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Publication numberUS1158547 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 2, 1915
Filing dateMar 15, 1915
Priority dateMar 15, 1915
Publication numberUS 1158547 A, US 1158547A, US-A-1158547, US1158547 A, US1158547A
InventorsPhilip D Parsons
Original AssigneeScott Paper Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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L1 5&54? I Patented Nov. 2, 191-5.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 2, ilgio.

Application filed. March 1915. Serial No. 14,398.

To all whom it may concern.

Be it known that I, PHILIP D. PARSONS, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Philadelphia, county of Philadelphia, and State of Pennsylvania, have invented an Improvement in aper-Packages, of which the following is a specification.

The object of my invention is to provide a package of folded paper towels which shall be compact and suitable for use within a cabinet and permit the individual towels to be successively withdrawn.

More particularly, my object is to employ the towels in a serving cabinet having a discharging blade adapted to be reciprocated by outside manipulation and in its opera tion engage a tab or portion of the folded paper and push it through a slotted opening in the cabinet whereby it may be grasped and the towel withdrawn without objectionably disturbing the remainder of the towels within the cabinet. To enable the action of the discharging blade as thus described, I form the towel sheet with a plurality of folded portions to provide two main parts resting one above the other and in which one part is of less width than the other to provide a stepped portion capable of being engaged by the discharging blade.

More specifically stated,the folded towel sheet may be considered as having a main fold by folding the sheet upon itself and with its ends folded back upon themselves, either inwardly or outwardly,v as preferred, and said folded sheet presenting an overhanging upper layer to provide an entrance between the two main horizontal layers. The sheets may be single or multi-ply, as desired, and, for purposes of illustration, I have hereinafter described my towel folded in multi-ply form.

My invention consists of the above features of construction, together with others hereinafter stated, and more particularly defined in the claims.

My invention will be better understood by reference to the drawings, in which I Figure l is a sectional elevation of a portion of a serving cabinet showing the adaptation of my improved paper towel thereto; Fig. 2 is an elevation of a package of said folded towel sheets arranged one upon the other; Fig. 3 is a perspective view of one end of a modification of the towel shown in Figs. 1 and 2; and Fig. 4 is an elevation of a package of the folded towel sheets shown in Fig. 3.

2 is the cabinet and has its lower part provided with a transverse slot 3 through which the towel tab or loose part may be projected by the discharging blade 5, pivoted as shown and arranged to be reciprocated by the lever 6, or otherwise. The cabinet may have the shelf or shoulder 7 at the side opposite to the blade for supporting the package of towels at said side and, if desired, the opposite side of the cabinet may be similarly provided with a shoulder or support 4.. This latter support may be omitted if so desired, as the blade 5 will act to support the sheets at that side.

Referring more particularly to the folded paper towels illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, a single towel is shown in Fig. l at 8 corresponding to the bottom towel of a package or the last towel which may remain within the dispensing cabinet; while in Fig. 2, a plurality of similar towels are arranged in stack form, one upon the other. In the folds of the towels, it will be observed'that the entire width except the opposite side portions rests flat one upon the other, so that the package is very stable in its position within the cabinet. In the construction shown by way of illustration, the toweling is first folded toprovide a two-ply sheet, and subsequently folded in a special form. It is manifest that whether it is single-ply or multi-ply is a secondary consideration for the question of the multi-ply feature'is one to enable a large sheet to be employed in so far as it produces the outer edges of folded paper and thereby provides a package without any exposed single sheet edges to come in contact with the sides of the cabinet.

Considering the sheet without regard to whether it is single or multi-ply, it is first folded on parallel lines to provide two substantially similar tabs upon the same side of the body of the sheet, and with their opposing edges somewhat separated and the sheet so folded being again folded. on a line parallel to the former folds and adjacent to the edge ofone of the tabs. The parts 9 and 11, if turned up into the same aline: ment, will provide the two tabs 10 and 12 upon the same side of such sheet. If the folded adjacent to the free end of the tab 12, it will provide the particular foldsillustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, in which there will be the intermediate layers 9 and 11 respectively connected to tabs 10 and 12, the said tabs pointing in the same direction and providing the offset or stepped portions 14 and 15 of the sheet portion 9. Whilethe tabs 10 and 12 are preferably of substantially the same length, it is manifest that this is not essential, but the two parts 9 and 11 of the middle portions of the sheet must be of different widths so-as to expose one stepped or projecting portion 14 and to Provide an entrance 13 between the parts 9 and 11, whereby the discharging blade 5 may enter.

