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Publication numberUS3446338 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 27, 1969
Filing dateJan 2, 1968
Priority dateJan 2, 1968
Publication numberUS 3446338 A, US 3446338A, US-A-3446338, US3446338 A, US3446338A
InventorsBozyk David B
Original AssigneeBozyk David B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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D. B. BOZYK May 27, 1969 PACKAGE Sheet of 3 Filed Jan. 2, 1968 INVNTOR DAVID B- BOZYK BY D. B. BOZYK May 27, 1969 PACKAGE Sheet Filed Jan. 2, 1968 #vvsumk DAVID B- BOZYK 87 D. B. BOZYK May 27, 1969 PACKAGE Sheet Filed Jan. 2. 1968 nwslvrae DAVID B. BOZYK ATMQNEW United States Patent O 3,446,338 PACKAGE David B. Bozyk, 1547 Comox St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Filed Jan. 2, 1968, Ser. No. 695,141 Int. Cl. A24f 15/00; B65d 85/10, 85/12 US. Cl. 206--41.2 18 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A package for cigarettes and the like having a moveable platform supporting its contents and a hinged cover connected by a pull strip to the platform for elevating and lowering the latter as the cover is swung between closed and open positions.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to packages and in particular to packages for containing elongated articles, such as cigarettes.

In the packaging of articles, particularly of the nature of cigarettes, pouch-type containers formed of thin cardboard have been devised which not only adequately protect the cigarettes contained therein when the pouch is closed, but which expose the cigarettes for withdrawal from the container when the latter is opened.

Pouch-type containers of prior design, although exposing the cigarettes, do not present them in a manner whereby one cigarette may be withdrawn without disturbing or touching the others.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention provides a pouch-type package for cigarettes and the like having an ejection mechanism which, when the package is opened, elevates the cigarettes so as to permit their easy withdrawal from the package.

The present invention comprises a receptacle having an opening in its upper end having a cover hingedly connected to one wall below the upper edge of the latter for vertical swinging movement between a covering position over said opening and an open position outwardly of said wall, a platform lying freely on the bottom of the receptacle and supporting the contents thereof, a pull strip lying freely against said one wall, said pull strip being connected at its lower end to the platform and at its upper end to the cover, whereby upon movement of the cover from the covering position to its open position said pull strip will be slidably drawn over said one wall thereby elevating the platform.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of one embodiment of the invention in which the package is illustrated in an open condition,

FIGURE 2 is a side view, partly in section, of the package of embodiment one illustrating the latter in its closed condition, also illustrating a pressure plate therein,

FIGURE 3 is a view similar to FIGURE 2 in which the package is illustrated in an open condition,

FIGURE 4 is an isometric view of the pressure plate of the package of the first embodiment,

FIGURE 5 is a sectional view taken along line 55 of FIGURE 2,

FIGURE 6 is an isometric view of another embodiment of the invention with the package in a fully open condition, showing the platform and pull strip thereof,

FIGURE 7 is a central sectional view of the embodiment of FIGURE 6 in which the package is illustrated in a partially closed condition,

3,446,338 Patented May 27, 1969 FIGURE 8 is a view similar to FIGURE 7 in which the package is illustrated in closed condition,

FIGURE 9 is an isometric view of the platform and pull strip of the embodiment of FIGURE 7,

FIGURE 10 is an isometric view of a portion of another embodiment of the invention,

FIGURE 11 is an isometric view of another embodiment of the invention with portions partially removed,

FIGURE 12 is a central sectional side view of the embodiment illustrated in FIGURE 11,

FIGURE 13 is a plan view of a blank from which the embodiment illustrated in FIGURES 11 and 12 is made, and

FIGURE 14 is a partial central sectional side view similar to FIGURE 12 of yet another embodiment of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring to the drawings, particularly FIGURES 1 to 5, there is illustrated one form of package or embodiment 10 of the invention. Embodiment 1.0 includes a container 11 which is preferably formed of a single sheet of thin cardboard or the like cut, folded and bent so as to form a substantially rectangularly shaped body portion 12 having an opening 13 formed in an upper corner thereof and a cover 14 hingedly connected to an end wall 15 thereof which is swingable in a vertical plane between a covering position over the opening as illustrated in FIGURE 2, and an open position in which it is swung outwardly away from said end wall as illustrated in FIGURE 3.

