US 2212340 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented Aug. 20, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
The following specification relates to novel and useful improvements in covered toilet boxes. These boxes are small lightweight articles generally molded in one piece of plastic material.
Such boxes are made in varying forms and shapes to contain toilet articles such as brushes, mancuring tools, cosmetic packages and tubes, soap and the like. Very frequently the articles or material left in the boxes are damp. The conditions of temperature and handling of-such boxes is such that some means must be provided to maintain the contents in good condition, inodorous and ventilated. At the same time it is quite desirable that the impression be given of a tightly closed box. v
A purpose of my invention is to provide for a covered toilet box whichy is suitably vented to insure ease in applying and removing the cover.
A further object of the invention is to keep the interior well ventilated, in good condition and free from the prospect of developing a bad odor.
Incidental to my invention it is intended to provide venting in such manner as to be inconspicuous, not subject to clogging or to be obstructed by the persons hand in applying the cover. The invention also provides for the distribution of the venting facilities at both ends of the cover and for the support solely at the ends while the intermediate portion is given a reenforcing shape.
As illustrating the preferred form which my invention may take, I have illustrated such a box in the attached drawing in which Fig. 1 is a plan view of the covered box;
Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal section thereof, and A Fig. 3 is an end elevation.
A box constructed according to my invention must be of pleasing appearance, of strong construction and easy to handle. Such a one consists of the box 5 having perpendicular sides 6 and 'I. This box is made of a thin sheet of plastic material forming a one-piece article suitably resistant to the materials which are to be contained and the handling to which it is subjected.
The sides 6 and ends 1 are perpendicular with respect to the bottom. Each end I carries two or more inconspicuous vent openings 8 as shown in Figs. 2 and 3. These openings are beneath the lowermost point reached by the sliding cover so that the openings are open at all times.
The top edges of the sides 6 and ends 'I are in a common plane parallel to the bottom.
The cover 9 is also made of a thin sheet of plastic material forming a one-piece article. The cover has close tting sides I0 and ends II. These v have a slipping or sliding contact with the sides and ends of the box proper. In its closed form the cover S is in the position shown in Fig. 2 and 5 rests solely upon the upper edges of the ends l.
The upper surface of the cover 9 has inwardly extending iiat portions I2, I2 which rest upon the edges of the ends l, 'I as indicated inr Fig. r2. The entire remaining upper surface of the cover takes 10 the form of upstanding projections. In the form illustrated these projections are a series of parallel ribs I 3, I3. The outer ribs extend over the side wall 6 of the box and are raised up from the latter so that they do not rest upon the box. 16 Intermediate each two adjacent ribs there is a longitudinal groove I4. The opposite endsof the groove I 4 have vent openings I5, I5. It will be unnecessary to provide these openings in all of the grooves and it is suflicient if such open- 20 ings ap-pear between the outer pairs of ribs and in some central groove preferably between the central pair of ribs.
These openings I5 are inthe form of extended slots and are located in the grooves I4 slightly 25 spaced from the flat portions I2.
The covered box as above described and illustrated combines simplicity with pleasing appearance and improved electiveness and strength. The cover slips or slides into position on the end 30 edges of the box as shown in Fig. 2. The end ribs do not rest upon the edges of the side '6 and, therefore, reduces the prospect of improper setting due to obstruction by material that may have been carelessly placed within the box.
The longitudinal ribs form a strengthening means for the cover maintaining it in the proper plane between the opposite ends. The upstanding ribs serve the purpose both of concealing the presence of the slots I5 and at the same time 40 prevent the persons hand from covering up the slots and preventing the free passage of air therethrough.
Numerous other advantages Will be evident from the above and the invention is to be considered as limited only'by the scope of the following claims.
What I claim is:
1. A box having perpendicular sides and ends, a cover of plastic sheet material having a peripheral downturned flange slidably fitting over the sides and ends of the box, a at portion at eachv end of the cover adapted to rest upon the ends of the box, and a series of ups-tanding parallel ribs extending from the ilat portion of one end '55 sides and .ends of the box, a fiat portion at each end of the cover adapted to rest on the ends of the box, a series of upstanding parallel ribs with grooves therebetween extending from the at portion of one end to the at portion of the other end and having the outer ribs merging with the sides of the cover and vent slots in the grooves 5 between adjacent ribs.