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F. J. CURRAN 3,424,380
PACKAGE AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Jan. 28, 1969 Filed June 13, 1967 Sheet of 2 Jan. 28, 1969 F. J. CURRAN' 3,424,380
. PACKAGE AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Filed June 13. 1967 Sheet 2 of 2 United States Patent Office 3,424,380 Patented Jan. 28, 1969 3,424,380 PACKAGE AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Frank J. Curran, Downers Grove, Ill., assignor to Frank J. Curran Co., a corporation of Illinois Filed June 13, 1967, Ser. No. 645,741 U.S. Cl. 239-'60 Int. Cl. A611 9/04; B65d 25/00, 73/00 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Cross references to related applications and patents This application constitutes an improvement on the package and support shown and described in Patent No. 2,809,863.
Brief summary of the invention The invention relates to a package for displaying and supporting a solid body of vaporizable odorant, deodorant, insecticide, insect repellant and similar material. Patent No. 2,809,863 shows a similar device but there a cord is imbedded in the body of vaporizable material to prevent it from falling out of the supporting card as it evaporates. However, the string does not prevent the body of vaporizable material from being pushed out of the card when it is being handled in stores in which it is sold. The present invention is designed to eliminate the necessity of imbedding a cord in the body of vaporizable material and also of providing means for retaining the body in the display and support card so that it cannot readily be dislodged therefrom. The means for accomplishing this is to provide spaced tabs around the periphery in which the body of vaporizable material is held, the tabs bent outwardly on each face of the card providing a seat in which the mass snugly fits.
Brief description of the drawings FIGURE 1 is a perspective view with a portion of the face of the package broken away showing one form of the invention.
FIGURE 2 is a diagrammatic view of a support and display card embodying the invention,
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of another form of a package in accordance with the invention; and
FIGURE 4 is a diagrammatic view of the display and support card used in forming the package shown in FIG- URE 3.
Detailed description of the invention The numeral 1 indicates generally a support and display card made of cardboard or other pliable material such as polyethylene, polypropylene or other synthetic plastic. The cardboard 1 is scored along the center line 3 in order to permit it to be creased along a predetermined line and thereby dividing the card into sections 5 and 7. Each of the two sections is formed with an aperture 9 and 11, respectively, the apertures being centered in the portions 5 and 7 so that when the board is creased along the score line 3 and the portions 5 and 7 are brought into face to face contact with each other the apertures 9 and 11 are coincident. The periphery of the apertures 9 and 11 is formed with a plurality of spaced tabs 13 joined to the main portion of the card along circular lines 15 and 17. The card is scored along the lines 15 and 17 to enable the tabs to be readily bent outwardly without unduly weakening the juncture of the tabs with the body of the card. It will be apparent that if plastic material is used to form the display and support card, it may be moulded in one piece with the circles defined by the lines 15 and 17 somewhat thinner than the remainder of the card so as to provide a line along which the tabs can be more easily bent. The card is cut through to form knock-out areas 19 and 21 which become coincident with each other when the upper portion 5 is folded over and adheres to the lower portion 7. The knock-out areas 19 and 21 are held to the main portions of the card 5 and 7, respectively, by the small portions 23 and 25 at the apex of the knockouts, and can easily be pushed out of the card with a finger when the package is ready for use. The display and support card shown in FIGURE 2 is adapted for use with a spherical mass of vaporizable deodorant, insecticide, etc., such as paradichlorobenzene or naphthalene, having a circumference slightly less than that of the circular portions 15 and 17 and which is first wrapped in cellophane or other suitable wrapping material, preferably a transparent plastic material like that set forth in Patent No. 2,809,863. The wrappers are properly sealed to prevent the deodorant, etc., from vaporizing until it is ready for use. The wrapped body of deodorant is then placed in the aperture in either section 5 or 7 of the cardboard and the other section is then folded over after suitable adhesive has been applied to the inside faces of portions 5 and 7 so that when the faces are brought together they will adhere to each other and to the edge portion 27 of the wrapper. It will be apparent from FIG- URE 1 that when the spherically shaped body of deodorant, etc., is placed between the two portions 5 and 7 of the card and the two portions brought together, the tabs 13 will be forced outwardly from the face of each card but will hug the surface of the wrapping material so that the body of deodorant, etc., 29 is seated within the oppositely extending tabs on the two faces of the package. In sealing the two faces of the cardboard together it is preferably not to seal inwardly beyond the circular lines 31 and 33 in order that the entire area of the tab is free to bend outwardly. A score line corresponding to the circles 31 and 33 may be marked on the card to indicate the boundary for placing sealing material such as glue on the inside faces of the card portions 5 and 7.
