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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
MOSES COHEN, OF HALLETTSVILLE, TEXAS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 252,430, dated January 17, 1882.
Application filed November 10, 1881. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, MOSES COHEN, of Hal-
lettsville, in the county of Lavaca and State of
Texas, haveinvented anew and useful Improve-
5 ment in Barbers' Paper- Clips, of which the fol-
lowing is a full, clear, and exact description,
reference being had to the annexed drawings,
forming part of this specification.
Mly invention relates to clips for holding slips
ro of paper upon which razors are to be wiped in
shaving the beard; and the improvement con-
sists in certain novel features of construction,
as will be hereinafter described.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is
r5 a side elevation of my improved clip; Fig. 2 a
rear view, and Fig. 3 a face view, of the same.
A represents aelip formed by doubling upon
itself a strip of metal, preferably spring-brass,
in such manner that the central bent portion, a,
20 shall serve as a spring to hold the two straight
portions b bin contact with each other. If de-
sired, the central bent portion maybe strength-
ened by securing either to its inner or outer
surface a curved plate of similar form. The
25 straight portions b b are designed to be from
four to six inches in length, and are corrugated
longitudinally, so that the corrugations of one
will fit into those of the other, and thus serve
to hold the slip of paper more securely.
30 To the rear surface of the clip, near its spring
end, is secured an open hook. e, which is bent
laterally and adapted to be engaged with the
barbel's cloth, with which the person being
shaved is covered, so that the opposite end of
35 the clip shall bang downward. Of the por-
tions b b the top or front one is bent outward
from the other and curved over so as to form a
catch, cd, by which the clip is to be opened for
inserting a slip of paper.
The manner of using the clip is as follows: 40
The clip is to be hooked to the cloth covering
the person being shaved, with the open end
hanging downward. Then the thumb of the
right hand should be placed on the projecting
end of the rear or lower portion, b,and the up- 45
per or front portion, b, should be lifted out of
contact with the opposite portion by means of
the forefinger of the same hand, which engages
with the catch c. With the left hand the slip
of paper may then be readily inserted into the 50
By making the clip long, as above described,
the paper will be held more firmly than if
grasped only at a point, and consequently the
paper will not be liable to be blown about by 55
the wind or accidentally displaced.
Having thus described my invention,what I
claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent,
The barber's paper-clip A, bent to form a 6o
spring at a, and having its straight portions
b b corrugated longitudinally, whereby the cor-
rugations of said portions shall fit into each
other, and provided with a suitable hook, sub-
stantially as and for the purpose specified.
J. M. LAYTON,
P. H. GREEN.
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Cohen, Moses. Barber's Paper Clip., patent, January 17, 1882; [Washington D.C.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth170283/m1/2/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.