US 2096578 A
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Oct. 19, 1937. w. B. FLANAGAN CAN Filed Aug. 14, 1955 INVENTOR Wflm 1 M M4 ATTORNEYS Patented Oct. 19, 1937 UNITED STATES smear oi'riee Application August 14,
My invention. relates to cans of the kick-can type.
The object of my invention is to provide a can that may be opened or closed with a minimum of 5 noise and in which the means employed for this purpose may be made in straight lengths of elastic resilient material and thereafter be cut to the proper length and easily applied to the can in practically fixed relation without the use of cement or other holding means.
A further object is to provide a can that will confine the odor of its contents.
Referring to the drawing which forms a part of these specifications:
Fig. 1 is an elevational View of a can shown partly in section and disclosing the insulating means fixed thereon.
Fig. 2 is a view of the under side of the cover taken on line 2-2 of Figure 1, disclosing the insulating means carried thereon.
Fig. 3 is a plan view taken on line 3-3 of Figure 1.
Fig. 4 is a fragmental sectional view taken on line 4-4 of Figure 2.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged view of a portion of the lower end of the can with the insulating means thereon; shown in cross section.
Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a short section of the insulating strip carried by the cover, with One of the tab portions which normally rests between the under side of the cover and top rim portion of the can.
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a portion of the lower strip which embraces the lower end of the 5 can casing or body portion.
indicates a metal casing or can which is cylindrical in shape and is provided with an outwardly extending beaded rim I I at its upper end, and 52 indicates the inwardly and upwardly extending beaded lower end of the casing.
13 indicates the lower insulating strip.
It indicates the cover of the can which is hinged at 5 and operated by a foot pedal I6 in he usual manner.
it indicates the upper insulating strip, and Il a tab portion formed integral therewith.
The strip I3 is made of soft resilient elastic rubber and is formed as shown in Figure '7, its lower portion being formed to provide a tubular rim 5% which is stretched over and embraces the lower bead I2 as shown.
The upper part of the strip forms a resilient band which is thickened along its upper edge E8 to increase its stiffness and resilient action when curved to fit the inner wall of the casing to which 1935, Serial No. 36,046
it clings by reason of its tendency to straighten toits original straight condition, and the frictional contact of the band as a whole causes the strip: to firmly adhere to the inner wall of the casing in practically fixed relation therewith.
It is further held to the casing by the fact that the curved portion I8 is stretched at its outer upper edge and caused to assume a greater diameter than it had prior to being attached to the bead of the casing.
The cover is formed with an outwardly extending beaded rim I9 and with a flattened surface 20 formed above the bead and extending inwardly a short distance. 7
The strip I! is formed to provide an elastic tube which is stretched over the bead I9 and adheres thereto as illustrated in Figure 4, and the tabs 51 extend across said surface 20 of the cover and normally rests on the top of the bead I I.
The bead I9 and bead II are normally spaced apart a distance corresponding to the thickness of the rubber strip as illustrated at 2|.
By this arrangement, the inner bead is entirely concealed when the cover is closed, and the rubher at both the bottom and top edges of the can serves to present a neat and ornamental appearance.
It will be observed that it is the circular rubber band portion positioned between the beads I I and I 9 that seals the can at this point and also serves to dampen the sound that may be generated in the final closing instant.
In the event that an inner container is used and suspended by a bead formed at its top edge in the usual manner, the tabs II' would rest on the top rim of the container, but in this event the rubber band portion located between the beads I I and I9 would still serve to seal the can, as will be readily understood.
By the use of the rubber insulation at both the upper and lower ends of the casing, the device operates without noise, and the band at the lower end of the casing permits movement in contact with a floor without the scraping sound usually heard.
A further advantage is that the I additional weight of the can as a whole prevents the can from upsetting so easily when the cover is being lifted from the casing.
When worn, the rubber parts may be easily rer moved and new ones furnished at a low cost.
Having thus described my invention I claim as new:
1. A can comprising a body portion having an outwardly extending beaded upper edge, a cover therefor having an outwardly extending hollow bead cylindrical in cross section and an inwardly extending plane surface formed on its under side adjacent to said bead, an insulating divided strip of elastic rubber carried by and enclosing said bead on the cover and fitting between said bead and the bead on the body portion, in close frictional relation; the construction being such that the bead on the can will contact the rubber strip prior to its full seating. V
2. The construction as stated in claim 1, together with; said strip of rubber having inwardly extending tab portions resting in contact with the plane surface mentioned to permit the strip to bend without buckling.
3. The construction as stated in claim 1, together with; and a rubber tab resting on the under side of the cover above the upper edge of the body portion.
4. A can of the character described comprising a cylindrical body portion having a beaded upper edge, a cover hinged to said body portion having a depending outer rim, a band of resilient insulating material carried on the inner side of said depending rim and adapted to rest between and close the space between the said rim and the upper outer edge of the body portion; the construction being such that the band will contact the bead on the can prior to complete closure to prevent undue noise, and said band having a tab which extends inwardly therefrom and normally rests on the upper edge of the body portion to prevent the adjacent parts from contacting.
5. A can comprising a cylindrical body portion having a beaded upper edge, a cover hinged thereto and having a depending flange beaded at its lower edge, a tubular strip of rubber normally formed in a straight piece with a slot in one side extending longitudinally thereof, and having laterally extending tab portions fixed thereon; said strip being bent to conform to and fit over the head of the cover and rest in the space between the beads in contact therewith to form a seal when the cover is in its closed position on the can; said tab portions then resting between the cover and over the bead of the can.
WILLIAM B. FLANAGAN.