When a package of folded towel sheets of this character is placed in the cabinet, it will be seen that the free end of the tab 12 and the folded body above it will rest upon the shoulder portion 7 of the cabinet, and the folded portion between the tab- 10 and the body portion 9 at the offset or stepped portion 14 will rest upon the blade 5 in its normal position, and if desired may be further sustained upon a small shoulder 4 in the cabinet. It will also be observed that the folded end between the tab 12 and the body portion 11 is unsustained and is therefore in position to be forced downward and driven through the aperture 3 by a manipulation of the blade 5. When this operation takes place, the blade first presses the paper over the opening 3 and then forces it through,

and at the same time doubles the parts 11 and 12 upon themselves in the act of projecting the folded ends through the opening: Upon the withdrawal of the blade, the paper may then be pulled by hand from the cabinet. No claim is made in this application in respect to the cabinet, but the same is shown-in connection with the paper to more fullly illustrate the utility of the special fo ds.

In the other or modified form of paper shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the sheetis also shown as multi-ply, but is so made only by way of example. In this case,'the sheet is first folded as in the case of Figs. 1 and 2 to provide the tabs 10 and 12 upon the .body portionof the sheet comprising the parts 9 andll and the sheet when so folded to provide tabs is then folded again upon itself at 15, but in this case the fold brings the two tabs 10 and 12 into juxtaposed position and between the body portions 9 and 11*, instead of being respectively outside of saidportions, as in Fig. 1. Moreover, the fold 15 is at such position that the body portion 11 and its tab 12 does not extend entirely across the sheet portion formed by the parts 9 and 10, so that in this case we also have the stepped or offset portion 14' corresponding to the part 14 of Fig. 1, and providing an entrance 13 between the upper and lower folded portions. In this case, the tabs are extended in the same direction as in the case of Fig. 1 and the body portion 9 is wider than the body portion 11*, also as in Fig. 1. The tab portions 10 and 12 may be of the same or different lengths, and while in the construction shown in Fig.1 the free end of the tab 12 was required to extend far enough to the edge of the folded sheet to rest upon the shoulder 7, this is not essential in the construction of Figs. 3 and 4, because in this case the folded parts 15 of the body will rest upon the shoulder.

In the case of the construction shown in Fig. 1, the folds are such that the package might be put in the case in inverted order, as in that case the shoulders 14 and 15 would provide similar conditions in respect to the entrance of the blade 5 and the support of the paper, but in the construction shown in Figs. 3 and 4 the package would not bereversible as the entrance for the blade 5 is only presented at one end. If, however, the tab 10 of Fig. 1 was extended to a greater extent as it may be, such extension would of course manifestly obliterate the said offset or stepped portion 15, and in which case it would have no advantage over the structure of Fig. 3.

I do not limit myself to the size of the sheets, whether single or multi-ply, or to the character of the material of the sheets, as these may all be modified to suit the special requirements.

Having now described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

. 1. A paper towel, consisting of a sheet folded upon itself to form two body portions and also having the said body portions again folded upon themselves to provide a plurality of tab portions extending in the same direction and in which the folds between the body and tab portions are out of alinement to provide a longitudinal stepped or ofiset portion.

2. A sheet of paper folded upon itself slightly to one side of its middle and the two parallel portions of the sheet thus provided each folded back upon itselfto provide tab portions lying adjacent to the portions and said tabs extending in the same direction.

3. A sheet of paper folded upon itself slightly to one side of its middle and the two parallel portions of the sheet thus provided each folded back upon itself to provide tab portions lying adjacent to the body portions and said tabs extending in the same direction and in which the folded parts between the tabs and body portions are out of alinement to provide an offset at one edge of the folded sheet saidofi'set being as a continuation of the division space between folded parts of the sheet, said division space be- ,ing open only in the direction of the offset portion and closed in the other direction.

a. A folded paper towel having three parallel folds and providing four parallel main surface portions to the sheet, two of said folds being arranged at the same side of the folded sheet and one at the other side.

5. -A folded paper towel having three parallel folds and providing four parallel main surface portions to the sheet, two of said folds being arranged at the same side of the folded sheet and one at the other side and said two folds at the same side being out of alinement to provide an offset or exposed portion of one of the single folded parts of the sheet.

6. A package of towels, consisting of a plurality of independent folded sheets restingupon each other and each comprising a towel, the respective sheets being folded upon themselves with a plurality of folds toprovide parallel sheet portions resting upon each other, and a plurality of the folds of each sheet being out of alinement to pro vide offset folded portions projecting beyond the main juxtaposed body portions of the package, and in which each towel sheet is wholly outside of each other towel sheet.

In testimony of which invention, I hereunto set my hand.




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U.S. Classification206/494, 221/36
Cooperative ClassificationB65D85/16