US 1290386 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
H. L SMITH.
APPLICATION man SEPT- 26, 1913.
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NITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
HARRY LEES SMITH, OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
Specification of Letters fatent.
Patented Jan. 7, 1919.
Application filed September 26, 1918. Serial No. 255,733.
ments in Cartons, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in cartons, and particularly to cartons adapted to hold or contain bottles, such as bottles of medicine and the like.
The main object of my invention is to provide a carton having features whereby it is adapted to contain bottles or the like having various kinds of contents, and which is economical in the use of paper or paste board from which it is made.
At the present time it is customary among certain dealers, particularly with drug stores, to sell various articles under their own name which are manufactured and put up for them bysomeother manufacturer who sells the same goods to other dealers and which other dealers dispose of the same under their own names. In such a case it is.
desirable for the manufacturer to provide cartons for the bottles or the like, and to print upon these cartons the name of the dealers and also to print upon the labels on the bottles the names of the dealers, which means the resetting of type for the printing on the cartons and labels a great number of times. This can be avoided to a substantial extent by providing a carton which is the same for all dealers and attaching thereto a label especially printed for the dealer to whom the goods are sent. In such case the label attached may be identical with the label on the bottle or the like, and may be the same for different sizes of cartons, so that only one setting up of a label for the particular goods for the dealer is required, and no change is required on the carton for the particular goods in question. Likewise the cartons may be originally adapted to contains bottles of various kinds of goods so that with the change of goods no change is required in the body portion of the carton and in this way cartons not used with the particular goods on which they were originally intended may be used on other goods. This prevents serious loss in cartons and in paper or pasteboard from which they are made, which is a very important advantage especially at the present time.
Further objects, features and advantages will more clearly appear from the detailed description given below taken in connection with the accompanying sheet of drawings, which forms a part of this specification.
In the drawings Figure 1 is a perspective View of a carton embodying my invention in the preferred form, and with its contents removed and with the ends open. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the same carton with the contents therein nd the ends closed, and with the label attached to the carton swung aside so that the label on the bottle therein may be readily seen. Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the back side of the carton and its contents.
Referring to the various figures, 1 represents the front of the carton and 2 one of its sides. In the particular form illustrated the carton is provided with bottom closing flaps 3, 3 and i, and with top closingfiaps 5, 5 and 6. The front portion of the carton is provided with a front opening 7, this being rectangular in shape in the particular embodiment illustrated, although it may be of any shape desired. 8 represents a closure for the opening 7 which may belformed of pasteboard or heavy paper, and it is separate from or non-integral with the body portion of the carton, but is secured thereto so that it is adapted to close the opening 7 as ill-us trated in Fig. 1.. The closure 8 is preferably secured to the body portion of the carton by means of an eyelet 9, of well known construction, sothat the closure 8 is pivoted to the carton and is adapted to swing laterally away from the front opening to permit of the label 10 on the bottle 10 within the carton, to be easily and readily seen as illustrated in Fig. 2. As seen in Fig. 1, the top of the closure is below the top of the carton and the bottom of the closure is above the bottom of the carton so that when the closure is swung to one side it does not interfere with the base upon which the carton may be resting or with articles laid on the top of the carton. However, other suitable methods may be adopted for securing the closure 8 to the body portion of the carton. Ordinarily the label 10 will be placed upon the bottle by the manufacturer and will indicate or properly describe the contents of the bottle without mention of the actual manufacturer. The closure 8 is adapted to have printed thereon or attached thereto a label showing matter which will also indicate or properly describe the contents of the bottle and which will also indicate the particular dealer by which the goods are sold at retail. In this way the dealer may place his own label upon.
the carton, such labels being easily affixed thereto by means of the eyelet 9, or the closure 8 may be attached to the carton by the manufacturer, and the retailer may place his own label on the closure 8. The retailer does not have to open the carton, which may be sealed in any suitable manner, in order to determine the nature of the contents, as this may be ascertained by pushing aside the closure 8 and viewing the label on the bottle, and the retailer may be I thus guided in the matter which he puts unon the closure 8 along with his own name.
The arrangement described makes the carton adapted for general use by a large number of retailers thereby reducing the cost of cartons generally to each. If desired, the manufacturermay, of course, print the desired matter upon the closure 8 as well as upon the label 10 and in such case while this printing may be different for each retailer, he may use the same kind of cartons for each Without making any change in the printed matter upon the body portion of the cartons.
The back side'll of the carton is provided with one or more openings or windows as shown at 12 and 13, in order that the contents of the bottle may be easily viewed Without'opening the carton. In the embodiment shown the openings 12 and 13 are separated by a strip 14 serving as a strengthening portion connecting the two sides of the carton.-
The closure 8 makes the carton well adapted for display purposes, that is to say either empty or filled cartons may be used for display advertising, the closure 8 being adapted to have any desired advertising on it; After the contents are sold the carton may be retained by the seller and used over again for similar goods or for different goods by merely changing the closure 8. The material from which the carton is made may be waterproofed or be of waterproof material so that it may be washed, thereby extending the life of the carton.
While I have described my improvements in great detail and with respect to one particular embodiment thereof, I do not desire to be limited to such embodiment or details since many changes may be made and the invention embodied in widely differing forms without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention in its broader aspects. Hence, it is desired to cover all structures having the combination of features set forth in any one or more of the appended claims or the equivalents of such features.
lVhat I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
l. A bottle containing carton having top and-bottom closure flaps, and an opening in its front side through which a label on the bottle may be seen, and a closure for said opening non-integral with the carton and having its top below the top of the carton and its bottom above the bottom of the carton, said closure having label features thereon and being pivoted to the front side of the carton above said opening, so as to swing away from the opening to permit the label on the bottle to be seen through the opening, and whereby various closures with different label features thereon may-be applied to cartons of the same kind.
2. A bottle containing carton having top and bottom closure flaps, and an opening in its front side through which a label 011 the bottle may be seen, and a closure for said opening non-integral with the carton and having its top below the top of the carton and its bottom above the bottom of the carton, said closure having label features thereon and being pivoted to the front side of the carton above said opening, so as to swing away from the opening to permit the label on the bottle to be seen through the openand whereby various closures with different label features thereon may be applied to cartons of the same kind, said carton also having an opening in the back side thereof through which the contents of the bottle may be seen.
Signed at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York this 20th day of September A. D. 1918.
HARRY LEES SMITH.
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