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Publication numberUS3086309 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 23, 1963
Filing dateAug 2, 1962
Priority dateAug 2, 1962
Publication numberUS 3086309 A, US 3086309A, US-A-3086309, US3086309 A, US3086309A
InventorsKatz Joseph M
Original AssigneeLe Page S Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tape dispenser
US 3086309 A
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April 3, 3 q. M. KAT; 3,086,309

' TAPE DISPENSER Filed Aug. 2, 1962 INVENTOR.

JOSEP M. KATZ his ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,086,309 TAPE DlSlENSER Joseph M. Katz, Pittsburgh, Pa., assignor to Le Pages, Inc, Pittsburgh, Pa., a corporation of Pennsylvania Filed Aug. 2, 1962, her. No. 214,332 8 Claims. (Cl. 40-309) The present invention relates to dispensers for pressure sensitive and the like tapes, and more particularly to a dispenser of the type described which is constructed so as to readily attract the eye of a shopper in a retail outlet where the tape is displayed.

As is known, in retailing any product it is of primary importance to package or display that product in order that it will have what is called eye appeal," meaning that the packaging must be such that the product will stand out among others on a store counter or display rack. In the case of a dispenser for tape, it must not only have eye appeal, but must also be functionally adequate and at the same time be simple and economical in construction. As an overall object, therefore, the present invention seeks to provide a tape dispenser which combines all of the desirable features outlined above. More specifically, an object of the invention is to provide a tape dispenser formed from a transparent plastic or the like material and incorporating an opaque backing plate which not only forms a side for the dispenser but also provides a surface on which advertising material may be printed, the printing being on the side of the opaque plate facing a roll of tape in the dispenser whereby both the tape and the printed material may be viewed through the transparent dispenser simultaneously.

A further object of the invention is to provide a transparent tape dispenser of the type described above incorporating an opaque backing plate having an extension projecting above the dispenser for the presentation of advertising material which can be readily seen when a plurality of dispensers are displayed at a retail outlet, the extension being joined to the main body of the backing plate along a perforated line such that it may be torn from the dispenser when it is used by a purchaser. 7

Still another object of the invention is to provide novel means for presenting advertising material in the cavity formed by the cylindrical hub of a tape dispenser, the hub being that on which a roll of tape rotates. v

The above and other objects and features of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which form a part of this specification, and in which:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective, exploded view of the tape dispenser of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an elevational or plan view of the assembled dispenser;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along line III-IlI of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the manner in which a plurality of the tape dispensers of the present invention may be displayed. a a

Referring now to the drawings, and particularly to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, the dispenser shown includes a transparent plastic molding comprising a sidewall 10 having a centrally disposed circular opening 12 therein. Projecting from the edge of the opening 12 and integrally formed with the sidewall 10 is a cylindrical hub element 14 which receives a roll 16 of pressure sensitive tape or the like. As best shown in FIG. 3, the tape 16 is wound upon a circular cardboard core 18 which rides on the outer peripheral surface of the hub 14.

Projecting outwardly from the edges of the transparent sidewall 10 are edge walls 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28. These 3,086,309 Patented Apr. 23, 1963 ice edge walls, like the cylindrical hub element 14, are integrally formed with the sidewall 10 and have widths substantially equal to the width of the hub element 14. As best shown in FIG. 2, a space is provided between the edge walls 20 and 28 to permit the tape, as it is unwound from roll 16, to pass therethrough. In the use of the dispenser, the end of the tape is pulled through the space between edge walls 20 and 28 for a desired length and then pulled downwardly into engagement with a surface 36 (FIG. 1) on the edge wall 28, this surface having a plurality of serrations 32 on its outer edge. Thereafter, the length of tape which has been pulled from the roll 16 may be severed from the remainder of'the roll by simply tearing it along the serrations 32.

