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Publication numberUS1374956 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 19, 1921
Filing dateAug 8, 1919
Priority dateAug 8, 1919
Publication numberUS 1374956 A, US 1374956A, US-A-1374956, US1374956 A, US1374956A
InventorsSchneider Anthony
Original AssigneeAmerican Cigar Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
End-opening carton
US 1374956 A
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Patenfed Apr. 19, 1921.

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END-OPENING oanron. i I I To all whom it may concern: I

Be it known thatI, ANTHONY SCHNEI- DER, a citizen of the United States residing at ippany, in the county of Morris and State of New J ersey,have invented new and useful Improvements in End-Opening Cartons, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to containers and espasteboard cartons of the. endopening type. Owing to their fragile nature, cigars are pecially to generally packed in wooden or metal containers, which protect them from damage caused by chance blows. A demand has -arisen/however, for smaller portable packages, and pastebo'ard containersfor this purpose have been devised.

One common type is composed of continuously connected side walls with tucked-in. end flaps so that the cigars are readily accessible by folding back an end flap; and

ordinarily such cartons are composed. of ,a

single blank folded and glued together in-a' very simple way. This type of container is very desirable from the standpoint of manufacture, as it is cheap, simple and strong; but in use it is open to serious objection. As the cigars are necessarily packed very tightly together, theextraction of the first cigar is attended with considerable difiiculty.

. The ends of the cigars are close together -opportnnity to grasp a cigar.

and the sides of the carton extend flush with Consequently, the force necessary to insert-the finger tips between the ends of adjacent c1- g rS to grasp and extract one is conslderable, and usually results in the 'brealnng or marring of the. wrappers of ad acent c gars. 7

To avoid this difiiculty, a two-piece carton has come into general use composed of an outer foursided casing and an inner slide. portion having tucked-in end flaps, this portion being adapted to slide endwlse out .of the casing to release the end flap and expose the ends and part of the sides ofthe cigars. While this form of carton permits the ready removal of cigars without dam i In use it is preferable; but from the manu-- age, its two-part structure renders it considerably more expensive to manufacture and assemble than the type first described.

facturing standpoint, theformer construction is much more desirable.

view through Fig. 2, and r of a form'bfblankof. either y as integral with back 11 and hasvconnected flap 16 which is relatively 9 5 preferably are proin the sameway Specification of Letters Patent. Patented ,Aplh' 19, 1921- Application filed August a, 1919. Serial no. 816,058. a


v The object of my invention is to produce a carton combin' ufacture inherent in the former type, with the advantages of the latter type invactual use. Furthermore, I have provided such a carton made from'a singleblank cut out and assembled as readily as the first-described type, and one WhlCll is provided with means for exposing the ends and adjacent porg the advantages of mantlons of the sides of the cigars contained my construction. is such carton in open position,

sealing either by' a label,

F 1g. 2 1s a similar view of the carton closed and sealed,

Fig.3 is a vertical transverse sectional Fig.4 is a plan view which may be (1. I y carton is rectangular and elongated in form, having a flat front 10 and a flat back 11 and connecting sides 12. These are pref- "erably formed from a single blank of maaof terial, as shown in Fig. 4.; The bottom portion 13 is connected to the body of the carton in any desired way, preferably to the lower edge ofeither front 10 or back 11; and bottom 13, has the usual tucking flap 14. A top 15 is hinged to the upper edge the front or the back, being shown thereto a tucking elongated for a-purpose to be hereinafter explained. Sides 12 vided with tabs 17 adapted to be folded inwardly to completely close the corners of is substantially the same as the standard construction 'of one type of container now in use as above indicated, and is assembled by connecting back ll with one side 12 as by a lap 18 onthe back and glued to side 12 It will be apparent that in accordance with such standard construction, other arrangements of the parts in the blank may bemade and other means of connecting the parts of the blank to form a carton are well-known, this portion of the .the' carton. The'structure' so far described.

