US 1330780 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented Feb. 17, 1920.
GEORGE W. BON'TE, on NEW YORK, N. Y.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Feb. 17, 1920.
Application filed January 2, 1917. Serial No. 140,143.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, GEORGE WV. BoN'rn, a citizen of the United States of America, residing in the borough of'Manhattan, city, county, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Receptacles, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to receptacles or holders for containing merchandise of various kinds and in which the same may be dispensed. The object of my invention is to produce a receptacle which shall be desirable in construction and appearance and which will thereafter have permanent value whereby the sale of the merchandise contained therein may be enhanced.
In carrying the foregoing object into effeet, I provide a receptacle which has separated feet or supports adapted to stand upright and to provide a space between them for the passage of light and air. Another object of my invention and advantage achieved thereby is the production of a receptacle which has a top of decreasing width and in which the back and front of the receptacle, together with the sides, are fiat and adapted to receive ornamentation, which, in connection with the general outline of the boX, have resemblance to a human figure, whereby a desirable and attractive box is presented. This box may, according to the character of the ornamentation, readily lend itself for use in toys, games,'etc., and, if employed, for instance, in connection with ornamentation consisting of letters of the alphabet, the receptacle will form a desirable childs toy block and the fact that these are employed in series will stimulate the sale of the particular merchandise contained in the receptacle in order to obtain the receptacle. Another advantage to which my invention readily lends itself is that the space at the bottom may be made to conform in shape to the projection at the upper part of the box so that these corresponding parts will nest or interlock when the boxes are packed, thereby economizing space and holding the boxes firmly in the packing case. Desirable forms in which my invention may be embodied are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein-- Figure 1 illustrates in perspective, partly broken, a receptacle constructed according to my invention;
Figs. 2, 3, 4 and 5 (the last two figures 1n reduced size) illustrate modifications of my invention. wherein the space at the bottom conforms to the outline of the top, and' Fig. 6 illustrates the box of Fig. 5 as nested or interlocked in shipment.
According to my invention, the receptacle is composed of two parts, to wit: a lower or body portion A and an upper or cover portion B. These parts are separable and, to hold them together, 1 preferably provide one of the said parts withja neck 0. This, in the drawings, is illustrated as being formed upon the lower or body portion A. One of the said parts of the box is made hollow for the purpose of containing the merchandise which is to be dispensed with the box. In the drawings, the lower or body portion A is the part which is illustrated as hollow, and, for many uses, the upper or cover portion B may also be made hollow. The lower portion A is provided with separated feet or supports D, D, and these supports are adapted to engage the surface upon which they rest at both the front and the rear so that the box may be stood upon its bottom or base. In Fig. l the feet are illustrated as having flat bases of the full width of the box fromfront to rear and being of appreciable width from side to side Between the said feet is formed a space E and this space is of utility in connection with the box. The box is intended primarily as a display box for the sale of merchandise, for which purpose the box will he stood upright where it will catch the eye of the purchaser. Boxes of this character are largely sold in drug stores and candy stores and are stood upon the top of glass counters or show cases. In such use a large number of boxes having the usual fiat bottoms tend to shut out the light from whatever is behind them, including the contents of the case, and also prevent free circulation of air. My improved box,-
therefore, by providing a space E, not only permits light to pass through, but also insures a circulation of air and proper ventilation.
The box is formed with its front F of flat shape, the respective portions of the upper and lower parts of the box being in alinement and the back of the box is similarly formed. Likewise the side G is flat throughout the larger part of its length and the opposite side is correspondingly shaped. Therefore, these surfaces are particularly adapted for the reception of ornamentation, an example of which being illustrated in Fig. 1, which renders the box attractive and assists in the sale of the merchandise. In order that the box may be rendered desirable as a toy and so increase the sale of the merchandise contained therein, I may apply to the surface ornamentation or devices which may render the box useful as toys or parts of a game. For this purpose the box may be ornamented with alphabets. The box shown in Fig. 1, constitutes one member of such an alphabetical series. Their shape will then render them useful as blocks, and, in order to obtain a complete set of blocks, purchasers must buy several of the boxes.
The outline of the box, it will be perceived, bears a certain resemblance to the human figure, the upper part of the box being of diminishing width and having a certain general resemblance to the head, the solid portion serving as the body, and the separated feet or supports having a general resemblance to the legs and feet of the human figure. This, of course, may be accentuated and rendered apparent by the application of suitable ornamentation thereto, an example of such ornamentation being illustrated in Fig. 1. The box may be ornamented as soldiers or as grotesque figures.
In Figs. 2 to 5 of my invention, I have illustrated a shape of box wherein the top is the same shape as the bottom but is reversed, and this is for the purpose of enabling the box to be nested or interlocked as illustrated in Fig. 6. This interlocking or nesting will serve two purposes. In the first place, it is a desirable feature in packing the boxes for shipment, both in economizing space and holdin each box against movement; second, it will be an attractive feature in displaying the boxes, in that it is unusual and will attract attention and, furthermore, if the boxes are respectively decorated with ornamentation in series so that they collectively form a game, this fact may be advertised by the appearance of the boxes when stacked up. It will be obvious that in packing the boxes, each case may contain all of the boxes necessary to make a complete set or game.
In Fig. 2 the top portion B has a substantially pointed projection H and the space E is correspondingly shaped. In Fig. 8 the projection II is formed by cutting out the material at each side of the top, producing the shoulders I, and the space E at the bottom conforms to the shape of the projection. In Fig. 5 I have illustrated a box which is useful for holding toilet powder and, accordingly, the projection H, which is of rounded outline, has on its side sloping shoulders I which will provide against catching the powder and is perforated at J. The recess E at the bottom is similarly shaped and is likewise provided with sloping shoulders K which conform to the shoulders I so that these boxes may be stacked as illustrated in Fig. 6. The box of Fig. 1 is also illustrated as being perforated.
The receptacle illustrated may serve as a container for various purposes, for instance, chocolate, candies and, in fact, almost any kind of small merchandise. Theirquaint and unusual appearance and their desirable structural features will commend the receptacles to the purchasers and to the merchants and their adaptability forornamentation, which may have a permanent value, will add to their attractiveness fromthe customers point of view and to their desirability from the manufacturers and merchants viewpoint.
While I have illustrated'in the accompanying drawings the most desirable forms of my invention known to me, it is obvious that the invention is not limited tosuch forms as the number of modified forms which are illustrated show the ease with which modifications may be made therein. It is further obvious that, while I regard the nesting or interlocking feature of importance, my invention is not necessarily limited thereto. These and other modifications within the limits of the appended claims are included in my invention.
hat I claim is 1. A box having a body portion open at one end and a separablecoverfor such end, the body portion having atthe other end supports or feet spaced apart for affording a space for passage of light and air, and said cover having a projection conforming in shape to the shape of the said space, whereby a plurality of said boxes may be nested together.
2. A box having a body portion open at one end, and having a space out out at its other end for the passage of light and air and having a cover for said open end, the outward configuration of said cover conforming to the cut out space, whereby said cover may be stored or nested in such space.
In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name.
GEORGE W. BONTE.
Witnesses FRANK B. OAUDEN,