US 2801481 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Aug. 6, 1957 H. D. ADAZEY ENvELoPE Box DISPLAY Filed Sept. 50, 1954 2 20 4 /n/l/fn/TOR Heeey o. Dnzfg l *5 CHLENDHR a United States Patent M ENVELPE BOX DISPLAY Harry D. Dazey, Kirkwood, Mo.
Application September 30, 1954, Serial No. 459,493
Claims. (Cl. l0-121) The present invention relates to receptacles adapted for display of printed or pictorial matter, and more particularly to a generally rectangular container for church offering envelopes or the like provided with a plurality of dual purpose panels.
The invention disclosed hereinafter has common origin with, and is readily identified as a continuation-in-part of the subject matter disclosed in my copending application, Serial No. 300,024, filed July 21, 1952, and which on October 5, 1954, was issued as Patent No. 2,690,625.
Inasmuch as it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a display box which is generally similar in type and use to that described in my previous application abovementioned, it will be understood that the general and specific objects enumerated in the latter stand equally for fulfillment herein.
It is a further object of the present invention, however, to provide a display box of the general type described which has a simpler and more economical bottom construction.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a display box having hinged panels adapted to be folded scored to provide a plurality of panels and tabs.
for shipment and unfolded for display, with means for holding such panels in substantially fully unfolded relation.
It is another object of the invention to provide a display box of the general type described which is adapted for snug accommodation of either of two sizes of envelopes.
These objects and additional advantages will appear from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure l is a view of the cardboard or the like blank from which the mounting and display portion of the assembly may be made;
Figure 2 is a view of the blank from which the container portion of the assembly may be made;
Figure 3 is a view of a removed stitfener panel;
Figure 4 is a front elevation of the container portion partly folded;
Figure 5 is a sectional plan view taken generally along the line 5 5 of Figure 4;
Figure 6 is an enlarged front elevation of the assembled display box of the present invention;
Figure 7 is a side elevation thereof;
Figure 8 is a fragmentary rear elevation thereof, the upper part of the mounting and display portion being taken away in order to conserve space in the drawing;
Figure 9 is a sectional plan view taken generally along the line 9 9 of Figure 6;
Figure l0 is a sectional plan view taken generally along the line 10-10 of Figure 6;
Figure ll is a further enlarged sectional elevation taken generally along the line 11-11 of Figure 6; and
Figure l2 is a fragmentary sectional elevation taken generally along the lines 12-12 of Figures 9 and 11.
2 Referring r'nor'e particularly to the drawings by means ofthereference numerals applied thereto, a display box 2,801,481 Patented Aug. 6, 1951 ICC 20 is illustrated in Figures 6 and 7 as comprising a mounting and display portion 22, a container portion 24, and a stiifener panel 26. These three elements are preferably of cardboard or similar Asheet material, and are illustrated in blank form in Figures 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
Considering rst the mounting and display portion 22, illustrated in Figure 1, it will be'observed that this corn'- ponent of the device 20 is divided into panels and tabs by means of scored lines represented by dot and dash markings on the drawing. Thus, the portion 22 comprises an upper panel 28, an intermediate panel 29, a lower panel 30, and panels 31 and 32, and end papel tabs 33 and 34, all as clearly illustrated in Figure 1.
The upper portion 28 may include a tab-like extension 35 provided with an aperture 36 for suspending the de-v vice 20 from a hook or the like. Slits or notches 37 and 38 are provided where the upper edges of the end panels 31 and 32 adjoin the lower panel 30 so as to enable the end panels 31 and 32 to be folded out of the plane of the panel 30, as will hereinafter appear.
The container section 24, illustrated in Figure 2, is also Thus, the container portion 24 comprises a front panel 40 anked by end panels 41 and 42, each of the latter being surmounted by a top panel 43 and a top panel tab 44. In addition, there is a back panel 45 from which depends a bottom panel 46 and a bottom panel tab 47, and a gluing tab 48. Both the front panel 40 and the back panel 45 have their upper edges provided with central cut-outs, shown at 49 and 50 in Figure 2. Neither of these cut-L outs need necessarily be shaped as here illustrated, although the depicted shapes are preferred. In addition to the cut-out 49, the front panel 40 is shown provided with generally diagonal slits 51 and 52 adjacent the lower corners of this panel.
The illustrated diagonally cut lower edges of the end panels 41 and 42, while representing a preferred form of these elements, are not essential to the present invention, and it will be understood that the lower edges of the end panels 41 and 42 could as Well be formed as lateral extensions of the lower edge of the front panel 40. It should be noted, however, that if this latter form should be adopted, it would be necessary to sever the portion 24 along the common line that would exist between the end panel 42 and the bottom panel 46.
The stiffener panel 26 is preferably formed to the shape clearly shown in Figure 3, and is provided with a generally rectangular aperture 55.
