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Publication numberUS2382977 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 21, 1945
Filing dateSep 3, 1942
Priority dateSep 3, 1942
Publication numberUS 2382977 A, US 2382977A, US-A-2382977, US2382977 A, US2382977A
InventorsCourtney Nicholas P
Original AssigneeCourtney Nicholas P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cigarette ejecting device
US 2382977 A
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Aug. 21, 1945. P. Gamma,

ECTING DEVICE I Fiied Sept. 3, 1942 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR Mc/ozfls I? Ch me 7 TTORNE 1945- N. P. COURTNEY 2,382,977

CIGARETTE EJECTING DEVICE Filed Sept. 3, 1942 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Mal/01 95 7. Gaye-7M5? Jib,

ATTORNEYS Patented Aug. 21, 1945 r PATENT I CIGARETTE-EJECTING DEVICE jNicho'lasi lf,CenrtneyQNewYork,N.Y1 V t hiplieationf sept jember 3, imasqmno. 457,142 a 19 Claims. (01.1 toe-41.2 This intention relatesfto anin proredl'cigarette ejecting [device forfcigaretteypackages and the like and is more patticularly intended for assisting one to removethe first few cigarettes from a'pa'ckage oiyin an alternatii eus'eg to render substantially all cigarettes in a package] easily;removahleftopermit their transfer to a cigarette "case or other container. H I .7 I

It is common practice ior, cigarette users, in first opening a packagefof cigarettes; to tear awaya portion of the top of j theipackage, toward one end thereof, whereby to provide an opening permitting thereinovaLofthe :iirstoneor several cigar rettes, These packages are ordinarily formed and. closed by; machinery'.and the cig'arettes are usu+ even with "the mentioned end portionof thetop torn away it is c iifiicultto' start thepackage. some users tap the vpackage to causefone or more cig arettes to rise throughthe mentioned open ng. This expedient oftenjils inefiective and in any event has a tendency tofshakefsome of the tobac co out of the eigai ettegil Another expedient often employed is to tear d o'wn the side of the package I fromthe mentionedgtdp opening and then: attempt to grip onefside of the oigarettevbetween one finger and the fingernail of an adjacent finger.

Thisusually results in damaging thcigarette and,

to provide practical'mearis associated with and preferably incorporated into a cigarette package at the time it is formed and filled, whereby the first one or several cigarettes may be rrioved upwardly to protrude out of thementioned small opening torninto the top of the package to an extent sutjficient to enable the user to easily grasp one or several cigarettes and remove them Without damage thereto. The removalfo'fsubsequent cigarettes, of course; is no preblelni inasmuch as the removaiof the first oneer two leaves theremainder enclosed loosely Within the package and hencethey are; easily removed. I i

Another sweet 61 the invention is the movieionof means wmenwm enablea user, ifhe so desires,totear awafifithe entire top covering of the package and toreadily and e'asilymove substanrelatively rigid material placedin the bottom of thepack underneath the Tower e'ii k is of the cigarettes, the saidinsertbeing so cut atcertain portionsandso scoredjat other portions that it may be deformed by pressure movement to the. cigarettes, thuicausingthem to a any packed so tightly within' the package that protrude as desired ofthepackagebj v 4 I t ordery toexpiain the i sent invention with more particularity twd embod ments ofzthe in vention are shown in the accompanying drawings fonillustratiile purposes, a withoutfjlirniting theini/entiori theteto. M In the drawingse through an opening in-the top t Figure;l isa'perspectiue View of 'a c ig arette tially the entire contents of the package upward- 1y soth'at they protrude sufficiently te enable him to conveniently remove them and transfer them package lQoking upwa fdly at thho'ttbrh thereof, the bottom of the package being indicated as transparent inorder to Show theundersitie of one form of the'inentionedinsert (hereinafter referred to as the first embodiment);

Fig. 2 is asimiiarview ofai'ike package showing theefiect of pressingthesidesKofthe package together at one end =of1the bottom thereof and showing cigarettes at that end of the'package hioiied upwardly by such pfesjsufe through an opening- -torn in the corresponding end" of the top 1 f igfa another somewhat similar viewof the package in which the ent re op of the'package has been torn awayandshitting the effect of center of the bottom thereof. l t