The fabrication of containers of the nature of container 11 is well known in the industry, and forms no part of this invention. Consequently, fabrication details have been omitted in the drawings, the container being shown in more or less diagrammatic form.

The body portion 12 of the container 11 has side walls 16 and 17, adjoining end wall 15 and end wall 18 opposite said end wall 15. The body portion 12 also has a bottom wall 19 and a top wall 20. The top wall extends out only partially over the body portion 12 from said end wall 18 terminating in an edge 22, and the corner portions of both walls 16 and 17 are partially cut away to form sloped upper side edges 23 and 24, respectively, sloping from edge 22 downwardly to wall 15. The cover 14 is actually formed as an upper projection of wall 15, the latter having a transverse crease 25 formed thereacross at or very close to the juncture of side edges 23 and 24 with said wall 15 so as to provide for the vertical swinging hinged action of said cover relative to the body portion about said crease 25.

The cover 14 is so formed as to have an end section 30, a top section 31 and side sections 3-3 and 34 respectively. The dimensions of the cover 14 are such that when placed in its covering position as illustrated in FIGURE 2, the edges of the top section 31 and side sections 33 and 34 fit with exactness against the free edges 22, 23 and 24 of the top wall 20 and side walls 16 and 17 of the body portion 12.

The package or container 11 is also provided with an inner liner 40. This liner is preferably formed of the same material as the body 12 and cover 14, such as thin stifi cardboard or the like. The shape of the liner conforms to the upper end of the body portion but has an opening 41 smaller than the opening 13 in said body portion so as to extend outwardly of said latter opening. This liner has an end wall 42 lying contiguous to end wall 15, but extending at its upper edge 43 above the crease 25 in said end wall 15. The liner also has side walls 46 and 47 which lie contiguously to but extend above walls 16 and 17, respectively. A suitable adhesive is employed to fix the liner to the interior surfaces of the end, sides and upper 3 walls of the body portion 12 so that in effect said liner constitutes a portion of the walls of said body portion.

Embodiment is provided with an article ejecting mechanism comprising an elevating mechanism 51 and a pressure plate 52. The pressure plate 52 as illustrated in FIGURES 2, 3 and 4, may be formed of a rectangularly shaped sheet 53 of relatively stiff cardboard or the like dimensioned so as to fit freely inside the body portion 12 of the container. To one surface 54 of said sheet 53 is affixed, by an adhesive or the like, a spring 55. This spring may be formed from a single length of spring steel wire or spring plastic or the like bent so as to have a rectangularly shaped base portion 56 and a pair of cross legs 57 and 58, the ends of which are bent laterally to form feet 59 and 60, respectively. This pressure plate is inserted so as to lie between wall 18 and the contents of the container, which in this case are illustrated as cigarettes 61, the force of the spring 55 being sufficient; to continually urge said cigarettes against wall 15.

The elevating mechanism 51 comprises a strip of springy material preferably of thin cardboard or other suitable material which is bent to conform to the interior of the body portion 12 forming a platform 62 extending freely on the bottom of the container, and a pull strip 63 extending freely along wall thereof. This pull strip is formed so as to have a lower portion 65 which is not quite as wide as the inside width of wall 15 so as to be slidable relative thereto, and an upper portion 66 reduced considerably in width so as to be freely bendable. The upper portion 66 is bent laterally adjacent its upper end to form a tab 68, the latter being secured as by a suitable adhesive to the top section 31 of the cover adjacent the juncture of said top section 31 with the end section of said cover. The length of the pull strip 63 is such that it extends in a straight condition along said wall 15 when the cover 14 is arranged in its covering position as illustrated in FIGURE 2.

