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Publication numberUS2947637 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 2, 1960
Filing dateApr 7, 1958
Priority dateApr 7, 1958
Publication numberUS 2947637 A, US 2947637A, US-A-2947637, US2947637 A, US2947637A
InventorsFrank E Fobiano
Original AssigneePremier Carton Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sandwich package
US 2947637 A
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Aug. 2, 1960 mil -11 F. E. FOBIANO SANDWICH PACKAGE Filed April 7. 19

SANDWICH PACKAGE Frank Fobiano, Cincinnati, Ohio, assignor to Premier "Carton Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio t t Filed Apr-7, 195s, Ser. No. 726,764 4 Claims. (Cl. 99- -111 This invention relates to packaging and it is directed in particular to a carton in which two individually wrapped sandwiches may be packaged. The novel feature of the carton is that it is adapted to be quickly and easily separated into two parts with each part providing an attractive, expendable display container for one of the sandwiches. i j

The business of selling packaged sandwiches for quick lunches has grown to large proportions. In the past such sandwiches were generally Wrapped in some transparent wrapping material and haphazardly piled on a lunch counter in View of the purchasing public. 7 If the wrapping became punctured, either during shipment to the retail outlet or in the handling by-the public, the

of the invention is to provide a carton of the type set forth which also serves as a display device for the sandwiches while they are on the counter. With this objective in mind, it is preferred that each one of the two sandwiches packed in the carton be first made in the usual way, then cut in half diagonally, one-half placed upon the other half and the twohalves wrapped in transparent paper or plastic film. The two sandwiches then are placed in the carton with the four out edges adjacent to one another along a plane which cuts diagonally across the carton. The box is designed to be separated into two parts along this plane. Thus, when the box is broken into two parts, the filling of each one of the sandwiches is exposed to view through the transparent'wrapping, creating an appealing display which clearly shows prospective purchasers the kind and quality of the filling material.

Another object of the instant invention is to provide a flat sandwich carton blank that may be quickly and easily set up into a sturdy protective food container at the place where the sandwiches are to be prepared. The flattened condition of the carton blank saves space during the shipment and storage of the cartons before they are made up into rectangular food containers.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent and best understood from the following description of the drawings in which:

Figure l is a top plan view of the inner face of the blank from which the carton is formed.

Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the carton showing the end flaps partially folded into their closed posit-ions.

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the carton showing it closed.

2,947,637 Patented Aug. 2;, 1960 Figure 4 is a perspective view of the folded carton shownseparated along its perforated dividing line into two upright sandwich containing display devices.

Figure 5 is a top plan view of ,the blank shown folded into a compact, flattened condition ready to be set up by hand. l

A blank from which the preferred carton of this invention is formed is designated generally by the numeral 10 in Figure l. This blank consists of four panels'll, 12, 13 and '14, going from left to right as shown in Figure 1, these four panels being defined one from the other by three scored lines designated 15, 16, and 17 respectively. Panels 12. and 14 form the sides of the carton when it is set up, and panels 11 and 13 form the ends of the 'carton when it is set up; A side flap 18 is joined to the right side of end panel 14 (as shown in Figure 1) and this flap is adapted to be aflixed by means such as glue to the edgewise portion of panel 11 as shown in FigureS in the initial forming of the carton. When thus partially'formed, the blank constitutes a flattened-sleeve.

The ends of the {carton are adapted to be closed by flaps which are defined from the panels by means of a scored line designated '19, which extends across the upper ends of the panels as shown, and by a scored line 20 which extends across the lower ends of the panel as shown. The end flaps at the upper end of the carton above scored line 19 are designated 21, 22, 23 and 24 going fromleft to right. The flaps at the opposite end ofthe carton are designated 25, 26, 27 and 28in the 'same order. To erect the carton from the flattened condition shown in Figure 5, the two side panels 11 and 13are set up to form a rectangular sleeve. The lower end of the sleeve is enclosed by first folding end flap 28 over at a right angle, then folding the two flaps 25 and 27 over on top of flap 28. This condition is shown in Figure 2. It will be noted that flap 28 has a long slot 29 cut in its outer edge, the sides of this slot being angulated as shown. It also may be seen that the. flap 26 has-a tongue 30 and that this tongue is .adapted to be engaged under the edge designated 31 of the groove 29 in flap 28 to lock the four flaps in closed condition. In Figure 2, the flap 26 having tongue 30 when it is shown extending toward the viewer just prior to the folding of this flap over at a right angle toward the plane of the paper and inserting the tongue 26 underneath the edge designated 31. After the sandwiches have been inserted into the box, the opposite endmay be closed in the same way.

As has been indicated, it is preferred that two sandwiches be packaged in the box, although it will be apparent that one, or more than two, may be packaged if so desired. In the preparation of two sandwiches for packaging, the sandwiches are first made up and then cut diagonally. The exact angulation of this diagonal cut is not critical although it ispreferred that it follow a general line of angulation which is related to the box as will presently appear. After being cut, the two halves of each sandwich are placed one on. top of the other and then enclosed in transparent wrapping material which exposes to view the cut edges and makes it possible to see the sandwich filling material. Both sandwiches are prepared in the same way and they are inserted into the box such that the four cut edges are adjacent to one another.