It will be noted that the plastic molding just described is provided with only one transparent sidewall 10, the other side being open. This permits easy insertion of the roll 16 over the cylindrical hub 14 during assembly of the dispenser. The other side of the dispenser is formed by the lower portion 34 of a cardboard or the like backing plate 36. As shown, the cardboard backing plate 36 comprises the lower portion 34 and an upper portion 38 which is detachably secured to the lower portion along a perforated line 40, the arrangement being such that the portion 38 may be torn from the lower portion 34. Also provided in the backing plate 36 is a circular perforation 42 which is adapted to be aligned with the cylindrical hub element 14. The assembly is completed by a cylindrical element 44 having a radially-extending flange 46 on its outer edge. The element 44 is adapted to be press-fitted into the interior of the cylindrical hub element 14 as will hereinafter be explained.

In the assembly of the dispenser, the roll of tape 16 is initially passed over the hub element 14. Thereafter, the backing plate 36 is placed in abutting relationship with the side of the dispenser opposite the transparent sidewall It). In this position, the lower portion 34 abuts against the ends of the edge walls 20-48 and also against the edges of projections 48 which extend inwardly from the edges of the aforesaid plastic molding.

When the backing plate 36 is thus positioned against the ends of the edge walls 20-23 and the perforation 42 aligned with the hub element 14, the cylindrical element 44 is pushed or pressed against the circular perforation 42, thereby pushing it out of the backingplate 36 while the element 44 is press-fitted into the hub element 14. In this process, the perforation 42, as best shown in FIG. 3, is pressed against an annular flange or stop member 50. The dispenser is nowassembled as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3. With reference to FIGS. 2 and 4, advertising material 52 is printed or otherwise formed on the side of the upper portion 38 of backing plate 36 such that it faces the tape 16. Similarly, advertising material 54 is provided on the lower portion 34 of the backing plate 36 such that it may be viewed through the transparent sidewall 10. Finally, advertising 56 is printed on the bulls-eye or circular perforation 42 which is disposed within the cylindrical hub element 14. Thus, a purchaser in picking up the product will see the roll of tape 16 as well as the advertising 54 on thelower portion 34 of the backing plate 36. At the same time, he will see the advertising 52 on the upper portion 38. The upper portion is particularly effective in displaying the dispensers in the manner shown in FIG. 4 wherein the dispensers may be aligned one behind the other with the advertising 52 on the upper portion 38 forming a successive billboard effect which quickly attracts the eye of a purchaser. At the same time, the bulls-eye 42, having printing thereon, also has an attractive effect.

When the dispenser is purchased, the upper portion 38 of the backing plate 36 might interfere with its use. Accordingly, the purchaser can simply remove the upper portion 38 by tearing along the perforated line 40; whereupon the lower portion 34 forms a sidewall identical in shape to the transparent sidewall 10.

The present invention thus provides a tape dispenser which is not only simple and economical in construction but also provides a high degree of eye appeal. Although the invention has been shown in connection with a certain specific embodiment, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes in form and arrangement of parts may be made to suit requirernentswithout departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim as my invention:

1. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said cylindrical hub element, said hub element being adapted to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular opening in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the last-mentioned cylindrical element being passed through the circular opening in the backing plate and press-fitted into said cylindrical hub element with the flange holdin the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls, and printed material on the backing plate facing said roll of tape whereby both the printed material and the roll of tape may be seen through said transparent sidewall.

2. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of the sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said cylindrical hub element, said hub element being adapted to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular opening in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the last-mentioned cylindrical element being passed through the circular opening in the backing plate and press-fitted into said cylindrical hub element with the flange holding the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls, the backing plate having a first portion shaped to conform to the outline of said transparent sidewall and a second portion extending above said first portion and secured thereto along a perforated line whereby the second portion may be torn from the first portion when the dispenser is used, and printed material facing said roll on both the first and second portions of the backing plate whereby both the printed material on said first portion and the roll of tape may be seen through the transparent sidewall while the printed material on said second portion will project upwardly from the holder to be easily seen when the holders are displayed one behind the other.

3. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said hub element, said hub element being adapted to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular perforation in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a stop member on the inner periphery of said cylindrical hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the other edge of the last-mentioned cylindrical element being pressed against said circular perforation and press-fitted into said cylindrical hub element to knock the perforation out of the backing plate and form a circular opening therein, the circular perforation being forced into the cylindrical hub element and fitted against said stop member, the flange on said last-mentioned cylindrical element holding the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls, and printed material on the backing plate and said circular perforation facing said transparent sidewall whereby the printed material on said backing plate and the roll of tape may be seen through said transparent sidewall while the printed material on said circular perforation may also be viewed simultaneously.

4. The dispenser of claim 3 wherein the stop member on the inner periphery of said cylindrical hub element comprises an annular radially-inwardly extending flange spaced from the edge of the cylindrical hub element opposite said transparent sidewall by an amount substantially equal to the axial length of said latter-mentioned cylindrical element.

5. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said hub element, said hub element being adapted to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular perforation in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a stop member on the inner periphery of said cylindrical hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the other edge of the annular element being pressed against said circular perforation and press-fitted into said cylindrical hub element to knock the perforation out of the backing plate and form a circular opening therein, the circular perforation being forced into the cylindrical hub element and fitted against said stop member, the flange on said latter-mentioned cylindrical element holding the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls, the backing plate having a first portion shaped to conform to the outline of said transparent sidewall and a second portion extending above said first portion and secured thereto along a perforated line whereby the second portion may be torn from the first portion when the dispenser is used, and printed material on the first and second portions of the backing plate as well as said circular perforation, the printing being on the side of the blacking plate facing said roll whereby the printed material on said first portion and the roll of tape may be seen through the transparent sidewall while the printed material on said second portion will project upwardly from the holder to be easily seen when a plurality of such holders are displayed one behind the other, the printing on said circular perforation also being seen from the side of the holder from which the printing on the backing plate may be seen.

6. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said hub element, said hub element being arranged to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular opening in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the latter-mentioned cylindrical element being passed through the circular opening in the backing plate and press-fitted into said cylindrical hub element with the flange holding the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the endge walls, the backing plate having a first portion abutting the edges of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall and a second portion extending above said first portion and secured thereto along a perforated line whereby the second portion may be torn from the first portion when the dispenser is used, and printed material on both the first and second portions of the backing plate facing said roll whereby both the printed material on said first portion and the roll of tape may be seen through the transparent sidewall while the printed material on said second portion will project upwardly from the holder to be easily seen when the holders are displayed one behind the other.

7. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hu-b element projecting from the edge of said opening and integrally formed with said sidewall, integral edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said hub element, said hub element being arranged to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, a circular perforation in the backing plate in alignment with said hub element, a stop member on the inner periphery of said cylindrical hub element, a cylindrical element having a flange on one edge thereof, the other edge of the latter-mentioned cylindrical element being pressed against said circular perforation and pressed-fitted into said cylindrical hub element to knock the perforation out of the backing plate and form a circular opening therein, the circular perforation being forced into the cylindrical hub element and fitted against said stop member, the flange holding the backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls opposite said transparent plate, and printed material on the circular perforation which may be viewed from the side of the holder opposite said backing plate.

8. A dispenser for a roll of tape or the like comprising a transparent sidewall having a circular opening therein, a cylindrical hub element projecting from the edge of said opening, edge walls projecting outwardly from the edges of said sidewall at right angles thereto and in the direction of projection of said cylindrical hub element, said hub element being adapted to receive said roll of tape, an opening in one of said edge walls to permit the tape to pass therethrough, an opaque backing plate positioned in parallel relationship to said transparent sidewall at the ends of said edge walls opposite said transparent sidewall, means for securing said opaque backing plate in snug abutting relationship against said ends of the edge walls, and printed material on the backing plate facing said roll of tape whereby both the printed material and the roll of tape may be seen throughsaid transparent sidewall.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/309, 225/41, 206/397, 206/495, 225/25, 206/409, 242/588.3
International ClassificationB65H35/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65H35/0026
European ClassificationB65H35/00B2B