The action of the ejecting mechanism may be best described with reference to FIGURES 2 and 3. The pull strip 63, as indicated hereinbefore, is of such a length that it extends in a straight condition when the cover 14 is arranged in its covering position, as illustrated in FIG- URE 2. The platform 62 therefore will lie freely against the bottom of the body portion 12 with the cigarettes 61 resting thereon, said cigarettes being forced by the pressure plate 52 against pull strip 63 so as to lie beneath the opening 41. Swinging movement of the cover 14 about the crease 25 to an open position as illustrated in FIGURE 3, will result in the pull strip 63 being drawn upwardly and over the upper edge 43 of end wall 42. This upward movement of the pull strip will tend to pull the platform 62 upwardly, the springing nature of the latter permitting it to bend upwardly at its juncture with the pull strip, thereby lifting the cigarettes beneath the open ing 41 upwardly therethrough so as to expose their upper tips.

When the cover 14 is returned towards its covering position, the top section 31 thereof will engage the upper tips of the cigarettes pressing them downwardly against the platform and drawing the pull strip downwardly over the upper edge 43 of said end wall 42.

It will be appreciated that during continued operation of the cover between its covering position and its open position, there will be a tendency of the material, if it should be cardboard, to lose its resiliency. In order therefore to maintain the cover in a covering position once the container is closed, the side sections 33 and 34 thereof and the associated sides of the liner are provided with cooperating protuberances 70 and 71 which will resiliently interlock with each other when the cover is arranged in its covering position so as to prevent accidental movement of the latter to its open position. The cooperating action of these protuberances is illustrated in FIG- URE 5.

FIGURES 6, 7, 8, and 9 illustrate another embodiment 80 of the invention. Embodiment 80 comprises a pouchtype container 81 which, like container 11, is of conventional design and fabrication and being formed, preferably, of thin stiflly resilient cardboard or the like. The container 81 has a body portion 82 having side walls 83 and 84 and end walls 85 and 86, the upper edges of the latter sloping downwardly and rearwardly towards a juncture with side wall 84. Container 81 is also provided with a cover which is formed as an upward projection of side wall 84, said side wall having a transverse crease 91 formed therein at or near the juncture of said upper edges of said end walls 85 and 86 and side wall 84 so as to permit swinging vertical movement of the cover about said crease. This cover, in the manner of cover 14, is formed so as to have a back section 93, side sections ,94- and 95 and a top section 96.

Embodiment 80 differs from container 11 in in that the upper end of said container 81 is fully open, consequently, the cover 90 is large enough so as to cover the open end of container 81 completely.

Embodiment 80 is also provided with a liner which is formed of a stiff cardboard or the like bent into a U-shape having a back portion 101 contiguous with side wall 84 and side portions 102 and 103 which extend contiguous to end walls 85 and '86 respectively. The back portion 101 of the liner is provided with a centrally located transversely extending slot 105 located just below the upper edge 106 of said back portion. A small portion of the liner 100 extending between the upper edge 107 of the slot and the upper edge of the said liner is partially removed forming an opening 108 into said slot. The liner 100 is arranged in the body portion 82 of the container 81 with the lower edge 109' of the slot spaced above the crease 91, said liner being suitably fixed to the walls of said body portion 82 by suitable adhesive so that they in effect serve as inner wall sections of said container 81.

Embodiment 80 is also provided with an elevating mechanism 110. This elevating mechanism comprises a platform 111 formed preferably of a single sheet of thick springy paper or other suitable material which is suitably cut and folded so as to provide a rear wall 112 which is a little narrower than the interior measurement between end walls 85 and 86. Extending from each edge of the rear wall 112 are vertically elongated side wings 113 and 114 which are a little narrower than the distance between side walls 83 and 84, said side wings preferably tapering towards their upper ends. The lower end of the rear wall 112 is bent forwardly to provide a base section 115 and lower end portions 116 and 117 of said wings 113 and 114 are bent inwardly and secured to the base by a suitable adhesive.

