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Publication numberUS2958417 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 1, 1960
Filing dateFeb 12, 1958
Priority dateFeb 12, 1958
Publication numberUS 2958417 A, US 2958417A, US-A-2958417, US2958417 A, US2958417A
InventorsAdams Arthur B
Original AssigneeAdams Arthur B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined cigarette package and ash tray
US 2958417 A
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Nov. 1, 1960 A. B. ADAMS 2,958,417

COMBINED CIGARETTE PACKAGE AND ASH TRAY Filed Feb. l2, 1958 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 Nov. l, 1960 A. B. ADAMS 2,958,417

COMBINED CIGARETTE PACKAGE AND ASH TRAY Filed Feb. 12, 1958 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 IN V EN TOR.

Nov. 1, 1960 A. B. ADAMS COMBINED CIGARETTE PACKAGE AND ASH TRAY Filed Feb. l2, 1958 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 INVENTOR. 5W/MZ? @danza BY Nov. l, 1960 A. B. ADAMS COMBINED CIGARETTE PACKAGE AND ASH TRAY Filed Feb. 12, 195s 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 INVENTOR. ff/zam? Zdz-S, BY

United States Patent COMBINED `CIGARIYFE 'PACKAGE AND ASHTRAY Arthur B. Adams, 72 IndianRoad, Turtle Ridge Addition, Beloit, Wis.

Filed Feb. 12, 1958, Ser.'No.` 714,833

23 Claims. (Cl.` 206-41) This invention relates, generally, to 'the packaging of cigarettes and it has particular relation to means for receiving cigarette butts and ashes, dead matches,-etc., in connection therewith. This application isa continuation-in-part of application Serial No. 603,901, iiled August 16, 1956, now abandoned, which is acontinuation-in-part of application Serial No. 591,571, filed June 15, 1956, now abandned,.and of application Serial No. 616,030, filed October 15, 1956, now abandoned.

While provision is generally made in. homes,` offices, public places and the like to accommodate cigarette smokers in the disposal of cigarette butts and.ashes,dead matches and the like, it is often the case that an ash tray is not available or readily found. Quite oftena smoker removes a cigarette from a package and begins smoking it without giving any thought as to how to dispose of the ashes andthe butt. When an effort subsequently is made to lnd a` suitable receptacle, it( is usually too late and the ashes may fall to the floor, thus` causing considerable embarrassment.

Accordingly, among the objects of this invention are: To combine with a conventional cigarette package or container an ash tray which, in closed position, `requires no greater space than is occupied by the package itself and which can be opened to receive smoking debris; to provide for closing the yash tray and movingthe debris therein into the space in the package or container 'available as a result of the` removal of cigarettes therefrom; to lock the ash tray in the closed position and to limit its opening movement; to provide a movable wal1-or tongue for cooperating with the ash tray and arr-ange for it to expand into the space previously occupied byacigarettes; to form a surface of the wall or tongue .arid` the surface of the ash tray, that is contacted by ignited or hot debris, of relatively.non-combustible material, such as aluminum; to place the ash tray in an end wall ofthe package or container such that, when'the former` isopen and the latter is .in the upright position, the debris cannot fall out of the ash tray; to seal the space containing .fthe cigarettes from the space occupied by the debris in the ash tray; to hold a cigarette transversely `of the ash tray; and to limit the flow of the `debris from the ash-tray should it approach an inverted position when open.

Additional objects of this invention are: to provide a combination cigarette package and ash tray withimproved means for separating the space occupied b y the debris, such as butts and ashes, dead matches,` etc., from the space occupied by the remaining cigarettes; to employ a flexible llame resistant bag for this purpose; to secure the upper end of the bag to the upper end of the cigarette container while the lower principal portion `of :the bag is unattached; to provide a reusable containerV and bag with built in ash tray for receiving a conventional pack of cigarettes in an envelope having relatively flexible walls; and to incorporate the bag in a disposable paperboard container for cigarettes.

