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A. B. LINKER MATCH PACKAGE March 3, 1936.
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MATCH PACKAGE Original Filed July 23, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Mar. 3, .1936
UNITED STATES MATCH PACKAGE Abraham B. Linker, Philadelphia, Pa.
Refiled for abandoned application,
552,586, July 23, 1931.
Serial No. This application May 3,
1935, Serial No. 19,686
This invention relates to improvements in match packages and particularly to book match packages made of paper or cardboard and adapted for advertising purposes.
The usual packages of paper book matches used for advertising purposes is quite bulky, due to the arrangement of a double or triple row of matches arranged with the heads all on the same ends of the sticks and the heads of the several rows of matches arranged in adjacent relation. The bulkiness of the packages makes the matches undesirable to many persons and thus reduces the value of the package as an advertising medium. Despite the bulkiness of the usual match package only a small number of matches are contained therein.
The shape of the present match package is also not suited to general use and is undesirable particularly because removal of some of the matches changes the shape of the package, while the arrangement of the match sheets with contacting match heads causes deterioration of the heads and may even lead to fire hazards. All of the above disadvantages greatly reduce the value of the match packages which is the major use made of such matches.
It is, therefore, among the objects of the present invention to provide a match package in which the bulkiness previously thought unavoidable will be eliminated.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a match package in which a greater number of matches may be contained in the space heretofore required for a small number of matches.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a match package in which the matches will be so arranged as to produce a package of regular geometrical form.
Another object of the invention is to produce a match package in which removal of some of the matches will not substantially change the desirability of the package or impair the display of advertising thereon.
Another object of the invention is to provide a match package in which the match sticks are so formed that a strip of matches does not occupy a materially greater space than was occupied by the paper strip from which the match sticks are formed.
Another object of the invention is to provide a match package in which the head of each match is protected by unimpregnated portions of the sticks of adjacent matches.
Objects and advantages, other than those above set forth, will be apparent from the following description when read in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which;
Figure 1 is a front elevation of an elongated book of matches with the cover opened and showing the alternating arrangement of the heads of the matches of a single sheet or leaf,
Figure 2 is a cross-section of Figure 1 taken on the line AA thereof,
Figure 3 is a perspective view of Fig. 1,
Figure 4 is a front elevation of a package of matches with the cover open and showing a match leaf or sheet similar to that shown in Figure 1 but more nearly of the dimensions of the book,
Figure 5 is an end view of a book of matches, such as shown in Figure 4, with the cover closed,
Figure 6 is a perspective view of a book of matches such as shown in Figures 4 and 5, but showing the cover opened and one leaf of the matches folded back, and
Figure 7 is a front View of a book of matches showing an alternate form of match leaf formed of two symmetrical sections.
Referring to the drawings in detail, the numerals H! and H designate the front and back exterior leaves forming the cover of the book or package of matches. Such cover l0, H is preferably made of heavy paper or cardboard and is adapted to bear printed matter or to be otherwise formed to furnish an advertising display. As shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3, a single leaf H of matches may be secured within each cover or, as shown in Figures 5 and 6, a plurality of leaves l3, l4, l5, to, El, it, it, and 28 may be secured within each cover.
Each sheet of matches is formed from a leaf of properly treated material by cutting or punching the leaf or sheet into strips as at 26, 21, and 28 without however, completely severing the strips from the sheets. Alternating strips are then out free from each leaf or sheet at the same end and the free ends of the strips are dipped or otherwise treated to secure formation thereon of the heads. Thus the strips 26 and 28 remain fastened at the same end to the leaf and have the heads 36 and 32 formed thereon, whereas strip 21 remains attached to the opposite side of the leaf and has head 3! formed thereon. It will be seen that the heads of the matches do not contact and, because a slight recess is formed from the adjacent strip for each head, the completed leaf of matches is but slightly thicker than the original sheet of match stick material. A crease or a slight cut as indicated as at 34 is made in the continuous edge of each leaf opposite each match head to facilitate removal of the separate matches. When but a single leaf of matches is placed within each cover, the leaf is preferably fastened along the edges by staples or other suitable means as indicated at in Figure 1, but when a plurality of leaves are placed within a cover, the leaves are necessarily fastened at the ends thereof as shown at 36 in Figure 4.
If it is desirable for the purposes of ease in manufacturing, to avoid bending of the match sticks during the head forming operation, each leaf may be made as two symmetrical portions shown at 4| and 42 in Figure 7 and may then be combined and fastened within the cover to form a single leaf.
The matches are, of course, of the safety variety and are ignited by rubbing upon a special friction strip attached to the exterior of the cover as is now usual and which is therefore not shown.
. It will be seen that the present match package presents a match book in which a greater number of matches may be provided in a smaller space than was possible heretofore and the dimensions of the package remain uniform even though a portion of the matches are removed therefrom. The analogy of the package to a book may be further carried out by printing directly on the match sticks as on the leaves of a book, thus producing a novelty of great value in advertising. The head of each match is protected against contact with the head of another match thereby reducing danger of deterioration thereof and the possibility of a fire hazard when in use. The form of the package is such as to render the same desirable to all persons, hence increasing the value of the package as an advertising medium.
Although but two embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated and described, it
will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the appended claim.
What I claim is:
In a match package, a sheet of material cut inwardly from one edge to form continuous convolutions, defining adjacent match strips, the opposite ends of adjacent strips being headed and the sheet of material adjacent said opposite ends being split at the center of said head, and said matches and sheet of material forming a unitary structure.
ABRAHAM B. LINKER.