US 3204762 A
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I NVENTORS W: 702 Sam/0g United States Patent 3,204,762 DISPENSING CARTON Victor Shanok and Jesse P. Shanok, both of 863 65th St., Brooklyn, 'N.Y. Filed Feb. 17, 1964, Ser. No. 345,340 1 Claim. (Cl. 206-56) The present invention relates generally to a merchandising package and in particular to a highly novel tray type carton or the like.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a highly novel and relatively inexpensive merchandising package having provision to individually dispense the contents therefrom.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a merchandising package having provision to mount the package in dispensing condition which provision is available to retain the package in the closed condition thereof when not in the dispensing condition thereof.
Other and further objects will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art from a consideration of the following specification taken in connection with the appended drawings.
In the drawings which illustrate the best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the invention;
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of a sheet material blank from which a carton pursuant to the present invention may be erected;
FIGURE 2 illustrates the carton in partially erected condition;
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale taken on the line 33 of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view illustrating the carton in erected condition thereof and ready to be mounted to serve as a dispensing device;
FIGURE 5 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale taken on the line 55 of FIGURE 4;
FIGURE 6 is a sectional view taken on the line 6-6 of FIGURE 5;
FIGURE 7 illustrates the dispensing device mounted in position on the sunvizor of a motor vehicle or the like; and
FIGURE 8 is a sectional view taken on the line 8-8 of FIGURE 7.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, there is shown a packaging device 10 pursuant to the present invention. Said packaging device comprises a dispensing container 12 provided with articles 14 to be individually withdrawn or dispensed therefrom. In the present embodiment, the articles 14 comprise moistened packaged paper towels or the like. However, it will be understood that the present invention is not limited to a packaging device for dispensing moistened paper towels, but that any other suitable article may be dispensed from the carton 12.
The carton 12 is formed from a blank 16 of suitable sheet material preferably cardboard or paperboard. The blank 16 comprises a rear Wall panel 18, a front wall panel 20, a side wall panel 22 between panels 18 and 20 and companion side wall panels 24 and 26. Said panels are defined by the elongated fold lines 28, 30, 32 and 34 and by the transverse fold lines 36 and 38. Provision is also made for an end wall panel 40 and a tuck flap 42 which are defined at one end of the rear panel 18 -and which are also defined by the fold line 44 therebetween. Provision is made at the other end of the rear panel for a rear panel flap 46, an inner end wall panel 48, a front panel flap 50 and an outer end wall panel 52, said panels being separated by the fold lines 54, 56 and 58 respectively. Provision is made at the ends of the side wall panel 22 for end wall closure flaps 60 and 62. Provision 3,284,762 Patented Sept. 7, 1955 is also made at the ends of the front wall panel 20 for dust flaps 64 and 66. In addition, it will be noted that side wall panel 26 is provided at the opposite end thereof with end wall closure flaps 68 and 70. The transverse fold lines 36 and 38 define said dust flaps and end wall closure flaps.
The rear panel 18 is provided adjacent one end thereof namely the upper end with a generally U-shaped line of perforations 72 to define a mounting tab 74 which is foldable on the fold line 36. Said mounting tab is provided with a mounting perforation 78. The side wall panel 24 is provided with an open cut-out or recess 80. An enclosed cut-out 82 extends from the inner end wall panel 48 into the front panel flap 50. An enclosed perforated line 84 is provided on the front panel 20 and extends into the side wall panels 22 and 26. The line of perforations 84 defines a completely removable segment 86. Perforations 88, and 92 are defined respectively in the outer end wall panel 52 and in the dust flaps 64 and 66.
In order to erect the carton or container 12, the blank 16 is folded upon the fold lines 30 and 32 so as to superimpose the front and rear panels 18 and 20 with the side wall panel 22 therebetween. The side wall panel 26 is then superimposed upon the side wall panel 24 and suitably secured thereto as by a suitable adhesive. The rear panel flap 46 is then folded upwardly along fold line 38 so as to abut the inner surface of the rear panel 18. The inner end wall panel 48 is then folded along the fold lines 54 and 56 so as to extend transversely between the front and rear panels as best shown in FIGURE 6 to constitute an inner end wall for the carton. The front panel flap 50 being folded along the fold line 56 will abut the inner surface of the front panel 20 and the outer end wall 52 being folded up on the fold line 58 serves as an outer end wall which underlies inner end wall 48 and is spaced therefrom. It will be understood end wall closure flaps 62 and 70 are tucked in above the outer end wall 52. Moreover, it will be noted from FIGURE 6 that the dust flap 66 underlies the outer end wall 52 in the erected condition of the blank, the elastic element 94 serving to retain the dust flap 66 in engagement with the outer end wall 52 as hereinafter described in detail.
With the carton 12 partially erected as described so that it is open at the upper end thereof, the articles 14 may be readily inserted through the upper end so as to seat on the inner end wall 48 as best shown in FIGURE 6.