In assembling the device 20, the container portion 24 is prepared by folding it at right angles along each of its vertical fold lines as illustrated in Figure 4 and then securing the gluing tab 48 to the inside of the end tab 41 as illustrated in Figure 5. The mounting and display portion 22 is also folded along each of its vertical fold lines so as to dispose its lower section, as illustrated in Figure 10, whereupon this lower section of the portion 22 may be inserted in the container portion 24. It will be noted from Figure l0 that this disposes the tabs 33 and 34 flush with the inside face of the front panel 40 so that the end panel 31 and 32 of the mounting and display portion 22 are maintained substantially parallel to the end panels 41 and 42 of the container portion 24. The lower panel 30 of the portion 22 is preferably fully inserted into the container portion 24 and is centrally positioned therein due to the fact that the maximum width of this panel 30 is substantially equal to that of the back panel 45 of the container portion 24.
It is evident that the portions 22 and 24Vassembled as above described define a rectangular space `56 which may obviously be of appropriate size to accommodate Ia s'ujp-v ply of church offering envelopes suchV as those designated by the letter E in Figure 1l.V The 'space 56 thus defined is provided with a bottom by folding the bottom panel 46 and its reinforcing tab 47 to the position clearly illustrated in Figure 11 and securing the same by staples 57 passing through the tab 47 and the front panel 4t).l
V ,After the lower section of the mountingV and display portion22 lhasvbeen inserted into the container portion 24 as above described, the top panels 43 and top panel tabs 44 are jfolded inwardly and downwardly as depicted inrFignre` 12 to provide aneat and nished appearance at thetop of the` container portion 24. .The stiffener panel 26 is inserted into the container portion 24 between the back panel 4S thereof and the lower panel 30 of the portion22, whereupon the panels 30 and 45 are interconnected by means of a staple 58, o r equivalent fastener. Figures 8 and 1l show clearly that the fastener 58 passes through the aperture :'55 in the stiifener panel 26, and it is evident that the latter will be slidable from a position wholly within thecontainer portion 24 to the approximately half in and half out position shown in Figures 8 and 1l. a
In use, the device 20 lends itself to a variety of applications, such as a receiving receptacle, a holder,` or a dispensing container. As previously mentioned, it is particularly well suited to the accommodation of a pack of church offering envelopes or the like, which are preferably disposed within the space 56 defined cooperatively by the mounting and display portion 22 and the container portion 24 as above described. lt will be understood that where the size of the envelopes so require, the tabs 33 and 34 may be folded oppositely from the illustration of Figure l and the side panels 31 and 32 forced outwardly to accommodate the pack of envelopes. Thus, the device 20 may be selectively arranged for accommodation of either of at least two different sizes of envelopes.
Normally, the envelopes will be arranged in the order of their intended use so that the most forward envelope may be easily withdrawn and the remaining envelopes withdrawn in order. The cut-out portion 49 of the front panel provides easy access to the successively presented envelopes.
-Notwithstanding the fact that most envelopes of the type here considered are relatively small, the present arrangement of the device 20 provides an article having panels, and particularly forward facing panels, such as the front panel 40 of the container portion and the upper and intermediate panels 23 and 29, respectively, of the mounting and display portion, which are of appropriately larger size and hence lend themselves well to the display of pictures` printed matter, and the like which would not normally be incongruous with other uses of the device. Thus, the illustrated device 20 is provided with a calendar pad 60 stapled to the front panel 40 and having the lower corners inserted into the slits 50 and S2 to prevent curling of the calendar pad sheets.
. Preferably, the device 20 would be arranged as illustrated in Figures 6 and 7 for wall mounting by means of the aperture 36, and it is apparent that the panels 28 and 29 are thus well disposed for the presentation of display matter.
For distribution of devices 29 by mail or otherwise,`
the mounting and display portion 22 is preferably folded about its horizontal fold lines so that the panel 29 will lie flush against the back panel 45 of the container portion 24, and the panel 28 will lie flush against the panel 29. The device and its contents may then be placed in an appropriate mailing carton, where the folded panel arrangement will add materially to the rigidity of the package. Where the device 20 incorporates a calendar pad on the panel 40, the mailing carton is preferably provided with a slot or notch in its top so that the contents maybe identified by a number or other appropriate mark printed on an upturned flap of one of the envelopes.
Thejrecipient of the device 20 and its contents has only 4 l to unfold the panels 28 and 29, grasp the upper edge of the stiiener panel 26, which grasping is facilitated by the cut-out portion in the back panel 45, and raise the stiffener 26 to the position illustrated in Figures 8 and ll. Thus positioned, the stiifener panel 26 serves to maintain the panels 29 and 30 of the mounting and display portion 22 in substantially planar alignment with each other so as to counteract the tendency for the offset center of gravity of the pack of envelopes E to keep the panels 29 and 30 in angular relation when the device 20 is suspended by a hook or the like through the aperture 36.`
Clearly, there has been described an envelope display box which fulfills the objects and advantages sought therefor.
lt is to be understood that the foregoing description and the accompanying drawings have been given only by way of illustration and example. It is further to be understood that changes in form of the elements, rearrangement thereof, or the substitution of equivalent elements which will be obvious to those skilled in the art, are considered to be Within the scope of the invention, which is limited only by the claims which follow.
