US 3346141 A
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Oct. 10,1967 PHERSON ET AL 3,346,141
PACKAGE Filed March 24, 196
MR m A ELL T 1% DE M L R RF ELA PAK INVENTORS,
ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,346,141 PACKAGE Perry 0. Pherson, West Suffield, Conn., and Alfred A. Slater, Weston, Ontario, and Karl Engel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, assignors, by mesne assignments to Canadian International Paper Company, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a corporation of Canada Filed Mar. 24, 1965, Ser. No. 442,462 2 Claims. (Cl. 221-48) This invention relates to a package for or of stacked sheets of material. More particularly, it relates to a package made up of a folding carton and a stack of paper facial tissues, towels, napkins, or the like wherein the tissues are, at least in part, interleaved or interfolded.
Disposable facial tissues are in widespread use today. They are generally sold in paperboard folding cartons or boxes containing several hundred tissues and having apertures or slots through which individual tissues can be withdrawn as desired. But the pack-ages of tissues in current use have several disadvantages.
On the one hand, the tissue boxes are ordinarily too small to hold an adequate supply for an entire household. Several such boxes have to bought to do the job and this raises the cost to the housewife. On the other hand, the boxes in which the tissues are sold are not adapted to allow for the withdrawal of a number of tissues, so that a housewife can -fill her own decorative bathroom or kitchen receptacles or dispensers, without the effective destruction of such boxes. A top, bottom or side wall has to be torn out to permit the removal of a portion of its contents.
It is an object of the present invention to overcome these problems or disadvantages. And, to accomplish these and other ends evident to one skilled in the art, there is now provided a new and useful combination of structural features including a rectangular box having top, bottom, and side walls; means defining at least one, and preferably two or more endless lines of severance disposed about the side walls; a pile or stack of a plurality of facial tissues or napkins disposed in the box and interfolded or interleaved except at spaced intervals which are disposed in register or alignment with each line of severrance; and, a dispenser board having means defining a tissue withdrawal opening therein, having downwardly depending flaps and upwardly extending tabs about its periphery, and being disposed in the box to overlie the stack with the flaps lying between the stack and the side walls and with the tabs disposed for frictional engagement with the side Walls. v
For a clearer understanding of the present invention, reference should be had to the attached sheet of drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of the package of the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is an isometric view of the package of FIGURE 1, opened and partially exploded;
FIGURE 3 is an isometric view of th package of FIG- URE 1, partially emptied; and
FIGURE 4 is a sectional side view of the package of FIGURE 3, taken along line 44.
FIGURE 1 depicts a rectangular box having a top 11 composed of panels 12 and 13 and having side walls 14 and 15. It also shows endless lines of severance, e. g., annular line of perforations or cuts, 16, 17, and 1-8 about side walls 14 and 15, paralleling one another.
In FIGURE 2, box 10 is broken open at its top 11, so as to reveal a stack of tissues 19 within the box and a dispenser board 20 above the box (albeit for the purposes of illustration). Dispenser board 20 has a centrally disposed opening 21, lateral and longitudinal downwardly depending flaps 22 and 23 and upturned tabs 24 disposed near each of its four corners. Tabs 24 are seen to be cut from flaps 23. As is best shown in FIG 2, the flaps 22 and '23 project downwardly from the respective dispenser board top wall edges and are substantially equal in length to the corresponding edges. The tabs 24, on the other hand, are very short, each having a length representing only a small fraction of the length of the dispenser board top wall edges.
In FIGURE 3, top 11 of box 10 has been entirely removed along line 16 and dispenser board 20 rests on the stack of tissues 19 within the box. Flaps 22 and 23 reside between stack 19 and the inner surfaces of side walls 14 and 15, while tabs 24 impinge against side walls 15. This is further illustrated in FIGURE 4.
Another feature of the present invention is shown in FIGURE 4. Stack of tissues 19 is revealed to consist of interleaved tissues throughout its height except at spaced intervals 25 which are aligned with the noted lines of severance. The purpose of the interleaving is, of course, to provide a pop-up characteristic for each following tissue as the leading tissue is withdrawn from the stack and box 10. This characteristic enables the ready removal of each succeeding tissue.
The package of the present invention is distinctive and achieves the ends it was designed to accomplish by virtue of the fact that box 10 can be of a much larger dimension than those in current use, affording economy to both tissue manufacturer and consumer, and by virtue of the fact that its size can be diminished without destroying it entirely as its contents are with-drawn through the medium of its spaced-apart lines of severance 16, 17 and '18. Thus, for example, if a housewife wishes to relocate that portion of tissue stack 19 lying between lines 16 and 17, she has only to remove dispenser board 20 (from the box shown in FIGURE 3) manually, grasp the noted portion and remove it (a removal assisted by the non-interfolding of the tissues at the level of line 17), tear away the parts of the box above line 17, and re-install dispenser board 20. Thus re-positioned, dispenser board 20 resists upward movement by means of tabs 24 and their frictional engagement with the side walls 15 of the box as the next leading individual tissue is taken from the box and tends as the result of gravity to press lightly down upon and to hold such tissue neatly flat and in place until a positive effort is made to withdraw it. Tipping the box on its side, then, does not precipitate an accidental disgorging of its remaining contents, because the dispenser board prevents this.
What is claimed is:
1. In a package of facial tissues, in combination, a rectangular box having top, bottom, and side walls;
a stack of a plurality of facial tissues disposed in the box; and,
a dispenser board having a rectangular top wall, a first pair of downwardly depending flaps each connected to a respective end edge of said dispenser board top wall, a second pair of downwardly depending flaps each connected to a respective side edge of said dispenser board top wall, the length of each of said flaps being substantially equal to the length of the corresponding dispenser board top wall edge, and a plurality of tabs projecting upwardly from said dispenser board top wall, each of said tabs being located adjacent a respective outer corner of said dispenser board top wall and having a length representing a small fraction of the length of said respective dispenser board top wall edges, said dispenser board top wall having a tissue withdrawal opening therein and said dispenser board being disposed in the box to overlie the stack with said flaps disposed between 3 the box walls and the stack and with said tabs dis- 2,056,032 posed for frictional engagement with the box walls. 21,148,048 2. A package as set forth in claim 1 in which said tabs 2 802 567 are cut from the flaps of said second pair of flaps. 3243078 References Cited 5 UNITED STATES PATENTS Berman 229-6 Gray 22323 Covel 2067 Pherson 221-48 THERON E. CONDON, Primary Examiner.
W. T. DIXSON, Assistant Examiner.
Dedication 3,346,141.Pe7 ry 0. Pherson, W'est Suffield, Conn., Alfred A. Slater, Weston,
Ontario, and Karl Engel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PACKAGE.
Patent dated Oct. 10, 1967. Dedication filed Dec. 17, 1974, by the assignee, International Paper Company.
Hereby dedicates to the Public the entire remaining term of said patent.
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