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Publication numberUS2677469 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 4, 1954
Filing dateDec 9, 1950
Priority dateDec 9, 1950
Publication numberUS 2677469 A, US 2677469A, US-A-2677469, US2677469 A, US2677469A
InventorsLudwig Ebert
Original AssigneeEinson Freeman Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Rearwardly slanting collapsible cardboard floor stand
US 2677469 A
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L. EBERT May 4, 1954 REARWARDLY SLANTING COLLAPSIBLE CARDBOARD FLOOR STAND Filed Dec. 9, 1950 2 Sheets-Sheet l I N V EN TOR. laawn; efif L. EBERT May 4, 1954 REARWARDLY SLANTING COLLAPSIBLE CARDBOARD FLOOR STAND 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 9, 1950 v INVENTOR. Juan/16 696%? B ,1 I W Patented May 4, 1954 REARWARDLY SLANTING COLLAPSIBLE CARDBOARD FLOOR STAND Ludwig Ebert, New York, N. Y., assignor to Einson-Freeman 00., N. Y., a corporation of Inc Long Island City, Delaware Application December 9, 1950, Serial No. 199,994

2 Claims. 1

My present invention relates generally to display stands, and has particular reference to a floor stand formed of sheet material such as cardboard or corrugated board.

It is a general object of the invention to provide a structure which is relatively inexpensive to manufacture, readily stored or shipped in flattened collapsed condition, easy to set up when it is to be used, unusually staunch and stable, and well suited for use in stores or markets to support and display substantial quantities of merchandise.

The stand is primarily intended to support packages or cans, and is able safely to accommodate a supply Weighing up to several hundred pounds. It is shaped and assembled to define a central upright panel inclined slightly rearwardly, and a supporting panel projecting forwardly from the lower end of the central panel and slightly inclined downwardly toward the rear. Both these panels lie between a pair of parallel upright side pieces with the central panel in recessed relation to the front edges of the sides. The floor panel is supported at its forward edge by the upper part of a base panel that is parallel to the central panel and lies forwardly offset from it. Articles of merchandise stacked on the floor will lean lightly against the recessed central panel and will be confined at the sides by said side Walls.

One of the features of the invention lies in forming the sides of two-ply thickness, there being an inner panel and an outer panel for each side, said panels being joined by a fold line at the front.

Another feature lies in forming a top panel in hinged relation to the top of the central panel, and providing a simple means for anchoring it to said sides. In one embodiment of the invention, this top panel projects forwardly to define a top wall for the merchandise-accommodating recess. In a modified form of the construction, this top panel projects rearwardly to lie back of the central panel. panel serves as a reinforcement for the central panel, and is held in place by ears that are engageable between the plies of the side walls.

A further feature of the invention is to form the central panel, the top panel, the side walls and the base panel of a single blank of sheet material, with a minimum of waste and with all exposed surfaces (1. e., those which would be chosen to carry advertising or other embellishment) defined by a single face of the original blank, whereby a single printing or equivalent operation is all that is needed.

In each case the top or the like.

I achieve these general objects and advantages, and such other objects as may hereinafter appear or be pointed out, in the manner exemplified in the'accompanying drawings in which-- Figure l is a perspective view of one form of improved floor stand, from the front;

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a modified form, from the rear;

Figure 3 is a plan view of the major blank and the two'minor blanks from which the device of Figure 1 is made;

Figure 4 is a longitudinal section taken substantially on the line 4-4 of Fig. 1;

Figure 5 is a horizontal section taken substantially on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4;

Figure 6 is a fragmentary, elevational section taken on the line 6--6 of Fig. 1;

Figure 7 is a fragmentary section, taken horizontally on the line 1-1 of Fig. 2;

Figure 3 is a fragmentary section, taken horizontally on the line 8-8 of Fig. 4; and

Figure 9 is a horizontal section taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4, showing the stand partially collapsed.

