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J. TAYLOR June 5, 1956 DISPENSING CONTAINERS FOR PRESSURE-SENSITIVE TAPE Filed Nov. 9, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR JAMES TAYLOR Jv TAYLOR June 5, 1956 DISPENSING CONTAINERS FOR PRESSURE-SENSITIVE TAPE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Nov. 9, 1953 7 INVENTOR.
JAMES TAYLOR firm/mar United States Patent DISPENSING CONTAINERS FOR PRESSURE- SENSITIVE TAPE James Taylor, East St. Louis, Ill., assignor to Midwest Art Publishers, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., a corporation of Missouri Application November 9, 1953, Serial No. 391,109
3 Claims. (Cl. 206-52) This invention relates in general to containers and more particularly to a dispensing container for pressure-sensitive tape.
It is the primary object of the invention to provide a container for supporting, displaying and dispensing pre ssure-sensitive tape from a plurality of dilferent rolls thereof so that the user may have available a variety of different kinds of tape in varying colors, artistic designs, or widths and may select a piece of pressure-sensitive tape from any one of such rolls.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a dispensing container of the type stated in which the several diiferently colored and variously decorated rolls of pressure-sensitive tape are displayed visibly and attractively.
It is also an object of the present invention to provide a dispensing container of the type stated in which the rolls of tape are conveniently and securely housed and thus maintained in usable condition as long as any tape remains on any one or more of the several rolls.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a display container of the type stated which can be manufactured in fiat or so-called knocked-down condition and may be readily set up for use when it is desired to form a package therewith.
With the above and other objects in view, my invention resides in the novel features of form, construction, arrangement, and combination of parts presently described and pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings Figure l is a plan view of a dispensing container constructed in accordance with and embodying the present invention;
Figure 2 is a plan view of the interior roll-holding filler forming a part of the present invention;
Figure 3 is an exploded perspective view of the display container and filler in set-up or operative position;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along line 44 of Figure 3;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the display container in assembled relation;
Figure 6 is a transverse sectional view taken along line 6-6 of Figure 5;
Figure 7 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional view taken along line 77 of Figure 5;
Figure 8 i a perspective view of the display container in closed position; and
Figure 9 is a transverse sectional view taken along line 99 of Figure 8,
Referring now in more detail and by reference characters to the drawings, which illustrate a preferred embodiment of the present invention. A designates a display container blank which is die-cut or otherwise suitably formed from heavy paper or cardboard of a suitable size, texture and composition. The blank A integrally includes a back panel 1, end panels 2, 3, a front panel 4, interlocking bottom-forming tabs 5, 6, 7, and 8, respectively joined to the back panel 1, end panel 2, front panel 4, and end panel 3, being separated therefrom merely by conventional scorelines to facilitate folding. The blank also includes a top panel or closure wall 9 provided along its longitudinal edge margin with a closure tab 10 and further being provided adjacent its longitudinal margin with an elongated rectangular opening or window 11 which is covered by a transparent rectangular section 12 of cellophane or other similar material which is adhesively secured thereto around its margin.
The blank A also integrally includes upper end-wall tabs 13, 14, having marginally projecting cars 13', 14', and being respectively connected to the upper margins of the end-walls 2, 3, by conventional scorelines and integrally connected to the upper margin of the front panel 4 across conventional scorelines is a front wall flap 15. The front Wall panel 4 and flap 15 are mutually provided with a rectangular cut-out or opening 16 which in efiect straddles the scoreline between the panel 4 and flap 15 substantially as shown in Figure 1.
Also provided for cooperation with the blank A, when the latter is folded up into container forming position, is a blank B, likewise formed of suitable paper or cardboard and integrally including an interiorly located back panel 17 defined by four intersecting scorelines and connected along its margins to a flap 18, a top panel 19 and side panels 20, 20, the latter being provided with large identically-sized circular apertures a, a, respectively, and flaps 21, 22, 23, and 24 and 21', 22', 23', and 24, respectively. The flaps 21, 21 are separated from the intermediately lying flap 18 by slits 25, 25 and similarly, the series of flaps 22, 23, 24 and the series of flaps 22, 23, and 24', are respectively endwise connected to each other by scorelines and separated from the intermediate portions of the blank B by slits 26, 26. Finally, the top panel 19 is provided with a pair of spaced parallel slots 27, 27 and along its outer margin with a panel-forming flap 28 which is in turn provided on its other margin with a securement flap 29.