"Fig; 4 isa perspective view of a cigarette package-looking downwardly upon the top ther of and showing alimited portion of the top" torn away to form semen top openin ac br d'figto the pref pressing the sidesof the packagetogetheifatthe erence ef inany cigarejtt users; M Figi -B; isa plan view=of thetop according-to theffirstjeinbodirfieht of tion the approximate relatioh shi f 1 certain eigarettesfthereto beingine lioategl wig-signl ngth er a1 sect age f cigarettes taken-sues" nti'all tithe line Y of Fig; jthe iiisert;however,;be1 g shownenti 'Xf irieieVationi In thist'ie'wthepackagefand at one or more points pp'iied to the Fig. 8 is a sectional view substantially similar to Fig. 6 showing the insert of Fig. 7 within a package.

It is understood, of course, that the wrappings of cigarette packages may be of different materials according to the preferences of the manufacturers and their desir to deliver a satisfactory package to the user. At the present time it is common practice to employ one or several layers of paper and an outer wrapping of suitable transparent material. Also different types of packaging machines are employed by the use of which the wrapping material is folded in different ways.

However, the wrapping of most cigarette packages is quite pliant and this liancy makes it possible to compress the package in the manner already explained. I

The present invention comprises an insert II;, substantially rectangular in shape, snugly disposed within the package between the lower ends of the cigarettes and the layers of wrapping material constituting the bottom of the package. The said insert is preferably formed of a thin piece of relatively rigid material. Cardboard having suitable characteristics is thoughtto be best for the purpose although, obviously, various other materials may be used. I

The inserts, in the illustrated embodiments, preferably are out completely through the thickness thereof as indicated in full lines in Figs. and 7 and scored on the top faces thereof as indicatedin dotted lines in said figures. Itwill be understood that by providing the mentioned scoring on the top face of the insert, the deformation of the insert resulting from pressureat the outer edges thereof will be such as to'cause inner portions thereof to rise within the package while certain outer edges thereof press downwardly upon the inside of the bottom of the package. All the scoring described in this specification is preferably done on the top face of the insert, although scoring which may possibly be done on the bottom face thereof without defeating the objects of this invention, is not to be considered as avoiding the present inventive concept. The inserts, further, preferably are conventional in design, cutting and scoring so that the desired results are obtained as a result of compression at the center of the bottom of the package or at either end thereof. In the embodiments described and illustrated herein, the mentioned conventionality is present laterally of the insert as well as longitudinally thereof.

Referring now to Figs. 5 and 6 it should be observed that the insert illustrated therein is scored along opposite diagonal lines I2 which converge to form an apex I3 at the center of each end of the insert. The scored diagonal lines I2 provide substantially triangular corner sections l4 and inner triangular sections I5. The bases of the triangles of sections I5 are defined, for the greater part, by opposed cuts I6 extending from opposite side edges of the insert to points therein near the centers of said bases. The mentioned cuts I6, together with opposed longitudinal scores I1, define rectangular tabs I8 at the centers of opposite sides of the insert,and the arrangement of the scores I! is such as to provide a central neck portion I9 connecting the mentioned inner triangular sections located toward opposite ends of the device.

Within each of the inner triangular sections I5 an extension of the central neck portion I9 is formed by substantially U-shaped cuts 2|. These cuts, preferably, are formed not merely by effecting a cut through the insert material, but by actually cutting away a narrow U-shaped portion of said material; this to permit a triangular section I5 to freely move upwardly out of the general plane of the insert (its principal plane when in fiat condition) when the corresponding lower end portion of the package is compressed, while permitting the extension 20 to remain substantially in the said general plane.

Scores 22 are preferably provided extending from the free ends of the U-shaped cuts 2I to the cuts I6. It may be observed that there are prefarably no cuts or scores whatever as lines of demarcation between the central neck portion I9 and, the extensions 20, and hence those parts, in

the operation of the device, remain substantially undeformed although some deformation might possibly occur at said lines of demarcation if the insert is made of material which possesses some pliancy, as distinguished from the substantially rigid material hereinbefore recommended. As deformation between the central neck portion I9 and the extensions 20 is somewhat undesirable,

the scores 22 are adapted to weaken or break down the material substantially along the lines which they follow whereby to encourage a free upward pivotal movement of the triangular sections I5 about said scores, when the device is operated, thus avoiding the transmission of forces, to the said neck portion and extensions, which might tend to causesuch undesired deformation.

