US 2270277 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 20, 1942.
J. H, powb BOTTLE Filed warm- 15, 1940 Jo/m H. @0522 ATTORNEYS L I Patented Jan. 20, 1942 BOTTLE John H. Dowd, West Hartford, Conn., assignor to G. F. Heublein & Bro., Hartford, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Application March 15, 1940, Serial No. 324,092
2 Claims. (01. 215-1) My invention relates to improvements in bottles of any type or shape, and more particularly to improvements in label receiving pockets in said bottles.
It has long been known to provide a depression or pocket in the face of a bottle, said depression or pocket being used for the reception of a label or any other similar indicia. The purpose of this pocket or depression is to provide a protective means for the label in order to prevent abrasion thereof consequent to the handling, packing and shipping of the bottles. At present, these pockets or depressions are usually made to conform in size and shape to the label to be inserted therein, thus making it necessary to carefully insert and secure the label in said pocket or depression so that said label is completely encased by the projecting shoulder surrounding the depression.
If the labels are manually applied, the aforementioned requirement is very simple. However, this requirement becomes a great handicap when the labels are mechanically applied by means of the automatic labelling machines now in use. If
an automatic labelling machineis used in applying labels to bottles having label receiving pockets or depressions, it is almost impossible to have the bottle so placed that the label will be placed entirely within the border of the depression or pocket. The label will almost invariably overlap the side border of the pocket or depression, since there is a great tendency for the bottle to rotate around its longitudinal axis while passing through the labelling machine.
Therefore, the main object of my invention is to provide a label receiving pocket or depression in the face of a bottle, said depression or pocket having no apparent side borders.
Where the label receiving pocket or depression has no apparent side borders, it is quite obvious that it is relatively unimportant that the label be exactly centered relative to the vertical axis since even appreciable deviation along the horizontal axis of the pocket or depression would be unnoticeable.
Another object of my invention is to provide a bottle having a label receiving pocket or depression, the surface of said depression or pocket extending laterally and gradually merging with the outer face of the bottle.
Other objects of my invention will be set forth in the following description and drawing which illustrate a preferred embodiment thereof, it being understood that the above statement of the objects of my invention is intended generally to explain the same Without limiting it in any manner.
Fig. 1 is a side view of my improved bottle, the label being partially broken and the bottle being shown partially in section.
Fig. 2 is a front view of improved bottle, with the neck partially broken away for convenience of illustration.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view along line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a sectional view along line 4--4 of Fig. 2, said sectional view being partially broken away.
Referring to the drawing, B designates the usual type of whiskey bottle, having a cylindrical body portion l, a neck 2 and shoulder 5 lea-ding from the base of neck 2 to the body portion I.
Formed in the wall of body member I, is the label receiving pocket or depression 6, said depression having a background surface 1. The background surface 1 of depression 6 extends laterally from the central vertical axis of the depression to gradually merge with the outer face 8 of the wall of body portion l. Positioned along the upper and lower extremities of depression 6 are the horizontal shoulders 3, which shoulders gradually diminish as they recede from the midpoint thereof until at that point where surface 8 .and surface 1 merge, the shoulders 3 terminate.
In the present embodiment, I have shown the depression background surface 1 of circular horizontal cross-section the radius of said circle being greater than the radius of curvature of the surface 8 of body I and the center of said circle being offset from the center of curvature of said surface 8. However, it is quite obvious that the surface 1 may assume any shape or form as long as it gradually merges with the surface 8.
I have shown label 4 positioned in pocket 6, the entire outer face of label 4 lies completely within the outer contour of the said depression 6. It is important to note that the label 4 may be shifted laterally and still lie completely within recess 6 and further, only a substantial shifting of the label from. its central position can be visually detected.
I have shown a preferred embodiment of my invention but it is clear that numerous alterations and omissions may be made without departing from its spirit. For example, I have shown my improvement as applied to cylindrical bottles but it is quite obvious that it may be applied to bottles of various other forms or shapes.
What I claim is:
1. A bottle of the character described having a cylindrical body portion, a label receiving pocket formed in the outer face thereof the surface of said pocket being cylindrically shaped and having its center of curvature offset from the center of curvature of the outer face of the bottle.
2. A bottle of the character described having a cylindrical body portion, a label receiving pocket formed in the wall thereof, the surface of said pocket being cylindrically shaped and having its line of curvature ofiset from the line of curvature of the outer face of the bottle, the top and bottom borders of said pocket consisting of shoulders between the surface of the pocket of the outer face of the body wall of the bottle.
JOHN H. DOWD.