Other objects of this invention will, in part,'be'obvious and in pant appear hereinafter.

" This invention is disclosed in the embodiments 4thereof shown in the accompanying drawings and it comprises the features of construction, combination of elements and arrangement of parts that will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter set forth and the scope ofthe application of which' will be indicated in the appended claims.

For a more complete understanding/of the nature and scope of this invention, reference can be had to the following detailed description, taken together with the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a package of cigarettes in which the present invention is embodied;

Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view through the package of cigarettes shown in Figure l `with the ashtray being illustrated in the fully open position;

Figure 3 is a view, similar to Figure 2,` but showing the ashtray` in the closed position `with debris'ftherein occupying a portion of the space previously occupied by cigarettes that have been removed from the package;

Figure 4 is a view, in end elevation, of the package of cigarettes shown in Figure 1, the ash tray being shown in the fully closed position;

Figure 5 is a vertical sectional view, at an enlarged scale, taken generally along the line S-lS of Figure "2;

Figure 6 is a perspective View of the cigarettes surrrounded by a foil wrapper and the liner of the package or container shown in Figure 1 and showing how the wall or tongue extends from one side of the liner underneath the cigarettes;

Figure 7 is a perspective viewof the cigarettes enclosed only in the foil wrapper and showing thetapplication of a layerof adhesive to the outer surface and` providing an improvement over the construction shown in Figure 1;

Figure 8 is a View similar to Figure 6, yshowing `the application of a layer of adhesive to the outer surface of the liner and providing a further improvement over the construction shown in Figure 1;

Figure 9 is -a View, similar to Figure 2, showing additional features in the construction of the ash tray;

Figure 10 is a view, similar to Figure` l, showinghow two cigarettes can be supported by the ash tray;

Figure l1 is a perspective view of a combination reusable container for a pack of cigarettes having a built in ash tray;

Figure l2 is-a vertical sectional View taken through the construction illustrated in Figure 11;

Figure 13 shows the construction of Figures 11 and 12 with'the 4ash tray closed and containing debris which occupies`space previously occupied by cigarettes in the removable pack;

Figure 14 is a view, in end elevation, of the combination container and ash tray of Figures 1l, l2-and 13;

Figure 15 is a vertical sectional view ofFigure 11, absent the pack of cigarettes, and showing how the flexible bag servesas a lining and is secured around the outer surface at its upper end to the overlying inner surface of the container at its upper end;

Figure 16 is a perspective View of a package of cigarettes formed of paperboard and arranged to be disposed of when the cigarettes are used and provided with a built in ashtray;

Figure 17 is a vertical sectional view of the construction shown in Figure 16, the ash tray being shown in fthe open position; and

Figure 18 is a View, similar to Figure 17, showing the ash tray in the closed position with debris occupying space previously occupied by cigarettes inthe pack with the space in which the debris is located being separated by the flexible bag from the space containing the remaining cigarettes.

Referring now particularly to the drawings, it will 3 be observed that the reference character 10 designates, generally, a package or container in the form of an elongated parallelepiped that is made of paperboard preferably although lighter weight material can be employed, if desired. The package or container 10, as shown, is arranged to contain twenty cigarettes 11 when completely lled. Obviously other numbers can be packaged. The package or container 10 has relatively wide front and rear sides 12 and 13 and relatively narrower ends 14 and 15. There is a bottom 16 and a hinged top 17. Within the package or container 10 is a four sided liner 18, preferably formed of paperboard, which tits Within the sides and ends as i-llustrated. The front side of the liner 18 has a cut away section 19 to facilitate removal of the cigarettes l1. A foil wrapper 20, Figure 6, surrounds the cigarettes as a further protection and to assist in maintaining their freshness.

The construction thus far described is conventional and is employed in the packaging of a well known brand of cigarettes. The present invention is illustrated as being applied to the particular package just described. However, it will be understood that the present invention can be employed with other similar types of packages or containers without departing from the spirit and scope of this invention.

