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PACKAGE Filed Nov. 23, 1956 INVENTOR.
I GEORGE E. S/EBEL,
WILL/AM 6. LISTER AND 6' BY MICHAEL GIORDAN ATTOR/VE Y5 United States Patent PACKAGE George E. Siebel, Northfield, William G. Lister, Evanston, and Michael Giordan, Chicago, Ill., assignors, by mesne assignments, to Central Products Company, Northfield, 111., a corporation of Illinois Application November 23, 1956, Serial No. 624,081
Claims. (Cl. 206-65) the buyer and that a certain amount of printed matter be provided for purposes of identification and advertising. Although it is not uncommon for such packages to be formed of a transparent material such as cellophane or the like on which certain identification information and advertising is printed, in order to provide the producer with as much flexibility of operation as possible so as to reduce his inventory by reducing the number of different packages which must be stocked, it would be desirable to provide a package which includes one or more unmarked containers. In this way the versatility of the containers is increased since they may be used for a number of different products.
Therefore, a principal object of the present invention is to provide a new and improved package.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a new and improved package for the retail merchandising of small articles, liquids and the like.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a package which includes unprinted container portions while providing adequate space for identification and other advertising matter.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a package which is relatively strong so as to provide adequate protection for the packaged article, which may be readily disassembled in order to use the product and yet which cannot be accidentally opened, and which includes means for displaying the packaged product.
Very briefly, the above and further objects are realized in accordance with the present invention by providing a package which comprises a protective wrapper or strip formed of paper, plastic, or the like which is wrapped around one or more unmarked envelopes or transparent bags in which are disposed articles or substances to be packaged. A slit is provided near one end of the wrapper in registry with a similar slit in the envelopes and a tongue on the opposite end of the wrapper from the slit extends through both the slit in the strip and the slit in the envelopes to secure the package. The tongue itself includes an aperture which is adapted to receive a hooked or other rod-like supporting member to display the package in an attractive position. The wrapper, which is at least partially opaque, includes a small window through which the packaged product may be observed, the opaque portion being printed with suitable identification and advertising. If desired, a plurality of individual envelopes or containers may be secured within a single wrapper with the slits in all of the envelopes and in the wrapper being in registry and with the tongue extending through all of the envelopes to hold them in place within the Fig. 3 is a perspective view, partly broken away, of
the assembled package showing a single container secured within an outer wrapper; i
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of anaalternative embodiment of the invention showing the package supported on a hooked member for-display purposes; Fig. 5 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention showing a plurality of such packages supportedon a single hook; and V Fig. 6 is a cross-sectional view of one of the packages of Fig. 5 taken along the line 6--6 thereof. I
Referring now to the drawings and particularly toFig 1, 2 and 3 thereof, there is shown a package 10 which is particularly adapted for the retail merchandising of many, products such as liquid water softener, granular sub stances, and small articles of hardware. The package 10 comprises an inner transparent container or envelope 11 in which the product to be packaged is disposed and which is sealed along a line '12 -to,provide a marginal portion 13 t which is relatively strong, being twice the thickness of the material from which theeiivelope 11 is made and which is provided with an elongated slit 14 preferably disposed perpendicularly to the principal longitudinal axis of the envelope 11. The envelope '11 with the contents sealed therein is wrapped within a wrapper strip 16 which is preferably made of an opaque material and has a rectangular window 17 through which the envelope 11 may be observed. Inasmuch as the envelope 11 is transparent, the contents thereof may be observed through the window 17 in the completed package. In order to secure the envelope 11 within the wrapper strip 16, a. tongue 19 is provided at one end of the strip '16 and an elongated slit 20 is provided near the opposite end of the wrapper 16 for reception of the tongue 19 in the completed package. The tongue 19 thus constitutes a planar extension of the wrapper 16. As best shown in Fig. 3, the slits 14 and 20 are in registry in the complete-d package 10 and the tongue 19 extends through both slits thus interconnecting the ends of the strip 16 and at the same time securing the envelope 11 to the remainder of the package.
In order to facilitate the displaying of the package 10 for retail merchandising, an aperture 22, which may be reinforced if desired, is provided in the tongue 19 and is adapted to receive a rod 23 onwhich a plurality of the packages 10 may be mounted. If desired, and as shown in the embodiment of the invention illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6, an apertured tongue 25 may be provided at the end of the strip 16 opposite to that end at which the tongue 19 is located. When the package is assembled the aperture in the tongue 25 is in registry with the aperture 22 so that when the package is placed on the hook member 23 the hook member extends through the apertures in both of the tongues 19 and 25. If desired, the tongues 19 and 25 may be cemented together at the time the package is assembled, thus preventing inadvertent opening of the package. a
As shown in Fig. 5, a plurality of windows 29 and 30 may be provided in a single wrapper 16a. The wrapper 16a is particularly suited for use in connection with containers having two independent sections for holding sepa- Ce Patented'Sept. 2, 1958 rate ingredients. It may also be used for packaging a pair of containers 32 and 33 which are of difierent sizes, the smaller container 32 being in front of the larger container 33 and visible through the upper window 29, the lerger' container 33 being visible through the lower window30.
The package of the present invention thus provides a considerable amount of space for sales copy and the like, includes the hang-up feature which conserves shelf space for the retailer while making the product readily apparent and available to the buyer, the inventory of the producer may be reduced and greater versatility on short runs is provided by the use of an unprinted inner container 11, and good protection is provided for the product by means of the double packaging arrangement which is provided by the envelope 11 as well as the wrapper 16.
' Also;'although the invention has been described in connection with the use of a single envelope 11, as shown in Fig. 4, a plurality of envelopes 11 may be mounted in a single wrapper 16, in which case the slits 14 in each of the envelopes as well-as the slit 20 in the wrapper 16 are in registry and the tongue 19 extends through all of the slits to secure all of the envelopes .11 within the wrapper 16. By packaging a plurality of the envelopes 11 in a single wrapper, the size of each unit sale may be increased.
While the invention has been described by particular embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that many changes and modifications may be made without departing from the invention. Therefore, in the appended claims it ,is intended to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.
What is claimed as new and is desired to be secured by Letters Patent of the United States is:
l.- A package comprising an envelope in which is disposed a product to be packaged, said envelope having a slit near one end thereof, a strip wrapped around said envelope, a slit in said strip near one end thereof, said slits being in registry, and a tongue on said strip at the other end thereof, said tongue extending through both of said slits for securing said strip to said envelope, said tongue extending beyond said one end of said strip to provide a support for said package.
2. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said strip is provided with a window to permit viewing of said envelope.
3. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said envelope is entirely transparent and said strip is at least partially opaque and is provided with a window to permit viewing of said envelope.
4. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said tongue is apertured for the reception of a hooked supporting member.
5. A package comprising transparent means defining a pair of adjacent containers, at strip wrapped around said means, said wrapper having a tongue at one end and a slit at the other end, said means being slit near one end, said tongue extending through theslits in said means and said wrapper, and said wrapper having a pair of windows respectively aligned with said containers.
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