US 3219253 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
NOV. 23, 1965 DAVIS 3,219,253
TUBULAR CARTON WITH COUPON AND DISPLAY TAB Filed Sept. 18, 1965 3 Sh tsheet 1 FIGI.
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TUBULAR CARTON WITH COUPON AND DISPLAY TAB Filed Sept. 18, 1963 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 FIG6.
INVENTORI LEO R. DAVIS ATTYS,
United States Patent 3,219,253 TUBULAR CARTON WITH COUPON AND DISPLAY TAB Leo R. Davis, Exton, Pa., assignor to Downingtown Paper Company, Downingtown, Pa., a corporation of Pennsylvania Filed Sept. 18, 1963, Ser. No. 309,815 6 Claims. (Cl. 229-16) This invention relates to a tubular carton with a coupon and a display tab and has for an object the provision of improvements in this art.
One of the particular objects of the invention is to provide a tubular carton which carries a coupon or certificate which cannot be removed while the carton is intact.
Another object is to provide a tubular carton which reveals part of the coupon to view on the saleable package.
Another object is to provide a tubular carton having a display tab projecting from one corner, preferably the corner above a display window for the coupon.
Another object is to provide a tubular carton with a coupon and display tab so formed and arranged that they assume their desired positions when the carton is erected and do not require any special manipulations when the saleable article is inserted in the tube and the end flaps closed.
Another object is to provide a carton with a convenient integral tear strip for quickly giving access to the coupon for removal.
Another object is to provide a tubular carton carrying a coupon in such position that no part of the coupon is exposed interiorly to be marred by the insertion of the article.
Another object is to provide a coupon-carrying tubular carton which presents the entire coupon for view and access for removal when the protecting tear strip is torn back and which does not require the coupon to be pulled out of a pocket.
Another object is to provide a coupon which is irremovably attached to the carton blank in the flat and which must be torn off for removal, this obviating all chance that coupons may be removed in the factory. Since the coupons represent monetary value, often a considerable portion of the sale price of the goods, there is a chance that operators in the plant will remove coupons if this can be done without marring the coupons or giving evidence in the saleable package that a coupon is not present.
The above and other objects of the invention as well as various features of novelty and advantages will be apparent from the following description of an exemplary embodiment, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a plan view of the outer surface of a carton blank in the fiat;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a partly erected carton blank;
FIG. 3 is a similar perspective view with another side panel folded down;
FIG. 4 is a similar perspective View with another side panel folded down.
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the fully erected and closed carton, as when the article is packaged ready for sale;
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the carton with the integral tear strip partly torn ofi;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the carton with the coupon fully uncovered and partly torn off.
The embodiment of the invention herein disclosed comprises a tubular carton formed from a single cardboard blank carrying an adhesive attached coupon, the blank having seven side panels, end closure flaps, a display tab, a window for viewing part of the coupon, and an integral tear strip provided in the outer side panels which cover the coupon.
The side panels in order, from the inside end panel of the erected carton, are numbered on the blank 10 as numbers 11 to 17. There are short end closure flaps 18, 19 and a long end flap 20.
A display tab 21 is struck out on three sides from side panel 16 and is left integral with the side panel 15 so as to stand up rigidly as an extension of side panel 15 when the carton is erected and to leave a window 22 in the side 16 which partly reveals a coupon 25. The coupon is attached in a side portion 26, as by adhesive, to the side panel 11 and is provided with a weakened tear line 27. The glued edge and adjacent tear lines could be at other edges of the coupon but is found to be most con venient on the side shown. Also, the coupon shown is of a length, circumferentially of the erected carton, to cover two side panels, 11 and 12, but may be longer to overlie at least part of side panel 13, if desired.
Adhesive areas 11a, 12a and 13a are shown on side panels 11, 12 and 13 respectively to hold the carton together when erected and, preferably panel 13 also has areas 13b of light adhesive for securing the mid-portion of the end of the terminal panel 17.
The side panels 15, 16 and 17 which cover the coupon are provided with weakened circumferential lines 30 beyond the ends of the coupon to form an integral tear strip 31 which, when torn back, as shown in FIG. 7, gives access for tearing out the coupon. The terminal edge of panel 17 is notched, as at 32, and the weakened lines 30 are made convergent toward the terminal end to assist in starting the tearing out of the tear strip 31.
The coupon 25 is secured to the blank in the flat, as shown in FIG. 1, and since the edges of the blank and coupon almost coincide (they may be made to exactly coincide) it is easy to apply the coupon either by machine or by hand.
