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Publication numberUS1058787 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 15, 1913
Filing dateDec 30, 1911
Priority dateDec 30, 1911
Publication numberUS 1058787 A, US 1058787A, US-A-1058787, US1058787 A, US1058787A
InventorsHenry Nias
Original AssigneePublic Service Cup Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cup-dispensing device.
US 1058787 A
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APPLICATION FILED 11110.30. 1911.

1,058,787. Patented Apr. 15, 1913.



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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. 15, 1913.

Application filed December '30, 1911. Serial No. 668,757.

York, in the county of Kings and State of,

New York, have invented, a certain new and useful Improvement in Cup-Dispensing De: vices, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to dispensing devices for paper drinking cups and has for its object to provide a device of the class speeified, simple in construction-and convenient v 1 Fingers ll, 12, 13 may be, of two or more and reliable in operation.

The present invention is in the nature of an improvement on the device set forth in the application for Letters Batent of Emil A. Claus, Serial No. 660,188, filed November 14, 1911, for-improvements in dispensing machines for paper drinking cups. f

The particular feature 0 the present 1mprovement resides in the means for sustaining the column of cups and among other objects is directed to providing means which engage more than one cup at a time In the drawings accompanying this specification Figure 1 is a side elevation, partly in section, of so much of a cupdispensing machine embodying my improvement as will serve to illustrate that improvement. Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional plan on line'2, 2 of Fi 1. Fig. 3 is a developed front elevation o a portion of the cup sustaining means, and Fig. 4 is a sectionalside elevation on an enlarged scale of a portion of what is shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 5 is a front elevationand Fig. 6 is a sectional side elevation similar to Figs. 3 and 4 respectively, and illustrating a modification of details of my improvement.

Supporting member 3 has cylindrical base 4 attached to its lower portion by bracket 5. Said base 4 is open at both ends and is provided with annular member 6 fixed therein, which if desired may support container 7 on its upper edge. Said container is preferably cylindrical and open at its lower end. Cylindrical base 4' has side doorway 14 formed therein and door 15 having bottom 16 is adapted to close thereover.

Annular holder, 6 is preferably of U- shaped cross section (Fig. 4), outer wall 8 i being higher than inner wall 9. Between said walls 8,9 is mounted support 10, formed of one continuous annular band if desired or of a plurality of pieces spaced apart or abutting end to end (Fig. 3). Said support 10, which is of less height than outer wall 8 and of greater height than inner wall 9, has

inwardly and preferably terminate in outwardly pointed hook-like endsas 17. Said fingers as 11, 1'2, 13 are preferably of spring metal and if they are formed integral with support 10 the whole may be made v of like material and of one thickness.

lengths respectively and may vary more or less in the inward positions of their ends as 17. I preferably arrange said fingers with their ends 17 in three annular rows, each finger springing from the same plane of origin on support 10 and terminating at three different heights in as many planes parallel with the plane of origin. Also the fingers'of'one row are preferably staggered circumferentially relatively to the fingers of. another row or other rows. Fingers 11, 11 are the shortest and have their ends 17 inreaching the least distance;

fingers 13, l3'are-the longest and have their en s 1 7 inreaching the greatest distance; fingers 12, 12 are of a length between the len ths of fingers 11 and 13 and have their en s 17 inreaching to between the positions of the ends of 11 and 13. If made integral With and of the same thickness as support 10, the shortest fingers, 11, will be the stif't'est, and the longest fingers, 13, will be the most flexible.

In the modification of Figs. 5 and 6 fingers 11, 12, 13 are illustrated as all of one length springing from different vertical positions on support 10 and therefore terminating at different vertical positions, in this last feature being the same as the showing of Figs. 3 and 4. In the case of the showing of Figs. 5 and'6, if fingers 11, 12,

13 are of the same thickness, they will be equally flexible. In using the device door 15 is "swung 'open with one hand by means of button 18,

and the bottom of cup 20 is seized by the other hand and drawn downwardly. This causes spring members 13 to yield outwardly and snap over flange 19 oflsaid cup and onto the body portion of the next cup above.

Said cup 20 is thereby liberated and if the weight of the pileof cups is sufficient, the

ing fingers for engaging succeeding cup is forced downwardly past springs 12 until its flange engages upwardly turned ends 17 of springs 13 as shown by cup 20. If the pile of cups has been so nearly exhausted that its weight is insufiicient to move the cups downwardly when the bottom cup is withdrawn, then when the next cup is removed it will be drawn downwardly successively past two or more rows of fingers and thence from the machine.

\ I claim:

1. A cup-dispensing combination a plurality of inwardly reachand supporting the cups, said fingers having their cup-engaging portions situated in a plurality of planes parallel with their plane of origin, the fingers having their cup-engagin portions in one plane Varying in strength roin those device. including in having their cup-engaging portions in another plane. i

2. A cup-dispensing combination a plurality of inwardly reaching fingers for engaging and supporting the cups, said fingers having their cup-engaging portions situated in a plurality of planes parallel with their plane of origin, those fingers having their cup-engaging portions in one plane being staggered circumferentially relatively to those fingers having their cup-engaging portions in another device including in plane.

Signed this 26th day of December, 1911,

at New York, New York, before two subscribing witnesses.


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U.S. Classification221/308
Cooperative ClassificationA47F1/085