From the upper edge of the rear wall 112 extends a pull strip 120. This pull strip is formed of a material, such as plasticized paper which is extremely flexible yet very springy and which in its normal state of repose extends in a straight condition. This pull strip slidably extends through the slot 105 and has a laterally extending tab 121 formed at its upper end, the latter being secured as by a suitable adhesive to the top section 96 of the cover 90 adjacent the juncture of said top section and said end section 93.

The length of pull strip and rear wall 112 of the platform 111 are such that when the cover 90 is arranged in its covering position as illustrated in FIGURE 8, the pull strip will extend in a straightened condition along side wall 84 with the base section 115 of the platform 111 lying freely on the bottom of the container 81.

The operation of embodiment 80 of the invention is very similar to the operation of embodiment 10. When the cover 96 i swung outwardly from its covering position as illustrated in FIGURE 8 to its open position as illustrated in FIGURES 6 and 7, the pull strip 120 will be bent outwardy out of its normal straightened condition and drawn upwardly over the lower edge 109 of the slot 105, thereby elevating the platform 111 and raising the contents of the package herein illustrated as cigarettes 123 above the upper edge of the liner 100. When the cover, in its open position is released, the tendency of the pull strip 120 to return to its straightened condition will result in the cover 90 rotating towards its covering position, pushing the pull strip 120 against the upper edge 107 of said slot 105 whereby the pull strip will be guided back downwardly into the container 81 thereby lowering the platform 111, the automatic closing of the cover 90 being aided by the weight of the cigarettes on the platform 111.

FIGURE illustrates another package or embodiment 125 of the invention. Embodiment 125 like embodiments 10 and 80, is of conventional thin sheet cardboard or the like construction cut and folded in a conventional manner so as to provide a body portion 127 having side walls 128 and 129, end walls 131 and 132 and a cover 134.

Embodiment 125 differs, however, from embodiment 80 in that said cover 134 is formed as an upward projection of end wall 132.

Embodiment 125 is also provided with a liner 136 extending above the upper edges of said body portion in the same manner as liner 100 extends above body portion 82 of embodiment 80. This liner 136 is provided with a transverse slot 138 through which a pull strip 140 of a platform 141 of simliar construction to platform 111 extends. It is deemed unnecessary to describe the operation of embodiment 125 as it is exactly the same as that of embodiment 80.

The operation of the varied embodiments of the invention a hereinbefore described and illustrated may easily be accomplished with one hand alone, the user holding the body portion of the package with his fingers and thumbing the cover to its open or covering position. As the cigarettes or other like articles are automatically lifted when the cover is moved to its open position, this type of package therefore is eminently suitable for use by those having the use of one arm and hand only. Furthermore, the packages may be made of very cheap material, such as thin cardboard, and therefore the cost would be very little if any greater than the prior pounch-type containers.

Package 150 is similar in many respects to packages 10, 18, 125, having a container or receptacle 51 which i formed having a body portion 152 said body portion having a cover 153 hingedly connected thereto, and a movable platform 154. Package 150 also has a pull strip 155 connecting the cover 153 and platform 154.

Package 150, however, differs from the previously described packages in that the entire receptacle 151 is formed out of the single cardboard blank 158 (see FIG- URE 13) which is suitably creased and cut, in a manner hereinafter described, to form the receptacle as illustrated in FIGURES 11 and 12.

Referring particularly to FIGURE 13, it will be seen that the blank 158 is substantially rectangular in shape having transverse scores or creases formed therein at 160, 161, 162 and 163 so as to form, when folded (see FIG- URE 11), end Wall 165, back wall 166, end wall 167, front wall 68 and a closure wall 170, thelatter, when the receptacle 151 is arranged in its constructed condition being cemented or glued to end wall 165.

