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July 29, 1941. E. J. MCCJONNELL PACKAGE Filed July 10, 1940 22% %\e/E Tojg y 5: %;M un/s ATTORNEYS 1 Patented July 29, 1941 PACKAGE Edwin J. McConnell, Hagaman, N. Y., assignor to Mohawk Carpet Mills, Inc., Amsterdam, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application July 10, 1940, Serial No. 344,759
1 Claim. (01. 229 51) This invention relates to a package or container to be used in shipping articles of various kinds, of which a rolled sample rug is an example. More particularly, the invention is concerned with a novel package which affords excellent protection to the article during transportation and, upon delivery, can be readily removed in such manner that the major portion thereof is available for further use.
The new package includes a wrapper sheet and a tear strip wound about the article in such manner that the tear strip lies about midway between the ends of the article and has a free end. The ends of the wrapper are folded in over the ends of the article and the wrapper and infolded ends are held in place by suitable means. When thus completed, the package tightly encloses the article and can be removed by a pull on the tear strip which tears free a central circumferential portion of the wrapper. This leaves the ends of the article encased in self-supporting end caps which can be slipped off the article endwise thereof. Thereafter, if the package is to be used for reshipment, the end caps are restored to their original positions and secured together by a circumferential band which takes the place of the portion of the wrapper removed with the tear strip.
For a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the accompanying drawing in which Fig. 1 is a developed view of the wrapper of the new package with the tear strip in position;
Figs. 2 to 6, inclusive, are perspective views showing different stages in the formation of the new package;
Fig, 7 is a perspective view illustrating the package after removal of the tear strip and a section of the wrapper with it; and
Fig. 8 is a perspective view of the new package as employed in reshipment.
The package is illustrated in the drawing in a form suitable for use with a rolled sample rug and it includes a wrapper H), which is a sheet of any suitable material, such as waterproof paper. This wrapper has a width somewhat greater than the circumference of rolled rug ll, so that the wrapper may be wound entirely about the rug and have an overlapping edge I2 extending lengthwise thereof. The wrapper has a length greater than the length of the rug so as to provide projecting end portions l3 which are available for folding in to close the ends of the package.
Extending around the rug with the wrapper is portions 20 of the package.
-a tear strip M, which may lie within the wrapper or be secured to thebuter surface thereof. In either case, the tear strip has an end I5 projecting beyond the overlapping edge l2 of the wrapper and in the package illustrated, the tear strip lies within the wrapper. The tear strip is made of any suitable material, as, for example, paper which is somewhat heavier and stifier than that of which the wrapper is made, and it is applied so as to lie substantially midway between the ends of the rug.
The wrapper is secured in wound position by any suitable means, as, for example, a strip of adhesive tape I6 applied along the overlapping edge l2. In the construction illustrated, the strip [6 extends substantially from one end of the rug to the other, but, if desired, short lengths of tape may be used on either side of the tear strip. After application of the strip IS, the projecting end portions l 3 of the wrapper are folded in over the ends of the rug, as indicated at IT, and these ends are then preferably held in place by holding means [8, which may take the form of adhesive strips applied to overlie the infolded end portions and to extend along the sides of the wrapper for a short distance inward from each end. As a further strengthening and reinforcing means for the ends of the package, tapes [9 may be applied circumferentially to the wrapper near the ends thereof, these tapes overlying the portions of the holding tapes 18 which extend alon the sides of the package.
The completed package affords excellent protection for the contents and may be used in the ordinary way for shipping purposes. Upon delivery, the package is opened by pulling the tear strip back toward the edge l2 of the wrapper. As this pulling operation is continued, the tear strip tears free a circumferential portion of the wrapper between the ends thereof and exposes the contents between the remaining end These end portions or caps can then be slipped off the article endwise of the latter and the article is then available for examination or use.
Sample rugs sent to dealers and other consignees for inspection are frequently reshipped and the package of the invention may be readily employed for that purpose. To reconstruct the the tape overlying portions of the Wrapper 22 on either side of the gap. When the reshipped package is again to be opened, the tape 2| is removed in any manner, as by cutting, and the end caps of the package are again available for use in subsequent reshipments.
While a form of the new package suitable for use in the shipment of rolled sample rugs has been illustrated and described, it will be apparent that the utility of the package is not confined to the shipment of that particular product. For other articles, the dimensions of the parts of the package will be varied as may be necessary but in' other respects, the package will resemble that above described.
I claim: I
A package for an article, such as a rolled sample rug, which comprises a one-piece wrapper extended circumferentially about the article and having ends folded to cover the ends of the article and an overlapping edge extending lengthwise of the article, a tear-strip of material stronger than the wrapper secured tothe inner tion of the article with the wrapper, said tearstrip having a free end projecting beyond said overlapping edge, a strip extending longitudinally along said overlapping edge and securing it to the remainder of the wrapper, a strip extending diametrically across each end of the wrapper for holding the ends in folded relation, the end portions of said end strips extending along the sides of the package but terminating short of each side of the tear-strip, said end portions at one side overlying the end portions of the longitudinally extending strip, and strips extending circumferentially about and secured to the Wrapper near side thereof and extending about the central por- I each end thereof and overlying the end and longitudinally extending strips, the tear-strip being substantially coextensive with the length of the wrapper and operable to tear free a circumferential portion substantially the width of the tearstrip and extending entirely around the wrapper toleave separated end portions of the package on either side of the tear-strip, so that said end portions may he slipped off the ends of the article.
EDWIN J. McCONNELL.