After the articles are packaged or loaded into the carton 12, the open end of the carton may be closed. This is accomplished by bending inwardly the end wall closure flaps 60 and 68 and then bending the end wall 40 along the fold line 36 so as to overlie the closure flaps. Thereafter the tuck flap 42 is bent along the fold line 44 and tucked in position to overlie the closure flaps as illustrated in FIGURE 5. The dust flap 64 is then bent .along the fold line 36 so as to overlie the end wall panel 40. In order to retain the dust flaps 64 and 66 in the closed or operative condition thereof, provision is made for the previously referred to elastic string or element 94. Said string is provided at each end thereof with a suitable retainer element 96. One retainer is inserted through the aperture 90 provided in the dust flap 64 so that the retainer is seated at the inner surface of the dust flap. The other retainer is inserted through the registering apertures 88 and 92 provided in the surface abutting outer end wall panel 52 and dust flap 66 so that the retainer is seated at the inner surface of the outer end wall panel 52. With the elastic retainer overlying the dust flaps 64 and 66 as shown in FIGURE 6, it will be readily apparent J that the dust flaps are retained in abutment with the underlying panel portions.
The elastic element 94 also serves a secondary purpose. As best shown in FIGURES 7 and 8, the elastic retainer element tmaybe slipped .over the :sunvizor 98 of an automobile for :the -;purpose of mounting the-package 10 in operative condition fordispensing the. contents thereof. In addition to the using of the elastic band 94 for this purpose, the previously mentionedtab74 'may also be used to mount the packaging device. In' this connection, it is merelynecessary .to lift the tab "from the rear panel 18 along Ithe perforatedline .72 thereof and the packaging device 10m.ay:therieb.y :be readily suspended from a wall orzthe like by utilizing thehole 7.8 in the tab to hang thepackagedevice on asuitable support.
With' theipackaging device 10 mounted :on 'an automobile vizor 98 or mounted onaa suitable "supporting; surface by means of 'the .tab '74, the contents thereof may be readily dispensed. For this'pu-rposeythe tab or segment 86ris completely removed from the'carton along the perforated line 84. 'In this connection,iit will be noted'that :the'tab 86 is providedwith'a fingerpiece 100-to facilitate the removal of the tab from the .carton.
With the tab removed from the carton, there remains a dispensing aperture 102 as bestshown'inFIGURE 4. It will be .noted that the open cut+out 80in the side wall paneli24 dispensing aperture as indicated by the arrow 106. Easy withdrawal of the articles 14 maybe accomplished from the dispensing package even though the latter may be disposed in a tiltedcondition or positionon the vizor 98 as shown in FIGURE 8.
It will be noted that in the erected condition of the carton, the previously mentioned enclosed aperture 82 which is defined between the inner end wall '48 and the front panel fiap50 constitutes -a-suitable opening which communicates With'the dispensing opening 102 to facilitate the insertion of the finger into the dispensing opening for the removal of an article as best shown in FIGURE '6. Furthermore, it will also be noted that the inner end wall 48 serves as aplatform on which the articles 14 may be readily mounted as will be readily apparent. Suitable indicia may be provided on the front panel to facilitate the withdrawal of the articles" from the carton. -In this connection, provision is made for the arrows 108 and 110 as best shown in FIGURE -7 to indicate that each article must first be raised before it'can be withdrawn from the carton. It will also be noted that the resilient band 94 may most easily be anchored in'the opposite dust fiapswhen'the band is disposed outwardly of the front panel as shown in FIGURE-4 and first inserted into'the upper dust fiap and then'inserted into the lower dust flap. After being so inserted, the band may then be readily swung around'to be disposed on .the rear panel-as illustratedin' FIGURE 6.
From the foregoing, it will be readily apparent that there has been illustrated and described herein a highly novel dispensing package which forms when not in use, a convenient container or tray in which the articles may 5 be mounted and retained until needed. The articles may be individually removed in very simple manner from the dispensing device which is provided with its own means for securing the device on a suitable supporting surface. I
It will be understoodthat various changes and modifications may be made to -the dispensing device of the present invention without however departing from the in- -ventive concept thereof as set forth in the appended claim.
What is claimed is; A dispensing device-comprising a rectangular carton having a front wall, a rear wall, opposing sidewalls, a top -w'a ll and a bottom wall to define an enclosed storage space, a platform extending between said front and rear wallsand spaced upwardly of said bottom wall, a plurality of flat articles having lower marginal edges mounted on said platform and having upper marginal edges spaced below said top wall, said articles being stacked in surface abutting relation between said front wall and said 25 rear wall, anda removable segment defined in said front Wall,the lower edge of said segment being in the plane of -said platform and the upper marginal edge of said segment being below the upper marginaledg'es of said articles, whereby, upon removal of said segment, there is defined in saidfront wall an access opening through which the front article-in the stack is removable, said platform having a cut-out defined therein adjacent to said front wall and said segment having a tab portion adjacent to said .cut out andextendingin said' front wall downwardly from said platform whereby, upon removal of said segment,
Lthere is ,defineda finger opening below said access opening, dust flaps provided at the'upper and lower edges of saidfron't wall, saiddust'flaps overlying said top and bot- .tom wall, and an elastic cord having its opposite ends 40 anchored in said dust flaps, said cord releas'ably retaining .-said dust Yflaps in engagement with "the underlying top and bottom Wall.
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GEORGE O. "RALS'TON, Examiner.