US 2554050 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
y 22, 1951 G. A. NEUBECK 2,554,050
DISPENSING CONTAINER WITH MEASURING EXTENSION OUTLET Filed Dec. 17, 1948 Gus/ave A. Neubec/r INVENTOR.
UNITED ST" DISPENSING CQNTAINER WITH MEASURING EXTENSION OUTLETS Gustave A. Neubeck, North Patchogue, N. Y.
Application December 17, 1948, Serial No. 65,874
This invention relates to new and useful improvements and structural refinements in containers,"more specifically, containers such as bags, sacks, and the like, and theprincipal object of the invention is to facilitate dispensing or pouringof a predetermined'amount of material from the container, as necessitated by requirements.
In particular, the invention concerns itself with bags in which-coffee, lard,-tobacco and similar materials are supplied to a purchaser, the measuringfe'ature ofthe invention enabling the purchaser or user to pour from-thebag-a predetermined portion of the contents-of the latter, such as for example, a given number of tablespoons', a given portion of a cup, or alsufii'cient quantity of tobacco'to fill a cigarette, as the case may be. However; itshould .be clearly understood that the foregoing materials and measurements' are givenfo'r illustrativepurposes only, it being entirely within the scope of the invention to be usedwith' any material andin accordance with any suitable standard of measurement.
Some of the advantages of the invention reside in its simplicity of construction, in its convenient use, in its material saving characteristics, in its cleanliness and sanitary nature and in its adaptability to economical manufacture.
With the above more important objects and features in view, and such other objects and features as may become apparent as this specification proceeds, the invention consists essentially of the arrangement and construction of parts as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the invention in its folded position;
Figure 2 is a perspective view, similar to that shown in Figure 1, but illustrating the invention in readiness for use, and
Figure .3 is a rear elevational view of the invention in its unfolded form.
Like characters of reference are employed to designate like parts in the specification and throughout the several views.
Referring now to the accompanying drawings in detail, the invention consists of a measuring container designated generally by the reference character 10, the same embodying in its construction a bag or sack [2 formed from foldable material such as paper, cloth, plastic or the like, this bag including the usual main body portion ll which will be hereinafter referred to as the storage region, inasmuch as it is intended to accommodate the material contents thereof in the conventional, wellknown-manner, until such time as it is desired topour or dispense the contents therefrom.
The main storage-region or compartment l4 of the container 12 is provided at theupper edge or end thereof with a pair of flattened-tubular extensions l6, [8, the lower ends of theseextensions communicating with the interior of the storage region l4 while the-upper ends 20, 22 of the extensions l0, !8- respectively, are open, as is best shown in Figure 2.
Needless to say, the storage region I4 as well as the extensions [0,18 maybe formedfrom one pre-cut blank of material, the "edges of which, when the container is assembled, are overlapped and secured together in any conventional manner, such as for example, by stitching or byadhesive, as exemplified at 24, 26'.
In any event, it is to be noted that the extensionsl6, !8 are marked with sets of suitable graduations as exemplified at 28, 30 respectively, depending upon the standards of measurement which are customarily employed with the particular type of material being handled. It is to be also observed that the extensions l6, l8 are cross-sectionally reduced with respect to the cross-section of the storage region l4, each of the extensions being adapted to receive therein a predetermined portion of the contents of the storage region Hi.
When the invention is placed in use, assuming that the storage region l4 contains coffee and three tablespoons of coffee are to be dispense-d therefrom, the open end portion 20 of the extension I6 is simply closed by the fingers and the entire container is inverted so that a portion of its contents flows into the extension l6. Thereupon, by using two other fingers, the extension is constricted at the level of the appropriate tablespoon marking on the set of graduations 28, and by simply releasing the finger pressure on the open end 20, the appropriate, predetermined quantity of material will be permitted to flow outwardly from the extension, as will be clearly understood. Needless to say, while this operation is in progress, the extension 18 may be prevented from becoming filled with the material, this being effected by simply folding the extension l8 upwardly to one side of the main storage region I4.
The two extensions i6, 18 are preferably provided with different sets of graduations (28, 30) that is to say, the two extensions are graduated in accordance with different standards of measurement, so that they may be used selectively.
Moreover, when the invention is not in use the two extensions l6, l8 are mutually interfolded or twisted as exemplified at 32 in Figure 1, the open end of one extension being folded under the other, so that the open ends are closed, so to speak, and the contents of the storage region I4 are excluded from harmful efiects of the atmosphere.
The original or initial filling of the storage region [4 may be effected in any suitable manner, such as for example, through one or both of the extensions l6, [8, or alternatively, through the bottom of the container before the bottom is closed and sealed, as desired. In this connection it should be understood that the storage region I 4 and the bottom thereof may be constructed in any conventional manner, since these aspects are obviously immaterial to the features of the invention.
To preserve the contents of the container in a fresh condition, the outer ends 20 of the extensions l6, l8 may be sealed when supplied to the purchaser, for subsequent opening by the latter.
It is believed that the advantages and use of the invention will be readily understood from the foregoing disclosure and accordingly, further description thereof at this point is deemed unnecessary.
While in the foregoing there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of this invention it is to be understood that minor changes in the details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A measuring container formed from foldable material and comprising a main storage compartment and a plurality of cross-sectionally reduced extensions provided at the upper end of said storage compartment, said extensions being adapted to receive therein predetermined portions of the contents of said storage compartment, the outer ends of said extensions being open to facilitate dispensing of material therefrom, and said extensions being adapted for mutual interfolding whereby portions thereof may be collapsed for preventing flow therethrough.
2. The device as defined in claim 1 wherein said extensions are marked with sets of graduations.
3. A container comprising a main body portion and a plurality of cross-sectionally reduced extensions provided at one end of said main body portion and communicating with the interior thereof, said container being formed from foldable material, said extensions adapted to receive a predetermined portion of the contents of said body portion when said body portion is in a substantially inverted position, said extensions being adapted to dispense predetermined portions of said portion of the contents by manually collapsing said extensions at predetermined portions thereof and holding said container in inverted position, each of said extensions adapted to be folded against said body portion, said extensions in their folded position being entwined with each other and collapsed to prevent dispensing therefrom.
GUSTAVE A. NEUBECK.
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