What is claimed is:
l. A container and display device for offering envelopes and the like: comprising a container portion for holding envelopes, the container portion having a back wall, end walls, a front wall, and a bottom; an auxiliary display portion having at least two panels connected along a fold line, one of said panels being disposed in the container portion and secured adjacent the back wall thereof, the other of said panels being connected to the upper edge of said one panel so that it may be folded down to lie adjacent the back wall of the container portion, and also so that it may be extended from the container to provide a substantially planar display area, and means comprising a movable stiffener panel disposed parallel to the back wall of the container portion for selectively maintaining the said other panel in substantially planar extension as aforesaid.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein the stilener panel is slidably interposed between the back wall of the container portion and the said one panel of the display portion so as to be selectably disposable within the container.
3. The combination of claim 2 wherein the stiffener panel is provided with an aperture, and wherein the securement of the display portion adjacent the back wall of the container portion includes fastening means extending through said aperture.
4. The combination of claim 1 wherein the uppermost of said panels in the display portion is provided with means for suspending the device.
5. A combination display and envelope containing device: comprising a container having front, back, side, and bottom walls; a display portion comprising a plurality of panels in successive folded attachment, including a lowermost panel substantially equal in size to the back wall of the container portion and an adjacent panel substantially equal in size to the front wall of the container portion, said lowermost panel being disposed within the container adjacent the back wall thereof, said adjacent panel being foldable to lie along the said back wall in parallel spaced correspondence with the front wall so as to dene a generally rectangular shape for shipping purposes, and also being extensible to a position surmounting the container for display purposes, and panel means slidably interposed between said back wall and said lowermost panel so as to be disposed within said container during shipping, but selectively extendible therefrom for maintaining said lowermost and said adjacent panels in substantial planar extension for display purposes.
6. The combination of claim 5 wherein the front wall and the back wall of the container are of different height,
said front wall having the greater vertical extent, the additional vertical extent serving as means for supporting the bottom wall of the container.
7. The combination of claim 6 wherein the said bottom wall has folded attachment with the lower edge of the back wall and is provided with a depending tab for securernent to the aforesaid additional vertical extent of the front wall.
8. The combination of claim 5 wherein the lowermost panel of the display portion is provided with folded end panels for defining an envelope receiving space centrally within the container, and wherein the side walls of the container are provided with panels and tabs folded over said end panels for closing olf the excess space within the container.
9. A container of the kind described: comprising a container section for offering envelopes or the like, said container section having bottom, front, back, and end walls, the end walls spacing the front wall from the back wall; and a display portion having two uncreased panels in consecutive projection above the back wall of the container, the front of the container providing a third panel at a third elevation, each of said three panels being planar so as to provide space for a pictorial illustration and printed matter including a calendar, the two projecting panels being foldable flush behind the back of the container and having approximately the dimensional area and shape of the largest one of the aforementioned Walls of the container section so as to be foldable to parallel coextension therewith.
10. The combination of claim 9 wherein the said front wall is the largest wall of the container section.
11. In a container and display device: a container comprising a back wall, end walls, a front wall, and a bottom wall, all integral, and forming a receptacle for envelopes or the like; a display portion comprising at least two panels joined in a fold line, the first panel being sized to lit within the container against the back wall thereof, and having laterally extending side panels connected to it by fold lines so as to be folded forwardly in the container, the side panels having a size to extend forwardly to the front wall of the container, means to hold the front parts of the side panels adjacent the front wall, the second display panel having a size substantially equal to the wall of the container having maximum area so that it may be folded to a position parallel to said wall of maximum area to reinforce the device, and may alternatively be extended from the container for display.
12. The device of claim 11 wherein the means to hold the front parts of the side panels comprise tabs projecting from the panels and connected thereto by fold lines, the side panels being disposed inwardly of the end walls of the container by predetermined distance, and the tabs having a width equal to that distance so they may be molded outwardly from the forward edges of the panels and extend to the end walls of the container.
13. The device of claim 12 wherein the front wall of the container is larger than the back wall thereof, and wherein the bottom wall of the container extends forwardly from the lower edge of the back wall to engage the front wall substantially above the lower edge of the latter.
14. In a container and display device: a container comprising a back face wall, end walls, a front face wall, and a bottom, all integral, the bottom wall having one edge connected to a lower edge of one of the face walls and having a folded bottoni wall tab depending from another edge for securement to the other of the face walls, the bottom wall being adapted to be elevated above the lower edge of at least one of the face Walls; and a display portion comprising three panels, at least one of which is substantially the same size as the face wall to which said bottom wall tab is secured, and another of which is sized to fit within the container and lie adjacent its back wall, said other panel having side panels extending from its lateral edges, to be folded forwardly in the container so as to extend forward to the front wall thereof, the said side panels being sized to t above the bottom of the container; means to stabilize the forward edges of the side panels at the front wall of the container against lateral movement; and means to secure the display portion into the container as aforesaid.
15. The device of claim 14 wherein the bottom wall is connected to the lower edge of the back face wall and wherein the bottom wall tab is secured to the front face wall.
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