The free end of the coupon extends in the same circumferential direction as the outer terminal portion of the blank, which makes it easy to fold up the parts together during erection without wrinkling or displacing the coupon.
FIG. 2 shows the blank in partly erected condition ready for the outer side panels 15, 16 and 17 to be folded down over the coupon; and the side panels 11, 12 and 13 are adhesively secured to the outer side panels at the ends by adhesive end strips 11a, 12a and 13a and the light tear strip hold-down pull-away adhesive spots 13b.
FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 show successive stages in erecting the carton, FIG. 4 showing how the display tab 21 stands up as an integral extension of side panel 15 to leave the window opening 22 in the side panel 16 for viewing a part of the coupon. It is impossible, however, to pull the coupon out through the window for not only is the coupon larger than the window, but it is glued at one edge and extends around a corner of the carton.
FIGS. 6 and 7 show how the tear strip 31 is torn back from the end along the circumferential tear lines 30 to uncover the coupon 25 to permit it to be torn out along its weakened line 27. It will be noted in FIG. 5 that the end of the tear strip 31 extends down slightly beyond the corner of the carton to assist in engaging it by the fingers to start the tearing action.
It will thus be seen that the invention provides an improved display and coupon-carrying carton for an article such as a tube of tooth paste; that the carton can be erected by simple procedures; and that the coupon can be obtained by a simple tearing operation.
While one embodiment of the invention has been described for purposes of illustration, it is to be understood that there may be various embodiments and modifications within the general scope of the invention.
1. A tubular carton comprising in combination, a plurality of edge-connected longitudinal inner side panels forming, when erected, a four-sided tube, a plurality of additional edge-connected longitudinal outer side panels overlying the inner side panels, one of said additional outer side panels, other than the terminal side panel, having a window therein for partly exposing a sheet disposed therebelow and above an inner side panel, and a medial integral tear strip extending circumferentially across at least the terminal outer side panel and the outer side panel having said window, the inner sleeve being left intact as a self-supporting tube after said tear strip has been removed.
2. A tubular carton comprising in combination, a plurality of edge-connected longitudinal inner side panels forming, when erected, a four-sided tube, a plurality of additional edge-connected longitudinal outer side panels overlying the inner side panels, one of said additional outer side panels, other than the terminal side panel, having a window therein for partly exposing a sheet disposed therebelow and above an inner side panel, and a medial integral tear strip extending circumferentially across at least the terminal outer side panel and the outer side panel having said window, the inner sleeve being left intact as a self-supporting tube after said tear strip has been removed, said window being formed by the cut-out of three sides of an integral tab of an adjacent side, the tab being raised when the carton is erected.
3. A tubular carton as set forth in claim 2, which includes a coupon sheet secured to an inner side panel which lies below the outer side panel with the integral tab.
4. A tubular carton as set forth in claim 2, in which said tear strip extends across said outer side panel which has the integral tab.
5. A tubular carton comprising in combination, seven integrally connected side panels including four inner side panels and three outer side panels wrapped on the first, second and third inner side panels to form an erected carton tube, a coupon sheet secured to the terminal edge of the first side panel, overlying the outside of the first and second inner side panels, and having a weakened tear line near its attached edge; the sixth side panel having a display tab cut out on all sides except at the fold line with the fifth side panel and left integral with the fifth side panel to stand up therefrom beyond the corner when the carton is erected, the lifting of the display tab leaving a window above a part of the coupon lying on the second panel; and a medial integral tear strip having weakened side tear lines extending ci'rcumferentially across the seventh, sixth and fifth side panels to expose the coupon to be torn off when the integral tear strip is torn back.
6. A tubular carton comprising in combination: seven edge-connected longitudinal side panels, including four inner side panels forming, when erected, a self-supporting inner tube, and three outer side panels wrapped on the first, second, and third inner side panels and adhesively connected thereto at the ends to form an erected tubular carton with closable open ends; a coupon sheet secured at one of its edges to the terminal edge of the first side panel, overlying the outside of the first and second inner side panels, having its other edge free, and having a weakened tear line near its attached edge; said seventh, sixth and fifth outer side panels being formed with weakened circumferential tear lines near each end, within the end adhesive connections, to form a medial integral tear strip which, when torn 01f, leaves the coupon sheet exposed for tearing out, and leaves a complete self-sustaining tubular carton body formed by the remaining inner side panels adhesively held by the remaining ends of the outer side panels.
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GEORGE O. RALSTON, Primary Examiner.