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Publication numberUS1319281 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 21, 1919
Filing dateMay 12, 1917
Publication numberUS 1319281 A, US 1319281A, US-A-1319281, US1319281 A, US1319281A
InventorsH. Hoberg
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paper-towel container
US 1319281 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)




1,319,281. Patented 001211919.'



Specication of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 21, 1919.

Appilcation filed4 May 12, 1917. Serial No. 168,084.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRANK H. HOBERG, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Green Bay, in the county of Brown and State of Wisconsin, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Paper-Towel Containers, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawino.

I he invention relates to containers, and especially to containers for papertowels and v the like, wherein a stack of towels is interfolded, or interleaved, such that one end of.

the lowermost towel extends through a slot provided in the bottom of the container, and upon withdrawal of the lowermost towel the end of the next towel will be caused to project through thesame slot. p

The principal object of the lnvention consists in the provision of a container with a plurality of pivotally mounted bottom sections which are adapted to tilt independently from one another in accordance with the withdrawal of a towel from either side of the stack, whereby the least amount o'f contact and friction, due to the weight of the stack, is obtained.

Another object of the invention aims at the provision lof spaced tiltable bottom plates, whereby the slot deiined by the same is automatically widened each time` a towel is withdrawn', thus enabling a personl to better grasp the projecting end of a towel.

It also forms an object of the invention to provide certain details and features of construction and combinations whereby the function of the container is greatly improved and its general desirability enhanced.

The invention consists in the nove-l arrangement as described in the following specification, specifically pointed out in the appended claims forming a part thereof,

and illustrated in the accompanying draw-l ing, in which- Figure 1 is across section of the container, showing the stack of towels interfolded, and the front hinged bottom section in a tilted position which it assumes when 'a towel is withdrawn from that side of the stack.

Fig. 2 is a section similar to Fig. 1 showing the other bottom section in tilted position.

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the container with the door in the open position.

Referring to the several figures in the drawing, 1 generally denotes a' container preferably, although not necessarily, of rectangular construction and made of suitable material, such as wood, sheet metal, or the like. The container comprises a side wall Zand opposite thereof a door 3 provided with a latch 4 to secure the closedI position 'of the door subsequent to the filling of the container with the stack of paper or the like. The container also comprises the end walls 5, 6 and a bottom, which consists of a pair of pivotally mounted plates 7 and 8, which are designed to form the `support for the stack of paper, and simultaneously to be maintained in a fixed predetermined position by the content of the container.

As will be readily seen from Figs. 1 and 2, the plates 7 and 8 are arranged on longitudinal shafts 9 and 10, respectively, which are journaled in boxes 1l provided atthe end walls 5 and 6 of the container. Pins 12 and 13 serve to limit thepivotal movement of the plates in either direction. The plates are formed at their outer ends with downturned flanges 14, whereby an engagement between the longitudinal edges of the plates and the stack is effectively prevented when the plates aretilted in downward direction upon the removal of a towel. The bottom plates are also equipped with a plurality of transverse ribs 15 which form the support proper for the stack and prevent a continuous engagement between the plates and the stack, thus minimizing the friction due to contact and weight of the stack.

It is obvious that when, for instance, the end 16 of the paper stack is withdrawn, the edge 17 must curl under in order to pass through theJ slot obtained by the spaced bottom plates. The downturned iiange 14 of the plates thus effectively eliminates any contact between the edge of the stack and the plate, thus eliminating friction at the initial movement of the towel. The same con- The cover is provided With an elongated slot 19, whereby the number of sheets in the container may be ascertained Without necessitating the opening of the door.

lVhile the drawing illustrates the preferred embodiment of the invention, it is nevertheless not my intention of limiting myself strictly to the details as shown, but to avail myself of any departures which fairly fall Within the scope of my invention, as set forth in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A Container for sheets of paper and the like, including a plurality of spaced bottom plates, said plates -being mounted on shafts extending in longitudinal direction intermediate the Width of said plates and tion, said plates being provided with a plurality of transverse ribs and an outer downturned flange, each of said' plates being adapted to be tilted independently of the other, upon withdrawal of a sheet of paper.

In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification221/54
Cooperative ClassificationA47K10/424