From opposite edges 175 and 176 of back wall 166 extend rectangular panels 178 and 179, respectively. Panel 178 is partially severed from back wall 166 by lines of severance 181 and 182 which extend inwardly from score or crease lines 160 and 161, respectively, but which terminate short of each other so that said lines of severance 181 and 182 have inner ends 185 and 186 respectively. From these inner ends 185 and 186 two parallel lines of severance 188 and 189 extend a short distance up the back wall 166 thereby forming a connecting tab 190. A crease or score line 191 is formed in the blank between the tab 190 and panel 178 to permit relative folding moevment of the latter and the tab itself is creased or scored transversely, intermediately of its length along line 192. The back wall 166 has a crease or score 195 formed therein which extends between the upper ends of the parallel lines of severance 188 and 189. These 6 creases or scores 191, 192, and 195 permit folding of the tab as illustrated in FIGURES 11 and 12.

The panel 178 is also provided with a score or creased line 196 extending parallel to lines of severance 181 and 182 intermediatley of its length thereby forming a bottom section 197 and a folding tuck-in flap 198. As will be seen, with reference to FIGURE 11, the tuck-in flap 198 and bottom section 197 constitute the platform 154.

The panel 179 is folded relative to back wall 166 along fold line 200 and has as score or crease line 201 formed transversely thereacross intermediate its length dividing it into a cover section 203 and a tuck-in flap 205.

In the back wall 166 immediately adjacent fold line 200 is formed an inverted U-shaped line of severance 207 having a base line 208 extending parallel to fold line 200 and side lines 209 and 210 which extend parallel to but are spaced inwardly from score or crease lines and 161 respectively. These lines of severance 209 and 210 are both of the same length and terminate in score or crease lines 211 and 212 which extend outwardly in alignment with each other and parallel to fold line 200 to score or crease lines 160 and 161. Lines of severance 213 and 214 extending partially along score lines 160 and 161, respectively, result in the formation of depending legs 215 and 216 and permit free swinging movement of panel 179 about score or crease lines 211 and 212.

The pull strip 155 is preferably formed of a springy material such as plasticized paper which is relatively stiff yet flexible or it may be formed of the same material as the receptacle 151 if the material forming the latter is suitably springy. This pull strip may be narrow, as illustrated in FIGURE 11 if the contents of the package are relatively light or it may extend substantially the full width of the back wall 166. The strip is secured as by glueing at its ends 220 and 221 to the cover section 203 and bottom section 197 respectively, adjacent to the fold line 260 and crease line 191. This pull strip is so formed that in its normal state of repose it extends in a straight condition.

The operational characteristics of package 150 are exactly the same as the characteristics of packages 10, 80, and 125. When the cover 153 is in its closed position with the tuck-in flap 205 tucked in behind the front wall 168, the bottom section 197 of the cover will assume a position as illustrated in dotted lines in FIGURE 12. In the closed condition the connecting tab will be straight and parallel with back wall 166.

To expose the contents of the package the cover 153 is simply swung open. The pull strip is thereby slidably drawn upwardly and over the upper edge of the back wall to lift the platform 154 constituted of the bottom section 197 and flap 198 to a position as illustrated in solid lines in FIGURE 12, the foldability of the tab 190 about the crease or fold lines formed therein permitting movement of the platform. When the cover is returned to a closed position the weight of the contents upon the platform 154 will help move the latter downwardly and at the same time draw the pull strip downwardly with the body portion 152 of the receptacle.

Package 150, by reason of its design which permits construction of the receptacle 151 from a single blank, is not only less expensive to fabricate than packages 10, 8t and 125, but its design facilities unloading. The package 150 may be supplied by the package manufacturers to the cigar or cigarette manufacturers with either of the panels 178 or 179 in a straight condition, parallel to the back wall 166. The cigars or cigarettes may then, in a known manner, be loaded from the open end of the package and the latter then closed.

FIGURE 14 illustrates, partially, yet another embodiment 230 of the invention. As package 230 is exactly the same as package 150 with respect to the cover section thereof, only the lower portion of package 230 is illustrated.

Package 230 includes a receptacle 235 which, like receptacle 151 may be constructed from a single cardboard blank. Receptable 235 has a front wall 236, a back wall 237 and end walls, however, as this FIGURE 14 is a central sectional view only one end wall 238 is shown. Package 230 differs from 150 in that Whereas the latter has a single bottom section 197 and tuck-in flap 198 the former has securing flaps 240 and 241 extending inwardly and overlapping each other from the lower edges of walls 236 and 237 which may be glued or otherwise cemented together, forming a bottom section 242.

