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y 2- c. J. ARTHUR 2,289,859
I CONTAINER PACKAGE Filed Aug. 12, l940 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR J5 D (harks JAz-J/wr 5? @w AT RNEY July 14, 1942- c. J. ARTHUR CONTAINER PACKAGE Filed Aug. 12, 1940 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Char-ha JArZ/zar' Patented July 14, 1942 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE azaaaso comma menace Charles 1. Arthur, Pelham Manor, n. Y. Application August 12, 194., Serial No. 352,287
' -4Claims. (craze-4s) The present invention relates to a container package and it particularly relates to a carrier I for bottles and similar shaped containers.
In the sale and merchandising of bottled materials, particularly carbonated, beverages, such as cola. drinks, root beer, ginger ale, beer ,and so forth, it has been found desirable from a merchandising point of view to sell such bottles in lots 012, 3,4 or 6, as the case may be.
It has been found diflicult, however, to sell this bottled merchandise in these lots because of the difllculty of carrying them from the store to the home or apartment of the consumer, and it is not usually convenient or possible to utilize metal or wooden carriers for such bottled merchandise, both because of the cost and also because of the added weight and increased deposit which would be necessary. f
It is, therefore, among the objects of the present invention to provide an improved, inexpensive, low cost container package or carrier for bottled merchandise of the character above described, which will enable inexpensive, ready merchandising of such bottled merchandise in lots of 2. 3, 4 or 6, as the case may be, and which will not only aid in the merchandising of this bottled merchandise, but also will permit selling of this bottled merchandise in relatively larger quantities without increased cost and at a discount. I
Another objectis to provide a simple, inexpensively, readily manufactured carrier for bottled merchandise of the character above described.
In forming or providing carriers for bottled merchandise, particularly carbonated soft drink beverages, it'has been found most desirable to use a die cut, creased and folded paper board with recesses to engage a part of the bottles and at the same time forming both a support for more detailed description is given-by way of illustration and explanation only and not by way of limitation, since various changes therein may bemade by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention.
the sides and bottoms of the bottle and a handle found most satisfactory to provide as a basis of the carrier or package, a die cut. creased and folded cardboard or paper board sleeve, which when utilized for receiving or carrying the bottles, will be of approximately rectangular cross section and have a flat base upon which the bottom of the bottles rest and also a top portion having openings through which the necks of the bottles may protrude.
.l the preferred construction, a part of the side of the carrier is cutaway and may be upturned either to form ahandle, or, left downturned in position to form a lock for the carrier, which look will enable the carrier to be moved or carried by one of the bottles in .the carrier, and particularly by the center bottle in'the case of a three-bottle carrier.
Such a sleeve-like carrier or package may be readily formed by die cutting from cardboard or forms of the present invention, but to which the.
invention is by no means restricted, since many changes and alterations may be made therein,
all within the scope of the'present invention.
Fig. 1 is a side perspective view of a completed package or carrier with the bottles of soft drink carbonated beverage therein, with the handle in locking position, V Fig. 2 is a side perspective view Fig. l, with the handle in elevated position,
Fig. 3 is a side sectional view upon the line 3-1 of Fig. 1,
Fig. 4 is atop plan view of the blank after scoring, creasing and die cutting, which may be employed for the carrier of Figs. 1 to 3, v
Fig. 5 is a side perspective view of the com pleted blank of Fig, 4,after it has been formed into the sleeve-like carrier,
' Fig. 6 is a side perspective view similar, to Fig. 1 Y
of a modified construction, in which the carrier with its handle in looking position receives six bottles, and
Fig. 7 is a plan view of the blank which may be utilized for forming the carrier of Fig. 6.
Referring to Figs. 1 to 3, thesleeve-likecontainer A is provided with a base B, sides C and- D, a handle H, and a top section E having recesses for receiving the top or neck portions F of the bottles G.
The bottles G in said carrier A have the base portions I, the side cylindrical-portions 9, which converge at I into the necks i, which have the In accomplishing the above objects, it has been mouth portions 34 and the caps 35.
similar to Fig. 1 and in carrying Position in Fig. 2.
The handle n is shown in locking position 1 board, laminated board, white patent coated manila lined board, kraftboard or other available paper boards.
It may vary widely in thickness depending upon the weight of the bottles and for three 12 fluid ounce bottle carriers, it may be for example from 30 to 40 points in thickness, each point being equivalent to a thousandth of an inch.
This board will pass through a creasing, scoring and'die cutting machine, which will perform these operations simultaneously and then subsequently it may be passed througha printing press. If desired, however, the board may be printed before creasing, scoring and cutting.
In the creasing, scoring and die cutting machine, the paper board will be cut in sections, as indicated by the cut lines Ill and II. These cut lines are indicated at l and II in Figs. 4 and 5.