As indicated above, a smoker often is embarrassed by the lack of an ash tray. However, the smoker ordinarily 'has a package of cigarettes in his pocket or in her purse yas the case may be. In accordance with this invention an ash tray, shown generally lat 23, is incorporated in the package or container 10 as a self contained part thereof and yet it is arranged in such manner that, when closed, it requires no additional space over that required for the package or container l itself. When the ash tray 23 is swung to the open position, as shown in Figures l and 2, debris can be placed therein. Since the placing of such debris therein is preceded by the removal of one or more cigarettes from the package or container 10, there is a space therein which is available for receiving the debris when the ash tray 23 is moved to the closed position as will be apparent from the description that follows.

Preferably the 'ash tray 23 is of generally U-shape and includes arms 24 and 25 that are sector shaped. A bottom or wall 26 joins the yarms 24 and 25 and forms the bottom of the U-shape. lt is desirable to form the surface of the ash tray 23 that is likely to be engaged by ignited or hot debris of a relatively non-combustible material. Accordingly, the arms 24 and 25 and the bottom 26 of the U-shape may be formed of sheet aluminum or other similar like material which will not be ignited even though a lighted butt is placed in the ash tray 23. Even if the surface of the ash tray 23 is not formed of relatively non-combustible material, when a lighted butt is placed in the ash tray 23 and it is closed, the ignited material promptly is snutfed out because of the lack of air to sustain combustion.

Figure 2 shows lhow a butt 27, ashes 23 and dead matches 29 can be placed in the ash tray 23 when it is in the open position. A lip 30, formed integrally with the upper end of the bottom 26 of the ash tray 23, overlies a portion of the end 15 and, on insertion of the thumb nail or nail of the forenger, the ash tray 23 can be withdrawn from the closed position to the open position.

With a view to locking the ash tray 23 in the closed position, notches 31 are provided at the outer ends of the peripheries of the sector shaped arms 24 and 25 and they are arranged to interfit with the lower edge 32 of the upper portion of the wall 15.

In order to hold the ash tray 23 in the open position shown in Figure 2 with the bottom 26 inclined upwardly, ears 33 are formed integrally with the inner ends of the peripheries of the sector shaped arms 24 and 25 and, as shown in Figure 2, these ears 33 are arranged to engage the inner surface of one of the walls 34 of the liner 18. Thus, when the package or container is placed in an upright position, as shown in Figure 2, since it is a rectangular parallelepiped and is relatively stable, particularly when containing several cigarettes, there is little likelihood of the contents of the ash tray falling out unless the entire yassembly is knocked over.

It will be observed that the ash tray 23 is hinged at 35 near the bottom 17 and that a portion 36 of the end 15 overlies the bottom 26 and is secured thereto by a suitable adhesive so as to provide the hinge section.

Now it is desirable to provide for receiving the debris within the package or container 10 in the space previously occupied by cigarettes. On the other hand it is highly desirable that the construction be such that the remaining unused cigarettes in the package or container 10 are kept separate from such debris. It is for this purpose that a tongue or wall 39, Figures 2, 3 and 6, is employed and it is secured at its upper end to the outer side of the end Wall 34, as shown in Figure 5, of the liner 18. If desired, the tongue or wall 39 can be formed as an integral extension of the liner 18 and particulanly of the wall 34. The tongue or wall 39 overlies a generally rectangular opening 40 in the end wall 34 of the liner 18. It will be observed that the tongue or wall 39, not only overlies the opening 40 but that it extends over a connecting portion 41, Figure 5, at the lower end of the Wall 34 of the liner 18 to provide a tail portion 42 which extends, Figure 2, entirely underneath the cigarettes 11 and partially under them, Figure 3, `after some of the cigarettes 11 have been removed `and the ash tray 23 is closed with debris therein. Since the surface of the tongue or Wall 39 facing the ash tray 23 also is likely to be engaged by ignited material, a layer 43 of aluminum foil is provided thereover, as illustrated in Figure 6.