The diagonal scores I2 are each preferably interrupted at intermediate points thereof by angular cuts 23 forming triangular extensions 24 on the sides I of the inner triangular sections I5. Under this arrangement, when the device is operated, the triangular sections 24 remain substantially as a part of and in the same plane as the related triangular section I5, and the. said sections 24, as hereinafter explained, assist in ejecting the cigarettes in th manner desired.

In the following detailed explanation of the operation of the device the several cigarettes at one end of a full freshly opened package are designated according to the reference characters a, b, c, d, e, I, applied to said cigarettes in Fig. 4, and to the-approximate positions of said cigarettes as indicated in broken lines in Figs. 5 and 7.

Upon desiring to open a fresh package of cigarettes, it is common practice for the user to tear away the packaging material on the top of the package toward one end thereof, as shown in Fig. 4. The tearing away of such material is facilitated by the fact that said material is ordinarily folded over in the formation of the package and the said folds permit the tearing of said material to be easily started and completed. When the package is torn open in this fashion, usually about five cigarettes a, b, c, d, e, are completely or substantially uncovered so that all or several of them are free torise and protrude from the package p n the application of suitable means for that purpose.

According to the present invention the said purpose is accomplished through the compressing of the package in the manner already described. The manner in which the mentioned compressing action accomplishes the elevation of several cigarettes in the package may best be understood by reference to-Figs. 5 and 6. When the lower end of the package is pressed together in the manner just mentioned, the corresponding corner sections I4 are forced to pivot downwardly about the scores I 2 and thu the outer edges I4a of said sections move inwardly with the depressed sides of asses! the material constituting the package. As the said package material; prevent any downward movement of the edges Ma during the mentioned deformationof the package, it follows that, when thesections l4 move downwardly andinwardly, the innertriangular sections l'5 necessarilyswing upwardly in apartial circular or pivotal'movement about a point corresponding substantiallytoothe scores,22. As the scores 22 arerelatively short, and the material atsaid scores constitutes the only connection between the triangular section I I5 and the remainder of the insertgit will be. under: stood,that the said scored portionsfunctionsub stantially as. hinges, permittingthe mentioned movement of the section 1.5,, while the neck por.-. tion IS, the extensions 20 and all portionsof'th'e device toward theother end of the insert remain substantially in their original plane. It may be seen, by reference to Fig. 5; thatportions of cigarettes aand 12 extend portions of the triangularsections 24, cigarette c isdisposed over triangular section 15 slightly removed from the apexthereof, and cigarettes 11 and e are disposed within opposite base angles ofsaid. section l5. Thus, the deformation of the insert resulting from compressing the end of the package causes :the

several mentioned cigarettes to rise and protrude from the package substantially to the same extent that the mentioned portions of the insert underlying saidcigarettes, are causedto rise as a result of such deformation. Fig. 6 serves to illustrate further the manner in which the said cigae rettesare elevated inthe package. From the fore: going,'it will be apparent that, when the first ernbqdiment of the invention is employed i a package andonly an end portion of l the top of thepackage is torn away as shown in Fig-.4, compression of the sides at thecorresponding ,end of the bottom thereof, causes five cigarettes to partly protrude from the top of the package so that one or morernay easilyberemoved, A g,

If, on occasions,-auser desires to remove ,,the contents of an entire pack of cigarettes to put them into a cigarette case or other. container, the entire top of .the package is first torn away and then the sides-of the package are pressed together between the thumband another finger at a centralpointat the bottom of the package in. the manner illustrated in 'Fig. 3. The efiectof this pressure is to cause the rectangular tabs I 8,to

pursue apivotal movement downwardly andpinwardly, and as the outer edges Ilia of said tabs are restricted against downward movement relatively to the package it follows that-all portions of the insert except said tabs move upwardly and carrysubstantially all of the cigarettes upwardly to cause their uppenend to protrude above the top of thepackagewhereup n theycan easily be removed and transferredto. another container;

