US 2726004 A
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Dec. 6, 1955 Philip H. McLeod INVENTOR Dec. 6, 1955 H. MCLEOD 2,726,004
SINGLE AND MULTIPLE CONTAINER BODIES FOR FOODSTUFF Filed Jan. 29, 1953 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Phi/110 H. McLeod INVENTOR.
BY 15 B Dec. 6, 1955 P. H. MCLEOD 2,726,004
SINGLE AND MULTIPLE CONTAINER BODIES FOR FOODSTUFF Filed Jan. 29, 1953 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Phi/1p H. McLeod INVENTOR.
non yaw M United States Patent SINGLE AND MULTIPLE "CONTAINER BODIES FOR [FOODSTUFF iPhifiP'H. McLeotLNew Albany, Ind.
ApplicationfJanuaryfB, 1953, Serial No. 333,894
This-invention relates ito snow and useful improvements in containers of all sizes and 'dimensionsnnd the primary -object inf the :present :invention is to zprovide ,a sealed containerabody Zfor'foodstufis-that may be discarded after opening and which may be used as a server from WhlCh foodstufi'canbe-served or-dished.
Another important IObjGCtzOflhC present invention s to provide a sealed container body for foodstuffithat 1s than round and 'fiatbacke'din cross section totperm'it the .same to 'bestore'cl, carried and handled in a convenient ,manner.
,A further object of the present invention is to provide .a.container for foodstu'fi consisting :of 'a plurality ofrhalf ,mundfhollowbodies which are connected together a .novel and improved manner to remain in juxtaposition and said bodies being capable of holding a variety of foods tan'tllor'juicesfor a complete meal or serving.
.A still further aim of the present invention is ,to provide single and multiple sealed containerbodies for foodstuff that are simple and -:practical;' in-tconst-nuction, strong and ireliable in=use, compact in structure,vneat andlattractive tin-appearance, inexpensive tomanufacture, and-otherwisewell adapted for the purposes for which the same is intended.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside inthe details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
Figure l is a perspective view of the single container body looking downwardly and at the rear thereof;
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the single container body looking at the front thereof;
Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 3--3 of Figure 1;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the two body container;
Figure 5 is a perspective view taken from the rear side of Figure 4;
Figure 6 is a perspective view showing the bodies of the two body container spread apart;
Figure 7 is a perspective view showing the bodies of the two body container completely open with their flat walls coplanar;
Figure 8 is a sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 88 of Figure 7;
Figure 9 is a perspective view of the three body container;
Figure 10 is a perspective view of the three body container and showing the bodies spread apart;
Figure 11 is a sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 11--11 of Figure 10;
Figure 12 is a perspective view of the four body container;
Figure 13 is a perspective view showing the bodies forming the four body container opened;
:Figure l4 ;is *a plan-anew ;of .the. four k body rcontainer and zshowing one ::,of the bodies swung outwardly;
:Figure 15zis-za vertical;Sectional -view:takengsubstantially on ,the planetof;sectionlline .:15-151.,of. Figure 12;.aand,
Figure 16 is a sectional view taken substantiallyton the Referring now .to :the drawings intdetaihxwhereintfor the purpose-of illustration, there is disclosed mipreferred embodiment ofttheapresentinvention,zsthecnurneral .rep-
resents gahalf round container lrbody including ';a :fiat: rear wall ;12-:and a concavosconvexed forward wall 14. ZWalls l2 and Marc suitably connected?togethenanditheirsends are :joined ,by end wa1l-sr16 that .i formtaeunitarylparttof .1 the; bedy10.
The container body lflrmayxbe of: any,-suitabletmaterial .such -as rthat frequently semployed for producing cans or --jars.
The body ,10 will1contain any suitable :foodstufi such as vegetables, "soups, juices :or :the like which are readily dispensed from the body ,"10 as:the:body:is punctturedtoropened.
