US 2836386 A
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y 1958 N. J. IVERSON 2,836,386
BOX HOLDER Filed Sept. 9, 1955 United states Patent i) BOX HOLDER Nels J. Iverson, Williston, N. Dali.
Application September 9, 1955, Serial No. 533,363
3 Claims. (Cl. 248311) This invention is a box holder particularly adapted for releasably securing to the headliner of an automotive vehicle.
It is an object of the invention to provide a box holder, preferably adapted to receive a conventional facial tissue box for being releasably supported on the headliner of an automotive vehicle within easy reach of the occupants thereof.
Another object of the invention lies in the provision of a box holder having means for substituting a full box for an empty box and yet designed to prevent accidental removal of the box from the holder.
Another object of the invention lies in the provision of a facial tissue box holder which is light of weight and very inexpensive to manufacture and has a minimum number of parts assembled with facility in accordance with a known method of manufacture and one which is not liable to become inoperative.
These and other important objects of the invention will become apparent during the course of the following description, when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein like numerals are employed to designate like parts.
The accompanying drawings disclose a preferred embodiment of the present invention. However, it will be understood that they are provided for the purpose of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention beyond that specifically defined in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure l is a perspective view of my box holder;
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the box holder and a contained box secured to the headliner of a vehicle shown in cross section;
Figure 3 is a longitudinal fragmentary cross section through one frame as at line 33 of Figure 1;
Figure 4 is a view similar to that of Figure 3 showing a modified fastening needle.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing, it will be seen that the box holder is designated in its entirety by the numeral and includes spaced front and rear frames 12 and 14 which are united by means of parallel flexible bars 16 and 18 having their ends secured to the frames 12 and 14 by any conventional means. In the drawing this means is seen to be by imbeding the ends in the bosses 20 formed on the side walls 22 of the frames. The frame 12 is substantially rectangular and includes in addition to the side walls 22, a top wall 24 and a bottom wall 26 all of which define an access opening 28.
Midway its length the top wall 24 is provided with a tongue 30 which is here seen to be concave-convex thus forming a cam or raised portion 32 on its inner face and a recess 34 in its outer face. The cam 32 is disposed to govern access through the opening 28 and extends sufiiciently into the opening 28 to require manual force to insert a tissue box 36 through the opening 28. It will also be noted that the tongue is provided with a 2,836,386 Patented May 27, 1958 ice laterally extending bore 38 through which a securing needle 40 may be thrust.
The top cloth 42 of a vehicle may thus be secured to the tongue 30 by means of the needle 40 extendingthrough the topcloth disposed intermediate the bores 38.
The rear frame 14 is provided with an end wall 42 disposed in a plane at right angles to the several side walls 22, top wall 44 and bottom wall 46. As shown in Figure l the end wall 42 has its central portion removed to reduce the amount of material required to make the frame 14 and therefore results in a light weight box holder. The frame 14 is provided with beveled edges at 48 to assist in admitting one end portion of the tissue containing box 36.
It will be further seen that the frames 12 and 14 are provided with enlargements or bosses 50 which carry securing needles 52 sharpened on their rearwardly extending ends and secured in the bosses 54) as shown in Figure 3 by a tapered fit or if desired they may be secured as shown in Figure 4 by means of a distorted end portion 54.
To mount the box 36 it is admitted into the frame through the opening 28 to the extent that one end enters the frame 14 with its end face abutting the end wall 42. The box must be forced through the opening 28 because the cam 32 governs its movements therethrough and the box cannot subsequently be accidentally removed therefrom, since manual force is required to affect its passage through the opening 28 and by the cam 32. The frame is then applied to the headliner 42 of a vehicle by placing it against the headliner and shifting it toward the rear frame member 14 and subsequently the anchoring needle 40 is passed through the apertures 38 and a portion of the top cloth 42 so that its movement longitudinally of the needles 52 is precluded.
Obviously the facial tissues 37 may be removed from the box 36 when the tissue is disposed downwardly as shown in Figure 2.
Having thus described my invention so that one skilled in the art may make and practice its use, I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States the following:
1. A box holder comprising spaced front and rear box supporting frames; said front frame having an opening adapted to receive and slidably contain a box; said front frame having a tongue extending forwardly therefrom; a raised boss on said tongue forming a restriction to the opening of said front frame, whereby movement of a box therethrough is governed; the rear frame having an end wall at its marginal edge opposed to said first named frame and constituting a stop to limit movement of a box through said frame; flexible bars having their ends secured to said frames and supporting said frames in yieldably fixed relative axial alignment; and means for securing said holder to the headliner of a vehicle.
2. A box holder comprising spaced front and rear box supporting frames; said front frame being adapted to receive and slidably contain a box; said front frame having a tongue extending forwardly therefrom; a raised boss on said tongue forming a restriction to the opening of said front frame whereby movement of a box therethrough is governed; said tongue having a laterally extending aperture therein for receiving a fastening memher to selectively secure said tongue to the headliner of a vehicle; the rear frame having an end wall at its marginal edge opposed to said first named frame and constituting a stop to limit movement of a box through said frame; flexible bars having their ends secured to said frames and supporting said frames in yieldably fixed relative axial alignment; and means for securing said holder to the headliner of a vehicle.
3. A box holder comprising spaced front and rear box forwardly at right angles to the front frame; a raised boss on said tongue forming a restriction to the opening of said frame whereby'moveme'nts of a box therethrough 5 is governed; said tongue having a' laterally extending aperture therein for receiving a fastening member'to 'selectively secure said tongue to the'headliner of a vehicle; the rear frame having an end Wall at its marginal edge opposed to'said first named frame and constituting a stop to limit movement of a box through said frame; flexible bars having their ends secured to said frames and sup 7 porting said frames in yiel'dably fiX'e'd relative axial align ment; and securing needles carried by said frames'for fastening the holder to the headliner of a vehicle.
References Cited in the file this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Hicks Feb. 27, 1951 Kuenholdt Jan. 9, 1912