Although it might seem that the several cigarettes directly above the tabs l8 would not rise as a result of the mentioned operation of thedee vice, elevation of such cigarettes would occur in most instances due tothe frictional engagement thereof with other adjacent cigarettes; Thisfric tional elevation of the ,cigarettes disposed above the tabs l8 would, vofcourse, be aided by reason of the fact that the lower central portionof the side wall of thepackage is pressed inwardly somee what in the mentioned operation. t a The. second embodiment of; the invention, illus-.. trated in Figs. '7 and 8 differs from the first em'-. bodiment chiefly in that the extensionsozllqare enlarged to almost th'e. entire width of thepdevjce s tss i F tzflf epur of this-e largement of the said extensions isto render substantially thev entire area. of.;the insert underneath cigarettes 1.. .e. and f substantially ,rigid with the neckap i ion I9 to. minimi e the tend of thelastthree mentioned ;cigarettes to be elevated when the device is operated, or course, asa practical matter, thesaidgtabs can not-very well e made. to include ,theentire area underneathfthe mentioned-three cigarettes, as to. do so would make it difl'icult, if not impossiblepto maintain a connection betweentheiend po tions of the device and. the central-portions of the device to constituteit aunitary structure. However, the embodiment now i being described includes scores 26 substantially in. line with.- the, outer edges 20a of said extensions, which, with the'end portions 1.2a of the diagonal scores l2, rendersubstantially pliant and capable of aslight twistingaction, the narrow connecting portions 21 which connect the outer; ends of the; device tO-ythe inner portion thereof as a unitary structure. .This pliancy and the capacity to twist slightly,;permi tsthe areal! 5a of the triangular section I5 to swing upwardly about a line passing substantially between cigarettes a and d on. the one side ofth'e package, and]: and e on theother side of the package.

It .willbe seen byareference to. Figs. .7 and. 8 thatwhenpressure is; exerted on the lowerend of the package including this embodiment: and partially opened asshownin Fig. 4, cigarettes a and b are elevated bythetriangular sections 24, and cigarette c. is elevated by engagement with the triangular section I5 at a point slightlyw re moved. from the apex :thereof. I When thisaembodiment is used, however, cigarettes .d andxe are not positively elevated by .;the insert because of the flexingvotthelatter at. the :scores ZGand,

of course, :as. cigarette firestswntirelyupon the extension 20,it likewisewould not be positively elevated bythe insert. 115- the package is. torn open in such manner .that:the. tops l of cigarettes d, eandj are-fully exposed, they mayrise someel What in the package through. frictional engagement with cigarettes a, b and 0, but such move-v ment is entirely consiste'nt with the obJects i the invention; In order .to elevate all the cigarettes in a packthe second"embodiment functions similarly to the first embodiment, "'It will b'e se en that by using either-"form of the-invention illustrated and described herein, very simple means are provided 'for accomplishing the"desird-iresults.- "Ifhe inserts may be made of relativelyinexpensive"material, preferably; a cardboard of 1 suitable thickness and other characteristics satisfactory for. the purpose, and such inserts can readily be incorporated into the package during or after the formation ot the latter; Hencqthe' cost of the insert and of i'ncorporatingit into the" package almost neg igible and yet the result to be achieved, na'rh'ely, a package which may be eas'ilyjopened and started, is'jhighly desirable I In referring herein to scoring? without de;-'

scribing 'a particularjtype.ofseoring or a particu lar means. of forming it, the said term comprehends scoring of, any, type ,adapted to, facilitate deformation of flat. materiaLirrespective of the means mployed in" formingf such. scoring. @Itshouldwbe. un'derstood ofl course, that the inventive eonceptdis closed; herein may be we. ticed in many formsandthat such variatio ns in form, althoughflnot specifically illustrated and described he i may; nev theles be w i t invent ouia defia d theacgqm a y e c ims,

at least one dimension'foi t h'e package the said element comprising hirrgc'dly'-'con'nec'ted. sections with the axis of the hinge extending transversely of said dimension, a portion of the sai'd element being adapted,'-in*' response Jto pressure exerted transversely of said axis 'on outeredges otsa-id sections; to pivotir'omthe" general plane oi said-"element, :and'the latter; in eonseduenee of suchpivota-l movement, being adapted to co'aot with the package covering and one or-more of the articles' to urge the latter toward and} partly through an opening in said-- covering" registering with the urged-articles. -I v a 2'. Apackage according-to claim 1, further characterizedin that v the: connection between the ihingedlyconnectedr sections comprises a hingeadapted to constrain theouter edge of at least 'one of said hingedly-connected sections to oftheelement." r 1 I v 3t=A package according to claim I, further characterized in ill-at the connection" between'the hingedly-connected sections comprisesa' weakened; portion adapted to bend under the mentioned: pressure to permit such pivotal movement of said sections. 1 I -4. A"package 'ac'cording'to claim 1, further characterized in that the connection between the hingedly-connectedsections comprises a portion scored predominantly on the face-of the element adjacent the articles, the scoring being of a char acter' adapted: to constrain the outer edge of at least. one of said hingedlyeconnected sections to. pivot downwardly relativeh tothegeneral plane of the element. 1 1 .w i v. n