When the ash tray 23 is closed with debris therein, as shown in Figure 3, a portion I44 of the tongue or wall 39 expands into a space 45 within the package or container 10 and inside of the liner `18 that previously was occupied by cigarettes. As the portion 44 expands, the tail portion 42 is withdrawn from underneath the lower ends of the cigarettes and thus a barrier is provided between the space occupied by the cigarette debris and the space occupied by the remaining unused cigarettes.

For illustrative purposes it is pointed out that the ash tray 23 comprising the arms 24 and 25 and the connecting portion or bottom 26 are formed of very thin aluminum. A thickness of .007 inch has been found to be satisfactory. The layer 43 of aluminum foil which overlies the tongue or wall 39 can even be thinner and should be such that it and the tongue or wall 39 are fairly flexible so as to facilitate expansion into the space 45.

It will be apparent that the ash tray 23 is self contained and the construction is such that there is no leakage into the space 45 or contact of the debris with the unused cigarettes. Leakage is prevented by the portion 44 of the tongue 29 that expands into the space 45 since, as shown in Figure 6, it extends the full width of the opening 40 in the wall 34 of the liner 18 and also by the foil wrapper 20 which, as pointed out above, completely surrounds the cigarettes and, as shown in Figure 3, overlies the portion 44 of the tongue 39 as it expands into the space 45. Moreover, the contents of the ash tray 23, when closed, cannot spill, regardless of the position of the complete combination. When the ash tray 23 is open, the debris cannot spill out of it as long as the package or container 10 remains in the upright position.

As cigarettes are removed from the package or container 10 the space A45 automatically is provided, as shown in Figure 3, for receiving the cigarette debris. Additional space is provided for butts, ashes, etc., as additional cigarettes are removed so that additional debris can be placed in the ash tray 23 and it can be closed.

It has been found that complete safety is achieved from heat due to the placing of ignited debris in the ash tray 4'23'.merelyby closing it. `.sfsoon as thisloccurs,

the lire orlive 'ashesautomatically are fsmotheredlsince the closure of the `ash Vtray 123 Ashuts Voi allair and oxygen.

When the package or container L1i) is emptied of cigarettes 11 and the ash trag/.23 hasreceived a proportionate amount of debris, itwiil be. found that relatively long cigarette buttscan be accommodated and relatively long dead matches can be received. Ultimately, after all of the cigarettes have been removed, and all of the debris deposited in the ash tray 23, the `closure of the same .sealsnthe debris effectively and the 'package with the debris can be disposed of as a unit.

Referring now particularly to `Figures 7, 8, 9-and `l0 of the drawings, it will be observed thatcertain additional features are shown therein. Itis desirable to provide a `.good seal between the space containing the cigarettes 11 andthe space occupied by the debris in the` ash tray.23.

For this purpose a layer .56 of `suitableadhesiveis applied Ato `the foilwrapper 2d asshown in Figure 7. While the layer 5i) is shown as beingrelatively narrow, it can extend up to the top of the foil wrapper, if desired. Also, it can extend downwardly :further thanrshown. The important precaution toiiobserve Vis that there is a `complete sealbetween the outer surface of the'foil wrapper 26 and the inner surface of `the iiner 18 in which the former is placed as shown in `Figure 8.

`An additional seal is provided between theouter surface of the liner v18 and the inner surfaces of the sides 12 and 13 and ends 14 and'l by a` lsyer of adhesive asishown in Figure 8. This layer 51 `is. provided around the ends and sides of theliner l, as shown, above the ash tray 23 `sorthat, when the assembly, as `shown in Figure 8, is inserted inthe container 1i) formed `by the sides 12 and 13 and endsliandl, there is nateomplete :seal `above the arms 2d and 25' of the ash tra; 23 and there is no possibility of debris, particularly ashes, leaking into the space occupied by the cigarettes 11.