Package 230 is also provided with a pull strip 245 which is glued or suitably cemented to securing fiap 241. As the flaps 240' and 241 are interconnected package 230 is provided with connecting tabs 246 and 247 of identical construction to tab 190 cut out of walls 236 and 237 respectively.

As illustrated in FIGURE 14 the bottom section 242 may be elevated and lowered relative to the receptacle 235 proper, between positions as shown in dotted and in solid lines by appropriate movements of the pull strip 245 due to the foldability of the connecting tabs 246 and 247.

Package 230 is also suitable for end loading of its contents as the package may be supplied to the cigar manufacturers with sections 240 and 241 in a nonconnected condition extending parallel to their associated walls 236 and 237. This will permit the contents such as cigars and/or cigarettes to be loaded and the sections 240 and 241 thereafter glued together,

I claim:

1. A package for cigarettes and the like comprising a receptacle having side walls and an opening in its upper end and having a cover hingedly connected to one wall below the upper edge of the latter for vertical swinging movement between a covering position over said opening and an open position outwardly of said wall, a platform lying freely on the bottom of the receptacle and supporting the contents thereof, a pull strip lying freely against said one wall, said pull strip being connected at its lower end to the platform and at its upper end to the cover, whereby upon movement of the cover from its covering position to its open position said pull strip will be slidably drawn over said one wall thereby elevating the platform.

2. A package as claimed in claim 1 including a pressure plate freely movable in the container positioned between the contents of the package and a wall thereof opposite said one wall, and resilent means urging said pressure plate towards said one wall.

3. A package as claimed in claim 1 wherein said one wall has a transverse slot therein above the rotational axis of the cover through which the pull strip slidably extends, said slot having a lower edge over which the pull strip is slidably drawn when the cover is moved from its covering position to its open position, said slot having an upper edge to slidably engage the pull strip and thereby direct the latter downwardly into the container when the cover is moved from its open position to its covering position.

4. A package for cigarettes and the like comprising a receptacle having an opening in its upper end and having inner and outer wall sections, the inner wall section extending above the outer wall section, said receptacle having a cover hingedly connected to one of the outer wall sections for vertical movement between a covering position over the opening and an open position outwardly of said one outer wall section, a platform lying freely in the bottom of the receptacle and supporting the contents thereof, a pull strip lying freely against the inner wall section adjacent said one outer wall, said pull strip being connected at its lower end to the platform and at its upper end to the cover, whereby upon movement of the cover from its covering position to this open position the pull strip will be slidably drawn over said inner wall section thereby elevating the platform.

5. A package as claimed in claim 4, in which the pull strip and platform are formed of a single length of springy material bent to conform to the interior of the receptacle.

6. A package as claimed in claim 4 including a pressure plate freely movable in said package located between the articles therein and the wall opposite said one outer wall section, and a spring extending under compression between the wall opposite said one outer wall section and said pressure plate for urging the latter towards said one outer wall section.

7. A package as claimed in claim 4 in which said cover has depending side portions adapted to slidably encompass said inner wall sections when the cover is arranged in its covering position, said depending side portions and inner wall sections being provided with mutually engageable protuberances adapted when engaged to releasably lock the cover in its covering position.

8. A package for cigarettes and the like comprising a receptacle having an opening in its upper end and having inner and outer wall sections, said receptacle having a cover hingedly connected to one of the outer wall sections for vertical swinging movement between a covering position over the opening and an open position outwardly of said one outer wall section, one wall of said inner wall section adjacent said one outer wall section having a transverse slot formed therein above the upper edge of said one outer wall section, said slot having an upper and a lower edge, a platform lying freely in the bottom of the receptacle and supporting the contents thereof, a normally straight pull strip formed of springy material lying freely against said one outer wall section and said one wall of said inner wall section and slidably extending through said slot, said pull strip being connected at its lower end to the platform and at its upper end to the cover, whereby upon movement of the cover from its covering position to its open position the pull strip will be bent out of its normally straight condition and. drawn over the lower edge of the slot, thereby elevating the platform, said upper edge of the slot being adapted to slidably engage the pull strip as the cover is moved from its open position to its covering position so as to restrain upward movement of said pull strip relative to said one inner wall section thereby directing said pull strip downwardly into the receptacle.

