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They Invented What? (No. 103)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 2, 2008

US. Pat. No. 6,295,668: Maternity beach chair.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A beach chair comprising:

          a rectangularly-shaped frame member, said frame member including a first section, a second section, and a third section, each section having respective first and second ends;
          a first pair of hinges, said first pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said first section to the first end of said second section in abutting relationship;
          a second pair of hinges, said second pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said second section to the first end of said third section in abutting relationship;
          a first pair of collapsible leg members, said first pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the first end of said first section;
          a second pair of collapsible leg members, said second pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said first pair of hinges;
          a third pair of collapsible leg members, said third pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said second pair of hinges;
          a fourth pair of collapsible leg members, said fourth pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the second end of said third section;
          a cover, said cover being coextensive with said frame member and spanning said frame member whereby to form a planar surface;
          means for removably fastening said cover to said frame member;
          a first opening formed through said cover at said first section, said first opening having a periphery and dimensioned to receive a face of a user; and
          a padding positioned on said cover, said padding arranged adjacent a portion of the periphery of said first opening.

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