US 2271258 A
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Jan. 27, 1942. G. T. IHENDERSON' DISPLAY BOX Filed Nov. 29, 1940 INVENTOR. 0rye Z i/qwaeraofl MM [AX/1,
ATTOI NEY' Patented Jan. 27, 1942 1? DISPLAY'BOX George T. Henderson, Sandusky,..0hio,. assignor .;to The..Hinde;.&.Dauch Paper Company, Sanf duskyg'fOhio, a corporation of Ohio iApplication iNovember 29, ie oyseriamo. 367,757
"This invention relatesto containersof the type which have the combined functions-of shipping boxes'when closed and of display containers when open and set up. Such containers are generally but not necessarily made of fiberboard, doublefaced corrugated. board being most commonly used for the purpose. Among the advantages of the containers herein shown and described are economy of material in cutting the blanks, simplicity of folding, provision of additional ornamentalside panels which also'form part of the container structure when closed for shipping; and provision of integral attachments-whichserve to hold suchornamental panels in display position without taping, stitching or otherfa'stening. *A further advantage is that by my invention it-be comes possible to finish one entire face of the blank in any'ornamental coloring or pattern or apply printing thereto or to any panels thereof, and such ornamentation or printed matter will be on the inside of the closed carton, hence entirely protected during transit or storage, but exposed When the carton is set up for display. When closed for shipment or storage the general appearance is that of an ordinary slotted container.
Although I show in the accompanying drawing and describe in detail herein a preferred specific embodiment of the invention, it will be understood that such illustrations and description are exemplary rather than limiting, and that the invention may be embodied in other forms within the general scope and character indicated herein.
In theaccompanying drawing Figs. 1 to 4 inclusive illustrate a form of my box particularly intended for a wide display.
Fig. 1 is a perspective of the box closed, sealed, ready for storage or shipping;
Fig. 2 is a perspective showing a position intermediate between closed and set up;
Fig. 3 is a perspective showing the box set up for display, the contents being omitted;
Fig. 4 is a plan of the blank for the above box;
The blank of Fig. 4 is shown as consisting of a plurality of panels defined by creases (indicated by dotted lines) in a single piece of suitable material, ordinarily double-face corugated board. It will be appreciated that although a unitary blank is employed in accordance with the customary and most economical practice, nevertheless the box of my invention might be made of more than one piece.
For identification the panels of the blank are designated as follows: back I I; sides I2, l2; front l3, 13; bottom l4, l5, l5, and IE, IS; top 11,18,55
l8; side wings l9, IS. The wings are eachdivided into a lower section ISA and upper section 19B by afoldin scoreor crease-20'. Where the reference character i9 is used alone it refers to both 19A. and MB collectively. When the box is assemb-led, either for display or shipping, the outer bottom is formed by the panels i5, I5, which are pre'ferably'half-laps mutually abutting on a transverse medianline of the box. The outer bottom maybe further reinforced by the inner panel 14, which is conveniently cut-away along thecurves 2| at its front corners. The quarter-round "laps l6 hinged to the lower edges of the respective front panels I 3 also over-lie the respectivebottom half-laps if: when the-box is closed. The-front panels l3 also join vertically inthe middle and can be sealed by box-makers tape as indicated at 22'.
The top is "closed by folding thehalf 'lap-ll down horizontally as partly shown in Fig; 2 and complety'shown in Fig. 1, at the same time folding the wings I9 inward along their crease lines 20. The top quarter laps 18 are then folded down to abut each other on the transverse median line of the boX, and where the proportions of parts are those illustrated in the present drawing, also to abut the free edge of the half-lap I! on the longitudinal median line, all as indicated in Fig. 1, and
are taped as at 22 and 23 or otherwise suitably fastened.
To set the box up for display the sealing tapes are cut or other fastening means opened,. the cover half-lap I1 is raised, as indicated partly in Fig. 2 and completely in Fig. 3, thus straightening the wings IS; the front half-laps 13 (which when open constitute side display panels), are swung out and the quarter-laps l8 and the quarter rounds 16 are reversed on their hinge lines. An intermediated position of such outward swing is shown at the right of Fig. 2, a furtherposition at the left, and the ultimate position which can be reached is shown in Fig. 3. The bottom quarter rounds l6 are swung down through while the top quarter laps [8 are swung through 270, from their respectiveinitial positions to final positions which will bring the quarter-laps I 8. between the half-laps l3 and the side walls l2, and will bring the quarter rounds 16 under the bottom of the carton, where, they are held in posi tion by the weight of the contents. If the user prefers a wider display effect the front half-laps l3 need not be carried back so far as shown in Fig. 3, but set at some intermediate position, in an arrangement similar to that of Fig. 6.
The effect of this is to expose the original inner faces of i3 outwardly as side display panels, which together with the elements I! and 19 constitute an efiective setting to carry advertising messages and show oil the merchandise.
In the drawing, in order to show the display possibilities, the inner face of the material is indicated as colored, and arbitrary letters are shown on certain of those panels which are exposed when the box is set up for display; such lettering is indicative of advertising or other printing. It will be observed that all the colored and ornamental or printed surfaces are on the inside of the closed box, so protected in storage or shipping, but are automatically carried to visible positions by the necessary steps of transforming the box to its display arrangement.
For shipping and storage purposes such cartons closely resemble a standard slotted container and require no special allowances of storage space or other unusual treatment for piling, loading or other handling.
From the foregoing description of a preferred embodiment it will be seen that I have invented a combined packing and display container adaptable for manufacture in a variety of proportions, with differences in detail, but always having the characteristics of protecting the ornamental surfaces until set up for display, and then of exposing such surfaces; that the change from closed to display position does not require unpacking any of the contents, and that when closed there are no projecting or irregular parts exposed which might interfere with piling or handling.
The scope of the invention is indicated by the following claims.
1. A combined shipping and display container comprising in combination a front composed of two half-laps each vertically hinged to a front edge of an end wall, panels hinged respectively to top and bottom of said half-laps, said bottomhinged panels being adapted to overlie the container bottom when the container is closed and to underlie the container bottom when the container is set up for display, said top-hinged panels being adapted to form top quarter-lap closures when the container is closed and to be swung down behind said front half-laps when the container is set up for display, and a cover half-lap hinged to the top of the back wall, said cover half-lap being adapted when closed to meet said quarter-laps and with them comprise a complete cover.
2. A combined shipping and display container comprising in combination a front composed of two half-laps each vertically hinged to a front edge of an end wall, panels hinged respectively to top and bottom of said half-laps, said bottomhinged panels being rounded along one edge and adapted to overliethe container bottom with the rounded edges inward when the container is closed and to underlie the container bottom when set up for display, an inner bottom panel having corners relieved approximately to the size and shape of said bottom-hinged panels and adapted to form with them a substantially complete inner bottom when the container is closed, said tophinged panels being adapted to form top quarterlap closures when the container is closed and to be swung down behind said front half-laps when the container is set up for display, and a cover half-lap hinged to the top of the back wall, said cover half-lap being adapted when closed to meet said quarter-laps and with them comprise a complete cover.
GEORGE T. HENDERSON.