Thefold lines are indicated at l2, l3 and H. The fold line at I! will form the extension l5, which may be glued at It to the lower portion ll of the side portion C of the carrier .A. The fold lines I?! and I4 will form the rear side D of the container. The glued junction l6 may also be made at other places or instead of glueing, taping or stapling or other attachments may be employed. i
- The top side E ofi the container, which may or may not have a fold line as indicated at l8 in Fig. 4, has the cut-out portions I9, 20 and 2|, said cut-out portions I9, '20 and 2| preferably terminating a substantial distance away from the fold line I, as indicated by the dimension 22. The outside openings i9 and 20, which receive the necks of the outsidebottles G, are relatively short, as indicated in Figs. 4 and and constitute ovals or circles or similar round shapes, while the-central opening 2| issomewhat elongated and terminates at the points 23 and has an inturned tab portion 24.
. Extending from the inside edges of the openings 9 and are the cut lines 26, which converge inwardly and toward one another until the points 21 when they first curve outwardly, as indicated at 28 and then inwardly at 29 to the out line 30.
The cut lines 26, 28 and "will form the peak portions 3 I which serve to hold the outside bottles in position when. the handle member H is elevated, as indicated in Fig. 2.
These peak portions will contact the necks F of the outside bottles at 32 adjacent to the cylindrical walls l'thereof and Just as the bottle starts sharply to converge upwardly at 6 towards its mouth 34.
In Fig. 2, when the handle H is extended, the widest portions 33 of thehandle member H will also contact the mouths 34 and the caps 35 of the outside two bottles of the group of bottles shown in Fig. 2.
Additionally, in this position, the lower portion 24 of the opening 2| will contact the middle portion 38 ofthe neck of the central bottle G, as also shown in Fig. 2.
, blank may be turned inwardly the handle H serving as a 'withthe cut lines, as indicated at 40, with the semi-circular portions at 4|, which may be pressed out on the crease M to form an opening 42 for reception of the hand when the carrier is to be used with the handle H in upturned position, as indicated in Fig. 2. The upturned tab 43 and the crease M serve to protect the hand.
It is thus apparent that the applicant has provided, as shown in Figs. land 2, a double position carrier, in one position, as shown in Fig. 1, look and in the other position, as shown in Fig. 2, the handle H enabling-suspension of thefpackage with assurance that in either position the three bottles G will be held firmly in the container and may be readily handled, shipped or carried from the store to the home or apartment, as the case may be.
Where the bottles, instead of having cylindrical sides, have downwardly converging portions or flared bottoms, vertical slits, as indicated at 46, 41 and and horizontal slits, as indicated at 45 and 5|, may be formed at the crease lines l2. and I3 at the base B. The slits 41 will coincide with the slits 46. 4
When these slits are provided, as indicated-in Fig. 2, the downwardly diverging portion of the bottle will project slightly through the lower portions of the sides 0 be more firmly held side walls C and D.
in position therein by the In assembling the cartons A with the bottles- G, they either may be as shown in Fig. 4 with the tabs at l8 and 49 left in position, whereupon the sheet A of Fig.. 4 may be placed by an automatic packaging machine over three bottles G with the openings I9, 20 and 2| receiving the necks F of such bottles G. Then the ends of the may be completed by glueing at It, as indicated in Fi 1.
In this manner of assembly, it is not necessary to lift the handle H to insert the bottles.
It is then only necessary to break the tab connection 49 to form the carrier handle H, as shown in Fig. 2, when the bottles are actually sold and are ready to-be carried away by the consumer. If desired, in this assembly the handle H might be omitted and the package handled by the central bottle or a separate handle be provided. To
remove the bottles it would then be necessary to rip the sleeve, which then could not be reused.
Alternately, the sleeves may first be prepared as indicated in Fig. 5 and shipped in that condition, in which case then the bottles maybe Ordinarily the resiliency of the paper stock 4 constituting the cut-out handle H will cause the handle to move slightly in the direction 31, as indicated in Fig. l, with the result that the portions 38 of the handle H will lock themselves below theinturned corner portions 39 of thelsleeve.
Asa result, the entire package, as for example readily inserted in position by lifting up the halidie member, as indicated at H after breaking the tab 48, whereupon the outside bottles G are first I placed in position, followed by' insertion of'th middle bottle G. If desired, however, the outside bottles G may be inserted from the ends of the package. into the position as shown in Fig. 1.
The embodiments of Figs. 6 and 7 show a form of carrier or package which may be utilized for carrying six bottles.
In this construction similarly functioning parts to those describedand shown in connecindicated by the same however, primed.
tion-with Figs. 1 to 5 are letters and numerals,
In the construction of Figs. 6 and 7, two han and D and the bottle will Then the handle H may be locked "ferred embodiment.
die members H'--H' are provided and the transverse slits 45' and 41' and 50' and arepositionedat the folds l2 and i3.
The junction in the construction shown in Fig. '1 is-iormed at the top of the sleeve between the' necks of the bottles, and at this portion of the sleeve, the sections l5 and I? are oined together by the .adhesive connection it. 1
As indicated in Fig; 6, the handles 'H' will lock on both sides of the container and both handles may be elevated together to form a handle which will 'be reinforced by the double ply thickness and I1" at the top of the sleeve. The portions 43' might be inserted into the opening 42 of the other handles to enable a firmer handle construction.