9. A package as claimed in claim 7 in which said cover has depending side portions adapted to slidably encompass said inner wall sections when the cover is arranged in its covering position, said depending side portions and inner wall sections being provided with mutually engageable protuberances adapted when engaged to releasably lock the cover in its covering position.

10. In combination with a package for cigarettes and the like having a body having side walls and open at its upper end and having a cover hingedly connected to one wall of the body below the upper edge of the latter for vertical swinging movement between a covering position over the upper end of the body and the open position swung outwardly of said one wall, an ejector mechanism comprising a platform lying freely in the bottom of the body and supporting the contents of the package, a pull strip extending freely along said one wall and being connected at its lower end to the platform and at its upper end to the cover whereby upon movement of the cover from its covering position to its open position said pull strip will be drawn over said one wall thereby elevating the platform.

11. A combination as claimed in claim 10 in which the platform and pull strip are formed of a single length of springy sheet material bent to conform to the interior of the body.

12. A combination as claimed in claim 10 in which said one wall is formed having a transverse slot formed thereacross above the rotational axis of the cover and through which the pull strip slidably extends restricting lateral movement of the pull strip so as to guide the lower end of the latter downwardly into the body as the cover is swung from an open to a covering position.

13. A package for cigarettes and the like comprising a receptacle having an open upper end and having at least One side wall, a cover hingedly connected to said one side wall below the upper edge of the latter for vertical swinging movement between a covering position over said open end and an open position outwardly of said wall, a vertically movable platform for supporting the contents of the receptacle and a pull strip lying freely against said one side wall, said pull strip being connected at one end to the cover and its other end to the platform and being slidably supported by the upper edge of said wall so as to elevate and lower the platform as the cover is moved between open and covering positions.

14. A package as claimed in claim 12 including foldable connecting means connecting the platform and at least one wall of the receptacle.

15. A package for cigarettes and the like comprising a receptacle having an open upper end and having at least one side wall, a cover having a pair of depending legs, the lower ends of which are hingedly connected to said side wall below the upper edge of the latter for swinging movement of the cover between a covering position over said open end and an open position outwardly of said wall, a vertically movable platform for supporting the contents of the receptacle, folding connecting means connecting the platform and at least one wall of the receptacle and a pull strip lying freely against said one wall, said pull strip being connected at one end to the cover and its other end to the platform and being slidably supported by the upper edge of said wall so as to elevate and lower the platform as the cover is moved between open and closed positions.

16. A package as claimed in claim 15 in which the pull strip is formed of springy material extending in a substantially flat condition when in its normal state of response.

17. A package as claimed in claim 15 in which the legs are integrally interconnected to the cover and said wall and in which the connecting means is integrally connected to the platform and said at least one side wall.

18. A package as claimed in claim 15 in which the foldable connecting means comprises at least one vertically elongated tab forming a section of said at least one side wall extending upwardly from the lower edge of the latter and connected at its lower end to the platform, said tab being foldable at its juncture with said at least one side wall, the platform and at its middle length so as to permit vertical movement of the platform relative to the walls of the receptacle.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,169,572 8/1939 Tanzi 20641.2 2,331,035 10/1943 Lundstrom 206-41.2 2,826,295 3/1958 Jansou 206-412 JAMES B. MARBERT, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/250, 206/252, 206/268
International ClassificationB65D5/72, A24F15/00, B65D85/10, B65D5/66, A24F15/12, B65D85/08, B65D5/64
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/72, A24F15/12, B65D85/1009, B65D5/6602
European ClassificationB65D5/66B, A24F15/12, B65D5/72, B65D85/10E