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O- H. PIERCE LABEL ROLL CONTAINER May 18, 1937.
Filed May 15, 1935 I Ira/anion I 108cm- [Pr'erce Patented May 18, 1937 UNITED STATES are,
PATENT OFFICE LABEL ROLL CONTAINER Application May 15, 1935, Serial No. 21,590
The principal objects of this invention are to provide a container for rolls of labels which will effectively protect the label strip from being damaged or soiled through handling, and which will permit of the rolls being readily placed upon and removed from a typewriter without damage to the label strip and to enable the strip being rolled back into the container when it is removed from the typewriter.
A further and important object is to provide means for readily re-winding the roll to withdraw any portion thereof projecting from the con tainer so as to protect it from injury, and to enable such re-winding to be accomplished without removing the roll from the container.
The principal feature of the invention consists in providing a box adapted to contain a roll of labels and having a slot from which the labels are withdrawn, the ends of the container having openings through which the core, upon which the labels are mounted, extends to form a means for rotating the label roll without removing it from the box.
In the accompanying drawing, Figure 1 is a diagrammatic perspective view of a typewriter showing my improved label container mounted on the carriage thereof.
Figure 2 is an enlarged perspective view of my improved label container showing the label strip partly withdrawn therefrom, and illustrating the means for re-winding the withdrawn strip.
Figure 3 is an end elevational view of the container shown in the position illustrated in Figure 1 and showing the typewriter platen in section.
Figure 4 is a longitudinal sectional view of the container showing the roll therein.
Figure 5 is an end elevation of a slightly modiiied form of the container.
In commercial establishments where a considerable number of small packages are dispatched by mail or express, it is customary to use the typewriter in addressing labels, and these labels are usually prepared in long strips rolled. The rolled strips are usually packaged in small cardboard containers and the label strips can be with drawn from the container through the slit formed aiong the longitudinal edge where the inturned flap of the closure cover extends.
Referring to the accompanying drawing, it will be seen that the container l formed with the rectangular ends 2 and the top and bottom flaps 3 and l are turned inwardly in the usual manner.
The roll of perforated gummed paper 5 which is printed to form the label, has its end drawn out through one of the slits 6 'where the inturned cover ,flap 4 is arranged.
The roll of label paper is mounted upon a core 1, which is preferably in the form of a cardboard tube, and the ends of the container are provided with openings preferably in the form of diagonal slots 8 through which the ends of the cores extend a suflicient distance to enable the use of the thumb and forefinger to wind up the roll. The diagonally arranged slot 8 is preferable, though a round centrally arranged hole 9 may be used as is shown in Figure 5.
When the container is provided with a diagonal slot it will be seen that as the position of the container is usually at a 45 angle, being mounted on the carriage of a typewriter in the manner shown, the core I extends through the slots and the said slots are practically perpendicular and the roll of paper settles in the bottom corner of the container and will always engage the downwardly converging walls in light frictional contact preventing excessive unwinding and consequent buckling of the rolled strip within the container. 'The roll is drawn around the platen of the typewriter and is typed in the usual manner.
When the roll is removed from the typewriter there will be several inches of the printed label forms projecting from the container and it is desirable to have these covered and moved out of harm's way, and with the construction shown it is a very simple matter to take hold of either or both of the projecting ends of the core l of the label and wind up the roll, withdrawing the labels projecting from the box thereinto.
The box or container may then be put away ready for further use and the labels will be pro tected.
When the labels are to be again brought into use it is merely necessary to turn the roll slightly by means of the projecting core end to force the end of the label strip out through the slit between the cover flap and the side wall of the container when the thumb and forefinger of the hand may be used to pull it out further.
This invention is extremely simple but it is of very great importance in that it accomplishes its purpose of protecting the label strip, keeping it dry and clean and free from having its edges damaged or from loss of larger portions through carelessness or inadvertence.
The handling and operation of the roll is extremely simple and it is important to note that the entire object is accomplished with an imperceptible difierence in cost.
What I claim as my invention is:-
l. The combination with a typewriter to which a rolled strip of labels is to be fed, of a box enclosing said rolled strip having slots through the ends, a core secured centrally of the rolled strip and projecting through said slotted ends to form finger grips, said box being adapted to be supported by the typewriter carriage with two of its sides diverging upwardly from opposite sides of a substantially vertical plane with the said slots disposed in said vertical plane whereby the roll is permitted to rest in the lower angled corner of the box in frictional braking contact with the said diverging sides while unrolling, said finger grips providing means for readily rolling the unwound labels back upon the roll when the required length of the roll has been typed.
2. A label roll container for co-operation with a typewriter comprising a box having a slot to permit the egress of the label strip and having guide slots extending across the ends, and a core in said box on which the label roll is wound, said core having a finger grip portion co-axial therewith and extending outwardly through said end slots well beyond the end of the box to enable the label strip being readily rotated to withdraw the end projecting through the slot, said box being adapted to be supported on the carriage of the typewriter with the end slots in an upright position, said slots serving to permit free downward displacement of the roll and core as the roll is used to maintain the roll in frictional contact with the bottom of the box during use irrespective of the size of the roll on the core and serving further to prevent undesired lateral freedom of movement or rolling displacement of the roll on the box surface with which it frictionally contacts.
3. A container for label rolls to facilitate the handling thereof in typewriters, said container being of substantial rectangular form, a core upon which the label roll is mounted, said core projecting from the end thereof to form a finger grip beyond the container end for the purpose of rotating the roll, said container having a longitudinal slot through which the label strip feeds, and-a diagonal slot in the end through which the core projects, said diagonal slot permitting the roll to always rest in frictional braking contact with the side wall of-the container.
4. A label roll container for co-cperation with a typewriter comprising a rectangular box having a hinged cover formed with a flap, said box having a longitudinal slit at one side extending between the side wall of the box and the flap of the cover, said container having slots in the ends disposed in a plane extending diagonally of the box ends toward the said slit, a core extending through the container having its ends projecting through said diagonal slots and upon which core the label strip is mounted, the core ends being projected beyond the slotted ends of the box to form finger grips to permit of its being rotated from the outside, said box being adapted to rest on the typewriter carriage with the diagonal slots disposed in an upright plane whereby the label roll will be allowed to rest during use in frictional braking contact with the said cover and the adjacent lower side of the box.
OSCAR H. PIERCE.