Lbel'e or; strip 24. i
.Thestrip :24 ;is formed with sorzsuitablyifixedly attached torthe ,outer-surfacesof the culved;wvallstof;the bodies 20 and-22 adjacent'the junctureof the curved Walls of the .bodies2t) and :22 with theiriflat walls. Il1e5strip1'24 =-may rbetof any suitable preferably :resilient and tflexible :material suchfas metal, rplasticsorzthelike that =will urge the container bodies 20 land 22 inward each other with the fiat walls of'thebodies 20 :and 22 in 'close proximity 'to onezanotheras shownin Figures 4 andiS. 'However,"the
strip 24, which extends',substant-ially the length tor :the container bodies 20 and 22, will permit the bodies 20 and 22 to be moved apart as shown in Figures 7, 8 and 9.
A three body container 26 is illustrated in Figures 9, l0 and 11 and comprises a main half round body 28 and a pair of auxiliary half round bodies 30 and 32. Eacho'f the container bodies 28, 30 and 32 includes a concavoconvex wall, a fiat wall connected to the concavo-convex wall and a pair of end walls. The radius of the curved wall of the main container body 28 is substantially twice the radius of the curved walls of the auxiliary container bodies 30 and 32 so that the flat walls of the auxiliary containers 30 and 32 can cover the fiat wall of the main container 28.
Means is provided for connecting the auxiliary container bodies 30 and 32 to the main container body 28 so that the auxiliary container bodies will be retained in close proximity to the main container. This means comprises a pair of flexible and resilient longitudinal connecting members or strips 34 and 36 that are suitably fixedly attached to or integrally formed with the container bodies 30 and 28, and 32 and 28, respectively.
The strips 34 and 36 are applied to the longitudinal edge portions of the main container body 28 and are also applied to a longitudinal edge portion of an auxiliary container body. These strips 34 and 36 will permit the auxiliary container bodies to be swung outwardly from the main container body 28 as shown in Figures 10 and 11.
Figures 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 illustrate a four body 3 are crimped or suitably fixed to form the sealed container bodies.
The container bodies 40, 42, 44 and 46 are connected together by three flexible and/ or resilient strips 50, 52 and 54 that aresuitably fixedly attached to or formed with the container bodies. 'The strip 50 connects the container bodies 40 and 42; the strip 52 connects the container bodies 42 and 44; and, the strip 54 connects the container bodies 44'and 46.
Strip 50 is applied to one longitudinal side edge portion of each of the container bodies 40 and 42 to retain the container bodies 40 and 42 one behind the other with the flat inner walls of the container bodies 40 and 42 in close parallel relationship. Strip 54 is applied to one longitudinal side edge portion of each of the container bodies 44 and 46 and retains the container bodies 44 and 46 disposed one behind the other and the flat inner walls of these container bodies disposed in close parallel relationship as shown in Figure 12.
The container bodies 40 and 46 may be swung outwardly from the container bodies 42 and 44 with the fiat inner walls of all bodies coplanar as shown in Figure 13. The container body 40 may be folded on the container body 42 with the flat inner walls of said bodies 40, 42 opposite and parallel so that said bodies 40, 42 form a round twin section container, and the container body 46 may be similarly folded on the container body 44 to form another round twin section container, and the twin section containers may be swung relatively on the strip 52.
When the container body 40 and the container body 46 are thus folded, the flanges 47 thereon engage the flanges on the container bodies 42, 44 and space the flat inner walls of the container bodies 40, 42 apart and similarly space the flat inner walls of the container bodies 46, 44 for circulation of air between the opposed inner flat walls.
The container bodies in all forms of the invention herein disclosed will receive a suitable foodstuff after which the container bodies are sealed by the application of one end wall of the body which is left off until the bodies are filled. The end walls of the container bodies may be punched or opened so that the contents of the bodies may be dispensed therefrom.
Inasmuch as the complemental container bodies are connected together by a novel connecting means, the foodstuff in the various container bodies may be removed in a convenient manner and the container bodies may be more easily handled than if the bodies remained in back to back engagement.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
A container comprising a pair of hollow half-round container bodies, each having a flat wall and a concaveconvex wall, said container bodies having longitudinal edges hinged together for folding of said bodies on each other into opposite relation with the flat walls thereof opposite and parallel, said bodies having end walls provided with continuous grooved flanges forming continuous channels in said flanges aligned transversely with said Hat and concave-convex wall and in which the flat and concavo-convex walls are secured, said flanges when the bodies are folded spacing the flat walls apart for air circulation between said flat walls, said hinges being resilient strips urging said bodies toward folded position.
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