Referring to Fig. 3, the improved fioor stand is formed of a major blank 30 and two minor blanks l0 and l, fabricated of corrugated board Major blank 30 is cut to the symmetrical outline shown, presenting a central rectangular panel 3] and two lateral wings separated therefrom by vertical hinge lines A, A. Each wing has in turn two panels separated from each other by vertical fold lines B, B, which are parallel to hinge lines A. The panels of the left wing are designated 32 (outer panel) and 33 (inner panel); the panels of the right wing are designated 34 (outer) and 35 (inner).

The two wings are folded rearwardly on their fold lines B, B and forwardly on the hinge lines A, to form the two sides of the stand. By the folding of the wings on lines B the sides of the stand are two-ply, comprising an outer panel 32 and an inner panel 33 at the left of the stand,

' and an outer panel 34 and an inner panel 35 at the right. The free or rear edges of the wings 32-33 and 34-35, their upper edges, and the short fold lines C, C at the bottom (Fig. 3) are so shaped and oriented that when folded as described, the rear edges 35 of the outer side panels are substantially vertical while the front edges 3! thereof are inclined and the top edges 38 are inclined downwardly front to rear. The lower ends of the outer panels 32, 34 are preferably folded inwardly on fold lines 0 to form foot panels 39. 39.

By reason of the parallel relation between lines A, A and B, B, the rear edges of the inner side panels 33, 35 (which edges are coincidental with fold lines A, A and designated 21, 21 in Figs. 1-2) are parallel to front edges 31, 31 and similarly inclined, as is also the recessed panel 3!, the rear edges 21, 21 constituting the side edges of this recessed panel 3|.

Major blank 33 (Fig. 3) is out near the lower portion of its main central panel 31 along transverse line 2!. The inner side panels 33, 35 have short incisions 23, 25, respectively, which are end continuations of transverse incision 2|. The cuts 23, 25 extend to the midpoint of inner side panels 33, 35; short fold lines b, b extend from the ends of incisions 23, 25 vertically to the lower edges thereof and parallel to lines A, B. When the side panels are folded on lines A and B, as previously described, the portion of the blank bounded by fold lines I), b, transverse incision 2| and short incisions 23, 25, is displaced forwardly of the recessed panel 3! to define the front base panel 22 (Fi 1). By reason of the fact that the short fold lines I), b, are at the midpoints of the inner side panel 33, 35, the base panel 22 is in the plane of the front edges 31 of the stand.

The part of each inner side panel which lies between fold A, short fold b, and the corresponding short incision 23, 25 is designated 24. By reason of the three folds A, b, and B, there is thus formed a three-ply side at the base of the stand, as best shown in Fig. 8. The two inner, panels 24, 33 are first stapled together, by staples 9, Fig. 8, after which staples 8 are used to secure all three panels. This creates an unusually strong and sturdy base for supporting the contemplated load.

Minor blank ii) (Fig. 3) has a fold line d and a pair of end flaps l3, l5. It will be noted in the major blank 36 that the transverse incision 2| is somewhat above the short incisions 23, 25 to provide a transverse flap 26 between incision 2| and a transverse fold line D which is aligned with the short incisions 23, 25. The minor blank I is glued or otherwise secured, near its front edge IE, to transverse flap 2%).

After folding the side panels, as already described, minor blank Hi (secured to flap 25 of blank 30) is turned inwardly on transverse fold D, to assume the position shown in Fig. 1, and is also folded on its own transverse fold d, to present" a floor panel H and a rear panel l2. The latter bends upwardly from floor panel I l to rest against the recessed panel 3i. The end flaps l3, of minor blank it, rest frictionally against the inner side panels, respectively.

Preferably, floor panel II is inclined downwardly from front to rear. This inclined disposition results from the positional relationship of a pair of transverse slots 29, 23 in the major blank 35, and a pair of tongues l3, It in the blank m. The tongues 13 are received in the slots 23, as shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 4. One of the tongues is, e. g., the one at the left in Fig. 3, may be somewhat longer than the other, to facilitate insertion of the tongues through slots 23; 29.