Since the aperture area defined by the tabs 13 is less than the area through the central plane of the circular body or mass of deodorant, it will withstand comparatively rough handling without becoming displaced from the package even if the edges of the cellophane or other wrapping material are not sealed between the faces of the cardboard. It is possible, therefore, to place the mass of deodorant in a wrapper which is not glued between the faces of the cardboard and still have the material remain in the display and support card.
When the vaporizable material is ready to be used, it is merely necessary to cut or tear holes in the wrapping material to expose the deodorant or other vaporizable material to the atmosphere.
Another form of display and support card and package in accordance with my invention is shown in FIGURES 3 and 4. In this form of the invention the body of deodorant, insecticide, disinfectant, odorant or insect repellant is shaped in the form of a rectangular mass 40. Adjacent the edges of the mass 40 the mass is preferably tapered so that in cross-section the edge portion is substantially triangular. Mass 40 is held between the two portions 42 and 44 of card 46. Card 46 corresponds to that described in connection with FIGURE 2, except that the apertures 48 and 50 are rectangular in shape and formed with tabs 52 extending along each side of the aperture. The tabs are joined to the main body of the card portions 42 and 50 along score lines 54 which may be intermittently cut through the cardboard, the spaces with the cut portions 56 having intervening uncut portions 58 in between. The corners of the tabs 52 are out along mitered lines 60 so that the tabs can be bent outwardly along the score line 54. Holes 62 out out of portions 44 and 46 coincide when the card is folded and provide means for hanging the finished packages. To form the finished package the rectangular mass of deodorant, etc., which has been enclosed in a sealed cellophane or other wrapper is placed on the portion 44 of the cardboard opposite aperture 50 and the other portion 42 is folded over and sealed to the portion 44. The tabs 54 will bend outwardly in opposite directions on the two faces of the folded cardboard to accommodate the mass of deodorant, etc., 40 and form a seat in which the mass is snugly held in the same manner as described in connection with FIGURES 1 and 2.
It will be apparent that the vaporizable body of deodorant, etc., can be moulded or formed into shapes and forms other than spherical or rectangular, it being necessary only that the walls of the body in contact with the holding tabs on the card slope in a direction to enable the tabs to bend outwardly at an angle substantially less than 90 and preferably from about 20 to 60 from the face of the card and remain in contact with the sloping walls.
1. A package comprising a supporting means and a shaped body of material of substantially tetrahedric configuration with the edge portions bevelled, from the group consisting of vaporizable odorants, deodorants, insecticides and insect repellants completely enclosed in a closefitting tearable wrapper, supported by said supporting means, said supporting means comprising two pliable board elements adhesively fastened back to back, said elements having matching apertures, wherein the improvement comprises a plurality of tabs integral with said board elements distributed around each aperture, said tabs being bent obliquely outwardly from the face of the board element to which they are attached at an angle substantially less than 90, said wrapped shaped body being supported in said apertures and extending laterally beyond the face of each board element with the tabs bearing against the said bevelled edge portions of the body, so that the surface against which said tabs bear slope generally in the same direction as said tabs, said body having a maximum cross-sectional area slightly less than the area defined by the aperture periphery to which the tabs are attached and corresponding in shape to said aperture periphery, said board elements being adhesively fastened so as to leave a narrow unadhered area bordering on the aperture periphery to which the said tabs are attached.
2. A package in accordance with claim 1 in which the edges of said wrapper are bonded to the inner surfaces of said board elements.
3. A package in accordance with claim 1 in which the base of said tabs is scored in order to enable the tabs to bend along a predetermined line.
4. A supporting card for a shaped body of material from the group consisting of vaporizable, solid odorants, deodorants, insecticides and insect repellants comprising a piece of pliable board :having the substantially identical, spaced apertures rectangular in shape and of suflicient size to enable said body to be held therein and to expose the major portion of said body when said card is folded with the two apertures coincident with each other said card being scored along a line intermediate said apertures at a location such that when the card is bent along said line with the two portions of the bent card in contact with each other, the two apertures become coincident, at least one tab on each side of said apertures, integral with said board, distributed around each of said apertures and encompassing the entire periphery thereof, said tabs being scored at their bases to facilitate bending thereof.
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3,044,618 7/1962 Surloff 206- 3,061,091 10/1962 Wichman.
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3,263,848 8/ 1966 Zackheim 22955 X EVERETT W. KIRBY, Primary Examiner.
U.S. Cl. X.R.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION atent No. 3,424,380 January 28, 1969 Frank J. Curran It is certified that error appears in the above identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Column 4, line 17, "the should read two Signed and sealed this 24th day of March 1970.
(SEAL) Edward M. Fletcher, Jr.
Commissioner of Patents Attesting Officer