Instead of employing layers 5i) and 51 of adhesive, suitable heat sealing or pressure sensitive plastics can be employed to provide the desired `seal `between the space occupied by the cigarettes 11 and the space in the ash tray 23.

When the package 1d is `positioned as `illustrated in Figure 9 with the ash tray 23 in the open position, it is possible by the provision of notches 52 in the arms 24 and 25' to hold the cigarette therein as illustrated in Figure l0. ln addition, alsecondcigarette 55 can be inserted endwise 'into the open ash tray 23 as here shown.

With a view to limiting theow of debris from the -ash tray 23 in the open positionwhen it is turned toward the upside down position, a ilange 56 is provided at the base of the lip 30. The flange 56 tendsrto hold .the debris in 4the ash tray 23 when it is `turned to such position that it might otherwise fall out.

yAdditional means, such as apertures 58 and 59 in arms 24 and 25', can be provided for receiving additional lighted cigarettes, such as the` cigarette 6?. The apertures 58 and 59 may or may not be aligned as desired.

Referring now particularly to Figures 11-15 of the drawings, it will be observed that another` embodiment of the invention is there illustrated. The reference char acter 110 designates, generally, a reusable container which is provided withfront and backwalls 111 and 112, side walls 113 and114, a bottom wall 115 and a cover 116 that is hinged at 117 near the upper end ofthe back wall 112. The container 119 is preferably formed of metal, such as stainless steel or sheetalurninum. It can be formed of suitable plastic material or leather, as will be understood readily.

Within the container 11i) is a flexible bag 126 that is formed preferably of flame resistant material such as glass ber. Its upper end 121 is adhesively secured around if its entire periphery vto the inner surface 122 of the upper `132 that-are formed preferably of metal.

ltainer=11il ends vof` thel iwalls 111-1112 and.113-114. "Thefportion of the upper end 121 of the bag 120 that is adhesively secured to the inner surface of these Walls extends part way downto `the position indicated at1123 which is represented by the broken line in Figure 11. `As shown` in Figure i5, `the principal lower portion of the bag is unattached to the inner surfaces of the walls ofthe con- -tainer 114i.

Thecontainer11t). and bag 126 therein are arranged to receive a conventional pack 124 of cigarettes 125 whichare enclosed in anenvelope 125 of flexible paper. The length or height of the container 110 will depend upon the length or height of the pack 124 although it `opening 134 in the side wall 114when the ash tray 129 is in `closed position shown in Figures 13 and 14. A lining 135 of flame proof material, such as `glass iber material, is:secured to the inside of the connecting wall 132. As indicated, the ash tray 129 is arranged to receive smoking debris such as cigarette butts V136, ashes 137 and dead matches 13S. This debris which is deposited in the ash tray `12 when in the open position .asshovJninFigures ll and 12,1occupies space within the containerilti that previouslywas occupied by cigarettes in the packlZd As shown in Figure`l3 the space containing the `debris when the ash tray 129 isiclosed is defined, in part,` by the wall 141 of theflexible bagl120. It bulges inwardlyagainst the adjacent wall 142 of the `pack` 12d which `is permitted because this wall is formed of flexible` paper and because the cigarettes immediately `adjacent thereto have been removed.

It will be understood that the side walls 130 and131 slide between the inner sides of thefront and back walls 111 and 112 `and the adjacent sides of the flexible bag 120. ln this manner the lexible bag 120 effectively separates the space containing the debris from the space containing the `unusued cigarettes in `the reusable con- Since the exible bag.120 is flame resistant or llame proof and since the ash tray 129 is formed of .metal or other llame resistant material and may be provided with the lining 135, there is no likelihood of damage resulting from the placing of lighted butts in the ash tray 129. Moreover, as soon as it is closed, the supply of oxygen is shut off and combustion. cannot be sustained.

