|Publication number||US2685860 A|
|Publication date||Aug 10, 1954|
|Filing date||Nov 12, 1952|
|Priority date||Nov 12, 1952|
|Publication number||US 2685860 A, US 2685860A, US-A-2685860, US2685860 A, US2685860A|
|Inventors||Nicholas J Plakas|
|Original Assignee||Nicholas J Plakas|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (4), Referenced by (29), Classifications (13)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
0,1954 ,N. J. PLAKAS I CONTAINER AND COVER THEREFOR Fil ed Nov. 12, 1952 ,BLA CK), EXTRA. 9
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Patented Aug. 10, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
CONTAINER AND COVER THEREFOR Nicholas J. Plakas, West Roxbury, Mass.
ApplicationNovember 12, 1952, Serial No. 319,979
The present invention relates to a cover and container made of paper, cardboard, paper board When cofiee, tea etc. is taken out-of restaurants and other shops it is usual to mark the container .or cover with some indication of the contents as whether it has sugar, cream, or some such other contents. However, this is time consuming, often results in unsanitary practises and frequently the inscription is illegible.
The present invention overcomes these difiiculties by providing a container having a cover which has mounted on the outside, one or more rotatable indicators which when turned will point to different inscriptions on the cover which par ticularly indicate the exact nature of the contents. These indicators may be pivoted near the edge of the cover with one end extending upwards and frictionally engaging the side wall of the container when the cover is in place on the container. The projecting end of the indicator when bent upward also serves as a tab for removal of the cover. In this invention the pivoting means of the indicator may be provided by a hollow rivet which also serves as a vent hole for the expansion of the hot liquid contents.
The cover may be printed with a great number of diiferentlegends to which the indicators may be pointed to indicate the contents of the container. These and other advantages of the present invention will be more clearly indicated by a consideration of the invention in conjunction with the drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a plan view of-the cover.
Figure 2 is a sectional elevation of the cover and the container into which it has been posiand having its sidewall 3 at a slight angle to the bottom 2. However, containers of other shapes such as cylindrical, and containers with straightsided sections and covers fitting thereto may also i be used.
The cover 4, having a circular shape to correspond with a cross-section of the container, fits snugly down into the container a short distance leaving a marginal area 5 between the top surrace 6 of the cover and the upper edge i of the container.
A pair of indicators '8 and 9 are rotatably attached to the cover near its edge 6 by the hollow rivets I l and 12 respectively, which extend through the cover and which in addition to retatably holding the indicators to the cover, also permits free-passage of air to and from the closed container. By providing hollow rivets in this manner, expanding air under the cover due to 'hot liquid contents will not cause the cover to pop off, nor are the rivet holes large enough to permit the liquid contents to splash out through the'holes. "Though it is preferable that two indicators positioned near the edge diametrically opposite each other be used, one or more or such indicators are also suitable. On the top of the cover are imprinted the various legends 59 from which the exact nature of the contents of the container may be indicated by suitably turning the indicators 8 and 9 so that the ends I! and it respectively of the indicators point to the desired legend as illustrated in Figure 1. When the cover is inserted down into the container as illustrated in Figure 2, the ends l3 and It respectively of the indicators 8 and 9 are bent upwardly against the marginal area 5 of the sidewall 3 at points [5 and I6, and are frictionally held there until the cover is removed. The frictional contact of the ends l5 and it of the indicators 8 and 9 re,-
spectively with the sidewall 3 will firmly keep the indicator pointing to the selected legend while the cover is on the container. If desired a crease 20 and 2| across the indicators 8 and 9 respectively may be provided to facilitate the bending of the end of the indicator against the sidewall margin 5. Where the container has straight sides the ends l3 and M will also be in contact with the sidewalls of the container.
It should be noted that when the cover is posi tioned. in the container the ends i 3 and M of the indicators project beyond the upper edge I of the container so that they may be readily used as tabs to help remove the cover from the container.
Before these covers are placed in the container they may be packed compactly one on top of the other since the indicators 8 and 9 are held flat against the cover 6.
Having now described my invention I claim:
1. In a cover for a container of the type described a cover element having characters imprinted on the top surface thereof for indicating the contents of the container, an indicator element adapted to be pointed to any of said characters, and hollow rivet means rotatably fixing said indicator element to the cover element, said hollow rivet means passing through said indicator element and through said cover element.
2. In combination with a container of the type described having a sidewall, a cover element having characters imprinted on the top surface thereof. for indicating the contents of the container, said cover element adapted to fit down into the said container below the top edge of said sidewall, at least one indicator element adapted to be pointed to said characters, and means rotatably fixing each indicator to the top of said 4 tainer, said cover element adapted to fit down into the said container below the top edge of said sidewall, at least one indicator element having one end shaped to be selectively pointed to said characters and the other end normally bent upwardly and extending above the top edge of the sidewall element and having one part frictionally contacting said sidewall element.
5. Incombination with a container of the type described having a side wall, a cover element having characters imprinted in the center of the top surface thereof for indicating the contents of the container, said cover element adapted to fit cover element near the edge of the cover element,
the end of said indicator element adapted to be bent upwards to make contact with the sidewall.
3. In combination with a container of the type described having a sidewall, a cover element having characters imprinted on the top surface therea.
of for indicating the contents of the container, said cover element adapted to fit down into the said container below the top edge of said sidewall, at least one indicator element having one end shaped to be selectively pointed to said characters and the other end normally projecting beyond the cover element, and frictionally contacting said sidewall members, and means rotatably fixing each indicator to the top of said cover element near the edge of the cover element.
4. In combination with a container of the type described having a sidewall, a cover element having characters imprinted on the top surface thereof for indicating the contents of the condown into said container below the top edge of said side wall, a pair of indicator elements adapted to be pointed to said characters, each of said indicators positioned near the edge of the cover diametrically opposite one another, and means rotatably fixing said indicators to the top of said cover element, the end of said indicator elements normally bent upwards and projecting beyond the top edge of the cover and having one part frictionally contacting said side wall element.
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|U.S. Classification||116/316, 229/125.17, 229/404, 426/115, 206/459.1, 426/87, 229/4.5|
|International Classification||B65D51/24, A61J7/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D51/245, A61J7/0046|
|European Classification||B65D51/24F, A61J7/00D8|