Minor blank i has a transverse fold line 0 (Fig. 3) forming a transverse flap 3; it also has two end flaps 2, Ll. Minor blank I is secured at the rear of the stand near the base, with its end flaps 2, i secured to the inside of outer side panels 32, 3 respectively. Afterv the stand has been erected by folding its side panels and placing floor panel blank 53 in position, as described, the transverse flap 3 is folded inwardly as shown in Fig. 4,

so that the free edge of flap 3 abuts frictionally against the rear face of panel 3|.

Near its upper end, blank 30 is provided with a pair of parallel transverse fold lines E, F (Fig. 3) forming between them a lower transverse panel 4!, and also a display panel 42. Panel 42 has a pair of side flaps or ears 43, 43. The panel 4| forms a'ceiling for the article accommodating space or recess, while the panel 42 presents a front display panel as shown. The ears 43 are engaged between the side panels 32, 33 at one side and between the side panels 34, 35 at the other side, thus anchoring the panels 4| and 42 in the positions shown in Figs. 1 and 4. See also Fig. 6.

If desired, the structure may be modified as shown in Fig. 2, leaving the upper end of the stand open. In this case panel 42 can be omitted and panel 4| is bent back on fold line F to lie behind the rear face of panel 3 I.

In the modified construction, the ears 43 are formed directly on the ends of panel 4! and are received as before between the side panels 32 and 33 at one side and between the side panels 34 and 35 at the other side.

In the structure of Fig. l, the ears 43 enter into anchoring relation to the sides by downward movement; while in the structure of Fig. 2, the ears 43 enter into this anchorin relation by a forward movement (see Fig. 7). In each case, the panel 4! serves as a desirable reinforcement and stiffener for the top of the structure.

Referring to Fig. 3 which shows the major blank 30, it will be seen that one surface thereof presents all the surfaces that would be chosen for printing, namely, the central pane]. 3|, outer side panels 32, 3G, inner side panels 33, 35, front base panel 22, and top display panel 42. This makes it possible to manufacture the device at relatively low cost.

In general, it will be understood that those skilled in the art will b able to modify some of the details herein described and illustrated, without necessarily departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention and illustrated its use, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. In a floor stand composed of flat cardboard, a symmetrical blank having a central panel and a pair of lateral Wings secured thereto along hinge lines, each wing comprising a pair of panels secured to each other along fold lines parallel to said hinge lines, the wing panels being doubled upon themselves at said fold lines to define a pair of sides for the floor stand each having an outer and an inner panel, said sides being folded forwardly at said hinge lines to position said central panel in a rearwardly recessed relation to, and parallel to, the folded front edges of said sides, the rear edges of the outer wing panel and the lower edges of all the wing panels being so shaped and oriented that when the panels are folded as aforesaid the central panel is inclined rearwardly and upwardly, the outer panel of each pair of wing panels being appreciably wider than its inner panel so that said inclined central panel lies well within the confines of said sides of the floor stand.

2. In a floor stand, the elements set forth in claim 1, said central panel being provided with a transverse incision extending from one of said hinge lines to the other, the area below said incision definin a base panel, the inner panels of said wings being provided with incisions close to, and parallel to, said transverse incision and extending from said hinge lines to about the midpoints of said inner panels, said inner panels being further provided with fold lines extending downwardly from the termini of said panel incisions to the bottom of the panels, whereby said base panel can be positioned forwardly of the recessed panel and substantially in the plane of said folded front edges of said sides.

Name Date List June 10, 1924 Number Number 6 Name Date Horwath Mar. 20, 1934 Davidson Feb. '7, 1939 Larkin Oct. 14, 1941 Walters Sept, 1, 1942 Brunner July 18, 1944 Ziemmerman Nov. 7, 1944 Davidson Aug. 23, 1949

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U.S. Classification211/73, 248/459, 297/397
International ClassificationA47F5/10, A47F5/11
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/112
European ClassificationA47F5/11B