1 construction forming'no part of my invention. To facilitate ready-access to the ends of the cigars adjacent top 15, I slit front 10 downwardly from its upper edge adjacent to or at the side edges thereof, as at 19 to form front flap 20, adapted to be'folded outwardly along line 21, which preferably is scored on the blank. It has been found in By bending flap 20 forward, opening the' top by extracting tuckingfla'p 16, and bending the top and rear flap 23 backward, a substantial portion of the upper ends of the cigars is exposed, and the careful extraction of a cigar is rendered easy. Furthermore, it is apparent that when the flap 20 is in the position shown in Fig. 1 it will serve as a guide to direct the end 16 of the long flap 23 to its closed position between the short flap and the carton contents.

t is customary, in order to preserve the proper amount of moisture in the cigars, to provide a wrappin therefor, .as at 25, commonly consisting of an inner sheet of paper and an outer sheet of 'tin foil 26, or other substance impervious to moisture. \Vith the type of standard carton first described above, afforded further obstruction to the proper extraction of cigars. lVith my type of construction it will be apparent that the opening at both front and back permits not only the unfolding of the upper end of the wrapping; but it enables the user to pull the wrapper away from the exposed sides of the cigars so as to obtain a good grip thereon. Furthermore, if desired, the cigarsmay be grasped at both sides and pulled a short distance out of the box to extract a cigar,

a process which makes the exposure of both sides of the ci ar ends necessary.

WVhile the front flap 20 may be held in closed position by various means, such as interengaging elements on the front flap and tucking flap 16 or top 15, I preferably utilize for that purpose a strip 27, which preferably consists of the ordinary revenue stamp which must, in any event, be placed on the carton, thus afiording a positive and complete closing of the package. As these packages are packed close together, such sealing is not absolutelyv necessary. It will be noted that, as shown, in Fig. 3, I have constructed tucking flap 16 of suflicient an unfolded end of this wrapping length to extend inside front 10 below fold line 21, thus insuring complete closure of 55 the packa e, regardless of the position of flap 20. his construction, moreover, insures the complete closing even if flap 20 becomes damaged or torn off in use.

I have described my invention as primarily applicable to cigars, as it is designed to meet a peculiar difficulty incident to the packaging thereof; but certain features of my construction are obviously applicable to any end-opening carton for use with relatively fragile articles.

While I have described a preferred form of my invention,

tions and embodiments thereof as fall within the spirit of, the inyention as set forth in this specification and falling within the scope of the claims.

I claim:

1. A carton having a closure for one end, comprising one short and one long side flap each outwardly foldable on lines below the carton top, the long side flap being sufficiently long to extend over the carton topand down below the fold line of the short side flap, the short flap being of such length that when slightly bent outwardly it serves as a guide to direct the lon flap to its closed position between the fold line of the short flap and the carton contents.

2. A carton permanently closed at its bottom, the other end having two side flaps, the flaps being foldable on lines below the carton top, one flap being sufliciently long to extend over the carton top and down below the fold line of the opposite flap, said opposite flap being of such length that when slightly bent outwardly it serves as a guide my invention is not confined thereto, but includes such mod1fica-' to direct the,end of the long flapto its closed position between the fold line of the short flap and the carton contents.

3. A carton made from a single sheet of material permanently closed at its bottom, the other end having two end and two side flaps, the two side flaps being foldable on lines scored into the material below the carton top, one flap being sufiiciently long to extend over the carton and down below the fold line of the opposite flap, said long flap having another fold line at the edge of the top and a third fold line to form another edge of the carton top, said opposite flap terminating at the carton top and when slightly bent outwardly serving as a guide to direct the end of the long flap to'its closedposition between the fold line of the short flap and the carton contents.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand.


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U.S. Classification229/125.37, 206/268, 229/146, 229/152, 229/123, 229/909
International ClassificationB65D85/10, B65D5/02
Cooperative ClassificationY10S229/909, B65D5/02, B65D85/1036
European ClassificationB65D5/02, B65D85/10G