5. A package comprising a plurality of cigarettes, or likezarticles, a covering of pliant mate.- rial substantially enclosing said articles, and a pivotdownwardly relatively tothe general plane substantially. fiat, element within the covering and; in addition to the covering materiaLthe said element being ,of relatively rigid material and underlying the common ends; of ,a; plurality of the articles and extending; substantiallyacross at. least one dimensionof the, "package, thesaid element comprising separate pairsooithingedlyconnected sections at; opposite sides of the element with the iaxesprthehinees extending transversely of saiddimension, the sections of each pair beingjadapted, response to, pressure exerted transversely of thehingfi axis of thepair on'outer edges of) saidsections', to pivot from the general I plane'of the element, and the latter, in consequence of such pivotal movementoi the sections of eitherof saidj pairs, being adapted to 'coact with thelpjackage covering and one or more of the articles to urge-the, latter toward and partly through an opening 'insaid covering registering 'with' the urged articles. I

.6. A package according togclaim 5', further characterized in that thesaid pairs are, in spaced relation longitudinallyof the element, and in having a pairofhinged'l'y c'onnect'ed sections, intermediate the mentioned separate pairs with the axis of'the hingeof'the' lattersect'ions' ex tending longitudinally of'the element; the sec tions'ofthe intermediate pairbeing adapted, in

,haymg'seoring predominantly on one face thereof and'cuts tnerethroughfthe said scoring and cuts coa'ctir-i'g to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to I pressure exerted inwardly upon outer-edges thereof, the said portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to enact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the "said element whereby tor'aise the said other portions within the" package and, consequently, to move upwardly the'cigarettes overlying said other portions,

the said'clevice being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has'diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and "an inner triangularsection; a

' 8. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or thelikefrom a package formed of pliant materialfcon iprisin'g a flat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, th'e said element having scoringpredominantly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cutscoacting to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer'edges'thereof, the said p'ortions; whenso'pi-Voted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to-raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other'portions, the said device being further characterized in'that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring linespartially defining triangular cornersections and triangular sections, andalso has opposed. cuts extending laterally, inwardlyiromthe sides of said element, which cuts define substantial parts of the hases'of the said inner triangular sections.

- 9; A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant mate- 'rialpcornprising a flat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a, plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element having scoring predominantly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cuts coactin'g to permit portions ofsaid element to pivot inwardly in response-to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer 'edges'the'reof, the said portions', when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to'coact-with adjacent packaging material and other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and consequently, to move upwardly the define asubstantial part of the base of the said inner triangular section; and parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and theinner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion. i

10. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant mate'- rial, comprising a fiat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element [having scoring predominantly on one face thereof and' cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cuts coacting topermit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the said portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to f coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said device being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and 1 has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and an inner triangular section, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element, which cuts define a substantial part of the base of the said inner triangular section, parallel longitudinal scores defining thesides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sidesof said neck portion, and a cut extending between points slightly removed from the inner ends of the said opposed, laterally extending cuts.

11. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant material, comprising a flat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element having scoring predominantly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoringand cuts coactin-g to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly inresponse to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the saidportions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said device being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and inner triangular sec-- tions, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element, which cuts define substantial parts of the bases of the said inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectanagular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, and an inner cut extending between points slightly removed from the inner ends of the said opposed,'laterally extending cuts, scoring being provided connecting the last mentioned cutsand the ends of the inner cut.

12. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant material, comprising a flat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element having scoring predominan'tly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoring and said cuts coacti-ng to permit portions of said element with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within'the package and, consequently, to move upwardly "the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said device being further characterized in that :the' said element is substantiallyrectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and inner triangular sections, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element, which cuts define substantial parts of the bases of" the said inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, and inner cuts extending between points slightly removed from the inner ends of the said opposed, laterally extending cuts, the saidinner cuts being U-shaped and having their convex sides extending toward the apex of the related inner triangular section, thereby partially defining extensions to the'said central neck portion.

13. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or th like from a package formed of pliant material, comprising a flat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said device being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and an inner triangular section, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element, which cuts define a substantial part of the base of the said inner triangular section,- parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, a cut extending between points slightly removed from the inner ends of the said opposed, laterally extending cuts, and cuts forming supplemental tab portions on the sides of the said inner triangular sections, the diagonal scoring being interrupted at the bases of the said supplemental tab portions.

14. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant matenal, comprisin a fiat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element having scoring predominantly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cuts coacting to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the said portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the packdevice being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular cornersections and inner triangular sections, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element, which cuts define substantial parts of the bases of the said inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, a cut extending between points slightly removed from the inner ends of the said'opposed, laterally extending cuts, and cuts forming supplemental tab portions on'the sides of the said inner triangular sections,

the diagonal scoring being interrupted at the basesof'the said supplemental tab portions, the lastmentioned cuts being angular and the said supplemental tab portions being triangular.

15. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a packageformgd of pliant material, comprising a flat element adapted for disposition in thebottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element liavingscoring predominantly n one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said" scoring and cuts coacting to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the said portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said 16. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like fro m a packagefonmed of pliant material, comprising a'fiat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element having scoring-predominantly on one face there of and'cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cuts coacting'to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the said portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions of the said element whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the the outer endsof the said opposed, laterally extending cuts, the said inner out being U-shaped and having 'its convex sid extending toward the apex of an adjacent inner triangular section, thereby partially defining a laterally extending extension to the said central neck portion.

17. A device, for partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant-material, comprising aflat element adapted for disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said e'lement having scoring predominantly on one face thereof and cuts therethrough, the said scoring and outs coacting to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressur exerted inwardly upon outer edges'thereof, thesaid portions, when so pivoted inwardly, being adapted to coact with adjacent packagingmaterial and with other portions of the saidelement whereby to raise the said other portions within the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said devic being further characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portionand th inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, opposed cutsiextendinglaterally, inwardly from the sides of said element and partially defining said tabs, and inner cuts ex- 18; A device, for'partially ejecting cigarettes or the like from a package formed of pliant material, comprising a fiatelement adapted for'disposition in the bottom of the package under a plurality of cigarettes therein, the said element {having scoring predominantly on one face there-'- of and'cuts therethrough, the said scoring and cuts coacting to permit portions of said element to pivot inwardly in response to pressure exerted inwardly upon outer edges thereof, the said porcigarettes overlyingsaid other portions, the said device being further characterized in that the said elementis'substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neck portion and the inner limits of rectangular tabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, opposed cuts extending laterally,

inwardly'from the sides ofs'aid element and partially defining saidtabs, and an inner cut eX- tending 'between points slightly removed from tions, when so pivoted inwardlybeing adapted to coact with adjacent packaging material and with other portions o f the said element whereby to raise the said other portionswithin the package and, consequently, to move upwardly the cigarettes overlying said other portions, the said device beingfurther'characterized in that the said element is substantially rectangular and has diagonal scoring lines partially defining triangular corner sections and inner triangular sections, parallel longitudinal scores defining the sides of a central neckportion and the inner limits of rectangulartabs at opposite sides of said neck portion, opposed cuts extending laterally, inwardly from the sides of said element and partially defining said tabs, 2, cut extendingbetween points slightly removed from the outer ends of the said opposed, laterally extending cuts, and cuts forming supplemental tab portions on the sides of the said inner triangular sections, the diagonalscoring being interrupted at the base'sof the said supplemental tab portions.

19. A package comprising a plurality of cigarettes or like articles, a covering of pliant material substantially enclosing said articles, and a substantially flat element at one end of the package and in substantial face to face relation to said pliant material with outeredge portions of the elementin contact with portions of the pliant material, the said element being in addition to the covering material and of relatively rigid nected sections with the axisof the hinge extending transversely of said dimension, outer response to pressure exerted transversely of said axis on said outer edges of said sections, to pivot from the general plane of said element, and the latter, in consequence of such pivotal movement,

being adapted to coact with the package covering and one or more of the articles to urge the latter toward and partly through an opening in said covering registering with the urged articles.

NICHOLAS P. COURTNEY.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification221/64
International ClassificationB65D85/08, B65D85/10
Cooperative ClassificationB65D85/1009
European ClassificationB65D85/10E