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Publication numberUS1185813 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 6, 1916
Filing dateMay 9, 1914
Priority dateMay 9, 1914
Publication numberUS 1185813 A, US 1185813A, US-A-1185813, US1185813 A, US1185813A
InventorsWilliam Mccorkindale, Henry C Avery
Original AssigneeMount Holyoke Tissue Mills
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paper-package and fixture.
US 1185813 A
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Patented'Junefi, 1916.


Henry ifluezy.






To all whom it may concern Be it known that we, WILLIAM MGCORK- INDALE and HENRY C. AVERY, citizens of the United States of America, residing in the city of Holyoke, county of Hampden, and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Paper-Packages and Fixtures, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improved dispenser for paper towels and the like, and is more particularly designed to be combined with an improved form of package to cooperate with the dispenser in an efficient manner.

Manufacturers of paper towels, and the like, ordinarily supply dispensing devices 7 containing their trade-mark under the assumption that the paper used in the dispenser or container will be invariably of their own make. It has been found in practice, however, that after one manufacturer has placed on the market thousands of dispensers at cost or less, another manufacturer makes a package which will fitthese dispensers and sells at a cut price because a large and ready market is available wherever dispensers are installed.

Applicants disclose herein a combined dispenser and package each of an improved form and each dependent on the other. The dispenser is so made that it will receive only the improved package or its equivalent and the package 1s, in turn, made for use with the dispenser or its equivalent. By dependent features of both the dispenser and the package the desired result is obtained of insuring the use 'of one brand of paper in the dispenser. The manufacturer is, therefore, enabled to build up his trade on a safe basis,

Aside from the advantages of theinventionnoted above, there are inherent advanta es in the structure.

he object of the invention is to provide an improved form of sheet dispensing apparatus into which only a special form of improved package may be inserted.

Another object of the invention is-to provide a dispensing apparatus of extreme Specification of Letters Patent.

without the con- 7 tinual annoyance of unfair competition from other manufacturers.

Patented June 6, 1916.

Application filed May 9, 1914. Serial-No. $37,410.

simplicity combined with a special form of packageto cooperate with the dispenser in an efiicient manner.

Other' detailed objects of the invention w1ll appear in the following description and annexed claims;

Referring to the drawings as illustrating the manner in which the invention may be carried out: Figure 1 is a front view of the dispenser with a part broken away to show the 1mproved package assembled in posit on for operation, Fig.2 is a cross sectional vlew taken on the lines 2-2 of Fig. 1, Fig. 3 is a cross sectional View of a modified form of the dispenser, Fig. 4: is a detail view showlng one manner of holding together the special package of sheets, Fig. 5 is another form of the same, Fig. 6' is another form, and Fig. 7 is still another form of holding the package.

The invention asshown, preferably embodies a container or casing called the dis penser, which may if desired, be entirely closed except at one end. In this dispenser it is not necessary to have any other openlng than the end opening mentioned. In other words, the dispenser may be made with all of its walls fastened together per- 'manently. The open end of the dispenser is of a suitable size to receive the package of sheets when the latter is inserted directly therein. In the dispenser means are provided to cooperate with suitable devices contained on the package to receive and hold the latter in position after it has once been inserted in such a manner that it cannot be ordinarily removed from the dispenser after it has once been inserted. The engagement of the means within the dispenser then it is possible to takeout'the holding devices in the dispenser and insert a new package.

The invention as outllned may be carried out in various forms.

The preferred form 1s disclosed in Figs. 1, 2, and 4:. Referring to Fig. 2, the dispenser comprises, as shown, a rectangular closed casing open at the bottom only. The walls of this casing are preferably fastened together permanently. At some distance from the bottom of the casing and prefer" ably about midway of the front and rear walls and arranged centrally are two metalbrackets each made up of two V-shaped spaced vertical walls 6, connected by the slanting wall 0, with the points of the V extending downwardly. These brackets, as shown, are soldered one on the front wall and one on the rear, in the position approximately as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. This is all there is to the dispenser and it is seen that it is of extreme simplicity and extremely economical to manufacture.

Referring to the special form of package to be used with the dispenser, it may be said that the package is generally like that disclosed in the co-pending application to Teall, #775,140. This package comprises in its preferred form a stiffening cardboard center f around which a pack of assembled sheets is folded. These sheets are pasted one to the other in the so-called drop formation. The ends of the pack are brought together as disclosed in Figs. 2 and 4 and are provided with two vertical cuts 9 (see Fig. 1). These cuts are spaced apart, as shown,

and provide a plane of weakness for the sheets tobe torn from the pack as the ends are held by the holding strip 2'. Strip 2', made of pliable metal, is looped one strip through each end and over the top of the pack. The ends of each strip are bent into overlapping relation against the upper end of the stiffening piece f. These strips project beyond the sides of the pack as shown at is for a purpose to be described.