Reference is now made to Figure 1 which shows a continuous perforated line, indicated generally at 32, which extends across the four panels of the box blank. More specifically, the line, in going from the left to the right as shown, starts on panel 11 adjacent to scored line 19 and extends across panel It]. at a right angle, this part ofthe scored line is designated 33. Where the line e 3 meets the scored line the perforated line turns down at an angle and crosses panel 12, passing through its center. This portion of the scored line is indicated at 34. Where the line meets scored line 16 it again turns to extend across panel 13 at a right angle to scored line -17 so that it constitutes a line section 35 which isparallel to the part of the line designated 33. Where the part I;Of the line designated 35 crosses scored line 17 it is 'again turned up to cross panel 14, passing through the center of this panel, and meeting the scored line which .defines-endflap '18 at a' point which is in alignment with thesec-tion ofthe line designated 33' which crosses end panel ;11. 1 The part "of the line crossing panel 14 is indicated at 36. From this-point, a short section of the line, indicated at 37, perforates end flap 18. Obviously, in theflattened sleeve condition for the partially set up .box, the shortjseetion 37 of the perforated line overlies a ipart orfithetsection33 of the scored line on panel 11. Furthermo1re,'it will be obvious that the two sections of the perforated, line designated 34 and 36 which 'cross :panelsl-Z and :14 respectively will "be parallel with one another and that the sections 33 (including the short section-37) will be parallel to the section of'the line designated 35,which-cuts at a right angle across panel 13. It will further be apparent that all of the scored lines will be w-ithinthe same plane which cuts diagonally down through the center of the box passing through both end panels 11 and 13. See Figure 3. It is preferred that this plane be'coextensive with the cut edges of the 'two sandwiches enclosed within the carton so that when the box :is broken into two .parts along the scored line, .thelcut edges of the sandwiches are exposed to-view as shown-bycthe dot-dash lines, in Figure 4, the sandwiches :themselves being indicated-generally-by the numerals '38.-and 39 in this figure. .;Wl1en thus broken apart each half of "the carton provides a display tray having ;.two

angulated side walls, ahigh rear wall and a short front wall, the height of each front wall being determined by the-distance of the two sections 33 and of the perforated line from the scored lines 19 and 20. And, of course, in order to provide identical trays this distance should be the same. The plane of the separation, as defined bythe continuous scored line, may be between :torty and fifty'degrees, preferably forty-five degrees.

Having described my invention I claim:

1. A combination handling and display carton containingtwo individually wrapped sandwiches, said sandwiches being packed within said carton with their cut edges in abutment, said carton having a continuous perforated line aroundtheperiphery-of said carton, said perforated line lying generally in' the same plane as that defined by the said abutting sandwich edges, whereby the carton is separable into two display portions,-each containing one of said sandwiches, when pressure is exerted along said perforated line.

2. Amethod for handling and displaying sandwiches comprising the steps of cutting sandwiches generally diagonally in hal f, placing the sandwich halves one on top the-other so that the edges of the two halves form a continuous surface, preparing a cardboard container to receive two of said sandwiches,-perforating the peripheryof said container in a continuous linewhich lies in a plane passing diagonally through the center of said container at the same time dividing said container into two equal portions,.,placing.two such sandwiches, individually wrapped into said cardboard container with their cut edges in abutment so that their cut edges reside generally in the same plane as the said perforated line in said container, whereby said container may be separated into two equal sandwich containing display portions along said perforated line.

3. In a carton containing two sandwiches of the type being halved diagonally through their centers, the halves of each sandwich being placed on top of each other so that their cut edges form. a continuous surface, the two halved sandwiches being placed in said carton so that their cut edges are in abutment, said carton being gen- 'erally rectangular in outline and comprising two side panels, two end panels and a top and a bottom panel, the improvement comprising a continuous perforated tear line extending around the carton across theside panels and across the end panels, said perforated line residing generally in the same plane as the plane formed by the cut edges of the sandwiches in said carton, the portions of theline extending across the side panels being zparallel toonesanother and beingdisposed on the diagonal but passing through the. centers of these-panels, the peretions-ofzthe line extending .across the end panels extend- ;jng perpendicular tothe longitudinal edges of saidend ,panels-at.equal ;distances from opposite ends of said end panels, such that all portions of said line lie in a single plane, wherebydsaid carton is separable into two display aportions each containingone of said sandwiches.

-4. A method for handling and displaying vtwo sandwiches .comprising the steps of .cutting the sandwiches generally'diagonally in half, stacking the halves one on top the other so that the cut edges of each sandwich :torm one continuous surface, arranging the two .sandawiches so that the cutedgesofone abutthecut edgesof :the other, preparing a generally rectangular cardboard -carton toreceive ,sa'idj sandwiches comprising two side .panels, two ..end panels and a top and abottom panel, gperforating the carton to .form a tear line. around the carton across the side panels and end panels, .theportions'of, the lineextending across the sidepanels being parallel toone another-and being. disposed on the. diagonal,

'butgpass-ing through the centers of these panels, theporrionsofthe line extendingacross the end panels extending :perpendiculartothe longitudinal edges of said endpanels at equal distances .fromopposite ends of saidend panels, suchthat all portions of said line liein asingle plane, insertingsaid.sandwiches into-said cartonso that the plane formed by the cutedges of the sandwiches resides generally within the same :tear zlineaseparating saidcarton into equal halves bytearing along saidcontinuous perforated linetto expose and display the kindyand qualityot the sandwiches.

References-Cited in the tile of'this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Tea and Cofiee Trade Journal, page 12,, September

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U.S. Classification426/90, 229/120.12, 206/746, 229/902, 229/156, 229/112, 229/938
International ClassificationB65D5/54, B65D5/10
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/103, B65D5/5445, Y10S229/938, Y10S229/902
European ClassificationB65D5/54C, B65D5/10A