If desired, the double ply thicknesses l5 and li' may be turned downwardly or upwardly instead of horizontally in the portion E at the top of the carrier and also an extra handle might be glued between the upturned or downturned plies l5 and I1.
If desired, withthe slits I5, 46, ll. 50 and Si in Fig. 4 or 45', 41', 50' and 5| in Fig. '7, the bottoms B and B may be .made of slightly less width than the diameter of the bottom of the bottle G in Fig. 1, or the diameter of two bottles in Fig. 6, toassure bulging by the bottles G.
It is, of course, obvious that any number oi. bottles may be carried by the sleeve construction of the present application and that the present application merely shows and describes one pre- The adhesive connections, as indicated at l 4 may be made at various places in and about the sleeve A at other places and corners than shown in Figs. 1 and 6.
The blank spaces on the front and back of the carrier, as indicated at C and D, may carry advertising matter and it will be noted that substantial area is left for this purpose.
The fold 60 in Fig. 7 enables the blank of and I1 to form the completed sleeve, to be folded as the three-bottle carrier of Fig. 5. It will be and in specific details thereof, without substan tially departing from the invention intended to be defined in these claims, the specific description herein merely serving to illustrate certain elements by which, in one embodiment, the spirit Y of the invention may be efiectuated.
What is claimed is: 1. A bottle carrier made of a die-cut and scored sheet of flexible paper board receiving a plurality of elongated bottles having cylindrical side walls, reduced diameter necks and bottoms arranged in at least one row in side by side rela tionship, comprising a folded blank partly en- Fig. '7 after the attachment oi the portions l5 noted this fold comes upon the bottom B and I 7 does not weaken the construction.
If desired, in the arrangement of Fig. 6, a sheet of corrugated board-may be inserted between the two rowsot-bottles G to prevent them from contacting one another.
The assembly as shown in Fig. 6 may be most conveniently accomplished by inserting the bottlesin the completed sleeve, although where the adhesive attachment I8 is adjacent the bottom or lower portions of the sides, the blank of Fig. '1 may be placed upon the bottles and then subsequently formed into a sleeve.
In connection with the three-bottle containers of Fig. 1, it will be noted that the handle H substantially centrally suspends such carrier, the suspension being directly over the center lines or axes of the bottles rather than overone of the sides of-the carrier. I
It will be noted that it is quite convenient to carry two assemblies, as indicated in Fig. 1, by placing the handles'H together in extended posiparticular features of container package designed, and in the methods of operation set iorth,
' dle section is provided with outwardly projecting portions and the material bordering the recess closing and supporting the bottles, said blank having a bottom portion upon which the bottoms of the bottles are positioned, said bottom portion having a length sufflcient to receive the length of the row of bottles, said blank also having two side portions extending upw'ardly fr'om the long sides of the bottom portions, said side portions being as wide as the bottom portions and extending upwardlyonly partway of the height of the bottles and terminating substantially below the tops of the bottles, and said blank also having a top portion having the same width as the side portions and attached to the top'oi' at least one side portion, said top portion extending across said bottles intermediate of the height of said necks and having a plurality of openings ar-.
ranged side by side corresponding tothe number of bottles in the carrier, each opening receiving. one reduced diameter neck and at least one side portion having a wide deep cut'extending a major portion of the width and depth 01- said side portion but terminating substantially above the bottom of and substantially inside of the side edges 01' saidside portion, said deep cut extending across the cylindrical side walls, enabling a large section of said portion thereof to be folded away trom the side portion and upwardly and. extend obliquely across the necks of the bottles to above the tops of the bottles to form a handle, said handle section being connected by a fold line to the blank adjacent thetop oi the folded blank,
the opening in thehandle section embracing and encircling the neck of a central bottle.
2. The carrier of claim 1, said carrier being viorined as a continuous sleeve enclosing the cylindrical side walls and the lower parts 01- the reduced diameter neck portions and the remainder 0! the neck portions projecting above said sleeve.
3. The carrier of claim 1, said'handle section having outwardly bulged parts which engage the tops of the outside bottles in each row when the.
section is folded away from the side portion to above the tops of the bottles and which engage the sides of said cuts when thehandle section is permitted to remain in position in the side portion of the carrier having said wide deep cut.
4. The carrier of claim 1 in which said hanleft in said one side portion by removal of said handle section is provided with inwardly project- 'portions. said outwardly and inwardly D O- Jecting portions being engaged upon movement of said handle section upwardly in back of said inwardly projecting portions to hold said handle section in position.
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Patent No. 2,289,859 Granted July 14, 1942 CHARLES J. ARTHUR The above entitled patent was extended October 9, 1951, under the provisions of the act of June 30, 1950, for 6 years and 88 days from the expiration of the original term thereof.
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