`If desired, the side wallsz130 and` 131. of the-ash tray 129 can be provided with notches 143 for` holding a lightedcigarette as illustrated in Figure 1l. Ears-145, Figure l2, are employed `forlirniting thetextent that the ash tray 129 can be swung to the open position. A lip 146 extending along the upper `edge of the connecting `wall-'132 facilitates openingof theash tray 129 and a latching ange 147 cooperates with the lower edge of the side wall 110i at the upper endrof the vopening 134 for holding the ash tray 129 in the closed position.

Referring now to Figures 16 to 18.0f the drawings, it will be observed that the reference. character 150 designates, generally, a package or containerthat is formed of a paperboard shell 151 and is provided with a paperboard liner 152 enclosing cigarettes 153 that are surrounded by a foil wrapper`154. A cover -155`hinged to one wall of the paperboard shell 1151 can be opened to permit access to the cigarettes 153. The construction` thus far :described is'eonventional and is` embodied '7 in disposable cigarette packs available in the open market.

In accordance With this invention a flexible bag 156, similar to the bag 120 described hereinbefore, is located Within the paperboard liner 152 and around the foil Wrapper 154. Its upper end 157 is adhesively secured to the inner surface of the paperboard liner 152 near its upper end while the lower portion of the flexible bag '156 is free in the manner described for the bag 120.

An ash tray 16@ is employed in conjunction with the package or container 150. yIt comprises side Walls 161 and 162 and a connecting wall 163. These walls are integrally formed preferably of metal. The side walls 161 and 162 are slidable lbetween the outer surface of the bag 156 and the adjacent inner surfaces of the paperboard liner 152 when the ash tray 160 is swung between the open and closed position.

A portion 164 of a Wall of the shell 151 overlies and is adhesively secured to the connecting wall 163. It is hinged near its lower yend as indicated at 165 to the shell 151.

Extending upwardly and somewhat outwardly from the connecting wall 163 is a lip 166 which facilitates movement of the ash tray 160 to the open position. Notches 167 are provided in the side walls 161 and 162 for receiving a lighted cigarette in a manner previously described and illustrated in Figure 11. Ears 168 are formed integrally with the side walls 161 and 162 and serve to limit the opening movement of the ash tray 160.

When the ash tray 160 is swung to the open position, as shown in Figure 17, smoking debris such as cigarette butts 136, ashes 137 and dead matches 138 can be placed therein. This debris results from the Withdrawal of cigarettes 153 and thus space is left for receiving this debris when the ash tray 160 is closed as illustrated in Figure 18. Here it will be observed the lexible bag 156 is deformed inwardly against the foil wrapper 154. However, the exible bag 156 effectively separates the space containing the smoking debris from the space in which the unused cigarettes 153 are located.

It will be understood that the construction shown in Figures 16-18 is intended to be thrown away once the cigarettes 153 therein have been used.

Since certain further changes can be made in the foregoing constructions and different embodiments of the invention can be made without departing from the spirit and scope thereof, it is intended that all matter shown in the accompanying drawings and described hereinbefore shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

What is claimed as new is:

1. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes, and an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and an imperforate connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container Wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position with debris therein forming substantially a continuous coplanar extension of said one container wall.

2. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container iilled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes, and an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and an imperforate connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the inner surfaces of the walls of said ash tray being formed by relatively non-combustible material, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position with debris therein forming substantially a continuous coplanar extension of said one container Wall.

3. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and an imperforate connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting Wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarettes butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position with debris therein forming substantially a continuous coplanar extension of said container wall; and means interlocking said ash tray with said container to secure said ash tray in closed position.

4. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and an imperforate connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position with debris therein forming substantially a continuous coplanar extension of said one container wall; and means on said ash tray cooperating with said container for limiting the opening movement of said ash tray with respect to said container.

5. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side Walls and a connecting wall, said side wails of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable out- Wardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall,

`said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray `to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container-'leav- `ing space therein for receiving through said opening debrispsuch as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of'movement of said connecting wall of said ash trayto closed position; and readily deformable wall means betweensaid cigarettes and said one container wall overlying said opening and providing a barrier expandable into said space within said container between the remaining cigarettes and the debris that is moved through said opening on closure of said ash tray.

6. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in `one walliparallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried'by saidhollow container having side walls i and a connecting wall, said side walls of said-ash tray being 'disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position `overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of `said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through `said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like,` deposited in said ash tray in open position as 'a resiilt of movement of said connecting wall of said opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray-carried by said hollow container having side walls anda connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray lbeing disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connectingwall of said tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movableaway therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein forreceiving through said opening debris, such as ciga- `rette"butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited inlsaid ash tray in open position as a result of movement ofi said` connecting wall of said ash tray to closed posi- 'tion; anda iiexible member between said cigarettes and 1 said one container wall overlying said opening and forming a fourth wall for said ash tray in open position, said flexible member being in the form of a tongue extending underneath the ends of the cigarettes and movable therefrom when said ash tray is moved to closed position into the spacel left in said container adjacent said opening in said one container wall on removal of cigarettes from said container through van extent depending upon the amount or" debris deposited in said ash tray.

8. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes, and an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and an imperforate connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said onecontainer wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray being hinged at one end to said one container wall and in closed :position overlying said opening therein and being swing- "1.0 able away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette'butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, de-

posited in said-ash tray in open position as a result of swinging movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position with debris therein forming substantially a continuous coplanar extension of said one container wall.

9.11m combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray beingdisposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, saidiconnecting wall of said ash tray being hinged at one end tosaid one container wall and in.`closed position overlying said opening therein and being swingable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening, debris such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, depositedV in said ash tray in open position as a result of swinging movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position, and readily deformable wall means between said cigarettes `and said one container wall overlying said opening and providing a barrier expandable: into said space within saidcontainer between the remaining cigarettes and the` debris that is moved through said opening on closureof said ash tray.

l0. In combination, an elongated hollow container in the form of a rectangular parallelpiped the width of which is substantially greater than its thickness filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall `parallel `to said cigarettes; a sector shaped ash tray having a generally U-shaped cross section carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall,

`said `side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls' thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray forming the bottom of the U and being hinged at one end tosaid one container wall and in closed position `overlying said opening therein and being swingable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray'to open` position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein `for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, `dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; andreadily deformable wall means' between said cigarettes and said one container wall overlying said opening and providing a barrier expandable into said space within said container between the remaining cigarettes therein andthe debris that is moved through said opening on closure ofsaid ash tray.

ll. In combination, an elongated hollow container in the form of a rectangular parallelpiped the width of which is substantially greater than its thickness filled lengthwisewith cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; a sector shaped ash tray having a .generally U-shaped cross section carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said` side walls of'said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said onecontainer wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray forming the bottom of the U and being hinged at one end tto said one container wall and in closed position overlying said opening therein and being swingable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; readily deformable wall means between said cigarettes and said one container wall overlying said opening and providing a barrier expandable into said space within said container between the remaining cigarettes therein and the debris that is moved through said opening on closure of said ash tray, and a flange on the other end of said connecting wall of said ash tray extending toward the interior of said container for preventing escape therepast of at least a portion of the debris in said ash tray in open position should the assembly be turned toward the upside down position.

l2. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall,

said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position.

overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; and means sealing the space within said container containing said cigarettes from the debris containing space in said ash tray to prevent the escape of debris from the latter space into the former.

13. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; a liner within said container arranged to receive the side walls of said ash tray between the outer surface `of said liner and the inner surface of said container, and means providing a seal between said outer and inner surfaces to prevent the escape of debris from said ash tray into the space in which the remaining cigarettes are located.