The blank A and filler B are folded up for use into container-forming position as shown in Figure 3. As the blank A is folded up the flap 15 is folded down against the inner face of the front panel 4. In the process of so doing, an elongated thin metallic strip 30 is inserted therebetween. The strip 30 has a length precisely equal to the longitudinal dimension of the panel 4 and an overall width equal to the distance between the fold line, the line at the bottom margin of the panel 4, and the lower margin of the die-cut opening 16. Along its longitudinal margin the metallic strip 30 is provided with a series of teeth or serrations 31. The length of this series of serrations 31 is substantially equal to the length of the die-cut opening 16 so that when the container is in set-up or assembled relation the serrations or teeth 31 will project upwardly for a short distance above and extend along the lower margin of the U-shaped opening formed by the die-cut aperture 16 when the panel 4 and the flap 15 are folded down against each other, as shown in Figure 3.
The filler B is provided with a spirally wound paper tube 32 inserted at its opposite ends through the apertures a, a and provided along its intermediate length with a series of endwise alined rolls of pressure-sensitive tape R. The rolls R are arranged in alternately wound relation along the roller 32, that is to say, the first roll R (counting from left to right in Figure 3) and every subsequent odd numbered roll in sequence will be placed upon the supporting roller 32 so that it will in effect be wound in one direction and, correspondingly, the second roll R and each successive even numbered roll, will be placed upon the supporting roller 32 so that it will, in effect, be wound in the opposite direction. Thus, as
tape is pulled or removed from the various rollers the tape will come from the top of the odd numbered rolls and from the bottom of the even numbered rolls. It should be understood in this connection that this arrangement may be varied to suit the requirements of the particular package being constructed, the significant factor merely being that the off-feeding direction of the pressure-sensitive tape be alternated in directly adjacent rolls R.
The set-up filler B is inserted within the set-up blank A and the projecting tabs 13', 14 of the fiaps 13, 14 are inserted through the slots 27, 27' substantially as shown in Figure 5. Finally, the top panel or closure forming element 9 and the flap thereof 10 may be folded down and inserted as a closure across the top of the container in the manner shown in Figures 8 and 9 making a complete package in which the various rolls R are visibly displayed through the window 11 and from which selected sections of tape may readily be dispensed in the manner illustrated in Figure 6. pulled oflf it'may be torn or severed against the serrations 31. The alternation in direction of winding of the several rolls R facilitates manual selection and keeps adjacent portions of tape from becoming interengaged or stuck together.
It should be understood that changes and modifications in the form, construction, arrangement, and combinatin of the several parts of the dispensing containers for pressure-sensitive tape may be made and substituted for those herein shown and described without departing from the nature and principle of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A tape dispenser package comprising a rectangular container having spaced parallel end walls and a front wall extending transversely therebetween, a tubular member mounted at its end in and extending between the end walls, and a plurality of rolls of pressure-sensitive tape rotatably mounted on the tubular member arranged in side-by-side contiguous relation and in such manner that the direction of winding is opposite in adjacent rolls.
When a suitable length has been 2. A tape dispenser package comprising a rectangular tions of the front wall being provided with folded-over flaps which extend downwardly along the interior face of the front wall on either side of the U-shaped opening when the package is in operative position, a tubular member mounted at its end in and extending between the end walls, a plurality of rolls of pressure-sensitive tape rotatably mounted on the tubular member arranged in side-by-side contiguous relation and in such manner that the direction of winding is opposite in adjacent rolls, and a relatively wide tearing strip mounted fiatwise along the interior face of the front wall with its ends retentively held by the folded-over flaps and having serrations projecting upwardly from the lower margin of the U-shaped opening thereby providing an edge against which a section of the tape may readily be severed.
3. A tape dispenser package comprising a rectangular container having spaced parallel end walls, a bottom wall and a front wall extending transversely therebetween and being cut out downwardly from its upper margin in the provision of a substantially U-shaped opening, the remaining portions of the front wall being provided with folded-over flaps which extend downwardly along the interior face of the front wall on either side of the U-shaped opening when the package is in operative position, a tubular member mounted at its end in and extending between the end walls, a plurality of rolls of pressure-sensitive tape rotatably mounted on the tubular member arranged in side-by-side relation and in such manner that the direction of winding is opposite in adjacent rolls, and a relatively wide tearing strip mounted fiatwise along the interior face of the front wall with its ends retentively held by the folded-over flaps and having serrations projecting upwardly from the lower margin of the U-shaped opening, said strip furthermore having its lower edge resting against the bottom wall thereby providing a stable and firm cutting edge against which a section of the tape may readily be severed.
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