US 1915958 A
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DRINKING CUP HOLDER Filed Dec. 2:5, 1951 June 27, 1933.
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Y M B /QU o d M Patented June 27, 1933 UNITED- STATES JOHN F. SKIRROW, OF SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY DRINKING CUP HOLDER.
Application led December 23,' 1931. Serial No. 582,743.
Important objects of the present invention are, to provide a simple, cheap and satisfactory holder for supporting a drinking cup or the like while in use, and to provide such a holder designed for convenient temporary attachment to an automobile window sill.
Other `objects of the invention will appear hereinafter. Y
In the drawing, Fig. 1 is a plan View of the w blank for forming the cup holder;
Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the cup holdf er; and
Fig. 3 is a sectional view showing the cup holder operatively mounted upon an automobile window sill.
The cup holder is made of an elongated, rectangular strip 1 of suitable sheet material, such as pasteboard, for example, having a required stiffness. At longitudinally spaced oints said strip has a plurality of transverse, parallel fold creases or weakened lines 2, 3, 4 and 5, dividing the strip into relatively foldable sections designated 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Section 7 is the cup-supporting section and it has a round cup-receiving aperture 11. Said section also has a numberof smaller apertures 12 spaced around the cup-receiving aperture to receive spoons, knives,y forks, or the like. At a point spacedinward from the crease 2 thesection 'i' has a transverse slit 13 and the end section 1() of the' strip has a dovetailed locking tongue 14 to interlock in said slit, as'will be rdescribed hereinafter. The section 6 at one side of the cup-holding section is an attaching and supporting section and the section at the opposite side of the cup-holding section and comprising the subsections 8, 9 and 10, is foldable into a form to assist in supporting the cup-holding section and also form a shelf therebeneath.-
In forming the holder into operative shape the section 6 is folded down at a right angle to the cup-holding section to form a depend-- ing attaching leaf or tongue. Sections 8, 9 and 10 are folded downward, laterally inward and upward respectively into approximately U-form beneath the cup-supporting section. and the tongue 14 is inter-locked in the slot 13. The sections then form a box-like strue- 50 ture open at opposite sides and the depending vthe maximum diameter of the tapered cup leaf 6 is laterally offset from saidstructure. The cup holder is designed primarily for mounting at the sill S of an automobile window having a wall pocket below the window aperture and receiving the verticall slidable glass windowpanel 1:.r Said poc tet. opens upward through the sill and usually there is clearance between the inner face of the panel and the opposed wall of the pocket, forming a crevice. The attaching leaf 6 of the holder is inserted downward into said crevice, until the portion of the cup-holding section 7, between said leaf and the slit 13, rests upon the sill. The adjacent upwardly folded section 10 of the holder is positioned to Contact with 65 the wall below the window and the three folded sections 8, 9 and l() serve to brace the cup-holding section and support it horizontally to form a shelf. Section 9 also forms a shelf spaced below the cup-holding shelf. Section 6 also has an aperture 15 elongated crosswise and centrally enlarged. This aperture enables the cup holder to be attached to the door handle of an automobile. The handle is insertable through the aperture into the space between the sections 6 and 10 and the latter section may bear against the handle to support the holder in proper position.
When lunching. in an automobile it is, usually diflicult to find a suitable place to rest a drinking cup. This is particularly true when a paper cup is used. Coffee or other iiuid in the cup causes the bottom of the cup to. bulge and leak. Also, the cup may becometoo hot to hold comfortably. My improved holder forms a convenient and satisfactory support 'for such a cup. The cup-receiving aperture is made smaller than so that the latter wedges in the aperture 20 with its upper portion protruding for grasping it and the bottom of the cup spaced well above the lower shelf 9. Said lower shelf serves to catch any leakage from the cup. The ylower shelf also affords a convenient support for condiments and articles of food. Spoons and the like may also be inserted in the smaller apertures 12 and supported by the holder. The holder may be employed otherwise than by attachment to a window sill or to a door handle. It will, for example, stand upright upon a picnic table or other support and hold the cup and other articles. The holder is extremely simple and inexpensive and it is designed to render it easy to fold into shape and easy to mount in place. It may be carried in a flat, collapsed form, either stretched out or compactly folded one or more times.
What I claim is: 1. A collapsible drinking cup holder comrising a strip of sheet material transverseycreased for folding at a plurality of longitudinally spaced points, the creases dividing the strip into a plurality of sections includin a cup-holding medial section horizonta y disposable and having a cup-receiving aperture, an end section foldable downward from one edge of said cup-holding section to form a depending supporting leaf insertable into a crevice, and a section foldable downward from the opposite edge of the cup-holding section and into approximately U-form therebeneath and having a free end formed with a locking tongue, the cup-supporting section having a slit located betweenthe cup-receiving aperture and the `juncture of the supporting leaf and the cup-supporting section and spaced materially inward from said juncture and adapted to lockably receive said locking tongue.
2. A collapsible drinking cup holder comprising a single strip of pasteboard having our transverse creases dividin the strip into a plurality of sections inclu ing a cupholding medial section horizontally disposable and having a cup-receiving aperture, a downwardl `foldable section at one side of said cup-ho ding section to form a depending supporting leaf for insertion into a window sill crevice, and three successive sections atthe opposite side of the cup-holding section and includin .a section immediately adjacent the cup-hol lng-section and foldable downward therefrom, afollowing section materially shorterthan the cup-holding section and foldable to a substantially horizontal position to form a drip-receiving and article sup orting shelf spaced beneath thecu hol in section, and a followin upwar y foldab e end section having a loc ing tongue at its outer end, the cup-ho ding section having a slit to rockably receive said tongue .located between the cup-receiving aperture and the downwardly foldable supporting' section'and spaced materially inward from the latter to hold the upwardly foldable end section spaced from said supporting leaf for thepurpose set forth. v
3'. A collapsible drinking cup holder mountable 4upon the handle of a vehicle door and comprising a single strip of sheet material transverse y creased for folding at a plurality of longitudinally' spaced points, the
creases dividing the strip into a. pluiality holdin section and into approximately'U- form t erebeneath to form a bracing structure engageable with the outer face of the door handle to support `the cup-holding section and formed at its outer end with a locking tongue, the' cup-supporting section having a slit located between the cup-receiving aperture and the juncture of the supporting leaf and the cup-supporting section and spaced materiallyinward from ysaid juncture and adapted to lockably receive said locking tongue to hold said bracing structure in shape and hold it spaced from the supporting leaf to accommodate the door handle therebetween. Y
4. A collapsible drinking cup holder com prising a strip of sheet :materialA creased for folding at a plurality of longitudinally spacedpoints, the creases dividing the strip into a plurality of'sections including a cupholding medial section horizontally disposable, an end section `Foldable downward at one side of said cup-holding section to form a depending supportingj tongue insertable into a crevice in a window sill, and a section at the opposite side df the cup-holding secable downward from the latter and tion fol engageable with the lower margin of the window to brace the shelf, and releasable fastening means borne by the strip to secure said bracin section to the cup-holding section to hol the bracing section in bracing position.
5. A collapsible drinking cup holder comprising a strip of sheet material creased for folding on a plurality of lines, the creases dividing the strip into a lurality of sections including a horizontall; disposable cupholding section having a cup-receiving aperture, an end`section foldable downward lio at one side of said cup-holding section to'.
mately U-form to form a bracing under struc-- ture spaced from said to -forming section and engageable with t e lower margin of the window to brace the cup-holding section, and releasable fastening means borne by the strip to secure said bracing section to-the cup-holding section in bracing position.
In testimony whereofI hereunto atlix my signature.
' JOHN F. SKIRROW.