Vith the package formed as shown and described it is inserted in the dispenser by directly pushing its upper end in the open end of the casing a. The projections 70, of metal strips 2', one on the front and one on the rear sides of the package, engage the sloping walls 0 of the brackets above mentioned, which force the upper end of the package tightly together as it is pushed upwardly in the container. As soon as the proj ections leave the upper end of the sloping walls 0 the compression just. mentioned causes the projections Zc to spring outwardly. If the package is then released, it will settle down into the position shown in Fig. 2, so that the projections 70 extend in overlapping relation to the upper sloping walls 0 and between the V-shaped walls 5 of the dispenser brackets. In this position it is impossible for anyone to reach their hand up inside of the casing and release the package from the brackets- The engagement of the devices is of the package with the means 0 of the dispenser as described is automatic. A single sheet 6 may be pulled from the package in the manner customary with drop down sheet packages, and after the sheet 6 is pulled from the sheet to which it is attached, the latter will be left in position to be the next one torn. The sheets are thus pulled one by one from the package until the latter is exhausted at which time it is possible to insert ones hand in the casing, pull the holding or binding device or strips 7; away from the brackets and out of the casing for the next package to be inserted.

It will thus be seen that an extremely simple and economical dispenser for the type of package disclosed is provided which has the advantage that a special form of package is required and thus the insertion of foreign packages prevented. It will also be seen that the means for fastening the package in the dispenser is automatic and extremely simple.

In Fig. 3 a modified form of the dispenser is shown. The casing 1 corresponds to the casing a, shown in Fig. 2. Instead of providing the brackets, as shown in Fig. 2 in this modification, the springs 2 sloping upwardly from the front and rear walls of the dispenser are provided. When a package such as shown in either of Figs. 4 to 7 is inserted in the casing 1, the springs 2 will be bent backwardly against the walls of the casing until the projections 70 are above the level of the top of the springs, at which time the latter will move back toward the position shown in Fig. 3 and engage under the projections 72 to hold the package in the manner similar to that described, in connection with Fig. 2. The form of casing shown in Fig. 3 is best used where the package or sheets used does not readily yield in a manner desirable with the form of dispenser shown in Fig. 2. Where the springs 2 yield, to allow the package to be inserted in the casing it is not necessary for the package to be compressed to any considerable extent. Where crepe tissue paper is used, the package is very easily compressed and-has considerable resiliency so that it will operate efficiently with the casing as shown in Fig. 2.

In Fig. 5, a modified form of holding means for the ends of the sheets is shown. In this form a single metal wire is threaded through both ends of the package and the ends of this metal wire are brought together at the upper end of the package and twisted. Bound over the top of the package in a V- shaped form is a metal strip Z having projections 8 corresponding to the projections 70 shown in Fig. 4:. This V-shaped metal strip Z is held in place by means of a wire m which passes through the strip and over the top thereof, as indicated in the figure.

In Fig. 6 another modification is shown, in which a metal strip u is threaded through holes at both ends of the package and is provided with projections 12 corresponding strip u there are holes through which a tape is passed and broughtup over the ends'of the package. There is one tape on each side of the package and both tied into a knot' at 3 This tape and the manner of its connection with the strip it tends to force the strip apart. This increases the tendency for the projections 41 to enter over the ends of the walls 0 or the springs 2.

In Fig. 7, still another modification, is shown which is essentially similar to the one disclosed in Fig. 4 with this diiierence, that instead of the ends of the strips 0 which in Fig. 4: have their equivalent in the strips 2', being bent as disclosed at y in Fig. 4 they are brought into parallel relation against the stiffening strip f and a rivet 79 is passed through the ends to bind them together. The projections 9 correspond to the projections 71; in every way.

It is recognized that many other modifications of both the dispenser and the pack age may be made without departing from the scope of the invention. The invention is, therefore, defined more accurately in the following claims than in the detailed description of one or more preferred forms.

What we claim is:

1. In combination, a towel dispenser comprising a casing, an opening therein for a package of towels, brackets on the interior walls of the casing adapted to receive a package of towels having means thereon for automatic engagement with said brackets when the package is forced in the opening of the casing.

2. In combination, a dispenser, adapted to receive a package of towels, comprising, spaced supporting walls, and outstanding ledges thereon, arranged to engage means on the package to support the latter, said ledges and means arranged on relative movement Gapiea of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the for automatic cooperative engagement into holding position. v

3. In combination, a towel dispenser comprising a casing adapted to receive a package of towels, said casing'being closed eX- cept for one end thereof, supporting and holding means therein arranged automatically to cooperate with devices on the package so that the package can move past said means in one direction only.

4. In a towel dispenser comprising, a casing permanently closed except at the bottom end, said casing adapted to receive through the bottom end a package of towels and wedge means in the casing to form a constricted passage for the upper end of the package when the latter is inserted and to cooperate With'devices on the package.

5. A towel dispenser comprising, inclosing walls forming a casing, said casing being open at the bottom, two downwardly pointing wedge shaped members arranged on the interior of the casing, one on each of two opposite vertical walls, said members being constructed to form a constricted passage for a package when pushed into the casing and prevent the removal of the package as a whole from the casing.

6. A towel dispenser, comprising an inclosing casing adapted to receive a package of towels and formed with a single opening for delivery of the towels and devices on the interior of said casing forming a constricted passage, said devices arranged automatically to engage a package when pushed into said casing through said opening and prevent the removal of the package as a whole from the casing.



Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. G."

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3667596 *May 27, 1970Jun 6, 1972Procter & GambleSheet dispensing unit
US4387832 *Feb 24, 1981Jun 14, 1983Sterling Drug Inc.Pre-moistened towelette dispensing package including flexibly adjustable tie device
U.S. Classification221/26, 221/33, 221/46
Cooperative ClassificationB65D33/001