14. l'n combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container lled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall `of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; a liner within said container arranged to receive the side walls of said ash tray between the outer surface of said liner and the inner surface of said container, and a layer of adhesive providing a seal between said outer and inner surfaces to prevent the escape of debris from said ash tray into the space in which the remaining cigarettes are located.

l5. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, Such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; a liner within said container arranged to receive the side walls of said ash tray between the outer surface of said liner and the inner surface of said container, means providing a seal between said outer and inner surfaces to prevent the escape of debris from said ash tray into the space in which the remaining cigarettes are located, a wrapper around said cigarettes inside of said liner, and means providing a seal between said liner and said wrapper.

16. In combination, an elongated rectangular hollow container filled lengthwise with cigarettes and having an opening in one wall parallel to said cigarettes; an ash tray carried by said hollow container having side walls and a connecting wall, said side walls of said ash tray being disposed between the cigarettes in said container and the respective side walls thereof and movable outwardly or inwardly relative to said one container wall, said connecting wall of said ash tray in closed position overlying said opening in said one container wall and being movable away therefrom together with said side walls of said ash tray to open position, the removal of one or more cigarettes from said hollow container leaving space therein for receiving through said opening debris, such as cigarette butts, ashes, dead matches and the like, deposited in said ash tray in open position as a result of movement of said connecting wall of said ash tray to closed position; a liner within said container arranged to receive the side walls of said ash tray between the outer surface of said liner and the inner surface of said container, a layer of adhesive providing a seal between said outer and inner surfaces to prevent the escape of debris from said ash tray into the space in which the remaining cigarettes are located, a wrapper around said cigarettes inside of said liner, and a layer of adhesive providing a seal between said liner and said wrapper.

17. Means for packaging cigarettes comprising, in cornbination` an elongated rectangular container for receiving the cigarettes lengthwise, a flexible bag containing the cigarettes and conforming generally to the interior of said container and secured along its upper end to the upper end thereof, and an ash tray carried by said container and having side walls and a connecting wall, said connecting wall forming a part of one of the sides of said container and being movable toward and away therefrom independently of the cigarettes therein, said side w-alls being movable transversely of the length of said container between the opposite sides of said bag and the respective sides of said container, the removal of cigarettes from said container and bag providing space for receiving debris placed in said ash tray in open position after the same is closed, said bag defining a portion of said space and closing it olf from the space occupied by the remaining cigarettes.

18. The invention, as set forth in claim 17, wherein the flexible bag is formed of ame resistant material.

19. The invention, as set forth in claim 17, wherein the flexible bag is formed principally of glass bers.

20. The invention, as set forth in claim 17, wherein the container and flexible bag are reusable and are adapted to receive a conventional pack of cigarettes packaged in an envelope having relatively exible walls.

21. The invention, as set forth in claim 17, wherein the container is formed of sheet metal.

22. The invention, as set forth in claim 17, wherein the container is formed of paper board and is adapted to be discarded after the cigarettes therein are used.

23. Means for packaging cigarettes comprising, in combination, an elongated rectangular container for receiving the cigarettes lengthwise, a exible bag containing the cigarettes and conforming generally to the interior of said container and having its outer surfaces along its upper end adhesively secured to the overlying inner surface of the upper end of said container, and an ash tray carried by said container and having side walls and a connecting wall, said connecting wall forming a part of one of the sides of said container and hinged at its lower end near the lower end of said one side of said container and being movable toward and away therefrom independently of the cigarettes therein, said side walls being movable transversely of the length of said container between the opposite sides of said bag and the respecitve sides of said container, the removal of cigarettes from said container and bag providing space for receiving debris placed in said ash tray in open position after the same is closed, said bag defining a portion of said space and closing it off from the space occupied by the remaining cigarettes.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/246
International ClassificationB65D85/08, A24F15/18, A24F15/00, B65D85/10
Cooperative ClassificationB65D85/1045, A24F15/18, B65D2209/00
European ClassificationA24F15/18, B65D85/10G4