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Dec. 25, 1956 P. w. MESTMAN ET AL 2,775,365
BAG DISPENSER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 6, 1953 PERCY m MESTMAN 8 JAY J. R055,
HUEBNER, BEEHLER, WORREL a HERZIG 8y Arromvmfs P. w. MESTMAN ET AL 2,775,365
Dec. 25 1956 BAG DISPENSER 2 Sheets-Shet 2 Filed March 6, 1955 PERCY W. MESTMAN 's JAY J. R088,
WORREL a HERZIG,
means economical ir'i- *rii'an ract e ristic s-capableof-easy'and relatively inexpensive mass "t roaunon.
I 'BAG DISPENSER i ercy Mestman, Nuys, andJay J. Ross,
, i "CuluerCity, 7
- Application Maren 6, 1953, Seria'FNO. 340,878
p tonn s. c air-44 This invention relates 'to dispensers, and more particularly to a paper bag dispenser, especially of a typeto tain article's-er 'merchandi'sepurchased in "retail stores.
are presentedforwardly throu'gli a suitalale opening providedinthe container "therefor.
Itis also desired by 'this constructionan'd invention to pro ide readily releasable and adequately retentive I I I I I leasa'bly "retainingthe bags in a transverse direction, but with 'sunieient facility-oi lateral movement that the same may accommodate bags of various sizes Within-predetermined limits; I i i It is accordingly-among ;the'object's of invention 'topro'vi'de anew and iinp'rdved'bag" container and dispensrajngeof preselected'sizes I I V It" is-al'so "among the-objects of this inventionto provide a dispenser'ofthe desired character described *which' convenient in use, whether' for jthe insertion of a new and-withdrawal. v
i If is also among the objects er this invention to p'rovidea new and improved paper bag" dispenser er rela- -'ti vely*siiriple construction, fullyfp'rove'd in operation, u facture, of minimu qdiniensienal w1t 1n 'the limits or the intended i1'se','and
V Itis alsoamorigtlieobjectsof thisinventiontcfliinprove "over prior II I generally similar purpo's'es.
devices heretofore I intended to" accomplish ese and other objects" =and-purposes will be-"more fully understood by reference to'the"accompanying-specificationconsideredinwthe, light of the drawings and the aplg end'edc'l'ai r'ns.
In the drawings i -Figure -1 is a perspective front lv iew of a rpaper bag dispenser embodying this invention-.1
'1: Figure-2; is a plan sectional view taken as on-a l ii1e 2i-2 'l ff i 'lk Figure 3 is a vertical sectional vieWJtaken as on a line I 3-3 of Figure 2.
i ed. S e Pa er- The cabinet further has sides 27, a front 28, and a back 29. A-bottom'30=convenientlyincludesa suitable support 31. i t
An y number of bag compartments may be p'ut'ina single cabinetyb'ut, as shown, the cabinetisdi'vided into two compartments 32 and 33 separated by a central vertical partition 34. I
A longitudinally extending-foot or abutment SS defines, together withthe lower edge 36 of the door"24.and the sidewallportions designated by the numerals 28, bag dispensing openings 37 and 38in the embodiment shown.
Th e'flo'or is provided with a front to back, orfor- Wardly' directed, guide as in the form of channelwstrips 40 and 41 adapted to receive the side edges'42'of a guide piece-43, longitudinally slidablelthereinand supporting an upstanding -arm '44;which-in turnholds a pressure plate 45 in a vertical position in and transversely of the respective chambers '37 and 38; a
' The ar'm 44 is optionally integral with the slide 43 and the' latter is also optionally integral with a down-turned ear 46 complementary to a lug 47' secured tothe front wall28o'f the cabinet; A coil spring 49 normally urges the pressure plate 45, through said arm 44 and slide 43 forwardly within a corresponding bag holding compartment i One-side wall'of any bag holding partition includes'a laterally directed finger-piece 50' secured to said side "wan; for-example 34,; by means of an angle bracket 51 in part defining said finger-piece 50. If desired, said finger-piece 50 may be struck inwardly from such parftitionf34 in' lieu of the use of aseparate angle bracket A laterally or inwardly urged pressure plate is mounted on a1iarm61"secured to a slide 62 adapted for 'sli'dable frictionalmovement between spaced guides 63.
Downwar'dly directed ears 6'4 and 65, the latter being J adapted to dr'aw the'latera'l pressure plate 60 outwardly towards the='side"27'. Themanipulable finger-piece 66 :is
secured toth'e ear by means of the end 67 of the coil spring 6501i theone hand and a nut 68 threaded upon the.shank 69-0fthe finger-piece, in the drawing comprising a threaded eyebolt. r
The cabinet is mounted upon the support 31, which in turn fis secured as by screws- 7010 a preferably'horizontal supporting s'tructure 71'which may, for example, be a table, a counter,-o'r other suitable base. i
"The pressure plate 60 is 'formed with an inwardly a'n'd transversely directed finger 72-optionally in thezfOl'm Figure 4 is a vertical fragmentary sectional view, taken as one line 4-4 of Figure 2.
