the like for the pubic area
US6490732B1 (en) * 2001-07-05 2002-12-10 Conrad Spoke Spreader means garment
US20030135907A1 (en) * 2002-01-24 2003-07-24 Carlos Sanchez Stay system for bathing suit
US6738988B2 (en) * 2002-10-04 2004-05-25 Edward T. Ruiter Thong-type garment with wireframe construction
GB2413057A (en) * 2004-04-13 2005-10-19 David Paul Mcmahon Briefs
US20060230505A1 (en) * 2002-06-24 2006-10-19 Christine Martz Liquid penetration shields for outer garments
US20060277659A1 (en) * 2005-05-18 2006-12-14 Chen Keith M Garment spreader
US7240375B2 (en) 2002-07-24 2007-07-10 Christine Martz Waistless underwear alternative secret pants shield
US20070180600A1 (en) * 2005-10-21 2007-08-09 Allemann Frank V Men's anatomical underwear/swimwear and athletic support garment
ES2310098A1 (en) * 2006-07-10 2008-12-16 Narciso Garcia Nieves anatomica garment solar or water bath.
US20090101155A1 (en) * 2007-10-19 2009-04-23 Wendy Ann Young Vaginal shield
WO2009141480A1 (en) * 2008-05-21 2009-11-26 Gavina Orive Eugenio Unisex undergarment
GB2473458A (en) * 2009-09-10 2011-03-16 Susan Mcardle Clothing insert
US7941872B2 (en) 2002-06-24 2011-05-17 Christine Martz Waistless underwear alternative secret pants shield
US20120131719A1 (en) * 2010-11-29 2012-05-31 Diamant Rachel Ventilated garments
US20140014129A1 (en) * 2011-12-02 2014-01-16 Nicholo Cocuzza Pubic patches
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US20160143366A1 (en) * 2013-07-17 2016-05-26 Klaus Kremer Self-supporting garment
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US3339208A (en) * 1965-10-24 1967-09-05 Raymond L Marbach Bathing brief or like clothing article
US4043329A (en) * 1976-06-16 1977-08-23 Caspel Industries Protective device
DE3111280A1 (en) * 1981-03-19 1982-09-30 Otto Axmann Swimwear
US4394781A (en) * 1981-03-19 1983-07-26 Otto Axmann Swimsuit
US4834113A (en) * 1987-08-11 1989-05-30 Reddy A V K Prophylactic device
US5174307A (en) * 1991-12-23 1992-12-29 Thompson Kirk R Apparatus for shielding and protecting the pelvic and crotch area of a human female
US5237706A (en) * 1992-07-01 1993-08-24 Nalbandian Robert M Male garment with scrotal pouch
EP0614621A1 (en) * 1993-03-09 1994-09-14 Adelbertus Gabriel Jansen Holder for a covering for the pubic area
US5396662A (en) * 1993-10-25 1995-03-14 L.C.G. Consulting Bikini bottom or briefs
US5347657A (en) * 1993-11-08 1994-09-20 Unsell Robert D Swim suit bottom
US6129083A (en) * 1994-02-24 2000-10-10 Jansen; Adelbertus Gabriel Holder for a covering or the like for the pubic area
US5467482A (en) * 1994-09-12 1995-11-21 Crawford, Ii; William E. Self supporting sideless and waistless tanning brief
US5884340A (en) * 1997-09-19 1999-03-23 Chen; Chun Nan Shield or like clothing article
US6490732B1 (en) * 2001-07-05 2002-12-10 Conrad Spoke Spreader means garment
US20030135907A1 (en) * 2002-01-24 2003-07-24 Carlos Sanchez Stay system for bathing suit
US7805768B2 (en) 2002-06-24 2010-10-05 Christine Martz Liquid penetration shields for outer garments
US7941872B2 (en) 2002-06-24 2011-05-17 Christine Martz Waistless underwear alternative secret pants shield
US20060230505A1 (en) * 2002-06-24 2006-10-19 Christine Martz Liquid penetration shields for outer garments
US7240375B2 (en) 2002-07-24 2007-07-10 Christine Martz Waistless underwear alternative secret pants shield
US6738988B2 (en) * 2002-10-04 2004-05-25 Edward T. Ruiter Thong-type garment with wireframe construction
GB2413057A (en) * 2004-04-13 2005-10-19 David Paul Mcmahon Briefs
GB2413057B (en) * 2004-04-13 2008-08-20 David Paul Mcmahon Clothing
US20060277659A1 (en) * 2005-05-18 2006-12-14 Chen Keith M Garment spreader
US20070180600A1 (en) * 2005-10-21 2007-08-09 Allemann Frank V Men's anatomical underwear/swimwear and athletic support garment
ES2310098A1 (en) * 2006-07-10 2008-12-16 Narciso Garcia Nieves anatomica garment solar or water bath.
US8511313B2 (en) 2007-10-19 2013-08-20 Wendy Ann Young Vaginal shield
WO2009051770A1 (en) * 2007-10-19 2009-04-23 Wendy Ann Young Vaginal shield
US20090101155A1 (en) * 2007-10-19 2009-04-23 Wendy Ann Young Vaginal shield
WO2009141480A1 (en) * 2008-05-21 2009-11-26 Gavina Orive Eugenio Unisex undergarment
GB2473458A (en) * 2009-09-10 2011-03-16 Susan Mcardle Clothing insert
US20120131719A1 (en) * 2010-11-29 2012-05-31 Diamant Rachel Ventilated garments
US20140014129A1 (en) * 2011-12-02 2014-01-16 Nicholo Cocuzza Pubic patches
US9004077B2 (en) * 2011-12-02 2015-04-14 Nicholo Cocuzza Pubic patches
USD798541S1 (en) * 2013-05-01 2017-10-03 John George Georgiou, Jr. Therapeutic lower garment
WO2014201530A1 (en) * 2013-06-13 2014-12-24 Claudineia Dos Santos Medeiros Nogueira Reusable c-string and g-string underwear made of textile material with double-sided adhesive
US20160143366A1 (en) * 2013-07-17 2016-05-26 Klaus Kremer Self-supporting garment

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