Figure 5 is a fragmentary detailed view, taken as on a line 5--5 of Figure 4. I
Referring more particularly to the drawings, there is shown by way of illustration but not of strict limitation a dispenser comprising acabinet generally designated by the reference numeral 20, including a tapered top 21, preferably having slanting sidewalls 22 and front wall 23, the latter being provided with a door 24 hinged as at 25 along the top 26.
' lnithe use anduoperation of the dispenser asuitable number-of paper-bags 75 ofagiven size are positioned-in the dispenser asshoWnmost clearly :in" Figures :1" and :3.
' mhe bagsnnap be placedin thisiposition withinithercabinet by opening the door 24, which then assumes its dotted position as in Figure 3, manually forcing the forwardly urged pressure plate 45 rearwardly against tension of the coil spring 49, and inserting the bags in their folded condition as shown downwardly through the opening left by the door 24. Optionally, however, in view of the relatively large space between the cooperative and complementary fingers 50 and 72 the bags may be forced rearwardly, afterlifting the door 24, until they clear the fingers 50 and 72 either with or without retracting the lateral pressure plate 60 by means of the manipulable finger-piece 66, or by direct pressure upon the plate 60.
Patented Dec. 25, 1956 i .When a group of bags have beenv placed within the container and the door closed at 24, the upper ends 76 are deflected rearwardly by the door. Such rearward deflection, while not necessary, is. advantageous in causing the desired tilting action 77 around apivot established by the upper edge 77 of the pressure plate 45. Whether with or without such pivoting action against the bags 75, the lowerends of the bags are urged against the abutment 35 due to the urging of the forwardly biased pressure plate 45, and the folded bottoms -78 of the bags being positioned within the dispenser cabinet as shown protrude as the respective bags are exposed for removal through the openings 37 or 38 of the respective bag holding compartments, each of which may contain bags of different sizes from those contained in any other compartment. That is to say, the respective compartments can be distinct not only in function but also in structure, so that any single cabinet may contain as many bag holding compartments as desired.
Any suitable material may be employed for the cabinet and the various parts thereof illustrated and described. It has been found that sheet metal is a material of choice in all parts except the springs 49 and 65 and the manipulative finger-piece 66.
Although I-have herein shown and described my invention in what I have conceived to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is recognized that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of my invention, which is not to be limited to the details disclosed herein but is to be accorded the full scope of the claims so as to embrace any and all equivalent structures and devices.
1. .In a dispenser for paper bags comprising a frame having a bottom wall means and side wall means and defining a front opening, the novelty comprising: finger means extending laterally inwardly from a fixed one of said side wall means, first pressure means including spring means for normally biasing said bags forwardly in said frame and against said finger means, second pressure meansincluding spring means mounted in the frame for normally urging said bags laterally against said fixed one of said side wall means, and another finger piece on said second pressuremeans directed laterally towards and complementary to said first mentioned finger means.
2. In a dispenser for paper bags, a frame defining a forward opening and having a bottom wall and side walls,
said frame defining an abutment at the bottom edge of said opening, finger means fixed relative to one ofsaid walls of the frame spaced inwardly from said opening and extending parallel to the plane of said opening toward the other side wall, pressure plate means normally urging said bags forwardly in said frame towards said opening at theside ofthe dispenser corresponding to said second pressure plate means, connected to said second lateral pressure plate means, and mounted in said frame, for retracting said second lateral pressure plate means.
4. A bag dispenser as defined in claim 3, said frame including a front wall means above said opening and sloping rearwardly from 'said opening for engaging the top portions of said bags and deflecting them rearwardly thereat in a manner to flex the bags and cause the bottoms to protrude through said opening.
5. A bag dispenser as defined'in claim 2, said forwardly urged pressure plate means being normally spaced from said one side wall and said second pressure plate means and being adapted to engage the central portion of said bags at positions spaced inwardly from the outermost margins of said bags causing said bags to bow outwardly about a vertical axis between said finger means and finger piece.
6. A bag dispenser comprising a cabinet havinga top, sides, a back, and a bottom, and having an open front portion, abutment means defining the lower edge of said open front portion, finger means'at eitherside of said open front portion adapted to engage the front side edges of a bag positioned in the dispenser cabinet, one of said finger means being spring urged to a position for engagement against the corresponding front side edge of said bag and including a spring urged pressure plate also urged by said spring-against the corresponding side edge of said bag, and another spring urged pressure means in the cabinet normally urging said bag forwardly out of said open front portion against said finger means and said front wall means normally sloping rearwardly from said opening for engaging the top portions of said bags and deflecting them rearwardlythereat in a manner to flex thebottoms of the bags toward said opening. 4
8. In adispenser for paper bags comprising a fram having a bottom wall means and side wall means and defining a front opening, the novelty comprising finger means extending laterally inwardly from said side wall means, an abutment means for the bottom edges of said bags on the frame at the bottom of said opening, first pressure means including spring means for normally biasing said bags forwardly in said frame and against said finger means and said abutment means, second pressure means including spring means mountedin the frame for normally urging said bags laterally against said side wall means from which said finger means extend, and another finger piece on said second pressure means directed laterally towards and complementary to said first mentioned finger means.
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